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David E. Bish Celebration of Life Ceremony Tri County Church

A Time for Everything “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down,…

  • Peggy Coppolo

    You have described Pastor Dave so well. I have been attending Tri-County for around 7 years now and have grown so much faster in the Lord than I had at the last church I was attending .He was so down to earth and taught so you could take what you heard with you when you left. He was also so eager to answer any questions I asked him about what he said. I was raised in the CMA and going to church was more of a chore than a desire. My son had started attending TCC and talked my daughter into trying so my husband and I went along. We never went back to the CMA church. I struggled with the music for quite a while and how loud it was. But over time I adjusted somewhat and now I enjoy the songs. I still miss the old gospel songs but have come to love the new ones. My three kids were also not treated very well at the CMA. We could not dress like they did or afford to do what they did. I was divorced for most of the time I went there and before that my husband did not attend. I did not feel accepted. I believed if you were not born and raised in the church you were not as good as they were. I do hate to admit this but I am going to anyway. I was one of those people who wondered if TCC was a “real” church. The main reason I felt this way was how fast I heard it was growing. So when I first went there I was on guard for anything unbiblical. I walked out after hearing Pastor Dave excited about the next week’s teaching. My two granddaughters are accepted and love it. The church has a great children’s program with lots of activities both inside and outside the church. I am always inviting people to try TCC out. I have one son who still won’t come. He was really burned at the CMA church and does not feel church is for him even though he is a Christ Follower. 
    I appreciate so much what you have written about Pastor Dave. We all still miss him horribly but I believe that God has chosen our current pastor and that we are still going to reach people and change lives! Pastor Chris and his family are great and I feel he will continue to reach out to people in a real and mighty way.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and feeling so moved to comment. Dave was REAL and very grounded in his faith. I believe that’s why he was able to touch the hearts of so many. The stories of his children as they were growing up, the real and sometimes hilarious frustrations from his wife, his hunting adventures…it made him human. He was 110% authentic in WHO he was and with a knack for words he was able to share that part of himself without it coming off arrogant or condescending. Compassion. If I had to sum up Dave with one word it would be compassion. I am very sorry you had a negative experience at CMA. I too, have had a similar experience. I started going there as a result of my parents divorcing and my mom re-marrying…that was where they attended church. I remember getting up begrudgingly and groaning from wake up to the second we left the church. I vowed to never make my children go through that experience. I want them to be spiritual in whatever faith or practices/rituals that calls them and love it…not hate it. I have not made it over the TCC since the new paster rolled in. I will have to make the effort to get over there and experience his sermons.ReplyCancel

Winter is coming: 11 tips for cold weather photoshoots

With winter finally making an appearance (um…we had 60 degrees Christmas Eve…it’s now 12. Bah!) there are a few things a photographer must keep in mind while shooting in the colder temperatures. Here is a list of 11 tips to keep your winter photoshoots running smoothly! Lenses: Glass fogs when moving from one drastic temperature…

  • These are all such great tips! I have always, ALWAYS wondered about getting that beautiful snow-globe effect on camera, now I know — telephoto lens! I also find that when I’m shooting in snow, the brightness of the snow all around makes it very hard for me to see what’s going on on the back of my camera and make accurate adjustments. I know to overexpose, I think I have it right, and then I come inside and look and it’s all blown out, or all underexposed still. Great tips, again — now I’m excited to go out and try more winter photography! (You know, when it’s not 12 degrees out!)ReplyCancel

    • YES, all that snow is a giant reflector so it really throws your in camera sensors off. It takes practice but once you figure out your sweet spot with settings, you will love photographing in the winter. You can always add more snow in post processing if you haven’t hit snow globe status 😛 We’ve had any where from 0-18 in Central PA. Blah. The girl in the white dress was photographed in like 14 degree January weather. It was BITTER cold. We would drive to the location and do a few loops, park and then discuss a game plan and jump out and literally run to set up and shoot until we both knew it was time to get in the heat. It was fun but very cold. Those are still some of her favorite images (and mine!)ReplyCancel

  • I love the advice and tips you give… GREAT BLOG! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • great practical tips!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you for stopping by! I hope you get some great images while out snow shooting 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Great tips, Gabrielle!! We are expecting snow on Saturday – going to try to find a couple to shoot!ReplyCancel

    • I LOVE photographing in the snow…the world is a reflector and you get some gorgeous and dreamy colors. Enjoy your shoot!ReplyCancel

Unwanted wedding gown? Donate it!

If you still wish to help this cause please consider donating: – Thick white sheets to make burial wraps – White fleece for hearts and fleece wraps – 1/8″ and 1/4″ white ribbon – Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (White) for prayer shawls – Any white baby yarn – Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s Fabric…

  • Casey Friberg

    I would like to donate my wedding dress, how do I go about doing so?


    • Hi Casey! Thank you for wanting to donate your wedding dress <3 Your big heart will bless many mommas and offer them comfort during a time of deep sadness. I will email you about donating.ReplyCancel

  • Denise gossage

    Interested in donating a gown. Please send address. My email is [email protected]ReplyCancel

My Photography Journey: An undying love

  My Photography Journey: An undying love As is typical with the majority of photographers in this visual world, I was a lover of photography early on. This can be mostly blamed on my mother…she had albums and albums and ALBUMS of photographs of me growing up. I loved flipping through the sticky pages with…

  • Your photos AND your writing are incredible storytellers. Loved this!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks girl! It was a long road, but love to look back and see how much I’ve improved. Hope you stop by again 🙂ReplyCancel

Outdoor wedding venues

I constantly answer these questions: “Where can I get married outside?” “Who does outdoor wedding ceremonies?” “What if I want to have an outdoor wedding and reception?” “What outdoor wedding venues are close to DuBois, PA?” Friends, I give you: Where to host outdoor weddings in the DuBois, PA area. You’re welcome. Bee Kind Winery in…

  • Michael White

    Also Paul Corbin’s barn in Falls Creek out off the airport road.ReplyCancel

    • I feel like I should know exactly where this is but can’t picture it :/ReplyCancel

  • Nathan Benton

    I have an outdoor venue people may like for weddings, would you like to see it to see if it would met people’s expectations.ReplyCancel