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11/22/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Now Thank We All Our God

“If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe,
Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot
do less than acknowledge my dependence.”

G. A. Johnston Ross
(1865 - 1937)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We're moving into the final stretch!

BONUS - - Now Thank We All Our God - The Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia  - sing-along version


"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 Eilenberg 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 Eilenberg, 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 in question, but it is known that it was widely sung by the time the Treaty of Westphalia was signed in 1648.

The tune for "Now thank we all our God" is the Leuthen Chorale and is attributed to Johann Crüger and written circa 1647, is used in J.S. Bach's BWV 386 and BWV 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. Also, the Late-Romantic German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert is 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 tomorrow to   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND   John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 -     Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA;

25 -   Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND    Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;

26 -   Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;

29 - Jimmy Key ('57) AND    Randy Bearor ('64) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Friday, Nov. 22, 1861

The last few days had been unsettled ones for the upper levels of the Jefferson Davis government. LeRoy Pope Walker had been the original Secretary of War. His time in office had been productive, but he found it personally and professionally frustrating that he was continually bypassed as Davis and generals in the field communicated directly. Finally he had submitted his resignation. His replacement had been named yesterday: Judah Benjamin. Formerly a United States Senator from Louisiana, Benjamin was the first Jew to hold a cabinet position in America. He was moving up from the office of Attorney General, and to replace him in that position was Thomas Bragg, brother of Confederate general Braxton Bragg.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 1862

Judah Benjamin's term of service as Secretary of War would last less than half a year. In March he moved up to the Secretary of State's chair, being replaced by George Randolph. Randolph was himself to last no longer, being sacked yesterday. His replacement was now announced: prominent Richmond lawyer, former US and Confederate member of the House of Representatives James A. Seddon. Seddon, by all accounts, was the most peaceful of men, but proved to be one of the more effective occupants of the War Secretary's chair. The perpetual problems for occupants of the office was that they had responsibility but little authority: President Jefferson Davis was really doing this job as well as his own.

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1863

At Missionary Ridge in Georgia various forces were preparing for action, but not everyone was preparing properly for the action they were going to face. On the Confederate side, Gen. Braxton Bragg of the Army of Tennessee detached Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner to Knoxville to support James Longstreet. Longstreet, himself on detached duty from the Army of Northern Virginia, had Ambrose Burnside’s forces under siege there and hoped to defeat him entirely. Meanwhile on the Union side, U.S. Grant was ordering Gen. George Thomas to perform a “demonstration” in front of Missionary Ridge. A form of preliminary probing before a battle, this helped to detect the enemy's positions while giving away little about the attacker's strength and location. Bragg was very shortly going to wish he had Longstreet back.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1864

Throughout the War for Southern Independence, Georgia Governor Joe Brown had been more independent than most. Requests from his nation's president for troops to defend the overall interests of the new nation had frequently been ignored; requests for the products of Georgia's munitions industries had been likewise turned down on many occasions. Today it was sweet Georgia's Brown who was in dire need of assistance, and there was none to be had. Gen. Slocum’s wing of William Tecumseh Sherman’s army occupied the state capitol of Milledgeville on this date. The last act of the Legislature was to pass a act for a “mass levy”, essentially drafting every citizen to come to the state's defense. After passing this action they adjourned the session and fled for their lives.

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/21/11 - "Dog House Puzzle":

Just put the puzzle together.
Then, wait a few seconds for the dog to come out!
This is probably one of the cutest things you'll see all day!

   AWW! Thanks, Dools!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 11/21/11 - "another week":

So, this week had it's ups and downs as per usual in life. But I'll just mention the major ups...sound good?

It was actually the weekend that was pretty amazing. Saturday we missionaries (our entire mission) had a special conference with Elder
Dallin H. Oaks. We got to shake hands with him and as a mission (not individually) took pictures with him. Anyway, I left my notes at the house unfortunately...but it was an amazing opportunity and experience. The Spirit was so strong! I loved it! After the closing prayer had been said and such, Elder Oaks unexpectedly got back up to the podium and told us that he loves us! :D

On Sunday - we heard from Elder Oaks again! This one seemed more powerful for some reason. I guess 'cause he was more authoritative whereas with the missionaries he was teasing us for part of the time. He is really funny, btw. His laugh is so cute! Oh, side track - one of the funny things was that (at the missionary only meeting) he was telling us about how since Satan is sending far more powerful attacks, there needed to be a balance of good to oppose the greater evil. So the stronger forces of good (aka we missionaries/our generation in general) were sent forth for this time. Then he joked with us about how even though we are stronger, we looked like what is described in the scriptures as the "simple and weak" ones. HAHA Then he said that since he is a servant of God too, that phrase also described him! haha Anyway, I don't think I explained that well enough, but it was hilarious.

Sunday night (after the second Elder Oaks meeting) we went to the Bravo's for dinner. We had Bro. Bravo come with us to teach a family real quick. Then we went back and we basically taught each other about amazing missionary experiences. I won't go into detail here, but I'll just say that it was what I needed to hear.

After dinner we went over to a family - we had been teaching the son, and the mother and grandmother are inactives. We had tried to set up an appointment before to speak with the mother about allowing her son to be baptized, but she refused. Anyway, we had never met the mother and only met the grandmother briefly. The mother was outside with her daughter when we got there. We talked and went inside with her! We gave a quick but powerful lesson by the Spirit and were able to set up a weekly time to visit them! The grandmother didn't like having the missionaries come over every week before - but she is allowing us! WOOT! Father in Heaven prepares His children and guides us to them if we listen to the Spirit! I love this great work!

Anyway, I love you all and I'll write later.

Sister Harty

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Sister Webby! Happy Thanksgiving!  

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/21/11 - "Lucky Dog":

Lucky Dog....
Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!  
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real  character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit, they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.  
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.   
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease. . . in fact, she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her . . . what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him.  The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.  
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated  and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.  
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom.  Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called.  It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.  
When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong.  She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned!  While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying.  Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free.  Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box, but Mary remains his greatest treasure.  
Remember . . . live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget . . the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.  
   If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

A small request: All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.

Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer.  Amen.

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating
Even if it's to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.


Thank you so much, Bill!

    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 11/21/11 - "Seven degrees of blonde":

Yup, I was supposed to be born a blonde, no doubt about it.
Seven Degrees of Blonde

A married couple were asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning.
 The very blonde wife picked up the phone,
listened a moment and said, 'How should I know, that's 200 miles from here!' and hung up.
The husband said, 'Who was that?'

The wife answered, 'I don't know, some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear.'


Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up. She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, 'Hmm, this person looks familiar.'

The second blonde says, 'Here, let me see!'

So, the first blonde hands her the compact.
The second blonde looks in the mirror and says, 'You dummy, it's me!'


A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head.

The boyfriend yells, 'No, honey, don't do it!!!'

The blonde replies, 'Shut up, you're next!'


A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of state capitals.
She proudly says, 'Go ahead, ask me, ... I know 'em all.'

A friend says, 'OK, what's the capital of Wisconsin ?'

The blonde replies, 'Oh, that's easy .. it's W.'


Q: What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant?

A: 'Is it mine?'


Bambi, a blonde in her fourth year as a UCLA Freshman, sat in her US Government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about.

Bambi pondered the question; then, finally, said, 'That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware.'


Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio, and a K-9 unit, patrolling nearby, was the first to respond.

As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down on the steps. Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, 'I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!'

     Thanks, Stacy!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/21/11 - "Ever wake up in someone else's bed?":

Ever wake up in someone else's bed?
  Thanks, Norris Sweetie!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/22/11 - Sensational Double Layer Pumpkin Pie PLUS Rice in Cream Pudding

     I will be making this yummy Rice in Cream Pudding this year, but I'll be making a more traditional baked pumpkin pie; perhaps I'll make this refrigerated version for Christmas! - Slow Cooker Baked Ham with Mustard Glaze

From - 11/22/11 - "Food For Thought: Changing Seasons":

Dear Friends,

The weather is cold and crisp here in North Carolina!

So being the foodie that I am, I have this tendency to gauge the seasons by what I'm cooking. The leaves have changed and blown away, we've enjoyed our Thanksgiving feasts and it's just plain cold outside. And as much as I love grilling outside, I'm happy to be inside cooking on the stovetop. I'm ready for cold weather, the luxury of a fireplace ablaze and something thick and rich cooking in my crockpot for supper later. Doesn't that sound warm and cozy?

For those of us who are reveling in cold winter weather—or wishing you had some, here's a recipe for one of my very favorite crockpot recipes from the second edition of Saving Dinner (Ballantine). The delicious smell of this dish cooking all day long will entice you and gratify tummy and soul to the lucky recipients of this delightful meal.

Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
Serves 6

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves -- cut into 1" cubes
1 (15 ounce) can cannelini or white kidney beans -- drained
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (your favorite, jarred variety)
1 4 ounce jar roasted peppers -- diced
1 large onion -- chopped
2 medium carrots -- chopped
1 stalk celery -- chopped
2 cloves garlic -- pressed
1 cup water
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
12 oz. spaghetti noodles
salt and pepper -- to taste

In a crockpot, layer onion, garlic, carrot and celery on the bottom. Add the chicken on top, roasted peppers, beans, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Add spaghetti sauce and water. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until chicken is tender and cooked.

During the last 15 minutes of cooking, prepare pasta according to package directions, drain and serve chicken on top.

Per Serving: 473 Calories; 6g Fat; 39g Protein; 65g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber; 68mg Cholesterol; 408mg Sodium. Exchanges: 3 1/2 Grain (Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 3 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve with a big spinach salad and a little grated Romano cheese over the top of the pasta and chicken if you like.

Leanne Ely, your Dinner Diva since 2001
Get a FR*EE week of Menu-Mailer!

CROCHET PATTERNS: - Cylinda Mathews' Christmas Garland - Donna Collinsworth's Two Color Bead Garland - Donna Collinsworth's Snowball Garland - Donna Collinsworth's Zig Zag Garland - Snowflake Garland

From - 11/21/11 - "Thanksgiving Funny from Pam":

Young @ Heart
by Pam Young

As Thanksgiving dances closer, I thought you'd like to read about my first Thanksgiving dinner as a young wife and mother. Just for fun, I made this true story into a poem.

Turkey Stuffing
Pamela Young copyright 2004

My mom always fixed the Thanksgiving feast
The meal? A traditional winner
I know she rose before the sun was up
'cause she told us that all through dinner

As a young mother I decided one year
That I should take over the job
Mom was very impressed that I
Would volunteer to host the mob

For our family had grown to sixteen
With cousins and uncles and aunts
The meal involved some traditions
A recipe that came in the pants

Of an ancestor who crossed over
On the Mayflower moons before
The Young family Sausage Stuffing
With ingredients more than four

The sausage must come from a pig that'd eaten
Only the best of slop
The place to get that fabulous meat
Was at Gristle's Butcher shop

The crumbs I must use in the stuffing?
Made from Young Family Sour Dough Bread
Mom gave me starter as a wedding gift
By my first anniversary of course it was dead

It was Thanksgiving morning when I finally looked
At her plasticized recipe card
With its seventeen special ingredients
I winced at the inclusion of lard

I had none of the stuff to put into
The 25 pound bird in my face
Gristle's was closed for the holiday
No bread crumbs, no fresh cloves no mace

I'd looked in the red-checkered cookbook
For directions to roast the fowl
He needed to get in the oven soon
I wasn't about to throw in the towel

The clock was ticking
To stuff was my goal
So I shoved a Cornish game hen
In the turkey's hole

As my secret roasted I turned my table
Into a veritable treasure trove
I couldn't wait for Mom to see
I'd managed to cook two birds with one stove

At the table that memorable evening
My husband proceeded to try
To remove the little bird from the big one
And I really can't tell you why

But the infant refused to budge from there
All eyes were narrowed on me
I gave my husband some scissors
He performed an episiotomy

Like a National Geographic special
That little bird was born
A Thanksgiving to remember
The next year I chose to bring corn

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


From - 11/21/11:

I like your approach… let’s see your departure. 


1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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 14, 2011 - 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.

3. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Now Thank We All Our God (Nun danket alle Gott)

Based on Ecclesiasticus 50:22-24 by Martin Rinkart (23 Apr 1586 - 08 Dec 1649), @1636

Translated by Catherine Winkworth (13 Sept 1827 - 01 July 1878)

Music: Johann Crüger (09 Apr 1598 - 23 Feb 1662), @1647; Harmony by Felix Mendelssohn (03 Feb 1809 - 04 Nov 1847), 1840

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!

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!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

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