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2003 Schedule, Letter, and other Information:
 
The Letter:

         February 23, 2003

Dear Rest Haven Sunday School Members,

 I hope you are all well.  I am heartened by the fact that we are far enough through the off season it is time to put together a Sunday School schedule for next summer.    

Copies of this letter and the 2003 schedule are being distributed electronically. If you receive your copies via the United States Postal Service, that indicates we do not believe we have a current e-mail address for you.  

As always, I have tried to accommodate requests I received for changes in the schedule, and, no doubt, also as always, I have probably managed to disappoint someone.  If necessary, please just trade around to make this schedule fit yours, but please let whoever will be presiding on the Sunday for which you are responsible for the lesson know of any changes.

Since last year, John Derrick has created a web site for the Sunday School, and we have done our best to update the address list.  We have sent e-mails and faxes, made phone calls, attempted to contact family members of Rest Haven residents, and otherwise endeavored to compile information we hope will be useful to all of us from time to time.  Please go to the web site at http://www.unc.edu/~jderrick/sundayschooladdress.html [since changed to: http://jderrick.bravepages.com/resthavensundayschool.html] and check your address and those of others of which you have knowledge.  We would like to make this list as complete and current as possible.  

With Johnís graduation in May, we may also need to find a new home for our web site.   We expect that, although he will be in Thailand teaching next year, John can continue maintaining the site wherever he is and wherever the site is, but we doubt we can continue to keep it on a server at UNC.  There has been no charge for the site thus far, and we can probably reconstitute it elsewhere at no cost if we are willing to permit advertising, but advertising on this site is not to my taste and may not be to yours either.  However, the ďForumĒ portion of our current web site already has advertising.  Please let me know if you have access to a site where we can place this for free or, if not, whether you believe it sufficiently worthwhile to incur a modest cost (my understanding is that it would be less than $100.00 per year) to find it a home.  Unless I receive a ďnoĒ answer from some of you, I will assume the response is that it is worth the cost, but I would prefer no cost at all.

Last year I was asked to prepare a letter for distribution to all residents at Rest Haven encouraging their participation in our services and requesting consideration for the brief periods each Sunday when we meet.  A copy of the letter I have drafted is also posted on our web site or is enclosed if you are receiving this by U. S. mail.  It is somewhat similar to the letter we distributed in 2000 to announce the celebration of our fiftieth anniversary.  Please let me know of any changes you believe we should make in this letter, and I will revise it and make sufficient copies for distribution to every house at Rest Haven in May. 

I look forward with pleasant anticipation to seeing all of you at The River this summer.  Each of you is important to the continued success of our Sunday School.  Without your help presiding, teaching, and attending, we would not be able to continue in this important tradition.  Thank you.   

The Schedule:

REST HAVEN SUNDAY SCHOOL - 2003

DATE  PRESIDING  LESSON

May 25 Smiley   Smiley

June 1   Bilbro/Davis   Wright
June 8   Derrick    Browning
June 15   R. Smith    Collins
June 22   Smiley    Bilbro/Davis
June 29   R. Smith    Lewis

July 6    Bilbro/Davis   Rice
July 13   Derrick    R. Smith
July 20   Bilbro/Davis   Shealey
July 27   Derrick    Evans

August 3   R. Smith    Bilbro/Davis
August 10*   Smiley    Kimzey
August 17   Bilbro/Davis   Smiley
August 24   Derrick    Derrick
August 31**   W. Smith    W. Smith 
* Picnic Sunday
** Business meeting following service

As always, the schedule can be as flexible as you like, but please arrange for an alternate and notify whoever is to preside if you will not be presenting the lesson on your assigned Sunday.
 

Letter to Neighbors:

Summer, 2003

Dear Rest Haven Residents and Friends,

 As you may know, the Rest Haven Sunday School meets each Sunday morning at 10:30 Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.   When the weather permits, we meet outdoors on the bank of the river.  During inclement weather, we meet in one of the cottages.  This year we will have our annual picnic following the service on August 10.

Our members are Rest Haven year round and seasonal residents from a variety of religious backgrounds and traditions.  Our services are informal and relatively brief, and beach attire is appropriate.  We seek and find spiritual renewal, and we enjoy a sense of community heightened by our participation in this over fifty year old institution.  If you have questions about our Sunday School, please visit with us one Sunday this summer or speak with any of our members.    

We hope you will accept our invitation to join us on Sunday mornings and for our picnic.  If you or your guests will not be worshipping with us, we ask that boats and jet skis please keep a respectful distance during the hour of our worship.  

 

2002 Donations:
 

 
        Jack H. Derrick
        217 Fawn Drive
        Wake Forest, NC  27587
        October, 22, 2002

Ms. Chris Bergin
Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 549
Washington, NC  27889

Dear Ms. Bergin:

 The Rest Haven Sunday Schoolís members wish to make a further contribution to Habitat for Humanity.  This year we do so in memory of Thorne Paul. 

 Enclosed is a check in the amount of two hundred and twenty-five dollars.  Although this check is drawn on my account, it represents a contribution from all of the members of the Rest Haven Sunday School.

 When we last spoke, you indicated that Habitat had a project in Belhaven for which funding was in short supply.  Belhaven is relatively close to Rest Haven, and applying this money to the Belhaven project would be appropriate should that be Habitatís desire.

 Thank you for Habitatís efforts to make Beaufort County a better place to live.

      Sincerely yours,
 
 
 

      Jack H. Derrick 


 
        Jack H. Derrick
        217 Fawn Drive
        Wake Forest, NC  27587
        October 22, 2002

Chief
Bath Community Rescue Squad
PO Box 176
Bath, NC  27808

Dear Chief:

 Each year for a number of years, the Rest Haven Sunday School has made small contributions to the Rescue Squad as a way of thanking you for all you do for us and for our community.  Enclosed please find a check in the amount of seventy-five dollars.  Although this check is drawn on my account, it represents a contribution from all of the Sunday Schoolís members.

 We hope that your services will not be necessary, but from time to time they are, and we are reminded of the selfless service your members provide.  This past summer, one of our members was out on a small sailboat when it capsized in a brief, but violent squall.  Rescue Squad members reacted immediately to calls from observers on shore who reported the accident.  This is typical of the responses we have seen to accidents and illnesses over the years.  Although this incident was not life threatening and no injuries resulted, it could have been more serious, and it is comforting to know that we have neighbors who are skilled, equipped, and dedicated to helping when needed. 

 This year our contribution is made in memory of Thorne Paul.  If it is your custom to do so, we would appreciate you acknowledging this memorial to Mr. Paulís family. 

      Sincerely yours,
 
 
 

      Jack H. Derrick
 


 
        Jack H. Derrick
        217 Fawn Drive
        Wake Forest, NC  27587
        October 22, 2002

Chief
Bath Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 272
Bath, NC  27808

Dear Chief:

 It has become something of a tradition for the Rest Haven Sunday School to make a small annual contribution each year to the Fire Department in thanks for all you do to make our community a safer place to work and play.  This year we also wish to make our contribution a memorial to Thorne Paul.  If you customarily do so, we would appreciate your making the Paul family aware of our gift.

In my memory, we have had only one serious fire in the more than fifty years I have been vacationing at Rest Haven, but your response then was immediate and comforting to those of us dealing with a situation for which we were neither well trained nor adequately equipped.  That was some years ago.

 While the response was so immediate and groups from so many organizations participated that we are not sure, we believe Fire Department personnel were also on hand to assist after one of our members was involved in a boating accident this summer when a sudden squall capsized his small sailboat.   For those of us who can enjoy the Pamlico only on weekends and usually in the summer months, it is reassuring to know that we have year round neighbors who are so dedicated to making the place we love safer for us, our families, and our property.

 Enclosed is a check in the amount of seventy-five dollars.   While this check is drafted on my account, it reflects contributions from all of our members. 

      Sincerely yours,
 
 
 

      Jack H. Derrick
 


 

        Jack H. Derrick
        217 Fawn Drive
        Wake Forest, NC  27587
        October 22, 2002

Ms. Mary Alsentzer
Executive Director
Pamlico-Tar River Foundation
PO Box 1854
Washington, NC  27889

Dear Ms. Alsentzer:

 The Rest Haven Sunday School has traditionally made annual contributions to the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, and we have again elected to make a contribution to the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation for 2002.  The Sunday School, which has been in existence for more than fifty years, makes this contribution in recognition of all PTRF does to protect the River we love and in loving memory of Thorne Paul.  If it is your custom to do so, we would appreciate your acknowledging this contribution to Mr. Paulís family.

 Enclosed is a check in the amount of seventy-five dollars.  Although this check is drawn on my account, it reflects a contribution from all members of the Rest Haven Sunday School.

      Sincerely yours,
 
 
 

      Jack H. Derrick