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11/26/19 - 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   The late Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) (d. 01/28/15) AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to 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!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

28 -   The late Jennings Bryan (June '42)  (d. 03/17/19);

29 -  The late Jimmy Key ('57) (d. 03/21/12) AND  Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;

30 -   Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND    Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

01 -  My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX;

02 -  Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND   George Konstant ('65) of VA:

03 -  Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND the late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (d. 10/01/88) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 26, 1939 - Shelling of Mainila: The Soviet Army orchestrated the incident which was used to justify the start of the Winter War with Finland four days later.

November 26, 1940 - The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto.

November 26, 1941 - The Kido Butai (Japanese Combined Fleet) left the Kuril Islands to strike Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

November 26, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1.

November 26, 1942 - Yugoslav Partisans convened the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihać in northwestern Bosnia.

November 26, 1942 - Casablanca, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premiered in New York City

November 26, 1943 - HMT Rohna is sunk by the Luftwaffe in an air attack in the Mediterranean north of Béjaïa, Algeria.

November 26, 1944 - A German V-2 rocket hit a Woolworth's store on New Cross High Street, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers.

November 26, 1944 - Germany began V-1 and V-2 attacks on Antwerp, Belgium.


November 26, 1969 - Basketball player Shawn Kemp was born Shawn Travis Kemp in Elkhart, Indiana .

November 26, 1969 - Painter and illustrator Kara Walker was born Kara Elizabeth Walker in Stockton, California.

“We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”

- Abigail Smith Adams
(31 July 1920 - 10 Aug 2007)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/26/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 11/26/19, 9:27 AM - "THANKSGIVING MEMORIES: Those Days Leading Up to Thanksgiving":

  Remember those last few days before Thanksgiving as a young child? It was a time in life when you were footloose and fancy free of responsibility excepting your schoolwork and some assigned chores? You didn't have to pay rent or buy your own food and life was a big bowl of cherries. As Thanksgiving drew near, every time you walked into the kitchen your mouth would water with all of the good things to eat being assembled while the turkey finished thawing. And Mom would order you out, telling you not to touch or nibble on anything you might find that was out. I do believe she had a memorized inventory of everything on the counter and immediately knew if anything had been touched or moved.

By the Tuesday before Thanksgiving we were anxious for the next two days to end since our Thanksgiving Day holiday was a four day weekend. Attending Wilson Elementary, I could see my house from the classroom since the only thing between the school and the house was a street and a big vacant lot with a pathway through it for neighborhood students. I wondered what Mom was fixing and how the kitchen would smell and when school was out, I found out. She was baking all the goodies to go with dinner and my appetite immediately appeared, but I was told to go out with friends and play football, then she might give me a sample. Two hours later, coming home with grass stains and dirty hands, she directed me to bathe first. Complying, I returned to have one of her special Thanksgiving sugar cookies awaiting me, large and tasty, then it was off to homework followed by dinner. Seeing all the workings for Thursday made dinner seem like we were paupers but we knew that was all part of Mom's plan to get us good and ready for the feast.
Stay out of my kitchen were Mom's warning words.

Wednesday morning, up early to read the paper, I turned to see the hype for the big game the next day. With my big sister a high school student, I started following the Typhoon, our sports teams at Newport News High and the Thanksgiving Day game was a classic. The opponent, the Hampton Crabbers, our next door neighbor arch rivals and a team that had quite the record in high school football, beat us much more often than they lost. Yet the game, which had been played on Thanksgiving since 1947 and, before that, an annual event since 1903, built spirit and tradition and therefore Old Newport pulled the surprise on quite a few occasions. The local sports page in the Daily Press did an excellent job of covering high school sports and in the case of this game, attended by as many as ten thousand sports fans, it got the limelight of that day. We even discussed it at school and the teacher allowed it, knowing how important it was to everyone in the old city. The anxiety was building.

Back home after school, the house was overcome with the aroma of Thanksgiving, yet Mom served us soup and sandwiches with a twinkle in her eye as she saw us keeping an eye on what was underway in the background. And then, on the morning of Thanksgiving, she gave us oatmeal before we all hopped in the car to go to the special Thanksgiving morning service at our downtown church, First Presbyterian. Driving on the bridge to enter downtown over multiple tracks of the C&O Railway leading into the Port of Newport News, we could see Saunders Stadium, home of the Typhoon, with the blue and gold streamers being attached to the goal post. I must admit that it was hard to pay attention to the sermon and get the always superb message from Dr. Buckles since the game and dinner was on our mind but he knew and understood. He smiled at me on the way out of the church and asked if I was going to the Newport News game and I just smiled with a big shake of yes with my head, garnering a big smile and a tousling of my hair on the way out.

At home, it was a quick sandwich, a change of clothes, dressing warmly when it was cold, and off we went to the game, except for Mom. She said this was the time that she could get things done and ready, then she would sit down, relax and listen to the game on the radio like just about everyone in Old Newport News would do back in those days. Dad, also a graduate of Newport News, would take us all, and my sister would go and sit with her friends in the student section. My brother and I and Dad sat in a good spot, he always got his tickets early and he adorned his fedora with blue and gold ribbon to cover the hat band. He had played football back in his day (Class of 1922) at the school and was like a big kid for the game.

Coming home was either joyous or sad, but once we walked into the house, all concerns dropped as we looked at the gorgeous dining room table with Mom's finest linen and a fall assortment of flowers courtesy of Dad's surprise delivery, and we prepared for a great meal. One I especially remember was when my Uncle Burr, an active Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer had liberty in port and he spent Thanksgiving with us and that was super special. So, how was the feast? Well, this blog was about the lead up and that is for another time but I can tell you this much. As I sit here right now thinking about those glorious times, I'm getting quite the yearning for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and I just hope I can wait until Thursday. I guess that means I haven't changed much, doesn't it? How about you?

   Thank you so much, Jimmy!

  From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 11/23/17:

    ABSOLUTELY! Thank you so much, Mark!

   This year's game will be played on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM in Philadelphia, PA, and will be broadcast by CBS.

   Go, Navy!


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 11/25/19:


Underestimate me.
That'll be fun.


     Thanks, Jean!

“Misers aren’t fun to live with, but they make wonderful ancestors.

- David Brenner
(04 Feb 1936 - 15 Mar 2014


Christmas Patterns

Mr. Food's Turkey Pot Pie - "The ultimate comfort food has to be a bubblin' hot Turkey Pot Pie. One forkful and you'll know we're right. Plus, a turkey pot pie is a great way to put all of those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use!":

Mr. Food's Ham and Bean One Pot - "A vegetable trinity of chopped onion, celery, and peppers is the crunchy, tasty start to this hearty Ham and Bean One Pot. If you've got a hungry bunch, this one is sure to stick to their ribs."

Mr. Food's Turkey Buffet  - "Leftover turkey? Turkey Buffet is the easiest way to turn leftovers into something special. Everyone will love it. Try it -- you'll see! This is exactly the kind of recipe you've been looking for to make good use out of those Thanksgiving leftovers."


From - 11/25/18:

Tech support: “What does the screen say now?”

Customer: “It says ‘Hit enter when ready.’”

Tech support: “Well?”

Customer: “How do I know when it’s ready?”


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 09, 2019 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/23/19

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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!

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

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!

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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