Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thank You Friends in St. Michael's, Norman, Oklahoma!

Hey everyone! Jenny and I are traveling on our honeymoon/tour of colleges right now. Wyoming is beautiful and Montana is still to come.

Thanks to everyone who came and ate at Cici's at the beginning of this month. We still aren't sure how successful this fundraiser is but we'll be grateful for any piece of our fundraising goal. Remember that this easy way to donate a little bit to us and get some pizza too happens every 2nd Tuesday of each month. So the next one will be Tuesday, June 12. Bring the family! Bring the baseball team! Bring an appetite.

On our way out west, Jenny and I spent the weekend with Jenny's Uncle Alan Sutherland. We hadn't seen him since the weekend he helped to marry us, so it was a really nice visit. Alan is a priest at St. Michael's in Norman, Oklahoma. He and his church welcomed us and our mission with open arms. They allowed us to give the homily at each service and talked with us continuously about our mission to Japan. The congregation graciously donated over $1,500 to support our year of service. We are very grateful to St. Michael's in Norman for their open hearts, great hospitality, and generous contributions.

We still have many roads to travel here in the west but we'll be back in Central Arkansas before the end of the month.

See you all soon!
Thanks again to St. Michael's of Norman for your love and support.

Doug and Jenny

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dinner and Fundraiser was a Success!

We had a great dinner last night at Camp Mitchell! As the evening breezes washed over Petit Jean Mountain, a few of us gathered for a wonderful dinner, music, and auction. Thanks to everyone's help and support, Jenny and I raised over 2,000 dollars for our year of service in Japan. So thank you to everyone who came to enjoy this special evening with us. This was all possible thanks to Rick and Helen Hargreaves for allowing us to use Keller Dining Hall. Also, thank you to everyone who came up help us set up. A special thanks to Adam Hanry for cooking an amazing dinner (prime rib!) and world class crème brûlée. We would also like send our deepest thanks for the original art and other donated auction items made possible by:

Angie Trotter
Marianne Hampton
Camp Mitchell
Kathleen Gregory
Leigh Ann Warriner
Beth Retzloff
Rand Retzloff
Marna Franson
Dee Sanders
Randall Curtis
Bishop Larry Benfield
Tim England
Linda Stanley
Don Knight
Kathryn Knight
Tim England
Wendy England
Katherine Friday
Diane Rose
Michael Warrick
Linda Roe
MorningSide Bagels
Hallie Leicht
Eric Binnie
Mary Carman
Dusty England
Lorraine Gordon
Anna Carman
Deb Robertson

Tomorrow night, if y'all are in the mood for pizza, we are having our monthly (second Tuesday of every month) fundraiser at Cici's pizza. Just take all your family and friends to chow down at Cici's in Conway. Give them your receipt and tell them to put ten percent of your ticket price to go to our cause. It's that easy!