Catalpa notes

Friday, February 6, 2009

This is a little early to wish "Happy Valentines Day" to all of you, but I can write some more next week. We still have winter with us, with more colder weather coming in so the weathermen say. Wednesday is going to be cold so I won't get to make it to Collector's Closet again I'm sure.

Sunday February 8 will be the Second Sunday Singing hosted by Farmington Church of Christ. I hope many will go to sing praises to God from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Petersburg FCE will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall in Petersburg (Feb. 10).

The Second Saturday night (Feb. 14) will be Pickin'n'Grinnin' night at the Town Hall in Petersburg from 5 to 9 p.m.

I hope we will have lots of pickers to make good music and lots of grinners. At 7 p.m. we have a potluck meal for all who want to eat. This will be a Valentines night so this will be a good night to come and enjoy the toe-tapping music and good singing. I had to miss last time but I hope to make it this time.

We have missed Phil Ross, our banjo player and a good singer, the last two times. Hopefully he will be back on the 14th.

The First Sunday Singing in Lincoln County was Sunday afternoon at Howell Church of Christ. A large crowd attended and the singing was great. Those going from Catalpa were Bro. Carpenter and Alice; Juanita, Meriel and Jeff Pack; Mr. and Mrs. Tony Williams; Doylene, Janice and I. Don Hudson is the preacher at Howell and he is doing a fine work there.

The third Sunday night in February Don and several from the Church of Howell are coming to Catalpa. Don will be speaking on the work the Disaster Response Team and the Sojourners are doing in the disaster zones after floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and a wide variety of disasters. Don and Rosemary Hudson are working in these disaster areas and doing mission work.

We are looking forward to Bro. Don coming to Catalpa and telling about their mission work in these disaster zones. May the Lord bless Don and Rosemary in the great works they are doing for the church. All visitors will be welcome to come to Catalpa Feb. 15 and all our members to be there.

I am so glad the Church at Howell is growing. A few years ago they were having about 20 in attendance and Sunday they had 52 present. They have a beautiful building and a nice Fellowship Hall adjoining the church.

We were happy to have as visitors at Catalpa Linda Evener and Barbara Garvin of Lewisburg, as guests of Brenda Haislip. After the service they carried Brenda to lunch. Her birthday was Sunday, Feb. 1. We invite the ladies to come again.

Jessie F. Head was missed from church due to illness. Prayers of the Church will be with Jessie. He and Marilyn are a fine Christian couple.

We were happy that Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Williams brought three children with them Sunday morning.

Alice Pack was missed at both services. She was spending a few days with her daughter Tammie (John) Calys at Leesburg, Va. She will be home Tuesday.

We regret to hear that Dillon Bean has been sick and we didn't know about it. We pray that he is better by now.

David Hemphill is in Skill Care Center in Fayetteville after having surgery. We hope he continues to improve and can get back to church.

Nancy Dawson underwent surgery last week for the removal of a tumor from inside her heart. She is at home and we are praying she will soon be well again.

Congratulations to Jeff and Terri Pack on their anniversary Feb. 14.

Happy Birthday to Benny Burns, Feb. 18; Dale Daniel, Feb. 18; and Julie Murdock, Jan. 28. Many Happy Returns to all.

We regret to hear that Junior and Joyce Richardson have moved from our community. They have lived at Catalpa for several years and we will miss them. They were good neighbors, but we all hope they will enjoy their home on South Fishing Ford Road.

This Community extends sympathy to the family of Mrs. Mildred Evins Russell, 99, of Fayetteville, formerly of Petersburg. Mrs. Mildred died Jan. 28, 2009, at Donelson Care Center.

She is survived by her daughter Fredna (Jimmy) Ellis of Fayetteville; grandchildren Misty Russell, Charles Russell, Wyanne King, Melodie Dye, and Jamie Cain; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

The funeral was held Friday, Jan. 30, from the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Don Hudson and Bro. Richard Waggoner officiating. Burial was in Russell Cemetery, beside her husband who died in 1939.

Mrs. Mildred was called "The Butterfly Lady" because of her love and collection of butterflies. She was also poet laureate of Lincoln County, member of the Church of Christ and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a bookkeeper for Butler Bros. Furniture in Lewisburg for 50 years. She has written three books of poems.

Sincere and loving sympathy goes out to her daughter and son-in-law, Fredna and Jimmy Ellis and to all her grandchildren. They will miss her, but with many precious memories of their mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Mildred was one of the sweetest friends I have ever had. I loved her dearly. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and to know her was to love her.

I treasure her poem books. She was an excellent poet and her poems are beautiful. I have both copies of "Hearts' Ease." I will close my eulogy for Mrs. Mildred with a poem from her book entitled "A Prayer."

A Prayer

Thank you, God for eyes to see

The wonders of your creativity,

And may I never care too much

For things of transient worth

To own, admire and love, to touch

Expensive things one does not need

To make life's joy complete.

Help me to recognize the gifts

Which now lay at my feet

Ability to laugh and love

And be loved in return.

Possessing this, there is naught else

For which one's heart should yearn.

This Community also extends sympathy to the family of Douglas Harris, 82, of the Wilson School Community of Marshall County. Mr. Harris died Wednesday, Jan. 28, at his home.

He was a native of Marshall County. He is survived by his wife, Mary Moses Harris, and children, Kathy (Bill) Garrett and John Douglas Harris, all of Lewisburg; granddaughter, Rachel Harris of Chapel Hill; stepsister, Martha Murphy Craig of Culleoka; and a nephew, Ronnie Harris of Lewisburg. He was an elder at Old Lasea Church of Christ. The funeral was conducted Saturday at Lawrence Funeral Home with Bobby Sampson and Bill Garrett officiating. Burial was in Swanson Cemetery.

I did not know Mr. Harris but I have heard many fine remarks about him. He will be missed by his family at Old Lasea. May the Lord bless and comfort them all.

Now for the recipes.

Divinity Candy

3 cups sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup (Karo)

1/2 cup water

3 egg whites. beaten stiff

2 or 3 cups of pecans (broken into small pieces) - can be more or less depending on how many you want.

In small mixing bowl beat egg whites stiff then put them in large mixer bowl. (Have a sheet of wax paper on table). Mix sugar, Karo light syrup and water together. Continue stirring over heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Stop stirring. Let boil about three minutes. When it looks like a spider web coming down from spoon it will by ready. Then pour a little stream of syrup into beaten egg whites. Continue beating as you pour syrup into egg whites. After this put pecans in and beat well (with hand spatula); take teaspoon and dip out on wax paper. When it stands up in pieces it will be cool enough to put on wax paper. Once you start dipping work fast so it won't get cold on you. Let candy set on wax paper until it gets cold enough to put in container. Keep in cool place. (Don't use electric mixer.)

Cherry Pie Filling Cake

1 box of white cake mix

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup water

1 can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cake mix, oil, eggs and water. Pour batter into 9x13 inch pan, stir in pie filling. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. A glaze made from 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons milk may be drizzled over top, if desired.

Sugar Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring

1/2 tsp. lemon flavoring

Sift first three ingredients together. Cream butter and sugar. Blend in egg, milk and flavorings. Blend in dry ingredients. Chill in refrigerator for two hours. Roll 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured board. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.