We had a good crowd come for Homecoming. We were happy to see so many old friends, while we remembered those who were no longer with us. Members from Republican Grove UMC and St. Andrews UMC joined Providence UMC in celebrating their Homecoming Sunday.
Brian Daniels, accompanied by Joanne Johnson, sang two special songs for us.
Our guest speaker was Rev. George Schaefer. George is the pastor of the Payneton-Siloam Charge and an good friend of mine. He brought an excellent message asking whether we were simply "Committed or a Bondservant".
Of course, no Homecoming is complete without a grand meal following the service.
This was the first Homecoming at Providence UMC to use the new Fellowship Hall. It is a fine facility and met our needs perfectly.
There was an abundance of desserts. The only problem was that I was limited by human capacity on how many I could try. But I did manage to sample the cherry cobbler, eclair cake, banana pudding, pecan pie, and one other that tasted great but I didn't ask what it was. It is a good thing I such self control. ;-)
The weather could not have been better, not too hot and with a good breeze. We simply opened the windows in the Fellowship Hall and used the ceiling fans. It was pleasant enough for many to eat outside under the canopies.
Homecoming is a special day; a day to enjoy worshiping together, fellowship over lunch, rekindling friendships, and remembering those who have gone before us.