Catalpa notes

Friday, November 13, 2009


We have been thankful to have some sunshine, but rain is coming in tonight (Monday) the weather men tell us.

Since Thanksgiving is coming soon, I will write a few lines of a favorite hymn of mine.

"Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done."

We have so many things to be deeply thankful for and a reason for thanksgiving every hour of the day and not just on the day set aside, the last Thursday in November. Let us give thanks for the blessings that are ours daily, and to the Lord for all the thoughtful caring things He always does for us.

May the coming season of Thanksgiving serve to remind us throughout the year to turn our grateful lives toward God.

There are several events coming up all during November that many will be able to attend and enjoy. I keep repeating those I know about. I just hope many will enjoy going to them.

I'm sure many ladies will be at the Church Street Church of Christ Annex to see and hear Ann Throneberry on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Next week I will probably have some of her recipes in my column.

Friday night, Nov. 13, will be the Friday night area-wide Gospel Singing at Lone Oak Church of Christ from 7 to 9 p.m. The singing will be great; we don't want to miss it.

Nov. 14 will be a big day at Lynnville: it will be their Christmas Village. We plan to attend, weather permitting.

Saturday night (Nov. 14) will be the Pickin'n'Grinnin' from 5 to 9 p.m. We usually have about 15 pickers (banjo, guitar, violin, mandolin, bass fiddle, dobro) and some vocalists. We have a full house of grinners. A potluck meal from 7 to 8 that everyone enjoys, and back with the music until 9 p.m. I hope many will come to Petersburg's Town Hall every second Saturday night for good, clean entertainment, free of charge - bluegrass, country, and Gospel.

Nov. 15 the Catalpa Church of Christ members will go to the Howell Church of Christ for the 3rd Sunday night service at 6 p.m. with the congregation there.

Nov. 21 will be the Christmas Village in the Marshall County National Guard Armory, sponsored by the Marshall County Red Cross. For more information, call Anna Childress. I plan to be there with all my canning and I hope to have many come by. We will be open until 4 p.m.

That night (Nov. 21) will be the Petersburg Senior Citizens Fall Benefit. There will be a fish and chicken supper with all the trimmings, starting at 5:30 p.m. Carry outs will be available. Musical entertainment will be provided at 7 p.m. by Mark Colbert will be featured as musician. For more information, call Kay Boles (659-9654), Frances Welch (659-9050), or the Senior Center (659-9706).

Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8, was Second Sunday monthly singing at Ostella Church of Christ. The singing was really good. Those from Catalpa attending were Bro. Carpenter and Alice, Melissa and Tony Williams, and Doylene and Ruth Hastings.

Tony and Melissa Williams invited everyone from Church Saturday night to their house for a get-together and chili supper. The chili was delicious, along with dessert and a drink. Plans and suggestions for having more events to take place in 2010 to help the church grow were discussed.

The Larry Richardson family here on the Delina Road wish to thank everyone for all the help during their sad loss of their mother, Mrs. Clara Ruth Richardson. A thank you from all her loved ones has been sent to the local paper.

Get well wishes to our friend, Mr. George Woods of Farmington Church of Christ. He is in NHC Merihil after suffering two strokes. May the Lord help him to recover satisfactorily and be able to resume his place at church.

Friends of Ralphine Derryberry regret to hear of her falling and breaking her elbow. She attends all the Gospel Singings and we love to hear her beautiful alto voice. We hope her elbow will heal soon.

Our prayers at Catalpa continue to be with Mr. Steve Reavis, father of Julie Murdock, who is seriously ill at home.

We are happy to have Julie and the twins, Ella and Neyland, and Landry at church. I want to wish Ella and Neyland a happy belated birthday the last of October.

Happy Birthday to Marilyn Head. Nov. 7 was her special day. We are all proud Jess Frank is better and back at church after suffering a fall recently at his home.

We are missing the Mike Kellars from church and our prayers are with Mrs. Kellar to get better and have a better quality of health so she can get back to church. We are missing them.

Teri Lyn Pack is being missed at church due to sickness. Charlie Pack is still having trouble with his leg that was broken several weeks ago and is still having to wear a cast, but Charlie still comes to church.

I will close now with the recipes and a Thanksgiving prayer.

Crockpot Chicken and Dressing

4 chicken breasts, deboned and chopped

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 stick margarine, melted

2 eggs

1 tablespoon sage

1/2 teaspoon pepper

5 cups cornbread crumbs

2 cups biscuit crumbs

1 medium onion, chopped

2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth

Put half a can of cream of chicken soup in bottom of crockpot. Mix crumbs, one can of cream of chicken soup, a can of chicken broth, and margarine. Add eggs, onion, and sage; mix well. Put alternate layers of dressing and chicken in crockpot, ending with chicken on top. Spread the remaining half can of soup on top. Cook for 3 hours on low. Serves 6.

Creamy Turkey Pot Pies

1 package (10 oz.) Pepperidge Farm puff pastry shells

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup milk

1 package (10 oz.) frozen peas and carrots

2 cups shredded cooked turkey

Prepare pastry shells according to package directions. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until it's tender, stirring occasionally. Stir soup, milk, peas and carrots into skillet and heat to a boil Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in turkey and cook until mixture is hot and bubbling. Spoon turkey mixture into pastry shells and serve.

Kentucky Chocolate Chip Pie

1 stick margarine, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts

1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt margarine and set aside. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Add margarine and beat well. Put in unbaked pastry shell and bake for 50 minutes.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

9 cups non-fat dry powdered milk

1 (16 oz.) box chocolate drink mix (3 1/4 cups) or Nesquik powder

1 (6 oz.) can dry coffee creamer

2 cups powdered sugar

Mix well and store in an airtight container. To make hot chocolate, stir 1/4 cup of mix into 1 cup of hot water.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Oh, God, when I have food,

help me to remember the hungry;

When I have work, help me

to remember the jobless;

When I have a warm home,

help me to remember the homeless;

When I am without pain,

help me to remember those who suffer;

And remembering, help me

to destroy my complacency

and bestir my compassion.

Make me concerned enough

to help, by word and deed,

those who cry out

for what we take for granted.

Samuel F. Pugh

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune.