Seashore staff continues post-Katrina makeover


Special to the Advocate
Since Aug. 29, 2005, Seashore United Methodist Assembly has been busy taking care of volunteers that came to help the coast. 

Samaritan’s Purse was located at SUMA for 22 months. Back Bay Mission and UMCOR are presently on the grounds. Habitat for Humanity grew so large, it had to move to a much larger space. This assembly is still caring for the needs of volunteers as they continue to come to SUMA.

The SUMA staff is redoing all the rooms, buildings and spaces. Casey Center with two breakout rooms, Frazer Hall with 16 double rooms and all eight dorm rooms have been scrubbed, painted, cleaned and completely redone. The cafeteria has been repainted twice. The assembly has received good inspections by the Department of Health.

All four rooms at the Van Hook Hall are complete, with three of them being used by United Methodist Katrina Recovery.

Three of the downstairs spaces at Frazer Hall are being converted into conference-meeting spaces. One of these will serve as an activity space for inside events. This will be referred to as the activity-recreational room.

Seashore Assembly has a large deck that can hold 75 college students at one time. The Prayer Walk is right next to it, and this is a place for meditation or just being quiet. The pavilion is screened in and has fans and tables with chairs. The large stage is used for many events, such as CONVO.

“We invite you to consider visiting SUMA,” said Art Steinaway, assembly director: “Please consider using this wonderful space for retreats. We have some booked and look forward to serving spiritual retreats in this new year.”

Three camps are planned for July. Last year, the assembly added a weekend senior high camp.  This year it falls on the July 4 weekend. The schedule is:

• July 4-6, Senior High Camp
• July 7-11, Junior High Camp
• July 14-18, Upper Elementary Camp

“We know God has great plans for these grounds and that his hand is touching everything and everyone who comes here,” Steinaway said.