Another short one:
The Open House Party for Paul Smith is from 2:00 to 5:00 this Sunday, February 1. We will shower him with gift cards so he can purchase what he needs for his new home. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate with Paul.
Paul Smith was working on the roof of his house when he slipped and fell to the ground, becoming paralyzed from the waste down. He, of course, lost his job and soon found himself unable to pay his insurance. And then his house burned to the ground.
Two of our members, Raymond and Marsha Key, who own a cabinet shop, decided to raise the money and volunteer help needed to build Paul a new house. And they did.
One member donated his services as an architect. Others donated plumbing and other supplies. And the Keys got other donations from all sorts of businesses and people across town.
On faith, they broke ground and began construction long before they had raised all the money needed for the task. And the members of the church turned out, hanging sheetrock, painting, laying tile, and building a house.
And we had the open house for the newly built house about a month ago.
Oh, and while Paul had family members in our church, he was not a member himself. And Raymond had the joy of baptizing him — which meant that Raymond had to be sure the house had a room big enough for a small group to meet in the house.