By Rita Hooper
Remember back in the 1980s when everyone was decorating their gardens with pet rocks?
They were springing up everywhere, like May flowers after April showers. Some of us wrote scripture verses on them to celebrate special occasions or words of encouragement to give to special people.
Smaller ones were used for paperweights. Somewhere around here I have one that says “I waited for someone to do something and then realized I was someone!”
My favorite was a big rock that said “please turn me over” and when you did the other side said “Oh that feels so good.”
That’s sorta how I felt when I opened The Valley News last week and saw the lovely letter from Louise Kellogg about the Hannibal column. It feels so good to have your back rubbed.
I’ve told Louise that I hope she has a part in my eulogy and if not, that she puts a good word in for me with St. Peter! A word of kindness goes a long way, doesn’t cost anything and makes both the giver and the givee feel good. Try it this week!
This is Holy Week – the most sacred week in the Christian calendar.
If you haven’t been to church in a long time, this might be the time to make that extra effort.
Sunday is Palm Sunday, it celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Many churches celebrate with processions of palms, like in a parade, and everyone gets a palm to take home.
On Thursday, called Maundy Thursday, churches call attention to the last supper Jesus had with his disciples before his impending death on the cross, his crucifixion. Some believe this was a Passover Seder.
Friday, Good Friday, commemorates the dying of Jesus on the cross. Christians believe he died for our sins. And Easter Sunday is a day of great celebration as the resurrection (coming back to life) of Jesus is celebrated.
If you’ve never been to church I recommend you give it a try this week; remember like a movie, you may or may not like it, but if you go again, you just might like it the next time.
Church members, a reminder to you to go a little out of your way, oh heck, go overboard in your Christian hospitality skills.
Hannibal Ecumenical Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Village Market (IGA).
The money raised will be used to support the Hannibal Resource Center Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway and the Hannibal Central School Christmas Bureau Giveaway.
The Ecumenical Key Council of the Churches of Hannibal is made up of members of each of the village churches. It meets the third Tuesday of the month at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 2:30 p.m.
There will be a craft and bake sale at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, Church Street (one block west of the Village Square on Route 3) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, April 12.
Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All homemade soup, chili, sandwiches and pie! Takeouts will be available. Two floors of crafts for you to browse and shop!
Come and enjoy your day!
The Sons of the American Legion will host their monthly Breakfast Buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 13 at the American Legion on Rochester Street.
On Sunday April 13, Palm Sunday, all Cluster Churches will all be taking part in a Choir Festival at Hannibal United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. with refreshments following.
Each participating church choir will perform an anthem, followed by two anthems performed by the combined choirs.
Wayne Kellogg will be guest conductor for the combined choir and Dawn Stowell will be the accompanist. A barbershop quartet will be among the performing groups.
The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The center opens at 10 for those who like to work on puzzles, read the paper or just have a chat over coffee.
The center is located in the library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.
This week’s menu features:
Monday, April 14: Ham and boiled potatoes, carrots, cabbage, ice cream
Wednesday: Glazed meatloaf, baked potato, steamed spinach, juice, cookie
Activities: Monday — Wii bowling; Wednesday — Music with Deanna.
The center will be closed Friday in recognition of Good Friday. Happy Easter!
The Hannibal Library is giving away a Garden Time basket full of containers, gift certificate from Travis Floral, a book on container gardening, gloves, tools and more. The drawing for the basket is April 15.
The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted though) on Thursdays at 11:30. The Church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3 (Church Street).
A Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. April 17 at Hannibal United Methodist Church.
Granby Center United Methodist Church will have a Good Friday service at 5:30 p.m.
The Hannibal Sports Boosters is conducting a lottery ticket drawinge to raise funds to support the Hannibal athletics program. They anticipate selling 1,000 tickets.
Each ticket sold will then be eligible to win $50 a day for the month of May using the New York State daily lottery number that is drawn each evening. An individual who purchases a $5 ticket will have 31 chances of winning during the month of May.
Their will be four bonus days, which will include Wednesdays during May. The winning ticket on those days will receive an additional bonus of $50 for a total of $100. Only those more than 18 are permitted to sell the tickets.
Tickets will be sold at the IGA/Village Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. If you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, call Mark Lafurney at 374-8806 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a Community-wide Yard Sale in the Hannibal area beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3.
Last year there were 27 sales. Anyone who wants to participate and would like his or her sale placed on the master list should call 564-6410 by April 27 and provide the street address and phone number.
Anyone with ‘special’ sale content like tools, antiques, sports equipment, or if multiple-families are participating, please note that also. (There is no need to provide your name.)
Multiple copies of the master list will be available for the buying public at the Community Center (Library) beginning at 8 a.m.
The Hannibal Historical Society will prsent a program on the history of the Hannibal Free Library at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Hannibal Community Center on Oswego Street. Marlene Sutcliffe and Shelly Stanton will talk about how the library has evolved from a group of donated books in a private residence to its present day location with many services for the community. Refreshments will follow.
Fred Kent is being honored June 2 for his contributions to the Hannibal community. Save the date now!
Rita Hooper 706-3564