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