August 20, 2007 Vol. 21, No. 3 [p. 1]

Mary measures rainfall.

Dear Friends,

Praise God for the gift of the rain! The drought and then the rains have been for me an icon of the spiritual journey.

When the earth of my soul cries out for water, for refreshment and nourishment, it is then that I question whether there is really any inner growth happening. So much dryness within me that I wonder if the green of goodness will ever appear above the ground.

The Dwelling Place pond.

Yet amid all that dry earth, there is a quiet stirring, a movement that encourages me to believe that the abundance of your goodness is strewn all through my heart. And I trust you, God, in whose image and likeness I am made, to come along bringing life to the seed of my soul, bringing waters to wake my dead.

Mary [see photo] holds the rain gauge, celebrating the gift of 7.6 inches in July, after less than 1 inch for each of the two previous months.

As you can see in the second photo, our pond is still desperately low as the thirsty ground drinks all the rain, not allowing any runoff to refill the pond. Remember, the bridge used to be OVER the water!

Morag's signature

May you all know that you are in our hearts and in our daily prayer, that your lives will always experience the hope of new growth and the blessing of God's refreshing rain.

Donation Increase

Beginning September 1, 2007 the donation requested for a weekend retreat will remain $150 unless we have additional costs in order to pay a presenter's stipend and travel.

For an overnight only on the weekend: the suggested donation will be $80 as the overnight stay precludes another retreatant until we can do the cleaning again on Monday! The actual cost is double that; donations must cover the remainder.

Draw Down and Silent Auction

Saturday, February 2nd!

Mark your calendars for Mardi Gras Fun!!

Round and About

People often ask us this question "When you don't have people on retreat, what do you DO all the time? Don't you get bored?"

There is ALWAYS something to do -- often totally unexpected - and boredom is NEVER one of the problems we face!

Here is a list of the some of the projects that we have accomplished in the last three months (besides retreats!):

And, please,...
remind us as you schedule your retreat, if you have any food allergies or are a vegetarian. Even if you have been here several times, we don't always remember these things!

F. Y. I.

A provision in the Pension Protection Act, effective through 2007, allows charitable gifts to be made from a traditional I R A or Roth-I R A by donors who are age 70 1/2 or older at the time of the transfer. The donations count toward satisfying minimum distribution requirements and are tax-free.

The contribution must be transferred directly to a qualified public charity such as The Dwelling Place and cannot exceed $100,000 in a tax year.

For more information about contributing from an I R A or Roth-I R A contact your Financial Planner.

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