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11/20/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Now Thank We All Our God

“If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe,
Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot
do less than acknowledge my dependence.”

G. A. Johnston Ross
(1865 - 1937)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We're moving into the final stretch!

BONUS - - Now Thank We All Our God - The Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia  - sing-along version


"Now thank we all our God" is a popular Christian hymn. It is a translation from the German "Nun danket alle Gott", written circa 1636 by Martin Rinkart (1586–1649), which in turn was inspired by Sirach, chapter 50 verses 22–24, from the praises of Simon the high priest. It was translated into English in the 19th Century by Catherine Winkworth.

Martin Rinkart was a Lutheran minister who came to Eilenburg, Saxony at the beginning of the Thirty years war. The walled city of Eilenberg became the refuge for political and military fugitives, but the result was overcrowding, and deadly pestilence and famine. Armies overran it three times. The Rinkart home was a refuge for the victims, even though he was often hard-pressed to provide for his own family. During the height of a severe plague in 1637, Rinkart was the only surviving pastor in Eilenberg, conducting as many as 50 funerals in a day. He performed more than 4000 funerals in that year, including that of his wife.

During this time, Rinkart was a prolific hymn writer. In Rinkart's "Jesu Hertz-Buchlein" (Leipzig, Germany: 1636), the hymn appears under the title "Tisch-Gebetlein," or a short prayer before meals. The exact date of "Nun danket alle Gott" is in question, but it is known that it was widely sung by the time the Treaty of Westphalia was signed in 1648.

The tune for "Now thank we all our God" is the Leuthen Chorale and is attributed to Johann Crüger and written circa 1647, is used in J.S. Bach's BWV 386 and BWV 657. The now-standard harmonisation was devised by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840 when he adopted the hymn, sung in the now-standard key of F major and with its original German lyrics, as the chorale to his second symphony, known as the Lobgesang or Hymn of Praise. Also, the Late-Romantic German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert is one of the more recent composers to use this hymn, composing a 'Marche Triomphale' which is a famous piece in the classical pipe organ repertoire. After the Battle of Leuthen in the Seven Years' War, a soldier of the victorious Prussian army started to sing it, and soon all 25,000 joined in the hymn.

It is often used in Christian weddings and other joyous religious ceremonies, and in Germany it is sung on occasions of national thanksgiving.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  The late Rose Woodard Groff ('65) ( deceased 10/14/84)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND   John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10) !

24 -     Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA;

25 -   Donnie Satisky ('56) of Northern VA AND    Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;

26 -   Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 20, 1940 - Hungary became a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.

November 20, 1943 - The Battle of Tarawa (Operation Galvanic) began – United States Marines landed on Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands and sufferred heavy fire from Japanese shore guns and machine guns.

November 20, 1945 - Nuremberg Trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals started at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.

November 20, 2002 - The German film "Goebbels and Geduldig" aired on national television in Germany. It was the first Germany made satirical film on the Nazis.


Tuesday, November 20, 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis ended: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ended the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.

From Lee Burns of MO - 11/19/12 - "Obituary Information on Robert Burns NNHS 71":

Hi, there were many misspellings and errors in the original obituary at the Daily Press for my brother Robert Burns. Apparently the info on your site is a copy of that so it does not contain the corrected obituary now available on the Daily Press obituary pages. Would it be possible for you to update to use the corrected info? The part before the funeral arrangement info should read:

YORKTOWN - Robert Eugene Burns, 59, passed away Friday, March 2, 2012.

He was born Jan. 7, 1953, in Hutchins, Texas, and has resided in York County for the past 26 years.

Robert worked for York County as a Building Official. He became a member of Local 540 in 1976.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie Maude and Leburn Otis Burns Sr.; and sisters, Margaret Burns Edwards, Barbara Burns Reeves, and Carol Burns Crouch.

Robert is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cindy Burns; son, Phillip; daughter, Lauren all of York County; brother, Lee Burns and wife Vicki, of St. Louis, Mo.; brothers-in-law, Richard and David Wilsted, of Newport News, and Bruce Edwards, of Poquoson; special friend, Gene Hutchins; and many nieces and nephews.



   Thank you so much, Lee! I've amended Robert's Memorial Newsletter now:

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 11/19/12 - "WOMEN Must watch health video... must watch please...":

I know that I’ve sent this to lots of guys, but there must be an important woman that needs to see and hear this……

WOMEN Must watch health video

For men to watch too so they can recognize the symptoms..

Funny video but true!
Women Please watch!
Short (Funny) Video on Heart Attacks-Please Watch!
When I rec'd this I thought how can this be funny...
But, it is great! Please share with all the women in your life.
A positive teaching tool, very well done. It is also very informative. - Women-premiere-short-film-just-a-little-heart-attack.

   Thanks so very much, Wayne!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/19/12 - "Thankfulness & More":
Please, especially at this time of year.. don't forget those who are without.

 ** Thankfulness **

“. . . my obsession with gratefulness. I can't stop. Just now, I press the elevator button and am thankful that it arrives quickly. I get onto the elevator and am thankful that the elevator cable didn't snap and plummet me to the basement. I go to the fifth floor and am thankful that I didn't have to stop on the second or third or fourth floor. I get out and am thankful that Julie left the door unlocked so I don't have to rummage for my King Kong key ring. I walk in, and am thankful that Jasper is home and healthy and stuffing his face with pineapple wedges. And on and on. I'm actually muttering to myself, 'Thank you. . .thank you. . . thank you.' It's an odd way to live. But also kind of great and powerful. I've never before been so aware of the thousands of little good things, the thousands of things that  go right every day.”

― A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful. We let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to His goodness it becomes a routine..”
― Joel Osteen

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
― Harry A. Ironside

“Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy. If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so. ”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
- Garrison Keillor

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

I thank you God for this most amazing day,
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and for the blue dream of sky
and for everything which is natural,
which is infinite, which is yes.

- e. e. cummings



*-- Making Her Point --*

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer... Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.

When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What mouse walks on two legs?

A: Mickey Mouse!

Q: What duck walks on two legs?

A: All ducks walk on two legs!



There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every 8 inhabitants.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland in considered an insult.

Undertakers report that human bodies do not deteriorate as fast as they used to. The reason, they believe, is that the modern diet contains so many preservatives, that these chemicals tend to prevent the body from decomposition as rapidly after death.

The Nike "swoosh" logo was designed by University of Oregon student Carolyn Davidson in 1964 - four years after business undergrad Phil Knight and track coach Bill Bowerman founded the company they originally called Blue Ribbon Sports. Ms. Davidson was paid $35 dollars for her design.

The penny and the Sacajawea dollar are the only coins currently minted in the United States with profiles that face to the right. All other U.S. coins - the half dollar, quarter, dime, and nickel - feature profiles that face to the left.



"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment."

-- Jim Rohn



Humidifiers. Using a humidifier can reduce your heating costs because moist air retains heat better than dry air. There are other benefits to using a humidifier as well: they reduce static electricity (and annoying winter time shocks!), dry skin, and make it easier to breathe. Cost: $30 and up.

Use fans to move the heated air around your house. If you have ceiling fans, set them on the lowest speed and have them push the warm air at the ceiling down to your level (warm air rises). This could allow you to lower the temperature of your thermostat by making the room feel a lot warmer.

Casseroles! Making meals at home saves money (especially if you make enough for leftovers) and using your stove helps keep your home nice and toasty without running the furnace.


"May a thread of comfort be woven through your difficult days."

- Mary Anne Radmacher


Bloom Where You're Planted!

In an effort to be cordial, I asked a certain young man how he was doing one day. Instead of hearing the common curt response of "Fine," he said, "I feel like I have dug myself in a hole."

My response to him was, "The only place you start out on top is when you are digging a hole!

Immediately he retorted, "I didn't think I was digging a hole; I thought I was laying a foundation!"

Well, the truth of the matter is that everything is a matter of perception. Your outlook determines your outcome!

It's better to be in a hole than in a rut.

A rut is simply a grave with both ends kicked out! The hole that this young man dug for himself was his foundation.

This is a process of life.

You lose before you gain.

You give before you get.

You follow before you lead.

You establish a solid foundation before you build.

Before a farmer sows his fields, he first digs holes.

Every beautiful flower starts out as a seed in a hole.

Every fruit-bearing tree gets its start in a hole.

Most of us are in a hole of debt before we can graduate from college, but we don't have to stay there!

While digging a hole is dirty work and frustrating at times, it is necessary. Thomas Edison aptly stated, "Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress."

So although being in a hole is confining and irritating, just hang on and learn to bloom where you are planted!

A pearl is formed in an oyster because of an irritant that enters. That irritant causes a secretion to be released, which actually forms the pearl. So, while you are irritated, realize that a valuable pearl is being formed deep within you.

Keep digging, learning and bloom where you are planted!

~ Bishop Dale C. Bronner, D. Min.

   Thank you, Shari!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/19/12:


BONUS CROCHET PATTERN: - Mary Jane Protus' One Skein Throw

     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/19/12 - Sensational Double Layer Pumpkin Pie PLUS Rice in Cream Pudding:

     I'm not sure when I'll be making either of these recipes this year,, but whenever I do, they'll be scrumptious! - Slow Cooker Baked Ham with Mustard Glaze

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/24/12, 12:32 PM - "More Really Cool Ideas (#17 in a Series of 18)":
Some of these are really great ideas.
Had 2 Share

     WOWZERS! Thanks, Ruthie!  


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#3 in a Series of 36)":

  Some fun pics. Enjoy

   AWW! How precious - thanks, Joan!



From - 11/19/12:
Two barbershops were in red-hot competition. One put up a sign advertising haircuts for 7-dollars.

His competitor put up one that read, “We repair 7-dollars hair cuts.”

1. Thursday, December 6, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 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 11/09/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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


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Flowers in Pumpkin Vase clip art courtesy of - 10/31/04

Lacy Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/04/04

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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Now Thank We All Our God (Nun danket alle Gott)

Based on Ecclesiasticus 50:22-24 by Martin Rinkart (23 Apr 1586 - 08 Dec 1649), @1636

Translated by Catherine Winkworth (13 Sept 1827 - 01 July 1878)

Music: Johann Crüger (09 Apr 1598 - 23 Feb 1662), @1647; Harmony by Felix Mendelssohn (03 Feb 1809 - 04 Nov 1847), 1840

Now thank we all our God,
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us still in grace,
And guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills,
In this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given;
The Son, and him who reigns
With them in highest heaven;
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.