I realized last week that I had missed one very important birthday in February. I tried to correct it with a belated wish. That was cut off in last week's Harmony Happenings. This week, birthdays go first. Belated Birthday wishes to Mr. Mark Weaver, one of the hardiest working guys at Wendy's. Sorry I goofed, Mark.
Happy March Birthdays to Missy Ray, A.J. Babkowski (2nd), Rita Jones (8th), Josh Long, Rick Smith, & Marvin Bell (9th), Shandra Sanders, Ethan Shorter, & Jim Sheese (10th), Mark Howald, Sarah Lawrence, & Phillip Butts (11th), John Day (13th), Nancy Mace (15th), Brenda Shorter & Christina Jones (17th), Cade Pell & Heidi Babkowski (24th), Cheryl Brinson & Jerri Bowman (25th), Anna Killion & daughter Coleen Thompson, Phyllis Schlatter (28th).
Happy Anniversary to Jim and Deanna Sheese (9th), Johnny and Rose Marie Pell (10th).
The church calendar has Jim and Becky Clausen celebrating their anniversary on March 26. The directory says it is May.
The old directory from 2006 has Bob and Rhea Hood's anniversary on March 26. So Happy Anniversary to whomever on whatever day. Let me know so I can make corrections for next year.
Ash Wednesday Service for both Lena and Harmony will be at Lena this year. The service will start at 6:30 p.m., on March 9.
Town and Country United Methodist Men meet each Saturday morning during Lent. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. The group will meet at Peniel UMC on the 12th, Carbon UMC on the 19th, and Harmony UMC on the 26th. All men are invited to attend.
Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall on Monday evening, Feb. 28. Mayme Johnson-Cox provided us with tasty snacks while we conducted our meeting and listened to the lesson. She had the tables decorated in red and white to celebrate Valentine's Day. Pastor Terry and Becky Jeffers won the door prizes.
Barbara Pell gave the treasurer's report and I distributed the minutes from the January meeting and the 2011 Schedule for the group.
Pastor Terry reported that he would be meeting with a representative from the Creation Museum for lunch the next day. Pastor is working on plans for a two-day retreat, possibly in June. It is hoped that the group can stay at Clifty Falls then travel to the museum on the last day before returning home. Costs are lower per person if the group is larger.
Pastor also announced that the Methodist Men would be having a beans and cornbread stand at the 4th of July Celebration in Forest Park. They requested that we again make cornbread for them.
President Sheila TerMeer shared info from the new Indiana Methodist Women's Directory. This included a list of meetings, retreats, and schools that would be coming up in the next few months.
HUM Women decided to send an additional $150 to S.O.S. to help with the Women's Shelter. As our funds increase, we hope to make additional contributions.
We also decided to order two past copies of Response Magazines. These will be shared at some of our future meetings.
The group decided to make plans for a one-day yard sale during the National Road Yard Sale Weekend June 1-5. We will set up on Friday and have our sale on Saturday, June 4th. Everyone should start saving and collecting items for the sale. All donations are gladly accepted.
The sale would be set up in Fellowship Hall but some waterproof items would be on tables, out of doors, to attract attention from the passers-by.
HUMW will be putting together an order for RADA knives. Call any of the members to place an order. RADA also offers sets, carrot peelers, pancake turners, soups, candles and many other items. You can also go online to order what you want. Be sure to give credit to Harmony United Methodist Women. You pay your shipping costs.
Another way to order is to go online to see the items and get the code numbers and descriptions. Write it down and give the information to one of us.
We share the shipping costs and it makes it less expensive for everyone. We will be getting more RADA catalogs soon.
Two other fundraiser ideas were discussed. Sheila had a script for a funny style show/dinner theater. The group discussed having a spaghetti supper with the show. Another idea was to have a Ladies Tea complete with southern belle costumes. Pastor Terry and Becky said the idea went very well at their previous church. Both plans would take a lot of work, and more people than we have had at the last two meetings. Both sounded like fun ways to raise funds for missions.
The Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held on May 2. The theme will be "Thank Heaven for Little Girls." The ladies suggested several ideas for entertainment. It is hoped that the group will be able to get young ladies from a dance class or string students to perform. That would be so fitting with the theme. The ladies are interested in hearing the Handbell Choir and the chorus that Doris Pell leads, too. Maybe those could be done at a later date.
Pastor Terry will help the ladies to have a special Methodist Women's Sunday, possibly in May. Our year-long mission is "Finding Peace Through Action." Methodist Women nationally are working to solve some of the troubles both with their own personal circumstances and with global problems. The idea is to find peace and comfort by taking action on these situations. Quit worrying about it and get it done.
Harmony United Methodist Women will soon be on Facebook. We will have our own page and will have a link when people check out the church. We are officially in the 21st Century. Check us out.
Repeat from last week in case you missed it: Marty Schuch and his wife Leah are helping organize a trip to the Holy Land for Nov. 13-21. Prices vary a little but accommodations are generally over $3,000 per person. The group plans to depart from Indy but folks from other areas could meet at the final stop before leaving the country.
Marty said they would have an informational meeting at the Y on April 12, at 6:30 p.m. He will also have brochures available at the Clay County Retired Teachers Social on April 26. Collette Vacations are in charge of the plans. Contact Marty at 239-0674 and he will send you information.
Harmony Town Council had a meeting at the Community Center to discuss the tornado sirens on Tuesday, March 1. This was during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. This is part of the grant process but nothing will be known for a while as to whether Harmony will get the grant. Say a prayer for us. We need those sirens.
The Nominating Committee, all three of us, for Clay County Retired Teachers met at the Harmony Diner on Tuesday, March 1. After almost two hours of talking and calling, we had some able-bodied, very capable people agreeable to serving as officers and chairpersons. Nothing will be official until the members vote at the Spring Social.
CCRTA still needs someone to agree to be vice-president. This is a 4-year commitment: two years as vice, and then two years as president.
Past presidents are not allowed to repeat their performance no matter how good they were at the job. The vice president must also be a member of the state organization, most members belong to both the state and local but not all. Several of the folks that would be interested just could not commit due to other responsibilities. Most retired teachers volunteer or do other work in the community. We will keep on working on it. There were some good candidates that we could not reach by phone on Tuesday. If you think of an excellent choice, give me a call at 448-8734. Thanks to Rachel Fagg and Tom Jackson for helping.
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Arnold Price. He was an active and instrumental person in the community for many, many years. Our condolences to the family.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
March 6 -- Worship Service 9 a.m. & Holy Communion, Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
March 8 - Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
March 9 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Study Group 6:30 p.m.
March 17 -- Board Meeting 7 p.m.
March 26 -- Men's Lenten Breakfast 8 a.m.
March 28 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.