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The Gathering Place


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Luke 12:6 and Matthew 10:29-31

Luke 12:6

Sparrows Nest at the Abbey



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Sparrows Nest will provide the facility for groups to present their own programs. Acres of Hope Ministry will not actually be conducting any of the training or making any of the presentations. We only provide the facility. 

Community Partners, Clients and Offerings at Sparrows Nest

  • Church Retreats (66 area Churches)
  • Walk to Emmaus Retreats
  • Chrysalis Flight Retreats
  • Marriage Enrichment Retreats
  • Pastor Sabbaticals & Retreats 
  • Church Planning Sessions
  • Meditation Retreats
  • Topic Based Seminars
  • Leadership Training
  • Church or Group Planning Meetings
  • Weddings & Receptions
  • Family Retreats & Reunions
  • Gospel Music Jubilees
  • Community Flea Market Days
  • Children's Vision International 
  • Executive Retreats
  • Employee Retreats
  • Employee Appreciation Days
  • Training Seminars
  • Corporate or Company Meetings
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE (at no cost)
  • Adopt-a-Highway Program
  • Christian Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling (CSAC)
  • Senior Issues Counseling 
  • Hospice Counseling and Advice
  • Periodic Blood Pressure Checks
  • Medicine and Drug Education
  • Red Cross Blood Donation Site
  • Dedicated Prayer Warrior Line
  • Boy/Girl Scouts/4-H/Future Farmer
  • Veterans Appreciation Days (2/year)
  • Library, Book Store & Reading Room
  • Distribution of used medical equipment 
  • Family Promise of Monroe County
  • Supporting Women in Ministry Int'l
  • Morrow Memorial Home 
  • Men for Christ (Chicago Based)
  • WOW Ministries International 
  • Fort McCoy Challenge Academy
  • Rev. Fran & Tammy Hewuse
  • Rev. Tom & Fil Hower 
  • Revs. Don & Norma Guerrant
  • Revs. Todd & Gwen Ehrenborg
  • Priscilla Hemmersbach - Reg Nurse
  • Thrivent Financial -John & Kristi Budin
  • Wegner CPAs
  • Pledged Donations

Mondays at Sparrows NesT

We envision a Mondays at Sparrows Nest  weekly opportunity for residents of Monroe County to visit Sparrows Nest to obtain, free of charge, medical equipment such as canes, crutches and wheel chairs and/or take the opportunity to use our library & reading room. 

Sparrows Nest Staff

Staff Assignments

Reverend Laurie Graber 

Ministry Administrator 

Tom Graber 

Facility Administrator 

Priscilla Hemmersbach

Nurse, Counselor & Educator

Priscilla is a Registered Nurse and a (CSAC) Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who will provide her services at no cost to residents of Monroe County, including:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Medicine & Drug Education
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Hospice Advice