December 5, 2015

Trena opened in prayer The ladies will be going to Tumbleweed Restaurant in Gladewater on December 15 and will have an ornament exchange. Talked about taking the kids to North Pole of Texas. No plans were made. There will be a baking day at Angie DeVaul's. Saturday Dec. 12 Discussed Operation Christmas Child for next years Christmas project also boxes for the military. Michelle will check on military information. Discussed bake sale for the Saturday before Easter. Maria to check on availability for Walmart. Discussed bringing the change for the Christmas jars and also canned goods to make baskets. Kids Christmas party December 18 at the church. There is no word on Rahab's Retreat at this time. The Garage Sale was a success. Next meeting Jan. 16 the 3rd Saturday of January. Discussed possibly having Roundup again in October. Trena dismissed in prayer

November 7, 2015

The ladies of Barbwire Halo Cowboy Church met for their monthly meeting. Trena opened in prayer. Breakfast was prepared by the ladies and enjoyed by the men and women. Items discussed: 1. On November 22, 2015 we will have our church wide Thanksgiving Dinner. There will be a sign up sheet in the back of the church for the food. The church will provide the meat and the men are going to prepare it. 4 Turkeys and 2 hams. 2. The church garage sale will be December 4th and 5th from 8am to 4pm. We will set up on the 3rd. The funds will be donated to the General fund. Gayle will put it in the paper. Danette will make a flyer. 3. The next women's meeting will be December 5th during the Garage Sale. 4. The ladies will meet on December 15 at 6:30 for a Christmas Party at a Tumbleweed Restaurant in Gladewater and will have an ornament gift exchange. We will bring a non-persihable item for Christmas basket for a family. The ladies will reveal their secret sisters at their own discretion in December. 5. The ladies discussed who the Christmas Jars will go to this year. 6. Discussed the blankets going to the Bradford house this year Teresa will find out how many men and how many women are at the Bradford house so we can get these done for them before Christmas. 7. Highway 80 Rescue Mission is in need of babysitters for the women of the center while they go to Chapel 8. Discussed getting more tables for the church. 9. Picked door greeters for the 1st 3 months of the new year. Decided to have one adult and one teen to greet. January-Malina and Gayle February-Thaelyn and Jean March-Dawn and Rylie Trena closed in prayer

September 12, 2015

There will not be a RoundUp this year. The money that we would have spent will be put into the Building Fund. We will have our "Forth Annual RoundUp" in 2016. November 12 and 13 is the Special Olympics Bowling event at the Oil Bowl in Longview. Sandra Morris is asking for as many volunteers as possible. Those of us who went last year had a great time and we were truly blessed to have been able to meet and work with these special athletes.  Jesus Burgers is next Saturday. They will be having a Thanksgiving Jesus Burgers on November 21, 2015 and will be having tables and chairs and serve whoever comes for services. They are asking for volunteers and pies/desserts for the Thanksgiving service. MaryJayne will include the needed items in the next email. Kathy said that they could use a couple of pop ups for services. We will have Dinner On The Ground on the Sunday before Thanksgiving: November 22, 2015. Fried turkey and all the fixings; we'll put a signup sheet on the table.  We will having a Garage Sale on December 4 and 5, 2015, starting at 8AM. Set up will be on Thursday the 3rd. Bring all of your garage sale items on Wednesday night services or on Thursday morning. Crafts are welcome as are baked goods to sell. Rahab's Retreat is working on the resale shop in Kilgore. They will be having a fundraiser ($1000/plate) to raise more money. There was more interior/exterior work that had to be done than was first anticipated. We have the money in the budget for painting/decorating the 5 rooms committed to by the women and men's groups. Dawn Poland will be taking over making Sunday announcements. If there are any announcements to be made, please let Dawn know. Dannette Blackstone will be manning the cry room. Children 4 years and below are welcome to attend. Shelli Stovall will be taking children 5 to 12 in the children's church. At some future date, we will be having children 5 to 8 in one class and 9 to 12 in another class. Kathy Lathum has joined Shelli in the Children's Church as a teacher. We discussed the Christmas Jars. Teresa will order more books to go with the jars. We discussed the no-sew blankets for The Bradford House. We have 37 made and we need about 30 more. Maria will be gone on September 30 and asked for someone to take care of Wednesday services/meal. Diane will take care of it and Teresa, Angie and Dawn will get to the church early to set up. The men's group stated that they will be having a Mutton Busting event on October 31, 2015.

July 19, 2015

The books and pens are in; we have 100; these will be given out at the door. We have 10 or more door prizes and cookbooks will be offered. Maria has the tickets for the drawing. Teresa will be taking care of the tickets; Amber will be making sure the bathrooms have what is needed throughout the event; Maria, Diane and MaryJayne will have kitchen duty; Cindy and Kathy Latham will pass out the books at the door; Angie, MaryJayne and Cindy will bring in extra tables; Trena will get the tea; Michelle will get the water. Marie will bring the brisket; Angie and MaryJayne will bring coleslaw; Diane and Maria will bring baked beans; Kathy Burch, Jeanette and Teresa are bringing potato salad; Connie is bringing French bread; Sondra signed up for banana pudding; Cindy is bringing pies; Amber is bringing cupcakes; Maria is bringing brownies; I'm sorry but I didn't get the names of everyone else who signed up for bringing desserts but there will be cakes, cookies and other goodies. Donuts will be provided for breakfast. Please plan on being at the Church at 10 AM on Friday to set up and clean the building. Anyone who is bringing a table or two is asked to make sure that the tables are at the Church on or before Friday morning. Everyone is asked to be at the Church by 9AM on Saturday the 25th. Please tell your female friends and family and also, please print and post the flyer. Maria is going to the Gilmer Mirror to put the information in the paper.

June 6, 2015

The Youth Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday this week from 12 PM to 4 PM each day. Crafts and bake sale items to be donated will be welcome. July 25th is the Women’s Retreat. Marie will talk with Joe Johnson about making the flyer for the retreat. Pictures of Pam Kumpe and Kim Drum can be found on their websites for Joe to copy onto our flyer. Lori’s faxed a menu to Kathy Burch showing the possibilities for the retreat lunch. It was decided that Marie and Larry would provide brisket; MaryJayne will bring Cole slaw; Diane and Maria will bring baked beans; Kathy, Jeanette and Teresa will bring potato salad; Connie will bring French bread. We will set up a sign up dessert list for desserts. Diane and Maria will work on door prizes. Marie has donated 2 sets of cowboy jewelry and Connie is donating a handmade wreath. Trena tried to order the book/pen but it they are backordered. Kathy Burch is going to Mardell’s and see what is available; if there is nothing to fit our needs then we will do bags like last year; Angie is ordering the bibles. We are planning on 75 women this year. Maria will get a roll of double tickets to use for the door prizes. Discussion was had about Rahab’s Retreat. The roof is done and the A/C is also finished but it is not ready for painting etc. There is a chance that we will look at Habitat for Humanity ReSale for paint, furnishings etc. We discussed color scheme and agreed on the soft southwestern colors. The next meeting is scheduled for July 19th after Church. On Wednesday the 22nd we’ll be making the last touches: make sure the church is clean, etc. Kathy and Jeanette are going to see Ray in Good Shepherd in Longview. Teresa is going to bring a card on Sunday for everyone to sign for Ray. Marie will buy water for the retreat. Trena is going to call Julie Tucker to have her advertise the retreat on The Ranch the Saturday before the retreat. We discussed the Christmas blankets for The Bradford House. They have 45 to 50 residents. MaryJayne has 12 blankets made; Connie has 7 blankets made. We discussed having 2 screens for the new addition to views the words of the songs that are sung on Sundays. 

May 2, 2015

Trena was able to make it to the meeting this morning! We give thanks to the Lord for her continued healing! We raised $960 at our bake sale last month. All of the women who contributed and everyone who came out to "man" the tables and fellowship had a wonderful time. Rahab's Retreat is getting closer to the time that we will be able to paint and decorate. Teresa Richenberger is looking at a late May/June time frame. Diane Crabtree suggested that we paint all 5 rooms in different soft/pale western colors and decorate each room according to the wall color. Trena is going to contact Teresa to see exactly what will be needed: 2 beds in each room, 2 dressers, 2 desks, etc. Kathy Burch has a contact with a storage building filled with clothing, etc (through Jesus Burgers) and she will see what may be available for Rahab's Retreat. The Women's Retreat has been set for August 1st from 10 AM to 3:30 or so. Teresa Kennimer will contact Pam Kumpe for a speaker. Kim Drum has offered to sing anytime for us. As Music team leader, Marie Black will take care of the music arrangements. Discussion was had re: food and gift bags. We'll plan on 50 or more guests. Kathy Burch will speak to Lori's re: catering. No King's Ranch chicken or spaghetti chicken please. Salad and rolls to be included and the women's group will make dessert and provide drinks. We will give out books with a pen. Trena will get the price of the books and she will make some mesh wreaths as door prizes. We should ask for prize donations from the community: dinner, gift cards, etc. Maria Marsalis said that she is good at asking for donations. Betty Shipley said that she will contact the Gilmer Mirror for advertising and Trena will ask Joe Johnson to make a flyer for the event. We should ask Julie Tucker at 104.1 to advertise on her show. We'll get the flyer to her asap. The Youth group is having a festival in June and Joe Johnson has expressed interest in having the youth take part in the Roundup. Kathy Burch said that the man who does the Youth ministry at Jesus Burgers would like to participate in the Roundup as well. Connie Woodmansee is going to teach Trena how to make the mesh wreaths at Trena's house. Trena thought that it would be a good idea for anyone else who wanted to learn to make the wreaths to also come to her house. No date/time has been set at this time. It was decided that we would not give any gifts for Mother's or Father's day this year. There are so many members that it would be cost prohibitive. We stayed after the meeting to clean the church.

April 4, 2015

Our bake sale at the Gilmer Walmart, though short lived, was a great success. The money that we raised will be put toward painting, furnishing and decorating 3 rooms at Rahab's Retreat and Ranch.

March 7, 2015

The Women's meeting was canceled for the month of March. Please remember our bake sale on April 4, 2015.

February 14, 2015

All who were present drew for Secret Sister name. The remaining names will be drawn at Sunday Services. Trena went over what Secret Sisters is all about. The most important thing to do is to pray for her...Every day! If you want, leave a card or little gift up at the back of the Church anonymously. We will have a Christmas party and reveal who we have been praying for and also bring a gift. Rahab's retreat has not had the roof repaired yet due to bad weather. Two work days have been scheduled: the 21st and 28th. Carpenter skills are needed; need help with roofing and removing of popcorn ceilings. It will not be until the end of March or early April when we can get into our rooms to paint and furnish. The bake sale is scheduled for April 4th at the Gilmer Walmart. It'll run 9am to 2:30 pm +/- We will need sugar free items as well as other baked goods. Everyone is asked to bring 4 items. Last year the biggest and quickest sellers were large items such as cakes and pies. We discussed the August Retreat. Teresa Kennimer knows of someone who is out of Texarkana in an under the bridge ministry. Perhaps we could also have Teresa & Pam from Rahab's Retreat come back and bring us up to date on how they are doing. Lori's could prepare the food or the women could make it. We'll have to see what our budget will provide. We could also consider charging $10 a ticket. MaryJayne will call Truman Smith Child Care Center re: Easter. They had expressed interest in having our youth group helping out with the Easter party. We discussed the Gilmer and Pittsburgh Special Olympics. BHCC has donated to the Kiwanis Club in the past to have our church name included on the back of the t-shirts giving to the athletes. The large coffee pot is no longer keeping the coffee warm for any length of time. Maria Marsalis asked if anyone knew where to get a good deal on a BUNN 3 pot coffee maker. We will put in a request for funds; Todd and Larry will look at the budget. Carolyn Hill has offered to donate a BUNN 3 pot coffee maker to the church. She will need to go through her storage shed to find it and then will bring it in. Trena will be having surgery in March and will be out of commission for 4 to 6 weeks. She expressed concern that she will not be able to help with Rahab's Retreat. We assured her that we would make sure that it was all taken care of. Marie brought up that we would also make up a schedule to help feed the Quinn family while Trena is unable to do so. Trena is very appreciative. Jesus Burger is scheduled for the 21st. There is a new Kids Ministry being formed and is doing very well. Angie DeVaul suggested that we need a set day to clean the church. It was suggested that we would make the date the same day as our Women's meeting. With all of us there, it'll be knocked out in no time. Game night will most likely begin when the weather is a little better, March, April, May. We'll only be having chip and dip, nothing fancy. Suggestions on games: cards, bingo; it'll be a family social night. Cindy Steger will donate a Bingo machine. Cindy's Mom, Sylvia Young is having surgery on Thursday; we have put her on the prayer list and prayed for her at the meeting. Teresa is getting the care team buckets together. She asked for everyone who knows of anyone who is sick to let her know so that she can make up a basket to send to their home. With people only being in the hospital for short periods of time, by the time she finds out, there is no time to send flowers to the hospital. We are going to make up more cookbooks for the April bake sale. Diane has bought more paper and will buy more binding spines and covers. Kathy Latham asked us to pray for the Ada, OK school system. There is a lot of trouble and they need God to return to the schools. Sandra and Maria gave us a report on how the bowling tournament went in Austin with the Special Olympics. They thanked us for helping them financially as it was a blessing to them and the athletes. They had a wonderful time.

January 10, 2015

Our first meeting for the new year! We have secured the day before Easter, which is April 4, 2015 for this year's Bake Sale. It will be held at the Gilmer Walmart. The time to meet will be set at a later date. Jeannette and Kathy brought in samples of the chocolate covered strawberries that they would like the group make for sale as a fund raiser. Pricing was discussed. The Roundup is set for the 2nd week in October, which is October 10, 2015. Reminders for the Cowgirl Get Together on Jan 23 and 24th. Marie has the remaining tickets; anyone with questions should ask Trena or Marie. Update on Rahab's Retreat and Ranch; The roofing and electrical work is being done. By the first of February we should know when we will be able to get into the rooms and clean, paint, furnish, etc. The women have committed to 3 rooms; the men have committed to 2 rooms. At the next meeting we will be able to set some work dates and set the decor. The rooms will need twin beds, dresser, bedside table, rocking chair, small desk with books, throw rugs. They will be having a retail store and the women who will be living at the Retreat will take in the clothes/items for repair/cleaning etc. They will also be able to work at the retail store to pay rent to live in the final wing of the retreat. We agreed that we should have a women's retreat in August at the church. It would be nice to have Teresa Richenberger come back and bring us up to date with the progress at Rahab's Retreat. Jen Hatmaker's name was floated as a speaker but she may not even be making appearances anymore..Teresa Richenberger's partner was floated. Secret Sisters has made a return! We will have a form for any of the women who want to participate to sign up. This is a small way to encourage and lift each other up. We will have the name drawing at our next meeting. The name that you have drawn will remain secret until the big reveal! Teresa Kennimer has a form that she will bring in. The next Jesus Burger is Jan 17th. A meeting was held at Charity Full Gospel and a group from Pine Acres Baptist Church. They own a storage facility and will let ARK store what they need in it at no cost. This group is anxious to become involved with ARK and Jesus Burgers. We have decided to make no-sew blankets for an area Nursing Home. Teresa Kennimer is going to check into the Bradford House and see how many residents they have. We will get a count of how many men and how many women residents to make sure that we have enough blankets. Depending on how many residents there are at the Bradford House, we may take on another Nursing Home as well. A contact from Truman Smith Children's Care Center is due to contact MaryJayne this month with a date and time for their Easter event. The Youth Group and Women's group will be helping out the Center. Special Olympics Bowling event will be in November. We will ask the Youth Group to join in volunteering to help out. Shelli will let us know when the Handicapable Rodeo is taking place. Trena will get an email when the Gilmer Special Olympic track meet is scheduled. Teresa thinks that the Care Team needs some guidelines on how to proceed with cards, flowers, etc. She would like to put cards on the table with pens so that if anyone needs to contact the team they can do it at Church. Trena has tin buckets that she will bring in to put on the tables for the cards/pens. J.C. Pinkert's memorial service is next Saturday, January 17th at 11:00. We will continue to save change for our Christmas Jars.

December 6, 2014

Saturday December 6, 2014 was the first time the men and women met at the same time. At 9:13 Trena Quinn blessed the breakfast and we all ate together. As soon as we were done eating the men left the area and had their meeting. The ladies then started their meeting. There was a very good turnout for the women. The ladies decided that they would try to start back doing crafts at their meetings when possible. Today there is a list of things that need to be done. We need to put up the Christmas tree and bag the blankets for the Truman Smith patients before we finish the meeting. We have over 100 blankets done, so we have plenty for the patients. Several of the ladies would like to go to the Truman Center to deliver the blankets. Cathy will check with the Truman Smith Center and see when would be the best time to deliver our blankets. Trena asked if the ladies would like to do Secret Sisters. All the ladies thought it would be fun to have the Secret Sister. We will draw names after the first of the year. Christmas jars are due now. Please count the change so it will be easier to distribute the monies. The name of Kelly Ruminell was presented as one of the people to help at Christmas. The Cowgirl Get Together will be Jan. 23 and 24. The tickets have been ordered so get with Marie of Maria to get your ticket. Teresa Richenberger will be having a tour of Rehab Retreat and Ranch December 11th, 14th, and 15th Several of the ladies would like to attend. We will have 3 rooms at the Retreat to decorate. All of the ladies are excites about doing the rooms. There are several questions that we need to be answered before we will know how they will be decorated. April 4th we will be having a bake sale. For Valentines Jeanette is responsible for the sale of Chocolate covered Strawberries. Door greeters for 2015 are: Jan. Jeannette Feb. Kathy Mar. Ramona April Carol May Virginia June Joanie July Betty Aug. Sandra & Alton Sept. Jean & Jan Oct. Shirley & Ray Nov. Danette Dec. Angie After the meeting the ladies got busy with the Christmas tree and bagging the blankets for Christmas at Truman Smith Center. The day was a blessing just being with the church family.

November 1, 2014

We counted 85 blankets for the Truman-Smith home and 78 crocheted caps for distribution to cancer centers. Everyone is going to pick up gift bags and tissue paper when they are out and about so that at our next meeting we can wrap up the blankets. Kathy Burch will call Truman-Smith for the total number of residents. We know that there are still more blankets coming in from a few ladies who were unable to make it to the meeting. Trena will contact someone that she knows in the Longview cancer unit; Betty will call the UT Tyler cancer unit; MaryJayne will contact Joan Smith and Virginia Lange to see where to send the caps at MD Anderson. Teresa will be decorating the Christmas jars and all are asked to bring in their change to the December 6 meeting. We should be praying about families to bless with the money we have collected. Our Church Christmas dinner will be on December 7th after services. Charlie and Diane will be frying turkeys and we will have a signup sheet for all the fixings and desserts. Carol suggested that we do a bake sale to raise money for the additional chairs that are needed due to our growth! Maria will call Walmart to see what days may be available for us to set up. We're trying for a Friday or a Saturday. If Walmart is unavailable, we will try Brookshire's, Bealls, inside local banks or the Civic Center on the grass. We have not been notified of any new developments for Rahab's Retreat and Ranch. Trena is going to message Teresa Richenberger to see if she has a timeline determined. We have sold 25 cookbooks to date. More will be printed. Tickets for the January retreat are with Sondra, if anyone is interested, please let her know. November 6 & 7 is the Special Olympics event at the Oil Bowl Lanes in Longview. Volunteers are asked to be there at 8:30 AM The Church is looking into buying an ice machine. Kathy Burch gave us some great information about Jesus Burger and Shade Tree Ministry. She is meeting with people who are already involved in this ministry to see how the Church can become involved in getting one started in Upshur County. Due to some ladies not being able to make this meeting, we have decided to wait until our next meeing to set up next year's Greeters. We had a most productive meeting this month! Sure hope to see you at our next meeting on December 6, 2014.

October 4, 2014

We had a joint meeting with the Men's Group to finalize the Roundup. It was decided that the parking area would be on the right as cars enter the driveway and would be roped off so that cars would not interfere with the activities. Mike Shipley and Larry Black will use T posts to rope off the parking; Bob Boyd will bring a parking sign. We will have handicapped parking available. Food will be served at 12:30. 75 Hamburgers/buns; 75 hotdogs/buns, chips, fixing; the desserts will be provided by the women in the Church. It was determined that hand held, single serve desserts would be best. Cookies, cakes, brownies, single serve pudding, etc. Water and canned soda will be available. Charlie Crabtree, Bob Boyd, Alton Morris and Danny Havard are scheduled to cook. Diane Crabtree is bringing the spices for the hamburgers. The food will be served inside the Church; serving set up in an L shape. Ken White is bringing propane for the grill; Charlie Crabtree is bringing his griddle. Grill will be used to keep the food warm. The Band will play inside the Church from 2pm to 4pm. We will have a Bounce house with a slide. Shelli and the teens will be in charge of the bounce house. Larry and Marie will pick up the hamburgers and fixings at 9am and we will all meet at the church around 9:30 for the set up. Bob and MaryJayne will bring the “wavy man” and generator, some hay bales and the truck to be used for photos. Sondra Rodgers will be taking photos for everyone who wants them made. Trena is going to get the mums and pumpkins to decorate the hay bales for the photos. She also has the scarecrows for decoration. Trena will also pick up the hotdogs and buns; candy for prizes, First aid kit, two 6 foot tables, 2liter coke bottles for prizes and canned soda for drinks. Games are as follows: Horseshoes: 2 sets will be available and games will be to 11. There is one set at the church and Marie will provide the other set. Marie is getting two $25 gift certificates as prizes. Perry is in charge of the game. Ring toss: 2 liter coke bottles (15) will be set up and will be the prize for whoever gets the ring over the bottle. Ty is in charge of the game. Yard Darts: Connie and Woody will bring the electronic yard darts. Beanie babies and candy are the prizes for the children. Bill DeVaul is in charge of the game. Bean Bag toss: Mike and Betty Shipley have already brought in the bean bag toss. Beanie babies and candy are the prizes for the children. Mike is in charge of the game. Sack Race: Teresa will bring the sacks. Beanie babies and candy are the prizes for the children. Ken White is in charge of the game. Bill DeVaul is making a vinyl banner “Barbwire Halo Cowboy Church Annual Fall Roundup 2nd Saturday in October” to be displayed near the road. He is also going to make some Handicapped Parking signs. Betty Shipley volunteered to take care of the Bathrooms to make sure that there is enough supplies and to empty the trash cans when needed. The grass around the church will be mowed Friday night or early Saturday morning by Ted. Mike is going to mow the parking area. Ken White, Charlie Crabtree and Todd Quinn will take care of the ice and ice coolers. Ken White has offered to bring a fire extinguisher for the Church. Perry Plunkett thought that we should have at least two extinguishers. Other business:October 12th will be the Leadership meeting after services. Teresa Richenberger is going to share her vision for Rahab’s Retreat and Ranch at services. The Women’s group has committed to outfitting/rehabbing three rooms at the Retreat. The funds will come out of the Women’s group budget. If needed, we will hold bake sale to raise enough money. The proceeds of the Cookbook will also be used to fix up the Retreat. We will be painting the rooms; furnishing carpets, beds, bedding, furniture, etc. for each room. We will have a plaque from the Church in each room. Bill DeVaul said that he could make vinyl wall signs “Faith” “Hope” “Love” etc. that could be placed on the walls of each room. Trena Quinn has left our contact information with Teresa Richenberger and when Teresa is ready for us to get to work, she will let us know. It’ll be a little short notice so we will need to be prepared. Larry Black suggested that we have a place to put up business cards of Church members who have businesses so that we can support each other. MaryJayne Boyd said that she could put the businesses on the website and also in the newsletter. We need to acknowledge our members when they provide materials and products to the Church. Todd Quinn will let the members know that they should provide their business information. Marie Black reminded everyone who had volunteered to do something for the Roundup to please let Trena Quinn and/or Perry Plunkett know if they were unable to follow through. We need to make sure that we can find a replacement for the spot before the day of the Roundup. Of course, emergency situations are a different issue and can’t be helped but we will all pull together and get all spots covered. Trena Quinn asked that we all look out for people who are standing off by themselves and to try to make them feel welcome. Any one of us can go up to newcomers and visitors to let them know that we are so happy that they have come to the Roundup. There are new members who may feel that they would like to help but they don’t always feel comfortable or needed. It’s up to all of us to help all new members feel like valued members of the Church family. The meeting was adjourned and the Women began putting the Cookbook together. Many, many thanks go to Sandra Morris for making the copies and to Diane Crabtree for providing the binding machine.

September 6, 2014

Kathy Burch presented the group with the preliminary copy of the Cookbook which was reworked and printed out by Jeanette Barney. Diane Crabtree will bring the binder; we will need to buy the binding materials. The paper weight will need to be heavier than ordinary copy paper so that we can print on both sides of the paper. 50 copies will be made. Sandra Morris is going to copy the pages of the cookbook when it is proofread and saved to a thumb drive. There will be a clear front cover and a red back cover. Marie Black has secured a band for the Roundup on October 11th. Lunch will be served between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm; hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and drinks will be provided by the church. Desserts will be donated by the women in the church. There will be a ring toss over 2 Liter soda bottles. Maria Marsalis has the rings for the ring toss. Connie Woodmansee is bringing an electronic Yard darts game. There will also be horseshoes and sack races, bounce house, and egg toss. Marie Black will get 2 $25 Academy gift cards for prizes for the horseshoe games. There are Beanie Babies as prizes for the Yard Darts, sack races, and egg toss. The 2 Liter Sodas will be the prize for the ring toss games. Trena Quinn is going to see if the same gentleman who produced last year's poster will produce this year's poster. Marie Black will try to get to the Open Range Horse Whisperer event to see if the gentleman is available for our Roundup. Marie said that she will let Larry know about what kind of games will be played and ask that the men's group take care of the horseshoe ring. We will assemble the cookbooks during our October 4th meeting. The schedule will also be finalized, with assignments posted. We counted 76 blankets for the Truman-Smith Home. This count was increased to 96 when the ladies who couldn't make the meeting submitted their blanket count. Outstanding! We have surpassed our commitment!!! A card was signed for J.C. Pinkert who has entered a Rehab/Nursing Home. We are going to make up Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for Mr. Pinkert. Angie DeVaul has volunteered to take care of the Wednesday night kitchen duties while Maria Marsalis is in Alabama. Shirley Frensley has volunteered to take care of the coffee on the Sundays that Maria Marsalis will be away. Sandra Morris let us know that there will be a Special Olympic event on Nov. 6/7 from 9AM to 4PM, at the Oil Bowl Lanes in Longview, TX . She will firm up the date and times and let us know at the October meeting. All volunteers are encouraged to let Sandra know if they will be able to help her out. This is a truly wonderful cause. At the November meeting we will be collecting the crochet caps that we have been making for MD Anderson. Diane Crabtree suggested that we look closer to home to donate some of the caps. Diane's daughter, Jackie, will look into who needs caps when she starts her chemotherapy at UT Tyler. Teresa Kennimer will be getting the Christmas jars to decorate. We are aiming for 4 jars or more if possible. The children's church is planning to adopt a family for Christmas 2015. The children raise money throughout the year and the church matches the amount raised.

July 27, 2014

We had a short meeting after services today to finalize the plans for our August 2nd Retreat. Wednesday after services, anyone who can help tidy up the Church will be appreciated. Saturday, August 2nd, we will meet at the Church at 8:30 am to set up the buffet table and chairs/tables. Marie Black is putting an advertisement in the paper on Monday morning so that it will appear in Wednesday's Gilmer Mirror. She will also make sure that the luncheon, ice tea and forks are at the church. Anyone who would like to bring a dessert is encouraged! Those of you who have already volunteered; thank you! If you are unable to provide the dessert that you signed up for, please email me so that I can arrange for a replacement. Please try to get as many flyers passed out as you can. We had a joint meeting with the Men's Group to finalize the Roundup. It was decided that the parking area would be on the right as cars enter the driveway and would be roped off so that cars would not interfere with the activities. Mike Shipley and Larry Black will use T posts to rope off the parking; Bob Boyd will bring a parking sign. We will have handicapped parking available. Food will be served at 12:30. 75 Hamburgers/buns; 75 hotdogs/buns, chips, fixing; the desserts will be provided by the women in the Church. It was determined that hand held, single serve desserts would be best. Cookies, cakes, brownies, single serve pudding, etc. Water and canned soda will be available. Charlie Crabtree, Bob Boyd, Alton Morris and Danny Havard are scheduled to cook. Diane Crabtree is bringing the spices for the hamburgers. The food will be served inside the Church; serving set up in an L shape. Ken White is bringing propane for the grill; Charlie Crabtree is bringing his griddle. Grill will be used to keep the food warm. The Band will play inside the Church from 2pm to 4pm. We will have a Bounce house with a slide. Shelli and the teens will be in charge of the bounce house. Larry and Marie will pick up the hamburgers and fixings at 9am and we will all meet at the church around 9:30 for the set up. Bob and MaryJayne will bring the “wavy man” and generator, some hay bales and the truck to be used for photos. Sondra Rodgers will be taking photos for everyone who wants them made. Trena is going to get the mums and pumpkins to decorate the hay bales for the photos. She also has the scarecrows for decoration. Trena will also pick up the hotdogs and buns; candy for prizes, First aid kit, two 6 foot tables, 2liter coke bottles for prizes and canned soda for drinks. Games are as follows: Horseshoes: 2 sets will be available and games will be to 11. There is one set at the church and Marie will provide the other set. Marie is getting two $25 gift certificates as prizes. Perry is in charge of the game. Ring toss: 2 liter coke bottles (15) will be set up and will be the prize for whoever gets the ring over the bottle. Ty is in charge of the game. Yard Darts: Connie and Woody will bring the electronic yard darts. Beanie babies and candy are the prizes for the children. Bill DeVaul is in charge of the game. Bean Bag toss: Mike and Betty Shipley have already brought in the bean bag toss. Beanie babies and candy are the prizes for the children. Mike is in charge of the game. Sack Race: Teresa will bring the sacks. Beanie babies and candy are the prizes for the children. Ken White is in charge of the game. Bill DeVaul is making a vinyl banner “Barbwire Halo Cowboy Church Annual Fall Roundup 2nd Saturday in October” to be displayed near the road. He is also going to make some Handicapped Parking signs. Betty Shipley volunteered to take care of the Bathrooms to make sure that there is enough supplies and to empty the trash cans when needed. The grass around the church will be mowed Friday night or early Saturday morning by Ted. Mike is going to mow the parking area. Ken White, Charlie Crabtree and Todd Quinn will take care of the ice and ice coolers. Ken White has offered to bring a fire extinguisher for the Church. Perry Plunkett thought that we should have at least two extinguishers. Other business: October 12th will be the Leadership meeting after services. Teresa Richenberger is going to share her vision for Rahab’s Retreat and Ranch at services. The Women’s group has committed to outfitting/rehabbing three rooms at the Retreat. The funds will come out of the Women’s group budget. If needed, we will hold bake sale to raise enough money. The proceeds of the Cookbook will also be used to fix up the Retreat. We will be painting the rooms; furnishing carpets, beds, bedding, furniture, etc. for each room. We will have a plaque from the Church in each room. Bill DeVaul said that he could make vinyl wall signs “Faith” “Hope” “Love” etc. that could be placed on the walls of each room. Trena Quinn has left our contact information with Teresa Richenberger and when Teresa is ready for us to get to work, she will let us know. It’ll be a little short notice so we will need to be prepared. Larry Black suggested that we have a place to put up business cards of Church members who have businesses so that we can support each other. MaryJayne Boyd said that she could put the businesses on the website and also in the newsletter. We need to acknowledge our members when they provide materials and products to the Church. Todd Quinn will let the members know that they should provide their business information. Marie Black reminded everyone who had volunteered to do something for the Roundup to please let Trena Quinn and/or Perry Plunkett know if they were unable to follow through. We need to make sure that we can find a replacement for the spot before the day of the Roundup. Of course, emergency situations are a different issue and can’t be helped but we will all pull together and get all spots covered. Trena Quinn asked that we all look out for people who are standing off by themselves and to try to make them feel welcome. Any one of us can go up to newcomers and visitors to let them know that we are so happy that they have come to the Roundup. There are new members who may feel that they would like to help but they don’t always feel comfortable or needed. It’s up to all of us to help all new members feel like valued members of the Church family. We had a joint meeting with the Men's Group to finalize the Roundup. We will have a Bounce house with a slide. Shelli and the teens will be in charge of the bounce house.

December 6, 2014

Saturday was the first time the men and women met at the same time. At 9:13 Trena Quinn blessed the breakfast and we all ate together. As soon as we were done eating the men left the area and had their meeting. The ladies then started their meeting. There was a very good turnout for the women. The ladies decided that they would try to start back doing crafts at their meetings when possible. Today there is a list of things that need to be done. We need to put up the Christmas tree and bag the blankets for the Truman Smith patients before we finish the meeting. We have over 100 blankets done, so we have plenty for the patients. Several of the ladies would like to go to the Truman Center to deliver the blankets. Cathy will check with the Truman Smith Center and see when would be the best time to deliver our blankets. Trena asked if the ladies would like to do Secret Sisters. All the ladies thought it would be fun to have the Secret Sister. We will draw names after the first of the year. Christmas jars are due now. Please count the change so it will be easier to distribute the monies. The name of Kelly Ruminell was presented as one of the people to help at Christmas. The Cowgirl Get Together will be Jan. 23 and 24. The tickets have been ordered so get with Marie of Maria to get your ticket. Teresa Richenberger will be having a tour of Rehab Retreat and Ranch December 11th, 14th, and 15th Several of the ladies would like to attend. We will have 3 rooms at the Retreat to decorate. All of the ladies are excites about doing the rooms. There are several questions that we need to be answered before we will know how they will be decorated. April 4th we will be having a bake sale. For Valentines Jeanette is responsible for the sale of Chocolate covered Strawberries. Door greeters for 2015 are: Jan.-- Jeannette July--Betty Feb.—Kathy Aug.—Sandra m& Alton Mar.—Ramona Sept.—Jean & Jan April—Carol Oct.—Shirley & Ray May—Virginia Nov.--Danette June--Joanie Dec. Angie

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