Harmony United Methodist Church will have a Jonah Fish Fry on Sunday, Nov. 8, from noon-3 p.m. Some of us will be making pies and other desserts on Saturday to prepare for the event. I promised to make two German chocolate pies and to help with the mac and cheese if needed. Brenda Shorter and Judy Maurer have their baked bean crew arranged and ready to go.
We are going with a lighthouse theme. I forgot to ask for lighthouses at church on Sunday. If anyone has a lighthouse that we could borrow for that day, let me know at 448-8734. I don't have enough to do all the decorations.
Tickets for the Fish Fry are $8 for adults at the door. Early bird tickets are $7 from any church member. Proceeds will go to local missions
Worship Service on the day of the Fish Fry will be at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us.
We had our Pastor Appreciation Sunday on Nov. 1, a week late; we work on Harmony Time. Thanks to Stoney Stitzle for picking up the doughnuts, Mayme Johnson-Cox for the cookies, David Brinson and Conor McCoy for setting up tables. David did a nice job of saying a few words of thanks to Pastor Bob, too. Cheryl and David Brinson had kicked off the appreciation card drive and they even managed to get it done during Pastor Appreciation Month. They are always more organized than the rest of us. Thanks to everyone who helped.
Retired teachers wanting to attend the Beef and Boards Trip on Dec. 17 should contact Odena Harper at 448-8570. The cost is $77. This includes the bus, entertainment, and food. Riddell Bank is making the arrangements.
The Clay County Food Pantry is in immediate need of good used blankets, quilts, or comforters. Help if you can.
Members of Harmony United Methodist Church should have received letters asking them to make their yearly pledges to the church. If you did not receive a letter, call the church at 448-2917. Each year we are asked to make a commitment to further the missions: local, district, and global. The pledge card asks us to contribute our prayers, presence, service, and financial support. This helps the church to know what monies and services that can be planned for the coming year. Please mail pledge cards or donations to Harmony UMC, PO Box 105, Harmony, IN 47853.
A special dinner and service will be held on Nov. 22. This will be our Thanksgiving/Stew-ardship Sunday. We can hand in any additional pledge cards at that time and have a pitch-in dinner, too. Judy Maurer and Brenda Shorter are co-chairs of this event, too. The ladies have been really busy preparing for the Fish Fry so I will get more info from them after the 8th.
The United Methodist Men will meet at Bethel on Saturday, Nov. 21 for breakfast. The meal starts at 8 a.m. Bethel Church is located on Pinckley Street less than a mile east of Forest Park.
The UM District Charge Conference will overlap with our Fish Fry, Nov. 8. Those folks will have to eat and run to get to First Methodist for the meeting. The conference will last from 2-5 p.m.
Pat from Bowen Ford says some of the parts for my little Ranger have arrived in Brazil. They have enough to put it in the shop and pry open it's mouth and let it say, "Ouch". They had already assessed all the outward damages. "Ah," won't happen for about two months. Until then, I have a gorgeous Dodge Ram rental vehicle thanks to my insurance company.
The Ram is handsome but big, really big. It is practically brand new, too. The dash looks like a cockpit. It has every bell and whistle and back doors, too. It is a really nice vehicle but big. Did I mention big? If you see a huge, black Dodge truck going about 30 miles an hour down the highway, it's me being cautious. Stay away. I don't want even a door to ding it on a parking lot. It has to be returned.
My Envoy is in the shop getting a new wheel bearing. When it rains, it pours. Mike and Cindy Hodges should have it purring and winterized by tomorrow. I saw that good neighbor Virginia Mathis had her vehicle back home. She had a mishap a couple of weeks before my disaster.
The nativity figures we have worked on for two years need to be completed this afternoon. We want to move out all the drop cloths, caulk guns, spray foam, and paint cans to get ready for the Fish Fry. Right now our restoration paraphernalia takes up an entire corner of Fellowship Hall.
Most of the statues are now completely finished. A couple of them just need a final coat of paint; one needs primer and two coats. One wiseman may not make an appearance until next Christmas but he was badly damaged last year in the wind. Stoney Stitzle, Suzanne Neier, and I hope to get the others ready by this evening.
Happy Birthday to Bailey Pell (6th), Bret Dierdorf (11th), Nancy Pell (12th), Erin Roach-Taylor & Shirley Pell (13th), Suzie Pell (17th), Kenda Dierdorf & Suzy Morgan (20th), Nikki Davis (23rd), William Osborn & Meaka Sanders Barnett (25th), Jim Clausen (29th). Happy Anniversary to Cousin Dave and Jennifer Clark (8th), Travis and Christian Jones & George and Sarah Lawrence (27th), Dan and Nancy Pell (30th).
Nov. 10 -- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 -- Quilters 10 a.m.