Empty, Risen and Love

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Empty, Risen and Love                                                                                                photo by andreas 2018
        Sculpture in the park of the Monastery of The Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA

 I am the resurrection and the life.
 Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

Do you believe this?

John 11:25-26

 and Love

Everything that Jesus did for you
he did out of love.

The Bible says that God made you to love you.

The only reason you're alive is because
you were made to be loved by God. 

Rick Warren, 1954
American evangelical Christian pastor and author
Dear reader, 
My friend Tom has an expression when something does more
than only catching his interest but it touches his heart:
'It struck me', he says. 
During the days I spent at the Trappist Monastery of The Holy Spirit,
I have taken photos of this sculpture over and over again; at night, in the snow,
in daylight and from the front and from behind (as shown above).
But, only when I was preparing this message 'it struck me'
that the artist unites in this sculpture the three most important things
of Easter Sunday:
an empty cross, the resurrected Christ and the symbol of love.
I wish You and Your family a quiet Good Friday and a joyful Easter Sunday.
Andreas Bruhwiler
President and Owner
Alrol of America, Inc.

To honor Good Friday we will be closed tomorrow.
We support the Whitfield County Jail Ministries.

Diversity - Thanksgiving


              Bernese Alps, Switzerland                                      photo by andreas         


For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,

whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;

all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:16-17

 Dear Reader, 

What a spectacular sunrise in the photo!
It is for us but it is 'daily normal' to the people living there in the Swiss mountains.

We like to travel, to see other countries, to learn about their culture, to taste their food.
The experiences we make adds to our knowledge, makes us feel widening our horizon.

Do we really like the diversity which was created by God?

If yes, there is no need to travel anywhere to find diversity.
We find it:
    • In our neighbor who is 'Mexican' and has his large and loud family
      gathered around his funny smelling grill every Sunday afternoon.
    • At our workplace where the German engineer once again gets upsetabout the way 'we do things here'.
    • In the Facebook 'friend' we just 'unfriended' because she/he doesn't share
    • our political view.
    • In the lady who wears her 'traditional clothing'
    • instead of PJs as some of us do when we see her at Kroger.
Diversity brings new experiences into our life and experiences come with challenges.

Let's be thankful for the diversity we live in.
It is created, as all things are, by God.
In His humor He knows that we may need these challenges
to add experiences to our life.

Let's smile and be thankful for His wisdom.
I wish You and Your family a diverse and very Happy Thanksgiving.

Andreas Bruhwiler
President and Owner

We support Whitfield Jail Ministry in Dalton in their activities for the needy.

November 11, another day to honor our Veterans


    Butterfly in November 2016                                            photo by andreas

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

Dear reader, 

Not only the butterfly in the photo, all life is very sensitive and fragile.

Soldiers in combat have to be strong and courageous.
And, they risk their life. Daily.
For their country.
For us, our families, and for our freedom.

While many realize that Veterans Day,
which always falls on November 11, is a day to honor our Veterans,
few realize the historical significance behind the day.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and
marked the end of hostilities of World War I
that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month (in 1918).
Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th,
regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on.

Let's not take our freedoms for granted but honoring Veterans.
It is the least we can do.
Every day.

My special thanks go to our Team Members, Jack and Gary.

Andreas Bruhwiler
President and Owner 

Labor Day 2016 - A Different Perspective

             Climbing all the way up to ring the bell
             Maxi, my Grandson, in the climbing wall at Rock City, 2016                                             photo andreas

.... of or relating to manual work or workers, particularly in industry.
"their speech and attitudes mark them as blue-collar guys"      Definition by Google

New Career opportunities
'Joseph Poole will make more than $100,000 in wages and
overtime by the end of the year.
By 2017, an estimated 2.5 million new, middle-skill jobs like Poole's
are expected to be added to the workforce,
accounting for nearly 40% of all job growth,
according to a USA TODAY analysis ....'                                
by USA Today

Dear Reader, 

Here is a slightly different perspective on Labor Day 2016:
      • 75% of manufacturing companies cannot find (enough of) the skilled workers they need.
      • 25% of the highly skilled (key) people in manufacturing jobs will retire in the next 5 years.
August 8, 2016
In Whitfield County, GA,over 500 High School kids started a brand new program,
Advanced Manufacturing and Business Academy (link to AMBA)

This program was developped by a work group of people from our industry, our school system,
our Chamber, and our Career Academy.
The work group was facing the following realities:
      • our local Flooring Industry just can't get enough skilled workers in manufacturing
      • not every kid's career is/should be based on a college degree
      • we can use our existing infrastructure, existing programs
        learn from success stories instead of re-inventing the wheel
The goal of the work group was to implement within months a 'solution'
which will work for the companies and will create new career opportunities for our youth.

AMBA New Career Opportunities
In the photo above, my Grandson is focusing on reaching the bell on the top of the climbing wall,
so do the 500 kids focus on their new career possibilities.
They can choose three AMBA pathways; they go to their High School and to the Career Academy.
Before they become a Junior, the students can apply for an apprenticeship job in a company.
If accepted they
      • become a payed employee as an apprentice
      • work about 20 hours per week at their paid job
      • can dual-enroll with the Technical College and Dalton State College
      • graduate from High School as skilled workers
      • can earn (tuition free) college credits
With this education and on-the-job training the graduates will have
a huge chance getting a job within the company they have been working or
they can go on to college.
What ever they choose, their AMBA will have been the starting point for their careers.

Labor Day - Blue Collar Day?
Made in the U.S. is absolutely essential for the health of our economy.
So are we, the skilled workers, for manufacturing in the U.S.

Enjoy a long and relaxing Labor Day weekend,

President and Owner