Father’s Day firewatch

Happy Father’s Day to LeRoy, our son Robert and our son-in-law Tim. We’ve had a unique day here in Colorado. First of all, we met up with our friend (and Northridge pastor) Larry Kinser at the Lake George Bible Church about 30 minutes from Woodland Park. Larry and his wife Mileta are basically responsible for our love of Teller County, Colorado. They pastored a little open air chapel just outside of Cripple Creek many years ago and when we went to visit them, we promptly fell in love with the high mountain meadows and have been coming back since that time. Larry is on a motorcycle tour of the area while on vacation and had invited us to church with him. Mileta was too busy to come this time 😦

Just inside the lobby, we found a church fixture that made LeRoy feel very much at home.

He’s used to being in the minority when it comes to wearing hats to church. Only our friend Ralph Corbet from Northridge is a more regular hat-wearer than LeRoy!

The church provided the perfect Father’s Day lunch after the worship service, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and rolls. Yummy! No dessert was really necessary, but they had banana pudding or vanilla ice cream (with or without toppings) and chocolate or white cake. Supper tonight? What supper?

While we were at church, a new forest fire was being fought not far away. Larry’s friends Gordon and Diane invited us to come out to their house to visit in the afternoon so we went to their beautiful property for a few hours. They have beautiful artwork both inside and out.

The closer we got to their house, the nearer the smoke from the fire appeared to be.

Gordon and another couple hopped into their Jeep and went to survey the fire from the surrounding ridge and decided that it was probably a mile or two away, through a canyon, over another ridge and down another canyon.

The warnings they got from the forest service were for voluntary evacuation, so they gathered their pets, important papers and other valuables and prepared for that eventuality. However, after evaluating the situation, they decided that evacuation was not imminent, so we drank tea on the front porch and kept an eye on the smoke and the aerial firefighters.

That’s a tanker flying directly over their house!

We’re praying that evacuation will be unnecessary and that the Breviks and their property will remain intact. It appeared that the smoke had diminished somewhat by the time we left.

While we were there, I discovered that the Bible church in Lake George has a Prayer Shawl ministry. I started knitting a prayer shawl while we were in Yuma last winter but haven’t done as much on it as I might these past few months. What an inspiration to know that some of the women in their group put out a prayer shawl every week or so and they have sent many, many prayer shawls to comfort and shelter hurting people, both in their church and all over the country. I’ll post a picture when I finish mine! There, I’ve said it so I have to get it done.

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