CUMC Spring Garden Campus Blogpost – VIM and Youth Nov 18 – 23, 2019

This week’s blog concentrates on the splendid work of our Volunteers in Mission (VIM) members, who numbered in the 60s, and about 15 of our CUMC Youth.

The Indoor VIM team worked inside painting the walls of the LLLC and the office spaces. The painting contractor prepped the walls. The VIM painters primed and put on two top coats on 18 office/meeting room/bathroom/closet spaces in and around the Office, primed the long hallway of the North Wing, and finished two LLLC rooms, some bathrooms, and the corridor joining all of these spaces The main feedback from the professional painters was how surprised they were with how quickly our painters worked. They also really enjoyed the HOT DOGS provided by Rich Charette and the men of the Thursday Men’s Breakfast who meet at Faye’s.

The Outdoor VIM team dug and made wooden steps leading from behind the Worship Center up the gentle slope to the site of the future fire pit and meditation space. You’ll see some photos and a diagram below. (Remember, we own 25 acres, but only about 15 are part of this building program. In a way these steps lead to our own wilderness.)

Bill Yufer and team made 16 wooden benches for the two outside areas. They’ll be put in place at a later date.

Congrats also to the approximately 15 youth team members and their adult leaders who divided into four teams. One team completed painting the main corridor of the North Wing. Another team cleared and chipped limbs and brush to clear the area for the future outdoor amphitheater. The third team put protective webbing to deter deer browsing around the trees we planted earlier in 2019. (photos below). And the fourth team filled holes to level the soccer/baseball fields.

Cheryl Hale, the VIM coordinator, related that one adult volunteer said he had been in rehab for weeks due to back pain and was not sure he’d be able to paint w/o lots of breaks throughout the day. He found he was still going strong when it was time to quit! He returned the next day and worked until he had to leave for his rehab appointment, hoping that he’d be discharged from rehab.

No one has estimated the amount of labor we saved because of these voluntary activities, but everyone who participated can take humble pride in glorifying God, knowing they helped make our Spring Garden Campus more beautiful.

Please take some time to look at the accomplishments.

20191113-01sx Outline of Path to Woods-01_Line
Layout for the steps as of Nov 13, 2019. The blue container holds wood.
Nov 18, 2019. Day one. The Steps being prepared. Note the open blue tarp and all the wood.
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Nov 19, 2019. Working on the steps. The white items are 5 in insulation for the Worship Center.  In the background, the walls of the sanctuary are going up.
Nov 20, 2019. The final 20 steps.
20191119-08c Paula painting trim-01
Paula Painting around doorframe
20191119-07c Jay and Sam painting tall-01
Jay and Sam tackling the top

Rhonda and Erin practicing new job skills.                               The “empties.”

Clearing brush and chipping wood near the future amphitheatre.
Protecting the young trees from deer. This crew did about 10 trees.  Three metal stakes and a wrap of orange netting.
A budding cameraperson ‘shooting’ the drone hovering nearby.
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“Get yer’ Red Hot wieners before they disappear!” Feeding the hungry, but not with fish.  Note the beautiful layer of stone around the building.  160 hot dogs ‘perished’ in this meal.
20191119-03c Panorama of rear Sanctuary & steps-01
The Sanctuary as it appeared on Nov 19 from the top of the steps.