When Mac was able, we attended Bridge City First Baptist Church and any time the church doors were open, we were there. Mac had a beautiful base singing voice and sang in the Sanctuary and Senior Adult Choirs. I only sang in the Senior Choir because when I sing it is just a "joyful noise." Mac had leadership qualities and was often selected to serve on church committees (including pulpit committees), often being chosen as the chairperson. Mac taught Sunday school and eventually was a Sunday school department leader. For some reason I was always appointed Chairperson of the church's Kitchen Committee. We were both active in the "Golden Harvest," our church's Senior Adult Organization. I planned the frequent Senior Adult trips, a rewarding challenge.
In the summers, we both helped with Vacation Bible School. One of Mac's duties was to drive the church bus to supply transportation for the children that had no other way to get to the church. Many of the children that he transported had little or no knowledge of church, the Bible or our Lord and Savior. Since I have no gift for teaching, I was responsible for coordinating and serving a week of refreshments for the VBS workers' daily break time. Church members provided a large variety of snacks. For one of those times, I prepared these sandwiches. My dear friend, Mildred Brent, gave me this keeper recipe. Neither Mildred nor I followed the recipe to the letter. These sandwiches would be perfect for a ladies' luncheon.
Fruited Tea Sandwiches
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup orange marmalade
3 Tbsp. ginger preserves (If not available at your local grocery store, minced crystallized ginger or a bit of ground ginger may be substituted.)
1 cup chopped pecans
8 maraschino cherries, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper (Mildred & I omitted)
1 Tbsp. minced onion (Mildred and I omitted)
1/2 tsp. celery salt
Raisin or white bread (trim crust if you wish)
Mix all ingredients except the bread together. Spread mixture between every two slices of bread and slice diagonally to serve.
A Post-VBS bitter sweet story
Shortly after Vacation Bible School was over, Mac was shopping in the local Wal-Mart and one of the little girls that he had bussed was in the store with her grandmother. Suddenly the little girl ran up to Mac, grabbed and hugged him around his legs. The grandmother disapprovingly asked her if she knew the man. She replied, "Yes, this is Jesus!" Mac had a beard at that time so I guess perhaps to the little girl he did look a little like pictures she had seen of Jesus. Of course, Mac humbly explained to the grandmother and little girl how he had only been the bus driver for the VBS. A sad but true story!