A sampling is Leah Hunsberger's o tell their s of After not going last year, I forgot how awesome ASP can be. The ride there was long but full of excitement, and as soon as we pulled up to the camp, we knew we were gonna have a fun trip. After unpacking, we explored the woods and the rest of the camp, making friends on the first day. On the first couple days of work, we started building a wheelchair ramp, only to realize that the porch was still unstable and so were the stairs. So, we dug and dug giant holes to sturdy the porch. The feeling of making the porch safer even though it wasn’t in OUR plans, but GOD’S plan was very fulfilling and made the trip so much more of an impact. The theme of the week was “Becoming,” and i feel as though i definitely have become more spiritually mature, and more in touch with not only myself but God, creating new relationships with my friends and even new people is an indescribable experience.
Independence Day Sunday ceremony on the cemetery - observing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Armistice
"I wondered about those men who were sitting in those pews 150 years ago, one last Sunday before marching off to war, in a world that was not so forgiving and kind. The anxieties and worries, the families beside them that they were about to leave and not knowing if they’d be back.
Most of those men were going to come face to face with Hell to preserve Heaven. Right here in our own backyard. The battles in Gettysburg, Maryland, Virginia, they weren’t that far off. Some were going to fight, because they were drafted into that war, like in Vietnam, World Wars I and II, maybe they didn’t like it, but, off they went. Others enlisted willingly, the belief at the start of the war was that it would be quick, but, that soon proved false. The Civil War changed this country, both in industry and in character.
"I wondered if I was sitting in someone’s pew, a family who had a loved one off fighting. I wondered how many mustard seeds were they planting as they marched, or was it even possible?
"Rev. Charles Augustus Rittenhouse, he served as Chaplain of the 7th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, also known as the Sabre Brigade. He was mustered in March 4, 1864 and resigned May 1, 1865. This regiment helped in the taking of Atlanta under Sherman. This regiment saw some awful fighting.
"After the armistice, at the Brigade's disbandment their commander, General Wilson, spoke thees words to the men: cemetery whwr
Let your example in civil life be an incitement to industry, good order and enlightenment, while your deeds in war shall live in the grateful remembrance of your countrymen. Having discharged every military duty honestly and faithfully, return to your homes with the noble sentiment of your martyr President deeply impressed upon your hearts: “With malice against none, and charity for all, strive to do the right as God gives you to see the right.”
"All of this came together today in my mind as I sat in church, the same church a lot of those men were glad to come home to, still alive, and some were blessed to be brought home to, to be sent off to the Church Triumphant, through Trinity and it’s congregation."
On Sunday these thoughts became even more poignant in the ceremony held on Trinity's cemetery where 31 who fought in the Civil War, and three died.
(Appreciation is expressed to Lisa Kirkhoff who is researching each name for an anticipated sharing with the pubic, in print, tours, and special programs.)