This past weekend we had a great time at Old First UCC in Philadelphia with our confirmation class of 7th and 8th graders, Pastor Kim, and Gina and Tony Bushey. We stayed as always in the Sunday School building of the church, with the girls’ room being designated as the main gathering space for snacks and fun. It looked like a cyclone hit it, but all went well and our party of nine got on famously. We served at the Food and Clothing Pantry for the homeless, and prepared and served the evening meal at the shelter. There was sobering news regarding all the budget cuts which are having a major impact on city services. We will be helping Old First with some funding due to this budget shortfall–more on that later.