"The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him."  -- John 4:19, 20, 21, 23

I guess it is now, according to the calendar, officially fall. Beautiful colors, not so warm, although I don't mind the warm, but still, it's that looming spector, peeking around the corner. Winter, how can I get over the dread of it? Go to Florida? Really not an option.

This may be (or not) a very short column. Our week has been topsy turvy. But by the time this comes out in the paper, all will be history.

We are getting ready to go to Ohio for a niece's daughter's wedding. Me, being still not released to do my full time duties, makes it difficult for me to accept that others have to do my heavy work, like laundry, when they are also very busy.

My uncle Chris Yutzy passed away Sunday. So Sunday I went with my mom to be with the family.

Husband Erwin went with daughter Rachel and Lloyd Yoder to the visitation of Howard Lynn Miller. Howard's wife is my first cousin once removed.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family. I know they must feel overwhelmed with the sudden passing of husband, dad and grandpa. We wish them the peace that passes all understanding.

On the other hand, Chris was much older and sick for quite some time. Nevertheless, parting is equally hard, he will be equally missed and leave just as much of an empty space in the family circle.

May each family be blessed and rest in the shadow of His wings. Our God is a great, awesome and merciful God. He makes no mistakes.

Sis Barb Gingerich had planned to take our mom, Aunt Minerva Bontrager and me to the Chris Yutzy family to share lunch and then to church for the afternoon visitation. But now they found out that her husband Elmer has infection in his hip where he had the replacement done. It is kind of unusual. The doctors are sort of puzzled as to why. He needs to go in today to have it checked out. We hope it is something that can be easily taken care of.

Cousin Lorene Helmuth will now fill in for Barb. We thank her for that!

I'm not sure how we will get to the church, I will have to come home then later to help my hubby get ready to go to the church for supper and evening visitation.

As far as I know sis Barb will take us to the funeral.

I was really hoping she could, as I have some errands to do in Arthur, last minute things before we leave for Ohio.

We plan to leave shortly after midnight.

Later...I just found out sis Louise Kauffman will help us out this afternoon and evening. So glad for that!

In closing: A mother asked her six year old son what loving kindness meant. "Well," he said, "when I ask for a piece of bread and butter and you give it to me, that's kindness, but when you put jam on it, that's loving kindness."

I guess this week we'll try this recipe of Stromboli.

Stromboli

2 Tbsp. active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1 Tsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. oil

1 Tsp. salt

2 1/4 cups flour

mayonnaise

ham, sliced

salami, sliced

cheese, grated

bell peppers, chopped

onion, chopped

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar, oil, salt and enough flour to make a medium-stiff dough. Knead well. Let dough rest five minutes. Roll out dough thinly. Spread with mayonnaise. Add the ham, salami, cheese, peppers and onion on half of dough. Fold rest of dough over the top and seal sides. Let rise about 30 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Millie Otto of Arthur is a member of the Old Order Amish. Contact her by writing to 1584 CR 2000N, Arthur, IL 61911.

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