September 27, 2010
Harmony United Methodist Women met at Gail Roach's home on Monday, Sept. 27. The ladies had an indoor Green Theme Picnic. Guest Carolyn Kumpf gave the blessing. The focus of the meal was to do what we could to remember God's earth and treat it wisely.
The covered dishes included several vegetable casseroles, apple salad, spinach dip, orange fluff, and pimento cheese potatoes. Gail fixed bread, veggies, meatloaf, and baked chicken. Desserts included brownies, cheesecake, molasses cookies, Robert Redford, and pecan pie.
The picnic involved almost no paper or plastic. The trashcan remained empty at the end of the evening. The usual stacks of dirty paper plates and rolls of plastic film to cover the tables were not missed. We just brushed off crumbs and washed a few plates and bowls when we finished eating.
The ladies gathered on the sun porch after the meal for their monthly meeting. President Sheila TerMeer had to make a quick trip to Northview to pick up band food but made it back in time for supper and to win one of the door prizes. Erie Bell and Sheila each received a basket of fall items which included two dishtowels, two dish cloths, a ceramic pumpkin, snack dish with canapé knife, cookies in a tin, pencils with fall erasers, and notes tucked among the towels.
Barbara Pell gave the treasurer's report. Gail read the minutes from the August meeting. Both reports were accepted.
The group elected officers for next year. Sheila TerMeer will stay in the position of president and Gail will remain the secretary. Rose Marie Pell will take the office of vice-president and Barbara Pell will officially be the treasurer.
Sheila TerMeer and Jean Rowings attended the Fall Meeting of the West District UMW in Crawfordsvile. Sheila reported that she had brought back information on social justice for use at our next meeting. She will now serve on the West District nominating committee.
Members plan to have a raffle at the Fish Fry on Nov. 7. Sheila handed out a letter to take with us when asking merchants to make donations. Stewardship Sunday will be postponed from November to January to allow time for the "10 for 10" campaign for tithes.
It was decided that further discussion of the raffle, Christmas Party, SOS would be postponed until the next meeting.
The ladies had previously voted to provide a full $100 scholarship for a student through Operation Classroom. On further study, the fee was $125. The group voted to increase the initial pledge for a full scholarship.
Rose Marie Pell gave the lesson on Prayer and Self-Denial. Methodist Women have been pledging these offerings for almost 100 years. In the early days, they went to fund girl's boarding schools and other programs to help women and children. UMW's continue to fund missions to help them. This year's focus is on maintaining the structures that house the many worldwide missions of the United Methodist Women.
Rosie asked each of us to complete a sheet that helped us to assess our own special gifts. We made pledges to use those God-given gifts to help others in the coming year. Barbara Pell collected the monetary pledges.
Ladies attending the meeting/picnic that were not already mentioned were: Opal Schopmeyer, Mayme Cox, Shirley Pell, and Christine Clark.
Opal Schopmeyer and Barbara Pell will be co-hostesses for the Oct. 25 meeting. Gail Roach will do the lesson.
Updates: Church clean and repair on Oct. 2 went very well. The Methodist Flame and hand railings were painted, some windows washed, some bulletin boards for Stewardship completed, fall decorations done, garage cleaned, alley graveled, and bushes trimmed. Thanks to John Pell for hauling a truckload of trash the next week. Boxes were packed at Breden Memorial for Operation Classroom. The Care Box was sent to serviceman Heath. The Pie Auction on Oct. 17 and donations raised $420 for Van Buren Elementary School.
Items to discuss at the October Meeting:
1. SOS Donation
2. Christmas Party
3. Raffle for Fish Fry on Nov. 7 -- We need items!
4. Stewardship Sunday in January
5. Hostess & Lesson for January
1. Barbara Stanfield is collecting warm clothes for the needy. Please bring them to church. They will be taken to SOS.
2. Workers and pie donations needed for the Fish Fry.
3. Van Buren Elementary is having a Veteran's Day Program on Nov. 10.
They would like a list of all those VB folks that have served in any branch of the Armed Forces. They would like to invite all of them, their families, and the public to the program. Spread the word. Call the school to add names to the list.