Friday, June 8, 2012

Three Days of Volunteering at MMDC

Our team from Trinity UMC in Charles City, IA, was made up of Carl Jacob, Karen Cutler, Jay Cutler, and (back) Susan Jacob.

Jay shrink-wrapped his first pallet.

Jay works on the school desks from Trinity UMC.

Carl glues a brace for the school desks.

Youth from First UMC in Chatham, IL, washed sponges to remove the antibacterial agent.

Karen cuts up boxes for recycling.

Mark was taking the semi to Ohio for several annual conferences over the next few weeks.

 Carl catches up on reading the Charles City PRESS.

Susan worked on the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt touch table, e-mailing the software developer several times a day.
 Carl and Jay got assistance from a member of a youth team whom they lowered into the Gaylord to get down to the bottom.

 Jay and Carl move a pallet.

Susan writes the pallet’s weight on the side.

Watch out when that door to the truck is opened because that fabric is going to roll out!

Gary Billings, June volunteer coordinator helps unload the rolls of fabric for school bags.

Flood cleaning buckets from Iowa Annual Conference go into the warehouse.

The school desks from Trinity UMC were the first things loaded and the last things left in the truck.

A box from Iowa Annual Conference is weighed.

Carl reached down into the bin for the last item in the bottom.

Loading Upholstry Fabric for MMDC

On our way to Chatham, IL, we met some members of the church in Wilton, IA, who had picked up 140 rolls of upholstry fabric from HON Industries. We had JUST enough room in the 26-ft. rental truck for it.

It took an hour and a half to load the fabric rolls into the tuck. Jay got to haul in the very last one!

Exhibits at Iowa Methodist Annual Conference

Jay Cutler from Trinity United Methodist Church in Charles City, IA, had a booth to show our church’s soap making project for the local food pantry.

He even got some people to sign up to help on June 11 and 12.

Kid’s Care packed high protein meals in the exhibit area.

The Midwest Mission Distribution Center booth was manned by the Iowa board member.

Each district had a mission project. The Potpourri Booth collected them all.

The PET (Personal Energy Transport) was a big hit with this young man.

Monday, June 4, 2012

MMDC--truck loaded & Iowa Annual Conference

So when we came back the second day, there was a flood cleaning bucket waiting for us before we even unlocked the truck an hour before the conference sessions began!

Susan knitted a prayer shawl while waiting by the truck.

Carl got in a short siesta.

On the last day we flattened all of the extra cardboard boxes and stowed them in Gary Burket’s truck for recycling.

Getting fuller...

...and organized for the trip to Chatham tomorrow.

It was a hard day!

Meanwhile, Jay Cutler demonstrated Trinity’s soap making project. We make liquid laundry detergent and give it to the local community kitchen.

At the back of the exhibit hall Kids Care was packing high protein meals during the conference.

Iowa MMDC board member Carol had a booth in the exhibit hall.

And the various Iowa Districts were also collecting items for missions at the Potpourri booth.

This young man tried out the PET.

Here’s proof that Trinity UMW was represented--Jane and Pastor Jim and Carl.

Cindy and Denny Rippentrop and Pastor Jim joined the Jacobs for dinner on the last night.