August 31, 2012

I am so excited for this weekend!  My husband and I are heading to Indiana to celebrate my uncle's 85th birthday.  We will attend church at my 'home church'--it holds so many memories for me and all of them are precious.  I learned all about the people in the Bible with my Sunday School teacher, Miss Ruth Foutz, and her felt board presentations.  I learned to sing "Climb Up Sunshine Mountain" and "The B-I-B-L-E" and "Deep and Wide" (all with the appropriate hand gestures, of course!).  I earned my perfect attendance pins which are still in my jewelry box. I watched my parents marry in this church on Christmas Eve 1960.  I returned to Indiana after my parents' marriage every summer and sat in the pews with aunts, uncles, cousins and childhood friends, and although some of them are now gone I can't wait to return to Kingsley United Methodist on Sunday and once again worship in the church that has never left my heart.  

There’s a church in the valley by the wildwood,
No lovelier spot in the dale;
No place is so dear to my childhood,
As the little brown church in the vale.

Come to the church in the wildwood,
Oh, come to the church in the dale,
No spot is so dear to my childhood,
As the little brown church in the vale.

How sweet on a clear, Sabbath morning,
To list to the clear ringing bell;
Its tones so sweetly are calling,
Oh, come to the church in the vale.

Stained glass window honoring my aunt and uncle

I hope your Labor Day weekend is filled with all good things--family, friends, and opportunities to create more wonderful memories!  If you are traveling, be safe, and I'll be back on Monday morning.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so very much for writing this. I forward it on to Mary Arnett so she could send it out to Kingsley church so other people could see it, So glad you were able to come and hope you made it back to your home. Love, Brenda