Laurel – Week Three

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Last Friday we said goodbye to Sandy and Steve, Deb and Dave.  We missed them but the eight of us remaining in Laurel, Anne and Max, Stel and Jodi, Jim and Dee, Anne and Dale carried on.  It was another very busy week with a tremendous team.  On Monday Anne M. and Dale were at the Todd house, working on some additional oak flooring as well as installing two ceiling fans.  The rest of the team worked at the Henry house completing most of our work there.  Another door that was prepared last week by Stel and others was completed and installed Monday.  There was additional caulking and painting, trim work and general cleanup.

The remainder of the week the entire team was at the Todd house.  Based on the weather forecast we thought Tuesday would be the best day to avoid rain and paint the exterior of the house.  Wow, the entire team jumped on that project and completed the entire house.  We were all very tired at the end of that day.  Wednesday there was some touch up painting and we decided to paint the front door and porch ceiling.  We also began the siding.  This house was picked up by the tornado and moved 3 inches.  As a result, the brick on the lower portion of the house cracked and had to be removed.  We are covering the area previously bricked, with vinyl siding.  By Thursday afternoon, all but the top row on the back was completed.  One of the garage doors had all but the top row replaced.  Jim, Dale and Dee also did a great job using the sheet metal brake and replacing the damaged fascia in several areas. Even though we have not quite completed the Todd house we did the Bible presentation while we still had a lot of the team present.  We also did the presentation at one of the open house houses on Thursday morning.  Always such a sweet and happy time when people are finally back in their homes.

Thursday evening we had another bar-b-que dinner at the church with Hope and Grant from the Glory House joining us.  It was a fun evening.  Friday morning we had to say goodbye to Anne and Dale, Jim and Dee.  Glad they will be home for Easter, but we will certainly miss them this week.  Not to be ignored this week was another Wednesday night tornado warning – the fourth week in a row!  We are praying that tradition can be broken this next week. There was damage in Jones County but no injuries and nothing in our immediate area.  Thank you, God, for the safety of our team!

Today, Max and Anne helped with the Glory House and Laurel First UMC Easter egg hunt in the park and are very thankful that we were able to be a small part of sharing the real Easter story.  We were so glad the rain held off until the afternoon.

We had new team members join us this afternoon, Mark and Sadowna.  We have another busy week ahead.  However, we will pause tomorrow to celebrate what Jesus did for us all.  We hope you all will likewise remember the true meaning of Easter as you spend time with your family and friends.  Until next week…

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