Thursday, December 24, 2015

City Gates Ministries

When you volunteer - you make the changes in the world of your community....  Pastor Pat & members of Valley Heart Assembly of God Church volunteer every Thursday evening to help feed the homeless in the streets of Olympia.  

To find out more about where they meet, contact Pastor Pat at: 

To Donate to City Gates Ministries: 

Call:          (360) 705-0291
Address:   1910 E. 4th Ave #108, Olympia, WA 98506

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Peninsula Propane

We have found a super propane service "Peninsula Propane."  They deliver to our home right now for $1. 29 per gallon.

I don’t know who if anyone heats with propane. Linda and I purchased a 120 gal. propane tank this year because I was getting tired fighting with the 25 gal. ones and being told they needed to be re-certified or they wouldn’t fill them.
The reason I went into that was because our first fill up , new customer was $1.10/gal. Well today we got their regular price  of $1.29 a gal. I called another company today and they offered a first time fill at $1.19. I asked about subsequent fills and was told it would depend on many things but would not give me a price.

Anyway Peninsula Propane $1.29.p/gal delivered. They come to Rainier once a week. 253-534-6137. Carlos is the owner.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Silent Auction @ Rainier Emergency Food Center

The staff at the Rainier Emergency Food Center is having their yearly Christmas fundraising "Silent Auction" on Friday afternoon from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  Please attend and bid on their baskets.  All proceeds go to the food bank to provide food for the hungry in Rainier.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Caroling for Cans & Family Fun Night - Pizza & BINGO!!!


The meeting place for Caroling for Cans has moved to the Rainier High School Parking lot. We will still meet at the same time.  

The Family Fun Night - Pizza Party and Holiday BINGO will be held at the Rainier High School Commons.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Update from Taucca, Peru Hands of Hope:

Dear friends of Hands of Hope,

I apologize for being less than timely with my update from the summer. The summer flew by like the blink of an eye, and this fall has been a continual whirlwind of activity and obligations. Anyways, I would like to share a little of last summer's outcomes with the community of Taucca, Peru. 

Instead of remaining a primary school from kindergarten to third grade, the Ministry of Education has now granted permission for the school to expand through 4th grade this year, and 5th grade next year. The 2 teachers and all the mothers seem happy that their children will all attend from ages 3 to age 10 or 11 at one location.Then the children will venture off to secondary school for 6th grade through 11th grade. The school population has grown now from 23 students to 32.

As always, Hands of Hope went several times to bring fruit and spend time with the children and mothers. We brought hand made crocheted and knitted hats, calculators, and purchased new dishes for the school to use when serving meals. Our large purchase was new uniforms for all and good quality sturdy school shoes - the kind most Peruvian school children wear. Since they've had the the previous uniforms for 4 years and many of the students have moved on to the next school as well as the increase each year of new incoming students - it seemed like a reasonable request. After much dialogue between children, mothers, and teachers the color was chosen - grape (uva)   

Much of the time spent with the mothers in the community was meeting to discuss plans to help them become more self sustaining. They toyed with several ideas from raising pigs to sell, selling eggs, starting a cuy farm. I told them that Hands of Hope was willing to give the initial money for what they needed to get them started. However, we didn't have anything solidified before I left, yet they assured me that they would have a plan when I return. I continually have to remind myself that all will unfold in time as long as we keep taking steps toward achieving the outcome. 

Peru, the place I call home, continues to open my heart to the inner peace and that comes with a more simple life. Thank you all for the continued support.

With gratitude,

Friday, November 6, 2015

Shelton Lions "Night at the Theater" 2015

The Rainier Lions have been supporting this fundraiser for many years -- it is a very enjoyable evening.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know and I can have PZC Mel reserve tickets for us.  We meet at Dirty Dave's Pizza on Martin Way for dinner on the way to the Little Theatre, for those who are interested.

If you prefer, you can contact PZC Mel directly for your tickets.

Questions or suggestions, please let me know.

Thank You
-- Bernice   

MAP to Olympia Little Theater is below letter:

From Shelton Lions .....
Fellow Lions:

In addition to using the “Essay Contest” mailing list of the Presidents, I have included others that have been in attendance and enjoyed the annual production of the Olympia Little Theater for the Shelton Lions off-night performance. (just in case the Lions presidents were unable to quickly spread the word to their club.)
Tickets are now available for those that wish to attend.  Simply e-mail me the amount of tickets you need and you can pay and pick up the tickets at the door the night of the performance.
As in the past, this will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are only 104 seats available so if you would like to attend this what appears to be a fun performance, please let me know either by phone or e-mail so you can be assured of a seat.
Thanks for your past participation and hope to see you there DECEMBER 8 AT THE OLYMPIA LITTLE THEATRE.
Mel Williamson
Shelton Lions Club

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween in the Park Celebrates in the Rainier Chapel

Halloween in the park was scheduled, as usual, but the weather did not look promising at all.  Driving rain and wind was threatening to spoil Halloween for our children. The Rainier Chapel came to the rescue and said we could use the chapel to keep everyone warm and dry. 

Hundreds of "trick or treaters" and their parents stopped in to enjoy games, Main Street Cookies and hot drinks, on this very stormy night. At a couple of points it was very hard to move around, because it was so crowded. Even the North Thurston Fire Department, braved the weather outside, in the parking lot, to give treats to the kids.

The evening was a great success for Rainier, as caring  businesses and  non profit groups came together so the children of Rainier could dress up and celebrate Halloween. 

Please shop in and say a  thank you to Main Street Cookies,  Storage Auction Liquidators.  Please support them as they support our community and Rainier Lions Club, Rainier Emergency Food Center, Rainier Community Cares, Prairie Soccer Club, Cub Scouts,  Boy Scouts,  Rainier Education Foundation.  

Thank you to everyone who came out for the children in our community, on a very stormy night, to make sure our kids were safe, happy and warm. These people help make Rainier a great place to live and all working together can make wonderful things happen
It was so nice to see parents and children, dressed for the occasion, having such fun and coming together as a community.  Hopefully next year will be even a bigger event for the children of Rainier.

Phyllis H.  filling out a "Healthy Youth Survey" for Rainier Community Cares.

The crowd of people start arriving before 5 PM.

Phyllis H. filling out a Rainier Community Cares "Healthy Youth Survey."

Brandi Howell arrives with her family to help set up the Cub Scouts games and treats.


Lions president, Evan Burnett, is helping decorate the Chapel.

More people filling out surveys, as goblins arrive for Halloween

Treats, Treats & MORE TREATS for the kids.  The "Cat in the Hat" is Here, too!

Rainier Community Cares table.

Bud Green's wearing his daughter's angle wings.

Trick or Treat!

Haunted House Cookie kits for the kids!

Rachel Stephenson (middle), Jim McIntire (far right)

Nancy Decker (Director of the Rainier Emergency Food Center) is 
dressed like a lady bug, giving out cups of candy for the kids.  
(Her daughter, Tina, is dressed like the Cat in the Hat.)

Left to right:  Nadine Whitlock, Linda Johnson, Chris Chitwood

The Cat in the Hat is back!

Rainier Lions give out fresh Fuji Apples.

The Cub Scouts have a ring toss game and gave out full size candy bars.

Bud Green, holding his son Dean, while wearing his daughter Gracie's angle wings. 
 (Bud is a Cub Scout Leader & VP of the Rainier Lions Club)

Dressed for the 1950's

Pacific Soccer Club Mom's giving out treats.

NASA spaceman!

Boy with a cup full of candy!

Skunk Costume (sorry the picture is blurry)

Minnie Mouse and the 1950's kids.

Mike Karnes visiting with the members of the Rainier Emergency Food Center.

Minnie Mouse and the Zombie!

Everett Gage dressed like Pillsbury Doughboy! 
 I wouldn't have recognized him, if he hadn't said "Hi"

Mike Karnes' coat glows in the dark...

Autumn Kenney and Bud Green.

Deni Geiger from Storage Auction Liquidators.  

Deni Geiger & George Johnson

Some of the costumes were amazing.  This girl is dressed like a gypsy.  Look at the detail!

A Zombie...

Nancy Decker's daughter, Tina and Nancy.

Phyllis H. from the Rainier Emergency Food Center.

Raffling off the basket for REFC.  

A special "Thank you" to everyone to stayed after the raffle and helped us clean the church. We really appreciate everything you did to help us!