Catalpa notes

Friday, May 15, 2009

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


Mother's Day was a nice one and today, Monday, has been without a lot of rain. Maybe we will be getting some sunshine. It would be nice to save some rain for July and August instead of so much in April and May. It seems May is still getting April showers and the old saying April showers bring May flowers.

Saturday we went over to Whispering Hope to get my Mother's Day plants as my gifts from Doylene. The rain really came down all the morning and the "Singing in the Park" at Cornersville had to be moved to the United Methodist Church which we appreciated although the rain hindered many from coming. The Jimmy Crowell & Friends only got to do about three numbers when the rain came down and they had to stop.

The Southern gospel and country entitled A Little Bit of Heaven, Boys Down the Road, bluegrass and Calvin Chapman, Perrett and Friends, Dona and Katherine McCollum violin and fiddle at 6 p.m. We had to leave at 4 o'clock but the ones we heard were great.

We had to go to Old Orchard Cemetery to put flowers out and on back to the Town Hall in Petersburg by 5:30 to Pickin'n'Grinnin' until 9 p.m., a full day!

We had about 15 pickers and a house full of grinners. Thanks to all who came. The next Pickin'n'Grinnin,' Second Saturday night in June, will be on the square in Petersburg for "Old Glory Day." I'll be writing more about Old Glory Day. June 13th will be the date beginning at 6:30 p.m. and at 9 p.m. a professional fire works display by Michael Head.

Mark June 13 in red on your calendars and plan to be at Old Glory Day.

We had several visitors at church Sunday morning (Mother's Day). Mr. and Mrs Ricky Douglas of La Grange, Ga., Donna Looney, Justin and Amber, Wendy Ridley and Jenna Hope all came as guests of Gary and June Douglas. Brain Williams of Murfreesboro as guests of his parents, Melissa and Tony Williams, Michael Head was also a visitor.

We were so pleased to have Tracey Hemphill and sons, Tyler, Derek, and Alton come to the morning service while David lay in Gallant Funeral Home in Fayettville. Our love and sympathy went out to them and we admired them so much for their love and respect for David. He came to Church at Catalpa when he was able.

We missed Jesse and Marilyn Head Sunday morning due to Jesse not feeling up to coming but they came Sunday night.

The Decorations coming up will be May 17 at Talley Cemetery. The speaker will be Matt Yuhas at 2 p.m. Song leading by Ray King. The trustees will take turns being there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for donations. Donations can also be mailed to Joyce Burns, Treasurer, 6969 Delina Rd., Petersburg, TN 37144.

The decoration will be May 17 at Unity Cemetery near Howell. Mrs. Ray Sawyers is the treasurer.

The 4th Sunday afternoon, the decoration will be at New Hope on Fishing Ford Road and the 4th Sunday at the Welch Cemetery on Fuss Hollow Road.

Decorations already past have been the 2nd Saturday morning at Short and the Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Lone Oak, Lewisburg, Old Orchard at Petersburg and Medium at Delina.

The monthly Gospel singing will be May 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Delina Church of Christ. The date was changed from the 2nd Sunday to the third because of Mothers Day.

Cane Creek Church of Christ will hold their Gospel meeting May 24th thru May 27th. Bill Cantrell will be the speaker. Sunday morning services begin at 10 a.m. After the morning service there will be a potluck meal in the Annex. Saturday evening service will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday services begin at 7 p.m.

Bro. Carpenter and Alice visited the Bobby Porters and Mrs. Sadie Hemphill Sunday afternoon to offer sympathy to them in the loss of David. They visited David when he was in the Huntsville Hospital for surgery on several occasions and had prayers with the family.

Sunday night after our service we honored Bro. Carpenter on his 69th birthday with cake and ice cream and other finger foods. His special day was May 14th. He will be with us 32 years the first Sunday in June.

Next Sunday (3rd Sunday) the Carpenters will be gone and Jared Pack from

Freed-Hardeman University will preach at Catalpa. We will appreciate all visitors coming to Catalpa who will be attending the decoration at Talley Cemetery.

The monthly singing in Marshall County will be Sunday May 17th hosted by Delina Church of Christ. Most all of our members at Catalpa have many relatives buried at Talley and won't be at the singing but those who can be there will enjoy singing praises to the Lord.

Our sister congregation, Ostella invites every one to Friends, Family and Neighbors Day May 17th. There will be a potluck dinner held after the morning services at the fire hall building.

There will also be Friends and Family Day May 17 at Westvue Church of Christ in Lewisburg with morning worship at 9 a.m. Bible classes at 10:15 a.m. A potluck meal following Bible classes. Singing in the auditorium at 12:30 p.m. and afternoon worship at 1 p.m. No 6 p.m. service.

May 17 will be a busy day I do believe.

May 15 at 6:30 p.m. is the Petersburg Lions Club Walking Horse Show in the Lions Club Park. Entrance fee will be $5. This is one of the best money-raising events for Petersburg. On Saturday they will host the Country Boy Spotted Horse Show also at the Petersburg Lions Club Park.

May 15 there will be an upcoming event at Lisa's Consignment and Flea Market and Public Auction at 3910 Fayetteville Highway, Petersburg at 6:30 p.m.

The flea market is open from 7 a.m. till ?? on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

We have been by there; they have lots of items for sale. The consignments are accepted on Thursdays only and all items must be in good condition for sale.

Don't forget the first Saturday in June (June 6) will be registration for the Morgan-Petersburg Schools Reunion, beginning at 10 a.m. I will repeat this again but mark June 6 on your calendar.

Happy Birthday to the following: May 14, Edwin Carpenter; May 14, Melonie Pack; May 11, Randy Taylor; May 18, Nathan Taylor; May 8, Maylene Dillor; May 22, Jessie Daniel Foster; May 22, Doylene Hastings; May 22, Emily Campbell; May 25, Annie Stone; May 28, Ricky Douglas; May 30, Jared Pack; May 30, Rebeckah Talley; May 31, Charlie Pack. I hope all these May folks have many happy returns. One more birthday in May will be May 25, Kim Gault. We are missing Kim on Sunday mornings; she goes to Lewisburg to drive her aunt and uncle to Hickory Heights Church of Christ since they don't drive anymore. We are glad she comes to our evening worship.

In loving memory of David E. Hemphill, age 47, who lost a long hard battle with cancer, May 9th. His funeral was on Tuesday, May 12, from the Chapel of Gallant and Riverview Funeral Home. Larry Smith officiated. Burial was in Talley Cemetery. David is survived by his wife Tracey Hemphill and sons, Tyler, Derek, Carl Alton and Robert; his mother, Sadie Hemphill; sisters, Gail Porter, Rhonda Waters, and Charlotte Gower; and brother, Douglas Hemphill. He was preceded in death by his father Edward Hemphill.

His obituary was in the Wednesday Tribune. I want to extend loving sympathy to his family in their great loss. Things aren't easy for them but David was a good son, husband, father, brother and a member of the Church of Christ. They will all have precious memories to cherish of David. He came to Church at Catalpa many times when he was hurting and we all admired him for his courage and our prayers went up for the Lord to help him.

We hope his family will continue to look to the Lord for peace and comfort and realize David is out of his suffering now and God is sheltering them with his love through the people who care about them.

I will close with the recipes. Soon it will be squash recipes and I will "jump the gun" and give this one.

Squash - Sausage Casserole

1 qt. cooked squash

1 8 oz. carton sour cream

1 large onion, chopped

3 cups grated cheddar cheese

Mix together and let cheese melt. Fry 1 lb. sausage and combine with other ingredients. Put in a greased casserole dish. Top with crushed cracker crumbs, dotted with butter or margarine. Bake at 350 degrees until brown.

Tennessee Country Ham & Asparagus Sandwich Roll-Ups

15 slices white whole wheat bread

1/2 pound thinly sliced Tennessee country ham, in deli

1 can asparagus spears, drained

1 pack Parmesan cheese slices

1 recipe garlic Parmesan spread, below

melted butter and Parmesan cheese

Remove crusts from bread (freeze for later use), arrange slices on wax paper and roll with rolling pin. Spread one and one-half teaspoon spread of on each slice. Arrange country ham, cheese slices, and asparagus spears diagonally across bread. Carefully roll up and secure with toothpicks. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Garlic Parmesan Spread

1/2 c. unsalted butter,

1/4 c. Parmesan cheese

2 Tsp. mayonnaise

1 tsp. chopped garlic

2 green onions, finely chopped, use scissors to chop green ends

1/2 tsp. parsley flakes

1/4 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Emily Gordon's 12-year-old granddaughter gave this recipe for the Lewisburg FCE devotional and her older sister prayed.

Easter Story Cookies

1 cup whole pecans

1 tsp. vinegar

3 egg whites

1/8 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place pecans in a zippered bag, and beat bag with a spoon to break into pieces. (After Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat Him.)

Taste the bitter vinegar before putting it into a mixing bowl. (When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.)

Add egg whites to vinegar. (The egg whites represent life. Jesus gave His life for us.)

Taste the salt before putting 1/8 teaspoon into the bowl. (The salt represents the salty tears that were shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sins.)

Add sugar. (The sweetest part of this story is that Jesus died because He loved us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.)

Beat with a mixer on high for 12 - 15 minutes, until stiff peaks form. (The color white represents the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.)

Fold in the broken pecans. Drop the cookies by teaspoons onto a waxed paper covered cookie sheet. (Each mound represents the rock tomb where Jesus was laid.)

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door, and turn the oven off. Put a piece of tape on the oven door to tape it shut. (Jesus was sealed in the tomb. Jesus' followers were sad when the tomb was sealed and they had to leave Jesus in there.)

In the morning, open the oven. Notice the cracked surface of the cookies, and then take a bite. The cookies will be hollow. (On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb empty. He is risen. He wants us to know him as our Savior.)

April 2009, Mature Living Magazine

I've had one mess of Poke Sallet that I picked from around the yard fence and was it good!

We still have the little brown and white female dog that someone dropped at our house. She is friendly, needs a good home, and is free to anyone who will take her. You may call 931-659-9136 after 5 p.m.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune and hope to be at Collectors' Closet Wednesday.