December 1, 2016 Vol. 30, No. 4 [p. 1]

Caring Friend and Benefactor
J. Roy Dee, II
January 25, 1932 - September 30, 2016

Roy Dee
Roy Dee

Roy Dee, a long time personal friend and supporter of The Dwelling Place, left his home in Alabama to rejoice in his heavenly home at harvest time. Silenced and physically disabled by a debilitating stroke ten years ago, this man of great creativity, talent, leadership and power was silenced and forced to let others minister to him 24 hours a day.

Roy and his wife, Mary Ann, had been Companion members of The Dwelling Place Community and were generous and sometimes anonymous benefactors of our ministry. His gifts were always led by the Spirit. Mary Ann often said he suffered from an enlarged heart.

The Dee River Ranch was his dream and vision as were his many other business ventures. His children and grandchildren are continuing to make his dreams a reality.

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. He still communicated hospitality even when we took him Holy Communion when he could no longer speak. The gracious hospitality of the Dees was a mirror of the hospitality of Christ, the eternal Host, that Roy is now experiencing.

In Memory of J. Roy Dee, II

Jack and Cindy Huerkamp
Joe and Cindy Kay Huerkamp
Coleen Dee Butterick
Napa Auto Parts, Aliceville, Alabama
Cadent Energy Partners
Alyssa Burdick
Macon Oil Company
Sansing Family

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 our website 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 or Facebook for options available. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, 662-738-5348 to schedule your time.

An Autumn Spruce-up

Umbria House clean up
Umbria House cleanup
2009 photo of cart
Our golf cart in 2009

Kevin Styron of Styron's Lawn Service and Last House on the Block from Columbus volunteered here on September 17. They pruned the bushes and replaced mulch around all 8 buildings. What a gift! We are so grateful as we prepare for winter.

Golf-Cart S O S : Eight years ago Phil Hubbard donated a used E-Z-Go Textron golf cart to us, and Jim Sisson from Starkville kept it in running order. Though well used when we received it, it has served us well--until now. It needs a new windshield, solid top and vinyl siding. (We just installed 6 new batteries ).

If anyone has a golf cart to donate or would be willing to restore what is needed for this one, we would really appreciate it. The golf cart is very helpful as we move between our eight buildings, especially as winter approaches, and to drive handicapped retreatants to needed buildings.

Out with the Old---

Lawrence and Mary
Lawrence and Mary tear down the old bridge

The old bridge that has led us over and around the edge of the pond for many years is being replaced. It was no longer safe. Now that there is no water in the pond it is time to replace it. The new bridge is being built. Tune-in to the next newsletter to see the finished product!!

Repairing the OLD well is another current task. To get through the roof of the well house, branches had to be removed. To get the boom near it, two trees had to be cut down. Four County Electric came to our rescue. Upon closer examination, four other trees were also too near the power lines. Lawrence Bush, Corky Jones and his son, Tracy, are doing the clean-up. What a major project! And it is not made easier by the state-wide burn ban. Please, God, send some rain!


Dwelling Place Drawdown
Lee Home, Columbus
February 24, 2017
Ticket Price $100 (Admits 2)
Grand Prize: $2500

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Annual Fall Appeal- 2016

No-Show Ball

A bit of news we have today-
A No-Show Ball is on its way!

It's a night dedicated to The Dwelling Place.
But there's nowhere to go to show your face.

Make no mistake, this is our annual appeal
Just dressed up and fancy with a fun new feel.

The time and place, there's no need to say
'Cause no one would be there anyway!

Don't take the time to get all dolled-up...
No fancy clothes, there's no need to show up.

The catering crew is on holiday at the Hyatt,
So the snacks we don't serve won't hinder your diet!

Our non-entertainers are sure to please-
A little Beatles and Bach and maybe some Bee Gees!

The best part of all? There's no clean-up committee!
We all love a party without the nitty-gritty!

But here's the kicker: it's a No-Show Event.
So you won't do something you would have to repent!

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Just mail a donation and we'll know you're a fan.

If a tax deduction is on your mind
Then this type of party is just your kind!!!

We all love The Dwelling Place, it's the best in the land,
So let's get together and give them a hand.