The Villager Voice ~ from Alan

At the risk of covering some of the same ground as I did in the May Uniter, I’m really looking forward to the Chester Spring Weekend today, tomorrow and Sunday.  First Friday, Rotary/Pattaconk Duck Races, Spring Rummage Sale, Main Street Dog Walk, Chili Cookoff and music all weekend... what’s not to love!

One of the reasons I’m looking so forward to the weekend is that, much to my regret, I had to miss it last year.  On Saturday I was in Worcester, MA for Jim Antal’s retirement celebration, and on Sunday I preached at my colleague Tara’s installation in southern New Hampshire.  So I’m delighted to be able to be part of the local festivities this weekend.  This is just one more of the many times that the happy integration of many, many facets of community is on display, and it’s one of the many things that do Chester and our United Church proud.

I’m grateful for the splendid cooperation we’ve received from some of our local restaurants, among them The Villager, Simon’s and the Pattaconk.  (Did you see the ad that the Pattaconk made expressly for our Chili Cookoff?  It’s terrific!)  I’m grateful for the role so many of our congregants play in organizations like Rotary and other service groups.  I’m grateful for the many conversations I’ve had this week with random folks who have come to drop off items for our Rummage Sale.  I’m grateful for the ways our church has held partnership with the library and the fire department, and other organizations around town.  I’m grateful for the initiative so many of you take to make our community the special place it is.

So I trust I’ll see many of you several times this weekend.  May the best duck/chili/dog win!

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