- NNHS Newsletter -
we express our gratitude, we must never forget that
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today is a really big day. In addition to it's being Thanksgiving, Hanukkah began last night at sundown, so today marks it's first full day.
So Happy Thanksgiving AND Happy Hanukkah! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dXCL34aEA - Thanksgiving Medley
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RbJk4TvI0&NR=1 - We Gather Together
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0JVqR8KnF4 - We Gather Together, Celtic Woman
|"We Gather Together" is a Christian
Dutch origin written in 1597 by
Adrianus Valerius as "Wilt heden nu treden" to celebrate the
Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the
Battle of Turnhout. It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. In
the United States, it is popularly associated with
Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious
services on that day.
At the time the hymn was written, the Dutch were engaged in a war of national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. "Wilt heden nu treden," "We gather together" resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first appeared in print in a 1626 collection of Dutch patriotic songs, "Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck."
The hymn is customarily performed to a tune known as "Kremser", from Eduard Kremser's 1877 score arrangement and lyric translation of Wilt Heden Nu Treden into Latin and German. The modern English text was written by Theodore Baker in 1894.
According to the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, "We Gather Together's" first appearance in an American hymnal was in 1903. It had retained popularity among the Dutch, and when the Dutch Reformed Church in North America decided in 1937 to abandon the policy that they had brought with them to the New World in the 17th century of singing only psalms and add hymns to the church service, "We Gather Together" was chosen as the first hymn in the first hymnal.
The hymn steadily gained popularity, especially in services of Thanksgiving on such occasions as town and college centennial celebrations. According to Carl Daw, executive director of the Hymn Society, the "big break" came in 1935 when it was included in the national hymnal of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.
According to Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, "by World War I, we started to see ourselves in this hymn," and the popularity increased during World War II, when "the wicked oppressing" were understood to include Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to 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 - The late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);
04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:November 28, 1943 - Tehran Conference – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran, Iran to discuss war strategy.
THIS DAY IN 1963:
|Thursday, November 28, 1963 - Baseball player
Walt Weiss was born Walter William Weiss in
Tuxedo, New York.
Thursday, November 28, 1963 - Murderer Jesus Ledesma Aguilar, a Mexican national who became the 365th person executed by the U.S. state of Texas (sparking an international incident between the United States and Mexico), was born. His execution took place on 24 May 2006.
Thursday, November 28, 1963 - Actress Karyn Kupcinet (b. Roberta Lynn Kupcinet on 06 Mar 1941 in Chicago, Illinois) died at the age of 22. Six days after the JFK assassination, her body was found at her West Hollywood, California home. It has been theorized that Kupcinet's death, officially ruled a homicide, was connected to the assassination or was the result of an accidental fall.
From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 11/28/13 - "Happy Thanksgiving":
Thank you so much, Janice! Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well!
From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 11/27/13 - "Happy Thanksgiving":
What a great day to be an American. I have traveled north to Fayetteville, NC to spend Thanksgiving with my youngest daughter and her family. My oldest daughter and family are flying in today. What nasty weather we are having on such a busy holiday. I am getting re-schooled on why I live in Florida with the cold, windy weather. Please be careful when out and about and watch out for the other guy.
Thanksgiving is a family time of year. While I am thankful for so many things, I am especially thankful for the many friendships that have come into my life and for the childhood friends with whom I been reunited through computerized social media. I wish you all good health and a safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
‘In God we Trust’
Thanks so much, Don! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 11/27/13 - "You reap what you sow":
|YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW
Good morning said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground.
The man slowly looked up.
This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.
His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.. "Leave me alone," he growled....
To his amazement, the woman continued standing.
She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. "Are you hungry?" she asked.
"No," he answered sarcastically . "I've just come from dining with the president. Now go away."
The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.
"What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone."
Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..
"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"
The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"
"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."
"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. "Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything."
"This is a good deal for you, Jack" the officer answered. "Don't blow it."
Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived...
The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked. "What is all this, is this man in trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.
"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business.."
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled....... "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"
"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."
"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"
"What business is that of yours?"
I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."
The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference." She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"
"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."
The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."
The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.
"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."
She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. "Jack, do you remember me?"
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."
"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."
"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."
Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said.. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."
"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble... Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."
"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.
"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card.. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons ...He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office." She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet... If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he said.
"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus...... He led me to you."
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways....
"Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And.. And thank you for the coffee."
God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor.
If you believe, send it. If you don't believe, delete it. God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close. If you need God to open some doors for you...send this on.
Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing...
LIVE WELL, LOVE MUCH, LAUGH OFTEN.
NEVER GROW A WISHBONE WHERE A BACKBONE OUGHT TO BE.
Thank you so much, Jimmy! Happy Thanksgiving!
|BONUS CHRISTMAS CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:|
Connie G. Barwick's Christmas Hearts
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Merry-Christmas-Blocks/ - Connie G. Barwick's Merry Christmas Blocks
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Noel/ - Connie G. Barwick's Noel
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Peace/ - Connie G. Barwick's Peace
http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Silent-Night/ - Connie G. Barwick's Silent Night
|BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):|
Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana
- "Of all of the awesome copycat restaurant recipes out
there, our favorites are often recipes from Olive Garden.
The food is just so tasty and fresh, it's hard not to love
their dishes. This recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana
is no different. Made with bacon, sausage, Russet potatoes
and four cloves of garlic, this homemade soup recipe is
incredibly flavorful and will quickly become one of your
favorite appetizers to serve for dinner. Try it out
http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/hummingbird-cake/ - Three Layer Hummingbird Cake - "Take a trip to the South without ever leaving your kitchen; this recipe for Three Layer Hummingbird Cake will give you an awesome taste of classic Southern cooking and is sure to wow everyone at the table. With the flavors of banana, pineapple and pecans mixing with a cinnamon-spiced cake topped with cream cheese frosting, this Southern specialty will leave you wanting seconds and even thirds. Just follow this easy hummingbird cake recipe to make your very own triple layered heavenly confection!"
http://www.thecountrycook.net/2012/03/boston-cream-poke-cake.html - Boston Cream Poke Cake - "This cake is all about mastering a very simple technique...poking holes in the cake and letting the delicious Boston Cream fill it in! For baking with a twist, give this copycat dessert recipe a try."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
December 5, 2013 - 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.
2. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/19/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Text: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker Music: 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser (1838-1914) Tune: KREMSER, Meter: Irr. We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing; He chastens and hastens His will to make known; The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing, Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine So from the beginning the fight we were winning; Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine! We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, And pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
"We Gather Together" midi courtesy of http://www.breadsite.org/classic.htm - 11/21/04
"We Gather Together" lyrics courtesy of http://www.jeannepasero.com/thanksmidis.html - 11/21/04
Victorian Turkey clip art courtesy of http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler/1119/sample1.htm - 11/19/04
Happy Thanksgiving Banner clip art courtesy of
Gold Star of David clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of ??? - 12/26/05
Brown Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of http://www.nisd.net/marshall/ - 04/26/13
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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