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January 2020 Newsletter

One December 23rd afternoon the phone rang as I was leaving my office. It was the director of a local funeral home. He asked if I would conduct a service for a couple whose son had been killed two days before. The coroner would release his body shortly and the family could gather in two weeks. Would January 6th work for me? Of course.

Sanctuary Repainting Update, January 15, 2020

  After church services on Sunday, January 12, David Riccio, VP and decorative arts conservator at the John Canning Company, Cheshire, presented the findings and recommendations from his team’s recent investigations regarding the repainting of the FCCW sanctuary.  The cost of this advisory work was supported 50% by the church and 50% by the State […]

November 2019 Newsletter

I have a wonderful job.  But before I tell you why, let me begin with thanks.
              Thank you to those who made our recent Festival of Art and Music the community celebration it was. A special ovation goes out to Bobbi Griffith, whose vision, planning, and boundless energy, brought us all together to strengthen the harmonic collaboration with the Town of Woodbridge. Many thanks to the Board of Music, Nenad Ivović, and all the artists, dancers and musicians who brought their energy and work to this sensational weekend.

October 2019 Newsletter

There’s a little game we play in our culture. I’m sure many of us have watched and played it. Not to boast or anything, but I’m pretty good at it. But it’s kind of perverse, though, the winner is actually the loser. To paraphrase Annie of Annie Get Your Gun:
No matter how hard you work, I can work harder;
No matter how tired you are, I’m much more fatigued.

FCCW Meetinghouse Repainting Update August 2019

On July 11, 2019, the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) informed the FCCW that they had approved our application and will provide us up to $20K in matching funds for the church to hire an expert fine arts conservator to advise on the plaster repair and repainting of the sanctuary, narthex, and three stairwells in […]

July and August 2019 Newsletter

If I had to make a list of my ten favorite words obedience and dependence would not make the cut. They’re important words, but for me they have a little negative edge to them. To be dependent is to rely heavily upon something or someone else. We don’t want to be dependent on foreign oil; and our economy is heavily dependent upon the labor of undocumented workers. Facing chronic illness or just growing old we fear we will become dependent on the care of others.

June 2019 Newsletter

A couple of weeks ago our Wednesday morning Bible Study read the story of the Apostle Paul’s return to the city of Philippi, found Book of Acts 16:9-15. One night Paul received a vision: a man from Macedonia (modern day Greece) stood over him saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Convinced God was calling him, he left with Timothy for Philippi the next morning. One Sabbath they went to a place of prayer to find folks who might be open to the good news.