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March 1, 1999 Vol. 13, No. 1

Dear Friends-

As this goes to press, Lent is just getting underway but spring is already in full swing. The daffodils and Japanese magnolias have greeted the season a full two weeks ahead of schedule. Eagerly they have shared their beauty, then suffered the consequences of the expected cold spell. I am sure there is a meditation in that somewhere! With eagerness we may run ahead of schedule-- but we still give glory to God by our willing hearts!

A friend of mine who has hermitages in Illinois sent the Ojibwa saying above. How's that for pulling us up short when we become shortsighted! It takes faith to be aware of the bigger picture that God has in mind for us and then allow God to carry us in that direction.

Have you ever thought of spending a week of your vacation on retreat? That is the 'why' behind our week-long retreats during the summer months. Get off the fast track, enter the silence, let God love you and hold you and let us meet your every need for a week!

We invite you also to join in doing the never ending tasks here-- from mailing this newsletter to upkeep of the lawns and buildings. Last spring we had Spruce up Days. This year, since either Mary or I are usually always here, come help us for a day or even an hour or two. Besides the companionship and fun, you can get the joy of helping the needy, chalk up some of our $100,000 in donated service while we get the work done and make the operating expenses more manageable besides. Everyone wins!

Or maybe you would want to combine the two-- have some time to yourself, offer service, and join our Community in prayer and meals. Enjoy the best of two worlds- besides defraying the cost of the retreat! Think about it!!

Clare

As you enter into the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ this Lent-Easter season, may you experience the freedom of this salvation event in your life. Come spend some of your Holy Week with us and with Corpus Christi Church, Macon.

July 12-18-- Handwriting Analysis
and the Directed Retreat Experience


Handwriting analysis can be a useful tool in self-knowledge. Graphoanalysis is the official name for the science that deals with the strokes of handwriting. Just as our finger prints and our facial features are uniquely ours and disclose our personality, so is our handwriting.

In the hands of an experienced spiritual director who is a certified graphoanalyst, one can be guided in personal and spiritual growth. Sr. Mary Engler is qualified in both areas and will combine the two as she leads the person through a 6 day retreat.

To participate in this experience, it is necessary to send two pages of handwriting on unlined paper written with pen at two different times prior to the retreat. Writing should be natural writing-- not copied from a book.

Please submit both examples one month prior to the dates of the retreat to: Sr. Mary E. Engler, 1001 Davis Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa 52001. Fee for the week is $260. There is an additional fee of $70 for the handwriting analysis.

Please note: You need not have the analysis done if you wish to make the retreat with Sr. Mary E.


Zen--Christian--Zen--Christian??

We continue to offer opportunities for spiritual renewal and a place and time for solitude. One of the retreats we have offered and will offer in April is the Christian Zen Experience. It joins a bit of the Eastern tradition with ours of the West.

For centuries, meditation and contemplation have been gifts the Catholic Church has offered the world. Personal prayer is a necessary component for seeking union with God. Christ is the central focus of all Christian meditation.

Martin Davis, who conducts the retreat, says "For many, the two words are an oxymoron. They think that Christianity and Zen simply do not belong together. 'Zen' is a Japanese word that literally means 'meditation.' The fundamental practice of Zen is called zazen, that is, 'sitting meditation.'

"The purpose of zazen is to empty the self in order to become as receptive as possible. For the Christian, emptying the self mirrors the kenosis or 'emptying' of Christ described by St. Paul to the Philippians. ...The practitioner of Christian Zen who empties him/herself of ego clears a place deep within for the indwelling of the Divine Presence."

In this retreat a common practice of both East and West is used to enhance our Christian journey with the Spirit. Also in April Sr. Therese Jacobs is leading us in Centering Prayer. There are many similarities. Quieting the body and mind in the stillness to focus on the Word is central. We appreciate both these prayer styles. Thank you both.


----$200,000 by 2000----

Yes, you read correctly!! Our goal is $200,000 by the end of 1999. At first glance it may sound far too ambitious. But wait! Actually, our goal is as follows:

$100,000 in hours pledged
at $10.00 per hour and $100,000 in cash.

Many of you have shared your time and talents with us by volunteering here with the many tasks to be done. This year we will just keep track of all those hours and put a monetary value on them. Your generosity is priceless, so lets have some fun with it. This is our Y 2 K plan!

In 1998 we received over $100,000 in donations. These are helping us meet our daily operating expenses as well as complete San Damiano.

This year, our goal is to retire our loan, to build the east porch and the west deck on San Damiano, complete the dirt work and drive way to San Damiano, and to meet operating expenses. No little goal, would you say?

As you know, we are not sponsored by a larger institution. We are not sponsored by the Catholic diocese although they are generous to us: we are not sponsored by the Dubuque Franciscans although Sr. Maggie serves here; we are financed by the fees we charge and the donations we receive from all of you. I guess you could say we are sponsored by the Holy Spirit.

Join us. Together we can reach $200,000 by 2000


Volunteer and Hermitage Internship Program

Are you looking for ways to use your talents and skills directly serving those who need and want your help?

Are you interested in living in community with others with committments similar to yours?

Do you feel called by Jesus to walk more closely in his footsteps?

Then, you are invited to consider serving as a Dwelling Place Volunteer or enter our Internship Program.

Both programs are for those individuals who may choose to offer service and live-in for a short period of time or up to a year. They will share in the ministry, life, and prayer of The Community.

Dwelling Place Volunteers are needed with skills in retreat work, building and ground maintenance, food service, library and secretarial work. Volunteers live and work with staff and other volunteers.

The Hermitage Internship Program includes quality Hermitage time, study of the history and charism of the Franciscan hermitage experience and erection of hermitages, experience of hospitality, prayer, administration, and joining in the life of The Community.

If you are interested, contact Clare for further information and the application process.

Kosse Italian Cuisine

Mary Dee and Sr. Maggie

----- Round 'n About -----

Mary Ann Dee and Sr. Maggie (see photo) enjoy their first efforts at trying out Maggie's new pasta maker. Spaghetti and fettucini were on the menu that week!

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Rejoice! New telephone lines to the hermitages have been laid! No more extra treks in case of a schedule change. The core of the system was moved to the chapel sacristry and lines were also laid to Umbria and San Damiano. Now ALL our phones are on one system. On January 19 Jerry Reynolds, a cable fiber specialist, and crew gave our system new life. Thanks, Jerry.

(l to r) Mary, John, Morag, and Jean

Speaking of new life-- here Mary, John, Morag, and Jean enjoy themselves taking down the wall between Rooms 1 & 3 in the main trailer. Inside the wall was the note: "This wall was erected February 1985."

Next the carpets came up, a sink was removed, and walls were painted. New ceiling and carpeting are making it ready for Mary to move in after school is out. Welcome, Mary!

When you drive up the lane your car may struggle in our thick gravel. Because many of our contractors who were doing work we had funded through the Catholic Foundation were most generous in their fees, we had moneys left over for several loads of much needed gravel for all our parking lots and driving areas. When the weather dries a little, grading can be done. Now we tread through the deep!



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Newsletter

June 1, 1999 Vol. 13, No. 2

Dear Friends,

Summer is upon us! Spring time seemed as fleeting as its blossoms--enjoyed but quickly giving way to summer foliage and heat.

Many old friends as well as many new ones found their way here to pray during these past months. For this we are grateful. It confirms in us that we are indeed filling a need among God's people and that He touches lives here.

We are inspired by the ever increasing number of people who schedule time for solitude and re-connecting with God. We are happy to accommodate varying schedules. God also worked mightily through the Centering Prayer and Christian Zen weekends. Both are scheduled again. Don't miss them.

We invite you to seriously consider the Darkness to Light retreat or to spend an overnight or two (or a week) during these summer months to "chill out" with God.

In looking ahead to the fall, we especially invite you to mark your calendars for "Friends" Day to just 'come visit' and bring a friend. Or you might consider the overnight next October 15-16 using the arts to explore your relationship with God.

Clare

As we approach the millenium there is much fear of the unknown. It seems to me the real situation to fear is the escalating war in the Balkans. Please join us as we pray daily for world peace and trust our future to God's faithful love. During this time of Pentecost, we pray that the Holy Spirit ever fill us with peace and empower us to walk in truth and trust.

Handwriting Analysis and the Directed Retreat Experience

Handwriting analysis can be a useful tool in self-knowledge. Graphoanalysis is the official name for the science that deals with the strokes of handwriting. Just as our finger prints and our facial features are uniquely ours and disclose our personality, so is our handwriting.

In the hands of an experienced spiritual director who is a certified graphoanalyst, one can be guided in personal and spiritual growth. Sr. Mary Engler is qualified in both areas and will combine the two as she leads the person through a 6 day retreat.

Please submit both examples one month prior to the dates of the retreat to: Sr. Mary E. Engler, 1001 Davis Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa 52001. Fee for the week is $260. There is an additional fee of $70 for the handwriting analysis.

To participate in this experience, it is necessary to send two pages of handwriting on unlined paper written with pen at two different times prior to the retreat. Writing should be natural writing-- not copied from a book.

Please note: You need not have the analysis done if you wish to make the retreat with Sr. Mary E.

Internet visitors: Click here to check the dates for Sr. Mary E's directed retreats at The Dwelling Place.


Mary Horrell and John Mahoney

New Dwelling Place Sign

Mary Horrell and John Mahoney proudly stand by our new sign made available to us through a generous donor and John's persistence.

Bearing our new logo and in living color, this beautifully crafted sign makes the corner of our property.

Solitude-- Furnace of Transformation

Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled. ..(It) is the place of the great struggle and the great encounter- the struggle against the compulsions of the false self and the encounter with the loving God who offers himself as the substance of the new self... Solitude is the place where Christ remodels us in his own image and frees us from the victimizing compulsions of the world. Solitude is the place of our salvation.

from The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen

$200,000 by 2000 UPDATE

Thank you! Thank You! Together we are heading for our goal! At first it sounded far too ambitious but I think it may be possible and we'll enjoy the effort:

$100,000 in hours pledged at $10.00 per hour
and $100,000 in cash.

Thus far:

Though nearly 5 months have gone, I invite you to assist us with donated hours. You know, from being here, that it takes many "sweat hours" to keep everything trimmed, mowed, seeded, weeded, and fertilized! To say nothing of painted, repaired, and sealed. Come help us if you have a free Saturday. Maggie could use some help in the kitchen and Morag needs help 'carding' the books in the library.

The dirt work and drive way to San Damiano are complete and, as this goes to press, the east porch and the west deck are being built. These projects, besides our efforts at retiring the loan and meeting operating expenses keep us fine tuning our finances. $10,000 is needed immediately. No little goal, would you say?

Thanks so much for your support!



Listen up!  

"CALLING ALL FRIENDS"

Come to "FRIENDS" DAY,

OCTOBER 30, 1999

at The Dwelling Place

We invite you, our friends, to bring a friend for a day of sharing our programs and campus.

We, in turn, would like to meet your friends and share with them what you have come to experience here.

Mark your calendars.

Wait for more information.

Round 'n About

Mary Horrell is our first Dwelling Place Franciscan to take up residence with Clare and Sr. Maggie at The Dwelling Place. We welcome her eagerly and look forward to her joining our Dwelling Place staff.

Starting April 19 we have a new area code: 662
This will replace the original 601. So our new number is 662-738-5348. We will still answer to 601 until May of 2000.

In case you have been confused when you come up Brooksville's maze of roads and detour signs on your way here, the end may not be in sight. When you come from the south or have been lost coming from any direction, watch for the flashing red lights and turn left on the Second one (Highway 45). Our road is just a mile north. Maybe by summer's end the puzzle will be solved! But rest easy- we're sending out detailed directions with each registration!

The main trailer's roof has received a new coat of sealant-- a major concern since we had done some painting, carpeting, and other repairs inside. Didn't want it to 'Rain on our Renovations!'

Mikki Gregory (seated center) is joined by U of Dallas students and our staff

U of Dallas Students Gift Mississippi

Shown [right] visiting Mikki Gregory, a shut-in in Macon, are seven young adults from the University of Dallas and The Dwelling Place staff. From March 7-13 these students spent their spring break assisting us, our widowed neighbors, and young children in Macon.

They joined our community for prayer, meals and lots of hard work, always cheerful and full of faith. Major players in the whole adventure were Mary Horrell and Jack and Maria Zimmerman from Cookeville, Tennessee. Jack manned the chain saw in clearing the wounds caused by our winter ice storm, and Maria assisted Maggie on the cooking detail. Mary? She led them with a pressure hose in cleaning the vinyl siding. Oh, that mildew!

The event is a faith builder for us all. No task was too great or little. Their joy was infectious- and their energy boundless! Thanks, everyone!



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Newsletter

September 1, 1999 Vol. 13, No. 3

Dear Friends,

Praise God for the Sun- but Enuf Already!! Weeks without rain and the temperatures soaring to over the 100 mark leaves everything parched. We thank you in advance, loving God, for the rain and cool weather of autumn!

These summer months have gone quickly. We have been enriched by our retreatants and the many friends who grace us with their visits and their generous helping hands.

Our aim here of accompanying others in their life's journey was highlighted for us in very powerful ways this summer. On June 27 we celebrated with Elaine and Duane Maust at their ordination as pastors of Jubilee Mennonite Church in Meridian. On August 6 we witnessed the ordination of Sandra DePriest to the deaconate at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus. During their times of retreat here, we have witnessed God's persistent call of both Elaine and Sandra to total commitment to Christ in their church.

However, the journey took a different turn for another retreatant this summer, Sr. Jean Marie Smith, S S N D of Dallas. After having spent a week's retreat here in July, she volunteered at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa. While there, within the week, this young Sister suffered a fatal heart attack. We celebrate with her, too, as she is now rejoicing with this Christ who was/is her lover.

All these events make us pause and ask ourselves if we are really following Christ and ready to meet him NOW. They challenge us to order our lives according to God's vision. Of this we can be certain, God always calls us to the fullness of life, and God will always be with us.

Clare

Peace-

San Damiano Entrance Completed --

San Damiano Entrance

Here is our new front porch on San Damiano! The Knights of Columbus from Annunciation helped in the painting. Notice the sidewalks are laid, too. As this goes to press, grass has been sown and, by God's grace and with a little extra watering, is attempting to green the bare ground.

Morag, Mary, and Clare

--and the back deck is ready to enter!

All in a morning's work for Morag Burgess, Mary Horrell, and Clare Van Lent! They stand in front of the new deck outside San Damiano's back door. They stand on the sidewalk they have created. "No problem," Mary says, "it just takes a frame, some cement, a few trowels, and a little patience!" Sorry, they are not hiring out for sidewalk laying!

Round 'n About

Starting April 19 we have a new area code: 662. This replaces the original 601. So our new number is 662-738-5348. We still answer to 601 until May of 2000.

Starting August 16 we have a new e mail address: dwellpl@crawdat.com Crawfish Data is a local server so connecting with them will save us paying long distance rates each minute we log on.

Believe it or not, the road work is nearly finished around Brooksville. Besides a beautiful, uptown, 4 lane highway, the merging of Alternate 45 and Highway 45 is much smoother. Those coming from the south will remain on 45 and travel 2 miles north following the Columbus exit before you find our road. Those coming from the north on Alternate 45, turn left on Highway 388 to connect with Highway 45 and travel north just one mile to our corner.


$200,000 by 2000 UPDATE

We have reached the half way mark in 1999 for our goal of:

$100,000 in hours pledged at $10.00 per hour
and $100,000 in cash.

Thus far we have received:

$10,000 in volunteer hours
$55,200 in cash.

In volunteer hours it seems we are far from our goal, but we rejoice in over 1000 hours of hard work you have done for this little corner of God's kingdom! At half day or day at a time, it takes a long time to log 1000 hours! Thanks, all of you!

For the cash donations, we are also most grateful. For the ordinary operating expenses which include insurance, taxes, and salaries, besides maintenance and myriads of etc., etc., etc. (like the King of Siam!!). It is through you that we are able to meet our obligations. God's blessings to you!





Listen up!

Come to "FRIENDS" DAY,

OCTOBER 30, 1999

We invite you, our friends, to bring a friend for a day of sharing our programs and campus.

Day begins at 10:00 a.m.

Learn first-hand about:

The Dwelling Place ministry and history
Directed retreats/hermitages
Spiritual direction/library
Various programs

Meet The Dwelling Place Franciscans

Light Lunch 11:30-1:00
Conclude with Prayer service
RSVP by October 22
Mark your calendars. No charge for the day.

MEMORIALS LIST

Friends of The Dwelling Place make donations in honor of a friend at the time of an anniversary, birthday, or special occasion or in memory of a deceased member or friend.

We remember your loved ones in Community prayer, Masses, and good works of The Dwelling Place. The moneys are placed in our endowment fund.

From Feb 1997 to July 1999

IN HONOR OF

Eugenia Summer by William Smith
Joseph McGlawn by Angela Dee Lowrey
Connie Gibson by Angela Dee Lowrey
Mary Hasselman by Mary Child
Eugenia Summer by Barbara Smith
Mary Horrell by Mary McCormick
Pam Pybas by Colleen and Philip Kolb
Pam Pybas by Mildred Rhea
Jay by Marianne Dee

IN MEMORY OF

Tony Barry by Doris Bradley
Tony Barry by Sr. Marcie Gisch
Dale Hicks by Virginia and Ron Krier
Ray Neuroth by Sr. Marcie Gisch
Ray Neuroth by Jennie Neuroth
Brandon Brown by Diane Howard
Mrs. C. G. Campbell by Diane Howard
"Red" Manderson by Diane Howard
Doug Stone by Diane Howard
Floyd Fields by Diane Howard
Dale Hicks by Madonna Hicks
Mary Armstrong by Mary Ann Dee
Luella Mersch by Sr. Marcie Gisch
Son of Sharon Permenter by Angela Dee Lowrey
Caroline Myers by Jean Riesterer
Opal Koury by Diane Howard
Laverne Estes by Angela Dee Lowrey
Mike O'Connor by Mary Ann Dee
Father of Virginia Krier by Virginia Krier
Martin Simon by Cynthia Mielke
Fannie Kisner by Billie and Bill Heath
Alex Stoffel by Sr. Joan Stoffel
Paul Horrell by Angela Dee Lowrey
Shannon's Grandmother by Angela Dee Lowrey
Joe Kinnan's father by Jean Haspeslagh
Paul Horrell by Jean Haspeslagh
Paul Horrell by Mary Ann Dee
Father Elrich by Edward & Donna Becht
Mr. Emge by Mary Ann Dee
Paul Horrell by Colleen Horrell
Tom O'Connor by Mary Ann Dee
Carol Smith by Lois Roynon
Agnes Wyman by Angela Dee Lowrey
Viva Johnson by Angela Dee Lowrey
Agnes Wyman by Mary Ann Dee
Viva Johnson by Mary Ann Dee
Bea O'Brien by Mary Ann Dee


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Newsletter

December 1, 1999 Vol. 13, No. 4

Dear Friends,

On January 1, 2000 we will begin our 14th year in east central Mississippi providing a place of hospitality and prayer for people of all Christian traditions who seek a deeper relationship with God.

We are so grateful to all of you who believe in this ministry and have supported us in so many ways and to all of you who have come and met the Lord here in the retreats and sacred space that we offer.

We are encouraged by your generous response to our Annual Appeal that, at the time of this writing, was begun only three weeks ago. We are especially grateful to those of you who are Dwelling Place Partners and support us with your monthly or quarterly donations.

As we begin this new year and a new millennium, we feel compelled to raise our fees. As you know from previous communications, The Dwelling Place is not subsidized by any organization or church entity. All our proceeds are from the fees we charge, private donations, and grants that we seek. Throughout the years God's overwhelming faithfulness to us has been evident through the generosity of you, our friends and benefactors.

The actual cost per day per person is $125, $250 per weekend. Our fee is $45 per day or $90 per weekend. This $90 fee includes the conference fee, room, and six meals. That means that we subsidize each person $160 per weekend or 64% of the total cost; this must be done through the donations we receive and other forms of solicitation.

As you know from keeping up a home, there are the many 'hidden' costs of insurance, maintenance, utilities, salaries, transportation, professional training of the staff, etc. all affected by the cost of living increase. It is with this in mind that most retreat houses must seek higher fees or close their doors.

Beginning January 1, 2000 we will raise our fee to $50 per day; this includes an overnight stay and three meals. This will by no means close the gap but it will move in that direction and help cover inflation. On weekends the fee for the entire weekend will be $100; for an overnight only on weekends the fee will be $60.

Clare

We do not want these fees to be prohibitive and will continue, as we have in the past, to offer scholarships to those who request. Some of your donations have been put aside to support those who are unable to pay the full amount.

I welcome your comments and your understanding. May the God-who-lives-among-us in Christ bless you.

Woman at the Well

Round 'n About

November 12-14 eight women from the Jackson area (and one from Colorado) met Christ at the well as did the woman in John's gospel. Here they are throwing the stones of their pain into the well as they prepare to receive the Living Water.

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Erecting Stations of the Cross has always been a dream of ours and may become a reality in 2000. While we are negotiating with artists, woodworkers, and planners, here at home we are busy creating a possible path along which they will be erected. We are calling it our 'meditation path' and are laying a temporary one of pine straw. It winds its way generally north and south among the adolescent hardwoods planted in our 'meadow' over the past 13 years.

Since we have an endless supply of pine straw, Mary has plenty of raw materials with which to create the possible route. We envision benches and points of beauty among the oaks, maples, ash, and locust as well as the future Stations of the Cross. The dream is carrying us forward. Come, help us design the path-- while it's still temporary!

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From October 14-17 Clare represented the Mid-Gulf States area at the Retreats International Council of Area Representatives held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Gilmary Diocesan Center.

"Meeting with other directors across the U S and Canada enriches me personally and puts me in touch with the larger retreat movement. We share the same problems even as we witness the same spiritual hunger everywhere. Planning ways to deal with this hunger is always led by the Spirit," commented Clare upon her return.

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We are nearly half finished carding the library and could use volunteer typists and pocket pasters!

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You should see-- and experience-- our permanent luminaries that Phillip Pepper and Mary Horrell have erected along our sidewalks and pathways connecting buildings. The lighted runways of O'Hare have nothing over on us! We light the path for the weary traveler and those in darkness-- all year round!

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Friends Day, October 30, 1999

Morag (right) and friends

"Our lending library with its emphasis on spirituality is one of the many facets of our ministry here at The Dwelling Place," says Morag Burgess, adjunct staff member, retreat, and spiritual director. Here she is sharing the gift of our library and our ministry of spiritual direction with two new friends on Friends Day.

Mother Nature cooperated with The Dwelling Place Community by providing perfect weather to enhance the atmosphere of welcome that everyone sensed. Friends new and old came from Columbus, Starkville, Meridian, and points between.

Friends were also invited to learn more about how The Dwelling Place came into being, its charism and its present and future vision through Clare Van Lent, director.

Martha Williams and Monika Beatty

In the photo at the left, Martha Williams, Community member, chats with Monika Beatty before she encourages her to make a purchase of some of Sr. Maggie's bread or jam. T shirts, caramels, books, cards, and more were available at the Gift Shop Martha operated that day.

The day included a luncheon donated by Community members and a tour of the grounds. Mary Horrell, staff member, also invited everyone to join in a prayer service sometimes throughout the day.

Joy Lyons, adjunct staff member, retreat, and spiritual director, explained in detail the role directed retreats and the three hermitages play in our ministry.

To top off the day, Mrs. Vicki Bailey's name was drawn for a free retreat weekend of her choice at The Dwelling Place. Hope to see you soon, Vicki.

We trust that we have made many new and lasting friends.

(standing) Elaine Fish, Toni Maloney, John Maloney, Mary Horrell, Liz Proffitt, Clare Van Lent, Christi Quinn, Martha Williams, Clara Hicks, and Jean Haspeslagh. (seated) Gene Hicks, Joan Bartik, Sr. Maggie Kossee, and Morag Burgess.

Homecoming-- Coming "Home" to The Dwelling Place

On September 11 former Dwelling Place Associates gathered with current Community members to renew old friendships and catch up on the latest developments at The Dwelling Place at our first "Homecoming".

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$200,000 by 2K UPDATE

We have one more month in 1999 to reach our goal of:

$1000 in hours pledged at $10 per hour and $100,000 in cash.

Thus far, we have received:

$13,000 in volunteer hours;  $77,200 in cash.

In volunteer hours we are far from our goal, but we rejoice in over 1300 hours of hard work you have done for this little corner of God's kingdom! At half day or day at a time, it takes a long time to log 1300 hours!! Thanks, all of you! We still have One month to go!

As I said in the last letter, we are also most grateful for the cash donations for the ordinary operating expenses which include insurance, taxes, and salaries, besides maintenance and myriads of etc., etc., etc. It is through you that we are able to meet our daily bills. God's blessings to you! Let's make the $100,000!


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