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March 1, 2017 Vol. 31, No. 1

Preparing for the Future

2017 Mardi Gras Drawdown Photo Gallery

Karen Henry and Monika Beatty
Karen Henry and Monika Beatty
Clara Hicks and Mary Pat Curtis
Clara Hicks and Mary Pat Curtis
Chris Fowlkes, Shane Tubbs and Larry Priest
Chris Fowlkes, Shane Tubbs and Larry Priest
George Woodliff and Sandra DePriest
George Woodliff and Sandra DePriest
Joy Reznicek and Milton Sundbeck
Milton Sundbeck and Joy Reznicek
Clare Van Lent and Joann Kitchens
Clare and Joann Kitchens
Mardi Gras draw down group photo
Group shot
Clare and Mary
Clare and Mary pull names

Creating New

Our new maintenance building
Our new maintenance building going up- January 6
Moving the new building
Carport moved to new site- December 27
4 County Electric worker
4 County Electric was on the scene- January 24
Moving the old maintenance building
The old shed heads to it's new home- December 11
Corky Jones
Corky Jones repairs the pump house door- December 30
Our new bridge
Our new bridge is finished just in time for the spring rains
Our new maintenance buildidngs
Our new buildings


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Newsletter

June 1, 2017 Vol. 31, No. 2

Come to Pray-- On Your Time

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 needs.

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 or Facebook. Send in your request or call Sheila at 662-738-5348.

Elaine Fish: Sept. 29, 1935 - April 7, 2017

Elaine Fish
Elaine in the chapel

The Dwelling Place Community
Elaine (seated right) with The Dwelling Place Community in 2010
Mary and Elaine
Mary and Elaine

Elaine and Jean Haspeslagh
Elaine and Jean Haspeslagh
Elaine Fish
Elaine Fish

Dwelling Place Associate: 1990-2000
Dwelling Place Community: 2000-2017

Elaine was a career science teacher in the Mississippi public school system.

She brought her zest for life to her collaboration with the staff and the ministry of The Dwelling Place.

We miss you, Elaine, your wit, your humor, your zest for life.

May the Angels take you into Paradise.

Spring Arrives at The Dwelling Place

Dear Friends,

We have welcomed many new and old friends here for retreat this spring. We are grateful that you have utilized this sacred place for your time with the Lord. Spread the good news! Tell your friends!

I want to take this opportunity to reassure everyone on our mailing list that we do NOT sell any names. I understand that concern; I personally receive mailings from causes to which I have no connection. Be assured that if you receive correspondence or mailings from us, it means that you have been here or have supported us in some way.

Also this spring, Mother Nature has been showing off her beauty. Pollen, blossoms and catskins all give promise of new life. Even now green figs give us hope... if we pick them before the birds! Recent rains are filling up the pond and greening the lawns-- all of which suffered from last summer's drought. We celebrate all the newness. Come enjoy the beauty with us.

Clare

Statue of Mary  Crepe Myrtle pruning  Statue of Mary
Signs of spring at The Dwelling Place
March 4- Kevin Styron and Last House on the Block helped us start our crepe myrtle pruning (center photo). Many are young trees. This was a Major task!



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Newsletter

September 1, 2017 Vol. 31, No. 3

Come to Pray--On Your Time

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 needs.

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 or Facebook. Send in your request or call Sheila at 662-738-5348.

Hermitage Time

Come away for some Hermitage time for a day, weekend or a longer stay. Come for some time personally adapted to your needs.

You may meet with a director, peruse the library as your helps for prayer and/or enjoy the beauty of the surroundings of the Dwelling Place. Join the staff for prayer and meals if desired.

Director: Clare Van Lent, M A ,  C Sp, Founder and Director of the Dwelling Place. Clare is an experienced spiritual director and has been directing retreats for over 35 years.

Donation: $90 per day

CELEBRATE Mardi Gras

(Mark your calendar)


CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS

Dwelling Place Drawdown
Lee Home, Columbus
February 9, 2018
Ticket Price $100 (Admits 2)
Grand Prize: $3,000

[ Use the PayPal link (on this page) to order your ticket(s) online
or contact our offices. ]



The Dwelling Place Associates and Friends

Associates
The Dwelling Place Associates
(l-r)(front) Kathleen Gruseck, Shirley Butler, Joan Bartik (back) Mary Horrell, Debbie Lankford, Diana Berthelot, Michele Moore, Clara Hicks and Clare Van Lent.


August 18-20: Dwelling Place Associates and their friends from throughout Mississippi and Louisiana gathered to share their common vision of the ministry and support of one another.





Learn more about The Dwelling Place Associates on our website.



Loving Response to our S O S

After the publication of our June newsletter we sent out a plea ( S O S ) to our friends to help us with extraordinary expenses caused by unforeseen events.

new trenches
New trenches

During the rains we had this spring, the culvert in front of Umbria Guest House backed up which resulted in Umbria being only an inch from flooding. The plumber, Bill Kidder, replaced the first 20 feet and as it seemed clear as far as he could see into the rest of the 140 feet. We thought it was repaired. Then another torrential rain caused the new pipes he laid to be thrust from the ground by the force of the water and Umbria again was nearly flooded.

new drain pipes
New drain pipes in place

Starting over, David Knight dug up the entire length and noticed that the heavy black clay, which is the kind of soil here, had made waves of the original culverts, prohibiting any water flow. He not only replaced the two culverts with a larger single one but blanketed it in different kind of soil, to keep it from moving. The photo shows the pipe in its new sleeve.

new cables
Out with the old cables, in with the new.

What started out as ordinary maintenance grew into a major production. The intercom system connecting the hermitages needed to be replaced. Easy enough? A trencher dug a path to each building; but with the first drop of the blade, the operator cut the lines to our entire telephone system. We had not marked it well enough to be avoided. That was June 15. With many setbacks and many days of rain it is now past August 15, and we are just now able to connect some of our buildings with each other and with A T & T .




On a less traumatic note, our computers needed to be upgraded as is needed every 9-10 years. We had been awarded $1000 through a Diocesan Mission Grant. The amount was not sufficient, but the need was imminent and we purchased two Mac O S X Yosemite software updates.

To keep our 18 month-old furry friends, Yoda and Luke, on the premises, we had an underground electric fence (wire) laid to give them freedom within a definite space. Both humans and pups are happier!


THANK YOU

We are so grateful for the support we receive regularly from our Planned Givers. With your support, along with your most generous response to our S O S plea, we were able to meet all these expenses--all of which exceeded our estimated cost.

However, these donations did not pay down our debt or deal with our operating expenses, but God meets our needs in many ways. Volunteers are some of those ways. We are so grateful to Debbie Lankford who stayed with me and assisted while Mary was on vacation. Also, Alex, Luke and Claire Baughman from Columbus helped us with yard work two days. We also appreciate the women who help us with preparing communications and in so many other ways.

All these volunteers assist us in our main goal here--to provide a place for God to touch people's lives and develop Christians strong in their Faith.

Clare


A Surprise Vehicle

Clare in new golf cart
Make way for Clare!

An essential piece of equipment here at The Dwelling Place is a golf cart. It saves us many steps--from one end of campus to the other. Jim Sisson, while at Starkvillle at the time, donated our first one many years go. It served us well, but it finally was beyond repair.

Then this wonderful gift came to us August 14 from A.B. Puckett. It drives like a dream. We travel now in style.

Thanks, A. B.


2017 No-Show Hoedown
(Annual Fall Appeal)

Howdy y'all!!! How do you do?
Have we got somethin' fun for you!

It's a foot-stompin, hand-clappin'
No-Show Hoedown
--the biggest new thing that's going aroun'!

hoedown cartoon 1

Our Appeal has taken on
a Western flare
No need to show up-
don't go anywhere!

Just grab your partner and do-se-do
'Cause there really is no place to go...

hoedown cartoon 2

No need for fancy hats or wear
Or making a fuss about your hair!

No chaps or spurs or twirly skirts
No belts or boots or cowboy shirts.

hoedown cartoon 3

You pick the tune that suits you best
'Cause you will be the only guest!

You can dance in a square or a line-
Either one will be just fine!

And after all your dancin's through
There's one last thing we'll say to you...

Don't cut a rug, DO cut a check!

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Y'all come now... Ya' hear?



PayPal



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Newsletter

December 1, 2017 Vol. 31, No. 4

Gifts and Grants Received 2016-17

SourceAmountBudget line
Generous Donor$20,000- Nov '16  Building maintenance
Schwab Charitable: Carol Taff$1,000- Dec '16Operations
Schwab Charitable: Nick Dinneen$1,700Operations
T Rowe Price$300Operations
U.S. Charitable Gift Trust: Eugenia Summer  $8,000Operations
Koch Foundation: Matching grant$8,000Retreat ministry
Catholic Foundation Grant$1,000Computers
Phillips Financial$2,000Operations
SOS Drive- Major repair$19,241New culvert intercom
No-Show Hoedown: Annual AppealIn process

Through God's grace, by the retreat fees, the grants we are awarded, the services of volunteers and the gifts graciously given by you-- our ministry continues.

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