A View From the Porch (June 25, 2014)

Today I’m thinking about baseball.  On Tuesday, July 1, St. Agnes’ House will be the Community Organization of the Night as the Lexington Legends play the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  We can tell the story of St. Agnes’ House prior to the first pitch, as well as on the radio between innings.  We will have an information table at the game.  It’s a great opportunity!

And I love baseball, especially low scoring, good pitching games.  I’m not much for watching it on TV or listening to the game on the radio.  I like to be there in the stands.  In the heat of the summer, with the green field and perfectly manicured dirt.  I enjoy watching the way the team works together.  The strategy of who hits first and who hits last.  The communication between the catcher and pitcher about which pitch to throw to which hitter.  How each person on the team plays their position and yet is aware of what is happening with the ball.  It’s a beautifully choreographed game.

And it takes lots of teamwork to make St. Agnes’ House work.  Our team has many members:  the volunteers who answer the phones, tell our story, pray for our guests and the ministry, raise funds,  and donate needed items; the staff who clean the rooms, care for the house and the grounds, and lend a listening ear to our guests; the Diocesan Mission and Ministry committee who provide support; and Diocesan staff who provide administrative support.

This afternoon, as I was returning to the house, Monica and Jerry were in the kitchen.  Tall Monica with long brown hair, about 45, and shorter Jerry with a stubbly beard and short brown hair, about 45, were just getting up.  “Good Afternoon,” Monica said.  She was somewhat embarrassed, explaining that they’d just gotten up.  She was fixing herself a cup of tea.  “We really needed that sleep,” she explained.  “I’m glad we had a place for you to stay,” I replied.

Jerry and Monica’s daughter is in the hospital with a severe lung condition.  They’re hoping a recent surgery finally resolved the problem, but it’s been a difficult week and finally having a place to stay, where they can sleep in and arise to a cup of tea is a blessing to them.  They couldn’t stop thanking me for being able to stay.

Thanks for the team who makes St. Agnes’ House available to people like Monica and Jerry!

Enjoy our view from the porch!

An orchid blooming on the porch.
An orchid blooming on the porch.
When you sit on our porch, you are surrounded by plants and flowers.
When you sit on our porch, you are surrounded by plants and flowers.

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Our steps took a beating this past winter.  One has been repaired this week.  We need a few more repairs and then a good coat of paint!
Our steps took a beating this past winter. One has been repaired this week. We need a few more repairs and then a good coat of paint!
The rose has finished blooming.  Now the tiger lilies have taken over.
The rose has finished blooming. Now the tiger lilies have taken over.
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