Betty Julbert was back at Harmony United Methodist Church this past Sunday. She had been out for surgery and is now doing fine. She thanked Pastor Bob Kumpf for his many visits during her illness and thanked everyone for their cards and prayers.
Some other members are out for surgery now, too. Include them in your prayers. We wish them a speedy recovery.
We took a special offering for the people of Haiti this past Sunday. Methodist Missions are always ready to go into emergency situations are often one of the first groups to arrive. The Church has been maintaining missions in the country for a long time.
Pastor Bob has visited and helped in Haiti twice, I think. He told us a story about one of the ministers there. When the group of Methodists volunteers were scheduled to arrive to help build a church, the pastor told his congregation that he would take up a special offering for their church.
Folks were asked to donate what they could and most did not have money.
The collection plate ended up with eggs, old silverware, and one donation of a crumpled old hat. The construction supervisor wondered what good was an old hat. You could sell eggs and silver but not beat up hats. The minister explained that the gift was given by an elderly parishioner.
This parishioner had brought his children and grandchildren to worship over the years. The hat was one of his prized possessions.
The old man had used the hat to keep the blazing sun out of his eyes while he worked the rice fields. Other times it shielded him from the pelting rain. At night, the old gentleman would put whatever valuables he had into the hat and sleep on it like a pillow. Giving up that hat was quite a sacrifice for the old man.
The supervisor asked to buy the hat for $100 and carried it with him for the next several years.
Every time they needed to raise funds for the Haiti mission, he brought out the old man's hat and told the story. That hat has raised over $80,000 for Haiti. Churches and programs were growing.
If I understand correctly, the buildings that had been constructed were destroyed by the earthquake and the work starts all over again.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet at the church on Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. We will make cancer scarves and sign up to do lessons and hostess activities for 2010.
Marilyn (Hughbanks) Smith spent the day at my house on Tuesday. Her husband Ray had an appointment in Indianapolis and it gave us a good opportunity for a visit.
We talked about everything from elementary school friends to our doggies to the state of the economy.
I made a casserole, salad, and dessert. We were just ready to cut into the apple crisp when Ray returned so he joined us for crisp a la mode. It was a good day.
Last Thursday, I had my yearly nasty at the gynecologist. It was rescheduled from my battle with the pig flu or whatever it was. Thursday was the first day that I had gotten the Envoy out for quite a few days because of the weather. It was as if everyone in Terre Haute was smiling and happy to be out and going.
The nurse was nice. Clerks were pleasant. Shoppers chatted with each other. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the change in the weather.
Hunting for blinds, looking at shoes, and picking up supplies for church all seemed like a pleasure on a day that hit over 40 degrees.
I finished those necessary chores at Terre Haute and then stopped in to see some folks I had avoided while I was sick. One was in the new wing at Union Hospital and another had recently gone to Cobblestone Crossing for some physical therapy after a fall. We had good visits.
At Union, I was able to just leave my car at the doctor's office and take the skywalk over to the hospital. The walkway was very close to the room where my uncle was staying. That new room was impressive. The bathroom was huge. There was a recliner chair for the patient.
The staff is still working to get needed stuff in handy, convenient places close to the patients. They are running all over the place to get things but the rooms are sure nice for the folks that need to stay there.
One of my Terre Haute chores was to see the folks at Lowe's about a blind that wasn't working properly in a door. Getting warranted things fixed is sometimes a hassle but not that day.
Lowe's called for the Jeldwen Company to take care of the problem. After a couple of calls from Jeldwen on Friday, the repairs are arranged.
After a late lunch at Red Lobster, I was ready to head home. Thursday was a good, productive day. I enjoyed just bumming around even if none of my buddies could go with me that day.
Knightsville United Methdist Church is still hosting Zumba classes. They meet at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. A $3 donation is accepted.
Happy Birthday to Conor McCoy & Travis Jones (today), Carolyn Kumpf & Jenifer Clark (24th), Marc Maurer (25th), Me (28th), Eva Trout-Roach (29th), Rachel (Pell) Fagg (30th) and Sharene Wallenbrock & Colleen Summerlot (31st).
Belated Happy Anniversary to Kathy and Marvin Bell and Happy Belated Birthday to Virginia Elliott. Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Bill Pell (31st).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Jan. 21 -- Trustees Meeting 6:30, Admin. Board 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Jan. 25 -- H.U.M. Women 7 p.m.
Jan. 26-- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 -- Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m., Book Study 7 p.m.
Give me a call 448-8734 or send me a note if you have news. I'm in the phone book.