Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall at the church on Monday, Feb. 22. President Sheila Termeer called the meeting to order and read from the Prayer Calendar. She reported that the annual checklist, completed at the last meeting, had been sent to Lila Waugh in Terre Haute. Sheila suggested that we get some all-occasion cards to keep in our file drawer. We can use them as needed to send to people on the Calendar or for absent members.
Treasurer Carolyn Kumpf was on vacation. There was no treasurer's report. Secretary Gail Roach distributed the minutes. They were reviewed and corrected. Sheila said the Light House Mission takes all old clothes (even torn and stained ones) not the House of Hope. H of H takes clothing they can sell at their yard sales. Light House has a market to sell the old fabrics/garments by the pound. They will take almost anything.
In old business, Barbara Pell had completed the edging on the cancer scarves. Gail will write the name of HUMW on each scarf and deliver them to the Hux Cancer Center. She should also write a short summary of our group, and contact information, for future needs.
In new business, Sheila said she would check the website for listings of district UMW meetings. We have greatly improved on our annual checklist but still have not attended many meetings outside our local group.
The Mother/Daughter Banquet was discussed. The theme will be "Bloom Where You Are Planted." Mayme Johnson-Cox will do the table decorations. Gail will help with bulletin boards and wall decorations. We will need to arrange entertainment. Dates were discussed. The traditional Monday after Mother's Day has had conflicts the last couple of years and we held it on a Wednesday. The ladies decided to try Monday, May 3, hoping there would be few conflicts with that date.
The group decided on hosting a Bargains for a Buck Sale, like the Dollar Tree idea. We will have a yard sale in June with almost all items for $1. If we have any donations of particularly valuable objects, they might be saved for a raffle at the Fish Fry. The committee had asked us to do a raffle last year but we did not have time to get it organized. Monies raised will go to missions. Leftover items will be donated.
Barbara Pell did both the lesson and being our hostess. She served a yummy chocolate, caramel trifle with a snack tray of nuts and candy. Her lesson was about joy. She read three scriptures: Psalm 4:7, Matthew 5:3-12, and Phillipians 4:4-5. She concluded with humorous but timely readings from one of Martha Bolton's books. Barbara closed the lesson with prayer.
Mayme and Gail won the door prizes. The pretty pink gift bags contained a puzzle book, bath salts, lotion, and chocolates. Thanks to Barbara.
The next meeting will need to be changed from March 22 to the 29 because of Spring Break. Sheila will be the hostess, Gail will give the lesson from Response magazine. We need to fill in our calendar for our meetings for the rest of the year. Volunteers are needed.
Mayme Johnson-Cox requested flowers for the Mother/Daughter Banquet. Artificial stems or pots may be brought at any time. Real plants for decorations should be held until closer to the actual date of May 3.
Possible Topics for Discussion: Final details for the Mother/Daughter Banquet, mailing cards, yard sale, mission trip, district meetings, arranging a farewell for Pastor Bob and Carolyn. Pastor Bob Kumpf will be moving to the Center Point UMC in late June.