Catalpa notes

Friday, April 24, 2009

Catalpa News....................Mrs. Doyle Hastings


April has been a busy month so far and this next weekend will be another busy one. I'm glad the weather has been nice for most of the events. We are in dogwood winter as they are in full bloom and are so beautiful. We still have locust winter and blackberry winter yet.

Last Saturday we went to Odd Fellows Hall Ladies Day and it was a great day. We met at 8:30 and enjoyed some nice breakfast goodies. Pat Hanson welcomed everyone. The theme of the Ladies Day was: "Living Upright in a Topsy Turvey World." Songs led by Rhonda Woodard were so beautiful. We were sad to hear that one of the guest speakers suffered a fall and could not be there. The speaker was to be Fay Watkins but her daughter-in-law, Beverly Watkins, filled in for her and made a beautiful talk. The second speaker was Wanda Robinson and we enjoyed her greatly.

After the speaking a delicious lunch was enjoyed. Every one present received a nice door prize. It was a wonderful occasion and the ladies at Odd Fellows did a wonderful job, everything was so well organized and kept us laughing. Thanks for inviting us. It was a lot of work I know. Ladies Days are so nice and we love to go to all nearby. This next week the Church Street Church of Christ in Lewisburg invites all ladies and girls to attend their 20th Annual Ladies Day, April 25th at 8:30 a.m. for registration. The guest speaker will be Ruth Orr. Lunch will be served.

There will also be Ladies Day at Lone Oak Church of Christ on Saturday, April 25. Kay Randolph will be guest speaker; the theme "The Ties that Bind." This will be Lone Oak's first Ladies Day and we all hope they will have a large crowd to attend and we admire the ladies for this good work.

Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a bridal shower for Kasey Cross at Catalpa Church of Christ building. Kasey is the bride-elect of Jeremy Greene. The wedding will be June 20th at Cane Creek Church of Christ.

Saturday evening, April 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. there will be a Fish Fry and "Boys Down the Road" will be making music at the Belfast Fire Department. Adult plate will be $10.00. The proceeds from the Fish Fry will help the Belfast Fire Department.

Doylene and I went to the Five Points Fire Department at Ostella, Friday night, April 18, and enjoyed good food there.

There will be a Womanless Beauty Pageant at the Cornersville High School on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds from this event will go to Relay for Life.

Mr. Ford Crabtree of Lewisburg was honored on his 85th birthday, April 18, in the Annex of the Cane Creek Church of Christ by family members from 2 to 4 p.m. His granddaughter, Tammie (John) Calys, came from Leesburg, Virginia, to assist his daughter Alice Pack and her family. It was a great occasion with around 70 guests signing the guest register. Delicious and bountiful food and a huge birthday cake were served. Ford has many friends and loved ones who wish for him to have many more happy, healthy birthdays. To show his appreciation for the wonderful birthday party, he buck danced while Mike Mills played the harmonica.

Sunday we appreciated Mr. Martin and son as visitors and Landry Murdock bringing two friends from Cornersville School to church with him, Tammie and John Calys of Leesburg, Virginia, for both services. Hopefully all will come back. We are always proud to have visitors and miss our members when they aren't present.

We enjoyed having Benny Renegar, a Missionary Evangelist, speak to us at the Sunday evening worship. The Church at Catalpa is helping support the work in India. An average of about 900 souls per day are being Baptized into Christ. Bro. Ben Renegar goes to India three times during the year and stays about three weeks, teaching and preaching while there. We appreciate him and his work and all the missionaries and their campaigns for Christ. Our love and prayers are with them.

There will be a Creation vs Evolution Seminar at Church Street Church of Christ, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1; at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2; and at 9 and 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3. The guest speaker will be Brad Harrub Ph.D.

This is a great seminar. Several from Catalpa went to Lone Oak Church of Christ and heard Bro. Harrub present this seminar and it was great.

Let us keep these dates - May 1, 2, and 3 - marked on the calendar.

I must get on with the recipes and here is A Favorite Recipe.

"Take a cup of kindness, mix well with love, add a lot of patience and faith in God above; sprinkle very generously with joy and thanks and cheer and you'll have lots of Angel Food to feed on all the year."

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 eggs, beaten

2/3 cup butter (no substitutes), melted

1/2 cup all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)

1 cup chopped pecans

In a bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and pecans, set aside. Combine butter and eggs. Mix well. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened, only by hand. Fill greased and floured or paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until muffins test done. Remove immediately to cool on wire racks. Note: I ate these at Odd Fellows Hall and they are delicious.

Quick Country Pie (one of my favorites)

2 cups butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup coconut

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup chocolate chips

Mix butter and chips, heat till chips are melted, add remaining ingredients, mix and pour in 2 unbaked pie shells. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Tuna Casserole

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup milk

1 (7 oz.) can tuna

1 cup cooked green peas, drained

1 cup potato chips, crushed

Mix together. Pour into 1-quart casserole. Sprinkle chips on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Quick Sausage Supper

1 lb. pork sausage

5 medium potatoes

6 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Fry sausage in heavy skillet, stirring until crumbly. Dice potatoes, cook in small amount of water. Add potatoes and eggs to sausage, season with salt and pepper. Stir until eggs are set. Note - we like breakfast food at supper a lot.

I regret to hear of the death of Mrs. Pauline Harris last week. Mrs. Harris was the mother of my friend Karen Fulcher of Petersburg. She was 88. The funeral was Thursday afternoon, April 16, from the Chapel of Higgins Funeral Home. Bro. Don Ramey officiated. Burial was at Kirkland Cemetery beside her husband Richard "Jay" Harris. I do not have an obituary and will write more later but I do want to say, may God bless her loved ones who will miss her but they will have wonderful memories of Mrs. Harris.

We also are saddened over the passing of Mr. Thomas Faircloth of Petersburg and when I get the obituary I will write more. Our sympathy goes out to his wife and daughters. May God bless them and give them comfort.

Since my column is short I will include this little poem on

What To Do

When you're feelin' tough and blue

And you don't know what to do

Sing a little.

When you're feelin' tired and worn

And there's burdens to be borne

Rest a little.

When everything's gone wrong

And the way seems hard and long

Smile a little.

When you see mistakes you've made

And to go on you are afraid

Pray a little.

If you'll do these every day

Sing and rest, smile and pray

Just a little.

Hope to be with you next week via the Tribune.