Category: September 04

  • NATIONAL PASTOR’S SPOUSES DAY | First Sunday in September

    NATIONAL PASTOR’S SPOUSES DAY | First Sunday in September

    The first Sunday in September celebrates National Pastor’s Spouses Day to honor the spouses who commit to supporting the pastor they married.


    Pastors are leaders of a church known for delivering sermons to church members. However, there is more to being a pastor than speaking to the congregation on weekly basis. They also have other duties that require assistance in daily planning. That assistance comes in the form of the pastor’s spouse.

    The spouse of a pastor supports, encourages, and helps the pastor serve the congregation and community. Without spousal assistance, a pastor would struggle while navigating through the daily responsibilities required of them. The relationship between a pastor and their spouse is a working union, supporting each other though ministry, friendship, and creating a spiritual atmosphere for themselves and the congregation.

    Staying Balanced

    The relationship between a pastor and their spouse is like any other marriage union. In fact, they have the same goals as any other couple. However, living under the watchful eye of their congregation can be stressful. They are often set to a higher standard. Pastoral couples must practice and live the life they have chosen, especially when they are assisting other couples with their relationships.

    5 Tips for a Successful Relationship

    • Communicate daily and always be clear.
    • Have personal time together away from daily duties and stresses.
    • Work through disagreements.
    • Have trust in one another.
    • Forgive each other.

    There are many things a pastor and their spouse do together as part of their calling. Living a wholesome life every day, while maintaining respect from the congregation can be difficult. However, because a of the unique experience a pastor has, it’s easy to guide the community towards living a life of glory with the help of their spouse.

    Why settle for the wings of a sparrow, when you can have the wings of an eagle! St. John 10:10

    What is fellowship? Fellowship is the opposite of division and drives a purposeful life. It is seeing beyond oneself to engage with others in community. It’s not about agreeing on every detail, but rather agreeing one cannot go alone and find purpose.

    How do you participate in fellowship? Staying after services to visit congregation members allows others to get to know the pastor and their family. When you build relationships with your ministry, it encourages others to be supportive of one another. Encouraging, promoting, and supporting good fellowship between members of a congregation provides emotional balance for everyone.

    Duties of a Pastor

    • Offering counseling.
    • Visiting hospitals.
    • Performing funerals.
    • Officiating weddings.
    • Being available when needed.

    Duties of a Pastor Spouse

    • Influences church culture.
    • Offers support and friendship to spouse and congregation.
    • Travels with spouse to share ministry message.
    • Visits congregation members.
    • Assists with planning events.


    • Show support for your pastor and their spouse.
    • Allow a pastor and their family to have personal space.
    • Be a friend.
    • Plan a special event, such as an anniversary party, for your pastor and spouse.
    • Offer assistance with planning events for the congregation.


    In 2022, Better Way Apostolic Church put in a request to have National Pastor’s Spouses Day added to the calendar. After consideration, the committee decided to approve the day, vowing to celebrate the new National Day the first Sunday in September each year.

    Better Way Apostolic Church is a place of worship that celebrates joyous occasions. The church comforts all during times of trouble. It also provides spiritual inspiration and direction to some of life’s most difficult moments, offering services to anyone who enters their doors. Best of all, they celebrate life!

    • Men’s Ministry
    • 1st Sons
    • Women of Purpose
    • Victorians
    • Married Couples Ministry
    • Singles Ministry
    • Christian Education and Outreach
    • Youth Department
    • Pastor’s Aide
    • Martha Ministry (Culinary)
    • Ushers
    • Youth Choir
    • Media Ministry
    • Social Media Ministry

    Behind the Scenes

    Elder Harold G. Durham is a significant voice of Christianity throughout the world and Pastor at Better Way Apostolic Church. Pastor Durham is an exciting, dynamic, and innovative member of the clergy. His sermons promote spiritual, social, and intellectual growth among his audiences. He preaches from a solid scriptural foundation, bringing to light new understanding and applications of Kingdom principals. His greatest joy is when people come to the Lord and allow Him to change them from the inside out, becoming a positive role model to all that they come in contact with daily.

    Pastor Durham is a Conference and Marriage Couples speaker. His goal is to help keep families together because a strong family helps to strengthen the core values as a nation. In addition to Pastoring within the four walls, Pastor Durham works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Religious Volunteer/Mentor with prisoners between the age of 17-21 years old. He helps to bring out the God-given greatness within each of them.

    Dr. Shirley Durham was born in Linden, Texas and is a woman of God. Her God-given vision is to help pastors and their wives, men, woman, and children around the world. She moves in the prophetic, preaching a powerful, anointed, and uncompromising message. She is a woman given to hospitality. She hosts marriage fellowships, singles gatherings, and mother and daughter tea gatherings in her home. She believes in the power of prayer.

    Pastor Harold Duhram and First Lady Shirley Duhram formed a union in marriage and service to serve under the eyes of God. Together they have five children. They are the president and founders of Better Way Apostolic Church, Inc. Arlington, Texas.



    If an alluring aroma of spices is tempting your senses on September 4th, that is because it is National Spice Blend Day. Home cooks and professional chefs alike know herbs and spices bring our favorite foods alive on our palates. That is why every recipe, every food blog, and every cook stresses the importance of quality herbs and spices for everything you cook.


    National Spice Blend Day celebrates the unique combinations of flavors found in handpicked spice blends worldwide. Does a little smoky paprika, cumin, and rosemary tantalize your senses? Did you know there are four main types of cinnamon, each with different flavor profiles? Depending on where the cinnamon grows, the warmth, sweetness, and color change. When you blend it with nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and other spices, it brings an extra special touch to your baking and other recipes.

    Herbs are also vital to every kitchen, and just like spices, the Earth has created a bountiful variety! Worldwide, so many kinds of Basil grows it would be impossible to list them all, but each one imbues unique characteristics worth exploring. When this herb is combined with curry or Mediterranean blends, you know you’re cooking for a celebration.

    With only a few examples, we know we have your creative and gastric juices flowing for National Spice Blend Day!


    Demonstrate how you use spice blends to enhance your creativity in the kitchen. We know you bring diverse flavors to your tables every day, and that’s one of the number one reasons to celebrate. Otherways to celebrate National Spice Blend Day include:

    • Dabble in a creative cooking experience by taking a cooking class.
    • Learn more about the best spices to use with your favorite foods.
    • Become a culinary adventurer by exploring new spice blends from around the world.

    One excellent way to encounter all these spicy possibilities is by visiting The SpiceSuite. When you celebrate, be to share your experience on social media by using #NationalSpiceBlendDay.


    Angel Gregorio Spice Blend SpiceSuiteAngel Gregorio, owner and founder of The SpiceSuite, founded National Spice Blend Day in 2021 to commemorate The SpiceSuite’s 6th anniversary on September 4th. The celebration also recognizes all the world’s spices and how they contribute to a neverending creative food experience.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Spice Blend Day to be observed on September 4, 2021, and each year thereafter.




    National Macadamia Nut Day on September 4th recognizes a delicious nut found in many baked goods and desserts.


    Delectable macadamia nuts have a creamy buttery taste. These nuts add a subtle richness to everything they grace. Also versatile, macadamia nuts originated in Australia. They were named for the physician and chemist, John Macadam, who discovered them. Macadam also pursued furthering the cultivation of the tree in Australia, making it more abundant.  

    Similar to large evergreens, the macadamia tree grows between 30 and 40 feet high. Although they are native to Australia, most of today’s world supply grows in Hawaii. Growers first began cultivating macadamia trees in Hawaii in 1921. Indonesia, South Africa, and California also grow this delicious nut commercially. 

    When is National Peanut Day?

    Like many nuts, macadamia may be eaten raw or roasted. Bakers particularly like to use them in baked goods, such as cookies. They pair exceptionally well with chocolate, too.

    Since the macadamia is nutrient-rich, they are known for their health benefits. But, of course, being in the nut family has its benefits, too! Macadamias are a valuable energy source, high in dietary fiber, gluten-free, high in mono-unsaturated fat. They also provide an excellent source of minerals and contain many essential B-complex vitamins. 


    Whether you seek a healthy snack or satisfaction for a sweet tooth, this nut has you covered. Try a new recipe. Grab a handful of macadamia nuts for a snack at your desk or bake them into a batch of cookies. Add some to your salad or mix them in with popcorn while watching a movie. You can also:

    • Visit your local bakery and discover new ways to enjoy macadamia nuts.
    • Add a little macadamia flavor to your coffee with creamer or syrup.
    • Take a picture of your creations and share them on social media.
    • Invite a friend to join your celebration.

    Join the conversation by using #MacadamiaNutDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of the delicious day. 

    Macadamia Nut FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in macadamia nuts?
    A. One ounce of macadamia nuts contains 204 calories, topping the list of popular nuts listed below. While the macadamia nut is at the higher end of the nutty calorie spectrum, they still contain valuable nutrients.

    Pecans – 196
    Brazil nuts – 186
    Walnuts – 185
    Hazelnuts – 178
    Almonds – 164
    Peanuts – 161
    Pistachios – 159
    Cashews – 157

    Q. Do macadamia nuts make a good nut butter?
    A. Yes! Macadamia nut butter is also full of the good fats (monounsaturated) that our bodies need.

    Q. Can I grow a macadamia tree?
    A. Macadamias are grown in Florida, California, and Hawaii. They love warm climates with no frost. So if you live in a place like that, yes, you can grow a macadamia tree.




    National Newspaper Carrier Day on September 4th recognizes the dedicated newspaper carriers who deliver the news in the wee hours of the morning.  


    A lot has changed since the first newspaper carrier. Not only have the routines changed, but their methods and the age of the people delivering has changed, too. However, the newspaper carrier still exists in some form. Each and every newspaper carrier owe their start to an enterprising young immigrant in New York City over 180 years ago. As the tradition gradually fades, their history becomes no less fascinating.  

    According to a captioned photo released by the Museum of the City of New York, The Sun‘s publisher Benjamin Day hired the first paperboy on Septemeber 4, 1833. A 10-year-old Barney Flaherty answered the advertisement that September day. And although the ad specified for “steady men” to apply, Flaherty so impressed the editor that Day was so impressed by the boy’s sincerity; he gave him the job.

    Down on the corner, passersby soon heard Flaherty hawking his sales pitch. Eventually, the universal chorus of boys (and sometimes girls) calling, “Paper! Get your paper, here!” could be heard on the streets selling papers.

    Quote markA number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.  A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again.
    ~ Benjamin Day’s 1833 advertisement in The Sun.

    In 1960, The Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame was created. It acknowledges some famous newspaper carriers in our nation’s history, too. Included in the Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame are Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Buffet, and John Wayne. 


    Show your newspaper carrier a little extra appreciation. A box of chocolates, a card, or a simple “thank you” would make their day a little brighter. Enjoy the ease that we have in being able to wake up, get our coffee, and have a paper to read before getting out of our pajamas!  

    If you were a newspaper carrier, take the day to reminisce a bit. Share stories from your delivery routes and the people you knew then. 

    Use #NewspaperCarrierDay to post on social media.


    We were unable to identify the founder of National Newspaper Carrier Day. However, the day does commemorate the day Flaherty landed the job and made it a success.

    Newspapers FAQ

    Q. Where can I search old newspapers for free?
    A. The Library of Congress has a large archive of newspapers available to read online. You can also visit your local libraries and some newspapers offer their archives for free online.

    Q. Do children still deliver newspapers?
    A. Due to the decline in subscriptions and online payment options, the routes have become less profitable and too large for most children to manage. There was a time when paper delivery occurred after school, making it an ideal afterschool job. Today, almost all newspapers are delivered in the morning or even by a postal carrier.


    September 4th Celebrated History


    El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The town of the Queen of the Angels) is officially founded. Beginning in June of that year, 11 families began settling along the Los Angels River. These families comprised the founding members of the settlement.


    Barney Flaherty answered an advertisement in the New York Sun. The 10-year-old became the first paperboy.


    The Exchange Buffet opens in New York City. Located across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, the buffet was one of the first to offer self-serve meals.


    George Eastman receives patent No. 388,850 for the first roll-film camera. He also trademarked the brand name, Kodak. Four years earlier, Eastman was granted a patent for film-making photography that was more portable and user-friendly than it had ever been before.


    Peter Rabbit comes to life for the first time in a letter written to a 5-year-old boy. The character would be featured in The Tale of Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter.


    The first lighter-than-air ship built in the United States takes its maiden flight. Commissioned at the U.S.S Shenandoah, it joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet.


    NASCAR’s first 500-mile race is held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The event brought the largest crowd ever seen in the city and hosted 75 stock cars.


    Mort Walker’s comic strip, Beetle Bailey, debuts. The original strip featured Bailey as a college student, but Walker soon had the character enlisting in the Army.


    The game show, The Price is Right, debuts with Bob Barker as its host. The show would go on to be the longest-running American game show on network and syndicated television. Barker would remain the host until 2007 when Drew Carrey stepped into the role.


    Google is incorporated. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin continue to grow the search engine and move from Stanford dormitories to a garage.


    The Hurt Locker premiers at the Venice International Film Festival. Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, the film follows a team of elite soldiers on a bomb disposal team.


    The Catholic Church canonizes the devoted nun and missionary, Mother Teresa, as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.


    September 4th Celebrated Birthdays

    Lewis Howard Latimer – 1848

    Throughout his career as an inventor, Latimer’s contributions to the lightbulb helped electric lighting progress into universal use. As a draftsman, he worked closely with Alexander Graham Bell on the designs for the telephone patent.

    Alfred L Cralle – 1866

    Changing the way the world dished up ice cream, the inventor created the “Ice Cream Mold and Disher.” Now known as the ice cream scoop, serving ice cream has never been easier!

    William Lyons – 1901

    Along with William Walmsley, Lyons co-founded the Swallow Sidecar Company, later known as Jaguar Cars LTD.

    Craig Claiborne – 1920

    The American journalist wrote for the New York Times as their food editor. Not only did he review restaurants, but he also wrote several cookbooks as well as a memoir and book on etiquette.

    Paul Harvey – 1918

    The endearing radio announcer is best known for his The Rest of the Story segments. As a teenager, he began his career at KVOO radio in Tulsa, OK.

    John McCarthy – 1927

    As a computer scientist, McCarthy founded the field of Artificial Intelligence.

    Dawn Fraser – 1937

    The Olympic swimmer is notable as a three-time gold medalist in the 100-meter freestyle. She is also broke several other records in other races.

    Beyoncé Knowles – 1981

    The former member of Destiny’s Child went on to a successful solo career. The singer, songwriter, producer, and dancer is one of the music world’s best-selling artists.



    National Wildlife Day on September 4th encourages improved awareness of the species around us and in the broader world. 


    This National Day focuses on endangered species, preservation, and conservation efforts around the world. Zoos, aviaries and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved.

    No matter where you live, opportunities abound to learn and participate in the day. Wildlife doesn’t only exist in the forest or outside the city limits. Look closely. The creatures and animals sharing our world live under our feet and in the sky above us. Our rivers, lakes and oceans are teeming with wildlife of all sizes. It’s essential to understand how we impact the habitats that animals need to survive. Their homes supply their food and shelter.

    When is National Take A Hike Day?

    Since wildlife relies on a stable habitat, understanding conservation and preservation is important. Developing strategies helps to maintain existing habitats and repair or replace those that have been destroyed. These strategies are especially important when a decline in a species is detected. For example, each year in August, International Whale Shark Day brings attention to the plight of the world’s largest fish. Despite efforts, the gentle giant continues to decline in numbers.   

    Around the world, facilities and organizations will present seminars and educational programs. Additionally, podcasts and documentaries alert us to the changing conditions for various species around the world.  Some may be as close as your own backyard. From the sky to the depths of the ocean, wildlife surrounds us.


    Participate in a presentation. Volunteer to fund-raise for rehabilitation services. Other ways to celebrate the day include:

    • Learn about the needs of endangered species and how conservation efforts work.
    • While learning, implement your own techniques, as suggested by preservationists.
    • Go on a wildlife walk and learn about the inhabitants near you. Visit the National Wildlife Federation to learn more. 

    Use #NationalWildlifeDay to post on social media. Share photos of your neighborhood wildlife or even those farther from home. 

    If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love. – Steve Irwin

    Educators can visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed for their students. 


    Colleen Paige, the Pet Lifestyle Expert and author founded National Wildlife Day in 2005. She created the day in honor of and later in memory of wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin. The global awareness day brings education to the public concerning the number of endangered animals and the need for conservation and preservation. 

    Wildlife FAQ

    Q. Is there a World Wildlife Day?
    A. Yes. World Wildlife Day is on March 3rd.

    Q. What does conservation mean?
    A. Conservation is a planned effort to protect a natural resource. The effort protects plants, wildlife, habitat, and water by preventing overuse, destruction, and neglect.

    Q. What is an aviary?
    A. An aviary is a large enclosure used to house birds. These sturdy enclosures are built to give birds a larger living space and room to fly. They are also large enough for a human can enter to give care, feed, water, and clean the enclosure. 


  • LABOR DAY – First Monday in September


    Labor Day on first Monday of every September recognizes the men and women who labor to build this country. Through a time-honored tradition with roots in the coordinated efforts of the labor movement of the 1800s, we salute the American workforce.


    Since the founding of the United States, the country has relied on its workforce for its infrastructure. From its streets and buildings to its transportation and security, the nation runs on labor. The labor of what we create, build and harvest fuels our education and inspires our dreams. 

    This National Day also signals the official end of summer. Those who work hard, need time to play, too. With the school year starting and summer winding down, the long weekend beckons. They use the extra day earned to spend with families and catch some R&R. Some will explore cities while others will seek outdoor adventure. No matter where it’s spent, it’s well earned. 


    Many families spend Labor Day weekend on vacation. They pack the campgrounds full or explore tourist towns for one last hurrah! As you celebrate this day, consider and appreciate your hard work and how it has added to the well-being and prosperity of our country. Use #LaborDay to post on social media.


    On September 5, 1882, Labor Day first honored workers in New York City. The observance later moved to the first Monday in September in 1884. However, the observance wasn’t officially recognized by any government entity until 1885 when a municipal ordinance was passed. Interestingly, Oregon recognized the day in 1887 before New York state’s bill passed. As more states recognized the observance, its popularity grew. Then, in 1894, Congress declared the day to be a national observance. 

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