Another year is history and it is time to analyze the past, learn from mistakes, and plan for the future. Without friends and family to “help me up” when I “fall down” and the love of Jesus Christ, the Julie’s House ministry would be an impossible task.
Thirty-one individuals, including staff members, volunteers, support group members, and residents of Julie’s House, attended our Christmas party on December 9th. Lynda, our house manager, and the families at Julie’s House decorated beautifully for our party and Bubba Moore and George Champion, who are part of our thrift store staff, helped to prepare the food. I say a big “thank you” to all of you for a job well done.
Thanks to many, many loving Christians, the residents of Julie’s House had a very Merry Christmas.
On December 11th, the Woodmen of the World Lodge #1571 hosted a Christmas pizza party for our children and their mothers at their facility on Wheeler Road. Santa Clause brought many gifts and the food was delicious. Peggy Ryder organized the party. Her husband, John, is president of the organization. Thank you, Peggy, John, and members of Woodmen of the World Lodge #1571.
A young ladies Sunday school class from Warren Baptist Church prepared and served a Christmas feast at Julie’s House on December 21st. Rachel Carlisle is their teacher. Thank you, Rachel and young ladies, for this wonderful gesture. The food was fantastic and there were lots of “left-overs” for dinner on Christmas Day.
Also, a young ladies Sunday school class from Kiokee Baptist Church visited Julie’s House and brought many, many gifts. Beth Stewart is their teacher. Thank you, Beth and Sunday school class, for your generosity. This class has furnished supplies for our house on several occasions.
The Lawson and Stephens families visited Julie’s house and brought gifts. They wanted their children to experience the joy of giving. Thank you, Lawson and Stephens families.
We can always count on Jan Scarbary and Kathy Shuford to be Santa’s helpers. Thank you, Jan and Kathy.
We now have a wonderful and safe playground for our children. A Sunday school class from Warren Baptist Church donated the materials and labor to construct a privacy fence to enclose an area 32 ft. x 25 ft. on our property. Teddy Collingsworth led the team, raised the funds, and planned and implemented the project. This Sunday school class has given many hours for work parties at our thrift store and Julie’s House. Thank you, Teddy and Angela Collngsworth, Sunday school class members, and Warren Baptist Church.
We now have a boat, motor, and trailer for sale thanks to David and Karen Ribble. They also donated a Ford Ranger pick-up truck to us last year. The boat is a 1988, Bayline Cuddy Cabin, 17 ft., fiberglass model with an 85-hp outboard motor. The NADA gives a fair market value of $2,100.00 for this boat, motor, and trailer.
As with all businesses and households, we are trying to cut costs and operate more efficiently. We are asking that you help us solicit in-kind donations of goods and services that are necessary for the operation and maintenance of our facility. I have listed some of these needs on the reverse side of this newsletter. If you or someone you know is able to donate a service or materials, please call me. All donations to Julie’s House are tax deductible.
We have made the decision to publish this newsletter bi-monthly instead of monthly because of the expense and time involved. We will enclose two envelopes in each issue for your convenience. A “special thank you” to Virginia Summerall for processing and delivering the newsletter and donating the paper. This is a huge help and big savings.
I wish for you and yours good health, wealth, and happiness in the New Year! May God Bless!