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See the beauty around you this Easter: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 4/17/19

Welcome, Easter Week. I hear people saying that Easter is late this year. My husband laughs and says Easter is either early or late, but never on time. Whatever your point of view, I wish you a …

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See the beauty around you this Easter: LaVonne Ackerman

Flowers are beginning to surround us as Easter nears.
Flowers are beginning to surround us as Easter nears.
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Welcome, Easter Week. I hear people saying that Easter is late this year. My husband laughs and says Easter is either early or late, but never on time. Whatever your point of view, I wish you a lovely holiday.

I love how nature is bursting forth with life. Flowers with beautiful colors and all kinds of green surround us. The new life reminds me of Easter Sunday and how all are invited to receive new life.

Take some time and see the beauty around you. Let me know your news to share and have a blessed week.

Birthdays

Happy birthday blessings are sent out to Daniel Reese on Wednesday, April 17. Enjoy your big-deal 25th cake day, Daniel!

Rachel Gatesman of Lower Swatara marks her 11th cake-and-ice cream day on Thursday, April 18. I hope it is full of fun and surprises!

Happy birthday to Julian Rodriquez of Royalton. This sweetie-pie celebrates on Friday, April 19. God bless you, Julian!

Marley Kinsey of Lower Swatara celebrates her landmark 18th cake day on Friday, April 19. Congrats, and have a fantastic weekend!

Lindsay Truesdale of Lower Swatara has 22 reasons to smile on Friday, April 19. Enjoy your day all weekend long!

Best wishes to Terrie Lupia of Lower Swatara on Good Friday. I hope your April 19 birthday is special indeed!

Kordre Butt of Middletown observes his Sweet 16 beep-beep-honk day on Friday, April 19. Enjoy and be careful!

Best wishes to Justin Musser for a super 24th birthday on Saturday, April 20. Do all your favorite things, Justin!

Happy Easter and happy birthday to Evan Grogan of Lower Swatara. He hits No. 17 on Sunday, April 21. Enjoy your holiday weekend, Evan!

Samantha Romberger observes her golden birthday on Easter Sunday, April 21. I hope your big-deal 21st cake day is extra-special. God bless and be happy, Sam!

Rochelle Gonzales of Middletown marks her exciting honk-beep-honk day on Easter Sunday, April 21. Happy 16th!

Jackie Leonard of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Tuesday, April 23. Have a terrific birthday week, Jackie!

Anniversaries

Best wishes to Tim and Joan Nissley of Lower Swatara. They married on April 21, 2001. Happy 18th. I hope your Easter Sunday anniversary is perfect!

Joe and Karen Bendgen of Lower Swatara observe their big-deal 30th anniversary on Monday, April 22. The gift is diamonds. Enjoy!

CD and Cathy Farr of Lower Swatara celebrate their romantic holiday, April 23, on Tuesday. Happy 24th anniversary!

Ebenezer Church news

All are invited to attend Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m. April 18 and Easter Sunday Service on April 21 (traditional service at 8:45 a.m., praise service at 10:45 a.m.) The church is located at 890 Ebenezer Road, Lower Swatara Township.

Thank you for all who supported the church with the Easter Egg project this year!

Easter egg hunt

I’ve seen Jesus! All are invited to Middletown Church of God from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, for fun activities and crafts as we learn more about Jesus.

A light lunch will be served. Egg hunts for children through fifth grade will be divided by age groups and begin at 1 p.m.

The church is located at 245 W. High St., Middletown. For more information, call 717-944-9608.

Mexican Fiesta Meal

Thanks to Marybeth Romberger of Lower Swatara

1 can black beans drained and rinsed

2 jars (16 oz each) salsa

1 c whole kernel corn

Mexican rice

Mix together and heat. Serve over Mexican rice. Top with your favorite taco toppings and serve with tortilla chips. You can add chicken for a heartier meal.

Egg hunt

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 20, at the Lions building in Shope Gardens, 10 a.m. sharp.

The hunt is open for children up to age 12. Bring all the little ones down to meet the Easter Bunny and receive a gift. Prize eggs will be found in all age groups. The Lions hope to see you all there for a fun morning.

Quote of the Week

“What God plants grows. What he nurtures thrives. What he loves blossoms.” ­— Michele Cushatt, author.

Question of the Week

In which state would you like to try to live?

“Georgia. It is a nice place. Probably the Atlanta area.” — Skylar Smith, 9, Middletown.

“Maryland. I was born there and my siblings live there!” — Kayla Bard, 10, Middletown.

“Texas. It has horses and bulls. I like cowboy stuff!” — Amelia Bishop, 8, Middletown.

“Florida. That’s where my dad was born.” — Carter Ewing, 8, Middletown.

“Minnesota, I know a Youtuber who lives there!” — Anthony Albright III, 9, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice (24:17).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.