October 2016 Newsletter
Uptown, Downtown, Play-town
Worshiping at a downtown church definitely has its advantages. But when two golden retrievers show up there everyday to work, certain challenges did evolve. Short of walking, where could Phoebe and Pax exercise, play, and run off steam?
So you get creative! An unused piece of church property behind a building that was overgrown with shrubs, decaying trees, stumps and plenty of mud provided the space. Canine Astroturf that doesn't need to be watered or mowed was the answer. We brought in the professionals to complete the task. The turf required surface dirt removal, exterior curbing for attachment, rock fill, rubber fill (the surface is bouncy) and finally the Canine Astroturf. A fence completed the project.
Now what? Fresh air, fun, running, chasing, agility training! The team keeps coming up with training surprises.
What a joy it is to see Phoebe and Pax playing after working! So many of you have helped make this area possible because of the generous donations you have made to the comfort dog ministry. Your continued prayers for our dogs and our ministry are of great importance to us as well. We sincerely thank you.
How to use a UPC to get a quilt to a Veteran
It starts with the Sew and Sews Quilters at Trinity Lutheran in Riesel, TX, Thrivent Financial for supplies, and Hobbs manufacturing in Waco, TX. Add in loyal Facebook friends who share the post 111 times. See the connections that resulted.
The 1st connection. YOU. Through the sharing and networking , UPC's from quilters around the country started arriving. With every 10 UPS's, Hobbs would allow the purchase of large rolls of batting at a reduced cost.
The 2nd connection. A Facebook friend sends a message that she has ordered batting online and it is in route to be delivered to us.
The 3rd connection. Sarah - who has a heart for the military and veterans. She is our single-handed quilter in Ft. Worth who turns out so many beautiful quilts. At one point she had 24 pounds of fabric cut and ready to piece together. She is amazing!
The 4th connection. Team Katie, (Trinity Lutheran, Fremont, NE) partnered with us for this quilting endeavor. They made and shipped 10 quilts to us to take on to Waco. Thanks, Team Katie.
The 5th connection. Meet Cyndi and Mary. We met Mary at a Ft. Worth hospital at the request of Cyndi who lives a distance from us. Through a Facebook message, we were able to send real-time visit pictures to Cyndi who was trying to get to her Mom's bedside. When Cyndi saw the quilt appeal, she immediately emailed she would like to make a quilt and add it to our quilts going to the Veterans. Not only did she make a beautiful quilt, she made two and then drove them to St. Paul.
We love the connections the Lord puts in front of us and marvel at His ability to connect dots we aren’t even aware of or see. Great is His faithfulness!