March 4th, 2013
Today was a very fun, informative, sunny and delicious day! It was a great way to relax and get used to the area before actually starting to do hard core work.
The morning started off with a delicious breakfast made by Lexi and Chuck. Picture this-waking up to a warm breakfast of eggs, pancakes and bacon. The pancakes were extra fluffy, the eggs were definitely better than the eggs at TDR, and by what others said, the bacon made by Chuck was the epitome of perfection with crunchiness.
We then cleaned up and decided to pack our lunches for the day. They consisted of the classic PB&J sandwiches, turkey/ham sandwiches or wraps, fruit, chips, water and some other things. Then, we had some down time, but at around 10:00 am, we left for Walmart because we were meeting our coordinators, Tim and Julie, to follow them to the Sunday service.
We arrive at Walmart, and….kind of overestimated how long it would take to get there, so we ended up hanging out in the Walmart parking lot in our mini van for about a half hour. We mainly listened to some music, took some pictures and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Finally, we found the green Jeep that belonged to Tim and followed him to the church.
Upon arriving to the church, we were surprised on how big it was. The community is very involved and there are about 650 people that attend the services. This Methodist church was especially interesting because it had both contemporary and traditional services on Sunday. We attended the contemporary one, which started precisely at 10:55 am. We sat down and people just started coming up to us with a smile. They welcomed us and thanked us for being here. Personally, I had never been to a service before, so it was very interesting hearing about the Christian religion and seeing how they worship and come together with such open,honest and faithful relationships. The atmosphere was exciting, fun, moving and deep, which made the contemporary style service interesting and different for many of the people in the group.
Julie gave us a tour of the traditional service sanctuary and of the church, and we met many people that are members of the church. After the service, we had to make at stop again at Walmart, because us girls (Lexi, Maria and I) had to get groceries for the dinner competition. Then, we came back to camp and finally ate the delicious lunches that we made. Many had food comas after, so some took naps or just hung out until Pastor Woody from Camp Coker would take us on a tour of the city and disasters from the tornado.
All I have to say about Woody is that he is a VERY knowledgeable man. He would always start off with one story and go off on a tangent into four other stories. Not only did he show us every aspect of Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama, but he also told us about all of the politics, drama and facts about them. He is a very nice man though. We had to even cut the tour short because we had to get back to cook. And on our way back, we got pulled over by the popo of Bama. Yes, I did just say that. They thought Woody was picking up people in a shady way because we were in a van. The city is on the lookout because a woman was recently murdered in the neighborhood that we were driving in.
After all of us were struggling to keep our eyes open in the van, we made it home and got cooking right away for 11 people. We invited Julie and Tim and a couple living next to our camp. Everyone helped because we were kind of in a rush. We made chicken fajitas, rice, guacamole, and brownies, and had COMPLETE food comas.
Now as I write on this blog, everyone is laying on a couch still thinking about if they should get up or just sleep where they are. Maria was laughing hysterically at something John said-typical. Chuck was playing guitar. Lexi is cuddled up in a blanket and I actually don’t know what Jack and Zach are up to.
I am being accused of writing a novel, so I should probably stop. Sorry if I bored you with my long paragraphs filled with details, but I thought I might as well tell you about everything that we did while it was still fresh in my head.
I am looked forward to the week, as we start with some installation, insulation and painting. I love this group and we are already comfortable with each other and as Maria says, “we are getting our weird out!”
Have a good night!