Helping to build homes through pasta

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By Special to the Monitor

While members of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church prepare to host the annual Vacation Bible School and Day Camp, which will be held July 7-11, the House of Hope Women are making preparations for the annual Vacation Bible School evening family dinner.

The House of Hope is a group of women from many of the local Los Alamos and White Rock churches who have committed their time and talents to building projects in Juarez, Mexico, and the proceeds from this dinner will support the purchase of the building materials for the October 2008 project.

Vacation Bible School will be focusing on God's power in everyday lives, and will incorporate a “laboratory” theme in games and activities as well as fun science projects. Lynn Finnegan, who is spearheading the event, and the House of Hope women planned a “Power Pasta Dinner,” to pick up on the VBS theme. The dinner will be from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity on the Hill’s downstairs parish hall. Due to construction, parking will be available in the upper parking lot, or at Los Alamos High School. Enter upstairs through the church, or downstairs through the far door. Signs will be posted guiding the way.

The menu for the “Power Pasta Dinner” will feature a choice of three pastas: Nuclear Noodles, Supersonic Spirals or Energetic Elbows. There will be Radioactive Red Sauce or Atoms to go with the pasta as well as salad, fresh bread and butter and gelatin parfait for dessert. Lemonade or iced tea will complete the fare. The cost for the family dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Kids who are participating in the week-long Vacation Bible School program or Day Camp program will eat free at the dinner when they bring a paying adult with them.

Tickets may be purchased at Trinity on the Hill Church after the Sunday services, during the week of at the Church Office, and at the door the night of the dinner.

This will be the fourth year that this all-women construction team have made the trip south of the border to build a home a family who would otherwise have little hope of permanent stable housing. The Rev. Dan Klooster, the director of Gateway, the church that oversees the construction details prior to the build, provides the House of Hope Women with name and information of the family prior to the build. The group always presents the family with additional household items during the house-blessing ceremony at the conclusion of the build.