The following message was sent to me by Fr. Flowers this morning, and it is something that I think is worth doing.
I want to share with you some exciting news about a project that you may want to be a part of. As it happens, my Sr. Warden, Lynn Togersen, is an over the road driver for UPS. At the behest of our Outreach Committee, Lynn has been able to secure a truck at no charge to us for the purpose of taking relief supplies to Alabama.
I spoke with the folks at the Diocese of Alabama, and they put me in touch with Fr. Bill King, who is helping to coordinate relief efforts in the diocese. Fr. King put me in touch with folks in Cullman, Alabama, which was badly hit by the storms, who run a relief warehouse on behalf of the diocese. They receive and distribute needed items.
Here's the plan. For the next three weeks, we will receive needed items here at St. George's on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays between 9-Noon, and by appointment. On Saturday June 11 we will load the truck, which will then be locked and driven to UPS where it will stay until the following Saturday June 18 when Lynn will drive it to Cullman.
Here is the list of needed items that I received from the folks in Cullman
Non-perishable food, canned goods and other non-perishables
Personal hygiene items, soap, deodorant, toothpaste etc.
Cleaning supplies, Windex, Fantastic, sponges, mops etc.
t-shirts, all sizes
What they don't need: bottled water, second hand clothes
I hope that you will be as excited about this effort as are we here at St. George's, and that you will disseminate this list to your parishioners. If you have any questions please give me a call. Thanks so much!
Sam is doing great. Thank you for all your prayers. I am trying to make sure that everyone knows about her status. There have been e-mails, updates on FB, phone calls and texts. Sam feels really good, and she thinks that this procedure might just and done the trick. I will update more later.
Dear Reader, please take note of the picture of the happy panda on the right of your screen. He is the mascot for this year's VBS program at Christ Memorial, which will run from June 21 through June 25. From Tuesday through Friday, the times are from 1:00 to 4:15 PM. On Saturday, we will meet at 10:00, and then all the parents, children and helpers will celebrate with a picnic at Noon.
We are now accepting registrations for children from age 4 up through 5th grade. If you are interested, please contact the church office at 318 872-1144 or click on the panda and fill out a registration at our VBS website.
We are also looking for adult and teenaged volunteers to help with setup, VBS activities and clean up. If you would like more information about volunteering, please contact Samantha Millard at 318 872-1237.
There is no charge to attend VBS, so bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors and their children to a great week of learning, playing and singing about God's love.