Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Two Funerals and a Party

This is only Wednesday and has already been a very full week. We have lost two older members of our church within a few days of each other. It is strange sometimes because we can go several months without a death in our congregation and then we will have several in a row. Each is a real loss for their families and for our church family. One man who passed away had been lovingly cared for for over 10 years at his home by his wife. She has truly shown the marriage vow, "in sickness and in health", a vow not be taken lightly. What a role model for young married couples today. You could not find a sweeter, more joyful person than this now-widowed lady! God has blessed our whole church through the years by her testimony of caring for her husband whose mind and body was consumed by Alzheimer's.

We had the first funeral and dinner for the family yesterday and then we drove to another state three hours away for the graveside service and got home last night. Tomorrow is the next funeral and family dinner at the church. It should be a wonderful service as many men from our church will be there to give testimony as they, over the years, have faithfully gone to their home and helped put him to bed and take care of some physical moving that his wife could no longer do. One even came to sing to him. Isn't that a blessing? People who love the Lord do things like that! I appreciate them so much!
And we have also worked in a Christmas luncheon with the Senior Saints class today! The food and fellowship was great, as usual!
This was sooooo good!
We did the $5 gift exchange and had alot of fun "stealing" gifts back and forth. The men especially liked the flashlights!
However, the teacher of the class, got "stuck" with a cute little wire purse full of lotions and lady-type stuff! He thought it might look good enough to bring on Sunday to church! I think his wife may have something to say about that!

I made the Mississippi Sin Dip (perfect to take to a Sunday School party!! har) Everyone really liked it. Here's the recipe in case you would like to try it!

Mississippi Sin Dip

1 loaf French Bread (I used round loaf of Sour Dough)
8 oz. container of French onion dip
4 oz. can green chiles, drained
1 pkg. bacon bits
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

Cut top out of Bread and scoop out insides. Mix all other ingredients together in a large bowl. Put the dip inside the loaf of bread and put the top of the bread back on. Wrap the whole thing in foil and bake one hour at 350 degrees. Serve with chips.

I put mine on a pie plate so it was easier to get in and out of the oven and give support as I carried it to the party.


Kelly said...

I told you that dip was YUMMY!
Looks like a fun party - all the food looks good!
Ya'll do have so many nice people in your church who obviously really love Jesus - because it shows in how they serve others.