Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On October 4th at 9:00 am about 20 or so volunteers had gathered together at Sts. Constantine & Helen to help clean up the church as well as the Church Hall. What started out to be a routine cleanup turned into a mjor project and one that was truly beneficial to all involved. The floor in the hall had to pulled up after buckling beyond any hope of recovery. Next to go was the sheetrock on the walls that had to pulled down revealing the mold spots behind them. Almost everything in the hall needed to be thrown out. All the tables and chairs were ruined. We were fortunate enought to save some tables. The kitchen and restrooms were not spared the fury of Ike and needed to be cleaned from top to bottom. We were also able to trim bushes and cut down any branches hanging precarioulsy over our fence. It goes without saying that a good, honest, hard day's work does not go unrewarded. We were treated to a feast of sorts provided again by the generosity of the workers who had come to clean the church. Their love and support was shown most perfectly by their actions. God bless the workers, cleaners, cooks and everyone who helped, continues to help and who will help in the near future. A special thanks need to go out to the following people:
Slobodanka Matic, Ljubica Puskac, Mira Djujic, Aleksandar Savic, Natalija Hryshechko and John (Ilija), Joby and Colleen Erickson, Richard (Basil) and Mary Gustafson, Carl Northcutt, Irena Milosavljevic, Ross Leo, Gordan and Dijana Joncic, Branko Gligoric, Gordan and Mileva Heckner, Nada Grueneich, Zoran Milenkovic, David and Andrew Jarrett.
Enclosed are some pictures from that days labour which commenced at 9:00am and did not finish until 5:00pm. Don't worry brothers and sisters, there will be another cleanup scheduled for October the 25th for all those who missed the first one.