Hello, awesome Ten+Men men!
We are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth, the United States of America. Many of you, like myself have served to help protect the freedoms that we have as Americans… including the freedom to openly and freely worship our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ; the rest of you appreciate and support others who have served in our military.
I need to tell you about a BIG project coming up in July.
“What does the military have to do with this?”, you might ask.
Well, some of you know Erin Alderson, who was an part-time employee of FCC in FirstKids, that is until last September. That is when her husband, Sgt. Brandon Alderson, who is currently serving in the Illinois Army National Guard, was deployed to Herethe middle-east.
Brandon has served now for 18 years and this is his second deployment (serving also in Operation Iraq Freedom; aka, Iraq 1). Please understand that Erin has also been serving during this time, as spouses of those deployed do, staying at home with their four young children (which is why she had to stop working at FCC).
Here’s the deal…
Prior to deployment, a privacy fence was built around their yard to help protect the family while Brandon was away. Unfortunately (I’ll spare the details here for now), sections of the fence have been repeatedly blown in recent months due to extreme weather.
You can see in the picture below that is currently being held up with temporary braces on the back side.
But even this temporary bracing did not hold and the section in this pic was blown down again by a storm last Friday evening (there are now some garbage cans on the front side to help support it!!).
Sgt. Alderson is returning home at the end of July and will return to his “regular” job about a week or so later. He is planning on taking this precious time to ‘fix’ the fence.
Brandon should NOT have to take this short amount of time
to do major repairs to their fence!
Rather, he should be able to use this valuable time to
reconnect with his wife and children,
and get some well deserved rest
(before having to return to work).
Here’s where you come in, FCC men… we are going to do the job for them.
On Saturday, July 21st, we are going to disassemble this quite long entire fence, dig about 50 three foot deep post holes, set new 4×4 posts in concrete, and re-assemble the fence. This is a huge project that is normally well beyond the scope of Ten+Men projects, but we are making an exception in this case to help a well deserving FCC family out. As you can tell from what I have described, this is a big project that will require you all to help.
We are asking – even if you are not currently serving in Ten+Men – please plan on coming and helping out… even if it’s only for a few hours (this is an all day project for sure).
Please help us help this awesome FCC family and in doing so, say “thank you” to Sgt. Alderson for serving this great country of ours.
Reserve the date now: Saturday, July 21st
Please RSVP to me, Pastor Tim, as soon as possible, if you can help be the tangible touch of Jesus Christ to this awesome family.
BTW… if you’re reading this and happen to be friends with Brandon, he is not aware we are doing this for him – it will be a surprise. So, mum’s the word.
I look forward to serving beside each and every one of you on this great project!
Care Ministries Pastor
Crew Chief – A-10A Thunderbolt II (aka, Warthog)
354th Tactical Fighter Wing / 356 Tactical Fighter Squadron
Myrtle Beach A.F.B.