Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken like the first bird

Praise for the singing

Praise for the morning

Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven

Like the first dewfall on the first grass

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden

Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight

Mine is the morning

Born of the one light Eden saw play

Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning

God’s recreation of the new day.

Father’s Day Lunch with Jere and Kristen’s Family

Sunday, June 18

Remember when I posted a few pictures of the day Anthony and I walked over to Jere and Kristen’s – and their small barn looked like this.

This is what it looked like a few days later.

By Father’s Day it was almost finished for the peeps that were arriving a few days later.

Lunch is on the grill.

Almost ready!

Kristen has some pretty planters on the porch and deck.

Dessert was homemade ice cream.

That was a delicious treat on a hot afternoon.

Even most of the cows knew it was smart to be in the shade.

By the time we left they were all in the shade.

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It was a great way to spend Father’s Day.

ATCA Antique Truck Show

Saturday, June 17

The park was busy by the time we were awake, dressed, had the chapel in order, and were ready for breakfast.

We enjoyed sitting outside and watching trucks arrive – even thought it was drizzling.

It was a busy day on the chapel as Saturday is the best attended day of the show.

Jake offered to take us around the show on his borrowed golf cart before golf carts were discouraged due to the crowd of people.

It was interesting to meet Robert – who recently bought the Buffalo chapel. He plans to bring it to the show next year.

A classy way to move a camper.

I finally found a 1944 – my birth year – truck.

This truck was built when Cerwin’s mother was two years old.

This certainly fit into a truck show.

This little guy wasn’t impressed with the chapel. He wanted to see where the driver sat and drove the truck.

Doug Maney (right) put out two buckets at the picnic the night before and asked people to vote by donating money to ATCA. One bucket voted for him to shave his mustache of 30 years. The other voted for him to keep it. His Dad (left) wanted to get in on the pictures.

A final picture before he shaved his mustache.

He used the bumper of a Mack as a mirror.

Maybe I should keep half of it. 🙂

I guess not

I saw him at TFC’s Truck Rally a week later and he was still clean shaven.

Clyde Dieter and Warren High appreciated when Jake offered to take them around the park.

Denis Yaworski from Connecticut always comes to visit us. He usually brings his Doodle Bug.

When Jake saw the owner of our former chapel tractor, he went to ask him a few questions. He bought it from a friend who had it in a barn. He had more questions for Jake – wanting to know the history of the truck.

Our chairs were a popular place for drivers to rest after spending hours walking.

The owner of Denver Paint stopped by to talk to Cerwin. He painted the tractor that pulls this chapel.

That’s a cute ride.

Another nice ride

That’s creative. 🙂

People began leaving about mid-afternoon.

He dumped the rain water that had gathered in the bed of his truck before backing unto the lowboy.

The people on golf carts were lined up to watch trucks leaving.

Jesse (Chaplain Jake and Jane’s son) helped Cerwin pack up the steps.

It was good to be at Macungie ATCA again this year.

It started raining when we were about half an hour away from home.

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If you like antique trucks, I have a lot more on my Facebook page album https://www.facebook.com/doris.j.high/media_set?set=a.10154689473262322.1073741869.612697321&type=3

Today’s Truck Rally Feature – Thanking Our Family

Our family grew up attending the June Truck Rally since the first one in 1982 and began helping us when Cerwin and I became Rally Coordinators in 1985 – and have faithfully been supporting us every year since then.

In June 1985 Jeff was 20 (today he is 52), Diane was 19 (today she is 51), Jere was 15 (today he is 48), and Deb was 10 (today she is 42).

There have been many changes since 1985. A few years after Cerwin and I went from volunteering with TFC to coming on staff in 1990, Gene & Rose Gehman became Rally Coordinators, then several years ago Jere and Kristen became Coordinators, and next year Randy and Karen Sauder will assume the responsibility – with Gene & Rose and Jere & Kristen as Assistant Coordinators.

One thing that has not changed is the support and help of our children and now grandchildren.

Jared, Ian, and Jesse enjoy going to Wal-Mart with me to shop for toys for the Children’s Auction. We do this a few days before the Rally. A sponsor covers the cost of these toys. Most of our now grown grandchildren have helped with this project through the years.

Friday night before the Rally: Jared and Jesse set up chairs in East Hall for the Children’s Auction. Ian is also there, but hidden behind the stack of chairs.

Jere praying at the 6 am breakfast for volunteers before the early Saturday morning set up.

Our grandson Jordan (green shirt) is the Benefit Auction Coordinator. He does a lot of footwork in getting nice items for the auction – making this year the best ever in profit for TFC. We had only one benefit auction that had a greater profit and that was when Rubbermaid donated a trailer load of Rubbermaid, so that is not a fair comparison. 🙂

This was Ian’s first year as assistant at the auction table.

Jeff arriving to help support Jordan at the auction.

Nate arriving to help at the auction.

Nathaniel, Abby and Anthony arriving to participate in the Parade of Trucks. Abby’s mom, Diane, and dad, Mark, live in Maine so can no longer participate – unless they choose to make this a special vacation.

Kristen talking to Anthony. She sells evening barbecue tickets and is the main contact for any information/issues or when someone is looking for someone or something.

Jesse was pleased to ride with Grandpa in the lead truck (the chapel) for the Parade of Trucks. 171 this year.

I think one of Nelson and Nancy Martin’s grandsons joined Jesse, but I did not get a picture of him.

Grandpa and Jesse leading the Parade of Trucks at 11:00 am.

Nathaniel, Abby, and Anthony on parade

Cerwin and Jesse returning to the Fairgrounds after the eleven-mile parade – forty-five minutes later.

Nathaniel, Abby and Anthony returning

Our sweet great grandson,Anthony.

Our family helping at the benefit auction (left to right) Marlin Becker (our brother-in-law was a great spotter), Nathan, Chris, Auctioneers David White and Joel Heisey, Jordan and Diana. I missed getting a picture of our son-in-law Roy who was also a runner.

I also missed getting pictures of Gloria and some of the guys who helped. I think Todd Heisey and Zach Fahnestock both helped. Hope I didn’t miss anyone.

Jared, Jesse and Deb helped at the Children’s Auction.

Ian’s job was to file the auction tickets. At this point Jared had joined him.

Jere, Kristen, and Jesse at the Information/Ticket table.

Jeff (suspenders) standing with other truckers when Gene Gehman prayed a blessing on the drivers during the evening program.

Jere and Cerwin coordinating something on stage during the evening program and gospel concert.

Cerwin opening Sunday morning’s Rally Celebration worship service.

Thanks to Jared, Ian, Josh and their friend Sam for helping with the morning offering. If I remember correctly, Ian and Jared also helped with the Saturday evening offering.

Also thanks to Jesse for helping me hand out the Act of Dedication papers as people left the building for the Chapel Dedication.

Cerwin opening the Chapel Dedication when the audience of about 200 moved outside. He gave a bit of information on how this came to be the newest International Mobile Chapel for TFC. One of the reasons we have a new promotional chapel is a substantial donation given to TFC in 2016 by a friend of ours – in her will.

This chapel (International Chapel #2) will be used for promotional work and to minister to truck drivers at truck shows, fairs, and churches in our area. The previous one (International Chapel #1) is in Ohio for the summer and fall and will be used in the same way.

Most of Jeff and Jere’s families were there. I see Jeff, Chris, Josh and Diana in this picture.

I can locate Chris, Jeff, Diana, and Gloria (you may not be able to find them). It might be easier for you to see Jordan (blue) and Josh (light blue) next to the car (right).

Jesse (on ground) and Jere listen in the shade – next to the building – along with our friends Louise and Galen Martin and Sam Rittenhouse (who stayed at our house on Saturday night). I am not sure who is in the navy shorts.

Following the chapel dedication Cerwin and I and Chaplain Jake and Jane (left) were anointed and commissioned to oversee this International Mobile Chapel.

There will be more details on this in future posts. Bunny (anointing Cerwin) also anointed Dan (yellow) and Melody (navy) as he will become TFC’s President & CEO on July 1.

Gloria (grey – near left) and Diana (partially hidden on the right) collected meal tickets for Sunday’s buffet lunch at noon – following morning worship with the Perrys and the chapel dedication.

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We are blessed with a loving family. THANK YOU! We love and appreciate you more that you will ever know.

ATCA – Antique Truck Show

Friday, June 16

Cerwin had taken the chapel to Macungie Memorial Park the day before, so we left home about 7 am.

In this picture: Alvin Wise (Chaplain Jake’s Dad), Chaplain Jake and his wife, Jane, Betty and Bob Russell (Bob is a volunteer chaplain), Cerwin, and Volunteer Chaplain Steve Neiswender.

We have a nice area to set up our canopy and several chairs next to the chapel so drivers feel welcome to come by and visit us.

We have a great place in the park where we can watch trucks arriving.

We enjoyed a nice variety of visitors – some who were familiar with the ministry of TFC and others were not.

We each took turns walking around the park – looking at trucks and visiting people.

This year I decided to feature trucks that were built prior to 1930.

This “hillbilly” truck got lots of attention.

There was so much “stuff” that it was difficult to see the truck. 🙂

The longer you looked – the more you notiece.

I remember having these watering containers for our cows when I was a girl.

We also used these buckets with nipples to feed calves.

The owner (blue shirt) talking to some onlookers.

I sat next to the owner of this fire truck during our evening meal and learned about his interest in Buffalo Fire equipment. When he asked where we live, and I said Manheim. He said, “They have a Buffalo Fire truck.”

He emailed me this picture of his truck.

We immediately recognized this paint job as a tractor that used to be attached to one of our chapels.

When I got up close, I could see the outline of our old logo. The lettering had been removed, but the markings remained.

The name “Life-Saver” means it was with the chapel at the TA in Elkton, Maryland.

We used to have the tractors attached to chapels for a heating fuel supply. Since we now hook up to truck stop electricity, we rarely use tractors – unless one is donated for a specific chapel.

After being at this truck show for two days, I began to understand why little boys grow up to like trucks. 🙂

There were a lot of fathers and grandpas with young boys.

When I got back to the chapel, Cerwin was visiting with a driver.

We had two sizes of bottled water for anyone who was thirsty.

Dick Weaver (Center) and Don Hollinger (right) TFC friends, were at the chapel visiting with this driver. Don takes lots of pictures and writes interesting stories for the Highway News.

We always like to say we are in the “power row” – the military and a chapel. We also like to remind them that God is the higher power. 🙂

During the afternoon I walked through the “flea market” area.

These three looked like they were having fun.

As I walked by these three the lady called, “Doris”. I was surprised that she knew my name. It turned out that Tom (the man on the left). Thought he knew me and asked her to call my name. He is a neighbor who lives across the field from us.

We saw all kinds of motorized golf carts and vehicles, but this one was unusual.

You could find almost anything truck and vehicle related in the flea market.

There is also a row of trucks that are for sale.

Back to the rows and row of antique trucks. There were 672 by Saturday noon. I did not hear a number after that, and not many arrive after noon.

Back at the chapel – Chaplain Jake’s wife, Jane, was sketching one of the trucks by using a picture on her cell phone.

She was using a picture she took of this dump truck.

She is incredibly good.

It was fun to meet Elam Martin, Jr. who was featured in the May issue of TFC’s Highway News http://www.transportforchrist.org/pdf/HighwayNewsOnline%2005-17.pdf, when his family organized a convoy of trucks to go by his house – following a serious injury.

Toward supper time we took our lawn chairs to the picnic area where Doug Maney was welcoming everyone and giving instructions for the auction and door prizes.

I was impressed with this auctioneer. She had a great voice and way of selling things.

I quickly noticed that this man was a Mack lover – with a Mack belt, ring and cane.

He quickly showed them to me.

Supper was being prepared.

Chaplain Jake was asked to pray for the meal.

On the way back to the chapel we found a 1941 truck – Cerwin’s birth year.

Last year I featured trucks built in his birth year and mine – and found quite a few. At this point I still hadn’t found any that were built in 1944 and this was the first we found a 1941.

Bedtime in the chapel felt good because we had done a lot of walking.

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If you really like antique trucks, go to my Facebook page – Doris Jean High – where I posted many more. https://www.facebook.com/doris.j.high/media_set?set=a.10154685182267322.1073741868.612697321&type=3&pnref=story

The Stage – Truck Rally Feature for Today

We received so many questions about our stage, that I have chosen it to be my Rally feature for today.

Thanks to Larry & Scott Diller – Lanita Specialized LLC – for providing this beautiful rig.

I called Scott this morning to get some information that people are asking: Total length of the rig – 82 feet. Tractor – a 2016 Kenworth, glider kit, CAT motor, 320″ wheel base, 108″ sleeper, 550 horsepower. Sleeper features a shower and refrigerator. Trailer a 53′ MAC. Driver is Sheldon (Shelly) Yoder.

It was our stage for the afternoon benefit auction…

…the evening concert for the Perrys…

…and Sunday morning worship with the Perrys.

I had opportunity to get more photographs on Sunday afternoon when Sheldon (Shelly) pulled it out of North Hall.

I got the benefit of various shots as he posed and positioned the truck for another photographer.

I didn’t think about getting Sheldon to pose with it.

Because of positioning the truck for the other photographer, he backed it out of North Hall.

Oh what a beautiful rig!