Our weekend actually began on Thursday evening, when we met up with our friends, Susan and Robert, for dinner at The Gin in Belton. Belton is the community just next door to Temple. Dan and I hadn't really explored Belton much, so when Susan and Robert invited us to go to dinner there, we were excited. The Gin is a steakhouse located in what was, actually, the old cotton gin of Belton, when cotton was king in the area. Outside is a courtyard with a number of fun little shops and cafes surrounding it. Musicians often entertain in the courtyard. From the balcony of The Gin you look out on the park-like setting of the Nolan River.
After dinner Robert and Susan took us on a tour of the Belton area. It is such a beautiful, historic little community! The heart of the town is the gorgeous campus of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
Church Picnic at the Park
This morning we left home about 10:30 for a picnic at the park with our new church family. By the time we arrived, Rodney (our preacher) had been cooking the main course meats for hours. The aroma of barbecued beef brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken filled the large picnic shelter. There were about 80 folks there, who all contributed side dishes to accompany the meat, beans, bread and drinks supplied by the church.
|Rodney at the grill|
|Some were pitching horseshoes, but others, like Dan, pitched washers|
|On the left is Robert (of Robert and Susan, with whom we had dinner on Thursday)|
We are really enjoying getting to know everyone at our new congregation. As you can see by some of the following pictures, it has a nice mixture of young, old, and in-between.
|The lady on the left is Susan, Robert's wife, from our Thursday night dinner get-together|