I checked on the Easter Egg Hunts. I had the location wrong. There will be at least two locally. Harmony United Methodist Church will host one on Saturday, April 23 starting at 11 a.m. Lena will have their egg hunt at 2 p.m. Forest Park usually has one, too.
Celebration Christian Center is having their egg search at Riley Elementary School on April 23, too. Kids from toddler age to 6th grade are encouraged to register at 1 p.m. with the hunt starting at 2 p.m. One of the prizes at Riley will be a bicycle.
HUMC is collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House. We are also saving screw tops from Pepsi products. This will go to helping SOS. SOS does so much to help kids and their families here in our area. Let's help them.
The April mission will be to send funds to help the people of Japan. The Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ are already on site and helping the people try to recover from the earthquake and tsunami.
Pastor Jeffers announced that we would repeat the baby bottle donations in May, partly as a celebration of Mother's Day, too. We should start saving change to fill the bottles. We will place them on the altar during the month and later give them to the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Harmony United Methodist Women did well on the knife sales. We should have about $360 to give to missions when all the sales are turned in. The knives should arrive in about a week.
Easter is late this year. It will be here on April 24. Good Friday Services will be at Harmony starting at 6:30 p.m. on the 22nd. Lena will have the Sunrise Service on Easter morning starting at 6:30 a.m.
It is time for Operation Classroom again. The packing day is April 28 at Cloverdale UMC. Help if you can by working or furnishing supplies.
Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall at the church on Monday, March 28. It was Ketchup Night. We tried to get caught up on several things that we had neglected for a couple of meetings. President Sheila TerMeer read from the Prayer Calendar and showed art work by children at various missions. We selected some April birthdays and sent cards to folks serving the Methodist Ministry in various parts of the world
The ladies had several items on the agenda to discuss. Mother/Daughter Banquet will be on May 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be "Thank Heaven for Little Girls."
Women of the church are asked to bring pictures of themselves as children and also pictures of the little girls in their lives. Pastor Terry Jeffers said that he would put together a PowerPoint for the banquet. He needs the pictures right away to get started on the project.
I am supposed to circulate a sign-up sheet during church in a couple of weeks to see how many ladies are attending and what dishes will be prepared. HUMW will furnish meat, drinks, bread, and table service.
Pastor Terry and Becky will fix chicken breasts. Rose Marie Pell will bake a pork loin. Someone is needed to make or bring rolls.
The National Road Yard Sale was also discussed. We will plan to hold a sale on Saturday, June 4 with set up on Friday. Everyone is encouraged to clean out the garage and all the closets for items we could sell.
This will make additional money for missions. We hope to be able to make more contributions to SOS for a local women's shelter. If items are already priced from a previous sale, that is even better.
The yard sale will be at the same time as the antique auto run and other sales will stretch from Baltimore to St. Louis along the route. The group asked me to check on prices for a banner to display on Highway 40. We would like to have a permanent HUMC sign but that is prohibited by the state. We hope to have a 4-foot banner for the day of the sale.
Sunday, May 15 will be designated as Harmony United Methodist Women's Sunday. In some churches, the ladies do the entire service. This will be our first so we are hoping to participate in everything except doing the sermon. The ladies will do a special song, act as ushers, light the candles, lead the service, give a brief history of Methodist Women and talk about their missions.
Pastor Terry gave the group more information on the trip to the Creation Museum in Hebron, Kentucky. A two-day retreat does not seem possible at this time. Clifty Falls is booked up.
The group is looking forward to a one-day trip on Saturday, June 18. We hope to have about 20 people to share the fellowship of the day. It is open to both churches and anyone else interested in going on the trip. Costs and other details will be announced later.
The Creation Museum tells the Bible stories from Genesis to Noah's Ark. They are hoping to have enough donations to complete the ark by 2014. There is also a 3-D Planetarium and the Last Adam Theater. I am told that the animatronics are amazing. The grounds have a Petting Zoo and a Peace Garden that contains thousands of different plants.
The details are not definite but the group would leave early on the 18 and plan to arrive at the museum around 10 a.m. Methodist Women will plan the morning devotions and snacks.
The group would have several hours to see as much as possible before heading home in the evening. I am told that you couldn't see it all in one day.
Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Warren Bell on the 18th.
Happy Birthday to Patty Escott & Mayme Johnson-Cox (7th), Danielle Brinson (9th), Becky Clausen & Ian McCoy (10th), Rusty Long (11th), David Brinson & Jim Cox (14th), Virginia Mathis & Dan Dierdorf & Zach Escott (15th), Becky Jeffers & Avery Wolfe & Kathleen Sanders (17th), Jason Pell & Sara Kester (20th), Erie Bell (22nd), Debbie Jones (24th), Gail Weaver (27th), Mitch Maurer (28th), Damien Tackett (29th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
April 10 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
April 11 -- Trustees Meeting 6:30 p.m.
April 12 - Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
April 13 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Study Group 6:30 p.m.
April 25 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.