I have been so busy this week that I haven't been able to get too much done for my W.I.P. Wednesday post. I am excited to share with you what I have been up to.
Our church doesn't have a building. We are a small mission congregation that has been meeting for the last six years in a recreational facility. We have been steadily growing and have finally started the process of ground breaking for our new church home. I am so excited to be a part of this process! It has been very frustrating at times - because we have had to rely on the availability of the rec center and our evening meetings or special events have had to be held at other locations at times. We will finally be able to have a church building to call our own!
There is a wonderful organization that is helping us build our church. It is made up of volunteers who are mostly retired. They are dedicated individuals who serve the Lord through the ministry of building churches all over the country. If you want to learn more about this wonderful ministry, click here. You can watch the video and see what a blessing these dedicated volunteers are to the congregations they serve.
The Builders for Christ workers arrived here in Georgia about a week ago. As you know the weather hasn't been the best here, so work has been slow - and they have had some problems here and there. This wonderful group of people have been so calm through it all. They are used to the pitfalls that arise when you are building a structure and they haven't let it phase them. I think WE - the members, have been more nervous about it all then they have! Whenever a problem arises - they take it directly to the Lord and patiently work it out. I am in awe of the dedication to the work involved and the gentle witness of these wonderful brothers in Christ!
After the foundation was finally set in place, they quickly got to work - they broke ground and are starting to build the walls! The builders are staying in RV's on the property, and in our members homes. The only thing that they ask of us is that we feed them breakfast and lunch with two snacks each day - they usually take care of their own dinners.
Our Ladies Group has been busy preparing meals everyday for them. This is no easy undertaking as we have about 30 builders (including their wives) here working for us.
Today is the day that my meals will be served. I prepared them this week and took them out to the parsonage last night. I had to do it this way because I work and couldn't take the time to go out there today. The wives arrive at the parsonage in the morning and warm things up and then call the men to come eat. It has worked out well so far - it's just a gamble at how MUCH to prepare. I hope I made enough to satisfy them!
I really LOVE to bake and wanted this meal to be extra special. I chose to make Cinnamon Rolls for their breakfast and cut up strawberries to go with it.
In the corner you see the butterscotch krispies that I made for them to snack on during the day.
I made Watergate Salad which has crushed pineapple, pistachio pudding, coolwhip and marshmallows in it. You can't tell by this picture, but it is a green color and it is delicious!
The entree dish is Chicken Tetrazzini. I made enough to fill two foil roaster pans full. I wanted to make a lunch that was not too heavy because they would need to go back to work after eating it!
I am probably going to stress out today until I find out that it was enough for them. It is so hard to know what will be enough to feed 30 people! This has been a labor of love - We all feel so blessed to have them here!
In February, we are having a Ladies Group get-together to honor the sacrifice of these wives who follow their husbands around from state to state. They don't even get to enjoy the quiet life of their retirement years! Actually, they all say that they wouldn't have it any other way. They truly enjoy getting to meet new people and travel to new locations. What a ministry this is!
I will be sure to post about our fun evening that we have planned for these special women when the day approaches.
I need to get going - need to go to work, but if you would like for me to post any of these recipes, just tell me which ones and I will be happy to. They are all tried and true!
Blessings on your day today,