Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
May God richly bless you and yours throughout this coming year.
You might be asking the question, “Why didn’t we hear from you last year?” Our answer: Too busy. We traveled to south Florida and then to Phoenix AZ where we spent three days last Christmas as volunteers with “Your Best Pathway to Health”, Phoenix. We helped a lot of people during those three long days. Then on to Lynn’s brother’s place in Yuma AZ for a few days before rushing home to begin serious remodeling on our Silver Point home. That several-months major work project is now done and we are greatly enjoying simply being home bodies with occasional travel to spend time with friends and classmates or, more often, we just stay home and work in our productive garden and on our beautiful hilltop farm. We like it here.
We enjoy the small church family where we worship each week. A couple of our dear church members have died this year. David McCullough was our pianist. He went to sleep in Jesus in March. Then Tony Corley passed October 2. Because of David’s death, Lynn is now our official pianist. She gets a lot more good piano practice what with playing a lot each week. And because our small church is active in teaching the others how to understand the Bible, we made lots of new friends locally this year with our year-long Bible study outreach initiative. David maintains the church website, preaches and teaches the Sabbath School Lesson occasionally in this small Lancaster church. Our head elder and his wife, Les and Ann host a pizza party each summer and we stay active socially.
And we had a couple family gatherings right here on our Silver Point farm. First the Gohde clan met here on Sabbath followed by the Bicknell clan on Sunday. Since it was raining Sunday, we all gathered in our big barn. Nice.
What about those occasional trips? Oh yea, there were three trips to MI for graduation, an alumni weekend and another to attend the funeral of our good friend Bob Wilkins.
And we spent two weeks in Ethiopia in August working for the Akaki Adventist School. Then in September, together we officiated the Virginia wedding for grandson Trent and his bride Sydney as well as enjoyed a family reunion in Colorado. October found us attending a 50 yr college class reunion in TN before going to NC for a couple creation talks in November. We have pictures here and on Facebook if you are interested.2 Through it all, the work and the recreation, the stay-at-home and the travel, the laughter and the tears, God has blessed us with good health and a heightened awareness of his imminent return. Let us all be ready to look up and say, “Wow – there He is – this is our God – we have waited for Him.”
David & Lynn