The Villager Voice

I appreciated your good humor that followed last Sunday’s sermon about… a little bit of everything.  On the topic of giving things up for Lent, a couple of you thanked me afterward, observing that since I’m going to be away for 95% of the season, you could in good conscience give me up for Lent and still indulge in your favorite vices.  (I will not divulge which vices…)  Just the same, remember that you are but dust, and to dust you shall return.  Remember too that we will be sharing Ash Wednesday service next week with our siblings at the Deep River Congregational Church; we are invited to join them at either the morning (7:00) or evening (5:00) service.

A few of you also inquired about the two books I mentioned which I find so helpful in my sermon research.  They are Chapters into Verse, a collection of poetry along biblical themes, edited by Robert Atwan and Laurence Weider; and The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.

You’re invited to join us tomorrow for the celebration of Bill Bernhardt’s life; it will be at Chester Village West (Masonicare) at 2:00.

Finally, sincere thanks to The Revs. Eileen Sypher and Toni Smith, and Deacon Daphne Stitt, who will grace the pulpit in my absence the next six Sundays; deep thanks to all of you for providing me with the opportunity for sabbatical; and thanks to God for the ways we continue to learn and grow together.

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United Church of Chester, 29 West Main Street, Chester, CT 06412. (860) 526-2697


From the North: Take CT Route 9 South to Exit 8 (old exit 6) (CT 148). Turn left; we are 1 mile on the right.


From the South: Take CT Route 9 North to Exit 8 (old exit 6) (CT 148). Turn Right; we are .8 miles on the right.

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Church Office:

Tuesday - Friday 9-1


Minister's Hours:

Wednesday  - Friday



Mailing Address:  

Post Office Box 383, Chester, CT 06412


Physical Address:  

29 West Main Street, Chester, CT 06412





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