Couples and families met at Memorial Presbyterian Church Friday, 2/22-24/2019, evening for dinner and orientation for their weekend in Fredericksburg. During orientation they learned they could go to the Fredericksburg Cinema and National Museum of the Pacific free of charge. Some other options for the weekend were shopping, exploring the Fredericksburg area or just hanging out. After dinner a small group from Oak Hills Church called bingo.
Saturday’s lunch was at Mr. Gattis’ Pizza. Each family was provided with tokens to play
the arcade games. Seems many of the adults had as much fun as the kids. Later that evening everyone gathered at Oak
Hills Church for dinner.
The following generous individuals donated use of their guest houses for the weekend: Ed and Betsy Fredericks, Karl Ransleben, John and Peggy Benson, Mike and Debbi McCurdy, Charles and Lou Newman. The Inn on Barons Creek also blessed the ministry with special room rates for the weekend.
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It started out as a regular Tuesday card class at WFSC. Jackie and Jan were the designers/teachers. It was a smaller than usual class but they were enjoying making the cards and catching up on what had happened since the last class when Sharon arrived with a birthday cake for Jackie. Needless to say she was totally surprised.
The card Jackie designed was for St Patricks Day while Jan’s was a Valentine. Both original and uniquely pretty.
Come Join the fun. You just never know what’s going to happen at one of our classes.
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Just because we call it a card class doesn’t mean we always make cards. Once in a while, like just before Christmas when we were tired of making Christmas cards and it was too late to send them to arrive before Christmas, we come up with something different. Sharon designed a cover for post it pads and a fun Frog card.
Fredericksburg ROCKS! Once again, despite cancellation of the Parade of Lights and After Glow Party, this community has put on its glad rags for Christmas and welcomed 10 wounded warrior families to join us for this celebratory season. These 50 people were all treated to dinner in the ballroom of the Nimitz Museum then played games to win the live poinsettia centerpieces before going off to other entertainments. They had many opportunities for entertainment through the weekend including going to Fritztown Theater for a movie, entry to the Nimitz Museum, going ice skating at the Eisbahn, experiencing German and settler crafts at Pioneer Museum and, of course, shopping and meals at West End Pizza and Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Wow, what a weekend!
If anyone is questioning the value of our efforts as seen by those who come to visit let us share two special stories from this weekend. Our first surprise came from the Menchaca family. They have been able to come to another of our events earlier in the year and indicated on Friday that they had something they would like to share with our volunteers when they came for dinner on Saturday. What they had were Christmas ornaments for each of the group who had prepared dinner for us and several others, and two cheesecakes for all to share. They had made a special trip to Mexico to find the ornaments.
The second example of gratitude occurred on Saturday also. As dinner was finishing, one of the soldiers, SFC Tyson Persona, asked for the opportunity to use the microphone. He spoke eloquently of the difference between being thanked for their service when seen in uniform and being invisible once separated from their military arm due to their injuries. He explained that we (Wounded Warriors at Nebo) were the ones who recognized and met their need for continued recognition of their sacrifices. He stated that this community have opened our arms to them and made them feel both welcomed and thanked for their continuing sacrifice of health and well-being.
Thank you to all who have donated services, money, time and prayers. An extra special thanks to the Nimitz Museum for donating their ballroom space for dinner on Friday evening, to Heritage School for donating free skating for all of our visitors, to the Pioneer Museum for the donation of free admission, and to Fritztown Theater for a deep discount on movie admission for 31 people. I am sure the families you have affected this weekend would tell you the same – God bless Fredericksburg!
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December calls for Christmas cards, of course. Sharon’s design called for embossing, sponging and stamping making a very elegant greeting card. Dottie’s consisted mostly of using dies to cut different shapes, stamping and embossing. As you can tell from the pictures in the photo album “Christmas Cards at WFSC, while the cards are fun and easy to make they do require one’s concentration. That is why the class is good for warriors, spouses and caregivers to take a break from the stress’ of everyday life. Come join us 1000 to 1200 the first and third Tuesday of each month!!
Brad Bowen, DOD Military Adaptive Sports Program, brought three wounded warriors from the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Sam Houston to Fredericksburg to help a local rancher thin the deer on his property. While the ministry doesn’t promote or arrange hunting trips we do provide the ranchers with military contacts. Both the rancher and the warriors benefit.
The Fredericksburg Fly Fishers Club hosted a fishing day out for eight (8) soldiers from Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio on May 19. When the soldiers arrived they were greeted by club members who assisted them in getting their rod and reel ready and selecting bait. They then accompanied “their guest” to a fishing spot and stayed with them visiting and tutoring where necessary since for some this was an entirely new experience.
They were fishing for bass although there were also hungry perch in the lake. It was catch and release so the excitement of catching fish was what was important. The first fish caught was about a two pound bass!! Naturally it was caught by the one person who on arrival stated “I am not going to fish”. By the end of the day everyone had caught at least one fish.
Lunch was from Backwoods Barbecue followed by yummy HOMEMADE desserts made by Fellowship Connection First Baptist Church. After everyone stuffed themselves they went back for more fishing and or kayaking.
As they were getting ready to leave, the soldiers revisited the dessert table for something to ‘munch on’ on the drive back to San Antonio. There were lots of smiling faces as people said their goodbyes.
Volunteers: Jackson and Judy Leddy, Roger Eppright, Gary Killion, David Cross, Jon Morse, Bob Spencer, Buddy Phillips, Lawrence Zenner, Keith Masters, Joe Salinas, Larry Ottmers who also donated 2 rods and Earl Robinette
- Fredericksburg Fly Fishers- Earl Robinette organized event
- Ron Spencer- Donated 10 rods
- Backwoods BBQ – Provided Lunch at a Discount
- Hill Country Pump Service – Donated use of portable toilet
- Fellowship Connection First Baptist Church made deserts
- Bill and Pat Collins Donated use of the Back 40 for fishing
- Ben Kvanli, Olympic Outdoor Center, San Marcos, donated the use of kayaks for the day.