Odena Harper called to remind me of the Clay Community Retired Teachers Game Night scheduled for Oct. 21.
The group plans at least two get-togethers each year, one in spring and one in the fall.
Game Night will last from 7-9 p.m. at Kennedy Crossing Center. Odena said they were planning for games, snacks, and prizes. Trivial Pursuit, Bingo, and just plain ole' sitting around to visit will be offered for those folks who don't want to play cards.
A committee will arrange snacks but anyone so inclined can bring chips or individually wrapped candies. Several folks have donated treasures for the raffle: an antique cookbook, power drill, and other items. White elephant items are needed for the game prizes. Anyone wanting to furnish one should have it wrapped to conceal its true identity. That makes it more fun. A $25 gift certificate will also be awarded.
Carbon United Methodist Church is hosting a Gospel Illusionist on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Sounds interesting.
Start thinking about Christmas shopping. The September/October mission at Harmony United Methodist Church is to help support Toys for Tots. Donations of toys and/or money are needed.
The mission group will be returning from Pearlington, Miss. this week. Pastor Bob Kumpf is part of this group. They are helping to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina.
Everyone is always welcome at Harmony United Methodist Church. Join us for service and good fellowship, become a member of the church family. This week's sermon will come from James 2:1-13. The title is "Shower the People You Love with Love".
This month's sermons use words from James Taylor's music (popular during the 70's) to help us apply the gospel to our lives (or should that be apply our lives to the gospel).
Last week Pastor Bob ran a PowerPoint of James Taylor performing "You've Got a Friend" as part of his sermon. It was very effective.
One of our young men was home from IRAQ for a nice leave. His parents were so glad to have him home.
He has since returned to the war zone. We are grateful for his safe passage and hope that he stays safe in IRAQ.
Due to security reasons, I don't want to mention a full name but please keep B. S. and all the service people in your prayers.
Conor McCoy was glad to be called back to TechniFab. With the economy being what it is, everyone is happy to get or keep or return to a job. We hope for lots of business for TechniFab and all of the employees so they don't have to have any more layoffs.
We had a nice visit here last Saturday. After lunch at SugarRidge, the ladies came over to my house for dessert. Jeanne (Harris) Moeschenrose, Imogene Harris, Eva Kay Trout-Roach, Kate Trout, Mary Boyce, and Leslie (Boyce) Cronk spent the afternoon catching up on each other's activities. Jeanne was home from near St. Louis to celebrate her birthday with family.
Mary and Leslie drove down from Greenwood to share the day with us. Leslee had wanted some starts from a groundcover that I have, so we went out, on the beautiful day, and dug in the dirt. I hope the variegated plants do well for her even if we don't know the plant name.
They tried to identify another plant that is growing in one of my flowerbeds and we think it must be a weed. Neighbors Gertie and Patty didn't know it either.
The mystery vine has purple flowers that have now been replaced by bright red, shiny berries. Neighbor Judy Black has the same plant growing over her back fence. Sometimes the birds plant interesting surprises for me and then sometimes they just give me more weeds to pull.
After our discussion of flora and fauna, Leslee had to head back home a little early to help her husband paint the kitchen. They were having new counters installed. We all had a good day.
Uncle and Aunt, John and Christine Clark, and Sister-in-law Karen Roach joined me for breakfast on Tuesday at Double N. We were celebrating John's birthday but didn't put any candles in his eggs and bacon. We didn't do any loud choruses of Happy Birthday either but all the best wishes were and are quietly sent his way.
Sharene Wallenbrock is coming down from Plainfield for lunch on Friday. We are planning to meet at Chaney's then visit for the afternoon.
Sharene and Bob have had a busy summer with house repairs from an early spring lightning strike. Now that repairs are completed, they are planning to visit their family in New Mexico. We managed to wedge in a quick visit day before their vacation starts.
I don't think I have gotten anything done in a week but I sure have enjoyed visiting with everyone. I can blame all that time on Pastor Bob. His sermon last week advised us of the importance of good friends and spending time with them. He told us about an executive who said her best friends were the ones that did NOT visit or call. Pastor Bob said friends were not only helpful but healthful to our souls.
I am blessed with wonderful friends and family and grateful for each and every one of them.
I love it when they visit and call. I figure the dirty laundry and dishes will wait until tomorrow.
Harmony Jackson Street is now open. Several cars were headed to the auction on Tuesday evening. Our neighbors, down by the cemetery, are moving and I had never met them before the auction. Unfortunately, the names still escape me.
Many times I have stopped to admire the flowers along their driveway but just did not know their names. It was one of the cleanest auctions I have attended. Everything seemed to have been so well taken care of at their house.
There was a generator, lawn tractor, and park bench that struck my fancy but I wasn't tough enough to wait for them at the auction. After standing in the rain for an hour and buying nothing, I just washed out. I must have looked pretty drowned because a nice man, wearing a Trans Care shirt, came over and held an umbrella over my head. Thanks.
The 150th Anniversary Celebration for Harmony United Methodist Church is planned for Nov. 9. Mark your calendars. We will have a fish fry and several other activities.
Rose Marie Pell called to say she had sorted out some old pictures for me to use for display. We'll get together to identify them. Judy Maurer is in charge of the program.
Happy October Birthdays to John Kenneth Clark (9th), Greg Jones (19th), Carson Lawrence and Jimmy Pell (20th), Betty Julbert (21st). Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dierdorf (6th), Mr. and Mrs. David Brinson (11th), Mr. and Mrs. Gail Weaver (22nd), Mr. and Mrs. Luther Julbert (24th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Oct. 12 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m., Second Sunday Service at 7 p.m., Fellowship starts at 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 14 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Oct. 15 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Oct. 16 -- PPRC 6:30 p.m., Admin. Bd. 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 -- United Methodist Women 7 p.m.