The Food Share Program will have sign-ups for new people this Saturday, from 9-11 a.m., at First Christian Church. They are still in need of volunteers. Those interested should contact Sharon (Paver) Crawford at 442-1061.
Pastor Bob Kumpf will be helping with Operation Classroom Packing Day at Breden United Methodist next Thursday, Oct. 15. This will be the last Sunday to donate items before the packing day.
Last week, I mentioned some of the items needed for the Packing Day. Classroom supplies are stressed but many other items are needed for the schools. These include anything that might be used for classes in drafting, building, cooking, sports, home ec, or health. They also need spiritual items such as guides and other religious books.
I can't put all the requests in the Happenings but hope to get the message out that they could use most anything that you can spare. Here are a few more of their needs from the supply list: rulers, crayons, folders, globes, post-its, staples, crochet needles, spatulas, first-aid kits, scissors, and saws.
Clay County Retired Teachers will have a Chili Supper Social on Oct. 27, at 6 p.m., in the Bingo Hall on Kennedy Crossing Road. Each member can bring his/her spouse or a friend. New officers will be installed and 2009 retirees will be honored. The new retirees get their first year of membership free. After the first year, membership is $5.
The Executive Board of CCRT will be activating their call lists to invite all the members and ask for various people to bring relish trays or cookies or crackers, etc. The Board will make several crock pots of chili.
Dues for 2009 will be due before the social. The $5 can be paid at that time or mailed to me. I'm in the phone book. Membership cards will be distributed at the chili supper. If you have a green card, you are paid for 2009. White cards were 2008.
We will also have raffle prizes and door prizes. Andy Thomas has been invited to attend the event but we don't know yet if he will be able to attend. It is always a good time. A fun trip will be in the planning stages soon.
Cousin Jim and Sandy Jenkins stopped by to share some pictures last Sunday. They had come across old slides of what they thought were hunting scenes. Cousin Jim used to go on hunting trips with his dad, Emery.
Buried in the bunch of slides were two shots that included my grandmother Olyn (Jenkins) Killion. Sandy had them made into photos. One was a group scene celebrating great-grandmother Navada Ann Jenkin's Birthday. We were gathered with Evelyn and Emery in their kitchen. There were Uncles, Bill and Everett. Aunts, Nelle and Rena, stood with Jim and his sisters Mary Ellen and Martha. The kid with the bold plaid dress, cropped hair, and chubby cheeks was me.
There were two cakes with candles in front of Navada. I am sure one was baked by the grandmother that raised me. The platter of fried chicken looked like her style, too. Memories. Olyn always took fried chicken and cake and often potato salad and pie to family dinners. A big pot of noodles was another specialty that everyone always hoped she would make.
Usually the Killion dinners were at our house, or in the park, but this one was on Meridian Street where Itsy Bitsy Mammaw lived. We never called Navada great-grandmother. The kindly lady with the stooped back and stern face will forever be Itsy Bitsy Mammaw. Her pale frame topped with severe hair always looked as though the chair had swallowed her.
I think Cousin Neil Killion named Navada and it just stuck. Olyn was Mammaw to all the grandkids but me and so the name just suited her mother. Mammaw and her mother, Itsy Bitsy Mammaw. All are gone now, even Cousin Neil.
The other picture was a rare find of just my grandmother, Olyn, with her mother, Navada. It is the only picture of just the two of them that I know of in existence. Mother, as I called her, looked so young but Navada looked old. She always looked old and tired. Her husband dying at an early age, loosing title to her family property, and trying to raise seven children alone can do that, I guess. Still Itsy Bitsy Mammaw lived to be 96.
The door of a very old vehicle frames the two ladies in the picture. Mother is holding a bouquet of flowers. We assume they were posing before being to driven to Center Point to decorate for Memorial Day. Neither lady ever learned to drive.
Along with Aunt Nelle, they always tried to put fresh flowers at the cemetery to honor the Jenkins and Hicks family. That meant having someone drive them to Center Point at least once a year. Thanks to Jim and Sandy for a very precious gift.
Mark Nov. 8 on the calendar. Harmony United Methodist Church will be hosting a Fish Fry from noon-3 p.m. Public invited. Regular morning services at our church will be held at 4 p.m., that day. Everyone is invited for service, too. More info will be available soon.
I wish a safe trip to the folks heading out to the Air Force Museum in Ohio. Hope you have a great time.
Don't forget this is Pastor Appreciation Month. Happy Belated Birthdays to Tre Higgenbotham and Bernice Walton. Happy upcoming Birthdays to 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 Cheryl & David Brinson (11th), Heidi & A.J. Babkowski (15th), Gail & Carole Weaver (22nd).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Oct. 8 -- Admin. Bd. Meeting 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 13 -- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 -- Clay County Quilters 10-3, Bible Study 9 a.m.
Oct. 26 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.