Are we “wise and understanding?” Do we do our deeds in “humility” without the need for recognition and praise?
The “Sisters in Christ” group from Freedom Bible Church held work parties at our thrift store on January 29th and February 12th and also brought us many household supplies. Kim Thornton organized the team. Thank you, Kim and ladies of Freedom Bible Church.
Once again, Teddy and Angela Collingsworth and their Sunday school class from Warren Baptist Church, helped at our thrift store. This class has held a work party for us once a month since March of 2010. Jenna Martin, staff writer for The Columbia County News-Times, read in our newsletter that this class built a play yard for us. She asked if she could write a story about this group and their service to Julie’s House. The article appeared in the January 23rd edition of the paper. Thank you, Teddy, Angela, and Sunday school class members, for your faithful service. Also, thank you, Jenna, for writing the beautiful article.
We mentored Austin Vickrey, Dana Dickerson, and Kieran Edmonds as they did their high school senior projects. They each chose domestic violence as their subject. Austin sponsored an archery tournament fundraiser for us, Dana volunteered at our store, and Kieran did a “ride along” with a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy. Thank you, Austin, Dana, and Kieran, for selecting our ministry to be a part of your projects.
P.S. Kieran Edmonds is my grandson and in November of 2010, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor and reception were held February 19th at Columbia County Christian Church. His parents are Kim and Eliot Edmonds and Kelsey is his sister. Congratulations, grandson! I am so very, very proud of you!
We received a $5,000.00 grant from the Border Bash Foundation. The check was presented to us at the offices of Beasley Broadcasting on February 15th. Thank you, Tommy Rogers, Bob Evans, Tom Johnson, Mike Armstrong, Beasley Broadcasting, Border Bash Committee, The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, and sponsors. Mike Armstrong, our Board President, accepted the check on behalf of Julie’s House. Thank you, Mike. Becky Padgett wrote the grant for us. Thank you, Becky, for a “job well done”.
We regret to announce that Tom Sorrells has resigned his position on the Board of Directors of Julie’s House. Thank you so very much, Tom, for many years of faithful and tireless service. You are a wonderful advocate for our ministry in your church and in our community. Tom and his wife, Lynda, are members of Warren Baptist Church.
If you or your Sunday school class or civic organization would like to assist us by preparing a meal for our support group meetings, please contact me at 706-836-2781. The meetings are the fourth Thursday or each month at 5:30 P.M. and the food needs to be picked-up or delivered by 4:30 P.M. We usually serve about fifteen people.
Our wonderful new web site is “up and running” and we hope that you will pay it a visit. Thank you, Laura Baareman, for the many hours that you gave to make this happen.
Our ten-room house is now at capacity. Every room and every bed is occupied. We have three families in residence—three mothers and seven children. I average two telephone calls a day from women with children who are homeless and destitute. It breaks my heart to tell them that we have no room. A lady called today. She said that she and her two sons, ages fourteen and eleven, slept in their car last night. Please pray for this lady and her children.