We welcome the gift of a new year. As we see the overwhelming needs of the world, we pray that in this new year, we will turn more and more to Our Lord, trusting that he is with us in every situation and depending on him for everything. Truly our hope is well founded, for has he not said, I am with you always (Mt 28:20).
We are grateful for the part you play in our life of dependence on God’s providence. For it is through your response to our needs that God takes care of us. Thank you for your support and prayers throughout the past year.
Mary Davis, our orchard keeper, is grateful for the donation of red plastic balls. She and her crew have prepared them to hang in the apple trees next summer, where, hopefully, they’ll fool the flies and keep them from damaging our apples. She still needs bonemeal and bloodmeal to build up the soil.
Our farm, St. Benedict’s Acres, provides most of our vegetables, meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, and cheese. The farmers need men’s rubber boots (size 10-12), snow shovels, calf hutches, and elbow-length rubber gloves (large and extra large) for working in the dairy.
Bonnie Staib, the circulation manager for this newspaper, is wondering if anyone can send 9 x 12 or larger Tyvek envelopes. Why Tyvek? These envelopes are lighter weight than the usual yet strong, so by using them, we save on postage for bulk orders of Restoration.
Our regular office needs ballpoint pens, 2011 wall calendars, and paper. Printer or copy paper, unused office letterhead, (we cut them off) and computer paper can all be put to many uses.
As we ponder God’s goodness to us over the past year, our hearts are full of gratitude to you, our friends and benefactors. We pray that this new year will bring you and the whole world the Lord’s gift of peace.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Mark Schlingerman and Susanne Stubbs (January 2011)
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