Catalpa notes

Friday, June 5, 2009


I will get on with my news as my eyes are not cooperating too well tonight, but I have a fine typesetter who will help me, I know.

The Morgan/Petersburg schools will meet Saturday morning (June 6) on the Morgan Prep School and Petersburg High School grounds. Registration begins at 10 a.m. A catered lunch will be served at noon by Angie's Catering for $7 a plate.

Saturday, June 6, at the Petersburg Senior Center on Railroad Street will be gospel singing by the Melody Five at 7 p.m. A supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. The menu is baked ham, potato salad, baked beans, roll, desert and a drink for $6 a plate. Carryouts will be available; call 659-9706 for carryouts.

The next Saturday in Petersburg will be June 13, a fun-filled day: the very popular all-day Chicken Festival in Lions Club Park.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, on the Petersburg town square will be Old Glory Day celebrations. There will be free hamburgers and hot dogs and bluegrass music (all musicians welcome). Bring your lawn chair and enjoy hearing the music, plus good food and good fellowship with friends and neighbors who are supportive and proud of Petersburg.

The Pickin'n'Grinnin' will be there in Park, instead of at the Town Hall, until 9 p.m.

At 9 p.m. a professional fireworks display by Michael Head will be enjoyed.

Hopefully the weather will be nice for June 13's Chicken Festival and Old Glory Day.

The Diana Singing will be a great place to go Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, under the big shed at Diana at 7:30 p.m. A gospel meeting will be at the Diana Church of Christ.

Janice, Doylene and I enjoyed going to the Sawyers Reunion on Saturday, May 30, held in the Lois Church of Christ Fellowship Hall near Lynchburg. Sam Gary Sawyers and grandson Nathan Sawyers and his cousin Jeffry Posey of Delina also attended.

Congratulations to Star Murdock. She graduated with honors from University of Tennessee at Martin on May 9. She is the daughter of Mike and Kim Murdock.

Happy Anniversary to Roy and Betty Holt, June 3; Tim and Julie Murdock, June 24; Don and Emily Ramey, June 25; Henry and Agnes Prendergrass, June 29; and Billy and Muriel Pigg, June 14. Happy Birthday to June Douglas, June 13; Blake Douglas, June 17; Dot Hastings, June 20; Karen Fulcher, June 27; Donna Looney, May 27; and Ricky Slaughter, May 24. Best wishes to all!

We were happy that three girls and a boy, neighbors of Alice Pack, came to our morning service and three came back for the evening service. We hope they will continue with Alice.

We were glad Willene Foster was able to come Sunday. She suffered a fall, injuring her shoulder, and had to miss. They bring their two grandchildren with them often. Willene and Nicky are still living in Lewisburg. We hope they will soon get moved to their home at Catalpa.

Larry Smith was missed from the morning service. He was preaching at Delina Sunday morning but came to Catalpa for the evening service. We missed him Sunday morning. Sunday morning, June 7, will be our 32nd anniversary with Bro. and Sister Carpenter. He preached his first sermon here the first Sunday in June 1977. The church at Catalpa has loved and appreciated them for these 32 years. Our prayer is: May the Lord bless them for all the good work he has done at Catalpa and may we have more good years together.

Several from Catalpa enjoyed going to the gospel meeting at Cane Creek Church of Christ. Bro. Bill Cantrell preached great sermons and the singing was ably led by Billy Pigg. We were so glad Billy was able to lead at most of the services and for Larry Pigg, his son, helping some of the nights. Billy has had some serious illness for several months. Our prayers are for him to keep on improving and to be able to keep up his fine singing as he has done for many years.

Several from Catalpa also enjoyed going to Lone Oak Church of Christ. Bro. Corey Barnett had great sermons. We were sorry Cane Creek and Lone Oak gospel meetings were the same week. Bro. Barnett is preaching at Farmington Church of Christ and we always enjoy his Sunday morning radio sermons.

I did not get an announcement about Farmington's Vacation Bible School in time to publicize it in my column. Farmington's VBS is in progress this week until Sunday morning. I hope we can go one night to the VBS.

Cornersville Church of Christ sent me their VBS and I appreciated it. Family Vacation Bible School is at the Cornersville Church of Christ from June 14 to 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The theme is "Fishing with the Master." There are classes for all ages from infant to adult. The adult class speakers are: Sunday, Charles Hardison; Monday, Rick Rolin; Tuesday, John Tracy; Wednesday, Benny Burns; Thursday, Corey Barnett. Sunday night there will be ice cream after the service, and Thursday night there is a picnic at 5:30 p.m.

I hope to write about Howell's gospel meeting and Liberty Valley's when I know all the information - both are in June.

Jeff Pack had to spend Friday night in Maury Regional Hospital, suffering from a kidney stone.

Mrs. Georgia Williams is seriously ill in Maury Regional Hospital. She is a good lady, loved by all who know her, and her home is here on Delina Road, our closest neighbor. Our hearts are sad to hear the bad news of Georgia's illness. Let us all keep her in our prayers and her sister, Jean Allman, and brother, Shorty Medley, to have the strength sufficient to endure whatever the future may hold for them. All live here on Delina Road.

I will have to write the eulogies for Robbie Lynn Sowell and Arliss Haislip later due to my eyesight.

Now for the recipes.

Scalloped Oysters

4 tablespoons butter or margarine

4 tablespoons flour

2 cups cream or milk

1 pint oysters

cracker crumbs

1/2 stick butter or margarine

Make a white sauce, using the butter, flour, and milk (or cream). Stir in oysters, and salt and pepper to taste. Make layers of oyster sauce and cracker crumbs in a casserole dish, ending up with cracker crumbs. Dot with the half stick of butter. Bake in a 375-degree oven until hot and bubbly.

I don't care for oysters, but Janice makes the scalloped oysters to take to our potluck dinners. Doyle really enjoyed oysters any way they were cooked.

Pork Chop Casserole

6 pork chops

1 package baby lima beans

1 No. 2 can tomatoes

1 small green pepper

1 medium onion

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Dash of pepper

Brown pork chops. Mix all other ingredients. Place in a casserole dish, top with the browned pork chops, and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Cottage Cheese and Pineapple Salad

2 packages lemon Jell-O

1 package lime Jell-O

1 1/2 cups hot water

1 can crushed pineapple, drained

1 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 cups Cool Whip

Combine Jell-O and hot water, stirring until dissolved. Let partially set. Fold in rest of ingredients. Pour into a glass dish and chill until firm.

Shoofly Pie

3 cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup butter or margarine

1 cup molasses

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon baking soda

A few drops of vinegar.

Blend flour, sugar, and butter until lumpy and save for topping. Blend molasses, hot water, soda and vinegar. Pour mixture into two unbaked piecrusts. Top with crumb mixture and bake in a 350-degree oven for 35 minutes.

I close with an English blessing, "May your path be strewn with flowers, memories, friends, and happy hours. May blessings come from Heaven above, to fill your life with peace and love."

I hope to be with you again next week via the Tribune.