John and Christine Clark, Denny and I, attended the fish fry at the Way of the Cross Assembly of God Church last Saturday evening. We had spent the day visiting an orchard and then sightseeing on the back roads of Parke County. We visited old family home places that exist only in memories now. Time and humanity can make huge changes in the countryside. Mother Nature has reclaimed many of the friend's homes Christine remembered. New houses now stand where woods or farmland had been.
Parke County still has some beautiful roadside that looks like it did 50-100 years ago. At times we were driving uphill on just mud as we searched for and then followed Tick Ridge Road. Unfortunately the gravel had become just a memory, too. Washboard roads slowed the Envoy to just a crawl many more times. We crossed several of the old covered bridges and passed by ones that were still standing but no longer serving their purpose. It was a good day. The festivals bring much needed revenue but we enjoyed the off-season even more.
The Sunday morning Worship Service at the Fairgrounds was very well attended. Pastor Bob said he thought there were about 155 but a member of the congregation corrected him to say she had counted about 165.
Harmony United Methodist needs volunteers to help with Junior Church for the month of August or for any Sunday this year. A sign up sheet is available. The leader is responsible for planning a lesson and providing a snack for the youngsters.
If you have old Bibles that are not being used, they can be donated to the church. Most Bible readers have one or two favorites but may have others that just collect dust. Many people have the King James Version but are actually using one of the easier to read Universal or Study Bibles. Whatever the style, this is one book that should never get dusty. Put it to work where it can do some good. The mission is called Operation Bare Your Bookshelf. The used Bibles will be donated to those who do not have a chance to read the Word because there is no access. Each church has a goal of 100. Currently we have 75. Drop off donations at the HUMC (Vine Street in Harmony) or any other participating church.
Suzanne Neier is in charge of Flood Buckets again this year. Suzanne is the Super Shopper. She knows how to get the most from the donations to fill the buckets. They are then sent to people who have been caught in floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. People in the Texas area are needing them to deal with the problems from all the recent record rainfall. Help with items or money donations if you can. Contact Suzanne or the church for more information.
A mission trip is planned for Mississippi to help Katrina victims. Many of those folks are still living in temporary housing. If you would like more information about the mission, contact Pastor Bob at 448-2917.
Congratulations to several people in the area. Conor McCoy graduated from Northview High School this spring and is starting a new job at Technifab. Good luck, Conor. Mayme Johnson is a proud grandmother again even if she has not had a chance to meet the new addition to the family. Mom will be sending her photos from New York. Congrats, Mayme. Debbie Gottsche's daughter Jan was married in Mexico. Everyone traveled there and back safely. We wish much good luck to the new couple. The softball team has had a wonderful season. They were undefeated for weeks.
August birthdays include David Shorter and my hubby Denny Long (Aug. 5), brother John Roach and Judy Maurer (8th), Jane Mace (9th), and Johnny Pell (10th), Karson Butts (11th), Barbara Pell (13th), Anita Clark (15th), Peggy Evitts (19th), Janna Short (22nd), Annie Pell and Pastor Bob Kumpf (24th), Saylor Clark (25th), Schuyler Brinson and John Bridgewater and Sally Evinger (26th), Jeni Bridgewater (30th), and Joey Evinger (31st). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Rick Short (3rd) and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Evinger (7th) and Mr. & Mrs. Randy Bowman (11th).
Two related thoughts for the day: (on a church sign somewhere in the Fontanet area) "Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones." And (from Pastor Bob's sermon) "Christians are like tea bags. We don't know how strong they are until they get in hot water."
Aug. 5 -- North Union Ice Cream Social (and salad bar, coney dogs, etc)
Aug. 7 - Harmony Town Council at the Community House 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 10 -- 50th Annual Ice Cream Social at Carbon UMC
Aug. 11 -- Flockhart Reunion at Harmony Park starting at noon
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Aug. 5 -- Worship Service 9:00 AM, Sunday School 10:45
Aug. 1 -- Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m.