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10 St. Vincent Continued from page 1 Steve said, "We didn't have quite the faith we should have had, I think. We thought we had to come up with a way instead of letting God do the work through us, his servants." God's work can be done if we just say yes when asked. On the following Tuesday, Jim Stenftenagel, who is on the board of the Jasper district of the St. Y'mcent de Paul Society called. He wanted the Howards to manage the Jasper store. John Bennett, Rosie Carter and her husband, and Lucille Schuetter helped them get started. Neither Steve or Martha had any previous expe- rience managing a store or even several employees,, but God knows what our abilities are and where we may be lacking, and God provides whatever we need. The Howards have been here for five years. These five years have seen growth and change. They are even planning a large new building to help house the distribution and food bank. They would still keep the office and the retail store in the current build- ing. The much-needed building would give them the space they need to make repairs on items that come in, as well as space for sorting, storing, and taggirig. The cost of the new building is some- what prohibitive but the Howards have faith the necessary funds will come in. Martha says, "The store has been such a blessing to us. The employees are really neat." The St. Vincent de Paul store employs The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Golden Jubilarians 12 people plus the Howards. Some of these employees are part- time and some are full-time. They each have their own function to keep the stere running efficient- ly. There are sorters, price mark- ers, hangers, and repair men. The staff includes Vernon Beadles, who is referred to as "Mr. Fix-it", Lucille Schuetter, who has been at the store for 24 years, Hubie Schaeffer, Rosie Knies, Joe Fleck, Shirley Bartley, Rosie Carter, Cindy Johnson, Daniel Sermer- sheim, Maurice and Lorraine Buechlein and Doretha Davis. Martha adds, "If the employees weren't Christian-minded, they couldn't make it working here. The pay is not that great!" And every day before the store is open, the entire staff gathers together and prays for God's con- tinued blessings. "Without God's countless blessings, and without the support of this community, the people and the businesses, this store would never be so success- ful," emphasizes Steve. "It is because this is the Lord's Store, that we are here." And successful they are. On the day I visited when Steve opened the door at noon, he counted 101 people who marched in a steady stream to shop for the half-price bargains. He had over 300 sales in one day alone. Steve said, "Over the years, we've seen a cul- ture change. First only the very poor shopped here. Now everyone does." High school kids shop here for the latest in fashion wear. It is just as cool to say you got your Edward and Mary (Ziegler) Arnold will celebrate their fifti- eth wedding anniversary May 3. The couple was married May 3, 1947, at St. Agnes Church, Evansville. They are the parents of three children: Carolyn Branson and Michael Arnold, both of Evansville, and Susan Bartsch of Marietta, Ohio. They have eight grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold worked at Hunter Venetian Blind Company. Your FAMILy PHAPJv00CV Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery Please Support Messoge Advertisers PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 Oak Hdl Pharmacy Prescdptmn Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 El II cool suede coat or bell bottoms at St. Vinny's (as they call it) as it is to say they got it at a hip store in the mall: One grandma told me she shops here to get toys and clothes for her grandkids. She can keep these at her house when they come to visit. Another shop- per looks for jeans or tennis shoes for a fast-growing son. New items are put out every day. Everything that comes in is sorted. If it needs repair or clean- ing, it goes on to the appropriate person who takes care of it. What- ever can be sold locally, goes on to be priced. If they don't think the items will be good sellers here, they are bundled, put on a skid, and loaded into a large semi-trail- er. This filled trailer goes overseas to help people in developing coun- tries. Because of the generosity of the community, a trailer is filled every ten to fourteen days. Noth- ing is ever wasted. The store does not give money directly to needy people who come in. Anyone who is in need can con- tact their local church or other help organization, like Tri-Cap or the Crisis Connection. From there, they are put in contact with the local chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and they receive vouchers to get what they need at the store, like furniture or clothes. Monetary help is provided through the Society if appropriate. All monies made at the store are dis- bursed to the thirteen parishes in the Jasper district, based on need. Wherever there is the most need, i!i!i ¸L Steve and Martha Howard pause for a busy day at the store. Message the money will go to directly to benefit the poor. The store also has hospital equipment that it lends to people who need it. The store is open at noon until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, they are open from noon until 8 p.m. and on If you Paul Society, local ci] St. Vincent q Boulevard, St. Have you had difficulty qualifying for. standard life Catholic Knights of introduces BENEVOLENT Graded Death Benefit Annual Premiums beginning as low as $50 * Unlike some issue" policieS, begins at issue and annually for coverage up to Annual for each Age 50 Age 60 Age 70 MALE 44.59 71.46 119.42 Available ages For more information call our National Office at I or our area represenative: Francisschutt° P.O. Box 20 • Englefleld, Indiana 4761S (812) 867-6342