Our good neighbor, Virginia Mathis came over for a nice visit on Sunday afternoon. We sat on the deck and talked for over an hour, solving all the world problems. No one from Washington, D.C. was there to hear how the country really should be run. The next morning I heard another little knock at the back door and Virginia was back. "I forgot to tell you the good news!"
Brian and Julie (Weaver) Culp are the parents of a baby boy born Aug. 20. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Carole and Gail Weaver have been very excited, doting, can't-get-enough grandparents.
The whole family has spent months preparing for the wonderful little package. Trestan Scott Culp arrived into a world of love. Virginia-proud great-grandma-Mathis couldn't believe she had forgotten to share with me the biggest and best topic of conversation.
Fritz and Judy Maurer had some good news, too. Their son Mark and his sweetie Susan are formally engaged and planning a wedding. Congrats and many good wishes for a happy future.
Congratulations to the Northview Band, too. David Brinson was hoarse from cheering and could hardly lead the singing at church. The band took first place in every category. Great job kids, helpers, and leaders!
Brazil First Presbyterian and Harmony United Methodist are teaming up for a fall book study. Just Walk Across the Room will be discussed on four Wednesdays starting Oct. 31. The study is described as a wake-up call for Christ followers of all ages. Deadline for sign-up is Oct. 10 and will cost $15. Information is available from either church.
A group of helpers will be going on a mission trip to Pearlington, Miss. during the week of Sept. 23-29. The 32 workers are from our United Methodist District. They will be helping with the rebuilding efforts for folks who were hit by hurricane Katrina. Many of the people hit by that awful storm are still without homes or living in barely habitable conditions. Some just need a little help getting their home fix-ups done. We will be expecting Pastor Bob Kumpf to bring back pictures and updates from this mission trip.
Harmony managed to collect 103 Bibles (three over goal) for Operation Bare Your Bookshelves. These Bibles will be donated to those who do not have access to the Word.
The Big Family Game Night and Chili Cook-off was a huge success this past week. I heard the veggie soup was a hit, too. More than 40 people attended the event at Harmony Methodist. The UMW hopes all of them will come to the Old Bag Auction on Sept. 30. The ladies will make final plans for the auction at the meeting on Sept. 24.
I finally threw together a few postcards to send to relatives and friends about the upcoming Killion, Roach, Jenkins…Family Picnic at Forest Park. Of course, after mailing them out, I found out one piece of info needed correction. Apparently City Hall had some phone problems. I left a couple of messages reserving Shelter #9 but Tracey did not get my messages. When I stopped by to pay the rental, we had to make an alternative choice.
Change our picnic location to Shelter #4 by the walking track. All the shelters are equipped the same and this spot will be just as nice. The kids won't mind the walk to the playground. Those of us over 50 are just as close to a necessary room. Maybe being in close proximity to the track will inspire a little after pig-out exercise. If any family members did not get a postcard, you are still invited and I may need an address update. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Happy Birthday to Allison Pell (24th), and Fritz Maurer (26th).
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Sept. 21 -- Emmaus Gathering, First UMC 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 -- Clay County Christian Ladies Day at First Presbyterian 9 a.m.
Sept. 26 -- Middle and High School students Meet You at the Pole (youth ministry)
Oct. 4 -- Operation Classroom Packing Day at Breden Memorial UMC in Terre Haute
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Sept. 23 -- Youth Sunday Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 24 -- UMW 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes 6:30p.m.
Sept. 26 -- Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 30 -- Old Bag Auction after church