Monday, June 10, 2013

Helping Hands

Sometimes a helping hand is needed.  I know that volunteer work goes on all over the world.  Tons of good deeds that never get headline news, or Oprah worthy TV, or medals and prizes.  Quiet acts of service.  The things Heaven is hoping for and people appreciate. This past weekend a tiny congregation needed some landscaping help.  The Minister of this Church wasn't  sure how he could get it all done.  One of his members is related to the Bishop of our Ward.  A few phone calls and plans later....57 of our Ward members showed up in force with tools and helping hands.
The area was cleared and grass seed was planted and straw was put down to protect it.
Plants went in and mulch was spread....Good job Jack!
Smiles and thumbs up from happy, helping Missionaries!
Even the United States Post Office came by and gave it's approval...This is Mike...he's a member of our Church and just stopped by after his route was done.
Happy Bishop (Lloyd) and his sister, Marla....all done! In 31/2 hrs work was completed! Lunch was provided by their Church and we brought the dessert.  Why can't all the world just get along and help each other?
I'm sure the members of this little Church enjoyed walking in on Sunday and seeing how lovely the grounds  look.
Now, on another "Helping Hands" subject....Our little friend, Elyse, needed some TLC after having some eye surgery.  She stayed overnight with us so drops could be put in her eyes and she wouldn't have to be alone that first night. (Her parents are on their own "helping hands" Church mission until November.)
She did get subjected to "new recipe night at the Starkey's"...
 A Tortellini casserole number that I thought was pretty good...Jack thought it needed chicken! It had cheesy tortellini, fresh spinach, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, garlic, and other "stuff"...but no chicken!
Some lemon cake to top it off and "helping hands" turned into "happy hands"....and that's how it's done here in my corner of the world!









14 comments:

Shady Del Knight said...

Gosh, YaYa, I commented a while ago and my comment disappeared. I was just saying in my original comment that its laudable that you and others did what was necessary to bring about this positive outcome for the church. You remembered to "ask with integrity." That means first being worthy to receive and then actually remembering to ask (or having the courage to ask). I also applaud you for helping your young friend after her eye surgery. I hope you mom is on the mend, too!

rosaria williams said...

This is so heartwarming, a true caring community.

Julia said...

Oh Yaya, I love how things are done in your corner of the world. It somehow looks a bit like my corner of the world that I live in at our church.

The food looks so good. I wish that you lived closer so I could sample your yummy food. Looks delicious, I can only imagine the taste.
Hugs,
JB

Rick Watson said...

Doing work like that is good for the soul.

Cheltz said...

I always seem to be trying out a new recipe when I have guests over ... Goooooo, Mormon helping hands!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Don't you wish it was that way all over the world? No one was threatening us? No poor mentally sick folks out there hating someone and trying to cause pain? I loved reading this. And I love you for sharing it!!

selvageedge said...

57! That is awesome. I must have been one of only a few that didn't make it. And I love Elyse's eye gear. You are a great friend, even without the chicken. (Which is just how I would have liked it.)

Sush said...

I love seeing positive posts like this one! The world needs more volunteers like you and yours! PS I missed the post you had of those two handsome fellas, busy as I was with our latest two bebes! Precious and good looking men you have there Cathy!
Hugs~

gin said...

what a joy for everyone involved, those doing and those receiving. And then you don't stop there, you take in your young neighbor to help doctor her eyes. I would love to have you in my corner of the world.

Nonnie said...

And all it takes is all of us giving a little of ourselves to others that would make a world of difference if we practiced it every day. What a wonderful thing for your church to do. I am glad to also be part of a giving church that loves to outreach to the community.
Did you make up the recipe for the tortellini dish? Sounds wonderful.

Sue said...

This is the kind of service I love to see!

=)

Christina said...

This post made me tear up just thinking of the goodness of the members of the ward. I know it touched hearts and hopefully opened minds.

Becky Jerdee said...

Wish I could have been part of the crew!

Stacy Crawford said...

I'm sorry we missed it. Looks like fun.