Today at NOAC – Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford
Curtis Dubble and David Fuchs MD spoke for the Wednesday morning keynote session at NOAC 2011. They told the powerful and touching story of the Dubble family’s years of caring for Curtis’ late wife Anna Mary, who suffered brain damage from a heart attack.

Quotes of the day

“We need multiple good Samaritans to help us negotiate our travel on modern Jericho Roads.” — David E. Fuchs, MD, who with Curtis W. Dubble gave the keynote presentation for Wednesday at NOAC. The two told the story of the journey of the Dubble family after Curtis’ late wife Anna Mary suffered a heart attack and subsequent brain damage and dementia. Dubble went on to say, “I viewed all these caregivers on my Jericho Road as my caregiving family . . . I said to the nursing staff, I will be a good advocate for Anna Mary but I will not be an adversary to you.”

“There was a whisper in my thoughts that was a mixture of my faith and Anna Mary’s spirit, that said, ‘Curtis, I continue to be with God.'” — Curtis W. Dubble, speaking about the assurance he received as he stood by his late wife’s body, after she eventually died in hospice care.

“If you had been Baptists, I wouldn’t have come.” — Philip Gulley, Quaker pastor and popular writer who preached for the evening worship service, explaining how he finally decided to agree to the invitation to speak at NOAC.

Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford
Philip Gulley was the preacher for the Wednesday evening worship service at NOAC 2011. He also gave an afternoon entertainment session of “Porch Talk” storytelling. Gulley is a Quaker pastor and a popular writer.

“For too long the church has been the caboose on the train of history. . . . Time we moved out ahead of our society, leading it to a just and gracious land. . . . For it is clear the way has been forgotten.” — Philip Gulley, preaching for the Wednesday evening worship service. He went on to encourage the congregation, “It is in many ways a new day, but it is an ancient path we follow. Don’t let anyone tell you that this path of justice is something new.”

 

Main events of the day

Lani Wright led the morning Bible study, followed by a keynote session featuring Curtis W. Dubble and David e. Fuchs, MD, who shared the stage to talk about the Dubble family’s experience with a loved one who needed years of specialized care. Their session was titled, “Unexpected Travels in Healing Call for Multiple Samaritans on Modern Jericho Roads.” Highlighting the afternoon activities of arts, crafts, recreation, and interest groups, was an afternoon entertainment of “Porch Talk” storytelling by Quaker pastor and writer Philip Gulley. The evening brought NOACers together for worship in Stuart Auditorium with Gulley as preacher. Three colleges held alumni receptions and ice cream socials after worship: Manchester, McPherson, and University of La Verne.

NOAC weather report

Despite a few light drizzles, the day brought a mixture of sun and clouds to Lake Junaluska along with cooler temperatures. Light jackets and sweaters made their appearance among the NOAC crowd.

NOAC by the numbers

Wednesday evening offering to the Core Ministries of the Church of the Brethren: $10,697

Service project: 65 volunteers worked for two afternoons to assemble 471 school kits and 236 hygiene kits for disaster relief, along with 2 clean up buckets. In addition, $1,200 in cash was donated toward the kit project. The kits will be taken to the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., for distribution through Church World Service (CWS).

Question of the day:
What recipe will you send in to the new Inglenook Cookbook, and why?By Frank Ramirez 

Elaine Houff
Peach pie. It uses fresh peaches.

Teresa Albright
I want to submit something that expresses wellness and uses really healthy ingredients,
something suitable for today’s cooking.

Peggy Kidwell
Apple crumb pie! I got it from my ex-mother-in-law. Everybody loves it. It has a crumb topping instead of the top crust.

Mary Sue Van Huss
My pineapple upside-down cake. I bake it in my big orange skillet.

Joan F. Norris
Rhubarb cake! My mother concocted it. She saw it on TV, but amended and improved it.

Elaine Yost
I don’t know. I’m still trying to decide. (Her grandmother has a recipe in the old Inglenook Cookbook.)