Sunday, March 30, 2008

Laurie: Mini Cheesecakes

24 cupcake liners
24 vanilla wafers
2-8oz. cream cheese (softened)
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling

Line cupcake pans with liners and place a wafer in each.
In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar till smoothe. Add
in eggs and vanilla, continue to beat till light and
fluffy. Fill liners 2/3 full.
Bake 375° 15 to 20 minutes. Top with pie filling
and chill.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cora: Monthly Calendar

Hello ladies!

Here is the monthly calendar for April:

April 8 - Goodness - church office at 6:30 p.m.
April 22 - Faithfulness - church office at 6:30 p.m.
April 24 - 26 - Women's Retreat at The Homestead

Registration for the retreat out at The Homestead begins on Sunday, March 30. Make sure to fill out your registration forms and get them handed in as soon as possible. The cost this year is $125.00 and your payment is due by April 20.

Check in begins at 5:00 on Thursday, April 24 and the first session is that evening at 7:00. Please note that we will not be eating dinner Thursday night at The Homestead this year. Please make other arrangements for dinner Thursday night and then come join us for a wonderful weekend of retreating.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me either by e-mail or by phone.

I look forward to seeing all of you there!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Shannon: The Trade

In light of Dave's Easter message yesterday, I dug out this old post from a few summer's ago.

The only things I can move right now, without wincing, are my fingertips. That's why you're getting a post.

If you watched me walk across the room this morning, you'd think I was trying to recover from injuries I sustained when I failed to jump my motorcycle over twenty brand new Mini Coopers down at Bellowin' Bob's Autos. Or at the very least, a mugging. But no. Mine are "exercise wounds," and lest we all forget--it's a "good" pain.

It's been a week of water aerobics, weight lifting, eliptical riding, walking and biking. No, I'm not training for the Iron Man. I'm trying to get back into my spring clothes.

I'd already had my belly full of exercise by yesterday afternoon, but Dave came home and said, "I brought you a surprise. Come outside and see." I followed him out to his truck and saw a new (to us) 14 speed, automatic shift bicycle--with shocks. It's really a beautiful bike, and I was so taken by his gesture that the words "Hey! Let's go for a ride!" popped out of my mouth before I saw the calamity coming.

He was all over that. "Yeah! Let's see how far down the trail we can get." Several months ago, a paved, 9 or so mile trail opened along our property. At any time of the day or night, you can watch a sea of roller bladers, bicyclists, walkers, and horse riders meander past our pasture.

Last week, an old shirtless guy with a Santa beard came riding up on his bike and told us there'd been reports of bear and bobcat sightings along the trail. I've never yet known a shirtless, Santa-bearded biker to lie, so when I went inside to grab my cell phone, I also grabbed my mace. Geared up, I headed back out and found that Dave had hooked up the air compressor and was filling the tire on my old bike. It was once beautiful, but the law of entropy has had its way with it. Parts of the shiny burgundy paint are covered with rust; the seat is somewhat moldy and ripped in one spot (the rip screams "Zac," but that won't hold up in court), and the kick stand wobbles.

I felt terrible that Dave was going to ride that old bike while I had this beautiful new bike, and I told him so. His answer? "I don't mind--I just like knowing you have a good, dependable bike."

He's like that. He'll take the dilapidated bike so I can ride the nice, new one. He was happy to take my old, simple cell phone so I could have the nice, new, picture-taking phone. He was perfectly content to take my old lap top so I could have a nice, new, faster model. He's very good to me.

So we had our ride. We went all the way to Lake Cassidy and then some. And sometime during the ride, maybe 50 minutes into it, I began to think about Dave's sacrifices and how often he puts me in mind of my other Groom--the One who was willing to take the punishment of the cross so I could have a new nature, a new name, and a brand new hope for the future.

I don't deserve to be this loved; I know that. But I'm glad ... and grateful.

The Trade

Mine was Your only sin
Yours is my only righteousness
Mine was Your only shame
Yours is my only confidence
You took all of me; I want all of You

Mine was the pain You bore
Yours is the healing I received
Mine was the nails and thorns
Yours is my life abundantly
You took all of me; I want all of You

I'm waiting here to feel Your touch
The weight of sin it seems so much
The freedom that You offer me is You

Mine was the the victory
Yours is the blood that purchased me
Mine is a blessed way
Yours is my love eternally
You took all of me; I want all of You

~ Brett Williams