Stu Loved Camp Gilead

By now, most of you have heard that Stu Aldrich, long-time member of Tab went to Glory this past Monday, June 23rd. He was my friend and we spent a lot of time together in board meetings, senior’s outings, around the church building, missions conferences, going to the doctor, and especially Camp Gilead!

Stu & Jody at the Camp Gilead chapel (he is in black, she is in white) in the early 1950's.

Stu & Jody at the Camp Gilead chapel (he is in black, she is in white) in the early 1950’s.

Stu loved Camp Gilead! He saw the value of the Christian Camping experience as a college student at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The church had started a camp out in Carnation, Washington, called Camp Gilead. He got to be led in worship by Howie Stevenson, the song leader at Tab. As an adult with children, he sent all his boys (Daryl, Ken, and Ron) out to Camp Gilead. Being a fixit-kind-of-a-guy, he was often out at the camp repairing a washer or dryer, or being involved in the construction of a new building with the wiring or the plumbing.

In recent years, especially in retirement, Stu would go out to the camp for extended periods of time to work on projects. One time, he and Jody sanded all the dining room tables. He worked with Director Jack Moyer on the sound system for the chapel. Stu, along with Jody, would always be at the Memorial Day Rally, where he would proudly report his service in the Army in Japan. He was always at the Tab picnic afterwards in the Pavilion.   Stu attended most of the 18 Hymn Sings that I have led over the last 9 years. Stu was at Camp Gilead many times for our Tab Leadership Retreats. He also has been a camper at most of the Family Camps since I came to Tab in 1980.

Stu was signed up to go to Family Camp next week! We will miss him!

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Are you looking for a place to take your family for an edifying vacation?

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I wonder what Stu would say?

 

Pastor Tom Ruhlman