About 14 Clay County Retired Teachers met for breakfast at Goodies Galore on Monday, Dec. 6. We talked, laughed, and turned in our volunteer hours to Carolyn Tausig. If you didn't make the get-together, call Carolyn at (812) 864-2736 to report your hours. Hours can also be mailed to IRTA at 150 W. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-2812. Be sure to tell them your county. The deadline is Dec. 15.
Harmony United Methodist Women held their annual Christmas Party on Tuesday evening in Fellowship Hall. Folks had decorated the sanctuary the previous Wednesday and started on the Hall. On Monday, I stopped by the church to add just a few finishing touches and stayed the rest of the day.
Susie Morgan came in to start decorating for the Happy Birthday Jesus Party that afternoon and came back to finish the following day.
By the next day, Susie had found a tree and decorated it. Mayme Cox and Sheila Termeer stayed after church on Sunday to decorate the tables. Stoney Stitzle had worked Monday morning repairing the Mitten Tree for needy children. By the time the ladies arrived Tuesday evening, everything looked 'Christmasy'.
Everyone brought food dishes to share and we quickly threw together some lemonade and coffee. As always, we had quite a spread on the dessert table. After dinner, the gift exchange sparked lots of laughter and good-natured ribbing among participants.
There were also several instances of stealing in church. When the number was called, the person could take a gift from under the tree or shop among those who already had opened a present. A couple of prized Christmas mugs and baskets exchanged hands several times.
About 20 ladies and Pastor Terry attended the event.
Pastor Terry Jeffers will hold an open communion at the church on Christmas Eve from 5-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome whether you regularly attend HUMC or not. Guests are always welcome for any of our services.
The Happy Birthday Jesus Party will be this Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1-3 p.m. Susie Morgan has planned all kinds of fun and informative activities for the kids. All children are welcome to attend.
HUMC will host Toys for Tots on Saturday, Dec. 18. Children that have signed up for the program will have an opportunity to choose toys and other gifts for Christmas. Those who have applied need to make sure that they arrive at their appointment time.
Pastor Terry Jeffers will be in the church office each morning next week if anyone would like to donate to this worthwhile program sponsored by the Marines.
The church will also be the site for a Toys for Tots fundraiser this Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. Pastor Terry, Becky, and a group of volunteers will prepare a spaghetti supper. Folks who attend can bring a toy or give to a free-will offering.
HUMC is hosting a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for children. It will be from 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 11. The kids will have stories, crafts, games, and goodies. Contact Suzy Morgan to help, donate, or to get more information.
This is the season for giving. Help when and where you can. HUMC has several opportunities for sharing and caring for those less fortunate. We will be collecting mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for needy children. Don't forget to donate food or money for the Christmas baskets, too. That is our December mission.
Sister-in-law Karen made a delicious supper for Brother Mikey last Sunday evening. He was well fed and given lots of presents. It was accompanied by pie, ice cream, and birthday cake. The boy was spoiled rotten.
Not all of the family could be at Mikey's party. A couple, who do not like for me to tell their business, were somewhere sunny, cruising with their daughter. I won't mention any names. They are home safely in Harmony now.
I guess I did not explain much about my throat problems last week. I had a couple of things growing there that weren't supposed to be there. Dr. Johnson's office made an appointment with the Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist for me to have it looked at. Two seconds into the consultation, Dr. Drake said, "We will have to cut that off and biopsy it." Scared me to death. The other area just needed scraping.
They moved me to another room, gave me an anesthetic, and then the world's worst sore throat. The ugly thingies were gone and replaced by what looked like an ulcer. They had warned me that it would be nasty. I whined for a week but doing almost 100 percent now.
The report was supposed to take a week for them to get it back. I worried for a couple of days but the cloud lifted when they called to say it was benign.
I said many prayers of thanks for not having to worry long, for the good report, and for the nice staff at Dr. Drake's office.
Biopsy is such a big word. When you can catch your breath later, you realize that it wasn't a catastrophe. It hurt to even eat yogurt for several days but a few food restrictions are not going to hurt me. I have been banking extra calories for decades. The phone got a chance to rest. Gargling salt water wasn't major rehab. The report was good.
Karen had gone with me to the doctor because we intended to go shopping that day. She drove me home. That worked out fine. It was done and over before I had time to think about it. God was with me. When I think of the troubles other people are facing, a little throat surgery is very minor. Thanks to family, friends, and all my HUMC family for the prayers.
Happy Birthday to Rae Anne Howald (9th), Tia Jones (10th), Mary Lou Thompson & Opal Schopmeyer (11th), Cousin David Clark (13th), Ayden Babkowski (19th), Betty Evans & Warren Bell (22nd), Amaya Jones (24th), Christmas babies Mandy Escott, Brad Pell & Chris Pell (25th), and Cousin-in-law Sandy Jenkins (31st). Happy Anniversary to Mike & Susie Morgan (11th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Dec. 10 -- Spaghetti Fundraiser for Toys for Tots 5-7 p.m.
Dec. 11 -- Happy Birthday Jesus Party 1-3 p.m.
Dec. 12 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.