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Pioneer Convention at Cottage Hill

Pioneer Convention

In the Allegheny Connection of churches, the month of September is dedicated to the emphasis of ‘pioneering’,  the starting and supporting of new church works in the US.  All of the local churches gather together for this area service which is held at Cottage Hill Church.

The missions/pioneer director is Rev. Timothy Young.  He and his wife, Darlene travel around to the area churches during September presenting the needs and news of pioneering.  We appreciate all of the hard labor that they do to promote missions and pioneering.


The newest pioneer work was shared with us.  It is located in Ridge, Montana.  We were surprised to learn that the population of Ridge is 4!

Ridge is surrounded with ranches, and the people were wanting a church started there for the ranching families, many of them willing to drive more than 100 miles to attend the church.    There is a lovely, small church building, and a campmeeting located on one of the ranches just outside of Ridge.  The photo of the campmeeting crowd was surprisingly large for being such a remote area.


The pastor of this newly started work is Rev. Eugene Cadwell,  a local rancher in the area, as well as a former missionary to Northwest Indian Bible School.

It has been many, many years since we had seen him.  It was good to make re-acquaintance with him, and listen as he shared about the work in Ridge, MT.


We were thrilled to learn about this new church!

May God bless the labor there!


1 John 5:11

“God has given to us eternal life,

and this life is in His Son.”


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Apple Dip-Decadent!

Caramel Apple Dip

Last weekend we attended a Sunday School Convention in Salem, Ohio.

On the drive home, we stopped at The White House Fruit Farm, and purchased a few bags of apples.  Gala and Honey Crisp.


I piled them in a basket and used them as an edible centerpiece for our dinner table.

They looked so pretty!


When seeing all those apples, Maria made a delicious caramel apple dip to use with them.

It was more than delicious!  I could have ate it all, I think, but limited myself to one serving.


Here is her simple, easy recipe-

Caramel Apple Dip

8 oz. cream cheese

1 c brown sugar

 1 jar of caramel ice cream topping

Combine in a medium bowl,

a hand mixer works well for this.

Dip apples and enjoy!

We made quite a dent in the basket of apples,

don’t you think?


It was sooo good!

So many delicious tastes of autumn…


Psalm 103:17

“But the mercy of the LORD is from

everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,

and his righteousness unto children’s children;”



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The Fall Clean-Up

Time for the fall garden clean-up!

We have enjoyed some perfect, beautiful fall weather-

perfect for getting much outdoor work done.

Did you get to see the lunar eclipse of the full moon?

We were able to observe about the first 1/4 of it,

and then the clouds moved in and obscured our view.

The clouds stayed, giving us a dark night,

and much needed rain for a thirsty ground.

In the meantime,

it has been a time for cleaning up in the summer garden.

It will soon be time to rake leaves!


One of the beds that has been neglected for a long time is the front flower bed.

It was completely overgrown in very tall weeds

and was an eyesore.

The sedums were surviving in the weed mess somehow.

So we tackled this bed last week

and I am very happy with the results.


This bed has always been awkward to work because of the stone wall.

After all of the weeds were pulled,

I laid down cardboard as a weed barrier, then covered it all with bark mulch.

I am hoping that this mulching will stop all of those weed seeds from re-growing.

Remember the old saying?

‘1 years seeding is worth 7 years weeding’

When noxious weeds are allowed to go to seed,

(which had happened here)

it becomes a very bad perennial problem-

very hard to deal with.

I planted this bed with some workhorse perennials-

you can’t really see them, but besides the sedums-(Autumn Joy),

I planted 2 blue salvias and 3 Stella de Oro daylilies.

It should be looking pretty for next year.


Proverbs 19:1

“Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity,

than he that is perverse in his lips,

and is a fool.”

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Fall Planting


Fall Plantings

I could say that this is my first attempt at planting a fall garden of vegetables, but that would not be the truth….I tried to plant beets, carrots and peas last fall, but they all met with disaster…disaster in the form of kitties that used the nice, freshly turned dirt as a brand new litter pan, in the process digging up all the newly sprouted seeds.  I had thought that I would need to fence in each bed to keep the cats out, but then Panda was killed this summer, and I found that there was no need, as Merry does not use the garden beds (thankfully).  So we are good to ‘grow’!

This is what was planted at the end of August-

Sugar peas, planted on the trellis vacated by the cucumber vines.


Again, sugar peas, on the other side of the trellis.

Cardboard laid down as weed control in the center of the trellis.


A row of shell peas-variety, Laxton Progress #9….


….and beets-Detroit Dark Red- in the vacated garlic bed.


And spinach-a mix- in the vacated green bean row.


All of these vegetables like the cooler temperatures of fall,

even being able to take some frost,

so here is hoping that they will all bear some fruit before winter for me.

Sweet Merry!  He loves to join me in the garden.


Have you ever tried growing vegetables in the fall?

Were you successful?


Psalm 79:13

“So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture

will give thee thanks for ever:

we will show forth thy praise to all








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Stoneboro Campmeeting, 2015-Bible Study

Bible Study


(the morning Bible study crowd in the main tabernacle)

I believe that this will be the last post on this year’s

campmeeting at Stoneboro.

There are a number of services during the morning hours of the camp,

all taking place at the same time.  They are-

children’s meeting, in the children’s tabernacle,

Youth service, at the youth and missionary tabernacle,

and the morning Bible Study, in the main tabernacle.


This years Bible teacher was Dr. Paul Kaufman, from Salem, Ohio.

He is a Hebrew Bible scholar and professor,

teaching at both Allegheny Wesleyan College, in Salem, Ohio

and Hobe Sound Bible College in Hobe Sound, Florida.

This year’s lessons were on the book of Isaiah.

I cannot begin to tell you what a rich study it was!

So very interesting with an emphasis on Jewish history and customs.

We, the students, were kept jumping from book to book in the Bible

as it related to the book of Isaiah.


We ordered a full set of the CDs of all of the sessions.

I highly recommend this collection to anyone who is

interested in studying the Bible.


They can be ordered from Allegheny Publications

by calling 330-337-0280.

For this Sunday morning, I will leave you with some words from Isaiah-


Isaiah 61:1-3

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me;

because the LORD hath anointed me

to preach good tidings unto the meek;

he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to

them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all that mourn;

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,

to give unto them beauty for ashes

the oil of joy for mourning,

the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

that they might be called trees of righteousness,

the planting of the LORD,

that he might be glorified.”


May these words bless your soul.


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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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