Sunday, October 7, 2012

Homecoming Smiles

"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."

Goshen had a great 200th birthday celebration today. Our church was overflowing, something that hasn't happened our way for a long time. A lot of people who grew up in the church came back to celebrate and remember with us. We had to get out chairs. At a church, it's always good when the deacons have to go carry in chairs. We ran out of parking places and everybody had to park behind the other cars until some of the people were a captive audience. Several times we had to announce, please move your car so somebody could leave. But it was good. Everybody was happy and smiling as you can see in the picture. 

Here we had gone back over to the church after a potluck spread that was a smorgasbord of delicious. Trouble was, there were so many people I wanted to talk to that I didn't have time to eat. I did get some of that butterscotch cooler dessert I love so much. Yum! But I didn't even get over to the table of salads. That's my favorite part of church dinners. Forget the veggies. Let's eat those fancy salads and desserts, right?

Several people got up to remember back when they used to come to Goshen and as you can see some of the times were funny. Laughter is good medicine and memories can warm the heart.

"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward." ~ Margaret Fairless Barber 

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  1. Ann it sounds like your homecoming was indeed a wonderful success-Happy for you.
    I told my sister she and her husband should stop by but doubt they did, She is on oxygen and has dialysis several days a week so they are kept busy with her health issues. I do wish she had a church home that would give her all that wonderful fellowship that comes from good Christian friends. Hope your week is a good one.
    Paula O

    1. We did have a good time, Paula. Probably wouldn't have been the best day foryou sister to visit anyway with such a big crowd (well, for our little church). Perhaps she can come another Sunday. We love visitors any Sunday.

  2. Hi Ann,
    Sounds like it was a wonderful Sunday. Sunday's are such special days!
    I just finished reading your "Bridge of Courage". What a great book...really enjoyed it. I especially loved that in the book there was a Cathy, Eric and a Mr. White. Cathy White was my maiden name and I have a brother, Eric White. So neat!!
    Have a blessed day my friend.


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