As the January Bell-Whether goes to press, the 2014 Katrina Mission Team makes final preparations for our annual fund raiser supper on Saturday, December 14 from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Roast turkey and Chef Mike’s Louisiana sides help make this a special holiday season event.

All proceeds go towards supporting team members needing financial assistance. Because Easter falls at the beginning of area school vacation week, we cannot spend our usual four days on the road to and from New Orleans. Each team member must raise the additional funds for airfare, in order to commit to working five days with the St. Bernard Project. The minimum age is fourteen, and participants do not need to be members of St. John’s.

Current plans are to depart Easter Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014 and return home the following Sunday. The fee is $235, plus airfare and admission to Jazz & Heritage Fest on Saturday, April 27. Available seats are fewer and airfares higher on these travel dates since our initial planning and announcement. The team is being assisted by a travel agent experienced in Volunteers in Mission travel.

Information Night is scheduled for Friday, January 31 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Included in the agenda will be a review of our travel options. Please pray for this mission team, that God will provide what is necessary for us to serve Him as He calls each one of us.

Patrick Murphy, VIM Team Leader