APRIL 2015


Local Landmark Hosts Associates

On the Shelf in April

Dear friends,

The banquet is almost here—the countdown is on to April 28! Many hours of preparation and thought have gone into the event. I am truly grateful for our wonderful board members and other volunteers. We could not have this event without their help.

Ashley Smith Robinson has a dynamic story to tell, and I really believe we will be blessed to hear it. Our event will be held in the downtown Millennium Center, a new venue for us, and we feel excited about that change. I hope you will consider coming if you haven’t already made plans to do so.

With gratitude,

Heath Greene

 Local Landmark Hosts Associates

The downtown Millennium Center will host the annual fundraising banquet for Associates on April 28, and owner Gregory Carlyle is looking forward to the new business relationship.

“We host around 300 events each year,” he says, “but we pride ourselves on a personal touch to every one. I love when we host an organization’s event and the event grows and they come back.”

Carlyle says the Millennium Center is unique because it is both a local and national landmark. As a former federal building around 100 years old, it once housed a United States post office, other federal offices, and military organizations.

“We’ve managed to use it without changing those special original features,” he says. “Yet we still have all the modern conveniences an organization would want, like an award-winning culinary staff and audio-visual services. We are completely full service.”

Events held at the Millennium Center include weddings, nonprofit fundraisers including the annual Empty Bowls luncheon for the Food Bank, and corporate functions.

“We run our business under the Golden Rule philosophy,” says Carlyle, a pastor’s son who credits his upbringing with giving him a desire to live a life of service. “We are looking forward to hosting Associates. The speaker sounds fantastic, and we hope the event can truly benefit the organization.”

On the Shelf in April

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are
March 2015
by Shauna Niequist

Sink deep into the everyday goodness of God and savor every moment!
In this daily devotional, Shauna Niequist becomes a friend across the pages, sharing her heart with yours, keeping you company, and inviting you into the abundant life God offers.

And there are recipes, too, because spiritual living happens not just when we read and pray, but also when we gather with family and friends over dinners and breakfasts and late-night snacks. These recipes are Shauna’s staples, and each one should be enjoyed around a table with people you love.

So read and learn and pray and cook and share. Remember to savor each day, whatever it holds: work and play, coffee and kids, meals and prayers and the good stuff and the hard stuff. Life is all about relationships, and your daily relationship with God is worth savoring in every moment.

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel
September 2014
by Jan Karon

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors.

While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.

His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion—for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley’s brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother’s abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim’s prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.

All this as Wanda’s Feel Good Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?


Spring Words to Keep

Awake, thou wintry earth
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers,
laugh forth Your ancient gladness!
Thomas Blackburn,
"An Easter Hymn"

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12

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