Congratulations to Barbara and Brad Pell. They are expecting again, expecting two new grandbabies. I don't have the anticipated arrival days but wanted to pass along the good news.
Stewardship Sunday at Harmony United Methodist Church went very well. Because it was also Sanctity of Life Sunday, Ann Coker talked about the Clay County Pregnancy Center. She outlined several purposes for the CPC. They share the gospel, counsel, mentor, provide abstinence education, do pregnancy tests, provide STD treatment, and give material help through baby clothes, cribs, bottles, etc. They counsel against abortion but also help women who have had abortions and/or counsel the male partner.
The Crisis Pregnancy Center can always use help. Groups and individuals can do this in a variety of ways. Some have had baby showers for the center, donated gently used items, filled a diaper bag, or helped with fundraisers like the annual banquet.
Our church filled baby bottles with loose change a few months ago. We were able to raise enough money for four cribs with just coins. Currently they are in need of a nurse to be on call. Most of all pray for them and the people they serve.
Most HUMC folks went home after church on Sunday, picked up their covered dishes, and headed back for the Stewardship Dinner. Pledges of funds and services for the coming year were given to Treasurer David Brinson. Everyone joined together for a Pitch In Dinner at noon.
Bob and Jane Osborn fixed a huge tray of pork loin. Judy Maurer did the baked beans for everyone. The potato casserole was delicious but I am not sure who made it. Everyone else pitched in with side dishes of salads and other veggies. As always, the dessert table was full of wonderful temptations.
Some of us stayed after church to finish the last touches on the bulletin boards, to keep an eye on foods in the oven, and to put up a wall display for stewardship. Thanks to everyone who helped.
Judy Maurer and Brenda Shorter were in charge of coordinating the Stewardship Sunday event. They did a nice job.
This is a repeat from last week but it is a new program for us and I wanted to remind everyone. Gordon Food Service in Terre Haute is offering a discount percentage to churches based on the amount of food purchased there during the year. The folks that shop for personal use can also assign credit to HUMC and build up the percentage. This helps with our food purchases for various dinners held at the church. Be sure to tell GFS that you attend Harmony UMC.
Harmony United Methodist Women met at the church on Monday night. I will provide more information on that next week. I am cutting it short today to head in to Dr. Johnson for my semi-annual check-up. Except for weight and allergy, I am usually pretty healthy. He will probably tell me that I need to exercise more than just my mouth, computer keys, and a fork.
I probably diet more than any other person on the planet. I just don't do it very successfully. I am proud of a few things. I eat my veggies. Only one soft drink has passed my lips this year. There has been no cream in my coffee for four years. That was a tough one. The salt usage is down by at least half. Corn syrup and corn starch are avoided as much as possible.
Exercise is so boring. That is my biggest fault. And maybe pie, cookies, and cake. I can be so proud that I have only eaten salad all day, then sit down in front of NCIS or some other detective show. Pretty soon, 4-5 cookies will just have disappeared. I am still trying to eat dessert only on Sunday. Unfortunately, some weeks have more than one Sunday. This week is my birthday and I plan to enjoy all of it. It is a good thing I am seeing Dr. J before the big day.
HUMC will have a special guest on Feb. 13. 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.
Harmony Town Council will meet at the Community Center on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. We desperately need tornado warnings in Harmony. They are trying for a grant to help with this project and will be discussing it at the meeting.
Remember the family of David Moore, the police officer killed in Indianapolis. To think that he died from just a traffic stop is such a waste. Say a prayer for everyone involved in this horrible tragedy. I heard this morning that his organs would be donated to help other people to survive.
Happy Upcoming Birthdays to Me (28th), Eva Trout-Roach (29th), Rachel Fagg (30th), Sharene Wallenbrock, and Colleen Summerlot (31st). Happy Anniversary to Bill & Peggy Pell (31st). Happy February Birthdays to Joyce Vinson (4th), Twins Jim Haggert and Mary Ann McKinsey (5th), Keaton Butts (8th), Bob Osborn (10th), Debbie Akers (12th), Pat Killion (14th), Michael Maurer (18th), Lori Pell (25th), and Ron Stanfield (27th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Jan. 30 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 1 - Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lucado Study Group 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 -- Ansil Harpold, ARM Ministries at 9 a.m.