Saturday was workday at Harmony United Methodist. Good friend Barbara Stanfield helped me with the bulletin boards all day. Suzanne Neier came over, and assisted us, after she finished touch-up painting in Fellowship Hall. Thanks to the nice ladies.
On Sunday, we had a pie auction after church. Monday was more physical therapy, shopping for decorations and supplies for Methodist Women's picnic and Clay County Retired Teacher's Chili Supper. Tuesday, I drove our CCRTA group to Covington for an all-day area meeting.
Today is Wednesday as I sit here with the computer. Sorry to The Times, but I slept in and it felt good. I may have to rush the Happenings to meet the deadline. Hopefully, with sleep, I will work faster and have less grammatical missteps.
Yesterday was my first time to attend an Indiana Retired Teacher's Area Meeting. Carolyn Tausig, Mary Ann Froderman, and Odena Harper were my navigators. They all knew how to find the Beef House at Covington. I am glad they did. That was one fine meal.
We met several nice officers and committee chairs from other counties in Districts 3 & 4. Andy Thomas, Bob Kraft, and Don Metzger all shared information with us. We came away with good info for Program, Membership, and Retirement Committees.
I have tons of information from the Area Meeting but will save it for next week. Hopefully, the schedule will slow down and I can get back to doing the Happenings for each Thursday.
The HUMC Fish Fry is scheduled for Nov. 6. We don't have our theme as yet but I will pass it along soon. Judy Maurer and Brenda Shorter are always our excellent coordinators for this event. Both have been extremely busy. The Maurer's are expecting a new grandbaby this week.
Crisis Pregnancy Center will have a Walk for Life on Sept. 24. The group will start at the First Christian Church and walk two miles to the Crisis Pregnancy Center. It starts at 9 a.m.
Operation Classroom Packing Day will be at Breden Memorial on Sept. 29. We are still collecting school supplies for Van Buren, Jackson Township, and for Operation Classroom. Pastor Terry and Secretary Marsha Nicoson will deliver our supplies to Breden and help with the packing.
Middle and High School age kids will be having a "See You at the Pole" gathering at their respective schools on Sept. 28. This gives Christian young people a chance to meet for a few minutes before school once a month.
David Brinson thanked the church on Sunday for providing lunch for the Northview Band when they competed at Plainfield. Folks came out Friday evening to make sloppy joes. Several people had brought homemade cookies. They then bagged sandwiches, cookies, and chips for all the band crew. Congrats to all the kids and staff. They took a first.
Pastor Terry Jeffers thanked everyone for a successful workday on Saturday. Several small items were repaired. The landscaping looks so nice, too. One bulletin board is finished.
Harmony UMC Women will have a Green Picnic at the church this Monday, Sept. 26. Each year, we plan a fun event to help us to remember to save God's beautiful earth. I stopped to buy some natural decorations on the way back from Covington. We are trying to have no paper or plastic at the picnic. We usually have it at my house but the knee has slowed me down this year.
As the hostess, I will fix the hot chicken salad, cranberry salad, homemade bread, and drinks. Several ladies signed up to add a dish to the menu. The most important thing is for everyone to come, enjoy, and learn ways that they can help to reuse, recycle, and try not to add to the pollution problems.
Betty Julbert is planning to do a lesson from our UMW Program Book to help us learn more about what we can do to be green. All ladies are invited. Some churches don't have a women's group. They are always invited to join us.
Harmony United Methodist has a couple of events in the planning stages. We will host a Spaghetti Supper before Christmas to support Toys for Tots. A Chili Supper is planned for January. This will probably be a fundraiser for United Methodist Women.
I talked to a nice lady at S.O.S. to check on their upcoming events. They are planning a Trunk or Treat for the last week of October, probably on a Wednesday. Jeni Chamberlain and crew hope to have a Thanksgiving Dinner for the families that they help. This is scheduled for Nov. 23. They need donations of food for this event.
Anyone who can help, please call 448-8700. S.O.S is located in the old Brazil Junior High.
HUMC Women have a couple of tubs of snacks and socks to deliver to S.O.S. We have been collecting for the last month and a half. S.O.S. does so much to help the needy in this area and we all wanted to help them.
Happy Days to Allison Pell (24th), Fritz Maurer (26th). Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Mike Kester and Mr. & Mrs. Trent Pell (23rd). Here are a few of the October birthdays that will be coming soon: Eva Latham (1st), Siddalee Clark (3rd), Tre Higgenbotham (4th), Adam Evinger & Nick Pell (5th), Jane Osborn (6th), John K. Clark (9th). Happy October Anniversaries to Dan & Kenda Dierdorf (6th), David & Cheryl Brinson (11th).
Clay County Retired Teacher's Calendar
Last week of September -- Executive Committee Members should call everyone on the call lists to invite them to the Fall Social
Oct. 25 -- Fall Social at Kennedy Crossing Bingo Hall
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Sept. 24 -- UMMen will meet for breakfast at Epworth UMC
Sept. 25 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 26 -- HUMW Green Picnic 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 -- Bowling 6:30 p.m. at Brazilian Lanes
Sept. 28 - Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m.-3 p.m.