Pastor Bob and Carolyn Kumpf will be moving to the Center Point United Methodist Church in July. Their last Sunday with us will be June 27. We are planning a going away dinner but nothing is finalized yet. We wish them well and will miss them.
Our new student pastor will be Terry Jeffers. We will be glad to welcome him and his family to Harmony United Methodist. I think his first Sunday with us will be July 1st.
Anyone who likes to quilt, or wants to learn how to quilt, can sit in with the Clay County Christian Quilters at Harmony UMC. They meet every Wednesday during the day and started evening sessions last month. Wednesdays go from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your lunch. The group also meets on the first and third Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m.
Indiana United Methodist Churches will have their Annual Conference from June 10-13.
Four of us attended the Indiana Retired Teachers Representative Assembly in Indianapolis last Wednesday.
That is why I was not home to do the Harmony Happenings that day. Each committee chairperson made a report and recommendations for the coming year.
We heard from these groups: Bylaws, Financial, Auditing, Membership, Legislative, Member Services, Retirement Planning, Public Relations, Community Service, Foundation, Scholarship, and Necrology. Various members were recognized for their service and we elected our Area Directors.
Donald G. Metzger was elected to a two-year term as our Area 4 Director. He taught English and History for 16 years and has coached several extracurricular sports, clubs, and dramatic presentations. He retired in 2002 as the principal of Covington High School. He had been in several school corporations including Clay Community.
Metzger reads, collects old books and movies, spends time with his grandkids, and is very active in the West Lebanon Christian Church. We will look forward to working with him over the next couple of years.
I ran into several old friends at the Primo Banquet Hall. A large group had motored up from Dubois County for the meeting and to be on hand when Jane Hunefeld was recognized for her community service.
It was good to see Rick Smith, Margaret Flack and Sandy Wehr, too. Some of the others had been in different school systems and I did not know them. It certainly was good to give hugs to the Jasper crew.
An old neighbor, Diane Leon, from Lake Helmerich, is a retired teacher from the Pike County School system. I taught her two children at Jasper and we had been neighbors at the lake. We had time for a couple of catch up talks between votes and eating.
An old IU computer class buddy, Herb Eveland, was there from Plymouth, Indiana. He and one of his former colleagues joined us for lunch. It was like a reunion.
Jesse Pitts was our driver to Indy. Odena Harper navigated. Carolyn Tausig and I just followed along in the back seat. The closed exit ramp off Interstate-465 did not ruffle Odena or Jesse. It only created a short delay.
The high point of the day was our garden tour. We talked Jesse into showing us all of his flowers. He has the most gorgeous roses, clematis, hostas, viburnum, iris, a loaded peach tree and lots of plants I don't remember. Thanks for the tour. Remember, if you have too many plants, I know who will gladly take them.
Sister-in-law Karen and I headed down to Linton to check out the town yard sale last Saturday. I bought only two little things, and Karen only one, but we enjoyed ourselves. We decided to head down to the Amish lady at Loogootee and look at her flowers again. Of course, a couple of the perennials followed us home.
Being that close to Montgomery, we then headed over to the flea market at the Gasthof Restaurant. They have it every Tuesday and Saturday.
We didn't find any bargains and walked on to the restaurant for lunch. It wasn't a bargain either but it sure was good. One of their huge angel food cakes is in the freezer waiting for some icing to top it off.
Roaches and Friends are gathering here on Saturday for a cookout. My yard had gotten so out of hand that I was afraid the picnic would be overrun by four-legged critters.
With a couple of good helpers, it is starting to look better.
I am off to spread some mulch and try to find where I put the outdoor cushions last year.
Happy Memorial Day to everyone. This would be a good time to show our support to our veterans by donating to the van. As I understand, the van is used to help them get to doctor and hospital visits. The old one was just worn out. Our local veteran's organizations are very helpful to those who have served in the military. Help them to help the vets.
Happy Birthday to Ella London (30th). Happy Anniversary to Mark and Rae Ann Howald (30th). Happy June Birthdays to Linda Lumsdon & May-gan Mayfield (1st), Kathy Bell (4th), Jan Bowen and Rose Marie Pell (10th), two of my Aunts Christine Clark & Jean Roach & Caleb Escott (12th), Carole Weaver & Jay Bridgewater (17th), Andra Wolfe (18th), Kate Trout (19th), Bill Pell (20th), Maxine Beaman (21st), Craig Dierdorf & Stoney Stitzle (22nd), granddaughter Auriel Sidney Long & Dan Pell (23rd). Happy June Anniversaries to David and Brenda Shorter (6th), Rev. Bob & Carolyn Kumpf (16th), Bruce & Mary Lou Thompson (18th), Brad & Barbara Pell (19th), and Jim & Shirley Pell (20th).
Events at Harmony United Methodist:
May 30 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Study of Revelations 6 p.m.
June 2 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m.