Pastor Bob Kumpf, Conor McCoy, and Alicia May will be returning from their Mexico Mission Trip this Saturday. They will have many stories to share with us. Until then, Pastor Myron James will be on call if needed. His number is 835-2049.
Lila Waugh of Memorial United Methodist Church will be the guest speaker at Harmony United Methodist Women on Monday, March 30. Mrs. Waugh is the Chair Person of Education and Interpretation for the District. Bring any new RADA knife orders.
The Methodist Men's Prayer Breakfast will be at Peniel Church this Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. The April 4 Breakfast will be at Union United Methodist. All men are welcome to attend.
Harmony United Methodist Fellowship Hall will be the site of a Baby Shower this Sunday afternoon. The shower is in honor of Jan Bowen, Debbie Gottsche's daughter. It starts at 2 p.m.
Harmony Town Council will meet at the Harmony Community Center on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. Harmonites are always welcome to attend the meetings that are open to the public.
If you haven't gotten your taxes done, and you are a senior citizen, you can get forms prepared for free. The Clay County Senior Center on Franklin Street in Brazil has a tax preparation person on Tuesdays. You must call for an appointment to 448-8848. I think anyone over 50 is eligible for AARP membership and services, but some places have higher age limits. I don't know if they are e-filed there. Last year the forms were prepared the traditional way in Clay County.
If Saturdays work better for your tax prep schedule, the Putnam County Library has the service, too. The number there is (765) 653-2755. I think it is the Resource Department that does the scheduling. Earlier in the season, they were taking walk-ins but I am not sure if that is still available. It would be better to call for an appointment.
The Putnam library has set aside a room on the lower level for the tax folks and their computer. It is very private for those who don't like to discuss taxes in mixed company. The forms are e-filed immediately. There is nothing to have to mail in and no charge for the service.
The preparers did not ask to see my AARP card at the library but I had it with me. It is just one of the benefits of being a member. This is the third year that I have used the service and have received no complaints from Uncle Sam so far. I really like not having to mail in the forms.
Carol Nichey called this week to ask me to judge an art show in April. I haven't done that for a while and it will be fun to do again. The Show is in Rockville. I will have more information later.
It was good to get to visit with Carol over the phone for a few minutes. I keep planning to get to the Senior Center on Tuesdays to paint with Carol and the other artists but something always seems to get in my way. One of these days I will make it again.
The Roach ladies are still busy planning that couples shower for Erin and Joey. The preparations for the celebration are a full time job but it is fun working to make a special time for my favorite niece. She'd be my favorite even if she weren't my only niece.
Two good friends are facing some serious health issues. Please say a prayer for Marilyn and for Debbie. Ask God to return their strength and get them home quickly. God will know which Marilyn and which Debbie need the prayers.
Spring makes all of us want to be outdoors including the pets. Remember to keep the furry darlings in your own yard or on a leash if you take them from your property. Do not let animals run loose. Also, remember that 4-wheelers and other non-licensed vehicles are not allowed on Harmony streets and roadways. Be sure to remind children because it is very tempting to head out of the yard and down the road. Be safe.
I can't get used to Brother John's new schedule. I call to leave a message and he's already home from work or I ask him over for coffee and find out he is going in early. Carquest has new hours and tons of new merchandise. All of the employees have been busy getting everything in order. It is like a new store. They stay open from 7 a.m. -6 p.m. and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. That is great for business but tough on me to remember when he is working and when he is off. With the increased hours, the schedule varies to give everyone some time off.
Brother Mikey was lucky to get the privilege of helping me hang some large paintings last week. Brother John lives closer but there's that schedule thing. Mikey was happy to help his sister until we wrestled those paintings and the uncooperative wires over our heads for a couple of hours. Even Sister-in-law Karen ended up trying to hold the art in the middle while Mikey stood on the ladder and I tried to push the wire over the nails using a long-handled broom behind the work. It would have made a 3 Stooges movie. Mikey will probably know John's schedule from now on and make appropriate suggestions when I call. Thanks anyway, Brother.
It was good to visit with Don McCollister and his wife when I delivered their RADA knife order this week. They have the cutest dachunds. Sorry, my spell checker does not do wiener dogs so it is spelled wrong. The McCollisters are good neighbors. Don has served well on the Town Council for years.
Another good neighbor, Earl King and his wife Vicky, came over to repair the damage from one of their trees falling into my yard. When the fence fell under the weight, the barbed wire snapped and posed a serious threat to passing critters. The fence was built years ago to retain larger animals and had a strand of barbed wire running along the top.
Luckily, my Lady Pugsley obeyed, for once, when I yelled, "Stop". The wire twisted around her but I removed it before it did any damage. I use a 25-foot leash to walk her and did not see the loose wire until it was almost too late. The Kings took care of the problem and cleaned up the mess. They did an excellent job. Thanks.
Happy end of March Birthdays to Anna Killion (27th) and her daughter, Coleen Thompson (28th). Happy April Birthdays to Rose Marie (Rader) Pell (2nd), Shaylin Jeffers (6th), Patty Escott & Mayme Johnson Cox (7th), and Danielle Brinson (9th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Butts (1st).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
March 28 -- Pastor Bob and others return from Mexico Mission Trip
March 29 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
March 30 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.
March 31 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
April 1 -- Women's Bible Study 9-10 a.m., Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.