Saying Goodbye to Chaplain Richard and Diana

Tuesday, January 23 – at the TFC Office

Chaplain Richard and Diana Olver – who trained on the Harrisburg Chapel are preparing to move to Denver, Colorado, where Richard will serve as lead chaplain.

I forgot my camera, so these are cell phone pictures.

Their thank you and farewell gift to the International Office was a pizza lunch.

Someone brought cookies for dessert – I think it was Ruth.

Jeff, Bunny, Ruth, Carol and Dan

Lynn, Richard, Diana, and Inge

Listening to Richard and Diana telling us about their plans.

Danielle on the right was also taking cell phone photos.

Bunny praying for the Olvers.


TFC staff received this email from the International Office today:

Richard and Diana Olver are traveling to Denver, CO ([from Pennsylvania]. Richard is driving a U-Haul truck and Diana is driving their pickup. Pray for safety as they travel and settle in the Denver area.

TFC – PA Truck Rally & Lancaster Concert Meeting

Sunday Afternoon and Evening, January 21

We hosted the Truck Rally committee meeting in our garage.

Randy and Karen Sauder are Rally coordinators and chaired the meeting.

Each couple represented their area of responsibility for the Rally and shared new ideas, suggested changes, or told us that everything was going well.


After supper we had a short Lancaster Dinner Concert meeting.

This committee decides a few details about the schedule for the program, but spend most of the time choosing the menu. 🙂

We use this list of food choices from Yoder’s.

Karen Sauder is ‘the contact person with Yoder’s and oversees the menu choices.

By the end of the evening, the flyer details were finalized and prepared for email and mailing.

Processing Highway News

Thursday, January 18

We usually invite two people to come to our office to help us label and prepare the individual Highway News for mailing. But, since Cerwin is not building a chapel this winter, he has extra time – and we don’t have to ask friends to go out in the cold, wintry weather.

It takes us a few hours, but the time goes fairly fast because we set up a folding table in the living room and watch the news while labeling the magazines.

When we are finished, there are seven bags ready to take to the Lititz Post Office.

We feel productive when this project is finished each month.

You can read this issue at this link

TFC International Office Christmas Lunch ~ Part 2

Tuesday, December 5 at Nick’s Bistro in Marietta

The waitress is serving our lunch.

Most people chose some kind of sandwich.

My incredibly delicious Reuben Sandwich.

I love Reuben Sandwiches, and this one was one of the best I have ever eaten.

Some of the other sandwich choices

Nick (the owner) even served some of the meals.

Then he offered to take a photo that included me. He knew his way around my Nikon camera.

When we were finished eating, we began to chose the gifts provided by Dan, Jeff, and Mike – who also blessed us with this meal. Ruth (standing) is holding the bag that included numbers. It looks like Carol (left) got a bag of Reese’s candy.

I am not sure what Danielle received.

Dan was quite pleased when Jeff chose the number that gave him the wig.

Now I have some pictures to choose from when I need a professional photo of him for a newsletter or flyer. 🙂

I think Lynn received a gift card.

Dan presenting Inge with a folding lawn chair. The result of her choice of numbers.

Bunny looking at his number.

My number 5 went with this beautiful journal.

One of my favorite gifts is a blank book. I do not journal (I blog), but I take lots of notes in church and other meetings – so began using it this past Sunday.

Cerwin received a bag of mini KitKats.

Danielle gave each of the ladies a scented ball – a room deodorizer. Mine is now nestled in a bowl that also includes a few soap bars and wash cloths in our bathroom.

Dessert began arriving about the time we finished the number game.

It was a great time to relax with coffee and dessert.

Carol’s chocolate crème brulee.

Dan snitching a piece of Ruth’s dessert.

My vanilla crème brulee.


Thank you Dan, Jeff and Mike for the meal and gifts. It was a fabulous reprieve from work.

TFC International Office Christmas Lunch ~ Part 1

Tuesday, December 5

We were not familiar with Nick’s Bistro in Marietta, so had to use our GPS to find it.

It is located in the historic area of Marietta.

We were early, so I had plenty of time to take pictures.

The one thing I like about eating out in December is all the pretty decorations.

I loved the atmosphere of the dining room to which we were assigned. I asked the waitress how old this building was. I think she said that it is 300 years old.

The office staff – minus Mike who was sick: Ruth, Carol, Danielle, Dan, Jeff, Nick (restaurant owner), Lynn, Inge, Bunny, and Cerwin.

Preparing orders.

After our orders were placed, Dan and Ruth prepared the gift game.

The gifts and numbers will have to wait until after the meal.


More tomorrow night.

Lunch at the TFC Office to Honor Inge

Tuesday, November 7

Inge has partially retired from working with TFC and will continue editing the Highway News from her home office, consequently the office staff had a farewell luncheon for her.

Danielle did a great job of decorating the table.

Waiting for lunch to be ready.

Everyone brought a food item for the meal – except Inge, of course.

Our contribution was tapioca from Hilltop Acres Farm Market – a favorite of Inge’s.

There were also delicious cookies for dessert.


We have been friends for a long time, so someone thought there should be a picture of the two of us.

When we were finished eating, we told stories that involved Inge.

She has been working in the TFC office since the mid-nineties.

Thank you, Inge. I have loved serving with you and am glad that our work is not ending just because both of us work from our home offices. 🙂

TFC’s York-Adams Prayer Breakfast

Saturday Morning, October 14

We came upon this rig on the way to York.

That takes one back to a memorable day in 2001.

Their prayer breakfast is held in the Ensemble Room of Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, PA

We join the retirement community residents for the breakfast buffet.

Enjoying breakfast

  Cerwin opened the meeting by thanking Bill Menges for his four years of leading this prayer breakfast group as their contact person.

Cerwin, Howard (new contact person), Bill, and Dan (TFC President).

Dan challenged the group with a short devotional.

Lynn, a chapter member, read a thank you note to Bill and presented him with this framed Bible verse.

Following the presentation, Bill shared his thoughts on passing the responsibility to Howard.

Howard shared a bit on how God led him to take on the responsibility of being the contact person for this chapter of TFC.

Blessings to you, Howard.

TFC’s Chapel at Gerhart’s Truck Show

Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7

Photos by Cerwin – using his cell phone.

Our son-in-law Roy stopped it to see the trucks that had arrived by Friday afternoon. He especially liked this large pickup.

I did not attend this show – other than take Cerwin there on Saturday morning.  This show is not far from our house.

Cerwin said they had a great spot and lots of visitors to the chapel.

Volunteer Chaplain Bob Russell talking to visitors.

Chaplain Jake (right) with two visitors. The CB Man is a frequent visitor to truck shows.

One of the drivers did a show for those who enjoy this kind of power.

This was the last scheduled show for this chapel in 2017.