Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Deo Gratias for the volunteers!

Once again St. John's was the host to the "One Night Initiative", turning our Chapter Room and Youth Ministry Rooms into a temporary shelter for the homeless. We had dinner (spaghetti and meatballs), showers, a snack, evening board games/cards/television, and then an early lights out. In the morning we had breakfast (sausage and eggs), new clothing distribution, and everyone was sent off with a bag lunch prepared by the parish Episcopal Church Women.

A hearty thank you to all the volunteers at the event, as well as Shirl, Andre and Tristan who set up, and Tristan, Andre and Pat who broke it down and cleaned up afterwards. Over the next few days we will be washing the sheets, blankets and pillows and storing them for use again. The cots were borrowed from The American Red Cross.

Our next hosting of the initiative will be next winter. Deo Gratias for the volunteers, and for the opportunity to serve others in Jesus' name.