One of our good neighbors wanted me to write a thank you to one of our other good neighbors. The first neighbor had a tree fall in his back yard several weeks ago. Jeff Schopmeyer told him not to worry about it. This week Jeff rode his tractor to the fallen tree and pulled it away. Later in the day, Jeff's wife and son came to clean up the remaining tree limbs. The first neighbor wanted me to send them a big thank you and not mention his name. This is a big thank you to the Jeff Schopmeyer family. See, Jack, I did not mention your name.
This was just another reason why I love living in a small town like Harmony. Harmony has good people and still has some of the old fashioned values like lending a helping hand to a neighbor.
Harmony United Methodist Church recognized and congratulated the graduates of 2008. Amy Morgan, Nikki Osborn, and Michael Maurer graduated from college. Alicia May, May-gan Mayfield, and Danielle Brinson graduated from Northview. The high school grads received a Bible. May-gan and Danielle had displays of their school lives set up in Fellowship Hall after church. It was so nice to see the photos, mementoes, and awards the girls had received during the years.
An Open House was held for Danielle Brinson on Saturday, May 31st in Fellowship Hall at Harmony United Methodist. Grandma Mayme Johnson held a graduation party for May-gan Mayfield at her home on Sunday, June 1st.
Interested and dedicated folks are signing up for the Cranks Creek Mission Trip scheduled for Aug. 1-8. The cost is $125 approximately. Contact Bill Green for more information.
The new banners at Harmony United Methodist look very nice. They help spell out the messages for the past and coming weeks. Huge blue strips of fabric say Radical Hospitality and Passionate Worship. Yellow banners say Intentional Faith Development. Risk Taking, Mission, and Service are proclaimed in red. The orange stripes remind us to be Extravagant in our Generosity. These messages fill the whole front of the church like a vertical rainbow. The colors just seem to shout.
The sermon for next Sunday will be "This IS a Miracle". The scripture comes from Matt 9:9-13, 18-26. Study ahead.
A reminder seems to be needed for several folks who are forgetting some Harmony ordinances. Unlicensed vehicles (four-wheelers, dirt bikes, etc) are not allowed on the streets or anywhere that they bother the neighbors. A few riders seem to think that if they go very fast, no one will catch them. Remember the street is used by children on bicycles and us old codgers going to the mailbox. This is one bug that does not want to be on your windshield. Slow down and obey the law.
Dogs are not allowed to just roam the neighborhoods. Dogs should be on a leash when leaving your property. These rules are meant to protect everyone. We all just need to remember respect and responsibility. Most neighbors have a pet and most keep them at home. It is the few that cause the problems.
I now have a sweetheart of a dog that would love to run the neighborhood, too. She wants to explore everywhere. I know that I have to grab the leash every time I open a door. In two weeks time and some mishaps, I have learned this lesson. Yes, it is sometimes inconvenient but it is much better than the alternative. It would break my heart to see Lady Pugsley hit by a car. It would upset my neighbors is she were to go tearing through their gardens. It is not just the ordinance that makes me want to keep her in the yard. It is just the right thing to do. She is my responsiblilty, not my neighbors. Where is your dog?
Happy Birthday to Rosie Pell and Jan Bowen (sorry could not remember your married name last week) (10th), Christine Clark (12th), Jay Bridgewater and Carole Weaver (17th), Andra Wolfe (18th), Kraig Dierdorf (22nd), Dan Pell (23rd). A very special Happy 103rd Birthday to Mazo Modesitt (7th). Happy Anniversaries to Mr. and Mrs. David Shorter (6th),Denny and I (8th), Rev. Bob and Carolyn Kumpf (16th), Mr. and Mrs. Brad Pell (19th), Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pell (30th)
June 14 -- Christian Rock Concert at the Cow Palace in Forest Park
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
June 5 -- Softball game 9 p.m. (vs. Carbon Baptist)
June 8 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m., Fellowship 6:15 p.m.-2nd Sunday Service 7 p.m.
June 9 -- Softball game 9 p.m. (vs. Staunton UMC)
June 10 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 16 -- Softball game 8 p.m. (vs. 1st United of Clay City)
June 23 -- United Methodist Women 7 p.m.
June 26 -- Worship Committee 6:30 p.m., Admin. Board 7 p.m.