Today we traveled to Amelia Courthouse (just a little over two hours away, near Richmond) to attend a home church gathering with our friends. We had been looking forward to today as it was a special time to honor a graduating son from one of the families and also to renew acquaintance with home church friends.
First, we all gathered with our folding chairs under the big oak tree and sang several hymns. Prayer time was next, followed by a teaching time, and communion together.
During the time set aside for the graduation acknowledgment, special friends thanked the Lord for the character qualities observed in Philip's life and encouraged him to always put the Lord first in everything. His parents then came forward, and his dad presented the long-awaited diploma.
Here's a picture of Philip with Eli, the young man who brought today's teaching, which included exhortations from Ecclesiastes 11:9... "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth.." and Ecclesiastes 12:1..."Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."
Delicious food, desserts, and music followed in the afternoon. Here are Tom and Jonathan playing guitar along with some of the other men.
Hannah and Sarah enjoyed conversing with some of the girls and moms and seeing a couple of new babies added to the group since we last visited. I had a fun time chatting and making the rounds snapping pictures. It was a very enjoyable Sunday! Thank you, Trent Family, for your hospitality and congratulations Philip!