We would like to thank the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties, and their contractors - Ken's Plumbing, Allied Electric Service, Air Solutions, and Carrig and Dancer - for the wonderful job they did weatherizing the My Family Home.
My Family Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that provides residential services for men with developmental disabilities. The My Family Home qualified for the Low-Income Weatherization program that was funded by federal stimulus money and made available to individuals and organizations meeting the criteria, through The Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties
To have this money made available for the good work of helping people conserve energy and save on their utility bills is to be commended.
The residents, the families of the residents and the board of directors of the My Family Home join me in saluting and thanking you. Sister Mimi Maloney SNJM, director, My Family Home, Olympia
I want to commend the members of First Christian Church for their hospitality and openness. I am a member of Emmaus, a small faith community in Olympia, which is part of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. We had been meeting in the Lacey Women’s Club, which was a wonderful home during our seedling years.
Our members, however, desire a more accessible, church-like setting. In our quest, we met Pastor Amy Walters of First Christian Church. She and the community welcomed the request of sharing space and set about refurbishing a room and creating a “sacred space” for Emmaus to use.
Since both congregations will make use of this room, a joint blessing was recently conducted. The first liturgy was held in this space by Emmaus on April 3. Both congregations joined in fellowship after their respective services, and the members of Emmaus again felt warmly welcomed. Since ministry is an integral part of the makeup of both congregations, Emmaus plans to join the community outreach efforts presently undertaken by the Disciples of Christ. I believe we will find we have many more commonalities than differences.
Inclusion rather than exclusion, working together rather than competing, focusing on God’s work rather than any one denomination’s work – these are the actions that will help us walk in Jesus’ shoes.
Thank you, First Christian Church, for your open minds, compassionate hearts and warm hospitality, from the members of the Emmaus community, who love God wholeheartedly as do you! Connie Hanser, Emmaus ECC, Federal Way