July 11th News

July 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey everyone… Sorry for a late week entry about this Sunday, but sometimes life gets busy and you don’t get to everything in a timely fashion.

This Sunday (okay… tomorrow) we will get back to our study of the Book of Mark. And, believe it or not, I plan on covering three different stories. We will see Jesus interact with three different men in three different ways– each with a similar result.

To prepare, I encourage you to read Mark 1:40-46 (Jesus Cleanses a Leper; Mark 2:1-12 (Jesus Heal a Paralytic); and Mark 2:13-17 (Jesus Calls Levi).

Looking forward to Sunday (tomorrow)!


Grace and peace,



Russell House Ministry Opportunity

Dale Browning and I met with some of the residents of Russell House last Wednesday and I am excited about the opportunity to reach out and help these folks pack up their kitchens and prepare for their renovations.

We are still working out the details, but anything we can do will be greatly appreciated. The staff of Russell House has been great to meet and plan with and they, too, are encouraged about our possible involvement.

I’ll give more detailed information as it becomes available, but you can pray about your involvement in this outreach opportunity.

Below is the info I’ve posted before…


Right across the street from our church is a HUD housing project for Senior Citizens in the Virginia Beach area. It is called Russell House and they are in need of some loving, caring helping hands.

Russell House has received some government stimulus money and are renovating the 112 (ish) apartments in their facility. This will include re-doing all the kitchens.elderly20ladies

As you might guess, as nice as this is, it is a bit of a challenge to prepare the residents for the renovation. Each kitchen must be emptied for the demolition and then items returned after the renovation. The folks there need some help to make this happen.

If you are interested in joining the team from Grace family Fellowship, let me know (doug.haupt@grace2f.org)  Here is the basic information… We will be learning how this will work best as we go.

WHEN:The renovation begins the week of July 12th and will continue through February. Volunteers could help during days or evenings.

WHAT: Packing up the kitchen for a resident. Boxes will be provided. The items will need to be placed in another space in the resident’s apartment. You may need to work with the resident to keep necessary items available (the construction will be a 2 day process). After the renovation is complete, you will return and “set-up” the new kitchen.

WHAT DO YOU NEED:Basically a heart to love and serve. I do not believe that this will be physically demanding. A big part of what we are doing is walking with someone through a process that could be a bit confusing or disruptive. You will probably need patience.

WHO: You; your friends; your kids. Any one. Any students will need to have an adult supervising– but I think this is a great opportunity for our kids to brighten a senior’sday/week/month/year.

I don’t know how much we can help– but I do know that this is a way we can impact our community in a very tangible way.

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