I got up before breakfast Saturday. 

That is not unusual. My wife is a terrific person but she draws the line at serving me breakfast in bed. 

Saturday was unusual, though, in that instead of making coffee and watching TV while Linda went to work, I was up at 5 a.m. (my Monday through Friday habit), grabbed a couple mandarin oranges and drove through the long winter night to Crawfordsville. 

The occasion was one of the Church Men United's Lenten Breakfast meetings which was held at Eastside Baptist Church on Traction Road. 

My friend, Rod Curran, had invited me to this 7:30 a.m. meeting. 

Normally, my mind and body do not get into full swing on Saturday but Rod's job is particularly stressful and he works long, arduous hours this time of year. 

"I'm going to take a break for breakfast Saturday morning," he said. "Why don't you come, too." 

My mind said no, but I kept thinking about Rod working late every night, getting to the office early every morning, yet he was taking time to attend this Christian men's meeting. So, I could not refuse. 

He was also the speaker. 

Rod had invited me to hear his testimony on a few other occasions which I had refused because of work and family concerns. 

I first met Rod in a Rotary meeting. 

There is something about his personality that tended to draw me toward him. Besides, how can you not like a guy who dares to wear his New York Yankees shirt to lunch in Indiana!

I first attended the Church Men United meetings decades ago with the elders of Alamo Christian Church, Leslie Weir and Tom "Picks" Bowerman. The last one I remember going to was at Christian Union Church outside of Waynetown. That building was packed with men and I wondered how the modern crowd would compare. 

The good things hadn't changed much. There was a wonderful hot breakfast served. Nearly 80 men filled the church's fellowship room and there was singing and praise and fellowship before Rod got up to speak. 

The hymnals and the piano I remembered at Christian Union Church were replaced with words projected on the wall but the meeting was filled with all the goodness I remember from years ago. 

We old guys often talk about what used to make Montgomery County special. Peoples' faith in God is one of those qualities and it hasn't changed, not really. 

It was interesting that during Rod's testimony/speech he mentioned the drug problem that hit our county in the late 1960s. That was just a few years before I started driving over here in 1975. So, it would appear that the problems we face today are different in some respects but there were problems back then, too. 

The next men's Lenten breakfast will be this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at Darlington United Methodist Church. If you are a guy who is a Christian believer or is thinking about putting his faith in Christ, I would urge you to attend. 

My body will undoubtedly be at home in my easy chair but I think you should go. 


Frank Phillips has been a part of Montgomery County, off and on since 1975. He sells retail advertising for The Paper of Montgomery County and can be contacted at (765) 918-8915 or by email at fphillips@thepaper24-7.com.