The Hall Girls from Florida were in town this past week. They performed at Harmony Methodist on Sunday, Aug. 10 as part of the Second Sunday Contemporary Services. Pastor Bob Kumpf described them as energetic and enthusiastic with a great message to share. Over 50 people attended the concert but unfortunately I wasn't one of them.
John and Rose Marie Pell attended the graduation of their grandson. Heath Hayes completed his training for the military police. He told them it had been really good preparation for him but he would not want to go through it again. He is ready to start his job.
Trent and Heather Pell presented the family with a new baby. Grandma and Grandpa, Brad and Barbara Pell, were glowing and showing the photo album of the new Miss Clara Marie. She was a healthy 6-pound and some ounces. It is amazing the joy that can come from a small package. Congrats to all.
Marc and Susan Maurer have been a very busy couple. They just returned from their honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. There was no time to rest when they returned. They are in their new home but still working on it. Marc and Susan were also preparing her classroom for the upcoming school opening. She will be a kindergarten teacher at Van Buren starting this week. Congratulations to both of them and we wish Mrs. Maurer a very good year.
Our good neighbors, Dave and Gertie Mathis, are getting a new roof this week. It looks really nice on their already beautiful home. It seems almost all of us have had to have a new roof in the last year. I think that is the fifth roof in less than a stone's throw. Maybe those little hailstones Mother Nature throws at us are the culprits.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet on Monday, August 25th here at the little house on Jackson Street. I will fix the meat, potato salad, and provide the table service. Anyone wishing to bring a salad or dessert may do so. Rose Marie Pell will prepare the lesson. Mayme Johnson will provide a contest to test our Bible knowledge. All ladies are welcome to attend. A sign up sheet will be circulated at church on Sunday. Call me at 448-8734 if you have any questions.
Church Bowling Leagues will start on August 26th. Please contact the church for more information 448-2917.
Some members of H. U. M. Church and other churches will be helping on two upcoming missions. One trip will be October 5-11 to Pearlington, Mississippi to continue repairs for the folks who suffered through Hurricane Katrina. Much damage still needs to be repaired or totally replaced.
Another mission trip will be to Mexico City. The group plans to build a safe house for abandoned children. Many poor parents cannot care for their children and just leave them in the city hoping someone will raise them. There are too many. The number of homeless children is growing. The mission group hopes to construct a safe place for 250 of them to live and learn. Anyone is welcome to join this team or the group going to Mississippi. Contact Pastor Bob Kumpf.
Pastor Bob has been busy as always. One of his former classmates, Joe Chestnut, was in town from California. Twenty-five class members and some spouses got together for a nice visit at Pizza Hut while Joe was in town.
When I talked to Pastor Bob this morning, he was excited that his fish were being delivered for the lake. He said he likes for the grandkids to be able to catch something everytime they throw in a line. He keeps the lake well stocked. The little ones love to catch a fish.
Please contribute to New Souls if you can. This is a mission to provide shoes for local children who need them. Any help is appreciated.
Happy August Birthdays to Nete Clark (15th), Janna Short (22nd), Rev. Bob Kumpf & Annie Pell (24th), Sailor Clark (25th), Schuyler Brinson & John Bridgewater (26th), Jeni Bridgewater (30th). Happy Birthdays to Mike and Mikey Escott -- I forgot the dates. Sorry. Happy late Anniversary wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Randy Bowman (11th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Bob Nicoson (25th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
August 17 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45,
August 20 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.