The morning of Independence Day began with the sight of fog between the foothills and the scent of wood-burning stoves. Saint Luke led morning devotions beginning with a rousing arrangement of “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” on guitars and saxophone. Pastor Matt offered a reflection on freedom and service after sharing Galatians 5:13-14, which reads:
“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.”
Pastor Matt and Luke the Monkey spent the day with team Urban Jungle. The worksite is about 20 minutes out into the hills past several Christmas teee farms (a notable industry in Avery county). Jack and PJ got to work installing a bedroom floor while Molly and worked outside building a porch railing. They are also building wonderful relationships with the young family that lives there with two little girls, 4 dogs and 3 brand new kittens. By lunchtime, the bedroom floor was installed and the porch had posts in place and the start of the railing framed out. During the afternoon, the homeowner was reassembling bunk beds for his daughters, flooring was being planned into the hallway, and the porch railing was framed.
Team Jump in my Jumpsuit finished their siding work and started on the roof, completing the insulation layer.
Team Off Tropic finished the soffit work, most of the floor installation and were able to go the extra mile for their homeowner by removing debris from the property and cleaning off her front porch.
Team Nama-stay the Night installed subfloor for a new shower and made great progress with hanging siding.
Team Ruffles and Feathers installed most of their Subfloors, including insulation, and primed walls in three rooms. Gillian H. officially extended her streak of climbing underneath houses to a still perfect 5-for-5.
The whole group is headed into town for Fourth of July festivities and fireworks.