Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall on Monday, Oct. 25. Barbara Pell served delicious pumpkin roll, mints, and nuts to munch on while we conducted the meeting.
President Sheila Termeer opened with prayer and read from the Prayer Calendar. We sent cards to three of the Methodist staff listed in the Calendar. The ladies worked on preparations for a raffle to be held at the annual Jonah Fish Fry on Nov. 7. Many items are still needed to make it a successful fundraiser for missions. All donations would be appreciated.
Each raffle item will have a can in front of it. People can buy a ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5. The buyer chooses which cans to throw in their tickets. They have to make sure they put name and phone number on each ticket. One will be drawn from each can to select the winner of that prize. It is fun.
Treasurer Barbara Pell reported that she had sent $125 for us to sponsor a child through Operation Classroom. The group voted to send $150 to Clothe-a-Child, $100 to the Lebannon Children's Home, and another $100 to Serving on the Streets. It was decided to try to send more to SOS when we have more money in the treasury. We still have pledges to the district and to the church to meet before the end of the year.
The date for the HUMW Christmas Party will be Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30. The ladies decided to have a pitch-in and not buy a meat dish this year. The money that would have been spent on the meat will go to missions. A sign-up sheet will be circulated before the event.
The gift exchange will be a little different, but still just as much fun. All attendees are asked to bring a wrapped gift that does not cost more than $5. We will circulate a sign-up sheet for covered dishes.
I was in charge of preparing the lesson on Racial and Social Justice. The Methodist Church has a Social Creed that was adopted in 2004. It tells us rights we should expect and how we should treat other people. I read about immigration problems from our Program Book.
We ended the evening by taking turns reading the "I Believe" and the "I Will" statements from the Charter for Racial Justice. We need to remember that all people are our brothers and sisters. Sometimes we forget that. Methodist Women have always worked to help women and children of all social and racial backgrounds to overcome prejudice and violence.
Van Buren Elementary is having a Veteran's Day Program on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 9-10:30 a.m., in the gymnasium. The staff is putting together this program to honor those from the community that have served their country. They want to recognize veterans, those who are currently serving, and the deceased who have been in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
These veterans and their families are welcome to come and enjoy the program and to stay for refreshments. The VB staff hopes to compile a list of the VB graduates that have served their country. Public is invited. Call in names and/or RSVP to 448-1362.
The Pie Auction at Harmony United Methodist, and donations, raised $420 for Van Buren Elementary. Thanks to all who helped.
HUM Church will be holding a Jonah Fish Fry on Sunday, Nov. 7. It will run from 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. You may dine-in or carryout. I still haven't heard if there will be a drive-through.
Judy Maurer and Brenda Shorter are co-chairs for the Fish Fry. Contact them to volunteer or for questions. A sign-up sheet was circulated. Desserts are still needed. A free dessert to anyone who brings in his/her church bulletin for that day.
Food Share at the First Christian church will be gone soon. It was such an excellent program but there were not enough food orders for the truck to come to Illinois. That was the distribution point for this area. People can still order for November and December but that is the last time.
I hate to see it go. The first time I went just because they had asked me to write about it in the Harmony Happenings. I went through the ordering and pick-up to see how it all worked. It was quick and easy but the best part was saving some money on really good food.
Some church food plans have a lot of processed foods but Food Share offered good, healthy veggies and fruits. They had processed frozen foods available, that could be ordered, but the main things were ordinary items you use all the time.
At first, I thought it was a commodities program for poor people but it wasn't. You paid for whatever you ordered. Anyone could do it. It was just good Christian people pooling their dollars to get good quality food once a month. The fruits and veggies were very fresh. I hate green stuff that has been sitting under the water torture at most grocery stores. They intend for it to make stuff look pretty and healthy but it just kills it.
Have you seen the house on South Harmony Road next to where the railroad tracks used to run? You can see the house. Weeds are gone and it is looking good. Pat-on-the-back to the hard working folks on what they have done so far.
The Clay County Retired Teachers held their Fall Social at the Bingo Hall on Tuesday evening. There is so much to write that I will save it for next week. Tom Jackson took pictures and they will probably be on the website: www.clayrta.org. We had a great time.
The Harmony Town Council should be having a meeting at the Community Center on Tuesday, November 2nd. I could not reach Janice Gooch this morning to check on that. Probably that is on the schedule unless an alternate date is posted in the newspaper.
I am past my Times deadline. Besides, I can hear the fish calling from the Harmony Diner. The Wednesday special is my favorite, at least for today.
Happy Birthday to Trent Pell (28th). Here are a few of the November birthdays to look forward to: Brett Dierdorf (3rd), Jerry Julbert (5th), Bailey Pell (6th), Nancy Pell (12th), Shirley Pell & Erin Gabrielle Roach-Taylor (13th). More next week. Happy Anniversary to Cousin Dave and Jennifer Clark (8th), Jim and Mary Lawrence (12th).
October 30 -- West District Missions Gathering at Brazil First UMC
October 31 -- West District Conference at Seelyville UMC
November 2 -- Harmony Town Council at the Community Center 7:30 PM
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
October 31 -- Worship Service 9 AM, Sunday School 10:30
November 2 - Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 PM
November 3 -- Bible Study 9 AM, Quilting 10 AM to 3 PM
November 7 -- Fish Fry 11:30 AM to 3 PM