August 25, 2018
Senior Beach Trip
One of the last weekends of summer brought a special treat for seniors (“seniors” being loosely defined as those over age fifty-five) of the Portland congregation. Around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, a group of about forty-five arrived at a Pacific City beach house for a day of fun with friends. Most people carpooled in three church vans, while several drove in their own vehicles, and one (Jim Ott) arrived in his personal airplane!
The weather forecast had predicted a stormy weekend, but the event planners were praying and God answered with beautiful weather—it was not even windy on the beach! As guests arrived they were given an Orange Julius and treated to a brunch buffet with a breakfast casserole, fruit, and pastries. They spent the rest of the day playing games like Scrabble and Skip-Bo, working on jigsaw puzzles, and relaxing. Many people set chairs outside on the beach to enjoy the sunshine and view of ocean waves, while some took a stroll along the shore and even waded into the water. The best part was the company and visiting with friends, but the lovely setting made it much more fun!
Dinner was served at about 5:00 p.m., including options of beef brisket, salmon, or chicken served with rice pilaf on the side. The options for dessert were just as good—chocolate mousse, peach shortcake, and mini-bunt cakes.
Everyone started heading home shortly after dinner, with Brother Jim giving everyone a fly-by on his way out. About a dozen people worked to make the event possible, and they were truly happy to see that the guests had such a good time. One of the helpers said the most memorable comment was a lady who said, “I will remember this for the rest of my life.” It was a great day!