“Exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” — that verse in Ephesians sums up our recent holiday week!!!! It seems that every blessing came in duplicate. Our daughter Sarah told us they could come to PA for Thanksgiving, but only for a couple of days the beginning of the week so we gathered our crew, now DOUBLED instead of our original “House of the Seven Gables”. So we 14 for a great Thanksgiving evening meal on Monday. We sure don’t take having all our 5 (now adult children since Rachel turned 18) together at once for granted. After dessert the young grandkids were tired of sitting so we took them downstairs to play ( instead of cleaning up like I have done for over 30 years). To our amazement we started hearing all kinds of major clean up going on upstairs. They did a super job — thanks Gable siblings and their partners!!
Discussion was made regarding the next day’s Pie & Praise service at LVBC. We decided to take the time to travel down and were doubly blessed there as well. The testimonies were fabulous — it was good to hear from those still serving after 30+ years of knowing folks, but the blessing was multiplied when we heard from folks we had never met. It was great to come to know some new folks attending and being a new part of one of the greatest churches around. True to our past none of the Gable clan (except for Robbie who willingly was ready to be put in bed) was ready to go home. Since we were hanging around SO long we were asked to help with the wonderful “spoil” of pies. A large pan of pie slices was packed up and from there Haven Baptist Church was supplied with enough pie so that we could also have a Pie & Praise service the following night!!! Talk about double blessings!!! But even that wasn’t all. Sarah and Justin were able to stay in town longer, so 6 of the Gables joined with my parents and sister’s family in Hamburg for a second Thanksgiving celebration!! Please keep praying for my Mom (Elaine Luckenbill). She had a fairly good day. She recently got a private apartment at Keystone Villa outside of Fleetwood. As long as the dementia isn’t too bad, she can stay there.
Perhaps by the time this update goes to print we will have a new Lytle baby. Pray for Katie and baby that is due as I type.
The church is doing fairly well. We are looking forward to a concert by the EBA handbells and teen choir on the 18th. We have a special service night planned. Pray for some new folks to come out and visit.
I would love to share more, but we are meeting in a few minutes to put up Christmas lights on the church building and I don’t want to procrastinate getting this sent to Rachel Hammett. A special thanks to her for all her work in putting together the ladies’ paper all these years. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
Love in Christ,
Sue & Pastor Rod Gable