“The Associate’s Corner”
Lessons from Summer Gardening
As a grade schooler I loved the summer months. The sun, the warmth, the smell of the grass, and the fact that the day lasted longer just made me all happy inside. All happy inside, expect when my parents or more likely my mom would bring up the chore of helping her keep up her garden. When I use the word “garden” many people think of a small plot of land probably no bigger than the size of one’s bedroom. Now imagine a garden like that and multiply the size of that room by 4 or 5 times.
Yep. My mom’s garden was nearly an acre in size after all is said and done and it was filled with all sort of vegetables including corn, tomatoes, beans, cabbages, and all sorts of peppers. As any person with a green thumb can tell you there is a lot of work to be done before a person can pick veggies. The worst job of them all – weeding. Some people take care of weeds with sprays and other artificial weed killers but mom used the old fashion way – with gardening hoes and our bare hands. Now imagine taking weeds out of the ground in the warm weather and occasionally having to bend over to make sure the removed weeds were not covering the precious vegetables.
Sometimes the sun would be beating on us as if Godself was using a magnify glass to watch over us forgetting that the glass also magnified the intensity of the sun rays in the process. The one reward my brother and I could look forward to was fishing. After we had finished weeding or whatever my mom or dad wanted us to do – we would ask if we could walk about a mile down the road to fish at bridge that ran over a small creek. After a while we would walk back at a certain time and by that time my parents would be tired and we would go home. One early summer Saturday morning I was anticipating to be woken up by my mom to go to the garden when I noticed it was way too late to go to the garden now. I thought my parents must have decided to stay home today but to my surprise they were gone. My sister later told me that mom had gone to the garden by herself and my dad had gone over to work at one of our rental duplexes. My brother and I cheered – it was a free day for us.
The day went on and my father eventually came back from our duplexes. Then the day got later and later until it was nearly midafternoon. I didn’t say anything I was starting to get worried about my mom. The garden was a good 30 mins away and was outside of Wausau in the country. As time went by I got nervous and might have even voiced my concern to my brother if not my dad. Then things got worst – the clouds started to come in and the smell of oncoming rain was thick in the air. I pleaded inside my heart to God that my mom would be okay. That she would beat the storm home and that we would enjoy dinner together. As the storm came and the wind blew we finally noticed the blue station wagon pull into our driveway. In her old mom style she yelled at us to help her to take out some of the garden equipment from her which I did happily.
I was just happy that she was home and I’m sure the rest of the family felt the same way. Many times God calls on us to do work we don’t like to do. Sometimes we get sweat and feel as though the only reason why we’re doing these “jobs” is so that we can get something in return. It’s not until one day we don’t hear God’s voice anymore that we start to worry. Sure, it may be fun for a little while to do our own thing but we miss God’s presence in our lives.
We even miss working. Especially when our lives get stormy and unpredictable – that’s when we start to wonder where is God and is God okay. Well I be okay? It’s in moments like these that we miss and God the most. That’s also when God shows up and gives us hope once again. That’s when we notice that those times we were “working” it was God’s way of spending time with us and teaching us to be better people and followers. That the work we do is not to frustrate us but teach us also how to be with others. To be patient, kind, and graceful in all that we do. In this way we can appreciate all times no matter if it’s sunny or in the middle of the storm.
Fennimore UMW News:
MAY – The month of May (in Latin Maius) was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman Era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.
MAY DAY – May Day has traditionally been a joyous celebration of spring, femininity, fertility, and the coming summer. The first day of May is celebrated in many parts of the world. It is believed it evolved from ancient agricultural and fertility rites of spring.
GOOD NEWS! The creation team has been needing help for quite a while to continue it’s mission to make covers for sale, and for donations. Finally we have the good news that Nadine Schrader and Kim Cathman will meet with the current heads of the Creation Team to learn the ropes and hopefully continue the mission. Of course we have to wait until the ‘safer at home’ lifts, but conversations are already starting. This is such a long running mission for our church and with new help, we hopefully can keep the ‘warmth’ flowing.
Anyone looking to help, please contact Nadine or Kim. Thank you to both of them and to all the ladies who have made the foundation of this mission a strong one.
FROM THE 1996 UMW COOKBOOK:
Carrot Casserole – Elizabeth Brandemuehl
4 Cups Sliced Carrots
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts
Chopped Onion (to taste)
8 Slices of Processed Cheese
14 Ritz crackers
3 T. butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook carrots; mix carrots, soup, chestnuts, onion,
salt and pepper. Spray 9X13 pan with Pam; put in
mixture. Layer cheese slices on top. Crush
crackers; mix with melted butter. Spread over
cheese and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Kim Cathman 822-3196
Judy Nelson 822-3355
Lori Budzinski 822-6727
Audrey Doan 822-6527
Vacation Bible School 2020 dates have been set!
Please join us for Knights of North Castle on Sunday, June 14 — Thursday, June 18. Watch for additional details to come!
Our Christian Education Team has started to prepare for Easter. Our curriculum will be focusing on the Lenten Season over the coming weeks!
Our Easter Program will be held on Sunday, April 5th at the 10:30 AM service. Please join us for “Building Easter”!
Searching For Truth
Seeking the Truth Adult Bible Study
Seeking the Truth; which meets in the Library on Sundays between
services will be starting a NEW bible study on Sunday, February 16 th
called Armour of God by Priscilla Schirer. All are welcome!
Please let us know as soon as possible so we can get your book
ordered. Questions? Please contact Glen or Christine Klais.
Youth Impact is going strong!
We meet on Sunday nights from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the FUMC Basement. Activities vary from week to week, but there is usually some combination of food, games, and spiritual-growth too. All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Bring a friend!
Call or email Katie Volz-Oyen with any questions!