After our arrival in Jacksonville, we had to get squared away before we would head out again, leaving the RV behind. In between packing and tending to some tasks at Faith, we took advantage of the warming temperatures to enjoy an outdoor Christmas concert at the beach. But you wouldn’t find any stringed instruments or keyboards in this concert, it was all tubas, from the smallest to the largest. While this was our first Tuba Christmas concert, these events had been held for decades and repeated all over the country. Our main reason for attending was to support Nelson, the young man from Faith who manages the livestream each Sunday.
Now that we had kicked off the Christmas season, it was time to head north to spend much of it with family.
Being back at Faith meant that we no longer were doing all of our support tasks remotely, which meant there would be (literally) some heavy lifting. With the help of some strategic planning by a fellow camper, we managed to move 2 very heavy refrigerator / freezers into a room for Kim’s Open Door, as they made plans to provide more food to the families of the students they tutor.
The next day, as we were helping load supplies for 2 of her events at nearby apartments, we discovered that Beyond 90’s holiday celebration was about to begin, and they needed help sorting through the dozens of boxes of toys received late the previous evening. An unexpected surprise gift from a local church. We helped organize the bounty so that their volunteers could find what they needed. And later, we worked with them to provide gifts for a family in need that Dave’s sister supports in PA. We were glad to be able to make the connection.
When Comcast did replace the modem, an installation error caused another problem that prevented the office from using the printer. This created a lot of stress, since not 1 but 2 sets of bulletins needed to be printed for Christmas Eve Sunday. Dave spent at least an hour each day working with persons on site to finally get the connection restored. It didn’t help that he was kicked off his remote access software ( for using it too much ) for a few days in the middle of the problem.
Our first stop as we headed north was a few days of relaxing in Hilton Head, before heading out just ahead of a huge storm that was working its way up the coast. We managed to stay ahead of it until we stopped in Hampton to see friends.
Cathy put together a look back at the year just ended, which we hope you might enjoy as well.