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HARMONY HAPPENINGS

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Odena Harper asked me to look at an antique plow she was thinking of auctioning off at the Retired Teacher's Chili Supper. The dinner is scheduled to be in the Riddell Bank basement on April 29.

It was nice to get to visit with Odena for a few minutes on the phone and at her pretty home in Carbon. We talked about painting a scene on the plow but decided it was better with just a little clean up and oiling.

Some other folks are giving items for a silent auction to help put some funds in the kitty for special events. I'll donate a small painting of old crocks. The organization is also planning to help with the school corporation's retirement workshop coming up soon. We will serve refreshments and advice.

Pastor Bob Kumpf returns from the United Methodist District Mission Trip tomorrow. He has been helping in Pearlington, Miss., this past week. That area is still recovering from past years' hurricanes.

Pastor's sermon this week will be "In the Light." Scripture will be taken from Ephesians 5: 8-12. Maybe he will share some of his experiences from the trip.

Pastor Bob had a good sermon last week as he always does for us. He started by discussing thirst with the children. They told their favorite drinks, mostly sugar laden ones. He reminded them that water always seemed to quench our thirst the most and that Jesus was the living water.

For the adult sermon, Pastor talked about how many people think they have to be perfect before they can go to church or talk to God. Although we all aspire, none of us reach perfection. If everyone waited, no one would ever go to church.

He compared our lives to how we used to write compositions for school. The old notebook paper had arrows, notes in the margins, scratch outs, rewrites, and probably didn't make sense to anyone. Our lives are like that. The computer lets us straighten out all that mess even if the thinking is often jumbled along the way. Just as the computer helps with our writing, Jesus can help mend our lives. God can take the most messed up life in total disarray, and rearrange it if we have faith.

Another good comparison given to us to ponder was the story about the Burma monks in 1957. They needed to move their old clay Buddha that had set in the same place for centuries. In doing so, it cracked and revealed a solid gold statue inside. The inside was much more valuable than the outside. The mud had been placed over it in the 7th century to protect it from invaders seeking the precious metal. Each of us is like that old clay statue. God knows where the gold is buried and how to make us shine again. We may look awfully muddy on the outside. He'll wash us. Trust Him.

Suzanne Neier, Mayme Johnson and Sheila Termeer helped with cleaning the parsonage last week. The house is being repaired and will again be rented when ready.

4-H Members will be selling geraniums soon. Help them if you can.

Suzanne Neier and I had planned to attend the Spaghetti Supper at the Y last Friday.

The ice changed our minds. My cousin Debbie Akers had made a reservation for four of us at the Tea Room for Saturday morning. Ice changed that, too.

Denny had decided to take a long weekend and fly out to the Shenandoah Valley to see the two cousins he grew up with in Loogootee. He wanted me to go along, but I already had made the plans mentioned above (and I hate to fly). He did not have enough time off to drive both ways. He had a wonderful time and came home with lots of pictures. Both of his cousins and their spouses have been building new homes. One is a contractor specializing in log construction and Denny loved seeing his log "cabin" that just keeps growing.

I am ready for spring. We can't even have rock hauled for our driveway because it is either snow/ice covered and you can't see the bare spots or it melts and is too soft for the dump truck. As soon as it refreezes, there is another layer of white on top of it.

Usually I like the pretty snows but these have not been the ones where you wanted to go for a walk and take pictures. For not having much snow, it sure has been a yucky winter. Saturday and Sunday are supposed to warm up -- can't wait.

Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall at Harmony United Methodist Church last Monday evening. Some new and old ideas were discussed as possible fundraisers: another pie auction or bag-type auction, 50's style Sunday dinner, selling cutlery or holding a basket auction.

Debbie Gottsche brought information on stainless steel knives which several of the ladies liked. Plans were made for sunrise breakfast. Mayme Johnson had pretty and delicious valentine inspired goodies for everyone.

Carolyn Kumpf prepared the lesson for HUMW. She reminded us that the purpose of United Methodist Women was and is to help mothers and children through various missions. She said we needed to especially be aware of the plight of many young girls due to abuse, neglect and even death.

The group joined Carolyn in a call to prayer and self-denial. We will collect an offering at the next meeting to go to help fund the missions and institutions funded by Methodist women around the world.

Happy Birthday to Bob Hood (4th), Rita Jones (8th), Ethan Shorter (10th), Sarah Lawrence (11th), Christina Jones and Brandon Shorter (17th), Jeri Bowman and Cheryl Brinson (25th), Phyllis Schlatter (28th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Pell (10th).

Call me and tell me all the news 448-8734.

Area Calendar:

March 1 -- Men's Lenten Breakfast at Union UMC

March 8 -- Men's Lenten Breakfast at Carbon UMC

March 21 -- Good Friday Community Service at Brazil First UMC noon

Good Friday Service at Lena UMC 7 p.m.

March 22 -- Easter Egg Hunt at Harmony Park

March 30 -- District Youth Skate Party at TH Skate World 7-9 p.m.

Harmony United Methodist Calendar:

March 2 -- Worship Service w/ Holy Communion 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

March 3-5 -- Pastor Bob at RIM Retreat in St. Meinrad, Ind.

March 4 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.

March 5-- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

March 7 -- Christian Cards 7 p.m.

March 9 -- Contemporary Service 7 p.m. (Fellowship 6:30)