Monday, April 14, 2008

My Town Monday: Fort Worth Gives Back

When we moved to this area five and a half years ago, one of the first things we noticed was this cute little church around the corner from our house. To me the white steeple and red brick looks like something from olden days, only with newer landscaping that speaks of suburbia.

You know that old child's play with hands: this is the church, this is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people? When we walked in these doors, it was the people we met that made the place seem like family. I can actually walk there, much like Father Tim in Mitford, in less than five minutes. Makes me feel all small-towny.

Here are some pics from our prayer garden, a quiet place tucked in a corner off the sanctuary.

Our congregation reaches out to our community in many ways: stocking food pantries, donating school supplies and Christmas gifts for kids in need, and sending work teams to reinforce aging homes or build wheelchair ramps for the elderly. A recent, more global venture was initiated by a friend in our Sunday School: we're joining the Nothing But Nets Campaign to help fight malaria. Millions of people die each year from malaria - but there's a simple, life-saving solution, and all it takes is $10 to buy a bed net, distribute it to a family, and explain its use.

And I thought I'd take this opportunity to ask my friends in the blogosphere to help out.

So here's the skinny: please check out the Nothing but Nets website and see if you can donate ten bucks to save a life. That's ten dollars. To. Save. A. Life.

Even if you don't have the funds, it's worth a quick click to see what's going on. If you want to donate, you can join my Fort Worth team in our friendly competition, to see if we can blow the top off our goal.

Whether you're able to give now or not, check out the site, leave a comment on this blog and I'll put you in a drawing to win a box of signed books from Texas authors, including a copy of Potter Springs by yours truly.

Nothing but Nets. We can fight, and we can win. Game on.



Blogger Josephine Damian said...

Lovely place. Love the flowers. I expected more FL type flowers in TX.

Seen the nets drive mentioned on American Idol and I love how they've gotten the basketball pros to do PSA's with the catch-phrase tie in.

Good luck with your new release.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

A worthy cause, certainly. Thanks for the tip.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

I was thinking about American Idol, too.

This kind of makes my own worries seem a little less serious. Like, this morning, I was sick to my stomach worrying about the fact that today is TURN IN THESIS DAY.

And then, I read this. And I feel selfish for worrying.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

I agree Mathilda, it does make my concerns seem less overwhelming. I can't imagine a world where mosquitoes are literally lethal. They are certainly a nuisance here, but to worry about them every day......

One tip I heard in church yesterday was that Listerine in a spray bottle was just as effective as Off. Has anybody tried that? Then our pastor said vanilla worked also. (I think she's pullin' my leg though.) Any other remedies?

9:12 AM  
Blogger Debbielou said...

Great cause - I wrote about my church this week too!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Religion and church seems to be a theme in a lot of this week's My Town posts.

11:16 AM  
Blogger WordVixen said...

That is a great cause. And congrats on superseding your goal. :)

3:11 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Josephine, thanks for the well wishes. Texas actually has a wide variety of flowers, but our prayer garden is on the smallish side. :)

You're welcome, Lana. I think it's worthy, too, and anything we can do to get the word out helps.

Mathilda, turning in a thesis IS a stomach-churning process, no matter the comparisons. But, as a chronic worrier myself, it does help to have a perspective check once in a while.

Kern, I like the idea of vanilla much better than Listerine. Better ambiance. I've also heard that hanging plastic bag half filled with water keeps flies away. Not sure about mosquitos. Either way, you have to know the backyard will look terrific with moist garbage sacks bobbing in the wind.

DebbieLou, I'll have to check out your post--thanks for the tip.

For bloggers curious about other My Town Posts, click on the link for Travis. (Thanks for setting it up, T. What fun.)

Wordvixen, it's exciting. Thanks for checking it out.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Billy said...

Britta, I love the prayer garden! My brother is a Benedictine priest in a small town near my home. His abbot stationed him in a parish with the smallest church I have ever seen--and I love its ambience and sense of peace. If it's "corny," then I must be too -:) I'll check out the site you mention and the link.

... & thanks for your response at my blog. I agree about the predatory nature of so many PODs.

9:52 AM  
Blogger "Bluebonnet in the snow" said...

Your church's prayer garden is lovely and so is your church.

PF Chang's downtown puts a penny in the bags of water that they hang outside. When I asked, they said that the reflection from the penny keeps flies away. As for mosquitoes, tell Kern that I've heard that rubbing a Bounce fabric sheet on one's skin keeps them away. Have yet to test it out, though.

4:20 PM  
Blogger *Tyler* said...

I heard this week that on Sunday at Hillside Christian Church (previously Paramount Terrace Christian Church) every person in attendance and was given a tithe of $10 and asked to go out and spend the money on someone else. I thought that was a brilliant idea!

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Anti-Wife said...

What a wonderful post. I love churches. They don't usually let me in for fear of the roof collapsing, but they are wonderful places.

It's amazing what just $10 can do.

2:51 PM  

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