The Christmas holiday can be so hectic with the shopping and wrapping and traveling, but there is nothing like sitting down to a meal with the people closest to you. That’s exactly what we did on the last day of school before the holiday break with these Urban Promise seniors. These kids are such a big part of our lives that we thought a family dinner at Christmas time was fitting, so we brought them home, they played some games, ate a huge meal, and they told some funny stories. They even helped with the clean up completely. What a wonderful reflection on the Urban Promise Ministry these students are when we’re with them! Our New Year’s 2016 wish for them is that they stay focused on the studies, graduate and move on to a good college. But not too far away, we wouldn’t want to lose touch!
Dan & Joann Higgins
Forty degrees, cloudy and windy; what a perfect day for a bike ride! Well maybe not for the light hearted, but these tough kids from Urban Promise’s bike club joined Santa and Ms. Claus (okay, it was Dan and Joann Higgins) for a cold bike ride the other day into Merchantville to get this picture in front of Santa’s house and then rode to the Cooper River to check out the outdoor ice rink for a future outing. Riding lesson for the day; don’t ride by rivers on cold, windy days. But that didn’t stop us from going out for ice cream afterwards to celebrate a fun riding year in 2015 and look forward to many more in 2016! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good BIKE!!
What do Santa on a Harley, a horse and buggy, a guy in a kilt, a man playing sax in a 3 piece suit, and a fat guy eating pizza on a sidewalk have in common? These are all the sights we enjoyed during our bike club ride yesterday through Philly. The last one was actually me, but these rides never run short on interesting sights and people! With the weather being sunny and 53 degrees, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride over the bridge, up the Schuylkill and down the iconic South Street with whoever was available to ride. In this case it was just Brandon B, but that didn’t stop us from logging in 25 miles before stopping for a super-size slice of pizza. I guess this could be a twist on Mother Teresa’s saying; “if you can’t feed 100 people, feed one”. Another great ride!
Is this Dan Higgins Wood Flooring Warehouse or a local high school? On this particular afternoon it was both, when the Juniors and Seniors from Urban Promise Academy, along with the lunch club mentors, had an onsite visit to Dan Higgins Wood Flooring Warehouse in Medford. This was all part of the continuing growth opportunities presented by Urban Promise with the monthly lunch club, a chance for students to meet with local business leaders to “pick their brains”. Students were treated to a tour of the business and how it operates, along with an animated explanation by Dan on how he started the business, suffered through many growing pains and finally managed to organize a successful business thanks to the efforts of many and a faith that God’s plan was being played out. Of course lunch Club wouldn’t have been complete without Dan showing off his amateur culinary skills with a family style lunch of baked ziti, Caesar salad, fresh bread, and his son Nick’s famous chocolate chip cookies, all favorites of the students over their years at Urban Promise Academy. The students could not have been more attentive, mannerly, and pleasant, helping make it a good time for all! A special thanks goes out to Dan’s staff for becoming caterers for the day!
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, creamed corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies; what does this all add up to? Thanksgiving Dinner? My midnight snack? Yes, but more importantly as you can see in the attached photo, it’s a chance for young folks to learn about serving others as part of their lives. Our many young helpers this month aging from 9 to 17 were all smiles while dishing out all the delicious foods prepared by our many chefs for the people who really needed a hot meal and some warm feelings. Of course there were plenty of adults on hand to carry out the many kitchen tasks and help with the dishes, but I get a particular joy out of seeing these youngsters give up their Sunday evenings once a month to help show that our next generation (that’s not a Star Wars reference) wants to see Camden continue to rise from the rubble and become a great city again. Maybe one of these kids will be a future leader in making that dream come true. So thank you all for helping on this, our 10th Thanksgiving meal and our 115th dinner served at St. Paul’s, totaling well over 10,000 plates of food supplied, prepared, served and washed by you; a group that truly walks the walk! Thank you so much for being part of one of the best parts of my life; serving in Camden.
Our job supervisor Jimmy and his crew installed an Armstrong Flooring Bruce Dundee Strip 3/4 X 2 1/4 Oak “Gunstock” flooring. This floor is a customer favorite for its classic look.
Check out our collection of classic solid hardwood floors.
One of the disadvantages to living in a city with narrow streets and tall buildings is that the sun sets behind the buildings before it actually sets, making it seem darker earlier than it actually is. But if you jump on your bike and pedal away from the buildings in Camden like these Urban Promise students, you’ll find some beautiful places to watch the sun set. Monday’s ride, led by Tabby, Alan and Brandon took us from Camden to around the Cooper River where we could see the sun set over the Camden County Boathouse, back down the trails along Admiral Wilson, and back through the city to our home campus. Of course being the adventurers that these ambitious students are, we stayed a little long and road back home to Urban Promise in what some might consider “the dark”. I say we were just “lacking in light”; glass half full or half empty, depends how you look at it. But a big thank you to the students for dragging me out on another fun ride for some fresh air and exercise. Can’t wait to see what we do next!