The Clay County Christian Quilters have their first evening session this today, at 6 p.m.
They meet at Harmony United Methodist Church and will continue to work on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. New quilters are always welcome.
Talk to Marsha at 448-2917 if you have questions.
New folks are always welcome at church on Sunday morning, too. Dave Shorter is the worship leader for this month. David and Cheryl Brinson are the ushers. Mike and Georgia Kester greeted us last Sunday. Suzanne Neier is scheduled for March 21. I am on for March 28. Help if you can.
Our Sunday school lesson was about prayer last week. Conor McCoy ran a video that the gentleman talked about how prayers are not always answered the way we think they should be answered. Sometimes, we think God is just not hearing us. He is. We're just not accepting the answer.
As the gentleman talked on the video, there were scenes from a traffic accident, the lady going to the hospital, waking up in the emergency room. The man gave advice and quoted scriptures as the scenes flashed. In the end, the lady took her IV and went to the other, more seriously injured victim and held his old, wrinkled hand.
Some of the points that were made in our lesson were that we need to keep praying and often. We were asked to think about when we use prayer and were reminded that just because things don't go the way we plan (like accidents), doesn't mean the prayers are not answered. Maybe the calamity presents us with an opportunity.
Between Pastor Bob's message and the later video, I heard several good messages. Praying changes things but saying the prayers change us. Sometimes, when we think God has not answered, He is waiting for us to step up and be the answer. Why pray to feed the needy if you have food going to waste. Do it yourself.
May your whole life be a prayer.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet Monday, March 29, rather than March 22, due to spring break. Sheila Termeer will be the hostess and I will do the lesson. All ladies are invited to join us.
Don't forget that AARP has free tax preparation for folks 50-older. I did a little more checking on it since last week's column. AARP calls it Tax-Aide Service. You can contact them at 1-888-227-7669 or check the website at aarp.org/taxaide. They will tell you what papers you need and the sites for your area.
I know Brazil and Greencastle have the service. Call the Clay County Senior Center at 448-8848 to schedule an appointment for a Tuesday morning.
For Greencastle, contact the Resource Department at the Putnam County Library. They have volunteers on Saturdays during the day and Tuesdays during the evenings. The ladies do the returns online and can e-file them immediately. Appointments must be made in advance. They also have the forms available to mail them to the IRS if that is preferred or if a payment needs to be made.
Clay County Retired Teacher's President Leroy Sedgwick has resigned. Vice President Jesse Pitts has scheduled an executive meeting for today at the Double 'N Diner.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m.
We will discuss the vacancy and make plans for our spring meeting to be held in April.
We had discussed having this spring meeting during the week of April 26-30. I will let you know the details later.
The general meetings are always fun.
We have food and entertainment along with the business meeting. If anyone has information, or an item that needs to be discussed, please contact one of the officers. We will spend some time at the executive session addressing any problems that are called to our attention. Any solutions or further concerns will be brought before the whole group in April.
We Roaches are Irish, so we will be wearing green and eating potatoes at least one day this week. Wednesdays are so busy for me that we are getting together Tuesday evening. St. Patrick won't mind that we have jump-started the holiday. Since we are not into green beer, I guess we'll have green bread, green ice cream or green jello. As long as we're having a good time, it doesn't matter. Green bread conjures up visions of hairy mold. Maybe re-think that one. I did find a recipe for Irish Soda Bread that I want to try. Happy Green Day to everyone.
Someone is reaching a milestone on Saturday. He will hit the big 50. Happy birthday. I wouldn't want to mention any names but he has been known to travel in the company of a gigantic Easter bunny. The bunny has appeared on top of flagpoles, in vehicles and on porches whenever an acquaintance was celebrating anything.
I am sure the family and friends of this mystery person will have some surprises in store for him on his big day.
Or will that be in retaliation?
Notice that I said that birthday was on March 13.
Hint, hint and read on.
Happy birthday to Mark Howald, Sarah Lawrence and Phillip Butts (March 13), John Day (March 13), and Nancy Mace (March 15), Brenda Shorter and Christina Jones (March 17), Albert Killion (March 23), Heidi Babkowski and Cade Pell (March 24), Cheryl Brinson and Jerri Bowman (March 25), Phyllis Schlatter, Anna Killion and daughter Coleen Thompson (March 28). Happy anniversary to Jim and Becky Clausen (March 26).
I am off to get a fish dinner at Chaney's. That's my new favorite on Wednesdays. My excuse is that I am busy writing this column and don't have time to cook.
I will have to come up with another excuse why I don't have time to dirty up those pots and pans.
It's never the cooking, it's the chopping up and the cleaning up. Life is always more exciting than doing dishes.
Events at Harmony United Methodist
* March 15 -- Clay County Evening Quilters, 6-9 p.m.,
* March 16 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes, 6:30 p.m.,
* March 17 -- Bible study, 9 a.m.; Clay County Quilters, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,
* March 18 -- Administration Board, 7 p.m., and
* march 29 -- HUMW, 7 p.m.