LUTHER NEWS: Mark your calendars with these important dates

The menu for the Luther site of the Lake County Meals Program for the week of Oct. 17 is as follows:

Oct. 17 – Beef and noodles, green beans, carrots, peaches

Oct. 18 – Roast pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, brussel sprouts, pears

Oct. 19 – Chicken and dumplings, winter veggies, butternut squash, tropical fruit

Oct. 20 – Chicken salad on a bun, potato wedges, California veggies, apricots

Oct. 21 – Baked potato, cheese sauce, bacon crumbles, onions, broccoli, fruit salad.

Here are some important events to mark on your calendar and remember.

The Luther Area Animal Clinic will be held on Saturday at the Luther-Newkirk Municipal Hall Garage from 1 to 3 p.m. This will be your only chance to get shots and licenses for your animals locally this year. There will not be an animal clinic in January.

The annual flu shot clinic will be held on Friday at the Luther Lions Building, starting at 11 a.m. and running until 12:30 p.m. Please remember to bring your medicare or Medicaid cards and any other insurance cards you have with you.

I have some corrections to make on information I shared with you a couple of weeks ago. Nora and Lyle Goding lost their son recently to cancer. His name was Frank Huntley, and he lived in Goebels. Our sympathy goes out to his family. May he rest in peace.

We recently had a nice surprise when Jean DeMaw came to Luther for a visit. You will recall that Jean moved out to Conneticut some time ago to be near her son and his family. Jean is looking well, and from what she tells us, keeps very busy. Do come again soon, Jean.

Here is one of my favorite stories. I first shared it with you on April 2, 2009, so I guess it’s safe to use it again!

Have you ever told a white lie? You are going to love this, especially all of those who bake for church events.

Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies Group in Tuscaloosa, but forgot to do it until the last minute. She remembered the morning of the bake sale, and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix and quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing and helping her son pack for scout camp.

When Alice took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured. She thought “Oh dear, there is not time to bake another cake.” The cake was important to Alice because she did so want to fit in at her new church and in her new community of friends. So, being inventive, she looked around the house for something to build up the center of the cake.

Alice found it in the bathroom – a roll of toilet paper. She plunked it in and covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect. Before she left the house to drop the cake by the church and head for work, Alice woke her daughter Amanda and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 a.m. and to buy the cake and bring it home.

When Amanda arrived at the sale, she found the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. She grabbed her cell phone and called her mom. Alice was horrified – she was beside herself. Everyone would know! What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, and ridiculed! All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at her and talking about her behind her back.

The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time.

Alice did not want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had looked down her nose at Alice because she was a single parent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa but, having already RSVP’d, she couldn’t think of a believeable excuse to stay home.

The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old South and, to Alice’s horror, the cake in question was presented for dessert! Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake! She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the mayor’s wife said, “What a beautiful cake!”

Alice still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess (who was a prominent church member) say, “Thank you, I baked it myself.” Alice smiled and thought to herself, “God is good.”

Thought for the week: Don’t regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

Have a great week.