The Food Share Program at First Christian Church needs volunteers. Two of the current helpers have some health concerns and have difficulty unloading the trucks. Please donate an hour or two of your time if possible. Those interested should contact Sharon (Paver) Crawford at 442-1061. Thanks.
Operation Classroom Packing Day at Breden United Methodist will be Thursday, Oct. 15. Anyone wishing to donate supplies for needy children should drop them off at church. Most Methodist churches have a list of what is needed.
The supply list is small type, front and back of a sheet of paper. There are the usual classroom supplies plus lists of spiritual, sports, vocational, home economics, health, construction, and baby needs. Here are just a few of the items listed: hammers, thread, chalk, baking pans, Bibles, rubber bands, wash cloths, soap, vitamins, band-aids, baby clothes, balls, tennis shoes, and many other items. Just about anything we use in our daily lives is needed.
Harmony Methodist has empty fruit boxes in Fellowship Hall. Anyone can drop off classroom supplies etc., during the day. Pastor Bob Kumpf will deliver them and assist at Breden on the packing day.
Last week, Harmony Methodist and the Nazarene Church shared an adventure. They had volunteered to fix lunch sacks for the Northview kids to take to their band competition. On the Friday evening before the big trip, they prepared and bagged 200 sandwiches. They also sacked up 200 bags of cookies that had been brought to the church by various other volunteers. Add in some chips and the kids were sustained through their competition.
Band parents have contacted various churches in the area and have enough volunteers to make sack lunches every time the kids have a competition to attend. Thanks to everyone who baked cookies or helped in the sacking process.
Opal Shopmeyer recently made a trip to Indianapolis to visit her new great-grandbaby. She now has an even number of great-grandchildren: 16 boys and 16 girls. I can't remember how many grandchildren she said she had. Opal loves her family.
Brad and Barbara Pell made a wide circle to visit their kids this past weekend, too. They saw Heather and Trent in Indy then circled around to see Jason and Brook before heading home. A good time was had by all.
United Methodist Men had their monthly breakfast at Harmony Methodist last week. Jack Dial from Centenary Methodist presented the program.
He talked about the campus ministry. Centenary used to be near ISU and is now surrounded by the campus.
Suzy Morgan is teaching a Bible Study on Revelations. It meets on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.
Harmony United Methodist Women met at my house on Monday evening. We had planned a cookout and potluck but nature decided on 40 mile an hour winds instead. I gathered my lawn furniture that was spread over a half acre and then started moving all my pumpkins, gourds, and mums into the house.
Carolyn Kumpf started the lesson on the sun porch then some of the ladies moved to the kitchen for more table space to eat supper. Carolyn did part of the lesson before the meal and concluded after we finished dessert. She did an excellent job.
The lesson was set as though we were having a Native American Potlatch. Carolyn had asked four ladies to read a short writing from a two sisters of the Inupiaq, and one each from the Shoshone, and Lakota nations. Although none of us are authorities on Native American life, it helped us to understand how we worship the same God but sometimes with different words and customs.
I had tried to decorate with natural materials, pottery, and blankets. We had almost no trash by not using paper or plastic plates. We did find it impossible to be totally plastic free. Otherwise, I could not have used the coffeemaker or microwave.
I had planned to try to bake a loaf of bread in the chimynea and the coffee would have had boiling water from the grill to make the brew. The wind changed the plan. Mr. Coffee brewed the mud and Sunbeam baked the bread. The sun tea became the cook-it- on-the-stove tea. Even though we couldn't all sit outside in a circle around the fire, I enjoyed having the group at my house. We shared many stories of family traditions.
Mayme Cox had a short contest about Native American tribes and awarded a dream catcher to the winner.
President Sheila Termeer conducted a short meeting. We discussed the Operation Classroom supplies and the lunch sacks for the band.
The donations did not pay for all the food and supplies needed. The women voted to donate additional funds from our treasury to cover the costs for the band kids.
We will elect officers and plan our Christmas party at the October meeting. We will also discuss the cancer scarves and the November Fish Fry. Sheila Termeer will be the hostess. Mayme and Sheila will team up to do the lesson.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Happy Birthday to Eva Latham (today), Siddalee Clark (3rd), Nick Pell (5th), Jane Osborn (6th), Allison Butts (12th), John K. Clark (9th), Greg Jones (19th), Jimmy Pell & Carson Lawrence (20th), Betty Julbert (21st), Ryan London (23rd), and Trent Pell (28th). Happy Anniversary to Dan & Kenda Dierdorf (October 6th), Cheryl & David Brinson (11th), Heidi & A.J. Babkowski (15th), Gail & Carole Weaver (22nd).
Oct. 1 to 4 -- Women's Emmaus Walk #145 at Clay City
Oct. 6 -- Harmony Town Council at the Community Center 7:30 p.m.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Oct. 4 -- Worship Service 9 a.m. (World Communion Sunday), Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 6 -- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 -- Clay County Quilters 10 a.m. -3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Oct. 8 -- Admin. Bd. Meeting 7 p.m.