Cardboard Boat Races – Part 1

Sunday Afternoon, August 17

We thought we may have to miss this, or at least the first part (because of taking the chapel to York Springs in the morning), but we got there just in time to hear the final instructions before the race.

1This was part of a Sunday school class picnic – which included our son Jere’s family.

Ian and Jesse (brown boat) were excited to participate.

2 (1)They were dressed as pirates.

2 (2)The U.S.S. Yolo is ready to be carried to the dock. Dwight, Lauren & Ethan would be manning this one.

2 (3)Duck Slayer, by Scott and Blaine, is on its way to the dock.

2 (4)Merrimack is also ready for the race.

2 (5)This one isn’t on the list of pre-registered boats, but it appears to be Dwayne and a few of his children.

DSC_7454Keith is prepared to launch his boat.

Costumes were important as there was going to be judging.

DSC_7468There were lots of spectators – anxious to see how their friend’s or family member’s boat did.

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DSC_7469We were back at the Shenk farm (where we had been the night before for the [Son]rise Fundraiser), but on the other side of their house.

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DSC_7473Just in Case is in the first race.

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DSC_7475USS Hope it Floats will also race first.

DSC_7477Others getting in the lineup.

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DSC_7479Putting them in the water.

DSC_7481And the first two are off!

Just in Case (Steve & Lamar) and USS Hope it Floats (Gordon & Brayden)

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DSC_7487First one around the buoy (a gallon jug)

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DSC_7489USS Hope It Floats made it around the buoy.

Just in Case won the first race, but USS Hope It Floats made it back to the dock – and it did float!

More pictures tomorrow.

Sharing The TFC Ministry At York Springs

Sunday Morning, August 17

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1aIt was a warm, rainy morning when we arrived with the mobile chapel.

2Watching Cerwin and the guys from the church trying to figure out where to park the chapel reminded me of one of the reasons we have chapels in truck stops – church parking lots are not designed for big rigs.

3They eventually settled for a spot between shrubbery.

This is the reason we arrive at churches early – before there are cars in the parking lot

DSC_7428We invited Bunny O’Hare (TFC’s Director of Chaplain Care) to go with us because they wanted TFC staff to provide the entire speaking portion of the morning service. In this picture he is helping Cerwin set up the steps. Bunny shared a ministry update and Cerwin gave them information about chapel construction.

DSC_7434Many of the church members came to see the chapel after morning worship.

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DSC_7441This couple (the man signing the register and the lady with her back to the camera) were visiting, and did not know we were going to be there.

DSC_7442They found it interesting to hear about the ministry, because just the night before they had driven by our International Office and wondered what we were – thinking that Transport For Christ was a trucking business. (We hear that a lot.)

DSC_7445Then it was time to take down the steps…

DSC_7446…and put them away.

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DSC_7452Just up the road from the church we passed a nice apple orchard.

One of the best parts of visiting churches is meeting believers – and that was the case on this day. We were blessed by their emphasis on praying for each other.

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When we pulled the chapel into TFC’s parking lot, a man in a car followed us into lot. We thought maybe he wanted directions or had a question for us. However, he handed Cerwin $60.00 and said, “God told me to give this to your ministry.”

[Son]set Social

Saturday Evening, August 16

This delightful evening was a fundraiser for three young people from our church who are serving with We Care Prison Ministries – in the We Care Discovery Program – Ellie, Tiffani and Ben.

DSC_7304It was held on the property and orchard of Shenk’s Fruit Farm.

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DSC_7311Ben’s mother and sisters helping with the set up.

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DSC_7322Tiffani and Korina setting up the café.

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DSC_7426Ben talking to a younger Ben.

DSC_7408Our love and blessings go with you – Tiffani, Ellie, and Ben as you serve in Alabama.

25th Annual Trucker’s Day At The Buck

Saturday, August 16

The events benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

1 (1)Shortly after getting the chapel set up, Deb and Roy arrived with warm sweet rolls.

1 (2)They stayed for awhile and visited with some of their friends, then Deb and I enjoyed the auction while the men manned the chapel.

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1aAfter Roy and Deb left, I walked around the grounds to look for some interesting photos.

1b (1)It is easy to find pretty pictures at a truck show.

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1b (4)I always like to say hi to my favorite Kenworth salesman, Bill, and I see I also captured a picture of Bob in the background – my favorite salesman from Trans Equipment.

1b (5)Need a pretty steering wheel?

1b (6)These would get your attention on the road.

1b (7)If I had to choose a favorite truck at this show, this one would win, just because of…

1b (8)the name on the door.

1b (9)There were pretty trucks everywhere.

1b (10)And lots of shiny stuff.

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1b (12)Also a wide variety of paint schemes and brand of trucks.

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1cAnother “usual” at local truck shows is seeing Don Hollinger (who writes for TFC’s Highway News & Good News) talking to drivers.

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4 (1)Look at that set of wheels!

4 (2)He even has a gear-shifter.

4 (3)A few of the next age group were playing with their own “rigs.”

4 (4)Now that’s a full golf cart!

DSC_7287We are grateful that the organizers give us a prime spot at the show.

DSC_7288There are times we are not busy…

DSC_7291…and other times it seems that each of us (Chaplain Jake, Volunteer Chaplain Bob, and Cerwin and I are each busy – visiting with someone or showing them the chapel.

DSC_7299By the time we left (about 4:00 PM) the rigs were arriving for the evening’s activities – drag racing and truck pulls.

DSC_7302One of these years we are going to stay, but it always seems that we have something else on our schedule, plus we have to pull the chapel out to make room for evening activities.