S: 2012 Oklahoma - WUMC Youth Missions
BC: Many thanks must be sent to the membership of Wayne United Methodist Church in Wayne, PA. Without their support, both financially and through prayer, we could not have completed the replacement of the Tool Trailer in 2012 or completed this Mission Trip to Boiling Springs United Methodist Church in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation.
FC: Summer 2012 WUMC Senior High Youth Missions | Boiling Springs United Methodist Church Lula, Oklahoma | Book Published By Scott Wilson
1: MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF Wayne United Methodist Church Ben Cushing, Tim DiPaolo, Devin Green, Devon Fischer, Jenn Fisher, Tom Ford, Pat Ford, Simone Howard, Amanda Hurst, Jake Kelly, Justin Kelly, Ron Kirch, Frank Lynch, Linda Lynch, Anne Mackin, Drew Mackin, Marissa Meenan, Madison Monaco, Sam Morris, Art Riggs, Sara Schoenlank, Mat Schoenlank, Abby Scott, Sue Scott, Paul Shillingford, Jen Shillingford, Matt Schweitzer, Jordan Sticklin, Barbara Wilson, Caitlin Wilson, Hal Wilson, Scott Wilson
2: Six members of the mission team volunteered to drive the church van and tool trailer from Wayne to Ada, Oklahoma over two days with a stop in St. Louis to visit the Arch. | Tom Ford, Ron Kirch, Frank & Linda Lynch, Paul Shillingford, and Scott Wilson | Wayne, PA to Ada, Oklahoma 24 hours - 1400 miles - 2 Days
3: Standing at 630 feet, the St. Louis Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States | The Arch is 63 stories tall | The Arch has 2 enclosed trams that take visitors to the top. There are 8 tram cars in the north and south legs and each car seats 5 people | Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch and it weighs 17,246 tons
4: The First United Methodist Church in Ada, Oklahoma | was our "home away from home" during the mission trip to Oklahoma. They were very gracious hosts and provided us with plenty of space to spread out. The ladies stayed in the gym and the guys were split up into three different areas. | The city was named after the daughter of an early settler and was incorporated in 1901
5: Frank just can't dial it back. He can even find a mop in Oklahoma! | Relaxing at the end of the day | Jen Shillingford & Pat Ford prepared our meals & snacks, acted as medic for minor injuries and provided over-watch for those that didn't feel well. They always met us with a smile at the end of the day. Since the workday averaged 104 degrees each day, we voted to start at 6AM to beat the heat. This meant that Jen and Pat were up around 4AM to pull together breakfast! | We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. —-Adelle Davis
6: After a long workday, everyone found their own recovery strategy. Some took a nap and most took a shower, others played basketball or tossed the Frisbee, and some made the daily journey to Home Depot. Each evening after dinner, Matt would gather everyone together to discuss the happenings of the day, goals for the next day, and discuss a spiritual topic.
7: "Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions" — Roderick Davis
8: In the Fall of 2011, we began the discussions and research to determine where our 2012 Senior High Youth Mission trip would land. We contacted the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference - Volunteers in Mission organization to find out what types of projects they were planning for 2012. This organization gathers requests for projects from Native American Indian groups throughout the state of Oklahoma. In the past, WUMC has worked with the Kiowah UMC in Lawton and the Goodwater UMC in Rattan. Our contact was Josephine Deere, Director of Interpretation and Programs, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. We talked twice before the conference was scheduled to meet in January. Boiling Springs United Methodist Church is located in Lula, OK. Located on a quiet, mostly dirt road in the country, it is located approximately 20 minutes outside Ada. In January, we talked with Pastor Jeff Fraizer. He related that it has been his personal goal to build a Fellowship Hall on the grounds of the church for many years, but that they just couldn't generate the funds. Weeks later, Josephine informed us that the Fellowship Hall project had been approved and that some funding was coming from the Chickasaw Nation. Also, she informed us that Jeff Fraizer had passed away from complications of diabetes in late January. Moving forward, our contact would be Ozzie Roberts. Over the next few months, we worked through ideas, blue prints, and goals for our mission trip. In late June, Matt Schweitzer and Scott Wilson flew into Oklahoma City to visit with Ozzie and the church membership. On that Saturday, Mary and Stan Smith picked them up at the hotel to guide them to Boiling Springs UMC. It was during this visit that we learned that Jeff Fraizer had been the pastor of Boiling Springs for more than 15 years and that he was Mary's brother. The congregation we met on that Sunday was small (30 members), but so very full of the Holy Spirit. Oz preached that Sunday about Jonah & the whale and Scott will remember Oz's presence in the pulpit for the rest of his life. After the service ended, the congregation served lunch in their existing Fellowship Hall where there was time to meet everyone and talk about the new structure. From this point on, we knew that this year's mission trip would be a memorable trip for all. The pictures below were taken during this visit and show the space where the new hall was to be built. | Boiling Spring UMC, early June 2012 before the Fellowship Hall concrete slab was poured.
10: Anne Mackin, Oz Roberts, and Devin Green | Scott Wilson and Oz Roberts | Workday Lunchtime | Barbara Wilson | Basketball after lunch | Jake Kelly | Sunday Planning | The Slab | Cemetery Entrance | Sunday after Service | Sunday after Service | Sunday after Service | The Slab | Haskell & Phyllis
11: On Sunday, we attended services at our host church in Ada and then traveled to Boiling Springs and attended our second service of the day. Oz Roberts preached to our group and another 23 members. The congregation provided a fabulous lunch for everyone, introductions were made, and, finally, we reviewed the construction site. Later, our group went out to dinner and Anne Mackin celebrated the first of three birthdays during our trip. | On Thursday night, BSUMC cooked the traditional meal of Indian Tacos. Carlee Jolly & Kathleen Modine visited from Dallas. | This shot was taken on Thursday afternoon, but the symbolism is so fitting...
12: Oz Roberts talks about the history of their culture, prays that God protects everyone as we work this week, and sings in Chickasaw to kick off the week.
13: Glendel Hatton - Chickasaw Nation Project Manager | Devon Fischer | Abby and Sue Scott | Sue Scott, Marissa Meenan, and Scott Wilson | Maddie Monaco | Caitlin & Barbara Wilson | Simone Howard
14: Sam Morris | Ben Cushing | Jordan Sticklin & Sara Schoenlank | Matt Schweitzer | Ron Kirch | Maddie Monaco | Barbara Wilson
15: The slab for the new Fellowship Hall was completed just days before our arrival. During the previous two weeks it rained almost daily, which is unusual for June and delayed the pour of the slab. We were on the phone daily to check on the status of the pour even though it was too late to cancel our trip. With 30 WUMC members and another 5-8 Boiling Springs folks on the site each day, it was critical that we mapped out each days activities. Other factors included the daily temperature of 104 degrees, having enough equipment & tools, coordinating the materials that were being supplied locally, scheduling the crane operator, mid-week delivery of materials, and food for lunch. But lunch was the easy part. The great folks at Boiling Springs UMC supplied water & Gatorade each day along with an awesome selection of food for lunch. | THE PLAN Monday - Wall framing Tuesday - Wall framing, Wall Sheathing & Prep for the trusses Wednesday - Roof Trusses & Decking, Electrical Rough-in Thursday - Finish Roof Decking, Electrical Rough-in continues Friday (1/2 Day) - Soffit work, Clean-up & Pack the trailer
16: DAY 1 - The Walls Go Up | The WUMC members were grouped into 4 teams. Team 3 & Team 4 were responsible for constructing each of the 14 foot wall sections. As they completed a wall section, they would move it into place. Team 1 & Team 2 were responsible for standing the wall up, making it plumb, fastening to the slab, and bracing the wall to maintain that plumb. This process repeated to complete the exterior walls and then to complete the interior walls.
17: Christine Roberts & Phyllis
18: Day 2 - Finish the Walls, Prep for the Roof Trusses On Day 2, all the teams worked together to complete framing the exterior and interior walls. Prep for the roof trusses included interlocking all the walls and installing plywood sheathing on the outside of all the walls. This sheathing helps to strengthen the walls to carry the weight of the roof trusses, the plywood decking, the felt paper, and the shingles. While this work progressed, preparation began for the electrical rough-in. This rough-in included marking the location of outlets, switches, lighting fixtures, and the route for all the wiring.
20: Day 3 - Roof Trusses & Decking Anticipating another hot afternoon, the WUMC crews were up for breakfast at 5AM and on the road to Boiling Springs by 5:30AM. The crane and operator arrived bright and early to start lifting the trusses onto the building frame. Two crews worked the trusses into position, secured them to the top of the walls and plumbed straight and true. Another team completing the process of sheathing the exterior of the building and applying the Tyvek water tight barrier. The last team began the process of the electrical rough-in. The team drilled holes to run cables, mounted boxes for outlets and switches, and pulled hundreds of feet of electrical cable. | Tim DiPaolo | Stan Smith, Ann Mackin, Haskill Alexander
21: Art Riggs | Ron Kirch | Jenn Fisher | Maddie Monoco | Mat Schoenlank
22: Day 4 - Finish Roof Decking & Electrical On Thursday, everyone agreed to start early again. We spent the day finishing the roof decking and preparing the truss ends to install the soffits. Inside, teams continued to install the electrical components and pull more electrical wire. We had two special guests arrive in the afternoon. WUMC members Carly Jolly & Kathleen Modine retired to Dallas, TX last year, but drove up to visit and celebrate with us at Boiling Springs. On Thursday evening, the membership of BSUMC prepared the traditional dinner of Indian Tacos for the mission team. The menu also included Ice Box Tea, and many great desserts like Banana Cream Pudding.
23: The Electrical Team Total concentration was had by all! Clockwise from the right are Sam Morris, Sue Scott, Jordan Sticklin who defected to our team, Scott Wilson (Team Leader), and Simone Howard. Others not pictured included Linda Lynch, Amanda Hurst, Caitlin Wilson, Abby Scott and Justin Kelly. We installed 75+ electrical boxes for switches and outlets and pulled nearly 400' of electrical cable. Not bad for two days work.
25: Day 5 - Soffits & Cleanup Friday, we only had a half day to complete our work week, clean up the site, and pack the Tool Trailer for the trip home. We arrived early again and two teams worked on building the soffits on each side of the Hall. Other teams began the process of reorganizing everything to fit back into the tool trailer. Others continued work on the electrical installation. By 11:30AM, everything was wrapped up. Our next stop was the Chickasaw Cultural Center. | When our mission trips involve construction work, it is a tradition that each member of the mission team sign their handy work. In this case, on Friday each member crawled up into the roof trusses to sign their name and leave a message for the folks at Boiling Springs. These messages will last a lifetime. | Hal Wilson | Linda Lynch | Amanda Hurst & Devin Green | Frank Lynch, Dan, Craig Parnacher, Art Riggs
26: Chickasaw Cultural Center On Friday afternoon, we visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulfur, OK. This beautiful facility is less than two years old and provides a unique insight to the history of the Chickasaw nation. We saw a video that described the journey of two Chickasaw brothers that led the Chickasaw Nation. During the time of the Trail of Tears, one brother decided to stay in the Tennessee Valley and the other that followed the trail to a new land in Oklahoma. We also visited The Spirit Forest, the Exhibit Gallery where artisans were crafting traditional wares, and the traditional village with a council house, two summer houses, two winter houses, a corn crib, ceremonial mound and traditional stockade fence | AnnaMae & Jairus
29: Tuesday evening took us to the Wintersmith Park in Ada for a cookout with some of the BSUMC folks and Ron Kirch's parents. The BSUMC folks also arranged access to the community pool to cool off after the long day. Frank Lynch and others were very excited to take a ride on the model railroad located right next to our picnic area. Others took turns on the swings, played some volleyball, strolled the trails, or tried their hand at fishing in the nearby lake.
31: Pat & Tom Ford
32: Friday afternoon, after our visit to the Cultural Center, we stopped by one of the swimming holes in a local state park to cool off "local style". Some dipped their toes, other jumped from the "leap of death".
34: Saturday - Departure Day! | Jen Shillingford & Stan Smith | Scott Wilson & Stan Smith | Hal Wilson & Craig Parnacher
35: Frank & Linda Lynch Packing up the tool trailer
36: Since our departure in July, the construction has continued with the help of the Chickasaw Nation and the Trustees of BSUMC. Craig Parnacher, Trustee Chairman, has been kind enough to send these pictures of the progress as of late October. On Sunday, October 28th, 2012, the Boiling Spring United Methodist Church celebrated the building of their new Fellowship Hall with a special gathering that included the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, Bill Anoatubby. Mary Smith worked together with Governor Anoatubby to secure the funding necessary to complete this project.