Thanks to Pastor Cluney for posting the pictures of the finished home and dedication service. While the blog is in my name, he is actually responsible for much of the content. As he noted, we did have 100 volunteers sign waivers to work at the site this year. As a group, they totaled over 1,650 hours of volunteer service. This doesn't include the "sweat equity" required of Isabel and her family/friends. The project could not have gotten done so quickly without the countless volunteers. We also could not have done it without the leadership of Pastor Cluney, who served as Site Supervisor, or Terry Miller, who was General Contractor. Both of these men volunteered about 400 hours each to get Isabel's home built. Richard Gilmore and his wife, Dr. Robin Plattenberger, were instrumental as the family's "advocates". In addition to volunteers at the site, we had volunteers preparing meals and businesses who donated supplies and labor. We hope to get a list of donors compiled soon so these business can be recognized publicly. We also wish to acknowledge the Builder's Club donors who contributed $3,775 to this home. Wow! What a blessing you have all been and we cannot say Thank You! enough. We pray that Isabel and her family will be blessed by the contibutions of the community and her family will thrive in their new home. May God bless you all.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Well, after many setbacks and delays, we finally got to have the Dedication Service for our 2009 Habitat Build! Attendance was great considering the rainy day, it being a Saturday afternoon, and the fact that the Iowa Hawkeyes were playing at home. There were about 60 people in attendance.
We began with Pastor Jim Cluney sharing from Exodus chapter 12 talking about the Passover Lamb in which the people were to mark their doorposts with the blood of a sacrificial lamb. When the Death Angel passed over the homes seeking to take the firstborn children and animals, it would spare all those whom applied the blood of the lamb upon their homes. Symbolically, we anointed the doors and the windows of Isabel's new home seeking God's blessings and protection upon all who enter her new home. Isabel's priest, Father Appel, offered a prayer and a blessing upon the home and Isabel's family. We then prayed over her and her children.
Pastor Jim Cluney presented Isabel with a Bible in behalf of Habitat for Humanity. After touring the house we made our way over to First Assembly of God Church to have ice cream and desert while we watched the pictures from the house build. Many memories from the many days of working together were had by all. It is really hard to believe we started the build on July 6th and we are celebrating the dedication on October the 3rd.
Many of our fantastic volunteers were there to share in the day of celebration.
If you were not able to be there for this special day, we have captured most of it in pictures. We are offering a DVD with the pictures provided for the presentation which consists of about 350 pictures, or you can get the DVD that has all the pictures from each day we worked which has about 785 pictures on it. If you would like either disc they are only $5.00 each. Please contact Jim Cluney at (319) 653-1735 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and place your order.
Enclosed in the next few posts are the highlights of the Dedication Service and the finished house in pictures. We say finished, but the rain has delayed the finish work of the yard and drive way until sometime next week.
Thanks again for all the wonderful people who have made it all happen. There were well over 100 volunteers this year! May God always receive the glory...
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A Christian service of dedication is being planned for the Tapia home at 1641Highland Court on Saturday, October 3 at 2 PM. The service will begin at the home, and then an ice cream social will follow at the Assembly of God church at 1602 E. Washington Street, Washington. Pastor Cluney will share the slides he took during the build at the ice cream social. We hope that volunteers, cooks, businesses, Building Club members, previous Habitat homeowners and the community will join us to celebrate the completion of our 16th home in the Washington area. If you have questions or would like to donate pies or bars to the ice cream social, contact Lynette Sievers at 319-653-6945.