Catalpa notes

Monday, August 31, 2009

I appreciate the headline on my last week's column: "Gospel Singing is a Big Hit." August 28 we are planning to go to Lynnville Church of Christ to the Friday night area-wide singing from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sept. 4, Catalpa Church of Christ invites everyone to come to the area-wide singing. These area-wide Friday night singings are really great. Our building really has good acoustics and the singing is beautiful.

Also the Diana Singing will be Sept. 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday nights).

Bro. Carpenter and Alice won't be with us Sunday as they are taking a vacation to Tansy Village at Crossville. Bro. Winford Claiborne of West Fayetteville Church of Christ will preach for us Sunday morning and teach the adult Bible class.

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 a burden 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're afraid,

Pray a little!

If you'll do these every day

Sing and rest and smile and pray

Just a little!

Doylene, Janice and I loved going to Cornersville's Ladies' Day. The next Ladies' Day we want to go to will be at Westvue Church of Christ on Sept. 12. If I get more information I will pass it on. We appreciate all the hard work the ladies do.

Sunday, Aug. 30, we hope to go to one of our favorite places. This will be the 25th anniversary of John and Janie Lovett's ownership of Falls Mill. There will be food, music, demonstrations of the antique machinery, and artisans who have been there in the past. The mill will be open from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

We will sit on the back bench at Church Sunday and will leave after the Lord's Supper, and hope to be at Falls Mill by 1 p.m.

Our morning market at Tate's Store Aug. 15 we enjoyed having several to come by. We hope to have another morning market the third Saturday in September. I will repeat it. Collector's Closet is open Wednesday (my day), Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 276-2675.

Our Petersburg FCE picnic had a small crowd to come and Boys Down the Road had some who couldn't come. However, we had some good picking and singing and good food to enjoy. We regretted that Alfred Hastings was in St. Thomas Hospital and he and Dot couldn't be with us. Our prayers are with Alf to soon be better and back home.

We still have sickness at Church. Marilyn Head is at home after having surgery in Lincoln Medical Center. Our prayers are with her that she will keep improving.

We were glad Nicky and Willene Foster and their grandson were with us Sunday morning. They said the little seven-month-old grandson is still having to be in Vanderbilt Hospital. We are praying he will soon be better.

Our little Ella Murdock will undergo surgery this week for removal of her tonsils. We are praying for her to be OK. Our prayers are also with Melba Irwin of Farmington Church of Christ to soon be better and have a better quality of health. She and her husband Bill are dear friends of ours. May the Lord help Melba to overcome her illness. She has been a valuable registered nurse at St. Thomas Hospital for several years and drives there from her home in Lewisburg.

We are so thankful that our good friend Wayne Winsett is back at church services at Cane Creek. Many prayers went up for "Boonie" from a fall he received. He was in the hospital and later in the NHC nursing home for several weeks.

We were so glad Bobby and Gail Porter were at the Sunday morning services; the members expressed their love and sympathy to Gail in the death of her mother, Mrs. Sadie Hemphill. A memorial service was given at the Kingdom Hall in Fayetteville Sunday afternoon from 4 to 4:30. Burial was in Talley Cemetery beside her husband, Edward Hemphill. The obituary was in Friday's Tribune. She is survived by three daughters, Gail, Rhonda, and Charlotte, and one son, Douglas, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

I wrote a eulogy last week and I repeat: all of us from the church at Catalpa want the family to know we are here for them and to remind them how much we care about them and that we are praying for them.

Bro. and Sister Carpenter went to the service at Kingdom Hall Sunday afternoon.

Sunday afternoon was the NHC service at Merihil. Larry Smith had a fine lesson for all the residents brought out to the lobby. The members from Catalpa attending were Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack, Doylene and I.

The church at Catalpa was so happy to have Matt Watson and Evan attend our morning services and we will be so glad to have them come back. They formerly attended Church at Church and we still miss them so much. Matt is a registered nurse and is with the Marshall County Ambulance Service.

I am still making Three-Day Ice Pickle, canning tomatoes, and so proud of all the cucumbers (big ones), tomatoes, and okra brought to us the past few days.

I am being lazy this week, thanks to Cornersville Ladies Day for the delicious meal we all enjoyed. I am sharing those recipes with all my party-liners, and thanks to my typesetter for printing them for me. My eyesight is not as good any more, but they are doing great reading my longhand. I appreciate their help so much.

The Ladies Day at Cornersville was a wonderful morning. The speaker, Ruth Orr, had a wonderful lesson, the singing was good, and the fellowship was enjoyable. Doylene, Janice and I from Catalpa Church of Christ attended. Thanks to Cornersville Church of Christ for all the hard work so many of the ladies did to make it a great spiritual feast.

A Favorite Recipe

"Take a cup of Kindness, mix it well with Love, add a lot a Patience and Faith in God above. Sprinkle very generously with Joy and Thanks and Cheer and you will have Angel Food to feed on all the year."

Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole

2 1/2 sleeves Ritz(r) crackers

1 or 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds

1 (16 oz.) container sour cream

2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted

3 to 4 large chicken breasts, cooked and cut up

1 stick margarine

Butter the bottom of a casserole dish. Crumble one sleeve of Ritz(r) crackers in the dish for the crust. In a bowl, mix one sleeve of crackers, poppy seeds, sour cream, soup and chicken. Spread in casserole and crumble remaining crackers on top. Melt margarine and pour over casserole. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Rebecca Hickman

Broccoli Salad

2 heads broccoli

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Cut up broccoli and onions. Mix in raisins and pecans. In a different bowl mix mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar. Pour over broccoli mixture. Chill and enjoy.

Cherry Whip Salad

1 lb. can cherry pie filling

1 lb. can crushed pineapple (do not drain)

1 can Eagle Brand milk

1 large Cool Whip

1 cup nuts

Mix pie filling, pineapple, milk, Cool Whip and nuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve. May be frozen.

Lois Hickman

Sundrop Cake


1 box Lemon Supreme cake mix

1 small lemon instant pudding

1 (12 oz.) can Sundrop

3 eggs

3/4 cup oil

Mix all ingredients. Bake in a 10-inch bundt pan at 325 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.


1 cup powdered sugar

1/8 cup lemon juice

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Add lemon juice to the powdered sugar. Add vanilla and mix well. Pour glaze on top of warm cake.

Shannon Wells

Hope to see you all next week via the Tribune.