Clay County Retired Teachers will have their fall meeting in October. The exact date will be decided when the officers have their planning session on Sept. 14. They will meet at Forest Park Elementary. All retired teachers are invited to join the group at the October meeting. We are thinking about another chili supper. That was a big hit last time. More information will be available after the Sept. 14.
Harmony United Methodist had an excellent group of workers repairing and painting the nativity this past Saturday. Several of the statues are now completely finished. Dave Shorter, Pastor Bob Kumpf, and Stoney Stitzle worked on repairs. Suzanne Neier, Carolyn Kumpf, Susan Arthur, and I did the painting.
Several folks brought food for our Saturday workday. Judy Maurer made potato casserole, Shirley Pell prepared a salad, Erie Bell made pies, Carolyn Kumpf brought chips and Sheila Termeer brought cookies. I fixed a crockpot of beanie weanies and my worst old, dried up bread. They were kind enough to eat it but I sure didn't do something right on the bread making. Thanks to everyone who helped with supplies, work, or food.
Harmony United Methodist Women are meeting at my house on Sept. 28 for a potluck picnic.
We are learning about Native American sisters and their children and the missions to help those in need. We hope to pattern our potluck like a potlatch and learn from the doing. We are trying to be kind to the earth that God has given us.
We will try to use no paper or plastic on our picnic and to decorate with only natural materials. Any shared information (or a good resource person) would be gladly appreciated.
Our reading materials tell us that each family brings a dish to the potlatch that has significance to that family and the story of it is told to the group.
We are inviting other ladies who might not have a UMW to join us for the evening. Bring a dish and your own table service, avoiding paper and plastic. I will prepare the meat, potato salad, and a dessert. Carolyn Kumpf will give the lesson. Call me, Gail Roach at 448-8734 for more information.
I am still waiting to hear if my cash for clunkers went through the channels. It was sent in before the deadline. I still have the clunker and the dealership still has the new little truck.
There were lots of big fancy models available but I just needed a simple little truck to haul my potting soil, mulch, and some landscape timbers.
On paper, I bought a truck but only on paper. Luckily, Old Brown still runs even if he has a bad case of ugly.
Like a kid, I love to play in the dirt. Those mud pies Joyce Snell and I used to make in the backyard must have given me the gardening bug. Dirt under my fingernails is a badge of honor.
Sister-in-law Karen keeps telling me there are enough flowerbeds in my yard but there is no such thing as enough flowers. Karen is one of those people that could jam a dried stick in the ground and it would grow into something beautiful. I was not blessed with that talent so every little bud that opens is a victory and a miracle. I envision orchards in the back, park benches everywhere, goldfish ponds, and little paths running between seas of blossoms. I want to walk out the back door into a gardening magazine. So far, I usually just trip over the hose I forgot to put away.
My green thumb is not that good and time is never enough to bring visions to reality. Maybe that is why I work so hard at it. Even with all the weeds and mosquitoes, God is still in the garden. There is just something magical about planting things and watching them grow.
I have been long winded in past weeks and the Times had to cut the calendar. This week there will be less words. Some folks tell me they missed being able to check the calendar.
There will be a Fishing Scramble on Saturday, Sept. 19 to benefit the Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Adults pay $10, kids under 12 pay $5. Pre-registration can be done online one week before the scramble. I am not sure of the contact person for that event. Try calling Brazil First Methodist for more information.
Happy Birthday 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). Congratulations to Judy and Kenton Lutz. They will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sept. 19.
Sept. 19 -- Fishing Scramble 9-3
Sept. 23 -- See You at the Poll (Youth for Christ), 7 a.m. at the schools
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Sept. 6 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m., Bible Study 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 -- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Sept. 26 -- UMM Breakfast 8 a.m.
Sept. 28th -- UMW Potluck at Gail Roach's house 6:15 p.m.