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Camp Belladonna Blues and Occasional Joy

By Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education

Camp Belladonna is a place where its six residents and three barking dogs are cohabitating in 2,100 square feet of barracks during the Pandemic Era. Camp Belladonna also boasts 10 fish, 200 Neri creek snails who multiply daily, and two tadpoles taking their sweet time to transform into frogs. It is a small island of laughter, yelling, cleansing, dirtying, avoiding bugs, wearing pajamas twenty four hours a day three days in row, and complete ignorance of Camp rules. Camp B is also where bicycles and scooters are ridden down the streets in order to break the peace abiding in the neighborhood. It is a nighttime place, quiet, where young ones use old ones as sleeping bags.

It’s six residents have wildly varying degrees of “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness” ethos which really chal- lenges one Camp Director, Mrs. Mumsie. It’s six residents also have limited knowledge of ear splitting voices used when talking to siblings and Camp Directors. That really works against the quiet loving Co-Camp Director, Mr. Grumps.

The Bowl of the Fruit of the Spirit on the Kitchen Table (Galatians 5:22—23…, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.) has been chewed on, digested, and in dire need of refilling. The Camp Directors have called upon God on High to stock up their cabinets with a little extra peace, patience, kindness and self-control, but have been put on hold for the moment. The angels have warned that there is a short supply of those fruits, because of such high demand; they are flying around pleading for more production of all of the fruits.

Camp Belladonna activities include outdoor play followed by more outdoor play, then pulling every piece of clothing out of drawers looking for a swimsuit during the rain storm, or for outdoor window washing— windows open, of course. Also, there’s rifling deeply through the toy chest examining every item until the back room is impassable. Building tents is popular using the 100 cherished blankets of Mrs. Mumsie, while others clean out the refrigerator of snacks to be left on the floor overnight in the homemade tents. Finally, there is the ever relaxing moments of watching “Mary Poppins 2”, “Coco”, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, “Frozen 2”, and “Paddington 2” repeatedly.

Camp Directors use bribery, though not proud of that, to appeal to the campers best sense of fair play and cleanliness. You’ll get a cheeseburger if you pick up all…; we’ll go riding in the parking lot if you stop hitting…; we’ll go to Aunt Watermelon’s if you do your homework…; Ice Cream if you stop using the dining room table for…

Though the author has made you aware of the Camp Directors’ blues, you should be cognizant of the occa- sional joy that permeates the barracks along with fresh air. “Are you staying home today, Mrs. Mumsie? I miss you.” “Mr. Grumps, I love you.” Both Camp Directors sigh and reply back with, “I love you, too, Bud- dy.” or “I love you, too, bouncy girl!” Or, “I’m going to tickle you to let you know how much I care”. That is quickly followed by, “Don’t lick the floor!” or “Stop hitting your fellow campers this instant!”

Mrs. Mumsie has a call into the angels right now. “When are the fruits of the spirit coming? “ Angels reply, “We appreciate your call and know you are a valuable customer. Your wait time is 4 months, 3 weeks, and 5 days…”

“NO!” cried Mrs. Mumsie.

 

 

Communion Bread Recipe—Courtesy of Angela Springfield

Angela’s original recipe makes 8 loaves. The one below has been adapted to make two loaves. The adaption is mine and I have not made such a small batch, so if it works, thank Angela, if not, blame me.

Use a mixer with a bread hook. Bake time 10 minutes at 475.

1 ½ cup all-purpose or bread flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ pkg = 1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1 ½ tps sugar

1 tbs olive oil

¼ tbs salt (sea salt preferably)

Add sugar and yeast to water, let stand 5 minutes. If it bubbles, yeast is alive.

Add flour and olive oil and mix for 5 minutes, scrapping down the sides as necessary.

Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise until it doubles, about 45 minutes.

Turn out on a floured surface (be generous with the bench flour, this dough is sticky), divide in half and form two balls. Let it rest for about 15 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.

Roll or hand press into a round shape about the size of a dinner plate. Place on a parchment covered cookie sheet and allow to rise for 20-25 minutes.

Bake for 10 minutes at 475, rotating the sheet halfway through.

Allow to cool completely before storing in a zip lock bag. There are no preservatives, so these will keep a couple of days on the counter, a week in the fridge, or until the next ice age in the freezer.

The communion wine is Sheffield Tawny Port—if you haven’t already got your own wine choice in mind!

Office Hours and Contact Us

Staff is trying to balance practicing shelter in place and also being available to you all. Starting Monday March 27, we will only been in the office from 10-12. We’re glad to take calls at those times, or you can contact us with pastoral concerns at admin@ststephenpresbyterian.com. You can continue to keep up with what’s going on at the church via our website www.ststephenpresbyterian.com.

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