Meeting in regular session on Tuesday, October 20, nine Agape House of Vandalia board members learned that 710 guests had stayed at the guesthouse in its eleventh year of operation. Those guests came from 43 Missouri counties and nine states. Forty-five guests, including 10 children, stayed at the house in September. Lower guest numbers were attributed to “food visits” to offenders in the correctional centers in Bowling Green and Vandalia.
In other business, board members learned that repairs had been made to a hot water heater. Five offenders from WERDCC performed major house cleaning on October 7; lunch was provided for them and their two supervisors by board members.
The exterior of the building was power washed recently by Brian Snodgrass.
Board members represented the facility at the district meeting of Presbyterian women in Mexico on October 9 and at the annual Festival of Sharing, in Sedalia, on October 17.
Persons interested in the work of Agape House are encouraged to call the facility 574-594-6755 to arrange for a tour or guest speaker.
Nova Huff, of Vandalia, will serve as Interim House Manager during the month of November. House manager, Doris Donoho, remains on medical leave.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 1, when the house will be decorated for Christmas.
Members in attendance were Alberta Cropp, Carlene Galloway, Janet Heim, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, Elwood LaRue, Kay Robnett, Veanna Snodgrass, and Edith Westmoreland.
Monetary gifts received in September include the following: Edgewood Baptist Church, of Bowling Green; Ramsey Creek Baptist Church, of Clarksville; Bethlehem Baptist Church, of Centralia; Curryville Baptist Church and Elm Grove Baptist Church, of Curryville; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams, of Farber; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, of Fulton; Lockewood Park Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church, of Mexico; Thomas and Delia Klekamp (in honor of Will and Floy Oliver’s 50th wedding anniversary) and Immaculate Conception Church, of Montgomery City; Mary Scheffler, of Leander, Texas; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost, of Thompson; and Southside Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia.