Happy Schwenkfelders Thanksgiving! What’s That You Ask? Stop By and See!

Sep 24th

A Happy Tuesday to everyone!  Yesterday FLEW by.  I like that.  I was getting work done and before I knew it, it was time for lunch.  Not long after that it was time to go home!  It would be awfully nice if it goes that way tomorrow too.  Not that I actually mind being at work, I like work and I like the people I work with, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I PREFER being all cozy at home.

I’d like to bring something to your attention, if you aren’t aware of it already.  I know you likely remember when I talked about the 2 Million Bikers To DC, and the way the media wouldn’t touch it.  I am grateful for Facebook for getting the news, pictures and videos of this amazing, patriotic outpouring to the public.  Well, there is another event coming up: Truckers To Shut Down America – October 11-13.  The basic idea is that we the people are sick and tired of high prices, high fuel costs, the ever increasing debt our nation is incurring, the stomping on of our rights, the attacks against our constitution, etc.  The truckers are heading to DC for those three days, risking fines and penalties, and stopping work, to show that the American consumer is vital to this country’s survival.  They ask for our help – the PEOPLE of WE THE PEOPLE – to prove the point.  They are asking that during these three days we do not do any banking, or buy ANYTHING ANYWHERE!  Stock up on what you need ahead of time, and do not spend any money.   If even 10% of the population stays away from all spending for 3 full days, do you realize the impact that will have?  It boggles my mind to think what that could add up to in dollars and cents. Please, we have to stop the madness now, and this is a non-violent, very LOUD way to say what we want.  We want our freedoms back.  We want our country to be run according to the Constitution, and we want the elected officials – the ones WE vote for – to do what WE want, not what they want.  It is, after all, what we pay them to do.

 

National Punctuation Day – Every year on September 24th, we celebrate the correct usage of punctuation and spelling.   Now, I know that this is something that is a pet peeve for me, as is poor grammar.  Today pay attention – perhaps keep a red pen with you and circle the errors you find in the newspaper, in stores on signs, in books you’re reading, in your emails . . . the possibilities are nearly endless! 


Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving – So, have you ever heard of the Schwenkfelders?  I hadn’t, until today.  Well, the  Schwenkfelders are the descendants of a small Protestant sect that sprang up in Germany around the time of the Reformation.  They were followers of Caspar Schwenkfeld (1489 – 1561), a Silesian Reformation theologian who founded the movement called “Reformation by the Middle Way”.   He and those who followed him separated from the orthodox Protestant circles and formed small societies and brotherhoods that still exist today in the United States as the Schwenkfelder Church, or “Confessors of the Glory of Christ”.  In 1733, a handful of their followers arrived in Philadelphia, with a second group emigrating from Germany on September 22, 1734.  On September 24 they expressed their gratitude to God for having delivered them from persecution.  In the Pennsylvania Dutch counties where Schwenfelders still live, this day is observed as a special Thanksgiving Day.  They have been celebrating this day for more than 260 years – the longest continually-celebrated Thanksgiving in the country – yet many of us have never even heard of it!   Of course, the Schwenkfelder churches have a combined membership of less than 3,000 people.  A lot of folks graduate from bigger schools!  It started out a whole lot smaller though.  When they settled here, there were fewer than 200 people in the church.  So, how do they celebrate their holiday?  With a huge meal, roast turkey, pies and cakes?  Nope.  They celebrate with a simple meal of water, bread, butter and apple butter.  This celebration first happened in 1734, just two days after the people arrived in North America – so they didn’t have crops to harvest.  They were so happy that they escaped persecution, being driven from their homes, imprisonment, or even being sold into slavery, that they gave thanks with what they had on hand.

National Voter Registration Day –  If you aren’t registered to vote, and you are of legal age and a citizen, please register.  It is up to the people to tell our politicians what we want and how we want it, and the voices of those who aren’t registered aren’t counted at all.  Of course in recent years I haven’t felt like my voice is heard either, but I am firmly of the opinion that anyone who has something to complain about with regards to how this country is being run, has no rights to complain at all if they don’t bother to vote. Period.  So, grab your ID – because though it isn’t required in some places, it SHOULD be – and go register to vote.  Do your duty as an American citizen.  Oh, and do it legally.  Dead folks can’t vote (even though ACORN seems to have missed THAT memo), and you are only allowed, BY LAW, to register once.  I don’t care who you are, if you register more than once, on purpose, then you are a horrible person and shouldn’t be allowed a voice anyway.


Food Celebration of the Day

National Cherries Jubilee Day –  I have always heard about this dessert, but haven’t ever tried it, and honestly wasn’t quite sure what it was!  Well, it sounds delicious!  Juicy fruit, soaked in booze, and topped with ice cream?  Seriously, this deserves to be celebrated! 

I love the days when I learn something new.  I had never heard of The Schwenkfelders before, and am glad that now I know about them!   Always something interesting going on.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow! 

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