May 16, 2019
Dec 21, 2017
They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.
On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.
The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home.
On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.
By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later.
She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.
Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was as white as a sheet. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria .
The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten "The Tablecloth". The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and she never saw her husband or her home again.
The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home. That was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.
What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.
One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving.
The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike? He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years between.
The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.
True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid who says God does work in mysterious ways.
I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today, to guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you. His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares we know He will see us through. So when the road you're traveling seems difficult at best, just remember I'm here praying and God will do the rest.
When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60
seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for someone who needs your prayers.
Father, God, bless all my friends and family in what
ever it is that You know they may be needing this
day! May their lives be full of Your peace,
prosperity and power as they seek to have a
closer relationship with You.. Amen.
Dec 21, 2017
Please help me ease back in with you all. Thank you, love and hugs.
Merry Christmas. Please reply.
Dec 4, 2017
My ex husband has (for the most part) given up on persueing me and the stalker will be going to trial soon for 4 to 9 felony counts of violation of a protection order.
I have not been active for those reasons, I honestly just did NOT have the mental capacity to participate in many things outside of work and hiding for so long.
I'm finally getting somewhat back to normal, whatever normal is, through the tremendous help of counseling through an abuse shelter, the local law enforcement, family and an incredibly loving, patient, understanding and supportive boyfriend.......I really am at a loss of what normal life is like still and honestly don't even know who I really am, but I am learning slowly........I'm glad to begin to start participating in JAP again, I certainly have missed you all and look forward to being a active part of this wonderful community once more :)
Sep 19, 2017
Apr 29, 2017
I wanted to compare the nutritional analysis of the FAT FREE DUKE'S MAYONNAISE, versus the REGULAR DUKES MAYONNAISE. My conclusion, I suppose it is what nutrients are most important to you, because you just can't have both. The recipe I used was making 24 servings, and it needed 2 cups of mayonnaise, I compared the calories and nutrients with both, and boy was I surprised.
If you are watching calories, I suppose the FAT FREE VERSION MIGHT BE BETTER, but if you are counting carbs then the regular version might be better.
FAT FREE VERSION- Calories in 2 cups= 480,CARBS= 96,FAT=0, SODIUM-5,760 & SUGAR 32 GRAMS
REGULAR VERSION-Calories= 3200 in 2 cups-CARBS=0 FAT=384- SODIUM 2,400 Mg, & SUGAR=0
MY CONCLUSION- You just can't win, you either go low fat, and it is loaded with more than twice as much salt, carbs and sugar, or you COUNT CARBS WHERE IT DOES HAVE A SIGNIFICANT amount of calories & fat, but no sugar or carbs, and the SODIUM IS 3,360 Mg. LESS than the FAT FREE version.
NO wonder MANY OF US have a weight problem? You either must do low calorie, or low carbs, which ever is best for you. There is a lot to understand before you can successfully do either. It was just a revelation and I was shocked at the results, thought you might be too.
This is a picture of the salad I created, and if you are counting carbs it is great because it only has 4 NET CARBS, 1 GRAM OF SUGAR, AND 2 GRAMS OF FIBER, BUT IF YOU ARE GOING WITH low fat or fat free, then it is loaded with fat, sodium & carbs. SO YOU MUST CHOOSE.
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR OPINION ON WHAT HAS BEEN WORKING FOR YOU. I AM DOING LOW CARB, & SO FAR I HAVE LOST MORE THAN 20 POUNDS IN THE LAST 2 MONTHS & A FEW DAYS.
Mar 9, 2017
I have said all of that to say this. Last night after consulting with my doctor, she informed me that with blood sugars ranging from 88 to 93, that I did not need to take my INSULIN. WOW, that is the first time I have not had to take insulin in almost 5 years. All because I started making healthier choices in the foods I eat. I am loving the results, she said she will continue to monitor me, and hopefully if I continue, I just may be able to get off of it for good. But for now we will check it on a daily basis. I AM OVER THE MOON EXCITED.
I just had to share this great news with you.