Pastor’s Letter — October, 2016

Dear Friends,
There are so many things going on at Hartford Street Presbyterian Church these days.  Our last spring’s confirmation class of 4 young people attended class for 8 months culminating in participating in a stunning movement piece during the Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) service at Temple Israel.  Our Youth Group met throughout the year and participated in the “30 Hour Famine” raising nearly $1,000.00 for hunger in our neighborhood and across the world. 

We had the large contingent of church members participate in the Mission At The Eastward (MATE) housing project this year with 27 members and friends repairing 3 different homes.  Karen Olen and Bryan Takasaki were our chefs for the week and the food was delicious.

One again the church participated in Natick Days and our booth had over 100 visitors.  Those who came by learned about our Sunday school, Church activities, the community garden, and interfaith garden.  The Youth Group also hosted a fundraiser for the water project in Batibo, Cameroon raising $126.00.  It was a hot, but successful day.

This year the community garden was finally opened and vegetables grew in great numbers.  We formed an interfaith garden group that included members from the Christian faith, the Jewish faith, and the Muslim faith.  The interfaith garden group planted 4 of the raised beds and harvested over 300 lbs of tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, egg plants, basil, butternut squash, and green and Italian peppers, which were donated to “A Place to Turn.”

And of course in the midst of all these events the church kept up all its regular activities.

The knitting group provided a place for a group of women in the church to meet, socialize, and knit warm items for people who otherwise would be cold.  Sadly the group lost one of their long time members with Nan Gray at 102 passed away last month.

All the choirs of the church, Chancel, Alleluia, our Trio and sometimes Quartet sang at special services, as did our Youth and Junior Choirs. 

Sadly, we also lost another member of the church last month as well – Lucy Asangong.  Lucy had bravely fought cancer for 9 years.  She had seen her children beautifully grow into adulthood.  We will miss Lucy and her gracious ways.  The funeral will by on October 1 at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant St, Belmont, MA 02478.  The viewing will be from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, and the service will be from 4:00 – 6:00 pm with reception to follow in the same location.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

Pastor Eric