Church services were held here yesterday, which is always an event that requires a lot of preparation work. We set up the church benches in our basement for the services. The benches, dishes for meals, and other supplies need to hold a service are stored in a wagon which goes from place to place - wherever the services are going to be held. Services are usually around three hours long. Afterwards the men-folk set up four tables with every table sitting 16 people. Then the women all pitch in and help get the tables set.It is nice to have most of those dishes we need for lunch stored

in containers in the bench wagon. Our menu was coffee, tea, homemade wheat and white bread, bologna, cheese spread, peanut butter spread, dill and sweet pickles, red beets, sweet and hot peppers, butter, homemade jam, and sugar, pumpkin, and butterscotch chip cookies. I also fixed a pot of chicken noodle soup for the younger ones who can't eat sandwiches yet.

All in all we had about 150 - 175 people show up for services, which is a little lower than usual because some people were gone because of sickness.

After the meal, the men visited with one another while the women helped wash the dishes. Then we served popcorn for a snack.

Mid-afternoon everyone went home for awhile, but I invited everyone back for supper at 6 p.m. We had pizza casserole, tossed salad, homemade bread, pickles, and dressing. For

dessert, chocolate pudding, white and chocolate cake, and ice cream were on the menu. We had plenty of food left over.

Quite a few of the families accepted the invitation to come back for supper. We also had the supper in the basement. It sure helps keep the living quarters cleaner when all the church functions can be held in the basement. After supper the men played games while us women washed dishes. The children played simple games like hide and seek.

We were glad for the cold 30 degree weather even though Joe had to shovel snow. The freezing weather kept the muddiness in the yard down. Our neighbor came and cleaned our drive of snow the day before.

He also made a path to the basement door where everyone came in to put their coats and boots and attend services. Now today we want to mop the floors and do the laundry and get back to normal around here.

After Joe gets home from work he'll stack all the benches back in the bench wagon. I need to clean table clothes and roll them up so they will be ready to use in two weeks at the next place. Dishes also all have to be packed back in the wagon. Always a relief once everything is back in place but I enjoy taking our turn to hold church. I appreciate the bread, cookies and cakes from the church ladies and my sisters. It takes a lot of the load off me. My neighbor lady offered to make the cheese spread for me which took another job off my list.

And my family here in Michigan helped with the cleaning before church. With everyone pitching in and helping it made it a lot easier.

Now we want to try to return the favor to others in our church when they need us.

Daughter Verena is still on crutches from her fall. The good news is that the bone specialist said there was no break, only a sprain. The ER doctor had thought he had seen a break but there wasn't one. She is having quite a bit of pain since she has fallen on it again.

Tomorrow I will take her in for a check up. Hopefully she has not hurt it worse.

Here is the recipe for the pizza casserole we served for Sunday evening supper. This is great for a lot of company coming over!

PIZZA CASSEROLE

1 pound hamburger 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup diced green peppers 1 (4-ounce) can sliced mushrooms

1/2 teaspoon salt 2 (10 ounce) cans pizza sauce or equivalent homemade

8 ounces cooked spaghetti 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Brown the ground beef, onion, and green peppers in a skillet for 7 to 10 minutes. Drain the grease. Add the mushrooms and salt and spoon into the baking dish. Pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the casserole is bubbling.

The spaghetti should go in after the mushroomsthe spaghetti should be cooked, as noted in the ingredient list.but the spaghetti should be added when the mushrooms are added.

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