Sunday was a great day for Norwalk's First Presbyterian Church and for the Joe and Michelle Myers family, as land was dedicated for the Myers family's new Habitat home.
First Presbyterian Church members embarked last spring on a successful mission to raise money for a Habitat Build. By summer's end, they reached their goal and now a chosen family looks forward to a new home.
The lot at 3 Fuller Dr. was the site. The Rev. Adrian Doll of First Presbyterian blessed the land. The church's Habitat Committee, Habitat Director Linda Francisco also a member of First Presbyterian Habitat board members, other Habitat families and church members met after worship to celebrate this mission.
Francisco welcomed the crowd and introduced Habitat board member Keith Squires, of Willard, who said he was happy to see partner families there attending the blessing. Carol Klein, another Presbyterian Habitat worker who is on the family selection committee, introduced Michelle and Joe Myers and their children, Joey, 12; Melanie, 11; Sarah, 8; and twin boys, Marshall and Michael, 7.
Michelle works part time at J.C. Penney in the Sandusky Mall and Joe works at Snyder Collision in Sandusky. They live in Norwalk and their children go to Norwalk City Schools. Joe said about the new home being planned, "It's a joy I'm speechless, actually."
Michelle, who has been working on Habitat sites acquiring 'sweat equity' hours, said, "Thank you to everyone we are blessed."
During First Presbyterian's Bible School this past summer, the youngsters embraced this wonderful mission by earmarking all their collections for the Habitat Build. A giant paper house was constructed as donations added up until all the parts of the house were shown.
Last Sunday, the Sunday school children each made a small paper house and signed it. These small colorful houses made up a poster which was presented to the Myers' children by young Clara and David Doll, representing all the children of First Presbyterian. "... the wise man built his house on the rock. ...it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock," from Matthew 7: 24-25, was written across the bottom of the picture, a fitting scripture for the Habitat Mission.
Fuller Drive has five new Habitat houses filled with chosen families who have helped others build their houses as they acquired their 500 'sweat equity' hours.
The Myers family has put in 300 hours so far helping others. By the time their house is finished they will have their full 500 hours which makes them eligible for a home. Ground breaking for the Myers home is planned for spring 2008.
Francisco invited church members to plan to volunteer at that time and said, "This is God's work. In the spring, we expect to see a lot of you here again working!"