Phillip Gulley, story teller and Quaker pastor, will be at Harmony United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 17. He will discuss his new book, "I Love You, Miss Huddleston; And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood." This book will be available sometime in March.
Harmony Methodist has purchased several of the other Gulley books and has them spread out on a table in Fellowship Hall. They are available to purchase at reduced cost. Gulley will autograph them on Tuesday.
Kathy White was the speaker at Harmony United Methodist last Sunday. She brought us a very timely message: How can we listen to God when our lives are so hectic and complicated? You can't hear when you are already screaming. She advised us to simplify. Kathy also said that we needed to clarify what God wanted us to do and do it. She had a third point but I don't remember the key word. Simplify and clarify had my mind on overload. I need to do both. I know I listened to all three "sermonettes" but the third one is lost in a senior moment. Besides giving us devotional direction, the points of her talk would help anyone to improve his/her life.
Kathy encouraged us to purge the junk that fills our lives and have quiet time. We need to turn off the TV and do things that nourish the soul and we need rest. Christ knew the value of rest for his disciples. Kathy gave each of us a big pink heart to write down things we wanted to do. This was not a have-to-do list but more like a "Bucket List" from the movie.
In the movie, two terminally ill patients (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) make a list of things to do before they kick the bucket. The movie turns the tradgedy into a comic romp. Kathy reminded us that sometimes we need those things that make us feel good. We need to allow ourselves the freedom to do something we have always wished. It is in the quiet moments that God can get our attention and talk to us. Thanks for a good lesson, Kathy.
Harmony Methodist has plenty of Mario's Restaurant cards. Mario will donate 50 cents of each receipt to the Mexico mission is you hand in a card. Pastor Bob Kumpf and others are traveling to Mexico on March 20 to help construct a community building. This will be built in a small, poor village in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
The building will be used for many functions. It will provide a space for visiting doctors and nurses to see patients. It will also be used to provide a classroom for instruction on growing crops, childcare, and other community necessities. The mission group will head back to Indiana on March 28.
Susan Maurer was proud of her kindergarten class this past week. They won in the spirit competition at Van Buren Elementary last Friday. Classes competed against each other. Way to go, kids!
The Silver Sneakers made a good batch of spaghetti sauce last Friday night at the YMCA. Proceeds of their fundraiser will go to help kids and their families. Suzanne Neier, Betty Evans, and I arrived about 5:30 p.m. I bid on a beautiful handmade basket and thought I had the final offer but someone else slipped in there. When the Wyndham boy said sold, he pointed to someone else. Betty gave us a tour of the facility. She is a regular member of the Tai Chi group and knew her way around the building.
The Canyon Inn at McCormick's Creek State Park is hosting a Quilt Show and Retreat on Feb. 21-22. The room rate ($79 single, $59 each for two) will include the workshop, Saturday night stay, dinner, snacks, Sunday breakfast and lunch. There will be a quilt show on Sunday afternoon. Deadline is Feb. 17. Phone (877) 922-6955 or go to www.indiana-inns.com and click on Canyon Inn. Sounds like a fun wintertime weekend.
The Maple Center in Terre Haute is sponsoring a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 7 at the Holiday Inn in Terre Haute. This is a free program for patients and survivors of breast cancer. This workshop is to aid in the healing process. Participants will have opportunities to draw, make collages, get a makeover, learn about diet, Tai Chi, and stress management. Information about sharing problems will be provided at both a discussion group and internet sites. Although it is free, registration is requested. Phone the Maple Center at (812) 234-8733 or go to www.the-maplecenter.org.
Serving on the Streets is having a Dessert Fundraiser and Silent Auction at North Clay Middle School on Friday, Feb. 27. It will start at 7 p.m. There is no charge but attendees will be asked to donate to S.O.S. They must know how many people will attend. RSVP to 443-3003 by Feb. 20. Each table will have room for eight people. You can attend individually or be a table host for you and seven friends or colleagues. Donations are needed for the silent auction. Contact Jodi at the same number as the RSVP.
Warning: Vacuum cleaner salespeople on the loose in Harmony. I reported to you a few months ago about some salespeople that stayed for hours once they gained entry to the homes. Some folks ended up feeding them supper. I don't know if it was the same group, but they came to my door on Tuesday.
The gentleman carried a free roll of paper towels and said he wanted to share some exciting new product information. He was polite and well dressed but I suspected what product he might be selling. Before he could say more, I saved us both some time and told him I did not want a vacuum cleaner. He politely left.
I am not against people selling door to door. My best vacuum was bought from a traveling salesperson who appeared at my door on Ashley Street about 1971. That Electrolux looks like it has been through a war but it still sucks dirt. I use it for messy jobs like cleaning the car.
The sales group I am warning about drives a van or SUV. Sometimes, several people are inside the vehicle. Usually the driver has to run a "quick errand" and leaves. You are stuck with the rest of the crew in your living room for three hours. Every few weeks I hear someone complaining about vacuum cleaner sales people that seemed to be visiting for one purpose and practically moved in with them. They sometimes say they are discussing a program to help get money for college.
Happy Birthday to Michael Maurer and Mark Weaver.
Memory is restored but no time for rewrites before my deadline. Kathy White's third lesson was on wisdom.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Feb. 12-Wesleyan Workshop 7 p.m.
Feb. 15-Worship Service 9a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Feb. 17-Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m., Phillip Gulley 7 p.m.
Feb. 18-Women's Bible Study 9-10 a.m., C. C. Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 19-Worship Comm. 6:30 p.m., Admin. Bd. 7 p.m.