This afternoon, we traveled to Messiah College where the Central Pennsylvania Conference is meeting for its 222nd and final annual conference! We will meet again next Saturday (6/12) to unite with the Pennsylvania churches from the Wyoming Conference (northeastern PA) to form the Susquehanna Conference. Exciting times.
This is Sarah’s first time here. It’s amazing how much longer it takes to get ready to go to annual conference with two kids!
We finally arrived in town around 6:00 p.m. We had a picnic dinner at a local park with Penny, a friend of Joleen’s from high school who lives in the area. We had great weather for the trip but as we arrived at the park, so did a thunderstorm. It was some of the heaviest rain I’ve seen in a while. By the time we finished eating and packed it in, we were all at least a little bit wet.
When we arrived on campus, we were greeted by a nice rainbow (a double rainbow, at one point). We got everything loaded into our room around 8:00 p.m. and as expected, it took the kids a while to unwind. Sarah finally went to sleep a few minutes ago, around 10:30 p.m. Before that, it was a rather loud hour!
The big concern now is how the kids handle child care with strangers. Ethan has not usually handled it too well, especially the drop-off. We’ll find out how he handles it this year (his third trip to annual conference) as well as how Sarah handles her first time here!
Well, we’re in for a couple of long days. In the meantime, here are some photos from the day …