Monthly Archives: June, 2015

  1. News : Doctor Needed for Haiti Trip

    Is there a doctor in the house? A team from Westminster will be heading to Haiti the week of November 14 to work in one of Haiti Outreach Ministries’ clinics. We need another doctor to go – any specialty.

    We are excited to be making what we hope will be the first of many trips there! Please contact Pat Gunter by July 1 if you are interested. 

  2. Mission Trip Blog : June 30: Asheville Youth Mission

    Weeding the groundsToday we worked with Children’s First Learning Centers to have a field day and a pool party. These are kids who come from underprivileged areas or families, and CFLC is a daycare/summer camp that the kids can go to while their parents work. There were several stations where kids could play games like sharks and minnows, and another where they could make stepping stones that went to a local elementary school in Asheville. The experience was a good bonding opportunity, and both the kids and the volunteers had a good time.

    – Ben and Sam

    Today, we woke up and drove to the Black Mountain Children’s Home. Our activities there included weeding, planting, and mulching their garden. After our hard work, we got to play with the animals such as, goats, sheep, alpacas, etc. We then ate lunch and drove to Pritchard Park. When we arrived, we handed out Popsicles and played games with the people around the park. There were lots of different people there, some who did not have homes, and had nothing to do during the day. We then came home, ate dinner, and played games. After the games we drove to the Asheville Labyrinth. After a long, silent, spiritual walk through the labyrinth, we found that the silence gave us time to think about our relationship with God and the people around us.

    – Melissa and Alex

    After we finished breakfast we headed out to the thrift store and sorted clothes, blankets, books, and more. We also found a knock knock joke book that we (unfortunately) bought. Later that day, after lunch we went to the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters which was an old motel (which Elvis stayed in!) that gives homeless Veterans with addictions and/or disabilities a place to stay and helps send them down a better path. We helped with the maintenance of the building and then listened to many inspirational stories including one from a veteran named Joey. After that we went to Asheville Boarding School to shower and then headed back to First Presbyterian Church for free time, dinner, an evening devotional, and finally after a long day we went to sleep.

    – Ella & Elizabeth

  3. Mission Trip Blog : June 30: Appalachia Service Project

    ASPMy experiences on the 30th of June were great. Our family whose house we are working on are some of the kindest people I have met. Mrs. Rita’s granddaughter took her senior pictures. Rita worked with the granddaughter for 2 hours curling hair and doing makeup and other things to get ready. When finished she looked fantastic. We put up siding, insulation, t-channels, 1×2’s and 1×4’s. With the siding and other things you really get to see the progress you make that day and week. I feel that through seeing my progress and the kindness of the family I am seeing Christ more as a whole instead of as in just separate things. I saw God as a whole instead that night as some of the people sang with some people from a Methodist church for an hour not discussing anything but the next song we were going to sing.

    – Connor 

  4. Bulletins & Sunday Announcements : June 28, 2015

    June 28, 2015 Bulletin 

  5. Mission Trip Blog : June 29: Asheville Youth Mission

    Asheville Youth MissionMonday morning we got up at 6:45 from a very long night. The room was freezing because of the AC and a bunch of girls had woken up in the night because of it. We all ate a very good breakfast of cereal, breakfast bars, and fruit. After a quick mini worship we all departed for our activities, ours being the Homeward Bound shelter. We were cleaning everything inside and out. Diane’s group swept and mopped the floors and cleaned the staff bathrooms in the upstairs portion of the building while Dave’s group cleaned out the basement by mopping and scrubbing the bins. They also sorted through donations from giving people in the Asheville community. After that we took a short lunch break at one of the many nice parks in Asheville. Soon after we were back on the road and headed toward our new worksite, a labyrinth. There, we pulled weeds and restored the site to make it open and welcoming to the public. Then we came back to the church and made dinner for the youth. It was very chaotic, but fun at the same time. When dinner was made and cleaned up, members of the Asheville Youth Mission led us in fun activities that really expanded the minds of all the youth.

    – Lauren Nichols and Drew Alderman

    Monday morning we woke up at 7:00am and ate a cereal bowl breakfast. After playing games and getting ready, we split up into day groups. Then we all headed off at 8:30 to go to our designated work sites. Our work site was at a preschool for kids with special backgrounds. There we gardened some, and then got to know the kids by playing with them. At 12:00, we had lunch, which was a lunch each of us packed. Following lunch, we drove to our second work shop: a thrift store. Here, we worked sorting and displaying used goods in an orderly fashion. Next, we got to shower at a nearby boarding school which was very refreshing. We all drove back in our buses smelling nice, and had a fun taco dinner where we shared our daily experiences.

    – Josh Howell and Rachel Peters

    Today our group (Chipotle) went to the Emma Elementary School and Open Hearts Art Center. At the elementary school we built a garden bed so that the students could take home fresh vegetables over the summer. We learned that in this county 53% of students get free and reduced lunch. After that we went to a day center for adults with disabilities. The center uses art to help with their disabilities. At the Open Hearts Art Center we threw a Fourth of July themed party for them. The best part of the trip was when we learned that even though the people had disabilities they are still active members in society. Also, to help contribute at the mission center we set up for breakfast for tomorrow morning.

    – Ashley Vann and Nick Mountain