Posted December 31, 2014 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2014)

In December we sing the Advent songs we know so well in order to prepare our hearts for the feast of Christmas. You too will be singing, and across the miles, we are connected. We thank you for all your donations without which we could not live our Madonna House lives, much less prepare for the feast.

Our schola (choir) director is asking for supplies for the liturgical celebrations which are so much part of our life. She would be very grateful for some pitch pipes, especially in the C to C range, which are most helpful to our cantors at prayers.

She thanks you for the guitar strings you sent, and she says that, strange as it may seem, G and D strings wear out the quickest. If you have any of either of these, she would be very grateful.

The kitchen is preparing for the feast days. They are asking for freezer bags that hold 6-8 cups of food and smaller ones which hold 2-3 cups.

We are hoping to give our nurses a break this winter by staying healthy. But if we get colds, the cold medications you sent us will help us get back on our feet as soon as possible. The nurses thank you for them and for the Band-Aids. This time they are asking for Extra Strength Tylenol and vitamin C.

The staff in the office are always happy for your donations. At this time, as we come to the end of 2014, they are hoping to have a good supply of 2015 calendars, especially wall calendars, for the various work departments and also planners.

They would also be grateful for any good-on-one-side 8 ½ by 11 paper which can be used for computer printers.

Both the main house and the farm use Scotch-Brite scouring pads, which are great for scouring pots and pans. Any you could send would be put to good use.

Although the gardens and Cana Colony are now in hibernation, they are preparing for spring:

The gardeners are looking for rain pants and jackets, women’s-size rubber boots suitable for gardening, knee pads with Velcro straps for weeding, apple-size plastic balls, and bone meal.

Cana Colony family camp is looking for solar lights. The lights you sent many years ago have come to the end of their life. The cabins have no electricity and can be pitch black at night.

Our daily work is a song to God; and the cleaning department is looking for squeegees for cleaning windows and showers (12" and 8"), wide brooms with straw or synthetic bristles, and toilet brushes. They are also looking for indoor and outdoor mats.

The laundry is asking for any spot or stain removers and crystals for pre-soaking.

We ask God that our Advent and Christmas music penetrate places where He is not known, and may He bless all of you, our friends, with a wonderful celebration.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (December 2014)


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