Catalpa News

Friday, September 8, 2006

We are still getting cards and calls from friends. The outpouring of love shown us in these sad times for us has been a great blessing. This poem was in one of our cards sent by a friend;

Love Provides
"Strength, for a time of burdens
Smiles, for a time of tears
Peace, for a time of worry
Boldness, to face all fears.
Calm, for a time of tempests
Hope, for a time of despair
Courage, for every struggle
A hand, from one who cares.
A nudge, in a good direction
A grin, to say I'm here
Cheer, for when you're lonely
Unseen, love is always near."

I am trying to keep uop my writing and getting my thank you notes written and mailed, and am thankful to do it, it helps me to keep my sanity. Janice is a great help.

I am so glad to report that Doylene is improving and I am praying she can soon be home. I appreciate the prayers for her and the cards being sent to her.

These past few months (since January) I have been going through many hours of walking through darkness, but God has been with me and given me courage and hope and faith, and grade to accept what life gives to do.

Thanks for bearing with me to my friends for your love, patience, and understanding.

To everyone who loves good gospel singing should plan to be going to the great Diana Singing this weekend. Friday and Saturday noght at 7:30 p.m. iunder the big shed at Diana. I wrote about it last week.

The second Saturday night music and singing, will be Saturday night September 9 at the Morgan Park Pavillon, Petersburg. Last week it came out, Lewisburg, I'm glad I have had a chance to correct it. Everyone is invited to join in. If you play an instrument, bring it along, bring your lawn chair and enjoy the food, singing and toe-tapping music.

The Lincoln County Fair at the fairgrounds in Fayetteville will begin September 9 and continue through September 16.

Last Sunday, we had a very light crowd, many of our members were absent but we were proud of our visitors. In the absence of Bro. Carpenter, we had as our preacher Jared Pack. He also taught the adult Bible Class. He is the 16 year old grandson of Jeriel and Alice Pack. He had 2 fine sermons and did a fine job teaching the Adult Bible Class. We are so proud of Jared and we hope he will continue to preach.

We were glad to have his great grandparents, Ford and Louise Crabtree of Church Street in Lewisburg to come hear him, also Michael Head, Madison and Gabriel and Mr. and Mrs. John Calys of Leesburg, Va, were one visitor. They also were here for the evening service.

After the evening service Jared left to go to his home in Murfreesboro to be with his dad and other family members to help his dad Tim Pack celebrate his birthday dinner. Jeriel and Alice Pack and Tammie and John Calys also went to help Tim celebrate his 40th birthday. Congratulations to Tim! He is a fine young man who grew up at Catalpa. He and his wife Melanie and sons, Jared and Jordan are fine workers in the Church at Walter Hill.

The Pack birthday celebration was held at the Morgan Pack Pavilion Saturday night. Eight family members were honored for having birthdays last of August and first of September. Those enjoying the happy occasion were: Jeriel and Alice, Tammie and John Calys, Tim, Melanie, Jared and Jordan Pack, Ford and Louise Crabtree, Jessie and Marilyn Head, Michael, Gabriel and Madison Head, Frances & Eugene Renegar, Lyndell Sowell, Meriel and Juanita Pack, Terry, Sheila, Kami and Shawnee Upchurch and Jeff Pack.

Happy Birthday to all the honorees, and especially to the Pack "boys" who turned 72 August 30. Both are elders in the church at Catalpa. We wish for them many more happy birthdays to come.

Friday, September 8 I will have my 87th. I am thankful for all these years and if it is the Lord's will I will have healthy returns. This one won't be as happy but God will be with me to help me through.

Don't forget the second Sunday Gospel Singing will be this Sunday, September 10, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is urged to come and sing praises to God at Church Street Church of Christ. They have a number of good song leaders but I know they miss Mr. William Tankersley after 30 years of his excellent song leading. A fine retirement was given recently for him.

Five Points Fire Department will be having another Smorgasboard, September 23 at Ostella. I will repeat this but mark it on the calendar.

The 5th annual Lincoln County Bluegrass & Crafts Festival will be September 22 and 23 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. I will write more and repeat it later. I pray Doylene can be home to go. She and Janice go every year and enjoy it.

I hope to be with you next week via the Tribune, now for the recipes. I haven't tried this cake but a good friend also a good cook, mailed it to me and I'm sure it is good. I'll make it when Doylene comes home.

Earthquake Cake (Evelyn Jones)
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup coconut
1 box German chocolate mix
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (softened)
\1 lb. pkg. of powdered sugar
1 stick melted margarine or butter

Grease and flour 8 x 14 in pan. Place nuts and coconut in bottom of pan. Mix cake according to directions on box. Pour over pecans and coconut. Melt margarine, add cream cheese and powdered sugar. Mix well. Spread over cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes until done.

I have several recipes for April Crisp,this one is good.

April Crisp
8 cups sliced, peeled tart apples (about 8 med)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/3 tsp. baking soda
3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine

In a large bowl, toss the first four ingredients together. Pour into a greased 8 inch square baking dish. In a bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until apples are tender. We like it and another good way to use apples. Scott's Orchard opened today (Labor Day). Mr. Tommy Woodard at Spring Place had apples. He is enjoying carrying produce to the Farmer's Market every Friday morning and selling it all.

The hot dry summer has hurt crops and gardens. We need rain badly. I doubt if anyone will have green tomatoes for me to make the relish this fall. Our cousin in Alabama, who has for several years given me 5 or 6 bushels of green tomatoes says crops there have burned up, he li8ves close to Arab, AL.

Marinated Vegetable Salad
1 number 2 can green beans
1 number 2 can green peas
1 small jar pimentos
1 small onion
1 small green pepper
4 stalks celery
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup salad oil

Drain beans, peas and pimento. Chop onions, green pepper, celery and pimento. Add salt and pepper to season. Blend sugar, vinegar, oil and water. Pour over vegetables. Refrigerate overnight.

The Petersburg cookbook is still selling well and in the second printing I've heard. This Pineapple-Cheese Ball is another food recipe in the book by another good cook, Zella Dunivan.

Pineapple-Cheese Ball
2- 8 oz. pkgs. of cream cheese (softened)
1- 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons onion
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine cream cheese, pineapple, pepper, onion and salt. Mix well, chill. Form mixture into a ball and roll it in chopped pecans.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Labor Day holiday. Janice and I had a good Pioneer Day meal, barbecue with sauce, potato salad, baked beans, sliced tomatoes and refrigerator pickles, thanks to Petersburg Church of Christ and brought to us by Jason Hartman, since we had our christian school for 11 years and we had this menu. I still use it every holiday.

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