I reported a few weeks ago that the Food Share at First Christian Church would be shutting down. It did. If all goes well, a new program will be starting soon.
Melanie Brown, 4-H Extension Educator, will be the new coordinator of Food Share for Clay County. She is still waiting for information from the main Food Share office. Although the previous distribution point in Illinois has closed, Wisconsin and other sites are still operational. The food will have to be trucked a little farther to get to us.
The Clay County Extension Office hopes to open a new Food Share contact for pick-up. The previous $1 travel charge may need to be increased but that has not yet been determined. Pick-up dates, costs, volunteers will all be announced at a later date. When the program gets started, it will be available at the 4-H Fairgrounds and not at the church.
Food Share is a really good program where Christian people pool their funds to get some really good deals on food once a month. Orders are placed two weeks or a month in advance. Only the food ordered is purchased. No waste.
The fruits and veggies are fresh and a good deal. The meats are usually frozen and keep for a long time. It is not a handout program for the poor although the prices are very reasonable. It is more like a food co-op.
Thanks to the person who is scrapping our streets in Harmony. I never seem to be quick enough to get a look at the driver. Good job and a pat on the back to the snow truck driver whoever you are. Brazil streets that I travel have been looking good, too.
Harmony United Methodist Women have not had a meeting since Oct. 25. We did not meet in November so that we could devote our time to working on the Fish Fry. In December, we had a Christmas Party. Here it is January and time for our regular monthly meeting and getting back to our missions.
Weather permitting, HUMW will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, in Fellowship Hall. New members are always welcome. Dues are $2 per meeting or $24 for the year. Ladies that do not have a UMW are always invited to visit or join with us. We learn, share, enjoy, and help others where we can.
Some of our pledges during the year are based on the number of members. For instance, the national and state organizations encourage us to pledge a certain dollar amount per member for a particular mission. The more paying members and donations we have, the more money we can share with worthwhile causes. We try to meet these obligations as well as donate to local efforts. It all helps.
We have not assigned ladies to the hostess and lesson responsibilities for this year. I will have a sign-up sheet at the next meeting for those who want to take a particular date. Everyone is asked to bring a snack to share at the January meeting.
We will take a lesson from the UMW 2010 Program Book and/or the Calendar. Call me at 448-8734 if you want to reserve a particular date to be hostess and/or lesson leader.
Funds in the HUMW treasury are always low at the end of the year. Treasurer Barbara Pell reported that she had sent $100 to the Children's Home at Lebannon, $100 to S.O.S. in Brazil, and $150 for Clothe-a-Child. With our pledge to the church, the treasury was fairly empty.
The group decided to try to send additional money to S.O.S. as soon as we have another fundraiser. We will be making those plans at the January meeting.
Harmony United Methodist Church will be hosting a Stewardship Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 23, starting at noon. Everyone is asked to bring something for the Pitch-In Dinner. David Brinson is being pressured to make his famous pork loin as the meat dish for everyone. If you haven't been to church for a while, join us. If you don't have a church home, join us. If you attend another church, come visit us.
Stewardship is a time for thinking of what we have done for the church during the past year and to make commitments for the upcoming one. This commitment can take the form of monetary donations, working on the building, singing, helping with dinners, calling others, serving on a board, or many other tasks needed to keep a church going.
We all need to remember that a church is not a building. It is a family working together to spread God's Word through our actions and voice. The building just helps as a base of operations.
Stewardship Sunday will be celebrated on the day designated as Sanctity of Life Sunday. Ann Coker from the Clay County Crisis Pregnancy Center will be the featured speaker. Ann is a member of the World Gospel Church on Highway 46. We look forward to hearing her message.
HUMC will have a special guest on Feb. 13, too. Ansil Harpold from A.R.M. Ministries will do a one-man concert during Worship Service. He will stay to share his experiences during Sunday School. A.R.M. Ministries is a prison outreach program.
Pastor Terry Jeffers is teaching and guiding two small groups on Wednesday nights. Both meet at the same time, one at Harmony and the other at Lena. To avoid developing a split personality, Pastor has chosen David Brinson and Martha Alexander to act as leaders when he is at the other church. It helps his preparation that both groups are currently studying the same literature, "Outlive Your Life." Everyone is welcome to join p.m. each Wednesday.
Happy Upcoming Birthdays to Virginia Elliott (18th), Conor McCoy & Travis Jones (21st), Carolyn Kumpf & Jenifer Clark (24th), Debbie Weaver (26th), Me (28th), Eva Trout-Roach (29th), Rachel Fagg (30th), Sharene Wallenbrock, and Colleen Summerlot (31st). Happy Anniversary to Brother John and Eva Kay (14th), Kathy & Marvin Bell (17th) and Bill & Peggy Pell (31st).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Jan. 16 -- Worship Service 9, Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 - Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Jan. 23 -- Stewardship Sunday, Dinner at noon
Jan. 24 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.