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01/06/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
Epiphany - We Three Kings of Orient Are

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

~ Matthew 2: 1-10

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas. As we as Latter-day Saints do not personally observe this Visitation of the Magi, my children know this primarily as "The Day Mom Gets Really REALLY Sad Because She Has to Take Down All Her Christmas Decorations - Unless She Can Find a Loophole."

   But here we try to observe it in a more traditional fashion each year - as you will see in your homework assignments.

BONUS - - We Three Kings of Orient Are


"We Three Kings", also known as "We Three Kings of Orient Are" or "The Quest of the Magi", is a Christmas carol that was written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr., in 1857. At the time of composing the carol, Hopkins served as the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and he wrote the carol for a Christmas pageant in New York City. It remains one of the most popular and most frequently sung Christmas carols in the United States today.[1]

John Henry Hopkins, Jr., organized the carol in such a way that three male voices would each sing a single verse by himself, in order to correspond with the three kings.[2] The first and last verses of the carol are sung together by all three as "verses of praise", while the intermediate verses are sung individually, with each king describing the gift he was bringing.[3] The refrain proceeds to praise the beauty of the Star of Bethlehem.[4] Nowadays, however, the Magi's solos are typically not observed when singing the carol.[2]

The carol's melody has been described as "sad" and "shifting" in nature.[5] Because of this, it highly resembles a song from the Middle Ages and Middle Eastern music, both of which it has been frequently compared to.[5]

The context of the carol centres around the Biblical Magi, who visited Jesus during his Nativity and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh while paying homage to him. Though the event is recounted in the Gospel of Matthew, there are no further details given with regards to their names, the number of Magi that were present or whether they were even royal.[6][7] Hence, the names of the Magi—Melchior, Casper and Balthazar—and their status as kings from the Orient are legendary and based on tradition.[7][4] The notion of three kings stems from the fact that there were three separate gifts that were given...[8]


Happy Birthday today to   
 Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND  the late Steve Veazey ('60) (d. 10/29/17) AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57) AND My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

08 -    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND   Pat Branch Coltrane ('57) AND Bill Collins ('63) AND   Ruth Thom Chapman ('63) AND the late Garland Reece ('70) (d. 23 Mar 2001);

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND  Alvin Blankenship ('63) AND  Joe Dickson ('66) of VA;

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND  Suzanne Mason Haff (Warwick HS - '61) of NC AND  the late Bob Parrish ('68) (deceased 12 Jan 2013);

11 -   My Brother-in-Law, the late Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (d. 07 May 2005) AND   Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND  Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND  Ron Smith ('65) of VA AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA AND  FlyLady of NC;

13 -  My Grandson, Hunter Huber (Overhills HS, NC - '21), of NC!
   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 06, 19__ - What? AGAIN?!? I find this hard to believe.


Saturday, January 06, 1968 - Director, producer, and screenwriter John Singleton was born John Daniel Singleton in Los Angeles, California.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/05/15:

“Many choices are not inherently evil, but if they absorb all of our time and keep us from the best choices, then they become insidious. Even worthwhile endeavors need evaluation in order to determine if they have become distractions from the best goals.”

- Quentin L. Cook
(b. 08 Sept 1940)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/06/18:

   Thank you, Joan!

   From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 01/05/18, 4:44 PM - "Dangerous Wind Chills Expected":

  From US National Weather Service, Wakefield, VA:

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 6 PM until 10 AM tomorrow for the entire forecast area. Cold temperatures and winds will make it feel like 0 to -15 degrees at times tonight/tomorrow morning. Bundle up if you must be out!

   YOWZERONI! Thank you, Tommee! Y'all be careful!


From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of GA - 01/05/16:

  EXACTAMUNDO! Thanks, Jane!

“ is impossible I could have been in two places at once, unless I were a bird.”

- Sir Boyle Roche
(Oct 1736 – 05 June 1807)

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/26/17 - "Wishing you all a fantastic 2018!!! (#6 in a series of 10)":

  Wishing you all a fantastic 2018!!!

Let today be a day to take life less seriously.
Take the weight of the world off your shoulders.
Choose Joy!

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

     BRILLIANT! Thank you, Shari!



Three Wise Men: Crochet Nativity Add-On - "...The wise men and the headdresses are all made with worsted weight yarn. I used a couple different brands; most of it is Red Heart Super Saver, with some Lion Brand and Big Twist Brand from JoAnn. For the gifts and small accents on the headdresses I felt like I wanted to use a thinner yarn so that they could be make a little more delicate, less clunky than they would have been with a worsted weight yarn..."


Three Kings Knitting Patterns - "The fourth and final stage of our Nativity KAL is The Three Kings!"

The Feast of Epiphany: Last-Minute Ideas for Tonight's 'Little Christmas' Celebration - "The day of Epiphany is here, with people around the world ringing in 'Little Christmas,' a celebration of the arrival of the Three Wise Men to the Christ child’s presence. The day is celebrated by Christians throughout the world with traditional feasts and foods served to commemorate the special occasion..."

From - 01/05/18:

April teaches many aerobic classes. She told a lady who was looking to sign up for the class to wear loose fitting clothing to the class.

"Honey," the lady replied, "if I had any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't be signing up for an exercise class."

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/05/18

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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We Three Kings of Orient Are

Words and Music by the Rev. John Henry Hopkins (1820-1891), 1857

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to rein

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Pray'r and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav'n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

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 "We Three Kings of Orient Are" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"We Three Kings of Orient Are" lyrics courtesy of - 01/02/08

"Wise Men Still Seek Him" Image courtesy of - 01/05/08
through the untiring efforts of My 21-Year-Old Daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC, to find me just the right image.
Thanks so much, Adrienne!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

FlyLady Logo courtesy of - 10/13/11

Overhills High School (NC) logo courtesy of - 09/11/17

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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