Sorry there were no Harmony Happenings last Thursday. It is still hard to come up with the right words.
It was a long and gloomy week. There were two deaths in our family that occurred on the same day. My father's brother, Leroy Roach, died in Ohio. He was the last of the eight kids of Pressley and Mayme Roach.
I had not seen Leroy Roach in years. He was always called Uncle Dutch. We notified other family members and sent flowers to Ohio. Time had passed and we really did not know Uncle Dutch very well anymore. He seemed to have a nice family in Ohio that we did not know either. We waited too long. Cousin Judy Stepp and her husband made plans to travel to Waverly for the funeral but we needed to be here for the other side of the family.
My mother's brother, Albert Killion, my Uncle Junior, passed the same day. He had been Aunt Christine's last surviving brother. Everyone knew and loved him. He had been a local businessman with a great sense of humor. He served his country. He tried to be good to people all his life. He loved visiting with the folks at the Legion. Uncle Junior never met a pineapple pie he didn't like. He was so proud of his kids.
We are content to know that Uncle Junior made his peace with God and now he is with mother. The pain of his long illness is over and he is with God.
We fixed food and hunted up old pictures. What can you do? You listen and give lots of hugs and then listen again. You want to do more but only time will help. Uncle Junior's daughters Debbie, Vicky, and Coleen have always been more than just cousins. They are friends. You feel your sadness and their sadness, too.
I know that his wife Bell is just lost. Uncle Junior has been her life for a long time. His stepchildren will miss him, too. Goodbye to a good man.
Thanks to Moore's Funeral Home and to Rev. Tim Russell for the wonderful service.
Everyone is invited to Harmony United Methodist Church for Sunrise Service on Easter. It starts at 7 a.m.
The Worship Service will still be held at its regular time of 9 a.m. Bring flowers to fill the cross as we do every year on Easter.
Lena UMC will host the Good Friday Service and Agape Meal starting at 7 p.m., on April 2.
Lots of folks at HUMC are filling plastic eggs this week. We will have an Easter Egg Hunt at the church this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. All children are invited to attend.
Celebration Christian Center is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt also. Their event is being held at Riley Elementary School, starting at 10 a.m.
Ladies, mark your calendars for May 3. The Mother/Daughter Banquet at Harmony UMC will start at 6:15 p.m. If you don't have a mother or daughter, adopt one for the evening.
Aunt Christine goes as my mother and her daughters go as my daughters, too. Granddaughter Shontana goes along, too. We look forward to it every year.
Jana Sinders from Outback Garden Center will provide an interesting program at the Mother/Daughter Banquet. Jana knows all the new plants and planters that are out on the market. She is good at recycling old items and making flowerpots out of them, too.
Don't forget the Food Share Program at First Christian Church. Each month they offer various food packages. They must be ordered about two weeks before delivery. Regular customers make their orders when they pick up the previous order. One Saturday per month is set aside for new people to sign-up and put in their requests. Payment is made at the time of the request.
Each month there are various units offered. For instance, the Classic Unit has three meats and six produce items for $15. For April those meats will be a small package each of pork tenderloin, chicken strips, and Pollock fillets.
Veggies and fruits vary depending on what is in season. March included oranges, apples, pears, potatoes, celery, carrots, lettuce, and a new one called Salad Savoy.
The Deluxe Unit has five meats and nine produce items for $22. Other packages include a just fruit and veggies ($11) unit plus they have monthly offerings. April deals are the Arm & Leg Pack, Pasta Pack, and Supper Time Meals (frozen dinners). Meats can also be ordered separately.
The fruits and veggies are really good and a bargain. The produce items have not been wilted by those sprayers the grocery stores use. These good deals are open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. This is not a poverty program. It is just good Christian people putting their money together for good prices. The next distribution date is April 24. I assume the new sign-up will be April 10, at the First Christian Church usually 9-10:30 a.m.
As always, the Food Share folks would like me to remind everyone that they could use more volunteers.
I have lots of information on the Harmony United Methodist Women's meeting last Monday but have run out of space. Look for it (to the left of this column).
There are many great days in April. Happy Birthday to Buddy Day (today), Rose Marie (Rader) Pell (2nd), Crissy Lawson (5th), Mary Lawrence & Shaylin Jeffers (6th), Mayme Cox & Patty Escott (7th), Danielle Brinson (9th), Becky Clausen, Iain McCoy, & Mara Bowen (10th), Rusty Long (11th), David Brinson & Jim Cox (14th), Dan Dierdorf, Zach Escott, & Virginia Mathis (15th), Kathleen Sanders, Avery Wolfe & Paula Fulk (17th), Sara Kester (20th), Erie Bell & Jim Lunsdon (22nd), Debbie Jones (24th), Gail Weaver (27th), Mitch Maurer (28th) and Damien Tackett (29th). Happy Anniversary to Phillip and Allison Butts (today), Warren and Sandy Bell (18th).
April 2 -- Good Friday Service, Agape Meal at Lena UMC 7 p.m.
April 6 -- Harmony Town Council, Community Center 7:30 p.m.
Events at Harmony United Methodist:
April 3 -- Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m.
April 4 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Study of Revelations 6 p.m.
April 5 -- Evening quilting 6-9 p.m.
April 6 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
April 7 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m.