Harmony United Methodist Church will have a Wednesday evening Bible study that started last night. Folks may still attend. The group will be reading the book, Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. The course runs for five weeks.
The Methodist Men's Organization meets one Saturday per month for breakfast. Each meeting is at a different church mainly in the northern part of the county. The group was able to donate $2200 to local charities before Christmas. That is great for a group of about 30 men.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet at the church on Monday, Jan. 25. Carolyn Kumpf will be the hostess and I will provide the lesson. President Sheila Termeer will bring patterns for us to cut out scarves for cancer patients. Barbara Pell is getting the materials for us and will help with the sewing. The ladies will also sign up to host the meetings and/or provide the lessons for the coming year. New members are always welcome.
The group voted to have just snacks and dessert at HUMW meetings for this year. Sometimes the hostesses are just too swamped to prepare a supper. Those that wish to do more can still do the full meal. It is nice to have supper but it is tough, for those who have jobs, to get a meal prepared on meeting nights. We don't have enough members to team up on suppers.
I don't think the Harmony Town Council meets this month. They had a meeting and Christmas Party late in December. The next one will be Feb. 2 at the Harmony Community Center. If that is incorrect, someone let me know.
Food Share Sign-up at First Christian Church will be on Saturday morning, Jan. 23, 9-10:30 a.m. The food will be available for pick-up on Jan. 30, during the same time slot. Contact Maggie Morlan, Sharon Crawford, or any of the other helpers if you have questions.
The Roach family is all excited that Niece Erin is coming home. Her plane should arrive in the middle of the big snowstorm. Say a prayer for the safety of all the passengers.
Erin always likes to go to Mario's on her first night home. Another day is spent marathon shopping with her mom. On Saturday, we will have our official Erin Christmas. I will start cooking on Friday. I plan to bake a turkey and fix all the trimmings. Karen and Eva Kay are helping with the side dishes. Other out-of-town relatives may or may not make it in depending on the weather. We will hope that the weatherman was exaggerating.
We Roaches never get into big expensive Christmas presents but just enjoy being together. The main attraction is usually the gifts Mike and Erin dream up for each other. I've explained to readers, in previous years, about the competition to see who can make the most difficult package to open. Mikey won last year but Erin has now had another year to plan and scheme. She is at a disadvantage because of flying but she is also very creative. Watch out, Uncle Mike.
I did make it on the bus trip to the Beef and Boards Christmas Spectacular. It was such fun. The pig flu, or whatever I had, left on a Tuesday and I called for a last minute reservation for Thursday. After being cooped up for three weeks, that bus ride was like a flight into springtime. The group left from Forest Park Pool area and returned safely that evening. The show was indeed spectacular.
Mary Ann Froderman, Rita Rothrock, Joan Roberts, and I started talking on the bus and continued the conversations after we were seated at our table. We were joined by Norma LeMay, Peggy Pierce Elwell, and Ted Elwell. When the buffet was cleared, our table was close enough to the stage that Ted could have reached out and grabbed the dancers. Don't get excited, he was a gentleman. We all had such a good time.
A few folks came over to my house on New Year's Eve. We ate and had a good visit. Only the Roaches and Jo Brown made it until midnight. We wrapped up in blankets and stepped outside just long enough to hear a couple of booms around the neighborhood. Too cold.
With the various flu bugs and freezing temps, I much appreciated those folks that made the effort to come by. Jim and Sandy Jenkins, Rose Marie and John Pell, Stoney Stitzle, Marilyn and Ray Smith stayed for a nice visit but headed home before midnight. Some still had stops to make with family. Some thought a warm bed sounded better than watching the ball drop in Times Square. We all enjoyed the stories, laughter, and more stories. Friends and family are the best gift of the New Year.
Cousin Debbie Akers and I had planned to go to the movies after church last Sunday. We both wanted to see Old Dogs with Robin Williams but my allergies flared up and I stayed home. We still hope to make the show before it closes. Is it as good as I want it to be?
Have a great New Year everyone. Resolve to be healthy and happy. That old saying about a smile being contagious is still true. If you expect misery, you'll find it. Just don't forget to notice the miracles, too. Say thanks for all the blessings.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Jan. 10 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Jan. 12-- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Jan. -- Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m., Book Study 7 p.m.
Jan. 25 -- H.U.M. Women 7 p.m.