June 1, 2002 Vol. 16, No. 2 [p. 2]

Dwelling Place Community Update

A legal hurdle has been crossed: The Dwelling Place Community is now registered as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in the state of Mississippi. We make haste slowly but each move is a step toward official recognition.

We continue to extend invitations to all interested Christians who:

Contact Clare Van Lent if you are interested in more information, 662-738-5348.

Clare Speaks at Catholic Foundation

April 17 Clare was invited as one of three recipients of grants from the Catholic Foundation of the Jackson diocese to speak at their annual dinner meeting.

"I was so grateful to personally thank this group that has been so generous to us these past seven years. Since 1995 they have awarded us $24,900 in grants. This has helped us purchase computers, repair buildings, erect carports, lay parking lots, and countless other projects," remarked Clare when she returned.

The Catholic Foundation offers grants to many needy groups in the diocese.

Scholarship Fund

Because the fees charged at The Dwelling Place cover less than one-half of the cost of the retreat, we rely heavily on the support of benefactors to supplement our needs. God has continued to bless our ministry and sustain us through the generosity of many.

Charging the actual cost would be prohibitive for many who desire to come and experience God's love and healing. Since we began we have regularly offered partial scholarships for those unable to pay. It has been taken from the operating budget or from grants.

We are now inaugurating a Scholarship Fund that will provide moneys for assistance to the needy. If you would like to make an offering to this fund, know that it will be used to provide an opportunity for someone who otherwise would be unable to come. Your charity would, in a very real way, be extending the reign of God through our ministry here.

Clare with the first station

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are slowly becoming a reality. The dedication plaques have been cut and are now being fastened to the posts by Yoder Woodworks. Clare is pictured here with the first station, Jesus is condemned to die.

"Thank you" to all who responded to our last newsletter and have donated a station in memory of loved ones. Smith's Landscaping has promised that the meditation path will be laid the first part of June.

We are proud and grateful for all who have shown an interest and have assisted in bringing these to completion. You will be notified of the date of the blessing and dedication.

(l to r) Deb Switzer, Sheila Avery, and Mary Bishop

"Spring Tune-Up"

Special thanks to Deb Switzer from Ridgeland and Mary Bishop from Madison as they assisted in so many ways during our "Spring Tune-Up" weekend. Here they are helping Sheila in the library. Jack and Maria Zimmerman, our faithful friends from Tennessee, also came to trim and saw, repair, and plumb. Thanks to all of you. We invite any and all generous hearts and willing hands to help- anytime!

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