Thursday, December 15, 2005

Carey Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Allene Teel

Carey Chapel Baptist hosts Christmas Cantata Sunday; Keenagers enjoy surprise luncheon

Carey Chapel Baptist Church choir will present a Christmas cantata, “The Gift Goes On,” during the Sunday morning worship service, on Dec. 18. The church Christmas fellowship will be held that night at 5 p.m.

Jeffrey King, from Slayden, was the guest speaker, at FBC, Mt. Pleasant, on Sunday evening Dec. 11. He shared about his mission trip to India.

Cheryl Green and family visited her parents, Howard and Carol Gardner, over the weekend. They celebrated an early Christmas together.

Nadine Thompson had surgery recently at the Methodist Hospital in Germantown. A get well wish is sent to her.

Billy McClure had a heart catheterization at St. Francis Hospital last week. No blockage was found. A get well wish is sent to him.

Doug Brown is a patient at St. Francis Hospital. He also had a heart catheterization. A get well wish is sent to him.

Betty Fuggey’s mother, Violette Heaton, is a patient in the ICU, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville. She needs our prayers.

Madge Winburn, from Hickory Flat along with Leah, Wesley and Morgan Green, from Bethlehem visited me recently.

The Keenagers, of Carey Chapel Baptist Church, enjoyed a surprise luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The group met at the church at 1:30 p.m. Twenty people traveled to the first surprise stop at the home of Mable Cothern. They enjoyed quiche, sausage balls, chocolate eclairs, hot cider and a variety of other drinks. Each person was given a basket as they left.

The second surprise stop found them at the home of Wandra Boehm for delicious homemade chicken soup. The group enjoyed a time of funny jokes. As they left they received a wrapped kitchen item for their basket.

The group played follow the leader to the third surprise home and were welcomed by Carrie Walker for a delicious tossed salad with many different kinds of crackers. After singing Christmas carols the group received a ceramic vase or lotion pump to add to their basket.

The fourth surprise stop for the group was at the home of Nancy and Charles Boyd for ham, green beans almandine, potato salad, rolls, drink and fellowship. As they left, each person received a plaque of a little girl or boy praying for their basket.

The group traveled to the fifth surprise home of Gene and Denise Pence for banana pudding, chocolate chip pudding and strawberry cake. Santa Claus surprised everyone by making a visit. He allowed each person to sit on his knee and make a request for Christmas. Even the pastor got a chance. Santa even stayed around long enough for everyone to have their picture made with the jolly old elf. As the group left each one received a gold basket to add to their gift of baskets. They returned to the church at 4:30 p.m.

I Remember

In the early spring Daddy would go to a ditch we called “the white dirt ditch.” The ditch contained a lot of white clay. Daddy would dig the clay up in big hunks and bring them to the house. He would then put them in a big black pot with lime and water. After the mixture had boiled for a while he would fill a bucket, take his brush and brush the mixture on the chicken house. He covered it inside and out, including the roosting holes and the hens’ nests. He said it would kill the chicken mites. He would then put new hay in the chicken nests. He would also shovel out all the chicken manure and put it in the garden for fertilizer. The chicken house would be so pretty and white. Daddy would also take the white wash and put it around the trunks of the fruit trees. He said it would kill all the insects that loved to eat the trees.

My dad was also a good doctor. He could really come up with some good home remedies. If we were injured he would take turpentine or kerosene and put it on our cuts and bruises. If we were sick he would give us black draft, Epson salt, Lains pills, castor oil or chill tonic. For a cold it would be quinine, vinegar, Vicks VapoRub or mustard put on brown paper and put on one’s chest. Daddy took a tonic everyday called 666. I tasted it once and it was really bitter.

I will say that “Doctor Daddy” did a good job with his home remedies. He cured all my aches and pains.

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