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New member Sherry Barthalow visits with Suzie Patterson.

The Disciples Women of Central Christian Church gathered in the church parlor Tuesday morning for their March meeting. 

Continuing this year’s program series, “Women of Central, Meet Women of the Bible,” members were in for a real treat as Dr. Irie Session introduced them to the mother of the sons of Zebedee. 

Irie titled her presentation:  The Mother of Z’s Boys: A Womanist Approach to Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Health” or “The Courage to Ask for What You Want, Regardless.” 

Quoting Mathew 20:20 “Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor,” Irie cited the necessity of women asking for what they want and need. 

One of the purposes of this series is to enrich the lives of today’s women through the study of Biblical characters and scenarios.

Irie’s motivational presentation accomplished that goal and she concluded her talk by discussing the late psychotherapist and social worker Virginia Satir’s five freedoms for becoming more fully human:

  1. The freedom to see and hear what is here, instead of what “should” be, was, or will be.
  2. The freedom to say what you feel and think, instead of what you “should” feel and think.
  3. The freedom to feel what you feel, instead of what you “ought” to feel.
  4. The freedom to ask for what you want, instead of always waiting for permission.
  5. The freedom to take risks on you own behalf, instead of choosing to be only “secure”.

Following the program and a short business meeting, everyone enjoyed a delightful lunch of Becky Riggins’ chicken spaghetti, Spinach mango salad, Carol Archer’s famous cherry-coke salad and Mary Chris Gibbons’ lemon pound cake. 

If you would like to be a guest at a Disciples Women’s meeting, call Laura in the church office, 214-526-7291.  We would be happy to have you.  At Central, all are welcome and all means all!

Bing Cherry Coca-Cola Salad 

A favorite from the fifties this congealed salad would make a wonderful addition to an Easter buffet. 

1 sm. pkg. cherry or black cherry jell-o

1 sm. can crushed pineapple

1 can sweet Bing cherries in heavy syrup (Oregon brand)

1 cup coca-cola

½ cup chopped pecans

 Drain pineapple and cherries reserving the juice to make 1 cup liquid.  Measure 1 cup of the combined juices into saucepan and bring to near boil.  Pour over jell-o and dissolve. 

 Add coca- cola and pineapple and pour into serving dish. Add cherries and top with nuts. Chill.

 Note this recipe doubled will fill a 9 x 12 oblong dish.  There are many versions of this salad and beloved Central member, the late Helen Boyle, often added the addition of bits of cream cheese and chopped celery to her recipe found in “Come to the Table” Central’s Heritage Cookbook.

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