Harmony United Methodist Women met at my house on Monday evening. It was so nice to have them over for the evening and to enjoy the wonderful desserts they brought to share. Rose Marie Pell gave a lesson on joy and laughter that warmed the heart. The next meeting will be at the church on Sept. 22.
There were many activities going on last Sunday. Fritz Maurer's mother Lois Foster was in town this past week and visited with folks at church on Sunday. Everyone was glad to see her. Brad and Barbara Pell were helping Trent and Heather get moved into their new home. Rose Marie Pell had brought in some beautiful flowers for the alter. Even when the rest of us have nothing left in our gardens but dried up sticks, Rosie still manages to find some pretty blossoms for the church.
Help is still needed on updating the prayer chain and to coordinate the church directory. Rose Marie Pell announced Monday evening that the committee, for the homecoming event, had been chosen. Those folks will be keeping us posted on their plans for the 150th Anniversary of the Harmony U. M. Church.
Church Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes started on Aug. 26. They will continue on Tuesday evenings. Please contact the church for more information 448-2917.
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.
Pastor Bob Kumpf mentioned that the focus of the mission to Mexico had changed. We were standing at the Wal-Mart checkout so I did not get the details. They had intended to build a home for homeless children but a more pressing need changed the plans. I will have more information later on that mission.
The Center for Women's Ministries will sponsor Gospel Music at Goshorn Park at Clay City on Saturday, Aug. 30. Food will be available from Doug's Smokehouse starting at 4:30 p.m.
Hardees has a new paint job. I am not sure when that happened but it looks nice. It is hard to miss all the improvements at Mario's. The building and extensions look so nice. All these improvements in Brazil help the town and the towns surrounding it.
I checked out Harmony Park in preparation for our upcoming reunion. The park looks nice. The Roach-Killion-Clark clan will probably meet there on Sunday, Sept. 21. Rosie Aker told me a couple of weeks ago that it was available for that date. If it is still open, we will make our plans. Cards will go in the mail but spread the word, relatives.
Being a loyal Hoosier I have to admit disappointment that Senator Bayh will not be on the Democrat V.P. ballot this fall. It seems such a let down since the exciting primary in May. I try to listen to both sides and not make up my mind until November. I may learn to like Biden but after expecting a smorgasbord of change, it seems more like a big bowl of lukewarm oatmeal.
Whether folks like Hillary or not, she did help to excite people about politics. I haven't seen that much excitement for and against in a long time. She made an excellent speech on Tuesday night endorsing her former rival. We all knew Obama would not choose her as his running mate but it sure would have made for an exciting campaign. It seems as though Vice Presidents are supposed to serve the function of wallpaper and Hillary would never have fit in the background.
McCain may not have to work too hard if the divisions in the Democrat ranks are not healed. I am having a hard time liking McCain although I admire his service to the country. But I am making no decisions yet. There is much to learn between now and November. It is my job to get to know the candidates as much as possible and vote my views.
Usually by the time November rolls around on an election year, there are many people complaining that they are just voting for the lesser of evils rather than really favoring one candidate over another. That is sad. There are so many problems that need to be addressed in the world and with the real people of this country. Most candidates get too far removed from us real folks when they get to D.C. Sorry if I am being pessimistic. I hope both Republicans and Democrats offer us something we really want and bring people to the polls to vote their opinions.
Happy August Birthdays to Jeni Bridgewater (30th). Happy early September birthdays to Stace Pell (4th), Brady Pell (8th), Suzanne Neier & Johnny Tom Clark (11th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Aug. 31 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 2 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Sept.3 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.--3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.