The giant Easter bunny left our house this past week. He went quietly, much quieter than his arrival. Denny discovered his disappearance one early morning. On Halloween night, I heard a noise out front after the trick-or-treat hours had passed. Grabbing the basket of candy bars, I opened the front door to catch our old neighbor John Day chaining a giant rabbit to a post on our front porch. The bunny's body was comfortably seated in one of our rocking chairs but his leg chain circled a support post. He was wearing his best costume of black striped prison togs -- the rabbit, not John.
Most neighborhoods probably don't have a giant trick-or-treat bunny but anyone who knows John Day may have had a short possession of this critter.
The bunny bears signs of weather and is beginning to show his age. Some vandal has given him a scraggly goatee and mustache. His stuffing has trouble staying stuffed. Normally Ugly Rabbit just mysteriously appears somewhere to celebrate some occasion and the unsuspecting homeowner discovers his presence the next morning.
John seemed disappointed that he was caught red handed even if he did get a few Snicker bars on Halloween night. The rabbit has been known to appear on porches, in trucks, and even on a flagpole in the Harmony area.
Neighbors and friends beware…the rabbit is on the loose again. Only John knows where he will appear next.
Everyone at Harmony United Methodist is reminded to bring gloves for Stewardship decorations and later for the Mitten Tree for needy children.
Please bring them this week, if possible. Canned and packaged foods (or money donations) are needed to fill the Thanksgiving baskets.
A list of needed items is posted in Fellowship Hall or call David Brinson for more information. The mission for November and December is Toys for Tots. Please help with any and all of these special efforts.
Stewardship Dinner at HUMC will be Sunday, Nov. 25 after church. Meat will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish, salad, or dessert.
Judy Maurer and her committee may have a sign up sheet or other plan to get a variety of different dishes across the food groups.
Check with them on Sunday. After the dinner, everyone is invited to help with the Hanging of the Greens to get the church decorated for the Christmas season.
Several volunteers showed up to sand, scrape, caulk, and paint the HUMC nativity scene last Saturday.
We worked hard but had a fun time, too. Rita Jones and Kenda Dierdorf had called HUMC Women to arrange lunch for the workers. The food was great and gave us an excuse for a short refreshing break.
Greg Jones brought several handy sanding tools for the project.
John R. Pell had an extra caulk gun. Jack Harper had a special wire brush that worked in the creases of the robes. Others brought sand paper and scrapers. Most of the men did the messy sanding and caulking outdoors while most of the ladies painted indoors.
The two Davids (Brinson and Shorter) said the most fun was listening to Jack and John R. talk about the good ole' days while they were working. Other workers included Suzanne Nierer, Rev. Bob and Carolyn Kumpf, Patty Escott, Opal Schopmeyer, and Dan Dierdorf.
Food was provided by several of the workers. Judy Maurer, Barbara Pell, and Rosie Pell sent in goodies, too. I don't have a complete list of everyone who helped. Thanks to all of you.
Some volunteers were able to stay all day and some came in to help for just an hour or so. It was a great group and much was accomplished.
It was decided that the statues would remain all white primer for this Christmas and colored lights will illuminate them. We will then decide if we want to paint them to look more like they did originally.
By 4 p.m. on Saturday, Joseph, one of the kings, and the lambs had progressed through the assembly line. The other figures had all been sanded and caulked and were ready to paint. The workers were finished even if the statues were not yet done. Another work session is planned for this Saturday, Nov. 17 starting at 10 a.m.
Please bring paintbrushes if you can help on the Nativity this week -- no experience necessary. A lunch is not planned but snacks or sandwiches would be appreciated. After a few hours (hopefully only a few this time) a quick sandwich and soft drink make a nice break time.
Please help if you can this Saturday.
I forgot to say thanks to our veterans last week. I apologize. Thank you.
Joetta (Jensen) Brown called for a quick chitchat on Tuesday night. She was just finishing her shift at Regional Hospital and heading home. It was good to talk to Jo and do a little catch up.
I invited her to join our Saturday lunch group (if she does not have to work). Hopefully, we can fit that in sometime after Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Let me know if you had company in from out of town or had an unusual holiday,or if you just did the same old thing you do every year. Tradition is good, too. It is always good to hear from other people about what is going on in their lives.
Happy November Birthday to Susie Pell (17th), Suzy Morgan & Kenda Dierdorf (20th), William Osborn (25th), Jim Clausen (29th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Travis Jones (27th), Mr. & Mrs. George Lawrence (27th), Mr. & Mrs. Dan Pell (30th).
Dec. 1 -- Chili & Silent Auction for Pierce DeHart at North Clay 4-7
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Nov. 15 -- TBA 6:30 p.m., Admin Board 7:00 PM
Nov. 17 -- Repair the Nativity 10 a.m. until done
Nov. 18 -- Worship Service 9:00 AM, Sunday School 10:45
Nov. 20 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 PM
Nov. 21 -- Christian Quilters 9-3:00
Nov. 25 -- Stewardship Dinner and Hanging of the Greens