Dear Ones,

I hope you’ve had some time this summer to relax a little, enjoy the outdoors, soak up some sun, maybe travel a little. I’ve been back on the job for a few weeks now, a couple of Sundays already under my belt. Our Homecoming service is coming up on September 10th. Many hands are working on music, our annual photo, worship to launch our year, a little tribute to our amazing Congregational Administrator, Susan Catanzaro, who begins her 21st year with the Fellowship this fall, a fabulous barbecue picnic and—new this year—a post-service mini-concert to accompany our meal! So gather some water for our communion, put on your water colors, work up a little side dish and come celebrate!

Celebration is a great antidote for the fear, helplessness, grief and despair many of us face every morning when we hear the latest news. But that may not be all you need, particularly if there is turmoil in your personal life. If you find yourself in a bad place, please think of me as a ready source of support. I’d consider it an honor to sit down with you and the whatever-it-is that is causing you misery. Call (203-228-0911) or email () if (for instance):

Maybe you’d just like to come sit with me and see what may open to us out of the silence. The point is, as much as it may seem that preaching on Sunday is What/All Ministers Do, my deepest call is to support you as individuals and families when you are struggling. Troubles don’t keep business hours. Just call.