August 05, 2008
Gifts and Meals
It seemed as if there were a lot of disappointments for Pastor Ellen when we arrived. An hour-long interview resulted in a 15 second spot on Fox TV. A promising newspaper article was disappointing: there was no momentum to be seen for days of work on her part.
But then, last night as we ate dinner supplied by the members of the church, Get In The Car and AmeriCorps volunteers experienced the joy of disappointments being revealed as blessings. The right someone from the local Optimist Club heard her cause and responded with funds, challenges to other organizations, and promises of more help. And then, the gentleman and his friends later returned bringing the promised help and more press coverage.
I guess it’s like letting go a bunch of balloons. Someone will eventually grab one, and run with the message attached. I hope that flow continues for Pastor Ellen and her community. I pray that GOD continues to place the right people in your path.
Dear Pastor Ellen,
Today, we met a relative of someone whose home was worked on by another GITC team just a few weeks ago. We also met a lovely parishioner in the Dollar General. People are aware that something wonderful has begun. Keep faith in yourself, but also know that all you’ve done is turning to fruition. You’re changing your community. You’re changing lives. Your invitation has changed ours. Thank you for the hospitality. God Bless.
From the kitchen of generous Fond Du Lac, WI resident Diana
Wisconsin Mac-T Salad
1 can tuna
1 box macaroni noodles, cooked
1 zucchini (from cook’s own garden)
4 shredded carrots (from cook’s own garden)
1 cucumber (from cook’s own garden)
1 chopped onion
½ stick celery
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup Lite Hellman’s Mayonnaise
½ cup Lite Miracle Whip
2 tablespoon wine vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate one hour.
Garnish: cilantro, thyme (from cook’s own garden)
Choco-Cherry Dump Cake
1 box chocolate cake mix, dry
1 can cherry pie filling
1/3 cup oil
Dump together and stir. Bake 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Top with whipped topping or ice cream.
Posted by jaselin at August 5, 2008 01:04 PM