What's Happening at Cragmont?

Excitement rules at Cragmont as winter warms into spring. Something wonderfully different is popping up all around us. Phase Two of the Velma’s Hearth project continues to bring the excitement of “NEW” within the walls of our dining hall. This building was constructed in 1973. During the last few months it has experienced some wonderful changes beginning with the enclosed front porch that has become our “scullery,” to the new tile that covers the walls in our “old” bathrooms, to the beautiful new interior of the dining room. All the work and changes are magnificent and a source of endless excitement. Everyone seems to be feeling their own special thrill as something is completed or added. The scullery has a new three-compartment sink and a mop sink that fits the health codes. Daniel claims you can go for a swim in the huge sink and the contractor has offered to install a swivel stool in the middle sink so Becky Jo can turn from one sink compartment to the other because she is so short. Arlinda feels her own special thrill over the new cabinets and walls in the dining room. All The “NEW” has the staff eagerly anticipating putting it to use serving Cragmont’s guests in the near future. The “cooks” still have their fingers crossed for enough funds for a convection oven and John is, of course, still dreaming of a new hood to cover the entire cooking area.

The excitement didn’t end in the “inside.” We had a performance to rival any high wire circus act when Joe and his “tree cutting team” came to remove three dead trees from behind the dining hall. As the winter breeze swayed the treetops, an audience gathered at the dining room windows to watch Joe climb. Swaying with the wind he topped the trees. With his partners firmly planted below they slowly lowered each branch to the ground. It was a show worthy of a pricey ticket but it all came free through the generosity of Joe’s team.

The excitement stretched to the laundry room with the arrival of new blankets for the dorms and the south end of the first floor in the main building. Lorraine and Daniel both got “bargain fever” and found some good deals on blankets. Any funds to help replace the money spent on these blankets will be appreciated.

Last but not least, there was excitement over our visitors. The Cinderella Sisters came for a “chocolate” weekend. Brenda had the rich smell of chocolate filling every corner of the kitchen as she prepared chocolate covered cherry cake, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, chocolate fudge, hot fudge cake, brownies, and more.

A group from Black Jack Church came for an exciting weekend and used the basement for their meeting room. They found it equipped with a full size fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and much more.

In March, Cragmont will open its doors to more visitors. On March 17–19 and on March 20–22 there will be a joint venture sponsored by the University of Mount Olive and Cragmont. John N. Blackwell, Ph.D., will teach a study of the “The Importance of the Gospels.” The worship leader for the event will be the Reverend John Williams. Attendees in past years to the Pastor-Deacon’s Retreat and all other interested “learners” are encouraged to attend this exciting retreat. Contact Hope McPherson Fields at <hfields@umo.edu> or (919) 658-7714 for information and reservations. And then, Morning Star Woman’s Retreat arrives the weekend after Easter.

We were also excited with the response of several Woman’s Auxiliaries to the challenge to sponsor a “Meet at the Table” event for Velma’s Hearth. The following auxiliaries presented checks to Cragmont for this project:

Daniel’s Chapel • $458

Core Creek $250

Lydia Circle of Free Union $500

Pleasant Hill $200

Hopewell $1,620

If your auxiliary had a “Meet at the Table” event and you are not listed here please call Becky Jo Sumner at (252) 209-6202 and this omission will be corrected.


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