[Uucf-bible] report from Oklahoma
RevRonRobinson at aol.com
RevRonRobinson at aol.com
Sat Dec 15 14:59:30 EST 2007
Hi all. A very quick report from the UUCF offices and Oklahoma. Theological
Reflections will come later :).
First prayers to all of you in other parts of the nation who have been or
will be, it seems, getting hit with wintry weather.
While power is still off to our home and many others in Turley, it has come
back on at "a third place" community center which our Living Room Church runs
and where the UUCF offices are located (knock on wood as the second storm is
coming down now). We were just about to open it as a shelter last Monday
morning when it looked like we might have escaped the brunt of the ice storm
power outage, but then the power went off here and the rest of our area then too.
So we are now setting up the community center as a warming station/shelter
for others like my family and neighbors who are still without power and for the
power workers. We have a library, donation clothing room, cable tv, free
internet center, wifi, coffee area, and bathroom (but unfortunately no bath and
shower as we had in our previous smaller space).
My parents house and most of my extended family here got power on to their
homes last night. As some know my mother is on hospice and bedfast and I have
been spending much time helping out there and in the surrounding area. The
hospice workers have been a blessing. When the trees and power lines had blocked
all car access in and out to my parents house, they got as close as they
could and walked the rest of the way. I am fortunate to have one long and
winding road in and out of our place (to go a half mile from my house to "a third
place" for example takes me five miles of driving). All things just take a
little longer, but the gas station and grocery store in Turley now have power
again, and so far we have been spared the deaths from fire and accidents that
have hit other areas of Tulsa and the state. Also blessed at home to have a
wood burning fireplace so we have been able to build fires at night and sleep
on pallets in the living room; my daughter and now her birds have been staying
at a friend's house with power across town. It's been a two-dog night here
The workers are getting closer and we are all hopeful of getting power back
on at our homes in the coming days. I remember fondly last Sunday afternoon
after preaching about UU Christianity in Beaumont Texas, eating outside in near
90 degree weather and watching sailboats in Houston heading out and coming
in, and then catching an earlier flight than intended, the last one out it
turned out to be, to get back to Turley and the ice that had already begun to
knock out power.
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers and patience. I am now getting back to
email and UUCF work while the community center shelter is up and running (made
a deposit the old fashioned way; thanks to so many for your answering of our
annual Christmas appeal and for your renewals of membership; keep them
coming; if you aren't already a member and/or haven't received the appeal letter
from President Anita Farber-Robertson, you will get all the info you need from
the website or contact me.) and I have been able to get the updated Good
News mailing list on time to the mailing house in Massachusetts where they had
planned to start sending out the Christmas Good News issue this weekend. From
east to west you should begin receiving it soon and through the holidays.
Also we will continue to update the existing website at _www.uuchristian.org_
(http://www.uuchristian.org) as power holds out,so please check it out too.
More soon, and blessing from where we understand anew the adventure in
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