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12/03/17 - 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, where God is. We draw closer to Jesus...
When our Advent journey ends, and we reach the place where Jesus resides in Bethlehem,
may we, like the Wise Men, fall on our knees and adore him as our true and only King.

- Mark Zimmermann

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is the First Sunday in Advent for those of y'all in the Christian community who may be celebrating it. For those who do not, there is the obligatory homework, as school is still in session.

BONUS #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwRSI6Rif-c - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Clare College Choir, Cambridge

BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdR79P-2ewo - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - BYU Vocal Point

BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugV6QGcafEE - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - The Piano Guys


From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_come,_O_come,_Emmanuel:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is a Christian hymn for Advent. It is a translation of a Latin hymn, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, itself a metrical paraphrase of the O Antiphons, a series of plainchant antiphons attached to the Magnificat at Vespers over the final days before Christmas.

The 1861 translation from Hymns Ancient and Modern is the most prominent by far in the English-speaking world, but other English translations also exist. Translations into other modern languages (particularly German) are also in widespread use.

The words and the music of "O come, O come, Emmanuel" developed separately. The Latin text is first documented in Germany in 1710, whereas the tune most familiar in the English-speaking world has its origins in 15th-century France.

The pre-history of the text stretches back to the origins of the O Antiphons themselves, which were in existence by, at the latest, the eighth century. However, to speak meaningfully of the text of the hymn per se, they would need to be paraphrased in strophic, metrical form. It is certainly within the realm of possibility that efforts along those lines could have been made quite early; we know, for instance, that they were paraphrased extensively by the English poet Cynewulf in a poem written before the year 800.[1] However, despite popular imagination of an early origin for "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," the hymn's history is first substantiated only much later...


HOMEWORK:

From http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/first-sunday-advent:

What Do People Do?

Many Christians in the United States attend a church service on the first Sunday of Advent and may engage in activities such as special prayers and contributing to ideas on enhancing peace. Many Advent traditions are observed in the United States in the prelude to Christmas Day. For example, the Advent wreath is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The wreath can be seen in various churches across the nation around this time of the year.

Advent calendars of all designs are also given as gifts at this time of the year. The calendars feature openings in the form of windows or doors that are numbered to count the days to Christmas. Calendars may contain chocolates, toys, or candy and are given to children as a fun way to observe the Christmas countdown. Some traditional Advent calendars show 24 days but many Advent calendars showing 25 days, with the last opening on Christmas Day...


 
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
   Happy Birthday today to Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND the late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND    Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73);

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

10 -   John Murden ('60) of VA AND  Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 03, 1944 - Greek Civil War: Fighting broke out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.


THIS DAY IN 1967:
Sunday, December 03, 1967 - At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).

Sunday, December 03, 1967 - Mathematician Marie Françoise Ouedraogo was born in Burkina Faso.


“Avoid confessing other people's sins.”

- Wilford Woodruff
(01 Mar 1807 - 02 Sept 1898)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/03/17:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


 From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 12/02/17:

   Thank you, Mary!
 
 


  From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/02/16:

   OFTEN? For me, that would be ALWAYS! Thank you, Cheryl!
 
 


“People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.”

- Jerry Seinfeld
(b. 29 Apr 1954)


 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/12/17 - "Good words from Charlie Brown (#3 in a Series of 10)":

    Thank you, Billy!
 
 


 


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/03/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#3 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 3, Our Christmas Came Back by Ronald R. Grimes
 

It had been a hard year for our family. I found myself working long hours to pay our bills on my meager salary. I was near exhaustion.

My wife and I prayed each night that our financial burdens would somehow be lifted and that our children would not be negatively affected by my absence and our constant denials of their requests for things that their friends had.

Less than a week before Christmas, I managed to resurrect an old plastic Christmas tree. We purchased two inexpensive gifts for each of our children. My eight-year-old son had been longing to own his own basketball, and his excitement over one box measuring approximately nine inches square nearly consumed him.

Then something happened in our lives that would change each one of us forever. Ronald and his oldest sister, Heather, had become good friends with a family up the street who had children their same ages. Eyes wide with concern, our little children told us of the family’s situation: There wasn’t a Christmas tree or presents in their friends’ home. The family wasn’t going to celebrate Christmas this year because the father was out of work.

I discussed the matter with our bishop, who said he would look into the matter personally. At first I felt relieved, but I returned home feeling there was more to be done, but not knowing what it should be. We already had spent all of our tiny budget.

After supper, we started our family home evening and shared our feelings. We decided to offer a special prayer for our neighbors and asked Heavenly Father to let us know what we could do to help them. When we arose from our prayers, two little faces bore a determined excitement as they simultaneously suggested the obvious solution to our problem: why not share our Christmas with our neighbors? There was precious little to share, but as our eyes met, we each felt a surge of excitement at the suggestion. We took a box of candy we had been given and a pumpkin pie my wife had baked earlier and met at the Christmas tree.

Then it happened! We each began to select one of our gifts to take with us. My eyes fell immediately upon my son. He sat before his gifts as if in shock. It was obvious that he was having difficulty deciding which gift he would take: the large box or the soft little package. In silence his eyes passed back and forth between the two. He looked up at his mother and then over to me. Then he looked back at the presents. He passed from one to another for a few more moments and then, quite abruptly, picked up the large box and said, “I think Jimmy would like this one best.”

With full hearts we gathered the gifts and treats and headed for the door. I stepped out first and almost stumbled over a tiny tree someone had left for us. We brought the tree inside, and Mother and the children removed some of the lights and trimming from our plastic tree while I went to the garage to make a tree stand. We hurried up the block with our bounty. We left the decorated tree and gifts with our friends and bid them a Merry Christmas.

The next evening a surprising thing happened. The bishop called and said, “I have some packages that need delivering to some of the families in the ward and wondered if you could use your station wagon to help us deliver them.”

I agreed to meet the bishop at his office as soon as possible and hung up the phone. The car was out of gas and I could find no money for gas. I remembered seeing a few dusty pop bottles in the garage that could be returned to the store for the deposit, and the children had seen more in the trash down the alley. So we gathered the bottles, and I bought a gallon of gas with the proceeds, and headed for the church.

When I arrived, the bishop had already carried many large boxes and bags of groceries to the curb. We loaded them all into the station wagon. They barely fit inside. When we were finished, he handed me an envelope and instructed me to deliver the packages to the names on the list. I agreed and opened the envelope. On a slip of paper was a single name—mine. My eyes filled with tears as I turned to the bishop and said, “Oh, Bishop, there are so many families that need this worse than we do.”

“I know,” he acknowledged, “but we have already taken care of them, and the Lord wants your family to have this.” He embraced me, shook my hand, and sent me home.
When I arrived, I called for the family to help me in with the boxes and bags. There were several brightly wrapped presents for each member of the family. At the bottom of one bag was a special gift, wrapped in a box measuring approximately nine inches square.

A special warmth and glow filled our home that night. We knew that our prayers had been answered and that Christmas that year was going to be special for each member of our family. And yes, the bishop had been aware of our friends up the street—someone had visited their home, too, and left many packages of food and gifts at their door.

Each year as we dismantle our little plastic Christmas tree and put it into its cardboard box, we threaten to replace it with a real tree. But each Christmas we keep putting it back up just one more time. Our little tree, which once shared its lights and ornaments and glory with another family, still captures for us the true meaning of the season. It was our best Christmas ever.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT PATTERNS:

http://www.craftown.com/Light-Bulb-Santa.html - Amanda Formaro's Light Bulb Santa
 
http://www.craftown.com/Santa-bs--sq-s-Belly-Treat-Cups.html -
Amanda Formaro's Santa's Belly Treat Cups

http://www.craftown.com/No-h-Sew-Santa-Table-Runner.html -
Katie Kiter's No-Sew Santa Table Runner

http://www.craftown.com/Clay-Pot-Santa--pc--26-Mrs-p--Claus.html -
Clay Pot Santa & Mrs. Claus


BONUS RECIPE (Sorry; not particularly theme-related):

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/17 - "Pristine White Muffins":

   This is my favorite quick bread recipe; I've been enjoying it since 1966.
 

Pristine White Muffins
 

3 cups self-rising flour
8 Tbsp. sugar
8 Tbsp. white shortening
1-1/2 cups cold water

   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter. Then mix by hands until crumbly. Slowly add the water while mixing to form a soft dough. Drop pieces of this wet dough into ungreased muffin tins. Bake 15 minutes until they start to turn tan.

   Somehow, these taste even better at room temperature, so make them ahead if you are able. able.                              


FINALLY:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/02/17:

Teacher: "One day our country will be corruption free. What tense is that?"

Little Johnny: "Future impossible tense!" 


 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/10/17

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



 


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Words: Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th Century
(Veni, veni Emanuel); translated from
Latin to English by John M. Neale
 (24 Jan1818 – 06 Aug 1866), Mediaeval Hymns, 1851. Neale’s original translation began, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel"

Music: “Veni Emmanuel,” from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan nuns
(the setting for the funeral hymn)


O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
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

First Sunday of Advent (HOPE) Image courtesy of https://greenhillpc.wordpress.com/2014 - 11/26/16

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 01/05/06

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 http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

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!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16

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