A little over a year ago we were ripping through walls at 3841 Decatur Street. After months of demolition, cleanup, wiring, insulating, drywall, painting, cabinetry, and more, we are excited to announce we are done! We especially want to thank Joe Foral for his devotion, focus and followthrough for leading this project over the past year.
The goal of the Dwelling wasn’t just to remodel a home, however. Now we turn to the next chapter as we partner with Pastor Ron Smith and his wife, Nikol. They have moved in and will be “dwelling” in the neighborhood to minister to the people there, just as Jesus came to our “neighborhood” to minister to us and give us hope. Stay tuned for how you can be involved!
We are excited to announce that in only 40 days Ron and Nikol Smith will be moving into the Dwelling! With that just around the corner, it’s crunch time. We would love for this upcoming 40 days to show our overwhelming support for reaching the community and equipping Ron and Nikol with a beautiful, ready-to-move-in home.
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Saturday, January 25th | Painting at The Dwelling
We will be painting the home!! If you can help, please click here to login and RSVP. Please bring paint brushes, paint clothes, and putty knives if you have them. Joe has worked with Ron and Nikol to pick colors and order paint, so it will be great to see this home finally start to take on a new life and personality. This will be a full day of work from 8-5. Please RSVP as we plan to provide lunch for you.
- Saturday, February 8th | Cookie and Valentine Handout
- Saturday, March 1st | Ron and Nikol move in!
Other activities to look for:
Install all doors, windows, and bathroom fixtures
Install Shelving and Mirrors
Continued Yard cleanup
Thank you so much for your interest in serving and helping us to reach this neighborhood! The message we bring of spiritual transformation found in the gospel will be more and more evident to people as they see the illustration of physical transformation in this home and the neighborhood.
LET’S GET OUT OF OUR SEATS, AND INTO THE STREETS!
Have you been intending to come help out at the Dwelling but just not made the time? Saturday, we are desperately in need of your HANDS – skilled and unskilled, alike. The mudding has already been scheduled, so we must finish the drywall this Saturday. There is not an overwhelming amount of work to do, but the need for many hands is critical to help things go smoothly.
RSVP here to help build this lighthouse for Jesus: https://countrybible.ccbchurch.com/event_invite_reply.php?id=4225&tk=jk5ih8SMirV8DUcgIEDRJ45tpyHnSP0O
Last Saturday, half a dozen people from CBC and Abide went singing and greeting in the cold around our Dwelling Neighborhood. The carolers sang while people opened their doors to enjoy lots of caroling, smiling, and laughter. They then gave neighbors a fruit basket, wished them a Merry Christmas, and asked if they had any prayer requests. They also introduced Ron and invited them to Bridge Church – a church they can attend locally and be part of in their community. It was great for Ron to be able to meet the neighbors in this way and tell them he’s moving into the house in just a couple months!
Rachelle Petersen, Ron Smith (will be living in the house), a son of an Abide staff member, and AnnaSophia Petersen
Meet Caitlin Livermore. Caitlin is a freshmen at UNO and belongs to Country Bible Church. Two weeks ago she and her family helped at Abide’s Thanksgiving Meal and when asked to give some thoughts on it, this is what she had to say:
“I have helped at the thanksgiving dinner with Abide for a couple years now and this year my family went with me. It was really fun to be able to share this experience with them because volunteering is something that I really enjoy. At the dinner my family and I were greeters so we had the privilege of welcoming people and making them feel loved. God really showed me how important all the volunteers are even though we may have been doing something as simple as saying “Hello, and welcome!” to someone.”
So true! You can be Jesus to someone just by being kind to them; giving them a smile and a warm heart. What a Light we can be to others with even the simplest and smallest of actions. A great reminder for the season we’re celebrating. Thanks for encouraging us, Caitlin!
Christmas Caroling in our Dwelling Neighborhood originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed until this Saturday, December 14th. We’ll meet at the house (3841 Decatur St.) to carol from 4:30p-6p. Please sign-up here if you’d like to go:
Also this Saturday, we’re continuing work on the drywall installation. If you’re available to help, please click this link to RSVP:
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Now, LET’S GET OUT OF OUR SEAT, AND INTO THE STREETS!
We’ll be Christmas Caroling on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and would LOVE to have you join in the fun! Volunteers should arrive at the Dwelling at 6:00 p.m., carol and hand out some fruit baskets from 6:20-7:30, and then are welcome to visit Abide’s home base to enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies.
Contact Leesa Wheeler at email@example.com to sign up.