Red Bird Mission
Complete Midday Dinner
to raise funds for the trip.
Sunday March 19 at the church
no set charge, free-will offering will be received to help with the Mission
Featuring a complete Vegan Meal prepared by chefs
Karen Festa, Moses and Sandra Hudson-Knapp
Moses will share a little bit about vegan cooking for your entertainment and enlightemnent!
The morning worship service at 10 AM will feature a talk by Deb Bethel who went on the trip last year,
pictures from the journey
and Appalacian music to worship God!
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
through Sunday, March 11th
Update as of January 2012
A contingent of GMC students, high school students, and folk from our region and beyond, will venture to Beverly, Kentucky to Red Bird Mission on March 3rd. While there, the team will will work on people's homes, doing repairs to roofs, ramps, windows, bathrooms, interior and exterior of homes, etc.
This year, we will be traveling by personal vehicles and taking two days - each way, to travel with a stop-over for sleep.
The team will stay in dormatories, eat in a large dining hall, and become acquainted with other aspects of the Red Bird campus: K-12 school, medical clinic, mega thrift store, craft shop, food shelf, home garden project, etc..
On Wednesday, the team will have a day off to explore the region. This year, we have made contact with a group who will provide us a tour down and through a working coal mine, through a huge coal museum, and a trip up Black Mountain to view an active mountain top removal coal operation.
In preparation for this journey, students will be meeting weekly to form the team and prepare for their spring break. We will all be working together to raise the funds necessary to cover expenses - $650 per person (room, board, site materials, travel expenses, and food for travel and the day off).
At this point, there are 12 commited GMCstudents with another 10-18 as yet unconfirmed but interested. there are about 4-6 high school students who have expressed interest, and 14 adults (perhaps 18-20 adults) committed to date. The deadline for trip planning and Kentucky site planning is Feb 10 - NLT. At this point we have 28 committed travelers, with a possibility of from 36-44 on the team. We will soon know the reality of the team - prayerfully.
On Feb. 19, all three of our United Methodist Chruches will worship together as our Bishop - Peter Weaver, will be present at worship in Poultney at 10 AM to preach in celebration, and to commission the team. Everyone is invited for this event as there will be a pot-luck to follow worship.
There will be three showing of "The Last Mountain" - a most recent documentary on mountain top removal and the impact in the Appalachian region and our country - environmentaly, socially, politically, etc. When these dates come available, we will let you know. Whether you go or not, this DVD is worth your time to see.
The special appeal this year is for personal vehicles, but we may have to rent a few vehicles, which will increase our costs. If you have some practical suggestions or are willing to help with this project, please contact Rev. David Adams.
Thank you for your assistance and support. Most of all, we need your prayers for this work that we believe God is calling us to.
To help support the effort or to learn more
Contact Rev. David Adams
802-287- 5710 or 287-4406