Sunday, October 28, marked a day of fellowship and fun for our family at Cacapon Resort State Park, West Virginia. We traveled over 100 miles over the mountains for a memorable get-together with the Wilkes, Sutphins, Campbells, and Mattiches.
It was one of those cloudless mornings where the beams of sun were just warm enough to chase off the chill of autumn in the mountains. “I remember pausing outside the quaint, enclosed pavilion and listing to the melodious harmony of voices giving praise to the Creator from within” James says, reflecting on the a cappella singing after the morning service, “It was worth remembering, especially after hearing Mr. Wilkes’ fervent exhortation to let Christ radiate from me.” The inspiring and acutely applicable sermon was taken from Colossians 3:16 and focused on the outward manifestation of Christ’s work in a Christian’s heart.
The rest of the day also turned out to be memorable. Food and fellowship followed the service and it was refreshing to spend time with both old and new friends. Concerning the two relatively new families, Dad comments: “I was able to talk with Mr. Campbell over lunch and then with Mr. Mattich while the others were playing soccer.” As usual, there was continuous conversation with the Wilkes and Sutphins to catch up on all that had happened over the past few months.
When asked about the most enjoyable activity of the day, David replied “Either soccer, the spinning merry-go-round, or feeding the fish”, referring to what happened to some of the leftovers from lunch. However with many of the younger ones by the lake, it was of great astonishment to hear that it was Joshua who actually fell in. “I wish I could have seen it” Mom says, looking back on the humorous occurrence. It happened during a passionate game of tag when Jonathan, to his immediate gratification but imminent regret, cunningly carried out a successful plan of attack to which Joshua’s efforts of escape resulted in a splash of a catastrophe!
Jonathan mentioned another highlight: an energetic game of soccer, or “Discipleship” as Mr. Wilkes termed it, inspiring a spirit of teamwork and encouragement. With mud puddles to dodge and the cold to fight, the game required more than just skill. Character was key and everyone worked together toward that end. “It was great!” remembers Jonathan.
To conclude the memorable get-together, we assembled once more at the pavilion with prayer and singing, farewells and blessings, and hopes for a future opportunity to meet again.