“This far” is our adventure into Seminary that we each have been on for quite some time with the Lord, but in His mercy and grace has recently started to take shape. Noel and Greg are both going to Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA starting in the pfall. Ambridge not being one of the major metropolitan areas in the United States may not be a familiar location to all so think of Pittsburgh (2 Super Bowls in the past 4 years, current resting place of Lord Stanley's cup---for now that is; I think they have a baseball team too) Industrial city by the river, a kind of Chicago Jr.* Now travel into the boonies over the hills to the west about 20 miles where all the steel refineries have closed down*... you've made it to Ambridge!! Seriously, we're very excited. The Chapel is nestled between the local Hair Salon on one side and Barber shop on the other. The main Campus offices are slightly overshadowed by the Sunoco and just past a short bar crawl you'll find the 8-lane bowling alley... simply fantastic! If Barney Fife grew a lumberjack beard and could down a Rook's Fish Sandwich, he would fit in well in Ambridge.
So, as you can see, we're excited about the community. Classes start on 9/07 and both Noel and Greg will begin their 3-year studies towards Master of Divinity degrees and eventual ordination into the Anglican church (whatever she looks like 3 years from now).
We have recently found a home in Ambridge, on 907 Melrose Ave. It's a property owned by St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (winner of the coolest Saint name award*) and is a Triplex (think duplex with an extra plex shoved in the middle). We'll be on one of the end units with 2 bedrooms- we'll need to put up our guests! An unprecedented 2 bathrooms, and a basement with washer AND dryer! Once again we're very excited.
For those who know us uncannily well (or have a thing for numbers), we feel as though God has given us a coincidental sign of His affirmation by way of the 907 connection, which just so happens to be our wedding anniversary.
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