One year ago today, we visited Eldred for the first time. Pam and I along with Anna made the journey to northwestern PA. One of the funny things about the trip was while we were on I-99 somewhere between Altoona and Bald Eagle. Orange construction signs warned us of an impending construction zone that would close one of the travel lanes. We moved into the single lane zone and for several miles we drove with no construction in site. All of a sudden we came to the end of the zone with nary a construction worker or construction vehicle. We laughed it off as a Penn DOT April Fool’s joke.
About 30 to 45 minutes later we crossed over I-80 and entered the PA Wilds region. It would be two lanes all the way to Eldred and at least another hour and 45 minutes through the wilds of northwestern Pennsylvania.
Our trip started at around 8:30 am in the morning and got to Eldred around 4-ish. We weren’t in a hurry to get here because we knew no one would be able to meet us until then. I remember exploring a little when we got to Eldred – it was all so strange and surreal. I remember driving through the village – back behind the elementary school and everyone was checking us out. After all a strange car from Virginia had made its way to Eldred.
We were treated with dinner at Spragues Maple Farm. If you are from the area, you know it well. The following day we met with the board – explored the nearby city of Olean and had a fellowship dinner. On Sunday I preached and led the musical worship.
The funny story about that is that our possible future District Superintendent came down to get to know us a little better. Nothing like preaching a sermon for both your possible future church and its DS.
Following worship we ate lunch with the vice-chair and his wife and then headed back south to Virginia. It really seems hard to believe that it has been a year since our candidating weekend. We continue to look forward to what God has in store.