We were all sad to hear of the passing of our good neighbor Don McCollister. Don had been a member of the Harmony Town Council for many years. Whether he felt like it or not, he was very active in efforts to help the community. He was always there to help unload trucks for the annual clean up day. Don watched over every step of the construction of the Community Center. He would listen whenever any neighbor had a problem or concern. Most importantly, Don was a good man. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peggy and the rest of the family.
Services for Don McCollister are set for Saturday at 2 p.m., at Moore's Funeral Home. Visitation starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Harmony United Methodist Church is holding a confirmation class that will start on Aug. 17, and will run for several Mondays. All adults and youth are welcome to learn more about the Methodist Church and become a member. Contact Pastor Bob Kumpf for more information.
HUMC presented Susie Morgan with a gift for her work with Vacation Bible School. The cooperative effort was held at Lena this year. Approximately 22 kids learned, shared, and had fun at VBS. Susie's Bible was literally falling apart. The church presented her with a new one as a thank you for her efforts.
Heavy use looks good on a Bible. It's dust that looks bad. It is a good sign that Susie has worn out her Bible. We should all be able to say that. Susie has worked well and tirelessly with the youth for years and definitely deserved her reward.
Wesley Chapel Church will have a Spaghetti Dinner and Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 8. The price for children is $3 and $5 for adults. The event starts at noon and runs to 4 p.m. A $50 Kroger gift card will be raffled at $1 per ticket.
The Lester Family will provide gospel music at the Nazarene Church on Sunday, Aug. 30, starting at 6 p.m. Mark your calendars. This was originally planned for the Forest Park Bandshell so note the change of place. The admission is free.
Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall on Monday evening. Mayme Cox was the hostess and Sheila Termeer gave the lesson. Mayme prepared a delicious supper of chicken casserole, salad, jello, and red, white, and blue fruit salad. Door prizes were won by Betty Julbert and me. We each received a basket for a barbeque. The basket held a dishtowel, barbeque sauce, candle holder with Bible verse, basting brush, paper plates and napkins. They were really cute and matched the July patriotic theme. Thank you.
The group is planning another work session to continue repairing the Nativity figures at HUMC. We hope to have them completely finished by Thanksgiving. Several statues are ready for the second and final coat of paint. Some still need repair, sanding and primer before getting the first coat of paint.
We need to come up with a plan to keep the figures from tipping over in the wind and setting in the water when it rains. The statues need heavy bases, especially the tall kings. We hope they will last for several more decades once all the work is done. Our previous crews have done an excellent job.
Our next work session is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. Workers, supplies, and food will be needed. Mark your calendar to help if you can.
HUMW will continue efforts to make scarves for cancer patients and help with various missions. It was decided that we would coordinate efforts at our church to collect items for Operation Classroom. We also discussed local school supplies and shoes for children in need. Being such a small group, we can only work on 1 or 2 projects at a time. All ladies of the community are welcome to join us.
President Sheila Termeer kept with the patriotic theme in her lesson on God and Country. We read Bible verses and looked at pictures from her trip to see churches, the Statue of Liberty, and Ground Zero in New York. She concluded with a prayer written by First President George Washington that was still very appropriate to our lives and needs today.
Judy Maurer, her granddaughter, and Judy's sister Jane Osborn took off for a week to visit with Mickey Mouse in Orlando. They had a safe trip and a great time. We are glad they all came home safely.
Congratulations to Shiloh Clark for winning the Baby Contest at the 4-H Fair. My adorable 2nd cousin is the daughter of Dave and Jennifer Clark. The Clark's, and all their critters, live out in the boonies just east of the County Line. Hugs to Shiloh.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
July 30 -- Pastor Parish Meeting
Aug. 2 -- Worship Service Communion 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Aug. 5 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.