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The time is growing short…the deadline to sign up for the annual Lotts Creek Mission Trip is nearly here. Lotts Creek, a community in rural SE Kentucky, is where members and friends of MHCUCC have traveled for 18 years to lend a helping hand and, one by one, slowly work to eliminate poverty housing. Adding a bathroom, a ramp or sometimes a room addition makes a big difference for a family. We always “get more than we give” and we learn so much about ourselves and others. Won’t you join us?

This is an inter-generational trip. Children through 7th grade with parent, teens (8th grade and above), singles, couples, and families all are welcome. Cost: $130 covers food, lodging and most transportation costs. We will use the church van and plan to carpool.

Reserve your spot by contacting George or Sandy Uhl (440-235-8227 or ssuhl [at] cox [dot] net). Reservation forms and fees are due June 17 to Sandy Uhl. Registration forms are available on the table in the parlor. Checks should be made to MHCUCC and marked “Lotts Creek Trip Fee”. Our maximum is 30, so don’t delay!

Our Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast (June 17, 9am – Noon)
is a fundraiser for the Lotts Creek trip. The free will offering
will be used to purchase building materials.
Please plan to come to breakfast with your family!

Lotts Creek 2017 Report to the Congregation
Eighteen Middleburg Missionaries, some newbies, some repeaters, made the annual trek to Lotts Creek, Kentucky the week of July 22 -29. Why do we continue to go to the same place every year? Because there is still a great need in the hollers and in our hearts. Our faith instructs us to take action, to do something for others. And so we return to Lotts Creek to work in the community surrounding the school started by Alice Slone. You, too, were there: your financial contributions paid for the building materials we used on our projects and paid for the food donations we gave to the Food Pantry at Lotts Creek.

We were supported by prayer partners right here at home – people who volunteered to pray for specific members of the group during this trip. I’d like to recognize and give appreciation to each of them: Jan Meier prayed for Jo Casterline, Tom & Lorraine Ropas prayed for Scot Uhl and Shanna Glaab, Mary Densmore prayed for Bob Mieyal, Paul & Shirley King prayed for Connie Lewis, Barb & John Toth prayed for Bob Lewis, Kathy Bloesinger prayed for Hunter Naig, Mary Young prayed for Sandy Uhl, Randy Over prayed for George Uhl, Flo Thwaites prayed for Patrick Uhl and Ann Over prayed for Tom Casterline. There are undoubtedly others I don’t even know about who prayed for Esther and Mayele Ngembe, John Dagil, Danny Salzgeber, Roger & Carol Hall, and Jeff Lingenfelter: we thank you all as well. Your prayers gave us the enthusiasm and energy as well as the power to accomplish great things!

We worked together to build a deck on a trailer so a family had a new useful space as well as a safe, comfortable entrance to their home. Another family lacked a roof over their porch and every time it rained, water ran off the trailer’s roof and damaged their front door. We put a roof on that porch. A third project involved moving some interior walls in a trailer to make a bedroom and bathroom a little larger. Although we worked hard on this project, we were not able to finish it despite the best efforts of all involved.

Last of all, a group of us worked on cleaning and painting around the school campus.

One of our devotions included this observation by Peter Gomes: “We aren’t here to own anything, but to receive everything; not to finish anything, but to participate in something. And if it seems unfair not to see the fruits of our labor, it is likewise an undeserved privilege that we get to labor at all. Thank you, God, that we don’t own and we won’t finish, and that you let us labor at all.”