October 13, 2021


Did you ever stop and think about all the signs in our community? I lost count just trying to count the business signs along West Reservoir Road  from Hisey Road to Main Street.

So, imagine my surprise to get the following message from a teammate on Penn State’s Women’s basketball team Monday morning!

“Annie, we were returning from a cycling vacation in SC yesterday and were rerouted off Rt81 due to an accident.  We were in the little town of Woodstock, and I saw your name on the church sign.  Hoping you are well.  Maybe you can meet us at a halfway point between us for lunch some day or just come up for a few days and we’ll get Dimmy (our basketball coach 46 years ago) for lunch.  We  guest rooms!  Please reply!”

What are the odds that a detour off 81 could result in someone noticing St. Paul’s UCC sign, and recognize my name? I doubt that my college friends would expect my name on a church sign!

It just so happens that Rod and I are going to be at Penn State October 22-23 to for a football game. I haven’t been back to the campus for at least 25 years. So, we are going to meet for dinner.

The last verse in the wildly popular 1971 “Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band is below.  I am glad to be part of a congregation and denomination that welcomes everybody. I’m blown away that our sign caught an older friend’s attention all these years later.

 “Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me I’m alive and doin’ fine”. ~ Anne

And the sign said

“Everybody welcome

Come in, kneel down and pray”

But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all

I didn’t have a penny to pay

So I got me a pen and a paper

And I made up my own little sign

I said, “Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me

I’m alive and doin’ fine”


“Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band

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