A pat-on-the-back goes out to our good neighbor Brian Mathis. He will be our new town council member. He will be a good one. Thanks, Brian. He replaced friend and neighbor Don McCollister who passed recently. We miss Don and hope Shirley and the family find peace and comfort knowing so many people thought so much of him.
Harmony United Methodist will be busy on Saturday with workers restoring and repairing the nativity. You have been hearing about this for two years now. If you want to put an end to this story, come out and help us on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mark Twain would have had Tom Sawyer charge you for the privilege but we'll take all helpers, no charge.
The nativity set is more than 50 years old and is nearly life-size. The statues still look beautiful when we get them repaired, sanded, primed, painted, and second coated. We hope to have all of them completed by Thanksgiving this year.
We need some handy person to devise stands that will weigh them down. The wind plays havoc with them every holiday season.
We could really use more workers for Saturday. We will feed you. Judy Maurer is making her award-winning potato casserole, Sheila Termeer has promised cookies, Erie Bell is making her famous homemade pies, Carolyn Kumpf will provide the chips, and I am stirring up a crockpot of beanie weanies. I can't promise, but if it rains on Friday and keeps me indoors, I may knead up a batch of homemade bread.
There were many joyful announcements at Harmony Methodist this past Sunday. There were so many that my pen did not move fast enough. Carole and Gail Weaver had celebrated second birthday with their grandchild Tristan. They had another announcement but I did not get to ask if I could put it in the paper yet. Jim Lawrence was beaming about his great-grandchildren. I think the number was 17, but that may have been the total grandchildren.
Nancy and Dan Pell's daughter has announced her engagement. Dave and Brenda Shorter's son Brandon is getting married. One person was happy about an upcoming trip to Florida and another excited about a new grandbaby. A gentleman was having a long overdue surgery and would be glad to get it out of the way so he could see again. There were lots of happy people in Harmony.
Pastor Bob talked a moment about his attendance at the Charles B. Hall Memorial.
He was so glad to see Trent Anderson again and admired the dedication ceremony. He shared that Trent had said we all had four things to be thankful for each day: we wake up, we get out of bed, we have family and friends to surround us, and when it is all over we have God's home to go to for eternity.
It was good to have Judy and Richard (forgot the last name-senior moment!) with us last Sunday. I remember Richard from my stay at St. Vincent/Clay Hospital a couple of years ago. As chaplain, he brought around a booklet of Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas. I read it in the hospital and then re-read it again last holiday. It is worth another read this year, too.
I am still working on updating our church directory. Cheryl Brinson and I poured over names after church last Sunday. We wanted to remind folks we had not seen for some time that we miss them and would like to continue having them as a part of Harmony Methodist. We stuffed some envelopes and dug up addresses to let them know we were thinking about them. New folks are always welcome at the church, too. The door is open early on Sunday mornings. Worship starts at 9 a.m.
Harmony United Methodist Women met Monday night in Fellowship Hall. Rose Marie Pell prepared a delicious supper. The desserts were scrumptious. The person who was going to do the lesson had to be absent so we read suggested scriptures from our prayer calendar and said a prayer for those in need.
HUMW is still working on plans for cancer scarves, Operation Classroom, and having a Potlatch in September. We were able to send more money to missions this year due to the Pie Auction and sale of RADA knives. We have now sold all knives, even the extras that were ordered. Thanks to everyone who bought from us.
Don't forget the Lester Family Gospel Sing at the Nazarene Church this Sunday evening. Admission is free.
Happy Birthdays to Jeni Bridgewater (30th). Happy upcoming September days to Stace Pell (4th), Brady Pell (8th), Betty Jarvis (10th), Suzanne Neier & Margaret Phillips & John T. Clark (11th), Olivia Howald (13th), Jim Pell (17th), Allison Pell (24th), Fritz Maurer (26th).
I'm late but Happy Anniversary to Marsha and Bob Nicoson. It was Tuesday.