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March 1, 2012 Vol. 26, No. 1 [p. 1]

Dear Friends,

John Banks and Lawrence Bush

Since the last newsletter, time here has been very eventful. I will share a few of the activities as they happened. God is always at work in the People of God.

North and West finished; a new look for an 'old lady'

Needed !!!

Willing hands to help paint the walls of the newly renovated dining room. Just call Mary!

On December 20 our friend, John Banks from Gluckstadt erected an arbor for us on the west side of the dining room. John and Lawrence Bush are pictured left taking careful measurements as they put up the north end. This spring he has promised to plant jasmine to cover it completely. This will add beauty to this long wall.

After studying our utility bill for the dining room and the chapel, we made the decision to make some improvements to cut energy costs.

Since the greatest need is the dining room, we have begun there first. The week of February 20 saw renovations begin. Larry Moore and his crew through Lowes began first with new windows in the kitchen and dining room. Then additional insulation was wrapped around the outside of the building over which vinyl siding was installed. (Good thing the Drawdown was successful.) We will be toasty warm. As this goes to print further interior renovation has begun.

(l to r) Mary, Lawrence, and Clare plant crepe myrtle

Crepe Myrtles anyone?

We have landscaped the front of Assisi Administration building; now it was time to put finishing touches on the deck side.

During the balmy weather of February 8 and 9 Lawrence, Mary, and Clare dug up eleven crepe myrtle; volunteers planted them in a neat row across the back. Now just watch them beautify the southern landscape.

Creating Sabbath Space in our Lives

The Dwelling Place Community and Associates

"Creating Sabbath Space in our Lives" presented by Ron Rolheiser was the topic of our Community/Associate weekend February 17-19. He gave us a gentle reminder for our busy lives.

Pictured right is the group preparing to renew their covenants. Seated are Joan Bartik, Clara Hicks, Carol Jones, and Clare. Standing are Mary Ethridge, Libby Thompson and Karen Henry. Mary is behind the camera.

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

Clare

Mardi Gras Celebration!
Lee Home
February 3, 2012

Mardi Gras centerpiece

Clare in her jester's hat chats with Bill and Billie Heath of Columbus

Mary celebrates with Pam Sullivan as she prepares to call the prize winners

(l-r) Ginny Konieczki, Mary Pat Curtis, Patsy Smythe, Jo Ann and Jim Kitchens

Wonderful decorations, savory food, swinging music, delicious drinks, lots of good friends and -- prizes all night long.

Thanks to Jo Ann Kitchens for creating a Mardi Gras atmosphere, Karen Henry and Monika Beatty and all the generous cooks who donated the wonderful hors d'oeuvres. Thanks, also, to Jim Kitchens for donating the wine, St. Joe KCs for donating the beer and Tony Torrez for serving it.

Tom Hannigan, Ed Swain, Larry Priest, and Bob Damm created the perfect spirit with their music. And then Mary called the un-winning tickets all evening- except for the special prizes the Dwelling Place provided.

Ginny Konieczki, Mary Pat Curtis, Patsy Smythe, and Jo Ann and Jim Kitchens (see photo) were among the many who enjoyed each other's company as they waited for their name NOT to be drawn :)   Even though only one won the big prize, all were winners in showing support for the Dwelling Place ministry!

The final name drawn was Anne Wiesner from Rockport, Texas for the $2500 grand prize. Congratulations, Anne!


A Special thanks to all who purchased tickets in support of the Drawdown; we were unable to respond to each of you individually. You made everything possible. God's blessings and bounty be yours.

MANY THANKS TO GRANT DONORS

During 2011 through the efforts of Sister Margie Feldner we received several grants. We are grateful to her and to the foundations that responded to her requests.

In March we received the Koch Foundation grant for $20,000. This was put toward establishing the dining room as a stand-alone building by creating a wall, re-doing wiring, plumbing and sewer which had all been connected through the old trailer.

In November we received $2000 from the Catholic Foundation for replacement of a computer, printer and scanner that were eight years old. Electrical storms wracked havoc with all our computers last year, too.

In December we received $500 from Schwab Charitable Foundation through the generosity of Carol and Guy Taff for operating expenses.



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Newsletter

June 1, 2012 Vol. 26, No. 2

Dear Friends,

Spring arrives in Brooksville

It is with great joy and anticipation that I send you the schedule for this summer and fall. We have very competent presenters who are offering retreats that can enhance your spiritual journey. We can only offer them; you need to be the ones who take advantage of them.

We are always enriched by the RCIA retreats held here before Easter and look forward to seeing an ever increasing number to come during the remainder of the year.

We have some directed retreats scheduled, but we welcome all who wish to experience a hermitage experience in quiet and solitude at anytime.

Recently I attended a Mission Mississippi gathering in Macon and was the only Catholic in the group of other devoted Christians. In sharing information about our ministry here it became clear to me that God has placed this Dwelling Place here to welcome all Christians who desire to deepen their relationship with God. We welcome believers of all religious traditions and are enriched by them even as the experience here enriches others.

Clare

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

"Extreme Makeover" for the Dining Room/Kitchen

Lots of light in the kitchen

Dining room updates

A new serving table in the dining room

Since February 15, the old diningroom/kitchen has had a makeover, inside and out. It started with new insulated siding and roof. Then an arbor to decorate the west wall and a split level heating and cooling unit to give us comfort.

Then the real work started inside when Tommy Lindsay and David Blaxton moved our dining room wall back eight feet into the back storage room. That meant new ceiling and floor, new lighting and painting.

Next came new counter tops and sinks for the kitchen and laundry! When we tried to fit our old portable dishwasher under the counter it was too large so--you guessed it--a new dishwasher!

A helpful addition is our serving table--placed in the dining room. No need for retreatants to crowd into the kitchen to get their food.

We are so grateful for the new/old facility. We have had to re-organize the remainder of the building, however; aware that we have given up ninety-six square feet of space we used for storage, etc.

Our dream of a new dining room may not come to be, but the cost of this 'extreme makeover' is only a fraction of the cost of a new building. We thank all those who have sent special donations for this project.

Whether you have come here for prayer, are someone who is a regular supporter or have yet to support our ministry with a donation, we invite you to assist us in this needed improvement. Be assured of our prayer for your generosity. God has called The Dwelling Place into being; we invite you to join us as together we work to assure that it continue to provide a place of hospitality and prayer.

Fall Festival   September 29th   11:00 - 3:00



Save the date

Come to St. Joseph, Starkville.

Bring the family. Stay all day!



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Newsletter

September 1, 2012 Vol. 26, No. 3

Dear Friends:

Students from University Baptist, Starkville

It is with great joy and anticipation that I send you the schedule for this summer and fall. We have very competent presenters who are offering retreats that can enhance your spiritual journey. We can only offer them; you need to be the ones that take advantage of them.

Students from University Baptist in Starkville came for a retreat/volunteer time Memorial Day weekend. They prayed and left some flowering plants for beauty and nourishment for the birds. Besides sprucing up the gazebo, they also did the same for the Stations of the Cross and Umbria. Come again anytime!!

Srs. Janet Kreber, left, and Ruth Fagan

New dining room tables

Our faithful friend, Sister Janet Kreber, returned in mid-July for a week of 'jamming' and brought another friend from Iowa, Sister Ruth Fagan. Pictured right are the two at the Hitching Post Farmer's Market in Columbus one Saturday morning. In addition to selling our wares, we all enjoyed new friends and good music!

Tim Kanagy adds bricks

Our old/new dining room with its extreme makeover continues to give us joy. We have purchased two round tables to replace the long cafeteria tables. With their additional leaves they will seat the same number more comfortably. We thank all of you who have made this renovation possible.

This month Tim Kanagy added twenty more bricks to our memorial garden. Here he is putting the finishing touches on the final border brick. We continue to invite you to offer a brick in honor of or in memory of a loved one. We place an order when we have received 20 requests. It is a joy each day as we pass and see the names of our many friends.

Know that we pray for all of you in our daily prayer. God has been so faithful to us in this time of uncertainty and change. We continue to trust in God's unconditional love and promise to be always with us.

Clare

Fall Festival   September 29th   11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Starkville

Fabulous Raffles

Annunciation school's children's choir

Children's entertainment

jumper
golf
face painting and more


Bring family and friends for a day of fun and food

Hardy Vittles

Hamburgers
Hot dogs
Sweets
Drinks

And...

Stupendous Silent Auction
Savory Sweet Shoppe
Thrilling Lightly-Used books*
Lucky Bingo

*Attention, Book Lovers

Do you have any used books in your home that you would like to share with others?

Just donate them for a book sale as part of the Fall Festival sponsored by the Dwelling Place on September 29th at St. Joseph Parish, Starkville. Children's books, novels, classics are all accepted; sorry, no magazines or encyclopedias.

Drop them off at the office of Dr. Francis Baird at 815 2nd Avenue North in Columbus or 203 East Main in Starkville. Thanks.

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




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Newsletter

December 1, 2012 Vol. 26, No. 4

A blessed Advent-Christmas season.

May 2013 be filled with

grace and blessing.

Mary, Sheila, Clare

Sister Marcellita Gisch, OSF
May 10, 1918 - November 6, 2012
Dwelling Place Staff Member: January 1989 - January 1995

Sister Marcelitta Gisch, OSF

In Sister Marcie's room at Mount Saint Francis hung this statement:

The Goal of my
Journey is to Become a
Dwelling Place of God.

For six years Sister Marcie was a gracious, loving presence as she served our retreatants in so many ways here at The Dwelling Place. She shared her gifts so willingly and brought joy to staff and newcomers alike.

She left a lasting impression on all who interacted with her. Coming from a large family, she and her nine siblings shared everything. Though financially poor, they were rich in love and tender care for each other and their parents.

She learned compassion and care at an early age. Her mother died when Sister Marcie was 12 and she assumed much of the care of her younger brothers and sisters. She entered the Dubuque Franciscans in 1934 and taught for many years before being called into Community Leadership.

Dwelling Place Associates and staff crowned Sister Marcie "Queen for a Day" at her Farewell in December, 1994. My, how young ya'll look!

In one of her journal entries she wrote, "I am so grateful for my Franciscan vocation. What a blessing we are for one another as we plan, work, share together, listen to one another, pray for one another, and trust one another. I am so grateful that I grew up in a poor simple family because it helped me to understand the meaning of poverty in my calling as a Franciscan."

When Sister Marcie came here she entered totally into the ministry. Within the month after she arrived, she and I planted fifty sycamore seedlings along the south and west fence lines. Now they are tall and stately as they frame our property, provide shade, and shed their plate-sized leaves each fall!

She also is responsible for our asparagus bed in our herb garden. Each year we thank her as we enjoy this luscious green vegetable. Sister Marcie also loved to cook, though she did not have too much opportunity with Sister Maggie in the kitchen!

Sister Marcie left a legacy of love. When asked what they remember most about her, our retreatants and guests unanimously agree that it was her loving, welcoming presence. We miss you, Sister Marcie.

"Help me to be at home with myself" she wrote. "As a pilgrim I will always be longing for The More and never be satisfied until I am grasped by God."

Students from Annunciation School, Columbus, serenaded us as we began our day. Pictured here are some of the singers as they did actions to their song.

The silent auction brought many to the table to bid on its treasures. Here JoAnn and Jim Kitchens and Mary Pat Curtis peruse the tables.

Michael Valentine teaches his son how to play bingo.

Fall Festival- September 29
Saint Joseph Parish, Starkville

This year's Fall Festival was an overwhelming success.

The food was great- but then- the Sweet Shoppe!

'Lightly Read' books were for sale.


John Maloney did the honors at Bingo.


Children's games of golf, fishing, the jumper, and ring toss kept everyone busy!

We are so grateful for all that was donated in every area- from raffle, bingo, and childrens' prizes to food and labor.

Thanks, Saint Joe.


Karen Henry at our 'Create your own Mandala' retreat

'Woman at the Well' participants

Sister Nancy Schreck addresses 'Psalms..." workshop attendees


Fall Weekend Retreats, 2012

October 14- women from Saint Patrick Church in Meridian spent the day reflecting on and praying with 'The Woman at the Well.' Like that woman, Jesus challenges us today and desires to draw us into a deeper relationship with Him.


"It is such a joy to see my design come to life," says Karen Henry who is pictured as she was creating her mandala during the November 2-3 retreat 'Create Your Own Special Mandala' lead by Mary Margaret Hickman. Participants had the opportunity to create several as they became more familiar with the process. The next question? When can we do this again?


'Earthbound and Mystical: Using the Psalms as a School of Prayer' was the topic of the retreat day conducted by Sister Nancy Schreck, OSF on November 17. Exploring the various psalms in light of personal experiences was just a part of this very enriching day.

Farewell, 2012

The year 2012 was a year filled with enriching experiences for The Dwelling Place. First of all, we are grateful to all who came for retreat and prayer. You are why we exist. God is so present and active to all who come.

Then to provide a proper setting for you, nearly six months were spent remodeling the interior of the dining room and insulating and re-siding the dining room and chapel. They are beautiful as well as energy efficient; however, though cost saving in the long run, it is strapping us on the short term. We continue to trust that these needs will be met.

We thank ALL who have volunteered for and took part in our many fundraisers and helped our physical plant needs. We thank University Baptist Youth from Starkville for their service.

In July we started our long range future planning which has set in motion efforts at visioning, staffing, and focus for the future. We continue to ask your prayer for this.

We thank you for responding to our Annual Appeal and year-end giving. Our usual Mardi Gras Drawndown will not be held in February but will be in April. We look forward to sharing this party with you then!!

God's blessings be yours in 2013.

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