Oh What A Night!!

*Update* Little Jackson went to Philadelphia earlier this week to have some tests run and evaluations with specialist at the Children’s Hospital there. I am posting a link to his blog that his parents have started up. The blog details what happened & some very exciting news they received while there and a special surprise visit to a doctor in Boston. Here’s the link:

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacksoneli/createorsignin

Phew! What a weekend!!!  Brayden had his first fall ball baseball game (they won, by the way!).  He had a birthday party to attend and the cherry on the sundae was the benefit dinner and auction that was held last night.

I’d like to do a follow up blog on an article I wrote a few days ago (see “Going once…going twice…sold!).  A quick recap:  There is a dear sweet family who attend at our congregation.  They have an 18 month old son who has been suffering with painful mouth ulcers for most of his life.  Doctors don’t have a diagnosis or treatment.  The family is now on their way to Philadelphia to see some specialists at the children’s hospital there.  Evaluations and test will be ran tomorrow.  To help cover some medical expenses and this trip, some friends decided to throw them a spaghetti dinner to raise some money.

Well, what started out as a small dinner, quickly grew into a wonderful evening.  Not only did we have delicious food prepared by Sara & Andrew Guertler, Amy Dyson and Elizabeth Barron, we had an evening filled with fun.  Ben Yoder from Enlisted Auctions donated his time and services and held a live auction.  We auctioned off pretty much anything and everything.  So many people donated goods and services, it was really overwhelming!!

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In addition to the live auction, we had a couple of fundraisers where proceeds will go to the family.  Amy Dyson, Independent Consultant for 31 is donating 20% of sales from her party to the family.  Here’s the link to her website, in case you want to order something 🙂

http://www.mythirtyone.com/207948/

Maybe purses & bags aren’t your thing, but you like your house to smell nice.  Brittany Griffin Miller is having a fundraiser with her Scentsy business.  25% of the proceeds will go to the family.  Her party will be open until August 31.  Here’s the link to her website:

https://brittanymiller84.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Home

Andrew Guertler put together a lovely slideshow with adorable pictures of Jackson and a great explanation about what is going on with the medical side of things.  

So many people donated goods or services for the auction.  The Blue Ridge Church of Christ donated their building and some food, Central Virginia Rental donated beautiful tablecloths so our dinner looked elegant, Zeus Theater donated movie posters and banners, the P. Buckly Moss museum donated 2 amazing prints to auction, Jeff Griffin with Mac Tools donated several tools for auction, and on and on and on.  I could fill this whole blog with the many people who donated.  Everyone one of them made the evening possible.

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ImageImageI would like to thank the wonderful ladies who were instrumental in putting the evening together.  Thank you so much for your hard work & dedication.  The evening would not have been possible with out Jennifer Strosnider, Sara Guertler & Amy Dyson!!!

I want to share a scripture with you all that I found fitting.  It comes from 1 Corinthians 12:26-27.  “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

To me, this scripture promotes a sense of community.  We hurt when others hurt, we rejoice when others are honored.  Last night was an evening filled with encouragement and rejoicing.  We hope that not only were the Hewitt’s blessed with the evening’s events, but most of all, God was honored.  We give all the glory to Him.

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