Because we arrived at this campground last night in the midst of their Halloween activities we didn’t get a chance to actually get registered. So this morning before church we went to the office. It was closed and a man who was working outside said that they didn’t open till 9:00 AM. I had thought it was 9:00 so I looked at him quizzically and he said, “The time changed last night.” Ah! Being on the road I hadn’t kept up with when the time change was going to happen. We came back an hour later and completed our registration.
Then we drove to Akron, PA to meet up with our friends, Sue and Kevin, and go to church with them. Kevin and Sue used to live in Portland and attended Portland Mennonite Church many of the years I was attending there. Sue agreed to be a listening board for me during a very difficult time in my life and she was very good at just listening to me talk and not trying to tell me what to do. She’d ask questions on occasion to help clarify things, but she was non-judgmental. She was a faithful friend and I’ve missed her since they moved to Pennsylvania.
There is an organization in Akron called Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Even having been Mennonite for a longer portion of my life than any other denomination, I can’t tell you all of what MCC does. I think that they send volunteers to work in third world countries doing things like relief work, setting up craft businesses with the crafts being sent to the US to be sold and the money going back to the crafters, teaching, building, doing medical work, setting up churches, etc. I will actually find out more tomorrow when Sue gives Mark and I a tour. That’s where she works.
Their church also meets in the Meeting House at MCC. Sue met us at the parking lot and led us in.
Kevin and Sue only live about three blocks from MCC so they walked to church this morning. They gave us directions to their house so we could drive there, and they still beat us!
Sue had asked me to bring our atlas so they could see where all we’ve been. We visited all afternoon and talked of many things. Before we left we took some final pictures:
On our way back to our campground, I finally caught a picture of a sight I’d been trying to capture all day: