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11/26/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Now Thank We All Our God

“And now pray ye to the God of all, who hath done great things in all the earth, who hath increased our days
from our mother’s womb, and hath done with us according to his mercy. May he grant us joyfulness
of heart, and that there be peace in our days in Israel for ever: That Israel may believe that the mercy
of God is with us, to deliver us in his days.”

- Sirach 50:22-24 (Ecclesiasticus 50:24-26)
Douay-Rheims Challoner

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The Thanksgiving themed Newsletters begin today - a Three-Fer. 

BONUS - - Now Thank We All Our God


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

The tune is the Leuthen Chorale and is attributed to Johann Crüger and written circa 1647. It is used in J.S. Bach's cantatas, such as BWV 79, 192, and in his BWV 252, 386 and 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. The Late-Romantic German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert was 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 today to   Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 -     The late Jimmy Key ('57) (deceased 03/21/12)  AND    Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;

30 -      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)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


November 26, 1939 - Shelling of Mainila: The Soviet Army orchestrated the incident which was used to justify the start of the Winter War with Finland four days later.

November 26, 1940 - The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto.

November 26, 1942 -
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1.

November 26, 1942 - Yugoslav Partisans convened the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihać in northwestern Bosnia.

November 26, 1943 - HMT Rohna is sunk by the Luftwaffe in an air attack in the Mediterranean north of Béjaïa, Algeria.

November 26, 1944 - A German V-2 rocket hit a Woolworth's store on New Cross High Street, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers.

November 26, 1944 - Germany began V-1 and V-2 attacks on Antwerp, Belgium.


Tuesday, November 26, 1963 - Basketball player Mario Elie was born Mario Antoine Elie in New York City, New York.

Tuesday, November 26, 1963 - Journalist Matt Frei was born Matthias Frei in Essen, West Germany.

Tuesday, November 26, 1963 - Former rugby union player Joe Lydon was born Joseph Paul Lydon in the UK.

Tuesday, November 26, 1963 - Soprano Amelita Galli-Curci (b. Amelita Galli on 18 Nov 1882 in Milan, Italy) died in California of emphysema eight days after her 81st birthday.

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 11/25/13 - "Thanksgiving":


I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours, in sunny Florida. It has always been a favorite Holiday for me. Family, turkey, and Virginia ham with football, of course. Tonight I am preparing my ham I ordered from Edward’s Hams in Surry while watching my beloved Washington Redskins even though they are struggling as are the Jaguars.



   OOOH, YUMMY! Thanks, Phil! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/25/13 - "God Whispers. This is awesome!":

God Whispers. This is awesome!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did....

   Thanks so much, Joyce!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/25/13 - "The Wave-- a cute story and more.":

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.  (Preview)
Street artist playing Hallelujah with crystal glasses.
10 Most Unhealthy Habits



Hammer - In ancient times a hammer was used to inflict pain on ones enemies. Modern hammers are used to inflict pain on oneself.

Screwdriver - The drink ordered at the local bar after you call in a professional repairman to undo the $500 in damage you did while trying to change out a light socket with your handy screwdriver.

Phillips Screwdriver - The bar drink that you order when the damage estimate is over $1,000. Contains twice the vodka.

Pliers - A device used to extend your reach the necessary few inches when you drop a one-of-a-kind screw down behind the new wall it took you two weeks to install.

Multi-Pliers - Contain a handy assortment of sharp and dangerous tools. Best left in its leather sheath and worn on a homeowners belt to increase testosterone levels.

Electronic Stud Finder - An annoying device that never goes off when you point it at yourself.

Halogen Light - A worklight that lights up your backyard with the incandescence of a football stadium, causing you to cast a heavy shadow over the area you're working on so that you need to use a flashlight anyway.

Cordless Drill - A device that lessens your chance of electrocution 90% over a standard plug-in tool.

Cordless Telephone - The handyman's 911.

Air Compressor - A mechanical device similar in principal to harnessing the power of your mother-in-laws nagging complaints and using the resulting airflow to blast old paint off the side of the house.

Chainsaw - Allows you to cut your way out of the shed that you accidentally built completely around yourself.

Vise Grips - A pair of helping hands that doesn't critique the job you're doing or offer advice.


Bizarre News

(Not a bright thing to do. )

*-- Man who wore crack shirt to court gets 3 years for drug charges --*

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida man who wore a sweatshirt bearing a recipe for crack cocaine to court pleaded no contest to narcotics trafficking charges. Christopher Patterson, 27, who previously served time for felony cocaine possession, entered no contest pleas Tuesday in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom to distribution and conspiracy charges related to the sale of the painkiller Oxycodone to an undercover investigator, The Smoking Gun reported Thursday. Patterson, who was sentenced to three years in prison, was photographed in a courtroom last year wearing a hooded sweatshirt bearing a cartoon-like recipe for crack cocaine and a caption reading, "Stack Paper Say Nothing." The sweatshirt had a zipper pull in the shape of a handgun. The picture was taken by a lawyer who noticed the sweatshirt's images in the courtroom.


Thankfulness Quotes

"The struggle ends when the gratitude begins."
- Neale Donald Walsch

"Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough."
- Garrison Keillor

"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself."
- Tecumseh



Wood frogs freeze solid in winter and thaw back to life in spring.

An adult crocodile can go two years without eating.

In its lifetime an alligator will go through as many as 3,000 teeth.

If a chameleon loses a fight, it turns gray. If it wins, it turns green.

The jaws of a decapitated snapping turtle can keep snapping for about a day.

Some snakes can go an entire year without eating.


Handy Hints by Holly

Hint 1: Don't throw out that old cell phone!

If you have a old cell phone you no longer use, charge it up, turn it off, and place (along with the charger) in your car's glove box or in a central location in your home for emergencies. Even if the phone doesn't have an active plan, you can use it to dial 911 in case you need to

Hint 2: Bubble wrap, it I say!

Keep your coats looking brand new by taping bubble wrap around the ends of the hanger. The extra cushioning will protect the coats shoulders and keep them from slouching. This will help keep its shape year after year.


The Wave

When I was a radio DJ, I would return home about the same time every day along the same route.

One day I passed a van going in the other direction that I assumed was my mother (same hair style, same make of van) and automatically lifted my hand in greeting.

Only when I got beside the van did I realize my mistake. I didn't know the elderly lady driving this particular vehicle. I felt a little foolish, but not as foolish as I felt when I made the same mistake the next day and the day after!

Waving hello to my mother was just so automatic that I waved before realizing my mistake!

I determined not to make the same mistake the next day, and sure enough, there she was at approximately the same location coming at me. I kept my hand firmly on the steering wheel when something odd happened - she waved to me!

Of course I waved back, neither of us having a clue who the other one was.

This went on for weeks. We would see each other at about the same spot and wave to each other every day. One day she wasn't there, and I worried that she was sick, or hospitalized, or worse, but had no way to find out.

I never saw her again. I think of her often, and I smile when I think that two strangers made friends through a simple mistaken wave, and each of us had something to look forward to at the end of the day.

~A MountainWings Original by subscriber Martha A. Beck~
Karns City, PA


In Charge

1. GOD is in charge.
2. GOD is at large.
3. Nothing gets by Him.

~Winston Kole~

    Thanks, Shari!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 11/16/13 - "Funnies - with a Point (#10 in a series of 10)":
  Thanks, Jimmy - these have been a hoot!

Nancy Spruance's Christmas Trumpets

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Slow Cooker Cowboy Casserole - "One of the most popular slow cooker recipes, this Slow Cooker Cowboy Casserole has three great reasons to make this a repeat dish in your house. It's super budget friendly, it tastes amazing and it's absolutely easy to make!" - 3 Minute Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake - "Baking a cake in the microwave may seem to good to be true but it's not and this 3 Minute Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake recipe shows why. If you're in need of some lightning fast easy cake recipes, try this fun take on a cinnamon roll! It's ridiculously delicious and so simple to make... what's not to love?" - Sweet Georgia Cracker Pie - "When it comes to pie recipes, we don't like to kid around. This recipe for Sweet Georgia Cracker Pie is an original recipe passed down from generation to generation. Loaded with chopped pecans and made with a cracker crumb crust, it is mouth watering. Best right out of the oven, have the family lining out the door and waiting for a slice of Sweet Georgia Cracker Pie. With every bite they'll be yelling 'Sweet Georgia, that's good!'"

From - 11/25/13:
A couple was arguing about who should make the coffee in the morning. The wife said, “I think your should do it because you get up first.”

He countered with, “The kitchen is your domain, and you do all the cooking so you know where everything is. I think you should make the coffee.”

“No way,” she said. “You should do it. The Bible even says so.”

“What the heck are you talking about?”

She grabbed the family Bible, thumbed through, and pointed to the appropriate section: “Hebrews”.


1. Thursday, 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/19/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Now Thank We All Our God

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

Translated by Catherine Winkworth
(13 Sept 1827 - 01 July1878)

Music by Johann Crüger, about 1647
(09 Apr 1598 - 23 Feb 1662)

Harmony by Felix Mendelssohn, 1840
(03 Feb 1809 - 04 Nov 1847)

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!

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!!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
- 02/17/09

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!

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

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