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A Variety Pack

Our first week is  ‘in the books’ here at Dothan Community Church (DCC), and it was a good one!  Here’s a little recap –
Monday we ladies started out with decorating the sanctuary and narthex for Christmas. No big trees here, just some tasteful seasonal additions to an already lovely space!
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The guys, meanwhile, were working over in the new (large) addition, installing the lights in the main hallway.
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Tuesday we joined the guys in the new building and starting sanding walls.
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It wasn’t difficult – just trying to smooth out any roughness that appeared after the primer was applied, so we just spread out, and sanded away!
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And the guys got started  installing drop ceilings in the many side rooms.
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Good job, guys!
Wednesday, well, Wednesday was a delight! Instead of picking up our sanding poles, we were driven to a local pregnancy center – Wiregrass Hope Pregnancy Center, where we were able to help with some basic care items – like repackaging diapers to be given away
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or organizing baby clothes – also to be made available to moms!
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It was a beautiful way to spend a Wednesday morning. This Care Center provides counseling, ultrasounds, connections to available resources, and all kinds of pre and post-natal care. We were honored to be included in their ministry!
Back at the new building the guys were continuing with that drop ceiling project – this time in a room with some crazy angles!
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But of course, they were up to the challenge, and by the time we returned from our little off-site diaper counting, they were well on the way to wrapping up that room!
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Thursday we ladies we back on sanding and clean-up duty
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and the guys had moved to another (more rectangular) room!
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So it was good first week on all fronts! The folks here have been so very welcoming, and one sweet member even gifted us each with a lovely pecan pie! We had sweet pie-eating community time each day as we shared in all that goodness!
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Like I said – a very good week, indeed!
Hope y’all have a lovely weekend!
Steph

So where are we?

Since I just updated my “Where are We Now?” page, I figured that would count as my PAD contribution. Don’t you agree? So you don’t have to actually navigate over to that page – here you go!
November 26-Dec 20
Our December SOWER project is at Dothan Community Church in (you guessed it) Dothan, Alabama!

While we’ve never worked at this project before, we are familiar with this area since it was our closest ‘civilization’ (think phone signal) during our many months at Teen Challenge in Bonifay (FL) back in 2006-2008. This church is in the middle of a large building project – new worship wing and all kinds of other rooms!
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The guys (there are two other couples serving with us this month)will be finding plenty of work to do I’m sure.
But rumor has it we ladies might be decorating the existing church for Christmas! Now that sounds like a lovely way to start our time here!

Oh – In the picture at the top of this post is a rare sighting of Gary actually sitting down in the sunshine! I felt documentation was in order!

What’s your favorite…..

We often get asked some sort of variation of “What’s your favorite…”
…SOWER project
…Place you’ve visited
…National Park
…Area of the country
…you get my drift. Those questions are so very hard to answer because there are just too many favorites to sort through. But one thing I know – the people we’ve met ‘along the way’ are some of the favorite things about this journey we’ve been on. The folks this month are no exception! We just returned home from a lovely dinner with the staff (and now our friends) here at Whispering Pines.
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We so thankful for the people the Lord has connected us with and enriched our lives through knowing them!

PS – Now if you ask about my favorite flavor of ice cream, I have a ready answer for that – Blue Bell Moo-llennium Crunch

Now that’s a favorite I can get behind!

The 15th

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If you’d like to see this month’s newsletter, you can check it HERE!

Thankful for Work

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Eccl. 9:10

We’ve finished up our second week here at Whispering Pines – and as always we’re surprised at how fast it has gone! I’ve been keeping busy helping out with housekeeping and a doing a bit of set-up for weekend guests.
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My co-laborers Beverly and Martha – teamwork makes the dream work, right?
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Gary jumped right in with a bit of remodeling in a small apartment behind the kitchen.
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The room still has a way to go, but at least the cabinet part is done!
They also had some refrigeration that needed some attention – like a walk-in refrigerator that needed to be moved and then hooked-up!
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Once the concrete is poured, they’ll figure out moving the cooler and then he’ll get it hooked up. Oh, and they’ll be making a hole in the wall for access to the cooler.  This kind of work is right up his alley!

Meanwhile – I was sitting in the rig the other afternoon and noticed something happening on the dining room roof.
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Yep, that’s Gary up on the roof inspecting the exhaust system.
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It’s hard to keep a good man down (on the ground, it seems!).

Since I had already had seen him up on the roof, I was a little surprised when the next day he said he was going up a ladder and I might want to come and see. “Would you be higher than on the roof” I asked.
“No, but I think you might want to come.”
And then I saw why.
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Trust me, after I took a quick photo (or 2 – who am I kidding!), I went to hold the other side of the ladder! New LED lights installed safely!

So today we are thankful for the work the LORD has for us – here at Whispering Pines and wherever He sends us in the future!

Have a great weekend, everyone! Although we only have one (1) Saturday this week (since we took Tuesday off), we’re going to make the most of it!  Mobile, here we come!