Our group had our photo taken a lot together throughout our trip, but I can’t stop thinking about this particular photo. The sweet couple who hosted us at Boehm’s Chapel was so proud of our excitement while touring this historic little church. They truly appreciated our visit and were a joy to speak with. They were a bit anxious to get our photo from the moment we walked through the door. Honestly, most of us were just thrilled to be taking in the air conditioning (we were getting used to truly historic churches with no air - it was hot)! After just a moment of cooling off, they gathered us and sent us back into the heat for another group photo. And, indeed they captured our group’s presence on true film, not even with a digital camera. Maxine was our guide for the visit and she truly enjoyed and played her role of hostess appropriately in character. We learned much about this chapel built in 1791 and restored in 1991. Boehm’s Chapel claims to be the oldest Methodist structure built for Methodist worship (not in continual use) in Pennsylvania and the fourth oldest in America. There were many statistics, facts and figures. It was an informative and even entertaining visit with our kind guide.
But, my favorite moment to reflect on from this visit is this image of our group. If you look closely, you will notice that our image is framed up perfectly with our hostess looking out at our group from the window of the church. She was anticipating our arrival after the photo was snapped by her husband and this one was taken with a classmate's camera. Maxine couldn’t wait to share her good news about this place that is special to her family, her beliefs and her church. What excites you that you can’t you wait to share with the people just outside your door?
Whitney R. Simpson
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