“Lessons from Pepper”
I love Pepper. Actually I still love Pepper. No, I’m not talking about ground black pepper or the spice that some people like on pizza or potato chips. Pepper is my sister’s dog, but since he was the family dog I like to say he belonged to me as well.
When I was still in seminary, my sister and my brother-in-law decided to move back to Central Wisconsin after living in Indiana for a time. This excited my parents who were empty nesters when all three of their daughters married and all their sons were away from home going to school – including me. My parents were ready to welcome two warm bodies (my mom likes to say a house is warmed by more people living in it) in the home but what they did not know was that there was a third body as well – my sister and brother-in-law’s new dog who they named Pepper. Pepper wasn’t a large dog being about the size of a small trash bin on its side but what Pepper lacked in size he did not lack in spunk. Even though my parents disliked Pepper jumping on the couches and sleeping in the same bed as his owners – they soon learned to love him just like every other member of the family.
I was introduced to Pepper on one of my many trips back home from seminary. Pepper was always excited to meet new people and use to run back and forth throughout the house alarming everyone that a new person was either at the door or in the house. He would also do this if a person he knew had gone away from some time and was now back home again. It was amazing that no matter how quiet I was or no matter how much I tried to mask my scent – it was always Pepper that greeted me first.
As I said before, I love Pepper. Even though there were times where I and Pepper did not get along, Pepper continued to greet me the same every time I came back home. One time my sister invited me to a park where some of our cousins and friends were playing volleyball. I was still in my car parking my car when Pepper started barking at my car and tried to charge at me and would have if his leash wasn’t tied to a tree. I was amazed that even before I stepped out of my car it seemed as if he knew it was me. I’m not sure what that says about my personal scent or the smell of my car but I would like to think I smelled more like the shampoo I used that morning rather than anything else.
Unfortunately Pepper passed away just as I began my first church appointment. It was a big loss for the whole family especially for my sister and brother-in-law. Always loyal, willing to support his family, and always the first to welcome anyone at the door, Pepper was a great family member.
Just like many of us who have lost loved ones in our past we sometimes reflect on their lives. Even though Pepper was a dog, I learned many things from him. That life is too short not to be excited to see those who you love. That living your life for your loved ones is a life worth living and that showing love is often times just as important as saying the word itself.
To those that say animals have no souls or have no place in God’s kingdom, I would say different. There is no doubt in my heart, mind, and spirit that animals are made not to use or populate the Earth but to also teach us lessons that we might never learn otherwise.
October got its name from the Latin “octo”, meaning “eight”. If this seems odd to you, considering it’s the tenth month in the modern day calendar (Gregorian) that actually used to not be the case. It was once the eighth month (in the Roman calendar) and the name simply carried over.
You have all heard the saying…..‘That only happens once in a Blue Moon’ ….. I never knew what that was until I was older . . . it is a second full moon in one month.
October 1, 2020 brings the Full Harvest Moon, the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox (September 22 this year). October 31, 2020 brings the Full Hunter’s Moon. I know I’ve had that song, Blue Moon, in my head since writing this . . .
We have not had a meeting or events this year, but hoping we can meet in December for our annual Potluck/Meeting. We have it on the calendar for the December 2nd at 6pm. The plan is to have our dinner and meeting as usual and put together our cheer plates. Look for more information as we get closer to that date.
CREATION TEAM: We do plan on tying a few covers this month. If you would be interested in helping out, we plan on being at the church Tuesday, October 20th. Check with Nadine Schrader or Kim Cathman if you would be interested in helping out. I think we can tie and social distance at the same time. It’s planned to sanitize and of course wear a mask. This is a mission we do not want to see go away. No quilting experience needed!
Here is a recipe from our 1996 Cookbook. This one comes from Melba. Enjoy!
Texas Sheet Cake – A Favorite
2 C. flour
6 T. cocoa
1 t. vanilla
2 C. sugar
½ C. buttermilk
1 Stick Oleo (butter?)
1 t. baking soda
1 C. water
½ C. Crisco
1 Stick Oleo (butter?)
1 lb. powdered sugar
6 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
1 C. chopped nuts
Sift together flour and sugar.
Put in pan and bring to a full boil the oleo, water, Crisco and cocoa.
Blend. Pour over flour and sugar mixture.
Add eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and baking soda.
Grease and flour an 11 x 16 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Make frosting while cake is cooking –
Bring oleo, milk and cocoa to a boil, then mix in powdered sugar, vanilla and nuts.
Pour immediately on cake when it is done and right out of the oven.
Thank you all for your patience through this pandemic! We hope you are in good health and staying safe. God Bless. UMW
Food Pantry Needs:
Chicken Noodle Soup
Mac and Cheese
Virtual Sunday School is underway! So far we are off to a great start – thank you parents for all you are doing to introduce God into your child’s life, we could not do this without you! We all miss seeing those smiling faces and look forward to the day when we can all be together again! If you have questions or still wish to register your child for Sunday School, please contact the Church Office, we can help get you signed up!
Although it will look a bit different, we will still be packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Please keep an eye on Facebook for items that we are collecting for the month of October! More information will be coming in regards to opportunities for your child to pack a box!
The Depot Exchange is still in need of volunteers! However, they are currently not allowing volunteer groups and are limiting the amount of volunteers per day. Please give them a call at (608) 822-4060 to schedule a time to volunteer! They would greatly appreciate it.
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!