Jul 13

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sundays are traditionally Community Day in the PV world. This week we had a full day together, starting out with the group attending services at New Life Church in Jesse. This church is very active in the community with a lot of social outreach happening. They have collaborated with St. Vincent DePaul and the Itmann Food Bank in the past and they are very interested in wanting to collaborate with us as much as possible. We met with them a few weeks back and besides talking about collaborating with work, they extended an invitation for us to join them for their services. Holy Cross did not have services this Sunday due to Fr. Jack being out of town, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity. We felt very welcomed and a part of the community.

After grabbing a quick bite to eat back at the school, we loaded into the cars and headed up to Twin Falls for a hike to the falls. The walk afforded lots of time for good conversation and lots of laughs. The fall were quite impressive this trip, lots of water pouring through due to heavy rains over the weekend. After we finished the hike some of the group went swimming up at the lodge while others headed back to the school.

We were treated with a departure from our regular Sunday meal when a couple of volunteers asked if they could cook dinner. It was a very tasty meal of kabobs and veggie soup, amazingly enough all done on the grill!

After a quick reorientation for the PVs who arrived over the weekend, we gathered together for the commissioning service, to officially welcomed and prepare the newly arrived for service. Sundays are usually a very full, but relaxing day. We are now ready for the upcoming work week!

Jul 13

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sundays are traditionally Community Day in the PV world. This week we had a full day together, starting out with the group attending services at New Life Church in Jesse. This church is very active in the community with a lot of social outreach happening. They have collaborated with St. Vincent DePaul and the Itmann Food Bank in the past and they are very interested in wanting to collaborate with us as much as possible. We met with them a few weeks back and besides talking about collaborating with work, they extended an invitation for us to join them for their services. Holy Cross did not have services this Sunday due to Fr. Jack being out of town, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity. We felt very welcomed and a part of the community.

After grabbing a quick bite to eat back at the school, we loaded into the cars and headed up to Twin Falls for a hike to the falls. The walk afforded lots of time for good conversation and lots of laughs. The fall were quite impressive this trip, lots of water pouring through due to heavy rains over the weekend. After we finished the hike some of the group went swimming up at the lodge while others headed back to the school.

We were treated with a departure from our regular Sunday meal when a couple of volunteers asked if they could cook dinner. It was a very tasty meal of kabobs and veggie soup, amazingly enough all done on the grill!

After a quick reorientation for the PVs who arrived over the weekend, we gathered together for the commissioning service, to officially welcomed and prepare the newly arrived for service. Sundays are usually a very full, but relaxing day. We are now ready for the upcoming work week!

Jul 11

Pictures from Week 3 (7/4-7/11)


A PV reads with a participant of the tutoring program for kids from Glen Fork Grade School


The PV jobsite board from Friday


An impromptu coffee house sing along one night in the community room. We had one talented musical group this week!


Celebrating a birthday with one of the tutoring students. The PVs were very creative in having the kids make the pudding and working on their fractions at the same time!


Week 3’s group shot…look at all those smiling faces!


For Friday evening’s reflection we all headed outside for a reflection on our sense experiences from the day


PVs hard at work organizing St.Vincent DePaul, an ongoing job all throughout the summer. One PV said it was a “extreme makeover edition” of the warehouse.


This site had many different jobs going on at the same time, with the family working right alongside the PVs


A PV and friend share stories while painting a door.


Two of our smaller PVs became experts at stapling insulation under a newly built addition


There was a lot of game playing this week….dominoes anyone?


Banana-grams has been very popular all summer. PVs have quite an impressive vocabulary!


Keeping up with tradition, this talented home repair crew sung their report back to the group during jobsites. There must be video of this somewhere….anyone, anyone???


Two of our favorite PV meal preparers making homemade manicotti. We really suffer down here with bad food :o)


We kicked off the week with our traditional, non-competitive kickball game. Of course it ended in a tie!

Jul 11

Pictures from Week 3 (7/4-7/11)


A PV reads with a participant of the tutoring program for kids from Glen Fork Grade School


The PV jobsite board from Friday


An impromptu coffee house sing along one night in the community room. We had one talented musical group this week!


Celebrating a birthday with one of the tutoring students. The PVs were very creative in having the kids make the pudding and working on their fractions at the same time!


Week 3’s group shot…look at all those smiling faces!


For Friday evening’s reflection we all headed outside for a reflection on our sense experiences from the day


PVs hard at work organizing St.Vincent DePaul, an ongoing job all throughout the summer. One PV said it was a “extreme makeover edition” of the warehouse.


This site had many different jobs going on at the same time, with the family working right alongside the PVs


A PV and friend share stories while painting a door.


Two of our smaller PVs became experts at stapling insulation under a newly built addition


There was a lot of game playing this week….dominoes anyone?


Banana-grams has been very popular all summer. PVs have quite an impressive vocabulary!


Keeping up with tradition, this talented home repair crew sung their report back to the group during jobsites. There must be video of this somewhere….anyone, anyone???


Two of our favorite PV meal preparers making homemade manicotti. We really suffer down here with bad food :o)


We kicked off the week with our traditional, non-competitive kickball game. Of course it ended in a tie!

Jul 11

Pictures from Week 3 (7/4-7/11)


A PV reads with a participant of the tutoring program for kids from Glen Fork Grade School


The PV jobsite board from Friday


An impromptu coffee house sing along one night in the community room. We had one talented musical group this week!


Celebrating a birthday with one of the tutoring students. The PVs were very creative in having the kids make the pudding and working on their fractions at the same time!


Week 3’s group shot…look at all those smiling faces!


For Friday evening’s reflection we all headed outside for a reflection on our sense experiences from the day


PVs hard at work organizing St.Vincent DePaul, an ongoing job all throughout the summer. One PV said it was a “extreme makeover edition” of the warehouse.


This site had many different jobs going on at the same time, with the family working right alongside the PVs


A PV and friend share stories while painting a door.


Two of our smaller PVs became experts at stapling insulation under a newly built addition


There was a lot of game playing this week….dominoes anyone?


Banana-grams has been very popular all summer. PVs have quite an impressive vocabulary!


Keeping up with tradition, this talented home repair crew sung their report back to the group during jobsites. There must be video of this somewhere….anyone, anyone???


Two of our favorite PV meal preparers making homemade manicotti. We really suffer down here with bad food :o)


We kicked off the week with our traditional, non-competitive kickball game. Of course it ended in a tie!

Jul 11

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, last nights dinner of Mac and Cheese, topped of with scrumptious dessert was quite tasty. After we headed outside for a beautiful reflection on our senses. We had been asked to pay special attention yesterday to what we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. It really made us all aware of everything going on around us.

Being a Friday night, we gathered in the gym for the traditional weekly group picture. (Thanks Bruce for helping me out with all the pictures!). Another tradition with the younger pvs also occurred with many pulling an all-nighter.

This morning saw the departure of 7 PVs heading to Florida and New Jersey…always a sad time to say goodbye.

This being a free day for volunteers, there isn’t much to tell. I could tell you that many took advantage of catching up on some much needed sleep, others heading in to Beckley for a Gabes run and to watch a movie.

We are awaiting the arrival of 10 PVs this evening, so our community will be pretty much the same size this week as last. I will try and post a few pictures later tonight that highlight the past weeks activities.

Thanks all who are following and commenting on the blog. We are glad to have everyone along for the journey!!!!

Peace

Jul 11

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, last nights dinner of Mac and Cheese, topped of with scrumptious dessert was quite tasty. After we headed outside for a beautiful reflection on our senses. We had been asked to pay special attention yesterday to what we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. It really made us all aware of everything going on around us.

Being a Friday night, we gathered in the gym for the traditional weekly group picture. (Thanks Bruce for helping me out with all the pictures!). Another tradition with the younger pvs also occurred with many pulling an all-nighter.

This morning saw the departure of 7 PVs heading to Florida and New Jersey…always a sad time to say goodbye.

This being a free day for volunteers, there isn’t much to tell. I could tell you that many took advantage of catching up on some much needed sleep, others heading in to Beckley for a Gabes run and to watch a movie.

We are awaiting the arrival of 10 PVs this evening, so our community will be pretty much the same size this week as last. I will try and post a few pictures later tonight that highlight the past weeks activities.

Thanks all who are following and commenting on the blog. We are glad to have everyone along for the journey!!!!

Peace

Jul 11

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, last nights dinner of Mac and Cheese, topped of with scrumptious dessert was quite tasty. After we headed outside for a beautiful reflection on our senses. We had been asked to pay special attention yesterday to what we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. It really made us all aware of everything going on around us.

Being a Friday night, we gathered in the gym for the traditional weekly group picture. (Thanks Bruce for helping me out with all the pictures!). Another tradition with the younger pvs also occurred with many pulling an all-nighter.

This morning saw the departure of 7 PVs heading to Florida and New Jersey…always a sad time to say goodbye.

This being a free day for volunteers, there isn’t much to tell. I could tell you that many took advantage of catching up on some much needed sleep, others heading in to Beckley for a Gabes run and to watch a movie.

We are awaiting the arrival of 10 PVs this evening, so our community will be pretty much the same size this week as last. I will try and post a few pictures later tonight that highlight the past weeks activities.

Thanks all who are following and commenting on the blog. We are glad to have everyone along for the journey!!!!

Peace

Jul 10

Friday, July 10, 2009

Last night’s dinner was delish, very tasty!! After, we gathered for jobsites and a wonderful reflection on service as solace. It was great to about the many things the PVs are involved with back home.

Being that it was Friday, there were no home repair projects going on. As usual we started our Friday with our weekly cleaning of the school. I have to say I always love Friday afternoons when everything is sparkly clean! After “chores” were done, volunteers spent time tutoring, organizing at St. Vincent DePaul, Mullens Manor, delivering recycling to Beckley and most importantly visiting with friends. Unfortunately we had to cancel our work with UGWA plantings due to the heavy rains last night.

On the menu for tonight (well actually right now) is Mac and Cheese. Yum Yum…

Jul 10

Friday, July 10, 2009

Last night’s dinner was delish, very tasty!! After, we gathered for jobsites and a wonderful reflection on service as solace. It was great to about the many things the PVs are involved with back home.

Being that it was Friday, there were no home repair projects going on. As usual we started our Friday with our weekly cleaning of the school. I have to say I always love Friday afternoons when everything is sparkly clean! After “chores” were done, volunteers spent time tutoring, organizing at St. Vincent DePaul, Mullens Manor, delivering recycling to Beckley and most importantly visiting with friends. Unfortunately we had to cancel our work with UGWA plantings due to the heavy rains last night.

On the menu for tonight (well actually right now) is Mac and Cheese. Yum Yum…