Monday, April 14, 2014

Fisher House Enjoyed Cookies

Remember the 800 boxes of cookies Girl Scout Troop  17417 and Ephriam Andrews Chapter DAR  donated and we distributed to various locations on Fort Sam Houston? (see March 20th post)

The Army Fisher House sent a nice thank you. We appreciate the Girl Scouts and DAR for allowing us to be a part of this generosity.  Besides, it was really fun watching the faces of people when we walked in with cases of cookies and explained they were a gift.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March R&R and Fredericksburg Fly Fishing Event

What a blessing God bestowed upon us this past week-end.  Eight families from Fort Sam Houston came to the hill country for some R&R time.

Upon arriving Friday evening they were welcomed with a meal provided by the St Barnabas Episcopal Church and also treated to some beautiful music by a local orchestra who practices at the church on Friday nights!!

The families were welcomed with open arms and such warmth that each wounded warrior and family member left with excited anticipation of what was to come during the next two days.

Ashley showing off her Catch
Giving the Fish a break

Saturday the Fredericksburg Fly Fishermen (FFF)  hosted a day event at Still Waters Ranch for even more wounded warriors from Fort Sam who came just for the day.  Several good sized fish were caught, filleted and sent home with the warriors.  For some it was a first time fishing experience.
Dustin admiring Stan's catch
Wounded Warriors, FFF & Volunteers ready to fish

Bruce Ward-Chief Cook

Ray Sims-Transportation & Guide

While some were fishing, others visited the shops in town, toured the Nimitz Museum or climbed Enchanted Rock. Still others went to the kite flying event at LBJ state park then enjoyed the Sauer Beckmann Farm where they were treated to a taste of what life was like in the Fredericksburg area 100 years ago. 

After a full day of fun events, we gathered together at the Enchanted Rock Pavilion for dinner and fellowship.  Entertainment during the evening was provided by John Hardaway and 30-60, a local band. Rabke’s catered the meal with volunteers Ann Matthews, Rita Travis, Sandy Doudna and Johna Clark providing cupcakes for dessert.

Sunday morning found several of the families attending different churches in town.  After a morning of worship, the families headed back to San Antonio to get ready for their regiment at Fort Sam.  Our prayer for each of these warriors is that healing and peace will come to their body and soul.

Thanks to Susan Quindry, Stacy Johnson & Sharon Massey for providing the Information and pictures for this blog.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cookies Anyone?

Last Tuesday was our regular day to teach card making at WFSC.  Susan Quindry, one of our executive board members was there and was gracious enough to send the following recount of the day.

What a wonderful day we had on yesterday (Tues March 18, 2014).  An anonymous donor through the Girl Scout Troop #17417 of Katy, TX and the Ephraim Andrews Chapter of the DAR of Fredericksburg, TX donated 800 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to be distributed to active military at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

We enlisted our volunteers to come with us and help with the distribution.  Richard Gray and Bobbi Grimmer along with Sharon Massey, Stacy Johnson, Rhonda Strelke, and Susan Quindry made the deliveries.  The cookies were distributed to Fisher House, The Intrepid, the 4th floor burn unit of BAMC hospital, Navy, Marine, Powless Hotel, the barracks and Warrior Family Support Center (WFSC).

While the distribution was going on, Lisa Davis was conducting a card making class at WFSC for the wives of the wounded warriors.  Lunch was provided by the Wounded Warrior at Nebo ministry and fun was had by all.

What a beautiful day we enjoyed surrounded by the special people who serve our country to give us our freedom.  THANK YOU!
Richard, Stacy, Bobbie & Melonie 

Richard, Melonie & Stacy Unloading at Fisher House

Workers at  Powless Hotel

Stacy, Melonie, Sharon & Rhonda at Liberty Barracks

Boxes tempting all who enter WFSC

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Challenges Met!!

Recently an anonymous supporter issued a $500 challenge.  He/she would match every donation dollar for dollar up to $500.  The funds to be used for March R&R for wounded warriors and their families.

 You all met the challenge!! 
 Thank you 

This month's R&R over laps with Spring Break so guest houses, B&Bs, etc. that are normally donated for the warriors' use are not available.  That means we have to go to hotels to house our guests.  The funds will really help.

Also, as you probably read in an earlier blog, Mike & Debbie McCurdy issued the same type of challenge for April's R&R. They will match donations up to $500.  These funds will also go toward housing since April is one of the busiest months for B&B and guest house rentals.

You Did It!!  The challenge has been met.
               THANK YOU!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

February R&R for Wounded Warriors

What a great weather for an R&R weekend!!  We had 7 wounded warriors & family members; the Chaplain & his family for a total of 20 guests.
Some of the "Presbyterian Worker Bees"

Memorial Presbyterian Church provided Friday night dinner for everyone. Besides preparing a delicious meal, there were several Presbyterians there to greet the warriors as they arrived making them feel welcome.

What made it doubly nice was many of the host couples were there to meet and visit with "their family" during dinner.  The church's generosity didn't stop with the fine hospitality & dinner. They presented Wounded Warriors at Nebo with a $350 donation for future events.

The only "group" activity for Saturday was dinner at Andy's Steak and Seafood Grill so everyone could do their own thing.  Some explored the shops on main street, Chaplain Ginsburg & son Bryce climbed a wall at Enchanted Rock while several just "hung out" enjoying the peace & quiet of the Hill Country.  Dinner was Chicken Fried Steak and all the trimmings-DONATED by Andy's!!  Bless you, Don, for your generosity!!  A bonus was Jenelle Ginsburg agreeing to sing a couple of songs.  What an incredible voice! Check out the video on facebook to hear her.

After dinner some went to the Rock Box, some to Fritztown Cinema (tickets donated) and several went to see Little Shop of  Horrors at Fredericksburg Theater Company (tickets donated).

Samantha & James
The Davis' will soon be returning to North Carolina so this may be the last event they can attend. They will be missed.  Following is a note they gave us at dinner.

  • "Ladies, James & I have been beyond blessed to have met each of you! Thank you so much for the wonderful weekends you have been able to plan for us. We look forward to telling our friends and family back home about the Ladies at Nebo!!  signed, Samantha Davis & James Davis."
We wish the Davis' well.

It's notes like this and the verbal "notes of gratitude" and of course the hugs we receive that give us conformation we are following GOD'S plan.  However, none of these events would be possible without your support.  We thank all of you who have provided funds to continue serving the warriors. Believe it or not it takes more than funding to provide an R&R weekend.  The following people, business and churches  provided the additional support.
Mike & Debbie McCurdy
Shirley Petmecky
John & Peggy Benson
Tom & Kay Telle
Curtis Woodard
C.C. Gibbons
Ross & Betty Murphy
Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Andy's Steak and Seafood Grill
Fredericksburg Theater Company
Fritztown Cinema

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Matching Funds For Wounded Warrior Event

An anonymous donor has said they will match funds donated up to $500.  The money will be used to offset housing costs for the R&R weekend in Fredericksburg March 21-23. This R&R coincides with Spring Break so guest houses and B&Bs we normally use are not available.

Housing may also be a problem for the April R&R.  It falls on the same weekend as the annual Wildflower Run and April is also a very busy time for the B&B/Guest House business. In addition, our first Adaptive Sports Military event will be in April.   Debbie and Mike McCurdy have agreed to match your donation dollar for dollar up to $500.

Don't let this opportunity to double your contribution slip by!!

Make your checks payable to FUMC-WWAN (Fredericksburg United Methodist Church-Wounded Warriors at Nebo) and send them to FUMC at 1800 N. Llano, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 or you can take your check to the office Monday - Thursday between 8am & 5pm and Friday 8am to Noon.  On line donations can also be made.  See the sidebar on this post for instructions.

THANK YOU for your support!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Things are Happening!!

What an exciting day.  Sharon & I went to Seguin to meet with Pastor Ron Welborn at the United Methodist Church.  The purpose of the meeting was two fold.  First to tell him about the Wounded Warriors at Nebo ministry and two to enlist his (and the church's) help.  As we said in an earlier blog, the Adaptive Sports Military Program is very interested in organizing day trips and/or sports weekends utilizing the Lazy U Ranch, Seguin,  in addition to locations in Fredericksburg.  To achieve this Seguin needs to have people in place to greet and feed the warriors and their families.  One could almost see the "wheels turning" as we visited with Pastor Ron.  He is eager to participate and believes there are others who will feel the same.

Sharon, Dottie, Dave, Craig, Jennifer, Brad & Michael
We left Pastor Ron and drove to Lazy U Ranch where we met Craig Russell, the owner, his daughter and the Adaptive Sports coaches.  They needed to look at the ranch to see if it would work for their warriors activities.  The end result is they can use it for kayaking, hiking, camping, cookouts and mountain biking on the hiking trails.
Craig, Michael, Joel, Brad & Dave
Took a picture of the "Guys" so the rookie (Joel) would be in it.

From there we took everyone back into town to look at the climbing walls at ZDT Amusement center.  The coaches were all very exited about them.  In addition, Danny (the owner) said the silos were also available if they wanted to use them.  They are basically climbing walls 60' high-yikes!! 

Is GOD good or what!!