Tony Thompson and family will be visiting in the area around Christmas. Tony is the son of Bob and Sue Thompson. His sister Leslee MacDonald is hosting an Open House to welcome her new little nephew Hayden and to let everyone get a chance to visit with Tony and his wife Jenny.
It was a little late to get out cards, so Leslee asked me to pass along an invitation to friends and family to stop by her home on Dec. 23.
The Open House will run from 2-4 p.m. at the MacDonald house on the corner of Vine Street and Harmony Road.
Little Hayden Thompson joined the family on Nov. 21. The Thompson relatives are anxious to welcome their newest member and to have Tony back home for a few days.
Tony and Jenny live and work in Bethesda, Maryland and get to this area about once a year.
Hardly a seat was available at Harmony United Methodist last Sunday. The children of HUMC and Lena presented their combined Christmas program, "Sleepover at the Stable." It was told from the viewpoint of the stable animals. Although it offered a humorous look at a sacred scene, the message of the birth of baby Jesus was told. Susie Morgan directed the group.
The small children made up the choir with the entire congregation joining in for "O Come, All Ye Faithful", "The First Noel", and "Silent Night".
The Stable Animal Choir included Siddalee and Saylor Clark, Gage Mullenix, Kaylen Lawrence, Cameron Kumpf, and Ethan Shorter.
The older kids performed with the animal puppets. The Cast of Characters were Paige Stevenson as the donkey, Jay Bridgewater-mouse, Danielle Brinson-goat, Ethan Stevenson-cow, Sarah Lawrence-chickens, Kylee Green-crow, Alisha May-sheep, and Carson Lawrence as the star. Ben Werr, Tanner Snider, and Caleb Kumpf were the shepherds.
The puppet voices were pre-recorded by Danielle Brinson, Chris Pell, Greg Jones, Dan Pell, Judy Maurer, Sarah Lawrence, Barbara Pell, and Amy Morgan. Conor McCoy ran the sound. Susie Pell did the accompaniment.
A few of the voices came from kids a little older than the rest but none of us would mention that, of course.
Another big event at HUMC this past Sunday was the celebration of Opal Schopmeyer's 90th birthday. Judy Maurer and Susie Morgan organized a surprise for her.
Soon after the congregation was seated on Sunday morning, Pastor Bob congratulated Opal.
I don't know if she was suspicious that almost all the seats around her were empty. Her family entered from Fellowship Hall right on cue as everyone sang Happy Birthday.
Almost 60 members of Opal's family came to be with her during the Worship Service. They filled in pew after pew. It was great to have all of them with us Sunday morning. You are all invited back next Sunday, too.
After the service, we all moved to Fellowship Hall for birthday cake, punch, milk, and coffee. Susie Morgan had ordered a double chocolate and white cake from Goodies Galore. Susie made cupcakes, too. Judy Maurer made a strawberry cake and I made an Italian cream cake. It felt good to do something nice for such a wonderful lady. Opal is a ray of sunshine.
Folks are reminded to bring items for the Christmas baskets. Harmony Methodist was able to help six families at Thanksgiving. Monetary donations can be given to David Brinson.
Several children attended Santa's Workshop at HUMC on Saturday, Dec. 8. Sarah Lawrence and her helpers provided the kids with songs, stories, games, crafts, and snacks. This gave the parents a chance to have a little extra holiday prep time while the kids were safely having fun.
Thanks to Tony Harper for permission to enlarge and use his photo of the attendees on Stewardship Sunday.
Mayme Johnson and I used it for our bulletin board display this month. Nice pic, Tony.
Happy Birthday to Warren Bell & Betty Evans (22nd), Amaya Jones (24th), Brad and Chris Pell (25th).
Dec. 22 -- Toys for Tots
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Dec. 16 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Mexico Mission Report and Fellowship with the MacKinnon Family (time will be announced Sunday, probably 4 or 7 p.m.)
Dec. 18 -- Bowling League at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 -- Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dec. 20 -- Admin. Board 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 24 -- Blessing of Elements and Advent Reading 5 p.m., Open Communion 5-7 p.m.
Give me a call at 448-8734 if you have news.