Northeast Members Race Cars, Share Laughter

WEST VIRGINIA—On February 17 and 18, 120 Philadelphia Church of God members from the northeast region met in Gordonville, Pennsylvania, for a weekend of messages, fellowship, food, group games and a pine car derby.

On the Sabbath, Local Church Elder David Miller, who is in the process of moving into the area from Florida, gave a sermonette about the love of God. Regional Director Brian Davis gave the sermon on being fully enriched by God’s Spirit to the point that it influences every thought, word and action. After a potluck meal, member Colin Schultz and his wife presented a couple of humorous and thought-provoking group games. The first group game started off with a version of a 1970s game show, “The Match Game.”

Schultz said, “It was a lot of fun watching a room full of brethren laughing and enjoying the game in a very leisurely and casual way where there were no ‘wrong’ answers.”

The following morning, the sound of revving engines was heard over the sound system: It was time to begin the races. There were three races; adults, kids and the “extreme” race. The first place winner of the adult race was member Antonius Hallmark, with his colorful car named “The Sun Always Rises.” Eden won the kids competition with her pink, sparkly car named “Skye’s the Limit.”

Mr. Miller said, “The winter weekend was very uplifting and inspiring. It was good to have so many brethren from the northeast in one place for a great unifying activity. God’s love was evident in the interaction and fellowship among the brethren.”