Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall at the church on Monday evening, Aug. 23. President Sheila TerMeer opened the meeting and read from the Prayer Calendar. Rose Marie Pell offered the prayer. Gail Roach distributed copies of the minutes and they were accepted. The treasurer's report had not changed since last meeting.
Rosie provided supper while the group conducted the business meeting. She served a delicious supper of ham and egg salad sandwiches, chocolate cookies, snickerdoodles, pineapple fluff, and cashews. She gave door prizes to the winners: Opal Schopmeyer and Barbara Pell.
In old business, the yard sale discussion was postponed until the first of the year. A raffle was discussed for the November Fish Fry. It was decided that members would solicit donations of items or gift certificates from merchants. Anyone with possible raffle items should bring them to church. Money from the raffle will go to missions.
Sheila will talk to Kroger. Gail will check with Toy's Auto Parts and Chaney's Restaurant. We could check with Walmart and any other businesses members frequent. Sheila will prepare a letter to carry with us explaining our purpose.
In new business, Barbara Pell will take the treasurer's position vacated when Carolyn Kumpf left the group. Pastor Bob assumed his new assignment at Center Point in July. Barbara will check to see if her name is still on the checking account from her previous office.
The Green Picnic was discussed. Our 2010 lesson book does not have a specific activity on saving the environment, although it is on our checklist.
We will again try to avoid all paper and plastic for this picnic. Ladies will be asked to bring their own table service. Members discussed trying to stay with just local foods. Barbara pointed out that it would be too restrictive on spices and other flavorings.
Gail will plan to have the picnic at her house. She will prepare the meat, a veggie, and a dessert.
Rose Marie Pell will do a lesson on Pledge to Missions at the picnic. Officers will need to be elected that evening because the names have to be sent to the district by sometime in October.
Sheila updated us on her activities. She sent four cards from HUMW: A get-well, one to the pastor, and two birthdays. Sheila will plan to attend the district meeting at Crawfordsville on Sept. 11.
Jenny and Eli Chamberlain were guests of HUMW and presented a program about Serving on the Streets. The SOS helps kids and adults right here in Clay County. It has grown from a mission out of the back of a van, to a church, and now the old Brazil Junior High Building. It is hoped that this structure can become like a community center.
Jenny gave us some statistics to think over and showed a video of children being helped by the group. Twenty percent of the kids in grades K-5 are at or below the poverty line. Kids Club, pre-school services, tutoring, and camp and religious instruction help these kids to have opportunities they would not otherwise have to enjoy. The number in Kids Club has grown to over 500. In fact, 560 lined up to get backpacks for the start of the school year.
The SOS group tries to help those who are in poverty situations but also those affected by abuse and addiction, too. A child can be sponsored for just $25 per month.
They hope to start an affordable housing for single mothers until they are able to afford their own places. Help if you can. SOS can be reached at 448-8700.
Opal Schopmeyer and Barbara Pell will be the hostesses for October. Gail will give the lesson.
Items to discuss at the September Meeting:
Fish Fry scheduled for Nov. 7, Theme "10 for 10"
Church Clean & Repair on Saturday, Oct. 2
Operation Classroom -- Sheila has boxes in Fellowship Hall
Box for Serviceman Heath to be mailed during the week of Sept 27.
Possible contribution to SOS