Good morning, everyone. It is the Easter season already. This year is flying by. Before you know  it, the children will be out of school for the summer. 

“Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.” — Acts 17:3

 

VFD news

The regular volunteer fire department meeting will be held tonight, at 7. 

Tuesday night is the next spring shoot. Doors open at 5:30, and shooting starts when 10 shoots are full. The kitchen will be open. If you would like to donate a baked good for the special shoots, please leave it at the Township building before 5 p.m. Gun raffle tickets are available.

Area happenings 

— Titusville Church of Christ will offer a Good Friday worship and communion service on Friday, at 6 p.m. There will be music, scripture reading, and communion will be served. The church will also have an Easter Sunday sunrise worship service, on Sunday. The church will offer three worship services that Sunday — with a  sunrise service at 6:00 a.m., with doughnuts, coffee, and juice following that service; a regulary scheduled service at 10 a.m., on Sunday, with Sunday school preceding at 9; and evening worship, at 6. 

— Breedtown Baptist Church will hold a special services this week.

A Maundy Thursday service will be held Thursday, at 6 p.m. 

A Good Friday service will be held on Friday, at 6 p.m.

An Easter “Sonrise” service will be held Sunday, at 7 a.m., followed by a breakfast. 

There will be a worship service at 9 a.m. Those who are interested are asked to note that there is a change in time, and there will be no Sunday school on Easter morning. 

— St. James Episcopal Memorial Church is also offering special services this week. 

The week starts with Holy Communion at the parish hall.

 There will be a healing service on Monday and Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., 

A Maundy Thursday service will be held Thursday, at 7 p.m. 

A Good Friday service will be held Friday, at 7 p.m. 

An Easter Vigil will be held on Saturday, at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be a breakfast, at 9 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, at 10:30; and an Easter egg hunt for children, at 11:30. 

TOPS

Debbie opened the April 4 meeting with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. There were 13 members who weighed in, and 10 who stayed for the meeting. There were a total of 9 TOPS and one KOPS. A total of 16 pounds was lost. 

David was high TOPS loser and Debbie was high KOPS loser for the week. Connie won the menu drawing, Debbie won the quarter fund, and Sue won the encouragement basket. The challenge for the week was to exercise three times a week for 15 minutes, or pay 25 cents per day.

Debbie gave the program.

She also closed the meeting with a prayer circle and closing pledge.

Titusville TOPS meets at Titusville Free Methodist Church on Monday evenings. Weigh-in is held from 5:15 until 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. 

For more information, call Debbie Beers, at 827-4114. 

Recipes

    Do you have a church dinner or family gathering coming up? Here is an easy dish to accommodate a crowd.

Big batch 

salsa chicken fiesta

Ingredients:

2 1/3 cups biscuit mix 

1/2 cup water 

3 eggs 

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (12 oz) 

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lb), cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

2 1/2 cups thick and chunky salsa 

Instructions:

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 3 (8- or 9-inch) square pans with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir together biscuit mix, water and eggs. Spread evenly in pans. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese over batter in each pan.

In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil, stirring frequently, until outsides turn white; drain. Stir in salsa; heat until hot. Spoon evenly over batter in pans to within 1/2-inch of edges. 

Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until edges are dark golden brown. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the remaining cheese over each pan. Bake 1 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Loosen from sides of pan; cut into squares. 

Serves 18.

Helpful hints

  Well, it’s getting to be that time of year again. Ticks and fleas will soon be out in full force attacking your pets. Here’s some ideas to help control these sometimes dangerous, and pesky critters.

Apple cider vinegar makes an alternative flea and tick repellent. The acidic taste is unappealing to fleas and ticks, so regularly spraying your dog or cat with an apple cider vinegar solution can help keep these insects from taking over. 

If your pet is allergic to chemicals or you want to try a natural repellent, follow a few simple steps to make an apple cider vinegar wash and solution to help fight the fleas and ticks on your pet.

Instead of putting vinegar directly onto your pet’s skin, which can irritate his/her skin, you need to make a diluted solution. 

Mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 quart warm water, and 1 ounce of Castille soap. This diluted solution is powerful enough to deal with fleas and ticks, but not so strong you will be able to smell it.

If you want to add something extra to help repel the fleas and ticks from your pet, add 2 – 3 drops of lavender or cedar oil to the mixture. The scent of the oil will help keep the fleas and ticks off and also give the solution a pleasant smell. You can also add 2 ounces of aloe vera to the mix as well. It will help moisturize your pet’s skin and repel fleas.

Apple cider vinegar is nontoxic to dogs and cats. However, if your pet has sensitive skin, you may want to add extra water to your solution.

LOL

— What did the big bucket say to the little bucket? You look a little pail.

— What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear.

— What do you call it when you feed a stick of dynamite to a steer?

A-bom-in-a-ble.

Remember 

in prayer

  Martha Stansbury, Wendy Huff, Jerry Stansbury, Steve Reed, Cody Manners, Dick Anderson, Sarah Stearns, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, Paul Atkinson, and Jan Stephens. 

Community churches 

— Breedtown Baptist, Pastor Ward Beers, 827-9331.

Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m.; church service, 11.

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, at 6 p.m.

— Resurrection Baptist Church, Pastor Jim Waugh, 827-0370.

Family Sunday school, at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday preaching, 11; evening service, 6 p.m.

Wednesday prayer service, at 6 p.m.

— Open Door Baptist, Pastor Josh Welton, (814) 677-0448.

Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday worship service, at 11; evening service, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday Bible study, at 7 p.m.

— Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist, Pastor Gale Boocks, (814) 227-6999.

Sunday worship, at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday school, at 11. 

God bless! “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:28 

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