Updates from Pat . . .
Not my will but “Thy will be done” is my prayer. If it is His will for this ministry to survive and to thrive, He will provide for our needs. Of this, I am sure. I give Him all the praise and glory for the many miracles that have brought us this far – from an “impossible dream” to the reality of a place that we call Julie’s House. Thank you, Lord, for your goodness and mercy!
Columbia County Cares Food Pantry in Appling donated a wonderful cargo van to our ministry. We are now able to pick up donations for Making Ends Meet Bargain Center. They also furnish food and supplies for the residents at our shelter. David Iverson is the Executive Director. A huge thank you, Mr. Iverson and all Columbia County Cares volunteers, for your help!
I attended the evening worship service at Old Union Baptist Church in Harlem March 24th. This congregation has made a monthly financial commitment to our ministry and a group of five young people and their leader, Lisa Huynh, gave their time to do housekeeping and yard work at Julie’s House. Rev. Rodney Bodiford pastors the church. Thank you, Rev. Bodiford, Lisa, young people, and Old Union Baptist Church, for your support and for the warm welcome I received when I visited your church.
Mrs. Roper’s 5th grade class at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School collected donations for our ministry and wrote beautiful letters to the children residing at our shelter. Thank you, Mrs. Roper and 5th grade class, for caring!
We participated in the WRDW News 12 Time to Care Family Fair April 14th at the Augusta Commons. Bryce Craps, Promotions Coordinator for Channel 12 News, extended the invitation. It is an awesome annual community event. Virginia Summerall, our treasurer, did a craft project with the children. First Christian Church of Belvedere donated the supplies for the project and their board chairperson, Shirley Gregory, assisted us the day of the event. Virginia’s husband, Rev. Milton Summerall, pastors the church. Mike Armstrong, Mike Askew, and Brenda Smith, members of our board of directors attended and assisted in promoting our ministry. Ethel Tomlin, Andrea Nasworthy, Tina Oppelt, and Helen Uzarski, some of faithful volunteers and staff, did a fabulous job managing the thrift store. A heartfelt thanks to all of you! It was a “fun day”.
The John S. Davidson Masonic Lodge #677 held a yard sale and sold bar-be-que sandwiches at our thrift store May 18th. They donated the merchandise left-over from their sale to our thrift store. Bob Veatch, a member of the lodge, was the coordinator and was assisted by several other lodge members. We enjoyed the delicious food and the fellowship. Thank you, Mr. Veatch and John S. Davidson Masonic Lodge #677! Virginia Summerall and Mike Askew, board members, helped us with the event. Thank you, Virginia and Mike! Also, Larry Flanagan, a member of the lodge, and his friend, Stevie, cut the grass at our shelter and made our lawn and playground look really neat. Thank you, Mr. Flanagan and Stevie!
Kenny Giet, a member of the Hale Sunday School class at West Acres Baptist Church, continues to do repairs on our facility. Thank you, Kenny!
Jim Wiggins, the property manager at our thrift store location, cut the grass at Julie’s House and helped us to prepare for the Masonic Lodge’s yard sale. Thank you, Mr. Wiggins, for all that you do for us!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
What: BAG DAY SALES at Making Ends Meet Bargain Center. $6.00 per bag. Includes clothes, books, and stuffed animals only.
Where: 3850 Washington Road – Martinez, Georgia – La Petite Plaza
When: Every business day in May, June, & July
Regular Making Ends Meet Bargain Center Hours
- Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- Saturday – 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M .
- PRICE: $15.00
- 400 Delicious recipes! Great gift idea!
- Purchase at Making Ends Meet Bargain Center