Pallets Needed!

Hay

We’ve got HAY! After a very dry end to the 2017 growing season, our supply was running low. Now, in preparation for heavy summer rains, additional sturdy wooden pallets on which to set the bales are needed.

Storing hay off the ground keeps it out of the mud. The drier the bales remain, the more able we are to reduce the growth of mold. Mold contributes to large amounts of waste. In addition, moldy hay is not healthy for our horses. Keeping the hay drier also helps to retain its nutritional content throughout the year.

Approximately 30 additional new or gently used sturdy pallets are needed. If you have or can find any that meet these specs, contact Scott Kuether at sekuether21@gmail.com.

Mission Week 2018

Work Week 2018

St. Paul UCC in Belleville has a long history of reaching out locally and around the country through mission trips. Since 2010, DuBois Center has been blessed to be their mission site on even-numbered years; on odd-numbered years they travel further afield. In 2014 they were joined by members of Christ UCC in Dupo, and the collaboration continues today. This year they have been joined by other friends of DuBois Center.

The priority projects for this week include: constructing and installing a new boat dock, upgrading the electric in the Rustic Village cabins, removing and replacing the siding on one side of the office, building changing stalls in the Beach House, and lots and lots of painting. Work began bright and early this morning and will continue through Friday! Please pray for the work team’s safety and hydration this week!

Watch our Facebook album for updates throughout the week.

Thanks to the Happy Quilters and St. John UCC, Mascoutah

Quilt

The Happy Quilters of St. John UCC in Mascoutah have done it once again! This year their efforts even made the local paper. Each year this group creates a beautiful kid-friendly quilt to celebrate and raise funds for DuBois Center. But that’s just the beginning! Then teams of quilters hit the road and visit churches throughout the Conference on Sunday mornings bringing goodwill and selling quilt tickets.

“We All Scream for Ice Cream” is the name of this colorful work of art, and the border actually features ice cream trucks. Adorable! This year ticket sales raised $1,700. St. John UCC matched this amount dollar for dollar, bringing the total donation to $3,400 – designated specifically for the enhancement of our summer camp program.

Thanks so much to the Happy Quilters for all their hard work and to all the members of St. John UCC for their support. Thanks also to the following churches for hosting the traveling quilt: Grantfork UCC Grantfork; St John UCC Trenton; St. Paul UCC Lebanon; St Peter’s UCC Okawville; and Zion UCC New Baden. The winning ticket was drawn at the conclusion of St. John’s Annual Quilt Show, on April 7. The lucky winner was John Hinkle of Mascoutah.

Churches – Help Promote DuBois Center

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Calling all churches! Did you know that you can help promote DuBois Center? From information on spring programming to summer camp to special sessions, you’ll find it all at this link: http://duboiscenter.org/info-for-churches/

Simply download what you need, print it out and share it with your congregation how you see fit. There are bulletin inserts available, as well as flyers and registration forms. You could also link to these flyers in any of your own social posts, blogs or emails!

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word about DuBois Center!

 

Earth Hour – Today!

earth hour

Will you participate in Earth Hour? Earth Hour is a global WWF (formerly World Wildlife Fund) climate change initiative.  It is an event that aims to generate awareness of the effects of climate change, and taking responsibility towards a more sustainable future. People are encouraged to turn the lights off in their home or businesses for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm in each time zone, on this day.

Earth Hour typically takes place the last Saturday in March, but, this year, it will be March 24th – the 4th Saturday of March 2018.  Some people enjoy Earth Hour with a candle-lit dinner or a candle-lit bath, while others host large events or parties, either in darkness or with candles, to celebrate and create awareness. For more information, click here. And let us know in the comments how you plan to spend this hour!

Bunco Recap

Thank You

THANKS to everyone who turned out for a great evening of family fun on February 24. It truly was a family affair. In fact, one young man – about 7 years old with a hot winning streak – was there with his parents and sister from Zion UCC in Marion and his grandparents and aunt from Maeystown. Thanks to Region 2 for sponsoring the event, St. Paul UCC – Columbia for hosting, and all the pastors who supported it. They were there in force – playing, facilitating and MCing. Thanks to the church members and friends who organized and set-up, those who made and donated gift baskets, prizes and snacks, and those who came and played and donated food items.

Between admission fees, the silent auction, a 50-50 drawing and other donations a total of $1,487 was raised for DuBois Center and 323 food items were collected! The group with the most “players” in attendance won the honor of selecting the recipients of the collection. Uni-Pres Kindercottage received 285 of the items; the emergency pantry at St. Paul UCC received 38 items that were less appropriate for Kindercottage.

Service Saturday in Two Weeks!

service saturday

Stretch your muscles, get a little dirty and make a difference! Help spruce up the grounds for our busy spring and summer seasons. We can’t do it without YOU! Projects vary, depending on the weather and the skills of the workers – carpentry, cleaning, painting, raking and more. We may even remove or install a dock. Serve together with friends and family, and gain a sense of satisfaction. Lunch is provided.

RSVP to DuBois Center by Monday, March 19, at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. If you can’t make it out to the March date, there will be another Service Saturday on April 21 – or call to set up a different day for your church group!

Dreaming of Spring

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As we brave the cold, dark days of winter – even with the beauty of each unique snowflake and crisp starry night – our dreams are filled with visions of a more vibrant and colorful spring.

Bloodwort and Indian Pink are just two of the beautiful wildflowers that thrive at DuBois Center throughout the spring and summer.

Now is a great time to plan a trip to “your big backyard” for a retreat, Service Saturday or a group horseback ride and picnic. Contact us at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202.

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Fluffy, Fluffy Ponies!

Winter Horses

With the deep chill we recently experienced, the horses at DuBois Center have certainly been enjoying their luxurious winter coats! This extra fur is super soft and GREAT for petting, but it also serves a crucial and practical function – it traps in heat to help protect against harsh winter weather.

Horses are very social animals, and in order to maintain a healthy herd dynamic, our horses live outside year-round. We do bring them into the barn occasionally to groom them for rides and feed them. When the temperatures drop and the winds pick up, we also open the barn as a wind break. While living outdoors does help keep our horses mentally healthy, they do require some extra care when the cold and snow prevent them from grazing on grass. Staff and volunteers provide a steady stream of hay, and supplemental grain when the weather gets exceptionally bad. Some of our horses have even been known to gain weight over the winter!

Digital Cameras – Used Compact Models Needed

Digital Camera

Great photos and smart phones go hand in hand nowadays. So what happened to all those small, point and shoot cameras – the Coolpix, PowerShot and FinePix? DuBois Center is in search of 8-10 used (or new) cameras. They are great for photo booths, scavenger hunts, photography classes and so much more.

Requirements: good working condition and SD card compatible. For more information contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.