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March 1, 2010 Vol. 24, No. 1

C S M separates the old trailer from the dining room

Dear friends,

Would you believe it? The old trailer/administration building is finally on the move-- sort of. Since July we have been trying to sell the trailer. Many wanted it, but no one was able or wanted to move it. In November Columbus Scrap Metal (C S M ) agreed to give it a try. The weather, however, has not proved to be our friend.

Our new dining room wall

Students from Quincy University relax in our gazebo on a rare sunny day

In December, C S M moved the trailer 4 feet away from the lean-to. At the end of January C S M tried once more- this time they succeeded in pulling the building 10 feet. Since then, the rains have been relentless and, not wanting to tear up the lawns or roads, they left the trailer for a later day. (Maybe next summer?? How about next July?)

Amidst the attempted moves, Terry Jourdan and crew came in the week before Christmas and built a permanent wall and roof where the trailer previously stood. Our Christmas present was an updated dining room and store room!

The photo at the right shows the new renovation! This beautiful white wall is the result of painting done by students from Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois in early January. Those five girls and staff breathed new life into that old building. The porch/storage room is now a "real room" with a wall of its own. Thanks, girls. Although this is not the dining room we need, it will serve us well until that dream is possible.

Our pine-lined driveway

We were delighted ...

...so many of you arrived at the Destination of a Lifetime and took the 2010 Imaginary Virtual tour of The Dwelling Place. You braved the elements by car, bumpy boat, or Holy Trinity air lines. The tour was a soul-saving package of $9790 for The Dwelling Place.





Dwelling Place Community and Associates

On the January 1-2 weekend, these folks met for a time of retreat and prayer.

Back row (l to r): Clara Hicks, Mary Horrell, Jean Haspeslagh, Carol Jones, and Karen Henry. Front row: John Banks, Linda Breazeale, Clare Van Lent, and Elaine Fish. Oh, and Prince is presiding over all.

From the Kitchen

When you register for a retreat, please let us know if you have any food allergies or if you are a vegetarian -- even if you have told us in the past, notify us each retreat, please!


Together We Build

Our dream
...of an administration building has become a reality.

Our critical need
...of a dining facility continues to be a serious need.

As of March 1, you have purchased $13,000 worth of bricks. Purchase a brick in memory of or in honor of a loved one. The offering is $100. There will be three lines of 18 characters and spaces per line. For more information, contact Sheila Avery, secretary, at dwellpl@crawdat.com.


Mardi Gras Drawdown
February 5, 2010

The hors d'oeuvre table runneth over

Karen and Margie

Our Third Annual Mardi Gras Drawdown was a great success. We approached the event with concern because of the severe economic downturn that has gripped the nation. But we were encouraged and are so grateful to all of our friends who took a chance on the $2,000 grand prize--and in doing so, supported our ministry.

The Lee Home was decorated tastefully in Mardi Gras style by Anna House and Jean Wrather. However, Jean's treasure chest is almost lost in all the good food on the hors d'oeuvre table (see photo). It seemed never to empty; there was always more. Thanks to the generosity of so many women who responded to Karen Henry's request for food, this food was second to none.

Behind the scenes was where the action happened. We caught a picture of Karen Henry and Sr. Margie Feldner during a lull. Carol Jones, also one of the hostesses, was probably checking out the table for its needs!

Band members Larry Priest and Ed Swan

Who is this masked man with Mary Horrell?? If you guessed a counselor from Columbus, you may be right!

The band, led by Tom Hannigan, provided the music--some oldies, but all 'goodies'. We managed a snapshot of Larry Priest and Ed Swan; Tom was taking a break when the picture was taken. They encouraged song as well as dance. We celebrated having our own special ensemble for this unique gathering. Thanks, Tom and fellow music makers.

The winner of the $2,000 grand prize was Al Puckett from Columbus. For those present, prizes were given out to the lucky participants throughout the evening. But The Dwelling Place was the real winner. Tentatively, the total raised was over $12,000. This will go toward the completion of Assisi Center, our administration building.

"Thank you"

to all who celebrated Mardi Gras with us.

See you next year!

Take a Vacation with God

Do you feel a nudge that can't be defined or ignored? Or do you feel the need for time and space to sort something through?

The Spirit has a way of not letting us alone when God wants to gift us or desires to help us resolve an issue in our lives. Treat yourself to an overnight, a weekend, or longer to let God in. It can be a life-changing experience.

Call anytime and arrange a mini-vacation with God.



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Newsletter

June 1, 2010 Vol. 24, No. 2

C S M separates the old trailer from the dining room in December

Dear friends,

This spring has truly been of time of deconstruction and reconstruction--"a time to tear down and a time to build". On Nov. 13 we contacted Columbus Scrap Metal (CSM) to move the old trailer. In December it was moved 4 feet away from the lean-to. Little progress and many false starts were made during the next months due to inclement weather.

...a time to tear down and
a time to build...
Ecclesiastes 3:3

Finally on March 6 the old trailer started to move down the lane. As it progressed down the lane, it ran into serious difficulty. The trees had been planted slightly closer together! Rather than fold up the trailer, within the next 4 days, four trees were cut down to make way for the 'precious' building. So we say it took 4 months, 4 days, and 4 trees* gave up their lives to move it out!

The lean-to is finally a stand alone dining room

Trees block the trailer- nothing is simple

The photo at the left shows what the stand alone lean-to looks like now. All the utilities have been re-routed directly to the dining room and the exterior has been kilzed waiting for a coat of paint. Our latest addition has been the sidewalks around the north side of the building and leading to the chapel.

Notice the small pad in the foreground; that had been the base for the stairs leading to the entrance to the trailer. Rather than move it, our grill will stand on its sturdy surface. No grass has been planted but landscaping is next. A neat, homey, and inviting building.

*Postscript

As the four trees lay on the ground on either side of the drive, we contacted a logger to buy them. To meet his requirements of a load, we marked several more trees for harvesting. On April 17, so he would have two loads, one of logs and one for chip wood, he cut down 16 more!

Our wonderful neighbor allowed us to pile the tops and branches in his field. Now we have a huge mess waiting to burn. Saturday rains have kept the Air Force Base firefighters from burning. Stay tuned!! We make haste slowly!

Clare

Fr. Tonos & RCIA participants

Fr. Joe Tonos Leads RCIA Retreat

March 6, St. Joseph Parish, Starkville held their annual RCIA retreat for those choosing to enter the Catholic Church in preparation for the Easter sacraments.

On March 27 we hosted Columbus Air Force Base for a similar retreat. On Palm Sunday, March 28 we hosted Annunciation Parish's RCIA candidates and catechumens. We are inspired by all the groups.


Way of the Cross retreatants


Corpus Christi Prays the Stations

On Wednesday of Holy Week, members of Corpus Christi Parish, Macon made the Way of the Cross as the sun went down in all its glory. Walking with Jesus as He carries His cross draws believers of all traditions throughout the year.


Sue Millender

Sue Millender, D P Associate, Dies

"Nobody loved the Dwelling Place more than Sue," was the staff's assessment of our dear friend and retreatant. Sue died suddenly on May 5 at her home in Okolona.

In 1999 Sue came for her first and life changing retreat and was hooked. She came often and she spoke often of The Dwelling Place to anyone who would listen. She was an Associate for several years. Her generosity, her creativity, and her love of the Lord were her hallmarks. She loved our dogs, Prince and Shadow, and they waited for her to rub their stomachs.

Sue, we were shaken by the suddenness of your leaving. We will miss you and we rejoice with you as you celebrate in Glory.


Together We Build

Our dream
...of an administration building has become a reality.

Our critical need
...of a dining facility continues to be a serious need.

As of June 1, you have purchased $13,100 worth of bricks. Purchase a brick in memory of or in honor of a loved one. The offering is $100. There will be three lines of 18 characters and spaces per line. For more information, contact Sheila Avery, secretary, at dwellpl@gmail.com.

Round and About


Sr. Marcie, seated, with Clare and Mary in 2005

Our email address has changed to dwellpl@gmail.com effective June 1. We are no longer on dial-up but on fast access. What a change! Now we can open websites --yes, that is just open them.

Speaking of websites, have you visited ours? www.dwellingplace.com. Take the virtual tour. We are encouraged that the majority of our registrations come through the website.

Sr. Margie is our grant writer. You know what a tedious and seldom-rewarding task that can be; however, she has taken serious steps and we are encouraged.

This spring, as every spring, we enjoyed asparagus that Sr. Marcie (see photo) planted in 1989. It is a blessing each year.

You should see Sr. Margie's garden! We have been enjoying lettuce and peas. Little peppers are hanging on the bushes and the tomatoes are blooming (all 25 plants). Potatoes are growing in the woodchip pile! All the plants have been started from seeds(!) and the garden is organic with all natural compost! We just may have tomatoes to take to the Farmer's Market!


Take a Vacation with God

Our pond and gazebo

Do you feel a nudge that can't be defined or ignored? Or do you feel the need for time and space to sort something through?

The Spirit has a way of not letting us alone when God wants to gift us or desires to help us resolve an issue in our lives. Treat yourself to an overnight, a weekend, or longer to let God in. It can be a life-changing experience.

The Dwelling Place has everything you need--a beautiful, quiet setting, a lovely chapel and library and good food! No stress! Just rest in the Lord.

Call anytime and arrange a mini-vacation with God.



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Newsletter

September 1, 2010 Vol. 24, No. 3

Assisi Center

Painter's Glory

Sr. Margie, Mary and our Starkville painters

This summer saw retreatants and volunteers come to The Dwelling Place. It is without question that God changed the lives of the retreatants. We know the volunteers changed the face of the landscape here.

Clare and Mary join the crew

On May 22 (after our June newsletter went to press) four of our Starkville K C friends helped us paint the spindles on the Assisi porch, ramp and deck. All six sides of the 40,000 of them are sparkling white! Well, that may be a slight exaggeration--but have you painted any lately? The task is endless but as you can see in the photo at the left, it was well worth it.

Just to prove we really were working, Clare and Mary (photo at the right) have the paint brushes and the suntan to prove it! St. Francis is our witness. This was just the first of many days spent washing the exterior or painting porches of the various buildings. Shrubs were pruned to one-third of their stature, the garden and flowers were planted and cared for. Summer is beautifying time!!

Tom Hannigan and the staff


K C s Raffle Grill for Dwelling Place Benefit

Tom Hannigan, K C from St. Joe, Starkville and Dwelling Place board member, headed a raffle of a grill to benefit The Dwelling Place. No, we did not receive the grill; we received a donation of $1600. We are so grateful.

Needed: Utility Building

Our current storage building

In past newsletters Clare has documented the changes around The Dwelling Place. A big one was the removal of the triple wide trailer in March.

About twenty years ago, the K C s from Columbus built a 10x12 storage shed. You may have noticed the building at the top of the hill next to the pump house. Right now everything is stored in this former workshop including a termite meal plan which has eaten us out of a storage shed: floor, walls, and door.

We are in great need of a new utility building--termite proof. We can build a metal storage building, 20x30, with a concrete floor and garage door for about $20,000. Everything would go into this building: tractor, mowers, weedeaters, tools, winter storage for porch furniture, and a workbench (for Mary to do construction and repair).

If you have the means, please helps us in this project.

Sister Margie's signature


Take a Vacation with God

Our pond and gazebo

Do you feel a nudge that can't be defined or ignored? Or do you feel the need for time and space to sort something through?

The Spirit has a way of not letting us alone when God wants to gift us or desires to help us resolve an issue in our lives. Treat yourself to an overnight, a weekend, or longer to let God in. It can be a life-changing experience.

The Dwelling Place has everything you need--a beautiful, quiet setting, a lovely chapel and library and good food! No stress! Just rest in the Lord.

Call anytime and arrange a mini-vacation with God.

Boston Butt Sale in Lieu of Oktober Fest

As this goes to the printer we are in the midst of our unusual fund raiser, a Boston butt sale. The butts will be delivered for Labor Day. P J s in Columbus is preparing them for us. They may be on sale prior to Mississippi State University games this fall for the tailgating crowd, also. We have a great team of people assisting us.

Because of a conflict with dates at St. Joe, Starkville (no, it wasn't an M S U football game!) we will be unable to have the Oktober Fest. Since we rely on donations for our existence, we contacted some from each parish to help us. We are so grateful for their help.


(l to r) Sr. Margie, Clare, and Sr. Janet Kreber


July -- Come Jam With Janet

It was July and time for Sr. Janet Kreber to come south to help make jam. With the help of Sr. Margie and Clare over 100 jars of Dwelling Place peach, plum, and (strawberry) fig jam were made--even a few jars of apple butter. They are on sale in our gift shop. Since the peach tree bore few peaches this year and the fig bush is aging, there may be fewer jars put up next summer; however, the pecans look great!

Diana Bridges

God's blessings, Diana

Diana Bridges, Dwelling Place Associate, long time friend, retreatant, advisory board member, and volunteer has moved from her home in Starkville to San Antonio, Texas. Diana made her first retreat here over 17 years ago. Since that time each year she has organized the Baptist Women's Annual Advent retreat the first weekend of December.

Diana made herself available when a volunteer was needed for newsletter preparations, raking, cooking, or whatever we might ask. We will miss you. Our loss is San Antonio's gain. May you know God's peace.

Round and About

Isabella Dee and Mary

Never a dull moment!

'Chewing' the stumps

We were reminded that we live in the country when our mower, Trey Unruh, ran down to ask us whether we had a gun. He came upon a rattle snake coiled to strike as he mowed near the fence line. Never a dull moment! Trey told us this area is not usually home for rattlers. Yah, sure!


Have you visited our website? www.dwellingplace.com. Take the virtual tour. We are encouraged that the majority of our registrations come through the website. We're also pleased to announce that The Dwelling Place is now on Facebook Facebook logo and Twitter Twitter logo; links to both sites are available at the bottom of our web pages.


Our volunteers come in all ages. The photo at the left shows Isabella Dee helping Mary clean the crud off the bridge. She helped Mary do lots of tasks that day that were just waiting to be done. Thanks, Isabella.


Speaking of volunteers, Joe Haftek came out recently and cut down seven dead trees for us. We had the fun of hauling all the trunks and branches away!! Thanks, Joe.


Two years ago when we erected Assisi Center, our administration building, we had a logger cut down some trees. Then when we lost four on the lane when the old trailer went, we cut down a few more to make a load. Well, the stumps from all the trees (approximately 200!) have been decorating our property since that time.

Since it is costly to have that many chewed out, we had postponed it. Recently a generous donor, Mary Voss from Eldora, Iowa, gave us stock and the process of chewing out the stumps began!

Addendum: No-Show Ball

Our 2010 'No Show Ball' fundraiser announcement arrived after this newsletter was released. We thought we'd share it with you in the hopes that you'd like to participate in this year's 'non-event.'

No-Show Ball


Annual Appeal 2009: $9,790

Went toward partial payment of deck and porches of Assisi Administration Building: $12,800


Annual Appeal 2010:

Your gift would help us meet the cost of:
Remodeling the old Kitchen/Dining Room.
Landscaping and completion of Assisi Administration Building.
Removal of 190 trees and stumps.

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!

DANCING WITH THE STARS- You don't have to be one
You can just be yourself and join in the fun!

The ticket price is flexible, so give what you can
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.

Sponsored by friends of The Dwelling Place



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Newsletter

December 1, 2010 Vol. 24, No. 4

Assisi Center

As the year is coming to a close, we are closing in on completing Assisi Center, our administration building. In September, Gilbert Eaves, with Mary's help, put the lattice work around the deck and porches. Besides giving it a finished look, it should keep unwanted critters at bay. Now some shrubs will complete the landscaping along with the bricks you have donated.

During this last quarter, compared to the previous one, we have seen a four-fold increase in the number of people coming for retreat. God continues to bless all who come as we offer hospitallity and spiritual resources. We are grateful that God is expanding the influence to an ever widening area: Philadelphia, Saint Louis, points in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and throughout Mississippi.

Clare, Margie, Mary, Sheila

You are remembered in our Christmas novena from December 17-24. Blessings on you and yours.

Many retreat houses throughout the nation have closed in recent years, mainly for financial reasons. Because God has called this Dwelling Place into being, we do not want to suffer the same fate. We believe we offer a spiritual ministry here that is not found within a radius of 150 miles.

The donations we request for retreats cover only half the total cost. Since we are not funded by an outside source we rely on generous donors and fundraisers to fill the gap. Grant writing, our Annual Appeal, our Partners who give monthly donations and our Drawdown, Boston butt sale, and Oktober Fest are the means used. We are so grateful to all who assist us in any of these undertakings.

In these fragile economic times, we are all called to trust in God and experience that hundredfold that is ours in giving to others. May the blessings of the Christ Child be yours now and throughout the year.

Standing (l to r): Sr. Mary Lou Reisch, Sr. Phyllis Manternach, Sr. Carol Freking. Seated: Sr. Liz Donahue from Okolona who accompanied them, and Sr. Mary Lou Bigler.

Dwelling Place part of MS Immersion

"I thought we were going to see just another retreat building which would take about an hour, but this is so much more!" remarked Sr. Mary Lou Bigler when four Dubuque Franciscan Sisters visited the Dwelling Place as part of their Mississippi Immersion experience on October 23rd.

Round and About

Hermitages ...

... are often available during the week and on weekends when we have groups in Umbria. Give us a call to check on the availability of a hermitage when you want to get away to be still.

After a long hot summer, Francis is relaxing.

Boston Butt Sale-- For Labor Day and four M S U football games, we sold 180 butts which netted $1,725.42. We want to thank the committee and everyone who sold them and delivered them for us. And a special THANK YOU to all of you who bought one. Do it again? The jury is out.

From the Kitchen - - -

When you register for a retreat, please let us know if you have any food allergies or if you are a vegetarian-- even if you have told us in the past, notify us each retreat.


We want to thank everyone who contributed to our DANCING UNDER THE STARS Annual Appeal. We thank especially Karen Henry and her daughter, Courtney Workmon, for the creation of the idea. As this goes to press $7,000 has been donated. This appeal helps us continue our ministry by closing the operating gap.



Many thanks to all who have donated their time and services in so many ways. Many have helped us with mailings and with the yard work. Many have served on committees and helped us plan and dream. Some of you have donated materials for the people in Honduras- ready for when Mary goes next summer.


Mardi Gras Drawdown
Feb. 4, 2011
Lee Home, Columbus

Our Jester says:

"Be there from 7:00 -10:00 pm to enjoy the good food and live music.

The ticket price is $100
and admits you and 3 friends.

Our Grand Prize is $2500 with additional surprises and cash prizes along the way.

Those heavy hors d'oeuvres are to die for and the music is 'oldies but goodies.'

SEE YOU THERE"


For more information, contact us on-line or call the Dwelling Place 662-738-5348.

You need not be present to win the grand prize.

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The Dwelling Place
2824 Dwelling Place Rd.,
Brooksville, MS 39739
662-738-5348, Fax 662-738-5345
email: dwellpl@gmail.com

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