“Volunteering…Wrap Up & Thoughts – MDS, Pass Christian, MS”

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 – In retrospect I’m glad I went on this trip. I got to experience 80 degree, sunny, weather in March when it was rainy, sleeting cold and damp at home. I met more Mennonite brothers and sisters from across the country, which reinforces that God is at work in many more places than I usually think about. Now if only I can keep the sore muscles in shape for the next time. Maybe I should get down on my knees and up again about a dozen times a day to help.

I got to read 2 books on my Kindle while traveling. On the way down I read: “Mennonite, In a little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen and on the way home I read: “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. I enjoyed both books, of course I took a hand full of other “paper books” along that I didn’t get to read; but I didn’t want to run out of reading materials. I enjoy traveling, meeting other people, getting to work with my trade skills and helping others in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.

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Matthew 25:34-40
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

– Dennis Gehman

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “A Call for Votes.”

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

Volunteering…Day 8 – MDS, Pass Christian, MS

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Our wake-up call came at 6:30 AM. We ate at the motel before we left around 8:00 AM. I drove first and headed North. I was driving North on I-75 past Knoxville, TN  where I should have taken I-40 East toward VA and Route 81. I didn’t realize my mistake until we saw the “Welcome to Kentucky” sign. We stopped at the welcome center and were told that the best way to get back on track was to turn around. It took about 2 hours to get us back on track. We ate lunch at Long John Silvers at mile marker 5 on Rt. 81 in southern VA. Gary was driving as we left and after about 15 minutes Dorothy said “Where’s my purse?” We turned around and called back to the restaurant; they found the purse and held it for her. That took another half an hour. We ate supper at Denny’s in northern VA. Dan filled up the gas tank and we hit the road North at 7:45 PM.

While at supper, Susan asked each of us why we went on the MDS trip and what our most memorable experience was of the trip. Susan is planning to write an article for ‘Spotlight’ which is the newsletter for our church, Covenant Community Fellowship. I said that I went because I think MDS does a good work in the name of Christ and I want to use my construction skills for God’s glory. I enjoyed working with Hank and getting to go shopping with him to Home Depot. Dorothy is reading what I’m writing so have to be careful what I write.

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Since we’re going to be later than we expected in getting home, Glenda asked our daughter Kaela to pick up milk for us so we can eat breakfast in the morning before church.

We got back to Franconia Mennonite Church at 11:30 PM. Everyone was tired but fulfilled knowing that we served others in the name of Jesus.

– Dennis Gehman

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “Volunteering…Wrap Up & Thoughts – MDS, Pass Christian, MS”

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

 

Volunteering…Day 7 – MDS, Pass Christian, MS

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Friday, March 25, 2011 – I worked at Ms. Mary’s house with 4 other men. I installed the jambs and casing for 2 bi-fold closet doors. Don, John and I walked down the street to Willie’s house to take the shower stall out of the house because a bath tub was installed by mistake. Unfortunately, the shower wouldn’t fit out the door. So, we had to take the entire front door out of the wall. Then the shower unit easily fit out and we reinstalled the door. I then installed interior casing on the front and back doors. I also built a ceiling access panel for the Attic hatch in the Hall. Baseboard trim was installed in the 3 bedrooms. We cleaned up and loaded all of the tools to take back to the MDS unit site. We ate lunch and then left for the MDS unit. Back at the MDS unit, we unloaded the truck and put the tools away. We washed and swept out the MDS vehicles. We showered and loaded our suitcases and were on the road North around 2:00 PM. We stopped on Rt 90 to take a few pictures of the beach before leaving the coast. Ate supper at a Chic-Fil-A and drove on to Athens, TN arriving around midnight. We stayed at the same Days Inn motel that we did on the way down.

– Dennis Gehman

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Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “Volunteering…Day 8 – MDS, Pass Christian, MS”

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

Volunteering…Day 6 – MDS, Pass Christian, MS

Thursday, March 24, 2011 – Hash brown casserole for breakfast. Stan from Johnstown, PA lead devotions. I went to Mary’s house today. Brenda from Colorado and I grouted the tile floors that we installed on Tuesday. We took a break at 10:15 AM and Hank stopped by to check on things. We teased him that he knows when to come. He said that he’d be back when we sit down again. We finished grouting about 10:45 AM. Hank told me to walk down the road to another MDS house and put some blocking in for the bath tub. The house is framed with rough mechanicals in place waiting for the building inspector to give the okay to insulate and start hanging sheet rock. A 48” stall shower was installed but the owner wanted a bath tub so that change was made yesterday. When I got there this morning the tub was in place and full of water doing a pressure test. It didn’t take long to fasten pre cut 2” x 4” studs in place so the front vertical edges of the tub shower unit can be properly fastened.

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I then started installing pre hung interior doors. The first one for the water heater closet went great. Installing doors here is different because they use prehung doors that already have the casing installed on both sides with jambs that are split down the center with a tongue and groove to hold them in place. The workmanship on the doors is pretty poor. Unfortunately the rough openings were all framed to low so we had to cut 3/8” off the jamb legs and casing. When I went for the next door and found out that the doors on site were not the correct doors. Don from Johnstown was in charge of our project today so he put a call into Hank about the door situation. By then it was lunch time so we sat down to eat and in drove Hank. He joined us for lunch then we showed him what was wrong with the doors. Hank asked me to help him load the wrong doors onto his pickup truck. We took them to Home Depot, loaded them on 2 carts and pushed them to the return counter. While Hank took care of the returns I grabbed 2 more carts and loaded up the correct doors we needed. MDS uses gift cards for purchases and Hank came up about $25 short so I paid the rest. Hank said what if we don’t pay you back? I told him that I wasn’t expecting to be paid back. We got back to Mary’s house around 2:00pm. I set 5 doors this afternoon and ripped jamb stock for the two 4/0 bi fold units for the closets.

Our group got back about 4:20 PM so I could jump right into the shower. I had time and could get in front of a mirror, so I shaved for the first time since I left home, actually since last Friday morning. I do look better shaved. 88 degrees and sunny today.

Lasagna for supper with ice cream for desert. I gave the verbal update for Mary’s House after supper to the group, Glenda gave it for Larry’s house.

– Dennis Gehman

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Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “Volunteering…Day 7 – MDS, Pass Christian, MS”

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Philadelphia Spring Home & Landscape Show!

Need something to do on a cold, chilly weekend?

Plan to come visit Gehman Custom Remodeling at BOOTH #A332 at the Greater Philadelphia Spring Home & Landscape Show!

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Dates:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Location:

Valley Forge Convention Center

1160 First Ave.

King of Prussia, PA 19406

Show Hours:

Friday, March 25, 11am – 10pm

Saturday, March 26, 10am – 10pm

Sunday, March 27, 10am – 6pm

Cost:

Admission is FREE. (Chance for a cheap date)

Questions:

Contact Us – 215.513.0300

Come, bring your dreams, see what’s available and leave with ideas!

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time…Continuing “Volunteering…Series”

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

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