Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Banquet






























Last Saturday after the spelling bee was over, we drove about 45 minutes to a city in the opposite direction. We went with a couple friends to a banquet being given in honor of Phil's uncle Michael, who is retiring after 58 years as a pastor and bishop. These pictures show our evening. There is me and Phil, then Phil with his uncle and aunt. There were many speeches and memories, a big projection screen, good entertainment and a presentation of $10,000 that the area churches gave him in appreciation of his long service. The black and white picture is uncle Michael as a young man, when Mennonite men wore what used to be called plain suits. Yes, even Phil did! The quilt hanging on the wall was made for him by the church ladies, and everyone signed a square. As we left the building, I looked up at the beautiful half moon. It would be 11:00 before we got home on this day of the bee and the banquet, but it was a good day.


"The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:47
















































26 comments:

reanaclaire said...

What a blessed day you have! Yes, thank God for keeping us safe and protected..pray for those in other parts of the world.. we are really blessed in a way..

SquirrelQueen said...

Goodness Ginny, you and Phil had a very long day. But it looks like it was worth every minute. The quilt is charming, that was a lot of work but I'm sure it will be treasured.

Ann said...

A long and busy day but it sounds like it was a day well spent. Those flowers in the first picture are so pretty

pam said...

What a wonderful celebration of service for his uncle. I love the moon shot. I have so much to learn about photography. I tried not long ago to take a gorgeous full moon shot...with some really cool clouds passing by...but it was so bright it didn't come out. Hope you're feeling better.

From the Kitchen said...

You and Phil really had a nice day (thanks, I'm sure to your GPS system). That looks like a dish filled with delicious food. And you look like a breath of springtime in your outfit!

Best,
Bonnie

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

What a nice banquet! Wish I'd been there to see it all. People are good.

Sandra said...

what a wonderful day you had, spelling bees and then a tribute to Phils uncle. I like the black and white with the plain suit. he is and was a handsome man. that quilt is really special and a super idea. also the 10,000 rates a big YAHOOO. i know you were totally exhausted, but it was worth it i am sure. thanks for taking us with you on your trip. enjoyed seeing the banquet

Shug said...

I'm guessing you both slept very well that night,.. after such a busy day.
What an Honor for his uncle!
Speaks well of his service to the church and to GOD.
Great pictures....Good one of you and Phil.
Have a super Blessed day Ginny.
Shug

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, How wonderful! You got to honor your relative's service and start him on a new phase of his life. I am sure he appreciated your attendance. Sounds like you had a great time, too. I am wishing you a great day today!

Remington said...

Awesome! Love the quilt!

Glenda said...

Great pic of you and Phil . . . and I love the quilt!

srp said...

What a lovely banquet and such a thrilling time for your husband's uncle. It is so rare that ministers are able to see the results of their work for the Lord... but, he will hear those words we all want to hear... "Well, done thou good and faithful servant"....Mt 25:21.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Ginny, YOu did have a big day on Saturday, didn't you? I love that picture of you and Phil.. That is one of your best ones. You look so pretty.

Glad you made it to the retirement celebration. Phil's uncle had a wonderful career in the church, didn't he?

Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

What a wonderful day you had on Saturday. It looks as if the celebration for Phil's uncle was absolutely fantastic. It's wonderful that his ministry was so well appreciated.

Chatty Crone said...

I feel I have been on a trip without leaving home. The spelling be the other day and now a banquet for your husband's Uncle Phil.

What a nice tribute to him and I love the quilt.

love, sandie

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for sharing this special time with those of us on the blog.Sounds to me like this couple deserved to be honoured.

Regina said...

Sounds like you had a nice celebration..the image of the moon is terrific!! The food looks good and you even got to hear live music! He looks like a gentle and handsome man- glad you two enjoyed yourselves:)

Stuff could always be worse said...

Oh what a blessing that he was a pastor for 58 years! What a life. It looked real nice and fun!

LV said...

Thank you letting us enjoy the banquet with you. A very nice tribute to the pastor.

Stephanie V said...

That must be hard to retire after all those years. He and Phil have a real family resemblance. Nice photo of you both.

S. Etole said...

That's such a pretty bouquet with the blue and white flowers. What a busy day you had with a great ending.

Deborah said...

Hi Ginny,
That was a great day! You and your husband look so happy! I love your pictures!
Have a great day my friend.
xxoo
Deborah

Bobbi said...

What a good time you must have had!! And that food looked sooo good! Beautiful picture of the moon. What a happy occasion. I love seeing the pictures of you and Phil and your many adventures.

kanak7 said...

An occasion to remember!! The quilt is beautiful and the food looks most delicious!

Annie said...

That is a most beautiful friendship quilt. What a treasure to receive.

You and Phil are a marvel. You go and go. You two are like little pink energizer bunnies. I love reading of your adventures.

LC said...

A wonderful celebration of the life's work of Phil's uncle. And how wonderful that you and Phil could be part of it. Your photo of the moon was a great ending of a full day.