12/03/06 - NNHS Newsletter - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
(First Sunday in Advent)
"This Advent we look to the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our
attention. We set our sights on things above,
- Mark Zimmermann
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
|Today, the first Sunday in Advent, officially opens the Christmas season according to the recognized church calendar. St. Nicholas Day (December 6) is the opening date observed elsewhere in the world, as it was in Colonial Virginia. We'll celebrate that, too. We're still celebrating everything together because we're family.|
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/03/06 - "Five of Many, Many 'Interesting' Things That Happened to Me This Week":
1. Wednesday, 11/29/06 -
The day was so beautiful, I suggested it would be a great day to put up all
the outside decorations (we didn't do it Thanksgiving weekend because of the
company). I was expecting company at 7:00 PM, so I really didn't want to get
started with all the inside decorating, which tends to plunge everything into
utter chaos before it's done.
Unfortunately, the recent torrential, unrelenting rains had flooded our little shed - including the cardboard box holding our huge pre-lit Christmas tree (now entering its third year). Therefore everything had to be unpacked, examined, addressed, accessed, assessed, and either repacked or brought inside.
I did hang the front door and three window wreaths, and I (blessedly) didn't really do a great deal of the other. We did find my missing box of my favorite milk glass knick knacks which I brought inside, washed, and now have on display. But then there was the matter of the tree. Ever since August when we rearranged the furniture, I knew I wanted the tree by the sofa, next to the back door, making it the first thing you see when you come inside.
So I dismantled that area, moving the silver chest into Adrienne's room, and my aunt Frances' antique (and pre-ruined) sewing machine cabinet out to the back porch. Then I vacuumed and scrubbed and polished and sprayed and spot-cleaned the carpet in that location. Lovely. Adrienne and I began to erect the tree - and it wouldn't fit. Well, it would, but it left only a 12" passageway into the kitchen. ARGHHH!
So back to its original spot under the front window it had to go. So I moved those two stacked tables which were there into the newly opened spot, vacuumed, scrubbed, polished, sprayed, and spot-cleaned the new (original) location, and Adrienne (bless her heart) constructed the tree, made sure all the lights were connected, and added the ice blue Martha Stewart tree skirt.
And at about that moment my company arrived. They brought us fresh baked cookies, and we ate them. Yum, yum.
And by the time I went to bed, I was swollen, and bloated, and aching ('cause I'm more accustomed to sitting at my trusty keyboard than to actual physical labor). They don't call me Wienius Maximus for nothing.
2. Friday, 12/01/06 - Adrienne and I went to visit a friend at 11:30 AM. When we returned, we learned that the thunderstorm had caused a large dead tree to fall by a nearby school - which in turn caused our power to go out at about 1:30 PM. It was restored by 4:45. I accomplished nothing of value this day at all.....
3. Saturday, 12/02/06 - I was headed for a Christmas dinner party at church - wearing blue velvet and 3-1/2" heels as part of my costume for my part in a musical comedy skit. As I was trying to place my crock pot full of hot soup onto the floor of our car, my left knee gave out on me. This is a new trick which it finds amusing. I find it somewhat less so. This was particularly the case tonight, as the knee went to the ground, tilting me off balance, resulting in my spilling a bit of potato soup onto the floor mat, slicing my left knee, bruising my left hand, and causing several other related aches and pains. Ho-Ho-Ho. (The show, of course, went on as planned.)
4. Saturday, 12/02/06 - I arrived home to find that because of my new restrictions in using a different browser, all the links for the newsletters which I had issued were inverted (as I had to type them in, rather than simply cut and paste). Unless y'all went to the main Newsletter link - http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/NNHS-Newsletters-2006.html - you couldn't pull up the Newsletter. ARGHHH!
5. Sunday, 12/03/06 - We awoke to discover that our pet betta, Typhoon the Phish, had passed away during the night. Had it happened four or five months ago, it would not have come as such a shock, but he had rallied in recent months, and was swimming happily around as a pup. Typhoon, you may remember, was a gift to me in October of 2004 from my good friends, Dave and Pam Smith Arnold (both '65) of VA. A private service will be held tomorrow.
Now would you care for some cheese to go with that whine?
From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/02/06 - "Would You Send This....... Please?"
I understand that life in is very difficult to bear right now. Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance and safety.....
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
..... Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.
.....Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best!!!
Thank you, Eva! I have many friends serving overseas at any given time, and you're right - that is a great gift!
Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
Henceforth, it will be repeated
here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Omni Hotel,
Newport News, VA.
Forms and reservations are due
The NNHS Class of 1958
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Port Anne Club House, Williamsburg, VA at 5:30 PM.
Map and Directions to Port Anne Community: http://www.widomaker.com/
Reservations are due
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION -11/27/06:
NNHS Class of 1957
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.
More details to follow!
The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,
Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.
The Noble Gathering
More details to
From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/08/06 - "BEWARE of Wild Animals": (#14 in a series of 18):
Look at one a day to brighten your day,
Jerry Blanchard (Class 62) of Va.
there's a happy little wild animal!
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 11/08/06 - "Polar bears are people too" (#2 in a series of 12):
Oh, how funny! I could use some of that about now!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th
(Veni, veni Emanuel); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale,
Mediaeval Hymns, 1851. Neale’s original translation began, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel"
“Veni Emmanuel,” from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan nuns
(the setting for the funeral hymn Libera me)
O come, O
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" midi courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/texasmidi/midi.htm - 11/23/05
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" lyrics and available history courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/c/ocomocom.htm - 11/23/05
Metal Advent Ring Image courtesy of http://www.churchcandlesonline.com/index.php/cPath/26?osCsid=e1789a29efd663b7d5d3fc8f36c35486 - 11/23/05
First Candle Advent Wreath clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of http://www.twoheartsdesign.com/images/clipart/catholic/advent/ - 11/23/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!
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