Thursday, June 18, 2009

Heading for Back Bay Mission

A group of us from Memorial United Church of Christ leaves Saturday morning for a week of work and exploration at Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. There are 10 of us -- five confirmation students (Adam and Phillip Bessemer, Elliot Schad, Kirsten Scheller-Suitor and Austin Young) and five adults (Janine Bessemer, Michael and Beth Magness, Mary Kay Scheller-Suitor and me). We will stop in St. Louis overnight on the way down and we hope to arrive at Back Bay early Sunday evening.

While we are there, we will be working with a youth group from Cedar Hills UCC in Portland, Ore. There are 12 young people and three adults in that group. We will be sharing trailers, food preparation and the work experience.

Then on Friday, we will go over to Good Shepherd UCC in Metairie, La., just outside of New Orleans. They have been deeply involved in the Katrina recovery work in New Orleans and will show us some of what is happening there and also show us a bit of New Orleans. Then we start the journey home on Saturday morning, June 27 and should be back in Madison at dinnertime on Sunday, June 28.

We hope to be posting updates here as the week goes on. Meanwhile, please hold us in your prayers.

(If you are interested in the November 2007 adult trip to Back Bay, you can read posts from that trip here.)


  1. Good Evening!
    I am glad that you had a good trip on Saturday and enjoyed the sights in St. Louis. Continue safely on your way to Biloxi! Kris

  2. Glad your drive down to Biloxi went smoothly and that St Louis was a fun stopover for the teens and adults alike. On Monday in Madison, it is hot (high of 88) and humid (not Phillip B's favorite soccer weather). What is like down there?
    Russ B

  3. Hi Russ -- Thanks for the message. It's hanging around 100. We're all getting ready to go to the beach (after a day of painting). - Phil