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BUILDING & GROUNDS VOLUNTEER: A retiree from a management position with AT&T, Jerry became interested in the Retreat Center initially by serving as a part-time employee using his considerable cooking skills helping in the kitchen and assisting with housekeeping. He later became a member of the Board and served as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, where he was a leader in developing a maintenance plan and ensuring that essential tasks were completed. Whenever there is a project on the grounds – whether it is an Eagle Scout service project, an ACTS group project, or a work day – Jerry can always be found working, supervising, driving the tractor, cleaning out the pond, helping to install the new carpet in the conference room, or just offering his services wherever he can be useful.
WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR: The Retreat Center is benefiting greatly from the services of Nancy Gass, who has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the design and maintenance of our new website. In this new age of advanced computer and electronic developments, people are looking to the computer more and more in seeking information, so an innovative and current web page has become extremely important. Leaders of prospective retreat groups are definitely influenced in their decision making by the impressions generated through a solid, professional looking website. Nancy’s computer skills, her devotion to the retreat ministry, together with her desire to serve and be a partner in our mission have made her an ideal candidate to fulfill this essential volunteer role. Doing most of her work from home, Nancy is able to devote several hours per week at the task for which she has become most proficient. If you were to ask her, she would tell you that her volunteer role gives her personal enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of purpose in service to a cause she believes in.
LIBRARIAN: Pat is a former elementary librarian who worked for many years in the Rockwood School District and continues to substitute for teachers and librarians in the district. She has two daughters who live in Wisconsin and Ohio, one granddaughter, and another on the way. Pat and her husband live in Wildwood and are active in their parish church of St. Alban Roe. Russ sings in the choir at 9:30 Mass on Sundays. Pat has participated in CHRP retreats and enjoyed a woman’s retreat at the MRCC a year ago. Naturally, Pat enjoys reading as one of her hobbies. She writes online book reviews for the Washington Missourian and participates in a monthly book club. Some of the books she has enjoyed recently include Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger, The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve, and Hillbilly Elegy by J. D Vance. She has a rather large collection of children’s books which she enjoys sharing with her grandchild.
Pat is categorizing the books in the retreat center along with the books that have been moved from Marycliff, the former home of the Marianists who lived there since 1949. The books in the library are available for check out and for personal use during retreats. Pat and the MRCC family are grateful for book donations that would be of interest to retreatants. Children’s books would be welcome, too, along with adult and teen novels that touch upon religious themes. Please call 636-938-5390 to arrange for pickup or bring the books to the MRCC retreat center at 4000 Highway 109 in Eureka. While you are there, enjoy the beautiful grounds and check out the library!
GARDENER/LANDSCAPER: Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy gardening and landscaping? Do you have some free time and a desire to serve? We can sure use your help in maintaining the beauty spots on our grounds. We have shrubs that need trimming, weeds that need pulling, and new plants that need planting each spring. We would love to have volunteers to give us some regular assistance in maintaining the beauty of the program venues that are so important to the experience of our retreat guests.
GIFT SHOP COORDINATOR: Situated in the lobby we have a display case has the following MRCC Items available for guests: T-shirts, hats, tote bags, mugs, books, pens and magnet clips. We are looking for someone to manage the inventory, keep records of sales, and look to expanding this part of our ministry to include more books. CD’s and other helpful items for our guests.
OTHER: If you have skills that would be useful in our retreat ministry and are seeking to serve the Lord in a meaningful role, we invite you to contact us to discuss in more detail.