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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pastor Bob Kumpf has been on a mission trip to Mexico. We had guest speakers at Harmony United Methodist this past Sunday. A young couple, Jason and Joselyn Thiemann, discussed their future plans to serve in Lesotho, Africa. They are part of the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). These committed individuals use planes to reach areas that would be hard to service by other means. They help with medical problems, community building, evangelism, disasters, education, and delivering supplies. Through a film and discussion they shared how they met, married, and decided to serve God as missionaries.

The needs in Africa, where the Thiemann’s are going, are great. They said that Aids has claimed so many lives that some communities have no one over the age of 35. MAF has a fleet of 54 planes trying to service 3.4 million miles. They also take various technologies into remote communities bringing Internet and distance learning to help communities and spread the Gospel. MAF is based in Idaho and can be reached at www.maf.org or the Thiemann’s at jthiemann@maf.org.

The Harvest Hayride this past Saturday night was a big success. Many neighborhood children came to ride the wagon and collect treats. In fact, one youngster liked the wagon so much that he did not want to get off long enough to collect the sweets at each stop. The designated “treaters’ and the kiddos, seeking the goodies, had a fun evening.

Harmony United Methodist Women met at the church on Monday evening. Kenda Dierdorf did readings from a book by Martha Bolton. The humorous “Ten Commandments of Aging” led to a thoughtful quote about people not taking advantage of opportunity because it comes wearing overalls. Kenda challenged us with a reading that borrowed thoughts from Mother Theresa, “Life is a promise, fulfill it.” She advised us to make a list of important goals that God wants us to do in our lives and check them off as we accomplish them.

Rita Jones suggested that we think bigger about our missions for the church. She asked us to think about choosing a worthwhile cause and working to raise significant funds to aid in that ministry. Although the Old Bag Auction was fun, it did not raise as much money as the Pie Auction had a few months earlier. Everyone was impressed with the work the Thiemann’s were doing to be able to go to Africa. We need to encourage these and other young people wishing to serve God.

The church nativity repairs need to be finished before the Christmas season. A work session is scheduled for Nov. 10, starting at 10 a.m. Workers are needed to sand, scrape, and primer the life-sized statues. Please bring tools, sandpaper, and paintbrushes. HUMW will provide lunch.

Officers were chosen for 2008. Kenda Dierdorf will continue as president. Rosie Pell will be vice-president, Carolyn Kumpf will serve another term as treasurer, and I will act as the secretary.

There will be no HUMW meeting in November due to Stewardship Sunday and the Hanging of the Greens to prepare for the season. A site for the Christmas Party was chosen. It will be on Monday evening, Dec, 3, at Grille on the Green. Everyone will order their own meal from the menu rather than having just one meal choice for the evening. Debbie Goettche will buy gifts and place them in paper bags for the gift exchange. Carolyn Kumpf and Rita Jones volunteered to do the next regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 28.

Tommy Dale Thompson called to say the Clay Community Retired Teachers Association would be meeting at the Coffee Cup this Friday at 5:30 p.m. Sounds like a fun supper.

One of our good neighbors had her car damaged by Halloween prowlers. The two smashed pumpkins, found near her vehicle, had left a big dent. We have been blessed with wonderful neighbors in a caring neighborhood. It is hoped that this kind of destructive behavior does not continue, especially against such a kind lady.

Say a prayer that law enforcement officials catch the Van Buren shooters. We want them captured and all the children safe in body and mind.

Happy Birthday to Trent Pell (28th).

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Area Calendar:

Watch out for the little ones out trick or treating.

Harmony United Methodist Calendar:

Oct. 28 " Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45

Oct. 30 " Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 " Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Nov. 10 " Repair the Nativity 10 a.m. until done, lunch provided