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Argyle UMC - Upper NY Conference Adirondack District Story on Nomads

9/3/2020

Nomad Karen Gates shared this article, from the Upper New York Conference Adirondack District Newsletter:

ARGYLE UMC HAS THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN UPPER NEW YORK CONFERENCE!


SEVERAL YEARS AGO, ONE OF OUR SNOWBIRDS CAME BACK AND BEGAN SHARING HER EXPERIENCE OF W0RKING WITH A GROUP OF RETIRED UNITED METHODISTS WHILE SHE WAS IN FLORIDA. HER NAME IS KAREN AND SHE IS AN INCREDIBLE BLESSING TO OUR CHURCH, HERE’S WHY.

        KAREN BEGAN TELLING US ABOUT THE NOMADS AND HOW THEY GO TO CHURCHES AND DO PROJECTS THAT ARE IN NEED OF BEING DONE, BUT HAVE NOT BEEN DONE DUE TO CHURCH FINANCES. WE LOOKED AROUND AND SAW LOTS OF PROJECTS WE WOULD LIKE TO DO. SO, WE ASKED KAREN HOW TO GO ABOUT GETTING THE NOMADS TO COME AND HELP US. NOW I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT WHEN THE NOMADS COME ALL THE CHURCH HAS TO DO IS PROVIDE THE FUNDS FOR THE PROJECT. ALSO, THE CHURCH PROVIDES A PLACE WHERE THE NOMADS CAN PARK THEIR RVS WHILE AT THE CHURCH WORKING.  THEY NEED WATER HOOKUP, ELECTRIC HOOKUPS, AND A WAY TO DUMP THEIR WASTE TANKS. THEY PAY THEIR OWN WAY TO THE CHURCH AND PROVIDE ALL LABOR AT NO COST.
        LAST YEAR THEY CAME TO ARGYLE FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE. WHEN THEY FINISHED THE PROJECTS, I WAS MOVED TO TEARS BY WHAT THEY HAD ACCOMPLISHED. THEY PUT IN A BEAUTIFUL HANDICAPPED BATHROOM (BUILDING WALLS AND DOING ALL THE WIRING FOR LIGHTING), NEW FLOORING IN WHAT WE CALL OUR BIRD ROOM, ORGANIZED OUR KITCHEN PLACING LABELS ON ALL THE DRAWERS AND CABINETS, PUT IN A SHOWER AND REPLACED FLORESCENT LIGHTS WITH LED BULBS. THEY GAVE US HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE PEWS IN THE SANCTUARY AND PLACED LIGHT SWITCHES AT EACH DOOR SO WE DON’T HAVE TO WALK THROUGH ROOMS IN THE DARK WHEN SHUTTING LIGHTS OFF.
        EACH MORNING THEY BEGIN WITH DEVOTIONS BEFORE THEY DO GOD’S WORK SERVING OTHERS. OUR CHURCH PROVIDED SNACKS, WATER AND JUICES FOR THEIR COFFEE BREAKS, THEY WORK MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY AND HAVE FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY TO REST.
        WE APPLIED FOR THEM TO COME BACK THIS YEAR; THEY WERE HERE DURING THOSE NINETY-DEGREE DAYS. THIS YEAR THEY WORKED AT THE PARSONAGE, REPLACING THE KITCHEN FLOOR, THE FRONT PORCH STEPS SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THE ENTRY HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE, PLACED A SCREEN DOOR ON THE GARAGE, THEN WHEN THOSE PROJECTS WERE FINISHED THEY RETURNED TO THE CHURCH TO REPLACE THE KITCHEN FLOOR AND PAINT THE BIRD ROOM AND KITCHEN WALLS. ONE OF OUR FRONT DOORS WAS LETTING WATER IN SO THEY FIXED THE DOOR AND PLACED WEATHER STRIPPING. BUT THE BIGGEST BLESSING THIS YEAR WAS THEY BUILT WALLS AND CLOSETS IN OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS, MADE THE TWO ENTRIES SAFE FOR OUR LITTLE ONES.
        WELL, ARGYLE UMC HAS BEEN SO BLESSED BY THE NOMADS THAT I WANTED TO SHARE OUR SECRET WITH YOU. HERE IS THE INFORMATION SO IF YOU HAVE PROJECTS THAT NEED TO BE DONE AND WANT TO BE COMPLETELY BLESSED YOU CAN CONTACT THEM AND APPLY FOR THEM TO COME TO YOUR CHURCH. DON’T HESITATE CONTACT THEM NOW!! OH! ONE MORE THING ARGYLE UMC WILL OFFER OUR PARKING LOT TO ANYONE WHO HOSTS THE NOMADS. WE HAVE ALL POWER, WATER, AND WASTE HOOKUPS NEEDED FOR THEM WHILE THEY WORK AT OTHER PROJECTS.

BLESSINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR SAVIOR.
REV. DEB P. OF THE ARGYLE UMC