Good morning, everyone. Hopefully everyone turned their clocks ahead on Saturday night. I love that it doesn’t get dark so early. 

 “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” — Psalm 107:9 

 

VFD news

Tonight, at 7, is the monthly VFD meeting. Tomorrow night is the Spring shoots. Last week there were 10 shoots. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and shooting starts when 10 shoots are full. The kitchen will be open. If you would like to donate a baked good for the shoots, please leave it at the township building, on Tuesday afternoon. 

  

Area happenings 

Love INC is hosting a winter picnic on March 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Titusville Middle School. The menu will be sloppy joes, hot dogs, macaroni salad, baked beans, dessert, and drink. Bring a can of soup for the backpack program. Proceeds to benefit Love INC. There is a fee. 

 

TOPS 

The March 6 meeting was opened by Debbie, with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. There was a total of ten members, 1 KOPS, and 9 TOPS. The group had a total weight loss of 9.75 pounds, and three turtles.

The TOPS high-loser was its new member, Sue. The high KOPS loser was Debbie. Karen won the menu drawing. Angel won the quarter fund, and Marjorie won the encouragement basket. The challenge this week is to walk for 15 minutes, three times.

Debbie gave a program on sleep, and closed the meeting with the closing pledge and prayer circle.

The TOPS’ spring fling will be held on March 25. It will be held at Galloway Church, on state Route 417. If you are interested in attending and have not yet signed up, please contact Debbie so she can put your name down. There is no fee for attending. However, donations are being accepted. 

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

 

  

Recipes 

   Fried Irish cabbage 

with bacon

Ingredients: 1 (12 ounce) package bacon

1/4 cup bacon drippings

1 small head cabbage, cored

and finely chopped

Ground black pepper to taste

 

Directions: Cook bacon in a deep skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 1/4 cup drippings in skillet.

Cook and stir cabbage in hot bacon drippings over medium heat until cabbage wilts, 5 to 7 minutes.

Crumble bacon over cabbage. Stir and simmer until bacon is warmed, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with black pepper.

 

Irish soda bread

Ingredients: 4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup margarine

1 cup buttermilk 

1 egg

1/4 cup butter melted

1/4 cup buttermilk 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

 

 Helpful hints 

 Tips for conserving your smart phone battery

— Turn off vibrations. Vibrations actually use up more energy than ringtones.

— Dim your screen. A screen brightly lit drastically reduces battery consumption.

— Shorten screen timeout. That is the amount of time your screen stays lit after you are done interacting with it. Locking the screen after you are done using it instead of letting the screen go out by itself will decrease battery consumption.

— Close unnecessary apps. This is one of the main reasons for battery drainage. We forget to close the apps we are done using. 

— Keep your phone cool. Do not leave your phone in direct sunlight or anywhere hot. Leaving your phone in a hot car can drain your battery faster than if left in a cooler place.

 

LOL

— What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck. 

— Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun? Because they’re always a little short. 

— Why don’t you iron 4-Leaf clovers? Because you don’t want to press your luck. 

  

Remember in prayer 

  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, at 6 p.m.

Wednesday prayer service, at 6 p.m. 

— Open Door Baptist 

Pastor George Brickner 

(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 Roy Brownlee 

(814) 227-6999 

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

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

  

Contact me

If you would like to submit any news items or birthdays, anniversaries, or have any ideas for this column, please contact Charlene Armstrong, at newsofcherrytree@outlook.com, or (814) 493-1488. 

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