Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Change Is Powerful

This morning we took the latest change bank collection to the bank. After all was counted, we have a contribution of $75.63, from the accumulated pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters of Compton folk. Since the beginning of Compton Cares in the fall of 2006, the change bank has raised $613.54. Thank you, everyone. It's not too late to start saving change. The bank will be at coffee hour after church on Sunday. Every Sunday!

Happy Friday on TV

This photo of the Happy Friday crew from Compton Heights was featured on St. Louis station KMOV-TV, Channel 4, on Thursday, Oct. 23, during a local community talk show. It was taken the preceding Friday, Oct. 17, when there was a fall chill in the morning air. Seen, from left, are Roger, Madeline, Larry, Arlene, Kathy, Jan, and Brenda. (Hint: if you click on the photo, it will enlarge and you can see everyone clearly! )

Great job, everyone! Happy Friday celebrated its 4th anniversary in September. The crew offers free coffee and hot chocolate to people commuting to school or work on South Grand from 6:45 to 8 a.m. For more about Happy Friday, visit this link on Compton's web site. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Simmons, KMOV.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cleanup Day and Hootenanny

Saturday, Oct. 18, was a cleanup day at Compton Heights, followed by a fellowship supper, campfire and sing-along at the Kreuger's new condo one block south. The front of the church facing Grand Blvd. is now fully landscaped with hardy roses, perennial grass, and seasonal sweet potato vines and blooming pansies. It's a truly welcoming entrance.

Fall plantings and some fresh (and free!) compost enhances the peace pole that is a focal point of the entrance to the education and office wing.
The pole is decorated with "Peace" in multiple languages, including Hebrew and Chinese.

All of the garden beds got fresh mulch. Here Norm, Leslie and John wait for the next load of mulch to arrive in Dave's little red truck. We learned that homeless people sometimes sleep on our three park benches at night, and they have taken to policing any trash that shows up in the garden.

At last, another load of mulch. Liz, Darrell and Madeline get to work transferring it to wheelbarrows. By 5 p.m., all the plant beds were tucked in for cold weather and the tools were stowed away.

This is the second floor unisex bath room that Leslie and Dave have renovated. New or re-set fixtures, a fresh coat of pale mauve paint and some pictures on the wall make this former cramped and somewhat scary space inviting and functional. Some ladies will be taking sewing lessons in a room on our second floor in a training program sponsored by the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis. Now they also have a functional restroom to use. Thanks Dave and Leslie!

After some overgrown bushes were removed during the clean up day, the Compton Sign is now clearly visible from the street. In addition, a new sign is coming before long to further increase our visibility on the corner.

Jan and Larry invited everyone to Compton Gate patio for a picnic supper followed by a marshmallow roast and sing along, with two fire pits to keep us all mostly warm in the low 50-degree evening. It was a great ending to a fine fall day.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

All Creatures Great and Small

On Saturday, some 20 people and 10 dogs gathered in the garden at Compton for a blessing of pets. Items representing absent pets were also brought--we aren't sure how many. The renovation of the lawn next to the church has made such gatherings possible. Upcoming, on Saturday, Oct. 18, we'll have a lawn cleanup and garden winterizing day starting at 2 p.m., to be followed by a cookout, marshmallow roast and folk singing around a fire pit, all at the Kreuger's new condo community.

Walton-McGuire Wedding

September 12, 2008--Tower Grove Park was the lovely setting for the evening wedding of Shannon McGuire and Matt Walton. The outdoor ceremony was held on the patio of the Piper Palm House, overlooking the lily ponds. Guests were treated to a memorable reception inside the Palm House, the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi River, now meticulously renovated and restored. Shannon and Matt graciously set up a web site where guests could, if they wished, purchase gifts that would return a portion of the cost as a donation to Compton Heights. The organization is the I Do Foundation, and it's a great idea. Congratulations and best wishes to the couple, who are now home from their honeymoon cruise and back at work.

New Gifts in Memory of Norma

Gifts in memory of Norma Santhoff have been received from the following donors. The list may be incomplete but additional donor information will be published as it is received. We are grateful for Norma's family and friends who chose to honor her life in this way.

Joseph Santhoff
Melva McDaniel
Glenydon and Marjorie Smith
Pernelle Zeller
Stephanie Maupin
Marc Zeller
Phyllis Benson
Millie Slack
Deborah and Edward McCrumb, Jr.
Robert F. Zeller
Fred K. Zeller
Donna and Jerry Stockglausner
Joseph and Patricia Santhuff
Marcella and Andrew Depka
Doug Hughes
Jean Schloemer Enright
The Rev. Hugh and Barbara Wilson
Jan and Larry Kreuger
Nancy, Don and Julie Keller
Marjorie Skotvold