Monday, June 12, 2006
Weekend in Pennsylvania
This past weekend we traveled to Pennsylvania to spend some time with Mom and Paul.
Upon arriving mid-morning Saturday, we had a chance to visit with Dennis, Erma and Tracy before they continued on to New Jersey for Commissioning weekend. Following a light lunch, Mom took Dave, the boys and me to Intercouse, PA to do some shopping. The plaza was a quaint little tourist trap that sells purportedly authentic Amish goods at exorbitant prices. Nevertheless, Dave and I managed to find a couple of items that we liked. That's typical; we always buy something when we visit Mom.
We all spent a quiet evening together on Saturday, then went to the Lancaster Salvation Army corps on Sunday morning. In addition to its rather traditional corps, Lancaster has a thriving minstry to the area's growing Hispanic population. The traditional corps also embraces the men of the New Life addictions rehabilitation program. Traditional and new Salvationists enjoy a wonderful fellowship. The established saints guide the new converts as they begin their spiritual journeys. In turn, the new converts inspire the saints as their lives give evidence that God still transforms people one at a time. Christian fellowship doesn't get much better than that.
Paul, at 81 years old, still helps the corps with its business matters. He was the eastern territorial property secretary for countless years and he finished his career as the eastern territorial business manager. The corps officers would be crazy not to draw on his wisdom and experience. Mom, who turned 78 last week, still attends the Home League. In all, about 15 retired officers attend and support the Lancaster corps. What a wonderful resource for the corps people and the corps officers!
After a nice service, which Joshua enlivened with one of his seizure-fainting spells (the first one in four years - I was hoping he'd outgrown them), we enjoyed a nice lunch at Hoss's steak house. Upon finishing lunch, the Sears family and the Seilers parted ways. As usual, the visit ended far too quickly. I'm already looking forward to our next visit, which is scheduled to occur in early August.