July 18, 2000
Hello, friends! Diana Westbrook here.
I know you must be wondering how the plans are coming along. There hasn’t been much to report till now, but suddenly things are really swinging into gear.
Most important, the dates now are set: October 3-7 (Tuesday through Saturday), along with subsequent Saturdays through December 9 (excluding Thanksgiving Saturday).
It appears that Thomas Road Baptist Church will not participate, though as Mel says, "Jerry is full of surprises, and we may hear from him yet." First Christian Church (Soulforce Central) and St. John’s Episcopal Church (another supportive church from October) are recruiting local volunteers and raising the final funds needed from Lynchburg-area churches and synagogues.
We’ll soon have registration for the project on the Soulforce web site, along with a fairly detailed construction schedule. We’ll also ask for additional specifics regarding your strengths and preferences.
When you register, you can indicate the dates you want to participate. If you really want to be a part of the effort but can’t commit to the entire week, not to worry. Habitat recognizes that volunteers may need to "come and go" as their job and home responsibilities necessitate.
We need for all of you to register your intent to participate on the Soulforce web site. Check the site over the next couple of weeks — the Habitat info should be posted soon.
I’ll keep you informed as additional specifics are finalized. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. Many thanks for your interest in helping with the construction of the Soulforce in Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity house. It’s a mighty exciting way to follow up with the good work we began last October.
Mel and Gary will be present for the entire week and will lead us in special worship and training sessions along the way. Mel will be preaching at First Christian on Sunday, October 8.
If you have questions, be sure to contact me.