By Gail Roach
Harmony United Methodist Women met at the church on Monday, June 23. President Kenda Dierdorf opened the meeting with prayer. Gail Roach read the minutes. Barbara Pell corrected saying the fundraiser she had proposed did not offer towels but did have apple butter, frozen cookie dough, and rolls. Minutes were corrected and then approved.
Kenda had prepared a lovely supper for the group. The sausage/cheese topped French bread rounds and the fruit pizza were the highlights.
Treasurer Carolyn Kumpf gave her report. The sale of cookbooks brought in $35, self-denial pledges added $80, and there was a $20 donation. Carolyn had paid out $50 to Vanita Moore for storytelling and $175 to Goodies Galore for the roast beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy for the Mother/Daughter Banquet. This left the balance at $471.49. Dues were collected.
In old business, the group discussed the RADA knives and decided to postpone that fundraiser until later. Many of the ladies had summer plans that would make it difficult to make sales. It was decided that fall would be a better time. Kenda will bring the sales materials. Barbara will bring more information about her fundraiser idea.
The Basket Auction was discussed and tentatively moved to September. Virginia Mathis won the June basket prepared by Kenda Dierdorf and Opal Schopmeyer.
The expense of preparing several baskets was discussed. It was decided that everyone would bring items to put in a large basket rather than ladies making individual ones.
The Pie Auction last year had done very well. It was suggested that a similar sale be combined with the baskets. Kenda volunteered to get a large basket for the next meeting. Everyone was asked to bring items to fill it for the next meeting.
Carole Weaver gave the lesson for the evening. She said she was thinking of Vacation Bible School and Sunday School classes when she looked for materials to share with us.
From the book of Matthew, Carole talked about the Parable of the Talents. There are always two lessons: the one taught and the one learned.
None of us are equal in talents. No one is born with full-grown abilities. We must cultivate what we have been given to do God's work. God provides us with many opportunities if we seize them and grow. We want God to be able to say about us, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Carole read about Sunday School teachers that stood out in the writer's memories. This brought shared memories of favorite teachers from several of the ladies. Later, they had to hunt up the old Sunday School bell that used to signal the time for classes to be over.
The lesson included a story about a boy, memorizing John 3:16 for Sunday, only to find out that everyone else had done the same verse because they learned it in Bible School. Carole gave credit for her lesson to several sources. Besides the Scripture, she had used Good News from North Haven by Michael L. Lindvall, I Learned It First in Sunday School by Cliff Schimmels and the Lesson of the Urgent Children.
The next meeting will be in Fellowship Hall at the church on July 28. Rose Marie Pell will give the lesson. She and Barbara Pell will be hostesses.
The August 25 meeting will be a picnic at Gail's house. Mayme Johnson will have the lesson. All ladies are invited.