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Thank Jesus for being your caring shepherd: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/27/18

What a crazy storm we had last week. I certainly hope that was winter’s last say. It was beautiful to look at, from my warm and cozy house.

Happy Easter week to those who observe the …

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Thank Jesus for being your caring shepherd: LaVonne Ackerman


What a crazy storm we had last week. I certainly hope that was winter’s last say. It was beautiful to look at, from my warm and cozy house.

Happy Easter week to those who observe the Christian holiday. Passover is Saturday, March 31, for our Jewish friends.

Enjoy the festivities, family and friends, and don't forget to share your news with me! Have a beautiful week.

Jesus is a shepherd for you.

The Bible tells us that Jesus (God’s only son) speaks of himself as the one and only good shepherd. He alone can perfectly and tenderly protect and guide you as his sheep. John 10:11: “I am the Good Shepherd.”

Though Jesus had the power, he did not choose to save himself, but gave up his life willingly to save us from our sins “and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28.

“His life for the sheep (you and I).” God the Father, in great mercy and love, saw you as a lost and needy sheep, one without a shepherd. So he gave you Jesus.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10.

Sin separates you from God. You are so important to God that he sent Jesus to bring you safely into his family. He loves you that much! “It is not the will of your Father that one of these ones should perish.” Matthew 18:14.

Admitting to God that you are lost because of your sin is receiving him and his gift. “All we like sheep have gone astray.” Isaiah 53:6.

Call on Jesus. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 3:10.

Thank Jesus for being your caring shepherd forever!


Craig Etter of Lower Swatara celebrates his super-fun cake day on Wednesday, March 28. Enjoy it all week, Craig!

Happy Birthday Tom DuMond of Lower Swatara! His confetti-popping day is Wednesday, March 28. Best wishes for a good one, Tom.

Janelle Leggore of Lower Swatara marks her frosty-filled 15th birthday on Wednesday, March 28. I hope your day is full of sunshine!

Happy thrilling totally special birthday to Lori MacDonald of Lower Swatara. She observes her me-holiday on Thursday, March 29. Enjoy your birthday all the way to the end of March!

Lori Yeich of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Thursday, March 29. I hope it is a great day, Lori!

Here is a shout-out to Eugene Tripp of Middletown. He celebrates cake-day No. 77 on Thursday, March 29. Have a blast, Gene!

Jonathan Myers of Lower Swatara celebrates his 22nd birthday on Friday, March 30. May this birthday be extra special, Jonathan.

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Tracy Witmer on Easter Sunday, April 1. What a super way to celebrate turning 25. Congrats!

Cliff Harro marks his 56th birthday on Easter Sunday, too. Make the most of your April 1 celebration, Cliff!

Happy Easter Sunday birthday to Pam Perrelli of Lower Swatara. I hope the sun is shining for you on your April 1 extra-special day, Pam.

Happy Easter Sunday landmark 18th birthday to Grayson Meyer of Middletown. Congrats to you on this big-deal cake day, April 1!

Best wishes for a wonderful rootin’ tootin’ 21st birthday to Harry Kapenstein of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, April 3. Hoping your week is really terrific, Harry!

Wishing Cathy Voithofer of Lower Swatara a sweet birthday full of warm breezes on Tuesday, April 3. Enjoy your birthday week, Cathy!

Jason Wagner of Lower Swatara has 43 reasons to be happy on Tuesday, April 3. Have a happy birthday that is the best yet, Jason!

Easter Eggstravaganza

You are invited to celebrate Easter at the “I’ve Seen Jesus! Eggstravaganza” to be held at Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31.

Kids will participate in fun activities as they learn about people who have seen Jesus. A light lunch will be provided. Festivities will be held both indoors in the fellowship hall and outdoors (weather permitting).

Egg hunts for children through fifth grade will begin at about 1 p.m. Come on out for some fun and invite a friend, too!

Ladies brunch buffet

All women are invited to the “Come Walk With Me” brunch buffet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey.

This is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women Clubs of America.

Paula Rhodes, owner of Fulling Mill Inn and Restaurant in Middletown, is the feature. Debbie Latsha of Lower Swatara is the vocalist and guitarist. The speaker, Leah Ball of Erie, will share “Walking and Dancing through Life's Experiences” in various styles of footwear.

Please consider joining this encouraging program. For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497. You also can email by April 6.

Yard sale

Please note that Old Reliance Farms semi-annual yard sale will be held Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14. Sales begin at 8 a.m. and continue to 1 p.m. Come on out to get some great stuff!

Chicken Tetrazzini

From the Wedding Book Collection

8 oz. pkg noodles

1/4 cup butter

3 Tbsp. flour

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. salt

Dash pepper

3 cups cubed, cooked chicken

3/4 cup half and half

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook noodles as on package. Set aside. In Dutch oven, melt butter.

Stir in flour. Add chicken broth. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat, stir in half and half, salt and pepper.

Toss chicken and cooked noodles into sauce. Turn mixture into 13-by-9-inch pan.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Serves 8.

Quote of the Week

“Be sure you taste your words before you spit them out.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

Do you do anything special for Easter?

“We eat eggs in the morning and then we dye eggs.” — Adrianna Santiana, 10, Middletown.

“We go to my uncle’s and have a big egg hunt.” — Logan Benner, 11, Middletown.

“I go to church. We have an egg hunt and have food. Then we have a hunt at my aunt’s. The gold egg is worth a lot of money.” — Arianna Laverty, 10, Middletown.

“I go to my grandma’s house. We have a nice time with egg hunts and dinner.” — Leah Courts, 8, Middletown.

“I eat chocolate! My wife makes a ham.” — Daryl Tripp, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

“Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’ when you now have it with you.” (3:28).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at