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WI, Stevens Point et al: A-MEN's Night Out at Hope Lodge

September 24, 2013 - September 25, 2013

Host Church: St Paul Lutheran

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A-MEN’S OKOBERFEST DINNER AT HOPE LODGE Our A-MEN group prepared and served the fourth annual meal for the residents of Hope Lodge in Marshfield, WI.

Hope Lodge is an American Cancer facility and resembles a three story motel and is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin. The residents are cancer patients that commute on a daily basis to St. Joseph’s Hospital 2 blocks away or they are family members of hospital cancer patients. Rooms are free to residents but donations are welcome.

Common kitchens and dining rooms are available for the residents to prepare meals for themselves. It is in this common area that we prepared and served our Oktoberfest meal of bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato sausage, red cabbage and apples, German potato salad, German Chocolate cake and Krantz The meal was enjoyed by 25 residents and 17 A-MEN volunteers.

After the meal our A-MEN group sat with the residents and talked with them and reminisced about life experiences. We encountered an occasional person who showed no hope for their future. No one refused our offers to pray with them and were most appreciative for our prayers. A grip on the arm, a heartfelt “thank you!” or a tear moistened check was our reward.

Residents and staff offered many compliments for our meal and caring fellowship. In the past many non–profit organizations prepared and served meals to the residents but Hope Lodge no longer invites these organizations back. The A-MEN group is one of the select groups that are invited back each year; In fact, Hope Lodge would like us back more frequently.

I had several of the Men’s Network Man’s Cards laminated and I visited from table to table and handed out cards to the men. I told them they officially became “men” that evening. The men enjoyed their cards and laughed at the reasons on how to “lose” the Man Card.

As a side note to our Oktoberfest dinner, one of our A-MEN members met a former employer at the gathering. The former employee left the employer’s company under less than amicable circumstances and they have not had contact with each other for several years. The employer now was suffering from cancer and was in treatment at the St. Joseph Hospital. The two men met and spoke to each other and before the evening was over, they had repaired their relationships and now had each other’s addresses. Praise God for His healing relationship between these two men.

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