Jul 22

It Is the Whole Experience

The volunteers wrapped up a successful week in West Virginia last Saturday. We highlighted a little bit of what they did at their home repair site already, but that is just one piece of their week. They also helped a local woman pack for a big move and they did numerous projects around the church, including replacing ceiling tiles and fixing sticky drawers and cabinets throughout.

The PV experience is not just service though, it is one of community and reflection. The group shared meals together each night and reflected on their days together. There was also fun and games, with card games and family feud, morning walks around Mullens and of course trips to Dairy Queen. On the final evening the volunteers hosted a community meal, inviting people from the church and from the local community.

We wanted to give a big thank you to Mullen United Methodist Church for hosting and Donna for being a wonderful presence with the volunteers. Also thank you to St. Vincent dePaul for their help and allowing us to use your van. And finally, a huge thank you to the volunteers who chose to take a chance and volunteer in this new version of the PVs. The week wouldn’t have happened if you all did not make that choice to “be a part of it.” And finally, a special thank you to Tricia for taking on the roll of point person and keeping everything rolling smoothly.

Jul 15

It is the little things that make a difference

The PVs have always made it a point of emphasis in doing the smaller, but necessary jobs when it comes to home repair. This weeks volunteers are doing this to great effect, continue to do great things this week, in little ways. At the site they were able to patch two ceilings and two floors. Seemingly small jobs, but ones that will make a huge difference to the life of the home owner. She no longer has to avoid walking in certain areas of her house, or worry about parts of the ceiling coming down. The volunteers took it a step further though and added a coat of mildew blocking paint to the ceiling, which not only made it look fresh and clean, but will help keep her healthy. While working on the floor in the living room they noticed her front door didn’t open very well. She told them it hadn’t used in awhile because of it. Of course it took just a little finesse (and know how) and now it opens and closes smoothly, giving her not only the freedom to walk out her front door and use her front porch, but the safety of know she has two exits in case of an emergency. Small things that make a big difference…..

Jul 12

Monday and Tuesday from West Virginia

The volunteers have been hard at work the last couple days in Wyoming County. They have been working out on Welch Pineville road for a woman who has been dealing with a leaking roof for many years. She was able to get a new roof last week so the volunteers are working inside to repair ceilings and floors that were water damaged. Of course it hasn’t been all work. They have enjoyed their community at Mullens Methodist Church and even went to 2nd Street diner for dinner tonight.

Jul 08

It Has Been Awhile – WV here come the PVs!

It has been awhile since the PVs have been in action, but starting Sunday a group will be heading to Wyoming County, West Virginia. There have been a lot of changes over the last several months with the PVs, but the desire to reach out help is still holding strong!

Nine brave and “seasoned” PVs will be spending the week in Wyoming County in the first all volunteer led week. With the former staff helping to organize the week, and help from local people on the ground, they will continue in the PV tradition of service, community and reflection. They will be staying at Mullens United Methodist Church where the group stayed last year and be working in the county in collaboration with St. Vincent dePaul. We will be touching base each day and post about what they are up to. We hope you join along too!

Nov 25

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving full of peace, gratitude and love. –Jill and Jenny

A Thanksgiving Blessing
by Joyce Rupp

May an abundance of gratitude burst forth
as you reflect upon what you have received.

May thanksgiving overflow in your heart,
and often be proclaimed in your prayer.

May you gather around the table of your heart
the ardent faithfulness, kindness, and goodness
of each person who is true to you.

May the harvest of your good actions
bring forth plentiful fruit each day.

May you discover a cache of hidden wisdom
among the people and events
that have brought you distress and sorrow.

May your basket of blessings surprise you
with its rich diversity of gifts
and its opportunities for growth.

May all that nourishes and resources your life
bring you daily satisfaction and renewed hope.

May you slow your hurried pace of life
so you can be aware of, and enjoy,
what you too easily take for granted.

May you always be open, willing,
and ready to share your blessings with others.

May you never forget the Generous One
who loves you lavishly and unconditionally.

— from Out of the Ordinary