On March 5, Canaan Band and all their partners & friends loaded up their equipment and gear and headed up to Raleigh to participate in their 34 year celebration.
It was a long 12-hour drive and lots of stops along the way for bio breaks and gas fillups. It’s probably needless to mention that 10 people on a long trip can sometimes prove to be tumultous and nerve-wracking…but not on this trip! We had SO much fun with each other, with no complaining, nagging or disruption… just fun.
When we got to Raleigh, we were accepted with open arms. In fact Scott, picked me off the ground and spun me around! Yikes! no one has even dared to try pick me up in a long time. Gee… hope Scott hasn’t herniated any organs in his body?
We were able to spend more time with Jim & Kevin which was special to us. Jim has done so much to help us with the website and we have become dear friends over the time spent on this project.
After the concert on Saturday night, we diligently went out to look for a place to eat. As the story goes, places to eat in Raleigh are few and far between after 9:00 p.m. so we bounced to several places trying to find food.
Delicious, our drummer, was so hungry that he started getting a little cranky. So I told him to go buy an appetizer to hold him over until we could get a table. So he returns a while later with a plate of 2 chicken rolls and sits down on the stairs to enjoy. He bows his head and closes his eyes to pray, and just as he did… those wonderful little chicken rolls ROLLED RIGHT OFF THE PLATE AND LANDED ON THE FLOOR!
I felt such sorrow for him but had to hold my tears of laughter back. Oh my goodness! The look on Delicious’s face as he stares down on the floor at those dear little chicken rolls, was such a sight to see.
We finally ended up at IHOP around 11:30 and ate greasy, fried and syrup-ey food and felt satisfied that we finally got something to eat.
Sunday morning, we went to church and were blessed by Garrick’s wonderful voice as he led us in worship. WOW! We all felt like we were in heaven as we participated in this music.
Rev Arlene Ackerman preached a “fresh” sermon about the direction of today’s church. She didn’t use the “buzz” words that most sermons are permeated with, rather she spoke in real terms and every-day words that anyone could understand. I had never heard her preach, but I would definitely make it a point to come and hear her if she were preaching at a church near me.
Tammy Hatch sang her song, “Nobody Knows Me Like Jesus” and the spirit of God was present with no doubt.
We had dinner then packed and headed back to Florida with a tinge of sadness in our hearts. It was like leaving home for us!
Pastor Belva, her staff and congregation are da bomb! You made us feel so welcome and our hearts are full of love for each one of you.
Many hugs and love to everyone!