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11/21/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Now Thank We All Our God

“And now pray ye to the God of all, who hath done great things in all the earth, who hath increased our days
from our mother’s womb, and hath done with us according to his mercy. May he grant us joyfulness
of heart, and that there be peace in our days in Israel for ever: That Israel may believe that the mercy
of God is with us, to deliver us in his days.”

- Sirach 50:22-24 (Ecclesiasticus 50:24-26)
Douay-Rheims Challoner

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The Thanksgiving themed Newsletters begin today - a Three-Fer. 

BONUS - - Now Thank We All Our God - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir


"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 Eilenburg 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 Eilenburg, 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 debated, but it is known that it was widely sung by the time the Treaty of Westphalia was signed in 1648.

The tune is the Leuthen Chorale and is attributed to Johann Crüger and written circa 1647. It is used in J.S. Bach's cantatas, such as BWV 79, 192, and in his BWV 252, 386 and 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. The Late-Romantic German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert was 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 today to June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND     Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA AND  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 - The late Donnie Satisky ('56) (deceased 11/24/15) AND   Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;

26 -  The late Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) (deceased 01/28/15) AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Susan Gary (Warwick HS / NNHS - '61) of VA AND Goldie Preville Knurr ('63) of CO AND  Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;

28 - Jennings Bryan (June '42) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 21, 1945 - On the second day of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, the tribunal began listening to evidence and testimony against 22 Nazi war criminals.  

Tuesday, November 21, 1967 - Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland told news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."

Tuesday, November 21, 1967 - Race car driver Ken Block was born in Long Beach, California.

Tuesday, November 21, 1967 - Baseball player Tripp Cromer was born Roy Bunyan Cromer, III in Lake City, South Carolina.

Tuesday, November 21, 1967 - Martial artist Toshihiko Koga (古賀 稔彦) was born in Kitashigeyasu, Saga, Japan.

Tuesday, November 21, 1967 - Author C. M. Eddy, Jr. (b. Clifford Martin Eddy Jr. on 18 Jan 1896 in Providence, Rhode Island) died Providence, Rhode Island in at the age of 71.

“Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief... Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without it there is arrogance and evil.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley, October 1964
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/21/17:

   Thank you, Joan!


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 11/20/17 - "Announcing my new book and availability":

Good morning!


I'm exciting about another new book, this time offered both on Kindle and in paperback form. Confessions of a "Horse Husband" is the story of a man who fell in love with a woman who lives, eats, sleeps and dreams horses. And since her motto is "Love me, love my horses," this former suburban-dwelling man figures he'd better learn about these big, beautiful creatures. It's what any "Horse Lady" loving man would do. I know, it's my story. Here are the links:



Also, check My Book Page for pictures and more information: MY BOOK PAGE

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Jimmy! Best wishes! I've linked this to TYPHOONMART!

  From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 11/20/17:

   Thank you, Pat!

From Drusilla West Groce ('56) of VA - 11/20/17:

   Thanks, Drusilla!

“All you need to grow fine, vigorous grass is a crack in your sidewalk.

- Will Rogers
(04 Nov 1879 - 15 Aug 1935

    From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/10/17 - "THE WIT OF WILL ROGERS - STILL APPROPRIATE AFTER 80 YEARS (#10 in a Series of 15)":


SAD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Ring the Bells of Christmas - A plethora of patterns!

BONUS THANKSGIVING RECIPES: - Auntie's Favorite Stuffing - "You'll love Auntie's favorite stuffing in your Thanksgiving bird. The secret to this recipe is the water chestnuts, which add a light and pleasant crunch to your stuffing. Use this to stuff a large bird and bake off any leftovers in a casserole." -
Slow Cooker Stuffing for Thanksgiving - "This Slow Cooker Stuffing for Thanksgiving is delicious and satisfying! If you've ever wondered how to cook stove top stuffing in a slow cooker, this is the perfect recipe for you to try."


From - 11/20/17:

A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at a fast food restaurant. He noticed that they had ordered one meal, and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman carefully divided the hamburger in half, then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them.

Then he poured half of the soft drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching, with her hands folded in her lap.

The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn't have to split theirs. The old gentleman said, "Oh no. We've been married 50 years, and everything has always been and will always be shared, 50/50."

The young man then asked the wife if she was going to eat, and she replied, "It's his turn with the teeth."


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 06/10/17

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   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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Now Thank We All Our God

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

Translated by Catherine Winkworth
(13 Sept 1827 - 01 July1878)

Music by Johann Crüger, about 1647
(09 Apr 1598 - 23 Feb 1662)

Harmony by Felix Mendelssohn, 1840
(03 Feb 1809 - 04 Nov 1847)

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.

"Now Thank We All Our God" midi courtesy of - 11/21/05

"Now Thank We All Our God" lyrics courtesy of - 11/21/05

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!

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

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!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

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

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

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