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1. Meet an author

Jim Potter will be at The Bookshelf from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 23 signing his book “Taking Back the Bullet: Trajectories of Self-Discovery.”

Potter is an award winning writer for his play, “Under the Radar” and his memoir, “Cop in the Classroom” recalling his career in law enforcement.

This contemporary, character-driven novel is about people who are stigmatized. However, once they discover their true identities, each is empowered to begin the journey of life’s purpose.

The main characters are: police officer Tom Jennings, obese as a mutant Idaho potato in a jiggling gelatin suit; James Odessa-Smith, with his schizoaffective disorder; and young Suanna Morningcloud, a person with albinism, half Nez Perce Indian and half Caucasian.

Meeting during a botched bank robbery in Prairie Grove, Kansas, they experience tragedy and trauma. Forever changed and connected, they are forced to ask, “Who am I and where do I belong?”

Taking Back the Bullet explores the themes of stigma, identity, and self-discovery. The multi-layered stories are an escape into reality.

Also having a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bookshelf is Arzona Lynne Cypers, with her book “Reflections of a Faith Walk.”

Arzona is a woman of God who has discovered her God-given destiny through writing and His truth. Through the pages of her story and testimony, she reveals an intimate reflection of her faith walk that God can minister to those who read her words of encouragement.

2. Julotta

Julotta starts at 6 a.m. Dec. 25 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N. Main St. and Evangelical Covenant Church, 102 S. Washington, Lindsborg. Traditional Swedish early Christmas morning church service. Brass quartet begins the call to service from the steeple of BLC at 5:30 a.m.

3. Have dinner

The 21st Annual Community Christmas Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at McPherson High School, 801 E. First St. The free dinner is available to everyone with no reservations needed. Home delivery will be available that day by calling 620-245-0454. To volunteer to help, call 620-755-8108. For more information go to www.facebook.com/McPhersonCommunityDinners.