Back in 2012 when we first came to stay at Rock Eddy Bluff, the Coreys took us with them when they went to vote. Their polling place was Kenner Church of God, a little country church just a few miles down the road. We met a few of the members that day and attended church there the next Sunday and every week thereafter until we left. I know I’ve said it before, but the Kenner people really know how to make you feel accepted and at home. One of the reasons we came back this year is that when Coreys contacted us to ask if we could come, they said the people at the church had been asking about us. So for the last four Sundays, we’ve been in the second pew from the front. Today is the last time for this year as we will be leaving next Sunday. I thought I would show you around a little.
As you walk into the sanctuary from the fellowship hall, there is a pew across the back set apart from the rest. It bears this sign:
Since the garden here has been producing a good crop of tomatoes, the cucumbers were just what we were lacking. When we were here before, there were eggs occasionally but whoever used to bring them must not have an abundant supply anymore.
At the front of the church is a huge stained glass window on which the pulpit is centered. We appreciate the pastor, Bev Sharp, and her commitment to the community. She knows about every aspect of her congregation’s lives and is a real prayer warrior as well as a good preacher and pastor.
To the right is a copy of one of my favorite hymns, How Great Thou Art. In fact, I find the words of the second verse coming to mind often as I walk up the lane to the mailbox. “When through the woods and forest glades I wander…”
Through the school year, they faithfully fill backpacks with food that are distributed to children each week so that they will have nutritious food over the weekend when they might not have anything. They also helped supply school supplies before the fall semester started. We will miss being a part of this little congregation that does such big work in their community.
One day this week after a very stormy night, the owner’s daughter called and asked if LeRoy could please apply his lumberjack skills to a tree that had fallen across the lane. She had driven her children up toward the road where they meet the school bus, but they had to run the last quarter mile or so because they were met by this.
The partially hollow tree had broken off at the ground and now lay across the road. LeRoy got the tractor and the chainsaw and soon went to work.
LeRoy has been at work off and on this summer removing part of the sun scorched old decals from the side of the RV and had a plan for replacing the rest. Unfortunately, this first attempt did not work as planned so we’re on Plan B. In the meantime, he has at least made it shine!
While we really don’t want a pet while travelling, we have really enjoyed being around Holstein. However, we think having us around as long as it took to do laundry this week was more than she wanted. I’ll leave you with this parting shot.