PLANNING UPDATE: NCC Youth Group Work Trip 2014!

From Mary:

Hi Potential Work Trip Folks!

I am continuing to work on plans for our 2014 trip. Laticia Godette (at Hyman Chapel AME Zion Church, last year’s site) and I are working on possible projects in the same area of North Carolina that we visited in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013. Meanwhile, we have a bus, we have dates — March 14-23 (Hanover High March Intensive Week) — and we have some excitement about working and having fun together.

I know that Hanover High kids are in the midst of decision-making about their March Intensive plans, so this would impact that planning. Students from other schools would need to be thinking about whether they could plan for a week of community service at that time.

So, it is time to think about fund raising. The holiday season is always a good time for this. In Norwich, there will be a Four Church Bazaar on November 9, and we could set up a table to sell things there.
We are also thinking of making some packets of cards to sell. And bake sales are also easy to schedule. We have often done a church supper sometime after the New Year.
So, if anyone wants to begin working on that, it would be great.
Also, if you know you want to come with us in March, or know that you can’t, that would be great to know also.

If there is a need for an organizational meeting to get us started, I can make time for that. And if you have specific questions, please send them along.

Talk to you soon.


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Announcing: The Work Trip Tagging Project!

Selection_058 We’ve uploaded group photos from Work Trips 2004-2013 onto the Work Trip Facebook site and are now looking for your help to tag people you know! This is part of an ongoing effort to account for all the people who have participated in NCC Youth Group Work Trips over the years.

We need your help in the following ways:

  • Check out the album and tag fellow work trippers you know
  • Send us GROUP photos from years before 2004


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Work Trip 2013 Update: Thanks for Following!

WorkTripViews Once again we had a loyal group of “followers” who experienced the Work Trip vicariously through this blog and Lynne’s awesome daily photo albums. The figure on the left shows the site activity throughout the week; it turns out our top day was Sunday, 21 April, when we had 249 views from 54 visitors. The final Sunday of the Trip always seems to get the most hits; our “record” is Sunday, 27 Mar 2011, when we had 352 views.

Thanks for your support, and if you have any suggestions for the future, please let us know!

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Work Trip 2013 Update: Day 9

This morning we woke up, had a simple breakfast of (mostly) leftovers and headed north in the rain. After a late lunch stop at a combined Subway/Dairy Queen — yeah! — we pulled into Washington, DC and enjoyed the monuments and incredible weather.

After dinner at Union Station, we settled in for our last night on the road at Christ Church UCC in Silver Springs. The kids have been lobbying for a late “Lights Out,” but the adults haven’t got it in them!

Tomorrow we’ll head out early and have breakfast at a buffet on the road.

Check out our album of photos from Day 9

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Work Trip 2013 Update: Day 8 (Final day of work!)

See the reading from Friday’s Circle Time

We began our final day of work with an amazing breakfast of oven french toast and fruit salad prepared by Caitlin’s team. After our final formal Circle Time we were out the door into a downpour, but confident that the weather forecasters knew what they were talking about: that we would have partly-cloudy skies for the rest of the day, and a perfect day for working. They were right!

Hyman Chapel was like a hill of ants as everyone kept busy finishing up their own projects and jumping in to help out with others. As the morning progressed a sequence of major projects was finished: the Freezer Room, the railing, the sanctuary windows, the trim on the addition, the painting of the hallway, the installation of the new stairs in the hallway, and finally the re-installation of the newly painted trim.

While projects were being finished by some teams, others were active throughout the morning in a massive cleanup. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of hot dogs prepared by the Hyman Chapel ladies, had a little ceremony with Rev. Godette, and then finished our work for the week. With much hugging and promises from them to visit Vermont, we were off!

Due to the wind and suspicious skies we decided to only go swimming at the Atlantic Beach and instead of a cookout, had dinner at the Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead City. After filling ourselves with ocean trout, shrimp and Hush Puppies, we returned to St James and enjoyed a dessert of ice cream and toppings. Thanks Mary!

We finished the evening with the traditional final “reflective” Circle Time, in which each Work Tripper shares his or her thoughts of the their experiences this week. We start with the first timers and work our way up to those with four, five, eight, ten, or (ahem…) fourteen or more trips under their belts. Most of us headed off to our rooms to pack for our early morning exit tomorrow!

Our plan is to wake at the usual time, have a simple breakfast, load the bus and head north. After a few rest stops we’ll be on the Mall in Washington, DC, we’ll have dinner at Union Station and then head to Christ Congregational in Silver Springs.

Check out our album of Day 8 photos!

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Work Trip 2013 Update: Day 7 (Fourth Day of Work)

See the reading from Thursday’s Circle Time

Today we began with a breakfast of “leftovers” cooked up by Dan’s Team, including bagels, English muffins, sausage and fruit salad. After our Circle Time we headed to Lowe’s to get a bunch of materials to finish the mudding and taping in the hallway, the roof repair, the Freezer Room, various painting projects and the new stairs we planned to build from scratch in the hallway. We also stopped by an equipment rental in Morehead City to pick up several ladders we needed to finish the trim prep and painting and other work.

When we finally got to the work site we unloaded the ladders and then jumped into our projects, with people following John onto the roof, Jan into the hallway, Kirk into the Freezer Room and Caitlin onto ladders to scrape and paint, with Lynne and Mary skittering from project to project to help. By the end of the day half the hallway was completely primed and a new light fixture was installed, and the larger part was one sanding away from priming. The painting teams made great progress on the sanctuary windows, resulting in comments from Hyman Chapel members that the church appeared to “glow.” The Freezer Room was nearly finished, with some remaining work on the ceiling to be done.

For lunch today the ladies of Hyman Chapel generously treated us to amazing North Carolina BBQ, generously donated by Roland’s BBQ of Beaufort, NC — which we know well from Work Trip 2011. Pulled pork, fried chicken, potato salad, Cole slaw, baked beans and Hush Puppies! The ladies thought it was pretty funny that over half the kids had never had Hush Puppies before!

A very special project we worked on today was a stairway from the new hallway to the altar, which we were able to build from scratch in the afternoon. The Hyman Chapel folks were very happy, as it not only looks better but is easier to use and safer.

This evening John’s Team treated us to their annual Pizza Fest, making six pizzas from scratch: Cheese, Pepperoni, Meatball, Chili (courtesy Jan’s team), Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato, and an amazing Caramelized Onion with Tomato Sauce from scratch created by Claire. Afterwards they treated us to a new Work Trip tradition: Smoresagnas! Think: Lasagna cooked with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows…

Tomorrow (Friday) will be our last day and our plan is to leave after lunch. We’ll focus on cleaning, sorting tools, and finishing various nearly-completed projects. Assuming the weather cooperates, we’ll head to the beach for play-time and a cookout!

Check out our album of Day 6 photos!

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Work Trip 2013 Update: Day 6 (Third day of work)

See the reading from Wednesday’s Circle Time…
Today we were fortified for a hard day of work with breakfast sandwiches — scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and cheese on toasted English muffins — made by Kirk’s Team. We didn’t need to stock up on building materials this morning so we headed straight to Hyman Chapel and set to work!

A few projects have been completed — railing and bathroom painting — and several, like Kirk and Dan’s Freezer Room, are nearly done. Priming and painting of a massive amount of interior trim is done and is ready to be re-installed. Sheetrocking of the hallway has been completed and Jan & Co. is about half-way done “mudding and taping.” We’ve begun work on several roof projects, including adding flashing and roofing cement to cover some exposed areas on the roof/wall interface, and applying new roofing paper and shingles in a few other places.

Tomorrow the Freezer room will be finished, the hallway will be mudded and partially primed, the roof repairs will be completed and much of the exterior painting will be done. Thursdays are always the “Big Push” in which we try to get as much done as possible, ensuring that Friday Morning is mostly about finishing projects and cleaning up.

We returned to our home for the week, St. James UMC and enjoyed an amazing dinner of Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto Pasta Chicken, with a dessert of brownies and ice cream. Wednesday evening is youth open gym night, so our kids hung with some of the area youth and a few shot hoops.

Check out our album of Day 6 photos!

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