Saturday, November 13, 9am to 3pm- All-hands work day

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
The front of two feet in black and white sneakers are seen on brown mat with the word welcome on top.

A Final Push at St. John’s 

Things are progressing with plans to house an Afghan refugee family at St. John’s in
Boonton. We are working with Church World Service, who tell us they expect a number of families to
come through in December and January. They will place a larger family (probably with several
children) with us.

This Saturday, November 13 is our all-hands workday to get a number of things
done. We welcome volunteers from our six participating churches to assist with inside work and outside
work. It will be from 9 AM to 3 PM, and all are welcome for a few hours, or for the full day. We will
have a pizza run for those staying through lunch.

* Inside work is cleaning the house thoroughly, room by room. We’ll dust, mop, sweep, wash
windows, remove window air conditioners, etc. Bring your favorite rags, mops, and cleaning
supplies. Small tools (screwdrivers, pliers, etc.) may be helpful.
* Outside work is trimming back overgrown shrubbery – mostly rhododendron and ivy – and
cleaning up other yard debris. Sue & Brian Marshall from St. Peter’s will supervise and direct.
Bring work gloves, hand clippers, larger, more robust clippers, rakes, and small saws for trimming
branches. We will have a trailer available to take shrub and yard debris to recycle.

We each see things that others don’t, so ideas and observations that occur to anyone during the day
will be welcome and much appreciated.

An updated task list accompanies this communication. It lists, in general, what needs to be done.
Some tasks are in progress, while others remain to be done by anyone willing to pick up on them.
The Sign-Up Genius for furnishings for the rectory is at:  https://tinyurl.com/AfghanFamilyResettlement

Many have signed up to donate needed items, but there are still gaps. We welcome anyone who can
sign up with things, large or small, that they can contribute.

Please get in touch with any questions or further thoughts as we prepare St. John’s rectory to house an Afghan refugee family. Together, we are doing God’s work!

Don MacGowan
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
973-479-4020
dmacgowan@verizon.net

Michael Muller, Rector
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
973-303-0438