Immanuel welcomed a mission team from Calvary UMC in Harrisburg, PA to stay at our church from July 25 thru 29. The mission team has been coming to Central New York for 15 years to work at the Onondaga Nation. Their primary work is to rehab homes in need of repairs.
Jerry Sabattis, Trustee chair, received the following thank you message from John, point person of the PA mission team after their departure.
Cannot thank you & Mike (Block) & Sam (Paventi) & your congregation enough for the wonderful hospitality. Y’all made it possible for a successful mission.
Immanuel U M C
They sent along this report and pictures of their trip:
On July 25, 2022, 5 guys from Calvary UMC in Harrisburg arrived at the Onondaga UMC just in time to unload the groceries to make lunch in their Fellowship/Kitchen room.
We were greeted by Native Dickie Crouse who directed us to several projects. Since the church needs a lot of work we went right to it. Some of our members spent several days replacing the toilet “up-pump”, stove, back door and repairing and painting the deck/ramp.
That evening we were welcomed to a dinner at Immanuel UMC in Camillus, NY. This was our night-time home. We cannot thank the people at Immanuel enough for their hospitality.
The next few days we patched and painted siding, sealed a deck, and repaired a couple of outside faucets.
On Thursday we entertained 10 natives from the reservation at our customary dinner in the church where friendships are made and renewed over the 15 years we have been visiting there.
Friday morning was visiting day to all homes we worked on and gifts were given and photos taken. Then 5 tired guys loaded tools and personals and headed home feeling good about our week on the Onondaga Reservation.
Our Team: Leader John Shepler
Team Members: Regis Doyle, Dale Miller, Mike Stephens and Steve Keller