United Methodist Men's Group still building
Send a link to a friend
[November 04, 2008]
The extremely successful
"Together for Lincoln" event has been put in the books for six weeks
now, but that doesn't mean that neighbors helping neighbors has
stopped in Lincoln, Ill.
A group of workers from the United Methodist Church still are
building and repairing as fall weather allows.
The group usually makes a fall journey to Appalachia in southeastern
Kentucky and western Tennessee to help that area build, rebuild or
repair, much as Together for Lincoln workers did in our community in
The church members have been doing this sojourn for 27 years, but
this year, after seeing the obvious needs of local residents, the
group decided to help their near neighbors rather than those a bit
This year the trip to Appalachia wasn't made, but that didn't
stop these individuals from still helping others with needed repairs
to their homes. This wasn't a time to take a break from their work,
but merely to focus on the Lincoln community and to lend a hand
where a hand was needed.
The three men working on Wyatt Avenue to
replace a damaged section of a home's roof -- Norm Newhouse, Gary
Hinton and Don Fink -- all have made the trek southeast together for
the past 11 years. It was obvious these three are not only friends,
but men who have experience working together to get a job completed.
A few weeks ago, another crew that included Cliff Seitzer built a
wheelchair ramp for a family on Jefferson Street.
[to top of second column]
The group, a half-dozen retirees, all with building trade
experience, has the ability to tackle a job on a perfect day, as was
Monday, when many of us have to go about our normal workday. It is
this knowledge and flexibility that has given at least two Lincoln
homeowners the granting of a wish that otherwise would not have been
possible this year.
With the weather about to turn for the worse, this will finish
the season for this group, but they are far from finished helping
For all involved with Together for Lincoln, there will be much to
be done next autumn. That is unless a fair-weathered spring and a
call for assistance are just too much for these good neighbors to
ignore until the fall.