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Who’d A Thunk….

The nonstick substance known as Teflon was used in 1954 by Marc Gregoire to make his fishing tackle slippery.

However, Colette Gregoire, his wife, urged him to put the substance on her cooking pans.

Walla! The first nonstick pan was made!

Leave it to a woman to find a way to make her chores easier!!

Words of Wisdom

Golden Nuggets

During this time of year, we often take stock in what we have; and we express a humble attitude of thankfulness. While this is good and important, here is a challenge for each of us. Instead of being humbly thankful, what if we were glad? If we were truly glad for everything in our lives, we would not only experience that peace with being satisfied; we would also be happy and joyful.

In the Disney movie “Pollyana”, the main character shares how she and her father would always play the “Glad Game”. There is only one simple rule in this game. Regardless of what happens, you must find a reason to be glad. Maybe things go right, and you are glad. But if things go wrong, you still find a way to be positive and glad. Both ways you win because you find that silver lining that will turn any negative into a positive. It is a tough game to play, but the rewards are well worth the courage it takes to play.

Clearly stated in God‘s Word, Psalm 118;24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Think about that! Every day has a planned purpose for us. What power there is in not only being grateful and thankful for each day, but to live with gladness in our hearts that brings pure joy.

Imagine a world that is full of people who are GLAD!

Shall we start playing this game together now?

Remember When….

“Sock Hopswere informal dances usually held in high school gymnasiums, featuring the new music—rock ‘n roll, which was sweeping the country. They got their name because the kids had to take off their shoes before twisting the night away so they wouldn’t scuff up the gym floor.

Humor Me….

Having never driven a limo, the Pope asked the chauffeur if he could drive for a while. Well, the chauffeur didn't have much of a choice, so he climbs in the back of the limo and the Pope takes the wheel. The Pope proceeds onto Highway 95 and starts accelerating to see what the limo could do. He gets to about 90 mph, and suddenly he sees the blue lights of the

State Patrol in his mirror. He pulls over and the trooper comes to his window. The trooper, seeing who it was, says, “Just a moment please, I need to call in.” The trooper calls in and asks for the chief. He tells the chief that he's got a REALLY important person pulled over and asks how he should handle it. “It's not Ted Kennedy again is it?” replies the chief. “No Sir!” replied the trooper,

“This guy's more important. ”Is it the Governor?” replied the chief. “No! Even more important!” replies the trooper. “Is it the PRESIDENT???” replied the chief. ”No! Even more important!” replies the trooper. “Well WHO is it?” screams the chief. “I think it might be God, Sir,” replies the trooper, “he's got the Pope as his


Grandma’s Cooking Corner:

Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake


1/2 cup canola oil or melted cooled coconut oil

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2/3 cup brown sugar light or dark

1/4 cup honey plus 2 tablespoons

4 large eggs at room temperature

1 cup pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling

1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen

2 cups chocolate chips

For the Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting:

6 ounces 1/3 reduced-fat cream cheese also called Neufchatel;

3 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened to room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, Greek yogurt, brown sugar, and honey until well blended and smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time Beat in the pumpkin puree.

Sprinkle the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice over the top. Mix to combine. Then, sprinkle in the flour. By hand with a wooden spatula or spoon, stir the batter, just until the flour disappears. Add cranberries and chocolate chips. .

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then with an offset spatula or spoon, smooth the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, butter, vanilla extract, and salt at medium speed for 2 minutes, until fluffy and well combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar, increasing the speed to medium as you go. Beat for 1-2 minutes until well combined. Spread frosting evenly over top of cooled cake. Let set for10 minutes and serve.


12-2-23 Raleigh, NC

Feeding America:

For over 40 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people through a nationwide network of food banks, food pantries, and meal programs. The concept of food banking was developed by John van Hengel in Phoenix, AZ, in 1967.

Van Hengel, a retired businessman, volunteered at a soup kitchen trying to find food to serve neighbors facing hunger.

One day, he met a desperate mother who regularly rummaged through grocery store garbage bins to find food for her children. She suggested that there should be a place where food could be stored for people to pick up rather than being thrown away — similar to how “banks” store money for future use. With that, an industry was born.

John Van Hengel established St. Mary’s Food Bank as the nation’s first food bank. In its initial year, van Hengel and his volunteers distributed 275,000 lbs. of food to people in need. Word of the food bank’s success quickly spread, and states began to note.

By 1977, food banks were established in 18 cities across the country.

As the number of food banks began to increase, van Hengel created a national organization for food banks, and in 1979 he established Second Harvest, which was later called America’s Second Harvest, the Nation’s Food Bank Network. In 2008, the network changed its name to Feeding America to reflect its mission.

Today there are 200 food banks in the network, 21 statewide associations and over 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs. Together they feed about 46 million people.


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Ken was born in Chicago on May 31, 1929, and has lived a very full life. At twenty, Ken joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Texas for a few years. When Ken married, his wife already had two children. Together they had three more children.

Ken dabbled in real estate and worked for a fuel and oil company. He then owned his own heating and air conditioning company and received his fifty-year pin from Plumbers and Pipers Local Union #388 (formerly #338).

Ken is very proud of the fact that he officiated for high school football and basketball for twenty years.

Ken enjoys Bible studies and is looking forward to his future heavenly home and final resting place.

Military Salute:

The 1st Marine Division, the oldest and largest active duty division of the United States Marines is perhaps best known by the nickname coined following World War II, The Old Breed. With a long and distinguished history, no subordinate unit better reflects the honor and best traditions of the Marine Corp than the 3rd Battalion, during the Korean War. They served gallantly pushing the limits of human endurance, but in the final days of the war would have to fight for their lives less than six miles from the site of the armistice, eerily reminiscent of World War I when soldiers were sent to their deaths up until the final moments of the war.


It’s easy to look around and see that so much has changed. It can be hard to connect with people of a different generation. Sometimes it can feel like we’re not even speaking the same language. Here are a few examples of words that have changed meaning recently: “extra” means “over the top”, “to flex” means “to show off”, “no cap” means “you’re telling the truth”, and “cap” means “you’re lying”. Even though the phrases of the time may change, our need for communication has not. Good communication is the biggest part of establishing lasting relationships. Humanity is relational by nature. We long to be in community. The younger generations are filled with new ideas and fresh passion and the older generations have lots of guidance and wisdom. There are many ways in which we can learn from one another and grow together. Our unity will be strengthened; and our fellowship made complete in community by bridging the gap that has come between us.

By Brooklyn Mazza, a student

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminar

Famous November Birthdays

November 1, 1935 – Gary Player

November 1, 1942 – Larry Flynt

November 2, 1734 – Daniel Boone

November 2, 1913 – Burt Lancaster

November 3, 1921 – Charles Bronson

November 3, 1953 – Dennis Miller

November 4, 1879 – Will Rogers

November 4, 1918 – Art Carney

November 5, 1911 – Roy Rogers

November 5, 1913 – Vivien Leigh

November 6, 1854 – John Philip Sousa

November 6, 1946 – Sally Field

November 7, 1918 – Billy Graham

November 7, 1922 – Al Hirt

November 8, 1847 – Bram Stoker

November 8, 1933 – Esther Rolle

November 9, 1913 – Hedy Lamarr

November 9, 1942 – Tom Weiskopf

November 10, 1483 – Martin Luther

November 10, 1925 – Richard Burton

November 11, 1885 – George S. Patton

November 11, 1896 – Charles “Lucky”


November 12, 1929 – Princess Grace

(Grace Kelly)

November 12, 1968 – Sammy Sosa

November 13, 1850 – Robert Louis


November 13, 1949 – Whoopi Goldberg

November 14, 1896 – Mamie


November 14, 1900 – Aaron Copland

November 15, 1932 – Petula Clark

November 15, 1940 – Sam Waterston

November 16, 1907 – Burgess


November 17, 1925 – Rock Hudson

November 17, 1944 -Danny DeVito

November 18, 1908 – Imogene Coca

November 18, 1928 – Mickey Mouse

November 19, 1933 – Larry King

November 19, 1942 – Calvin Klein

November 20, 1900 – Chester Gould November 20, 1925 – Robert F.


November 21, 1893 – Harpo Marx

November 21, 1943 – Marlo Thomas

November 22, 1932 – Robert Vaughn

November 22, 1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis

November 23, 1887 – Boris Karloff

November 23, 1956 – Steve Harvey

November 24, 1784 – Zachary Taylor

November 25, 1835 – Andrew Carnegie

November 25, 1914 – Joe DiMaggio

November 26, 1922 – Charles Schulz

November 26, 1933 – Robert Goulet

November 27, 1853 – Bat Masterson

November 27, 1917 – “Buffalo Bob” Smith

November 28, 1929 – Berry Gordy

November 29, 1932 – Jacques Chirac

November 30, 1835 – Samuel Clemens

“Mark Twain”

November 30, 1874 – Sir Winston


November 30, 1929 – Dick Clark




Andy & Hannah Vo, PEARL NAILS


CenterWell, Senior Primary Care Mayor Ronnie Currin, TOWN OF ROLESVILLE

Michael Paul, Esq.





Thankful Thoughts:

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

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