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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Several people shared joys this past Sunday at Harmony United Methodist Church. Many were back from trips, family get-togethers and illnesses. One voiced what several have been thankful for lately: seeing the troops come home from Iraq.

Town and Country Methodist Men are planning their monthly meetings for the new year. Their first breakfast will be Jan. 28 at Carbon UMC. United Methodist Women will meet at HUMC on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome.

A nice group of ladies came in last week and undecorated the church. That is such a big job and is much appreciated. My crew-of-two and I need to take down the bulletin boards and get them ready for the first few months of 2012. I have been sketching some ideas but nothing definite yet. It is too late to do a Valentine theme because it would just get finished in time for the holiday. We like something that can stay up for more than just a few days.

The Garden Class started a new study of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. We will spend several weeks on Genesis. Our books had just arrived so we didn't get to study for the lesson. We will do the first one next week.

On Sunday, we looked at historical information about Genesis. It is believed that the book and the next four were written by Moses. These five are referred to as "The Pentateuch" or "the Law". The writing tells of the time from creation to the time the Israelites arrived in Egypt and grew into a nation, about 2,400 years. Genesis covers a longer span of history than any of the other 65 books of the Bible.

Genesis has three distinct geographic areas: The Fertile Crescent, Israel and Egypt. The writing talks of creation, blessing, sin and redemption. We don't have to know the history to learn from the Bible. But, understanding the history adds a better appreciation of what these followers did to share God's word through the generations.

I love January as long as the weatherman keeps that "s" word out of the forecast. Don't like i-c-e either! My birthday month is always a special treat. Several of my friends and relatives share January, too.

Any excuse to get together, laugh, share food and eat cake is a good month. No one puts the full dose of candles on the birthday cake anymore so I don't have to worry about a lung collapsing. The old birthday does seem to be coming up even faster this year. I will just enjoy the celebrating and not worry about the numbers piling up.

Thanks to Tre Higgenbotham. He has been helping me with Lady Pugsley on snowy days. Lady P doesn't understand that I don't enjoy playing in the white stuff as much as she does. My knee really hates cold. Much appreciated, Tre.

The YMCA is hosting a Spaghetti Supper on the last Saturday in February. Proceeds will benefit the Strong Kids Campaign. Those of us in Silver Sneakers have been asked to donate spaghetti sauce, without mushrooms. Mark your calendars.

I had to run some errands in Terre Haute this week. I finally made it to the new Chinese buffet next to Olive Garden. It was nicely decorated, had prompt service, and the food was good and plentiful. I often go to our local China Buffet when the errands are in Brazil. Our local folks make the best stuffed mushrooms and crab Rangoon.

My first plate at any oriental restaurant is always green: broccoli and green beans. The new one at Terre Haute also had spinach. My plate ran over with green. My second round has some meat with more of my favorite eating color. Once in a while one of those almond cookies will strong arm me, too. They look so innocent on the tray but send out secret vibes guaranteed to kill any good diet resolutions. Beware almond cookies! They are addictive.

I so hate to wash and cut up veggies but love to eat them. China buffets are probably what keep me from having to take cholesterol meds. So far, all those vegies top out my cholesterol just a few points under the limit. Thank the good Lord for green.

Happy Upcoming Birthdays to Conor McCoy & Travis Jones (21st), Carolyn Kumpf & Jenifer Clark (24th), Marc Maurer (25th), Debbie Weaver (26th), Me (28th), Eva Trout-Roach (29th), Rachel Fagg (30th), Sharene Wallenbrock & Colleen Summerlot (31st). Happy Anniversary to Marvin & Kathy Bell (17th), Bill & Peggy Pell (31st)

Harmony United Methodist Calendar

Jan. 22 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45

Jan. 23 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.

Jan. 29 -- Administrative Board 7 p.m.