The Handbell Choir will perform at Harmony United Methodist at 6 p.m., Sunday evening. After their performance, the youth will have a program.
The evening will conclude with a visit from a special visitor in a red suit. Everyone is invited to attend.
Harmony Methodist will have an Open Communion on Dec. 24, from 5-7 p.m. Someone, anyone and everyone are invited.
Toys for Tots will not be at Harmony Methodist this year. The location has moved to Grace Chapel and is scheduled for this Saturday.
Robin Swalls reported that 30 people had signed up for the trip to Beef and Boards for the Christmas Spectacular.
Robin works for the Riddell Bank and handled all the arrangements. Many of the retired teachers are looking forward to the event. Change that number to 31. The folks at Beef and Boards allowed me a last minute reservation. Thanks again, Robin.
Being sick since Thanksgiving, I have missed church three times, missed my brother's birthday, missed coffee with the retired teachers, missed the Journey at the First Christian and missed all the Home Tours. Ray and Marilyn Smith had invited me out for a visit last Thursday but I had to miss that, too. I am sick of being sick. Hopefully, the sinus infection/swine flu/bronchitis mess is finally gone.
The new allergy doctor will be giving me a round of allergy tests after he gets my records from the Evansville doctor. My former doctor moved out of state to be close to his family.
After all these years, I thought I could just skip allergy treatments but apparently not. I have generally been pretty healthy, since I retired, except for those pesky allergies.
During all the croup time, little Dusty broke my heart, too. He is gone. His health had gotten so bad that I was debating that dreaded last trip to the vet. Dusty made his own decision when it was time.
My ex-husband had picked him out of a litter at a ladies house in Jasper. If I remember correctly, Denny had the paperwork somewhere in his truck. Papers always disappeared in that truck but neither of us cared about the papers anyway. Years ago, I had asked him to check out an ad, about some mixed breed puppies, but he came home with Dusty. The dog really did become a member of the family.
Denny always said that he picked Dusty because he hid under a cabinet when he went to look at the pups. He could tell right away that dog was smart enough to know not to talk to strangers. Dusty was the smartest dog I have ever met. Even if my ex and I didn't get along, we both liked dogs. I wasn't even allergic to Dusty like I am with many animals.
None of the Christmas shopping has been done. If I am going to host New Year's Eve and our family Christmas with Erin in January, I have to kick it into high gear. The dust bunnies have taken over the place. I love to decorate, but it loses its sparkle if the house isn't clean. You guessed it, I am allergic to dust, too.
The Christmas decorations at my house are barely started. Two nice high school guys came by my place looking for work. I was too sick to do much except give directions. They put up some greenery outdoors and carried away the gourds and straw from Thanksgiving. Thanks to Kyle Jasper and Jacob Coleman.
Every evening I look out at Virginia Mathis' two little lighted trees by the front door and then over at Patty Escott's house. Patty has a white tree that glistens in the night air. A picture of Santa smiles from the door. Other jewels are arranged along the rail.
It is just so pretty and cheery on her new front porch. Virginia said she wanted to thank all the folks that decorate their homes for the rest of us to enjoy. I hope to get out to see all the lights around the area soon.
Food Share pick-up at First Christian Church will be on Saturday, Dec. 19, starting at 9 a.m.
Happy Birthday to Amaya Jones (24th), Chris Pell, Brad Pell, and Baby Jesus (25th). Happy Anniversary to John and Christine Clark (today, I think).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Dec. 20 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45, Handbell Choir 6 p.m.,
Dec. 22 -- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.,
Dec. 23 -- Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m., and
Dec. 24 -- Christmas Eve Communion Service 5-7 p.m.