Kanuga 09

Grace and peace!

The Kanuga Parish Weekend was awesome! There were over 125 parishioners at Kanuga, and this included 11 of our youth. Tracy Radosevich was the speaker for the adults, and she is a Biblical Storyteller. The youth dropped in with the adults on Friday night to get introduced to storytelling. They seemed to dig it, and we even participated in the discussion! Then we went back to Harold House, where we were staying together, and ate snacks and played a long game of Apples to Apples.

Saturday morning started with a great breakfast, and then we dove into our own program. We tied into the storytelling theme by studying the creation story. We told and retold a narrative of the creation story. Then we identified 12 images/themes from the story, and we created 12 storyboards with spray paint, acrylic, and other medium. They turned out great!

After lunch we took a group trip into historic downtown Hendersonville. We shopped and goofed off in the General Mast Store and grabbed ice cream at Kilwin's Ice Cream. We checked out the toy store and the rock and mineral museum. We headed back to Kanuga and rested for a bit before dinner. After dinner was a parish Valentine's Dance. Can I just say it? ...Hilarious! We ended the evening with a movie on a big screen in Harold House.

Sunday morning started with a filling breakfast (love the bacon and eggs at Kanuga), and after packing up, we committed time to walking the Labyrinth. This was a calming, prayerful experience that prepared us for Eucharist. I really enjoyed Tracy's stories during church. She is great!

Overall, it was a great weekend...check out the pics:


Chili Cook Off Winner!

Hey there folks,

Sorry for the delay in getting this up. The Chili Cook Off was a huge success! We had over 150 people attend, making it an awesome intergenerational event. The purpose of the Chili Cook Off is to raise funds and awareness for our youth summer missions, and we raised just over $900 towards our trips. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to make this event possible. Thanks to everyone who came and participated. Thank you to St. John's for being so supportive of your youth community.

Chili Cook Off Champion:
Austin Lewis and Family
Jammin' Tarheel Chili (recipe below!)

Runner Up:
Steve McMillan

Bryant Blakeslee, Jr.

Most Festive:
Jack and Cliff Moore

Most Original:
Gordon Schell

Jammin' Tarheel Chili
(12 servings)

2 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or chuck
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 large sweet onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups dark beer
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained
2 (15 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, drained
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

Brown the meat in a large skillet. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the onions and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in beef and the remaining ingredients. Simmer over medium-low heat 3 hours until flavors are well blended.

Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and the juice from a wedge of lime (our secret touch)!!