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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Toys for Tots are in need of donations. They need toys, books, stocking stuffers and money. If I understand correctly, all the things that are collected here in Clay County go to Clay County kids. The families who have signed up are given an appointment time. Each child can choose three things in their age category. Then, each gets some stocking stuffers and a book. One year, they had enough for each child to have two books due to donations from Scholastics.

The Toys for Tots distribution site is Harmony United Methodist Church. It is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17. Several businesses have toy boxes or money cans for donations. Conor McCoy was headed out after church last Sunday to deliver cans to those businesses that were missed.

For more information, contact Debbie Weaver, Janet Elliott, or Rita Jones. Rita is the contact person for our church 448-2664.

HUMC will have a Happy Birthday Jesus Party on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2-4 p.m. They will have crafts, snacks, songs, stories and a red-suited guest. All children are welcome. Jane Osborne reports she needs helpers for the day. Contact her if you are available. Call Jane at 446-1322.

Harmony United Methodist was able to take food baskets to eight families at Thanksgiving. More groups are participating at Christmas so we have been given four families in need of assistance. Please help if you can.

We are nearing the end of our study of the Miracles of Jesus on Sunday mornings. We should finish about Christmas. I am the teacher this week. We will be studying the Healing of Malchus -- Ear today and gone tomorrow. Rita and Greg Jones furnished breakfast last Sunday. We had delicious breakfast casserole and biscuits. We will have a pitch-in breakfast on Dec. 18. Everyone is asked to bring something to share.

Our Sunday School class will start a new study after Christmas. We are debating two different books, one by a local writer. We have some lively discussions, too. Join us any Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

I attended my first Silver Sneakers Class at the YMCA last week. Hopefully, the exercises will help limber up my knee. Readers are as tired of reading about my knee as I am whining about it. Silver Sneaks meet on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m., and last about an hour. Most of the workout is done while seated on a chair.

Senior Citizens who aren't sure about an exercise program can attend the first class for free and try it out. That is a good deal. There were about 50-60 men and women there last week. They had a Thanksgiving Dinner after the routine was over. That was fun, too.

Naturally, I took a spot in the back row during the workout so I could watch everyone else (and go almost unnoticed when I did something wrong). There were a couple of nice ladies seated near me who would show me how to do the movement correctly when I goofed up. I made it through the whole workout but had to substitute another movement when the left knee screamed. Some folks had trouble with their shoulders, others avoided the elbow strains. They all said not to do anything that hurt.

At various times during the exercises, we used weights. Newcomers like me had little bitty ones. We had rubber balls but not for throwing. They were worked up and down the chair legs with ankles and calf muscles or pressed between hands. We also used stretchy things that looked like jump ropes but we just pulled on them. Some exercises were done standing behind the chair, but not everyone did those. You can tell by my "stretchy things" vocabulary that I didn't learn any gym lingo, but I did have fun.

Clay County Retired Teachers will have a Coffee at Goodies Galore next Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. Everyone will just order what they want from the menu. Members are asked to have totaled their volunteer hours for this year. We hope to top last year's figures.

If anyone is unable to attend the Coffee, please contact Carolyn Tausig to give her your hours. She then sends this info to the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Contact Carolyn at (812) 864-2736.

New retirees who might not have kept track can usually make a close estimation just by going through their calendars and figuring the time spent. All volunteer activities count except what is done for your own family. You can count time spent helping church, community, the needy, courts, schools, the aged, non-profit groups, state organizations, retired teachers, and the list goes on.

I would like to have a short meeting with the Executive Committee at the Coffee. We need to discuss how to spend the money we have collected for a project. We originally thought about giving a scholarship but that would benefit only one student. Then, we thought about giving a book to every school in Clay County. Then, we thought it might be better just to give each library at each school a small amount to buy what they needed.

Another member suggested that CCRTA donate to a group that would give each student a dictionary. I think Tri Kappa gives every child in 3rd grade a book. This new group would pick a different grade. All the ideas sound good. If anyone has another suggestion, please call me at 448-8734.

We want the children of Clay County and their parents to know we still care about the kids and their education.

Harmony United Methodist Women will not have a regular meeting this month. We will have a Christmas Party at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. All ladies of the church are invited to attend, other churches in our cluster, too. We will have a pitch-in dinner and a friendly gift exchange. Ladies are asked to bring a small gift, around $5. It can be purchased, homemade or hand crafted. Invitations were handed out Sunday, but not everyone was there, so mark your calendars.

I am fixing a meatloaf for the HUMW Christmas Party. Barbara Pell is making lasagna. Everyone else will pitch in with side dishes and desserts. So far, no one has signed up to bring the dinner rolls. We usually meet at 7 p.m., but, with having a full dinner, festivities will start at 6:30.

Happy Birthday to Rhea Hood (1st), George Lawrence (3rd), Amy (Morgan) Taylor (4th), Good Brother Mike Roach (5th), Mannah Mace (8th), Rae Anne Howald (9th), Tia Jones (10th), Asher Mace & Opal Schopmeyer (11th),Harold Pell (12th), Cousin Dave Clark (13th), Warren Bell & Betty Evans (22nd), Amaya Jones (24th), Brad & Chris Pell & Mandy Escott (25th), Sandy Jenkins (31). Happy Anniversary Suzy and Mike Morgan (11th), John & Christine Clark (17th).

Harmony United Methodist Calendar

December 4 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30

December 6 -- Bowling 6:30 at Brazilian Lanes

December 7 - Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Study Group 6:30, HUMW Christmas Party 6:30 p.m.

December 10 -- Happy Birthday Jesus Party 2-4 p.m.

December 18 -- Sunday School Breakfast Pitch-In 10:30