Friday, November 10, 2006

Last Sunday's Song

Saying for the day: Home made songs are the best.

A number of you (two to be exact) have asked how things went last Sunday. So I thought today and tomorrow I might share a little from that special time.
Here is the song they sang at our going away coffee , between the services.
It really sounded good.

A Fond Farewell
Sung to the Tune of Good Night, Irene

Chorus: Pastor, Good-Bye. Good-bye to Betty, too.
God bless you both in Appleton.
You know that we'll miss you.

IsVerse You came here in '61. United had just become one.
You served us 30 plus years, now you're off to Appleton.

2nd: We all saw you eat lots of pot luck.
Jello and ham and rolls.
We know your all time favorite is Tuna Casserole!

3rd: You taught us the love of Jesus
with clowns and puppets and such.
You always had the best sermons. Your singing wasn't much.

4th Verse: We hope your new home has a railroad,
so you can still play with your train
Be sure you get back on the Web, so you can blog again.

5th Verse:And, now our song is ending and we know that you are glad.
Come back to visit us often, or we will feel so bad.

Tomorrow I will share a little bit about the sermon

News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run and the kids run the government.– Last night they swore Tommy, the undertaker’s kid in as Mayor, and the rest of the eighth grade class in as the council. As promised the first order of business was to make it illegal to shoot or injure the White Rabbit . They sounded like they had been on the job for some time as they worked to apply the law only to the 2 1/2 foot tall, sweater wearing White Rabbit and not all white rabbits. Then they argued about the penalty for breaking the law and settled on a $500 fine. The law was then passed unanimously. So if you are in Pigeon Falls during rabbit season make sure that if the rabbit is wearing a sweater that you don’t shoot.
The council then set up committee’s . They did a good job of this . They created committee’s where the parents had expertise ( so they could get a little help). For example Freddy Bispola whose father is an accountant heads up the budget committee. They set the next meeting for next week Thursday at 7:00. Then they adjourned. The town hall meeting room was filled with adults. If they had such an interest why didn’t they run for the council in the first place? All in all it seems like a good beginning. Former Mayor South has promised Tommy that she would give him some help.
The meeting was done at 6:30 . At 7:00 Tommy was out at Mrs. Trumble’s house. The neighbor , next door, saw him go in and he came out an hour later. What in the world is he doing there? Why did he stay so long? Did he want to be sure she understood that she couldn’t hunt the White Rabbit anymore? Somebody should ask him. He is the Mayor and people have a right to know. Do you think he wants her for a committee ?
A national television video team is here to interview Tommy as the youngest Mayor in America. They have to wait until the end of the school day since he is in class.

Today's Link: Twin Souls - Remember to put thr word " Dr. John" in the comment to get those loving JCPOINTS. Check your total HERE.
Betty will draw when she gets up. While you wait look over the PIC A PRIZE list, just in case you win.

Betty is up and she is drawing.

She has drawn.

And the name is?

A quiet drun roll please.


Congratulations Sue. Now go to the PIC A PRIZE list and pick a prize then leave the number of the prize in a comment. Sue had 370 chances to have her name drawn. The top person had 1757 chances and the second had 1737 chances so I guess she's lucky.
Wel I worked on the marathon totals most of the day. I have finished and will put them together and post t he final tallies tomorrow. There were twelve people who did thirty or more blogs and thus are qualified for a blog globe. I have cross checked my totals with the ones left in the comments and they agree for the most part. I have some of peope who left no totals , probably because they didn't do thirty but I did credit them for what I counted. I will do a wrap up on Wednesday of the experience. My son Peter called and we argued about the election results. He is a dyed in the wool Republican and is not really very happy. Betty moved the last of the things around in the garage and got the car in out of the snow. I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Goes to show you how smart the national media is. Maybe had they gone to school themselves, they would know that Tommy might not be available.

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Somebody, somewhere was pretty smart electing all those kids. Drawing the parents into helping them and all....still kind of like having adults in office, but without being official. Plus the kids haven't had a chance to become jaded yet. They're innocence and honesty ought to be good for the town.

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Wonderful! Tommy and his class seem to have a good grasp on things and what a relief to know the rabbit is safe.

5:35 AM  
Anonymous andrena said...

Thank you Dr. John! I love homemade songs myself. I often make up my own verses to familiar! Glad you had a good time, and can't wait until tomorrow to hear about the sermon!

5:47 AM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

"You always had the best sermons. Your singing wasn't much." At least you had a truthful bunch! Looking forward to sermon snippets.

I saw"Harvey," (with Jimmy Stewart) the other night - it reminded me of the White Rabbit - although much larger. The new mayor and town council seem to have started off very well - out of the mouths of babes! Maybe Tommy went to see Mrs. Trumble about some milk and cookies?

5:59 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

These kind of songs and gives that bring a glow to the heart of a pastor. When I left the school I had built, the kids wrote a long "good-bye" song to a tune I had taught them for Advent called "Get Ready." The words, written in their handwriting are framed on my office wall.
Can't wait to hear about the sermon!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Hmmm, maybe this Thanksgiving week I'll hold a "Dr. John Roast" event.

"A roast is an event in which an individual is subject to publicly bearing praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes. It is seen as a great honor to be roasted, as the individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a roast. The host of the event is called the roastmaster. In short, it is both the opposite and the same as a "toast"."

Move over Turkey! We're going to stuff Dr. John instead. Wednesday, November 22nd is hereby deemed, "The Liars Club Roast in honor of Dr. John!"

Rules: Everyone blog a post, true or untrue - funny or silly - fun and in honor of our wonderful guest of honor. Any takers?

6:41 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I'd like prize #4 please. My coworker Ann had a pop-up witch on her desk and I was a little envious. Now I'll have my own pop-up. Maybe I'll share.

This must be my lucky day. I think I'll go to the casino or maybe just a lottery ticket. I'll share with you if I win!

Thank you. I look forward to the arrival of my prize.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

I will deffinately participate in Novemeber 22's Dr. John blogging roast, even if I am new!

I believe that the "suspect" is a knitter. Since the white rabbit wears a sweater, and probably an old ratty one, I believe that Tommy spent such a long time trying to convince her to knit a new sweater for white rabbit. I believe she might be willing, but Tommy could be having a time trying to convince here a target isn't appropriate here.

I was tickled to see that my name now appears in the points listing...YIPPIE!

Thank you Dr. John for bringing joy into my heart, life, and blog.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

The song was my favorite part of the day.

8:41 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

We call Tuna Casserole
"Marmitxaco" reads Marmichaco
so what do you call
Tuna Casserole in Finnish
or in Pigeon Falls or in Appleton?

PS - I guessed you meant put the egg whole (in the shell) in the coffee pot.

But sometimes if you put an egg in hot or boiling water, the shell cracks and you get poached egg. lol!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Ah, John ... I love the song ! Very clever and funny, and I am sure very heartfelt. How nice for you and your lovely Betty. A bittersweet day for you all, I am sure. All the best to you.

11:12 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Dr. John -- I love the song the congregation sang for you. I know this must be a very bittersweet time. Just know that the things you taught there will live on in the way those folks live their lives and they way they teach their children. Well done good and faithful servant.

12:26 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

Thats a cool song.It reminds me of the chior at Mums church..theyve all been together for 40 yrs! (lol) and they make up tunes..
They appreciate you dont they:)
Cant wait to hear the sermon.
Breathe easy

12:43 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

what a unique and special song- I'm sure you will treasure it always!
I tried to do some of the marathon Wednesday night after work but I sure didn't get very far. I'll be glad when the new drivers are trained, on their own and useful! This 50 hour week stuff is getting old in a hurry- though the overtime on the paycheck is great... It will sure seem good to get back to all my "Fortress Friends" on a regular basis!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous loisontheweb said...

It sounds as tho the White Rabbit may have life easier now? You should package this saga & publish it ... even if just online.

I can't say about Appleton, but, in Green Bay there is a special Trains & Hobby store...

9:11 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

When i stop to think how much we, your blog friends, appreciate you and love you than i can only imagine how much all those souls that have the pleasure of your company, your sermons and your teachings care for you..i know my life would seem empty if you moved away from me after being close by. i wouldn't want to be in their shoes. i thank them for such a beautiful song to the both of you. i thought it was truly lovely and funny. how wonderful that they did that for you both. but after all the yrs of service and love to them, how could they have done any less.
i'm glad to see the parents supporting their children in their new job. even if they weren't willing on their own to do the job, they still are stepping up and sharing their experience. even though this was intented as a joke, i think it is a brilliant idea.
i'm glad that the news is there for the big interview. many more will learn from this and that is great. how cute and responsible that Tommy is going to school and behaving like a regular kid and not taking advantage of the situation like many others would.
how hard Betty works, all day, everyday. she is an angel alright and a wonderful wife. and you, how much work this must have been (the marathon) but i hope and think that it was way better than last time. i can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. i liked, personally, how you had them organized and in sets..the links made it easier to get to and from the page.
hope you slept well with your new mask. i am hoping it helps you to have even better sleep. hugs all around and much love.

9:13 PM  

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