Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall on Monday evening Jan. 28, 2008. President Kenda Dierdorf asked Rita Jones to open the meeting with prayer. Secretary Gail Roach distributed a worksheet for members to select the dates they would prefer to do lessons and/or act as hostesses. Everyone was happy to welcome Eva Latham to her first meeting with us.
Carolyn Kumpf provided most of the supper and the pretty snowman paper goods. She had made delicious egg salad and ham salad sandwiches, lemonade, and finger snacks. Barbara Pell made homemade chocolate chip cookies. Gail Roach prepared the potato soup and Italian Cream Cake. Opal Schopmeyer and Eva Latham won the door prizes.
Treasurer Carolyn Kumpf gave her report: one hundred fifty dollars was sent to the Lebanon Children's Home, $150 to the Optimist's Clothe-a-Child, $280 fulfilled the pledge to UMW District Missions, and a quarterly contribution of $100 was made to HUM Monthly Missions. This left a balance of $213.
It was immediately decided that a fundraiser would be needed to continue giving to missions and fulfilling obligations. Only two suggestions were made: another auction like the pie and bag sales or a free-will offering for a traditional Sunday dinner after church. No decisions were made. It was decided that everyone would bring ideas to the next meeting to plan a fundraiser for April.
Secretary Gail Roach read the previous minutes and they were accepted. The ladies discussed the problem with the church's third restroom. When the old sagging floor was removed for repairs, additional repairs were needed to the piping in the lower level. The room is still out of order.
There has been some discussion of combining the two very small restrooms into one larger facility. There would then be only two restrooms but they would both be handicap accessible. The ladies will consider a contribution to the project when the plans are finalized.
The nativity scene has been put away for the year except for one of the kings damaged by the high winds during the Christmas season. Repainting them was discussed but most members like them better in all white. A finish coat will need to be applied over the super bond coating that was done in November.
Next year skids should be used under the figures to keep them from setting directly on the ground. Suggestions are needed on how to make the bases heavier (or add bases) to keep them from tipping so easily in the wind.
The Mother/Daughter banquet is scheduled for May 12. Barbara Pell suggested a nursery rhyme theme that members thought would be fun. Decorations of Mother Goose and favorite childhood books were discussed. Mayme Johnson will decorate the tables. More plans will be finalized later.
Rita Jones gave the lesson. She said she had prayed for guidance and three words came to mind: mission, dreams, and goals. Rita read a story about a man believed to be homeless. The man told that he was really on a 14-year mission to bring the people he met closer to God. He carried a sign, "Will work for food." He also used his funds to buy Bibles and distributed them across the states as he traveled. The man who had written the story had gone from trying to help a homeless man to admiring a missionary's commitment to God.
Rita also used Sir Edmund Hillary and his Serpa guide Norga as examples of commitment to mission, sharing, and using funds to do good works for the people. Sir Edmund had funded schools in New Zealand. Rita went on to share information about the United Methodist Women website. She had printouts about the social actions, missions, pledges, spiritual growth, and a prayer for living. Rita stressed that Methodist Women's groups had begun to help people and it was important to remember these missions locally and globally.
Carolyn Kumpf reported on Operation Classroom. Here in the US, students take education for granted, many dislike it, and some students hate it. In countries were Operation Classroom sends school supplies, parents often have to pay for their children to attend school. Pens, papers, crayons, etc are much needed. Kids who can't afford to attend school will often stand outside open classroom windows trying to soak up whatever information that is loud enough for them to hear.
Kenda Dierdorf asked for input on forms she needed to send back to the UMW District. Members volunteered to fill some of the positions but it is difficult to fill all the various committees with our small group.
Planning ahead, Easter Sunrise Service was discussed. H.U.M will host the March 23rd Service and provide breakfast. It is hoped that the traditional breakfast, rather than the more recent continental style, will be revived. Everyone seemed to prefer the eggs, sausage, gravy, fruit, biscuits or pancakes type event. Perhaps the men would enjoy helping at the grill.
Several members had attended Christian Card Night. They had really enjoyed it and were glad to see members of other churches joining in the fun. Dominoes and other good clean fun games were available. Pictionary, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit were possibilities for the two scheduled nights in February on the 8th and 22nd. Attendees were encouraged to bring games and refreshments, too.
The new Contemporary Service begins on Sunday evening February 10th. Members were encouraged to spread the word and to let everyone know that it was open to all denominations. The program is planned for Fellowship Hall and will use a good deal of music to carry the message.
Members attending the meeting, that were not already mentioned, were Debbie Gottsche, Opal Schopmeyer, Shiela Termeer,and Carole Weaver. The next meeting will be February 25th. Carolyn Kumpf will provide the lesson and Mayme Johnson will be the hostess. All ladies are invited to attend.