Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall at the church on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008.
Vice-President Rose Marie Pell opened the meeting with prayer. Gail Roach read the minutes and they were amended to read that Virginia Mathis had won the August door prize and that the Christmas Party would definitely be on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Carolyn Kumpf reported there was $372.49 in the treasury and then collected dues.
Old business was discussed. No date was set for the Basket/Pie Auction because of preparations for the 150th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for Nov. 9. We still need to get a scrapbook started, suggestion by Sheila Termeer, and hold an informational meeting about the history of United Methodist Women, suggested by Rose Marie Pell. Carolyn has the RADA knives information.
The HUMW decided to hold the Christmas Party at the church and donate (to mission) what would have gone to pay for a meal. Mayme will decorate the tables. Ladies volunteered to bring the following dishes:
Rose Marie Pell -- Ham or Pork Loin
Carolyn Kumpf -- AuGratin Potatoes
Opal Schopmeyer -- Homemade Rolls
Mayme Johnson -- Salad
Gail Roach -- Chocolate Marble Cheesecake
The group hoped to get two dishes of each food or a similar food. Additional volunteers will be needed so a sign-up sheet will be circulated at church. No entertainment was decided.
Mayme Johnson circulated a picture of her new fiancé. They are planning to be married in November. Barbara Pell shared grandbaby pictures. Both ladies were congratulated.
Carole Weaver hosted the evening and shared her recipe for the delicious cheeseball. Her apple cake was quite a hit, too. She awarded door prizes to Opal Schopmeyer and Gail Roach. The pretty fall gift bags enclosed a dishtowel, warm footsies, hand gel, and a scented candle.
Carole's Cheese ball: ½ c. shredded cheese, ½ c. sour cream, 2 pkg. Cream cheese, 1 pkg. Taco Mix, ¼ c. green onions. Mix all together and roll in an additional ½ c. shredded cheese.
Carolyn Kumpf gave a lesson entitled, "Good Ole Days…Oh, Please!" We often think that some past time was better than today. The Bible says, "Do not say why are the old days better than these -- for it is not wise to ask such questions." Ecclesiastes 7:10. If we think that the days of the disciples were all good, we should examine some of the groups.
The Corinthians were so free there was sex and drunkenness in the church while the Galatians were so strict that members had no freedom of decision.
The Philippians' church members had so much pride that they were constantly fighting among themselves. It is not the building that makes the church. Paul went door-to-door witnessing to bring God to the people.
Some of us today wish for the religion of the old camp meetings and revivals. We see less enthusiasm for the church in our society. Today there is less pretense of faith and the true believers stand out in the group. The scoffers are loud.
Carolyn challenged us to make the most of every opportunity to make the good day the world actually began to change. Live useful todays to make better tomorrows. We all shared a special church moment in our lives.