Although this won't be out until Thursday, I am writing on Veterans Day morning. I would like to say thanks to all the Veterans for their services to our community and country. My heart goes out to the sergeant's family at Terre Haute and to all the folks at Fort Hood, Texas. Sometimes the war comes too close to home and reminds us of what liberty costs.
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 National Bank is making the arrangements. Odena will e-mail the information and a form to complete. First come, first served.
Harmony United Methodist Church had a successful Fish Fry last Sunday. At least, it was very busy from noon-1 p.m. Apparently, not even God and church can compete when those blue ponies start playing a ballgame.
We had a great group working at the Fish Fry. It was like a big family dinner. Judy Maurer and Brenda Shorter had it so well organized that it seemed to move like a choreographed dance. Everyone just helped wherever needed to serve the food and later to get things cleaned up and put away. It was good fellowship.
David Brinson was still adding up proceeds and deducting expenses on Sunday when we were ready to start the worship service. I don't know how much we made for local missions but we did well. We were exhausted but feeling good.
Judy and Brenda had notebooks printed to give to those who came to the Fish Fry. I really liked the motto on the front: "We Are Family."
A special dinner and service will be held on Nov. 22, at Harmony Methodist. This will be our Thanksgiv-ing/Stewardship 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 the event. They have arranged for us to have the meat and baked beans provided. Everyone is asked to bring a dessert, salad, or other covered dish.
The United Methodist Men will meet at Bethel on Saturday, Nov. 21, for breakfast. The meal starts at 8 a.m.
Kitty and John Pettit will be back in town for a couple of days. John is involved with the veteran's activities today (Wednesday). We ladies are meeting at Chaney's to have a short lunch and visit. We have not had time to do that for quite a while.
Pat Chastain had family and Lion's club activities on the schedule and won't be able to join us.
Maybe next time, Pat can make it, too. We keep saying we will all get together near Brownsburg one of these days so she won't have such a long drive.
Food Share Pick-up is this Saturday, Nov. 21, at First Christian Church. It runs from 9-10:30 a.m. It may be 11 a.m., but I am saying 10:30 to be on the safe side. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, it is a week earlier than usual. The December schedule will be changed, too. Helpers are still needed for unloading and handing out food. Some of the retired teachers work with this program. Many thanks to everyone who participates.
Thanks to Brother Mikey for repairing my lawn cart. Some of you will remember the doghouse I built on it over the last few weeks. The structure was so heavy that the old cart collapsed when I tried to slide the doghouse off the back of it. The bed intended to be permanently resting at a 45-degree angle against the tires. Brother riveted some metal sheets on the rusted out cart and now it has two shiny new squares in the bed of it. It may not be pretty but Karen and I put the cart to good use.
Sister-in-law Karen and I tackled cleaning out my storage building. If all my treasures were added together, they might fetch $10. Still, they are priceless to me. After six years of stacking, there is now enough room to pull in the old rider and that rusty old lawn cart. Wood scraps are in one corner, flowerpots in another.
We netted four bags of trash and I set a few items on the driveway with a freebie sign. So far, only two have disappeared.
There is a perfectly good sink out there for free. It worked but was just too small for the bathroom. It would be great for a cabin or a garage.
There are three satellite receivers and a computer printer. I know someone could do something with that stuff but don't know where to recycle it here in the county.
Isn't it amazing what we save that just can't be thrown away. I have 33 years of teaching and many years of vacations stored on slides. How many people watch slides anymore. Can I part with them? No. I could almost park a car in the space that is needed for slides, photos, and the tons of papers I wrote getting my principal's license.
One of these days, I am going to sort through all of that stuff and pitch what I don't want. There must be something that can be pitched. Anyone else ever say that? Anyone ever get it done? Life always seems more interesting than paper sorting. Keeping up with the deluge that comes in the mailbox discourages taking on an even greater mountain of paper. At least, I will never be saying I have run out of things to do.
Happy Birthday to Nancy Pell (12th), Erin Roach-Taylor and Shirley Pell (13th), Suzie Pell (17th), Kenda Dierdorf and Suzy Morgan (20th), Nikki Davis (23rd), William Osborn and Meaka Sanders Barnett (25th), Jim Clausen (29th). Happy Anniversary to Travis and Christian Jones and George and Sarah Lawrence (27th), Dan and Nancy Pell (30th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Nov. 15 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45
Nov. 17 -- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 18 -- Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Nov. 22 -- Stewardship Sunday, Pitch-In Dinner at noon