Harmony United Methodist Church is having a birthday party. Happy Birthday, Jesus will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 3-5 p.m. All children, ages 3-12, are invited to attend. The group will have crafts, stories, songs, and maybe even a puppet show. Everyone will get to share the yummy birthday cake for Jesus, too.
The H.U.M.C. Women had a Christmas Party on Wednesday evening but because I have to get this column in before that, there is no info this week.
It is not too late to donate to Toys for Tots. This is a good program to give gifts to local children that are in need.
First Christian Church is holding an enactment of the Christmas Story but it will be more like a journey through the event. The theater spreads out throughout the facility.
The play is said to have various stations that show what was happening at the time. Actors will be at each place. It should be both historical and spiritual. The play sounds very interesting and a lot of hard work to get organized. We should all show our support for programs like this with our attendance. If my flu bug is totally gone, I plan to check it out.
Yes, that old flu bug, or whatever, ruined my Thanksgiving plans, shopping plans, and fireworks, too. Then the snow fell. By the time, I cleaned off the car and headed out on Tuesday, it was like the last day of school. After being sick off and on for almost two weeks, I had been liberated. I didn't come home until dark.
I did give thanks for being so well blessed with family and friends. Two Thanksgiving Dinners arrived at my house on Thursday. I may have been shut in but did not go hungry. Christine Clark, and granddaughter Meaka Barnett, brought me a plate of home cooked turkey with all the trimmings. They included a dish of Christine's date pudding. It just would not be Thanksgiving without that dessert.
Later my aunt apologized that she forgot to put whipped cream on it. No apologies necessary. Her pudding is so good, fluffy stuff on top would only have polluted it.
That evening, Brother John brought a full meal and dessert from their trip to Cracker Barrel. I had two days worth of good eating. Not even the flu spoiled that part of Thanksgiving. The dog has gotten several extra walks to work off all the enjoyment.
When I microwaved my leftovers, I thought of Pastor Bob Kumpf's sermon from a couple of weeks ago. In fact, the statistic he shared smacks me every time I impatiently stand in front of the micro quickie. Every minute seventeen people starve to death in the world. Twelve of them are children. Thirty-four people died while I heated up my scrumptious turkey and dressing.
With the economy, it isn't getting any better. We all need to do whatever we can to help those who are going hungry. Many of us waste enough to save those children if we could just get food to them.
Helen Stearley called from St. Louis. She had read Carole Weaver's cheeseball recipe in the Harmony Happenings but needed to know the package size on the cream cheese. I wasn't sure either so she was going to call the chef. Chef Carole's recipe is getting around even if I did call her by her maiden name in that week's column. Everyone said they knew who I meant.
Congratulations to Mayme Johnson and Jim Cox. They were married at Harmony United Methodist on Sunday, Nov. 23. Much good luck to the couple.
UPDATE: I am still recycling and have cut the trash to one bag a week. Those of you who read this column regularly know that I decided to do my bit to save the planet a few months ago.
It has taken very little effort and I am surprised at how many things can actually be saved from the landfill.
When I dropped off my clean, label-free containers and neatly folded cardboard last time, one of the workers said they could not get a buyer for some of the plastics. They will still take the No. 1 and No. 2 but can't sell the 3-7's anymore. This may be temporary. The recycling center is located in Knightsville next to Wallace Brothers.
I could see that several folks had done a better job of putting their recyclables in good order. There were still some stinkies but most looked okay. Remember to separate the various items. There are still a few folks that just drop off a bag of stuff and then the workers have to sort it.
I throw my containers in the dishwater as I empty them and then nothing smells nasty when I haul it to the recycling center. I sort them as I go and there is no chore when it comes time to load it up. Figure a plan that works for you and recycle.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Dec. 7 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Dec. 9 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Dec. 10 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Dec. 14 -- Happy Birthday Jesus Party 3-4 p.m.