The lovely Robin and I had a fine time returning to the scene of the crime--er, I mean, the first church we pastored and our first assignment as Salvation Army officers. We were assigned to The Salvation Army in Lancaster, Ohio, in June 1980, and served there for three years. In our twenties. Before we knew how little we knew.
We fell in love with so many wonderful souls there, and a couple of them are now the new corps officers...in their hometown corps: Captains Jeff and Debbie Stacy.
It was a joy to worship in that simple but beautiful chapel once more, and even more so because we were joined by some who had been teens--or children--when we were there, like Jeff and Debbie, Georgetta Morris von Dolln, Cheryl Taylor-Finney, and Candy (Wiedner) Moore. In addition we got to see some dear ones who WEREN'T teens or children when we were there: Barb, Dickie, and Auggie.
And, for the first time since roughly 1982 or thereabouts, we heard God's Word from his servant, Debbie. What a blessing.
The Salvation Army's Lancaster Corps has been in this location since 1978 or 1979, just before we became corps officers. The facility is much larger than when we were there, due to a southern addition (for an adult day care center called The Samaritan Center) on which we broke ground in June 1983, just before our transfer to Cincinnati was effected (the addition was completed under the able stewardship of our friends Steve and Janice Howard).