June 1, 2013 Vol. 27, No. 2 [p. 1]

Spring arrives at The Dwelling Place

Since our Last Newsletter...

...we discovered a second dining room, the gathering space in the administration building. Our newly renovated dining room wasn't quite large enough so we moved out couches and moved in tables. It proved to be a perfect place to serve Corpus Christi religious education students after Stations of the Cross and participants from University Baptist retreat and Annunciation RCIA the following weekend!

...we hosted a day of Sabbath and Support for women ministers in the area on May 6. We decided this will be a quarterly gathering.

..we hosted the Rest of God Retreat lead by Susan Seal from Christian World Missions (May 17-18) who challenged us to observe our Christian Sabbath.

..Southern Natural Gas is causing a major disruption on our property. Three of their lines run through the north west corner and they are repairing the center line. This one was the original line laid in 1948. What does that say about durablitity?

Come to Pray.. on Your Time

We schedule retreats at specific times but we welcome you to come privately for retreat or spiritual direction anytime it is convenient for you and space is available. Three hermitages (small cottages) are available. Just check the listings on our retreats page and send in your request.

Consider bringing your prayer group, deacons, parish council, or a group of faith-filled friends to experience the peace and renewal that so many individuals experience here. Bring your own director. Tailor the time to fit your need for silence, prayer, sharing, and input. Check our website for options available. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, 662-738-5348 to schedule your time.


Mary Ann Dee
October 18, 1930-
May 14, 2013

Mary Ann Dee, long time personal friend and supporter of The Dwelling Place, left us to enter eternal happiness to be with her favorite Loving Friend on May 14, 2013.

Mary Ann and her husband, Roy, had been Companion members of the Dwelling Place Community and were generous benefactors of our ministry here. Mary Ann was especially involved in our 25th Anniversary celebration.

Her joyful spirit and her generous heart were matched only by her gifts of cooking, quilting, knitting, excelling in bridge, and volunteering in myriad ways.

The Dee hospitality was without a doubt 'second to none'. We just knew we were expected on holidays as well as many ordinary days. Upon entering there was always an offer of a glass of wine before being engulfed by the graciousness of host and hostess.

We rejoice with her as she enters into Eternal Glory and Reward for all the love she shared here.

Dwelling Place Luau

(l to r) Jennie Konieczki , Mary Pat Curtis, and Jo Ann Kitchens

Jennie Purtrell (left) and Clara Hicks were among the 90 guests that filled Lee Home that evening

Maria Elaina Cristova (left) and Clare

Guests included Tony Bino (right) and friend

(l to r) Annie Love, Monika Beatty, and Karen Henry

Guests Joe St. John (left) and the Bairds, Francis and Susan, share a moment

Drawdown participants included Joanne and Howard Ferguson

May 10, 2013

Our annual drawdown in the Lee Home in Columbus was a joyful experience and a very successful fundraiser for our ministry again this year. We are so grateful for those who shared in the venture in any way.

The fantastic hors d'oeuvres were creations of many and were organized by Karen Henry and served by Annie Love, Monika Beatty, and Karen (see photo). The drinks were donated by Jim Kitchens and the Knights of Columbus from St. Joseph, Starkville.

The Luau atmosphere was created by JoAnn Kitchens assisted by Monika Beatty. Guess she did her magic as shown by the smiles of Ginny Konieczki and Mary Pat Curtis (see photo).

Though not pictured, Mary Horrell called the winning and 'unwinning' names all evening as Maria Elaina Cristova and Clare (see photo) tacked them to the board.

The winners of this year's drawdown were Tony and Lupe Torrez (they were unable to attend the Luau!). Remember, winners need not be present-- but they miss an evening of good friends, food, drink, and music.

Speaking of music, great instrumental music was provided by Joe St. John and his friend, Larry Priest.

This fundraiser is becoming a 'must attend' event each Spring.
Be sure to plan ahead for next May.
See you then!