Oct 18 2016


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On Tuesday 10/18/16 we held a Limo and Lunch event supporting veterans and caregivers from WRNMMC Hospital and Fisher Houses Bethesda, MD. We had 8 Guests plus FUMC escort Ed McMeans and Driver Tom. We lunched at Tony and Joe’s Seafood on the Georgetown Waterfront. All our guests were veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. We had a wonderful time and each Veteran was extremely complimentary and thankful that the FUMC continues to support them and other Wounded Warriors.

Aug 19 2016


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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Limo and Lunch Event to Tony & Joe’s (T&Js) Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac at Georgetown Harbor

The Limo to Lunch trip on Tuesday, August 19th was a huge success. We had a total of 13 warriors and family members. A total of 14 had shown-up and we had to turn one away, since the limo could only seat 13 – She was a family member who had shown up as an alternate in case we had a no show.

We had one of the new “13 passenger” limos, but we couldn’t fit them all inside comfortably, so one of the families from the Fisher House (2 guests) had a car nearby and graciously elected to drive themselves.

The group had a great time – lots of laughs and joking. All were very grateful for the outing. One couple had been there for 6 months and had never been out anywhere. One young lady is recovering nicely from serious brain surgery, but stated that she wants to go back to Afghanistan. It’s unlikely she will be sent back, but it is not uncommon desire among our troops to return to hazardous duty.

Considering their courage and patriotism, our soldiers and families enjoy and appreciate a simple outing to lunch in a limo. This recurring affirmation makes this program all the more meaningful.

Aug 10 2016


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Limo-to-Lunch Event for VA Fisher House and Medical Center in Washington DC

We had 8 Limo Riders including our FUMC sponsor Allen Kriskowski, our Limo driver John, and 6 guests from Fisher House. Five of the six Fisher House attendees as well as John our Limo Driver, were first timers on the Limo Lunch.

  • Cathleen Joy Brown of Mariposa, California and her sister from Oregon were here to provide 24/7 care for their brother undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Annie Aranrnolate is here, Caregiving her daughter, an Air Force Veteran, who suffered a stroke.
  • Ms. Bryant is a mother of a veteran. She spends 8 hours a week volunteering at Fisher House.
  • Shawn Huffnagle, a US Navy WT2 from Lexington Park, Maryland, is undergoing colon cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
  • Shannon Willis, from Texas, is Caregiving her Father who is undergoing triple bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack. Her Dad is a US Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam Era and is from Maryland.
  • Jason Bard, US Army Infantryman Veteran, is undergoing treatment for cancer. His treatment unfortunately affects his taste buds in a manner that minimizes the foods he can eat without ill effects.
  • Pastor Andrea Ramsey is here Caregiving her brother a US Air Force 19 year veteran, undergoing surgery for a Dissecting Aorta. The Pastor is from O’Fallon, Illinois and hosts a Radio Ministry every Monday.
  • John Loveland, our Driver, is a Vietnam Navy veteran from Washington, D.C. He spent an 18 month tour in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967 on assignment as what can best be described as forerunner to the Navy Seals.

We all had a wonderful time. We shared stories, experiences and even a couple of jokes. It was an honor to be among those who also served, each in their way, and sacrificed to keep America free. FUMC got Kudos from all our guests for providing such a great escape from the Fisher House confines and their reasons for being there.

Aug 07 2016

Joseph Elmer Krebs, Jr.


A Memorial Service was held at Fischer House on Sunday, 7 August for Joseph Elmer Krebs, Jr. who passed away on 30 July 2016. Joe took part in the Korean Conflict (1950-1954) as a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corp wherein he received 2 Purple Heart Awards involving hand to hand combat. He joined the US Army Reserves in 1957 after graduating from the University of Miami and retired as a Colonel in 1988. His many additional life accomplishments are too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say that Colonel Joe Krebs, a big man in body, was bigger than life in his contributions to his fellowman.

Joe and his Caregiver took part in several Limo Lunches since the program started. He was wheelchair bound during these outings but always had a wonderfully positive approach to life.

Jun 21 2016


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Limousine-to-Lunch event for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Hospital and Fisher Houses

Ed McMeans, FUMC escort, and our Limo driver, Jim, took eight military veterans and caregivers to Tony and Joe’s Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac River at Georgetown Harbor. (Four from Fisher Houses and four from WRNMMC.) Everyone was in a picture taking and festive mood. Attending from WRNMMC were: Lt. Col. Tommie Berger, Captain Walter Laffittie, Staff Sergeant Lawanda Jones and Staff Sergeant Magalie Atilus. Members of this group have been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations, each on several occasions. Members from Fisher Houses were: Winnie Baltrush, Anabel Galong, Donald and TR Rowe. Winnie and her Navy veteran husband have been staying at a Fisher House, both being treated for cancer. Sadly, her husband recently died from brain cancer less than a month ago. Winnie has great faith and knows God will continue to take care of her. Interestingly, one of the guests asked me if I was the Pastor of FUMC. While flattered, I said no but that I would pass on your thanks to our Pastor David Bonney. It was a wonderful day, full of good food and fellowship.

Thanks to our Veterans for their courage and service and may God continue to watch over them.

Jun 08 2016


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Limo-to-Lunch Event for Veterans Administration Fisher House and Medical Center in Washington DC

On a beautiful Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 we held a Limo and Lunch event supporting veterans and caregivers at Fisher House and The VA Medical Center in Washington DC. We had 7 guests plus Hugh our Limo Driver and FUMC escort Allen Kriskowski. We lunched at The Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. All who attended the lunch were ‘First Time Limo Lunch guests’.

  • Michael Strickland, accompanied by his wife Barbara, from Goldsboro, North Carolina is here for treatment. Michael was stationed at various US military bases in Germany for 13 years. After his army career was over Michael and Barbara drove an 18-wheeler, as a team, on round trips between Miami to Boston for 15 years. A lot of stories of their trucking experiences filled the lunch table conversation.
  • Members of the Tedeneck family, Kim, Kathy and Britini, were here to support their USN veteran grandfather undergoing treatment for stage 4 throat cancer. They all hail from who Martinsburg, West Virginia.
  • Annie Aranmolate is here for her daughter, an Air Force Veteran, rehabbing from a stroke.
  • Austin Brown, served in the Air Force for 20 years active duty followed by 4 years in the Air Force Reserve. He performed the critical duty of Loadmaster on C-130s, C-141s and C-5As. Austin was also an excellent baseball player. He was the starting catcher on a military championship team while stationed in Rota, Spain.

As it is on all our previous Limo Lunch excursions everyone had a wonderful time. It was an honor for all present to be among those who also served, each in their way, and sacrificed to keep America free and who continue after their military service to serve again and again. All who attended expressed their thanks to all those who made possible a great escape from the Fisher House confines and their reasons for being there.

May 15 2016


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Limo-to-Lunch for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fisher Houses

Ed McMeans FUMC escort and our Limo driver Michael took 10 Military Veterans and Caregivers, including a one year old child to Tony and Joe’s Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac River at Georgetown Harbor. Despite the pouring rain, our spirits were joyful and we had a wonderful time. As usual, there was plenty of chatter covering many topics. We lunched on seafood appetizers. Deep fried shrimp in cole slaw was the favorite followed by the Calamari and Chilled Shrimp. We next had a Caesar Salad, followed by the main courses, Salmon was the favorite, and concluded with dessert, Key Lime pie or Ice Cream Chocolate Sunday. It’s a pleasure to serve our veterans and caregivers!

May 11 2016


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Limo-to-Lunch for Veterans’ Fisher House and Medical Center, Washington, DC.

We had 7 Limo Riders including Hugh our Limo Driver and FUMC escort Allen Kriskowski. We lunched at The Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. The 5 Fisher House guests who attended the lunch were ‘First Time Limo Lunchers’.

  • Austin Brown served in the US Air Force for 20 years from 1969 to 1990 including 2 tours in Vietnam and Service in Panama, Grenada and Desert Storm. He also served 4 years in the USAF Reserves.
  • George Dye served 2 tours in Vietnam as a member of the US Army. Parts of his duties were with the Air Calvary, sitting in the doors of the ‘storied’ Huey helicopters with his M-60 during Personnel Drop Off and Pickup Operations. Additionally, he conducted reconnaissance of targeting sites also performed from the Hueys.
  • Monica Washington, George’s Caregiver, met in a Veterans hospital over 10 years ago while both were going through cancer therapy. Both live in the Martinsburg, West Virginia area. Monica served in the US Army Reserve repairing and rebuilding Humvee engines. Deborah, (not pictured) the sister of Monica, is assisting with George’s treatment at the VA Medical Center.
  • Carolyn Coore, whose Army Veteran brother Joseph was receiving palliative care at the time of the Limo Lunch, spoke about giving support to others instead of needing support from others.

As it is on all our previous Limo Lunch excursions everyone had a wonderful time. It was an honor to be among those who served and sacrificed to keep America free and for those who continue to serve as caregivers.

Apr 19 2016


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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Limo-to-Lunch Event at Tony & Joe’s (T&J’s) Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac, Georgetown Harbor

The Limo to Lunch trip on Tuesday, April 19th was a huge success.  We had a total of 13 warriors and family members.  A total of 14 had shown-up and we had to turn one away, since the limo could only seat 13 – She was a family member who had shown up as an alternate in case we had a no show.

We had one of the new “13 passenger” limos, but we couldn’t fit them all inside comfortably, so one of the families from the Fisher House   (2 guests) had a car nearby and graciously elected to drive themselves.

The group had a great time – lots of laughs and joking.  All were very grateful for the outing.  One couple had been there for 6 months and had never been out anywhere.  One young lady is recovering nicely from serious brain surgery, but stated that she wants to go back to Afghanistan.  It’s unlikely she will be sent back, but it is not uncommon desire among our troops to return to hazardous duty.

Considering their courage and patriotism, our soldiers and families enjoy and appreciate a simple outing to lunch in a limo. This recurring affirmation makes this program all the more meaningful.

Apr 13 2016


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Limousine-to-Lunch Event for VA Fisher House Medical Center in Washington, DC

On April 13, 2016, eight of us went to lunch at Red Lobster. Our group included six Fisher House Guests; our Irish driver, Hugh; and Ed, the FUMC Escort. We had a super lunch consisting of appetizers (fried and chilled shrimp, calamari; and lobster-filled mushrooms); and a variety of entrees topped off by scrumptious dessert choices. Joanne Miserandino was with her husband (Army retired) at the Fisher House while he is under care. Lu and Ed, both Navy, were at the Fisher House with their Marine son who was undergoing treatment. Sandy Morgan shared a “personal lesson” on how we are to open our arms to all people and love and respect them. Ed the escort (he’s old) forgot to get the names of the other two guests. The lady in the red jacket in the picture did mention that Ed’s jokes weren’t as good as Allen’s, the normal escort. Notwithstanding, a wonderful time was enjoyed by all. It’s always fun to share stories, a few bad jokes and fellowship with such wonderful people.