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Senior Pastor John Danner
Minister Emeritus Theodore G. Hoskins
Director of Music Charlotte Stacey
Director of Children’s Choir Charlotte Stacey
Director of Youth Choir Craig Gillespie
Christian Education Director Abby Peterson
Acting Youth Director Georgette Huie
Editor Jane Mangold
Publicity Mary Ann West
Church Secretary/Receptionist Marcia Harrington
Treasurer Gary Stuart
Financial Secretary Patricia Dennis
Business Manager Rosemary Smith
Building Manager David Doyle
Deacons on Call, October Russ Brenneman 203 227-2822
Bob Yingling 203 846-1414
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Wednesday Night Services 7 pm 7:30 Membership
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9 Confirmation Support 7 pm Personnel 1:30 Staff Mtg. 8 Sanctuary Choir
World Communion 7:30 Missions 6pm Earthcare 8pm Middle
Family Service 7 pm Boy 7:30 Christian 7 pm Serenity S. School
Information Mtg. Scouts Ed. Youth 8pm Money Talk and Youth
11am Farmers 7 Evening Council Jesus
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9:15 Teacher C. Closed Committee Prayers 6pm Stephen Min- tuck Plays Memorial
8:30 am 1:30 Staff Mtg. istry Service
12 Women’s Morning 6pm Deacons 6:30 Handbell C.
Spirituality Career S. Retreat 7 pm Taizé Service 7:30 Trustees
7 pm Boy 8 Sanctuary Choir 7-9pm
11am Farmers 7 Evening Dance
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9 Confirmation Career Prayers 6:30 Handbell C. tuck Plays Church
New Members In- Support 1:30 Staff Mtg. 8 Sanctuary Choir 3-9:30 Church Directory
formation Mtg. 7 pm Boy 3-9:30 Church Directory Sit- Sittings
Scarecrow Fund- Scouts Herald 7 pm Healing Directory Sittings tings
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Receive New Support ing Committee 1:30 Staff Mtg. 8 Sanctuary Choir Nov. 1
Members Group 8 pm Church H.S. Sun.
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11:30 M.S. Youth 7 pm Boy Council 3-9:30 Church Evening
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Service Project Scouts Directory Sittings Meeting
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Saugatuck Congregational Church October 2009 Volume 13, Issue 7
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
What really counts in your life? What’s really important to you? What do you value?
The death of my Dad in early September has caused me to reconsider those very ques-
tions. As I gathered with my family I realized anew just how much it means to me to be
a Danner. As we told stories and shared old family jokes, I remembered yet again that
we are bound together in ways that transcend explanation. My three siblings and I could-
n’t be any more different from one another—yet at core we share so much in common!
And, ultimately, what holds us together as a family is love. I know, it sounds clichéd,
but it is true! Not mushy love (though we do a lot of hugging in my family). But love
that comes from God. Love that allows us to accept each other as we are, despite our
very different lifestyles, our very different beliefs, our very different politics! (Don’t get
us going about certain issues—you’d think we were members of Congress!)
Often the church is called a family. And that’s actually a pretty good metaphor for a
congregation. For we are like a family. We often have different lifestyles. Our beliefs
vary widely. And our politics range from far left to far right! But we are bound to-
gether by love. The love of God. The love that allows us to accept one another despite
our differences! Even because of our differences! That spirit of acceptance is, indeed,
one of the things I most value about Saugatuck!
As we enter into this Stewardship season, might we all reflect on what we value about
Saugatuck. Then might we offer our gifts with Glad and Generous Hearts!
In Jesus Name,
PS: Thank you all for your supportive cards, letters, e-mails, phone calls and prayers
over the last few weeks. They are, indeed, tangible expressions of love that are much ap-
In This Issue:
Choosing Church Values P. 4 “Ed See Deacon Emeritus and Me” P. 10
Giving With A “Glad & Generous Heart” P. 5 Financial Report P.11
Annual Donations to Outreach P. 6 Music Notes P.12
Saugatuck Church Pictorial Directory P. 7 Upcoming Events PP. 9,14 & 15
From Our Moderator
When I was in film school years ago, my screenwriting professor, Frantisek Daniel, used to remind us that the
conflict between good and evil is never as compelling as the one between competing goods. We don’t need
Casablanca to know the Allies are better than Nazis. The reason that Casablanca is a timeless film, is that we
need to know how Rick can choose between his duty and his love for Ilsa, without shortchanging either.
I’ve been thinking about competing goods a lot lately. This summer, my friend Bob Yeager sent me an email.
It seemed the Men’s Group had met to discuss the church’s financial priorities, and decided that the discussion
should be guided by the driving values of the church. The email was sharing values that were named by that
Now, some people valued the nurturing of our next generation. Some valued our community outreach. Some
valued transformative worship services. Some our music. And some the sense of extended family that comes
from our church community.
I am grateful to the Men’s Group for sharing these contributions, and I think they did a tremendous job in
naming important guiding values for our church. Moreover, I think it would be wonderful if everyone in this
congregation took their lead to determine what they found valuable in their church experience.
But, that’s where I come back to Casablanca.
Sometimes the resources we could offer our church school are the same as those we could use for community
outreach or music or programming. It’s easy to choose between good places on which to spend resources and
bad. But how can we choose between equally good ones, when shortchanging either can compromise who we
Ever since Bob sent me that email this summer, I’ve been searching to articulate the church values I have that
guide me when I face the difficult decisions that come when sometimes we have to choose between competing
The words that keep coming back to me are those from St. Paul. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and
love. But the greatest of these is love.”
When people in this community, when we ourselves, think of Saugatuck, I would love it if they thought of us as
a family church, an outreach church, a music church and any of a number of other values. And I would love it
if anyone could tell each of those things, from the moment she or he walked into our meeting house on any
But if I had to choose only one thing, I pray that whether a first time visitor or the absolute longest tenured 9am
member, with one step inside our walls, a person could know immediately that we were a loving church. And 9C
I challenge myself and each of us that people would still feel that way even if the first person they met was me 9Y
or you. 9C
There is no right answer, of course. That’s why the Men’s Group’s exercise is so valuable. If you’d like to talk Com
more about the values that guide your life here at Saugatuck, please feel free to talk to me. And just as impor‐
tant, please talk to the person sitting next to you this Sunday.
Michael Hendricks, Moderator
From the Stewardship Corner
“GIVING WITH A “GLAD AND GENEROUS HEART”
The theme for this year’s Stewardship campaign is “Glad and Generous Hearts.” It is taken from Acts 2:44-47,
which is one of the most daunting passages in the New Testament: Not long after the Resurrection…
All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and
goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time to-
gether in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47prais-
ing God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number
those who were being saved.
To experience a glad and generous heart are we supposed to sell some or all of our assets and distribute to all
who have need? It seems to have worked for Jesus and his Disciples and for the early Church, Today, it does-
n’t seem to be a very workable model of glad/generous giving for me, and, most likely, not for you.
John Wesley, the 18th century founder of Methodism, offers a similar, yet perhaps, more doable model. In his
sermon #50 he combines the gladness of simple living with the generosity of giving all you can. The Center for
Philanthropy paraphrases the sermon as follows:
Gain (earn) all you can – without hurting yourself or your neighbor
but not at the expense of life or health,
without hurting your mind,
without cheating or lying,
without hurting your neighbor…[or impairing] your neighbor’s health or soul….
Save all you can:
but do not waste money by gratifying the desires of the flesh, but avoid gluttony,
drunkenness and sensuality,
without wasting money on expensive apparel or needless ornaments,
without spending money to gain the admiration of people….
Give all you can. Do not limit yourself to this or that proportion…a tenth…a third…a half. Give all you can to
God…that you may give a good account of your stewardship.
Members of the early Church experienced glad and generous hearts. They lived simply and gave all they could.
The recession is teaching many of us that simple living can be a blessing. Jesus’ life and death is our model for
generosity. As we practice the spiritual discipline of generosity, our hearts do change. May we all come to ex-
perience our glad and generous hearts!
for the Stewardship Committee: Andrea Cross, John Danner, Jack Morrow, and Art Schoeller
GLAD AND GENEROUS HEARTS!
We know we are a church committed to outreach, but can we quantify our annual generosity? Below is
just a start. Not captured are all the volunteer hours behind planning these activities, the time and money
spent on gas to deliver goods to our community partners, or the value of offering up our building space for
SAUGATUCK CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - ANNUAL DONATIONS AND IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS
BENEFICIARY AGENCY DONATION/CALCULATION $ VALUE
Christian Community Action/ Loose plate collected at summer beach services $4,200
Interfaith Housing Association
Church World Service Health kits (assembled by SCC Youth Group) $30
Community-at-Large Thanksgiving and Christmas Feasts: 400 meals valued @ $20 each $8,000
Covenant to Care Backpacks filled with school supplies, approximately 15 (Note: this year $400
the effort is directed toward Children's Placement Packs.)
CT Bike Project Donated bikes: 10 valued @ $70 (approximate) $700
Domestic Violence Crisis Center Baby gifts collected at Christmas Eve service: 225 offerings @ $5 $1,125
Eyes for the Needy Used eyeglass frames: 200 valued @ $5 $1,000
Gillespie Center Meals: 18 per year (including those provided by SCC Youth Group), 30* $2,700
served @ $5
Heifer International Contributions collected by SCC Church School $755
Interfaith Council Earth Day: food for 30 volunteers and 100 public @$3.50 $455
Interfaith Council Summer 2008 food drive: 41 bags valued @$12 $492
McGivney Center Summer Campership contributions $13,651
Norwalk Emergency Shelter Fall and winter clothing: 130 bags valued @ $50 each $6,500
Norwalk Emergency Shelter/ Stop & Shop cards: food pantry donations of cash and checks used to $1,028
CCGB Hunger Outreach Network buy grocery cards
One Great Hour of Sharing March collection $2,327
Project Learn (CCGB) Collected at Women’s Retreat: After-school program supplies, sports $595
equipment, 2 computer monitors (total valued @ $300) plus contributions
Save the Sound at CT Fund for the Annual coastal clean-up: Clean-up materials and signage ($100), food for
Environment 30 volunteers @ $3.50 $205
SCC Youth Mission Trip Fundraisers (Tag Sale, Annual Meeting Breakfast, Talent Show, Car $11,000
Wash, etc.) and contributions
Various Agencies Angel Gifts: 188 gifts @ $50 each (average value) $9,400
Various Food Pantries (Norwalk Non-perishable food: 225 bags valued @$12 each (25 bags per month $2,700
Emergency Shelter, CCA, Bridge- for each of 9 active months, 0 for summer - see separate line item for
port Rescue Mission, Gillespie Interfaith Council)
* Historically, about 20-25 guests were served at each meal. The need has now grown, and Gillespie currently
serves up to 35 for each meal. The figure of 30 reflects the average number over the past year.
WE NEED YOU IN OUR
NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY!!
It’s time for a new Saugatuck Congregational Church pictorial directory, so be sure to sign up
for a photo sitting!
The photographer will be at Saugatuck the following times:
Thursday, October 22, 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Friday, October 23, 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 29, 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The timing is perfect for ordering portrait Christmas cards and gifts!
Sign-up forms are in the church office lobby and at coffee hour from now through picture
days. Sign up early to get the time slot your family needs.
Each family photographed will receive a free church photo directory and a free 8 x 10 portrait.
Additional photo packages are available for purchase.
VOLUNTEERS are also needed to help greet families on photo days. Volunteer sign-up sheets
are also in the church office lobby and at coffee hour. First 8 volunteers receive a
$25 gift certificate toward a portrait package purchase.
Call or email Eileen Flug at 227-8474 or
PRAYER AND MEDITATION 101
There are a variety of ways we can connect with God—a variety of disciplines and practices
that can help us move closer to the Holy One. But the two basic disciplines, the practices
that set the foundation for life with God, are prayer and meditation. In this course we will
not only explore some of the theological understandings of these two practices, we will also
explore very practical “how-to” questions. A variety of methods will be discussed, and op-
portunities presented for trying them out.
No prior experience in prayer or meditation required, though experienced practitio-
ners are also encouraged to come and be a part of the sharing!
Dates: Wednesdays, October 28, November 4 & 11
Time: 8:00-9:30 PM
Place: Daniels Room
Facilitator: John Danner
From the Mission Board
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
The Council's CO-OP Center assists men and women released from incarceration into the Bridgeport community
transisiton into a more productive life. The Center is seeking computer instructurs who can teach basic Microsoft
application courses, Word, Excel to interested students. Courses are typically 6 hours and are scheduled weekday
afternoons at the teacher's convenience. A small stipend is available. For more information, please contact Dan
Braccio, CO-OP Center Program Director, at 203 367-8441 ext 231.
The Council's Bridge-Building Leadership Breakfast on “The State of the Housing Crisis” will be held on Monday,
October 26, 7:15 -9 am at United Congregational Church, 877 Park Avenue (at State) in Bridgeport. Congressman
Jim Hines, Fannie Mae officers Michael Williams, President, and Jeff Hayward, Vice President, will speak. There is
no charge but reservations are required by October 21st. Contact Richetta Joyner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-1121.
Homes with Hope (formerly Interfaith Housing Association)
At last, the newest project of permanent, affordable supportive housing—Westport Rotary Centennial House—is
finished, and tenants have begun moving into the six units, located at 10 West End Avenue in Westport. We con-
gratulate the staff effort and all the community support that made this much-needed housing possible.
THANK YOU!! Helping some of the most vulnerable in our society...
Thanks to all in the congregation who have contributed to the Children's Emergency Placement Pack
project for Covenant to Care for Children.
Gillespie Center News
A Mission of Saugatuck
The economy has affected everyone including the number of people who are now coming to the
Center for their evening meal. This summer the number jumped from 25 to between 30 to 35 men
and women who rely on this service daily.
Saugatuck Church is scheduled to prepare and serve (optional) a dinner which consists of an entree' and salad on the fourth
Wednesday and also if there is a fifth Wednesday of each month. Normally two people were able to provide this meal, but we
may have to be more flexible now. We can do this by volunteering to make part of an entree' serving 15, by making part of a
salad serving 15 and combining it with others making the same amount. The food can be dropped off anytime during the
day. Maybe you can prepare and not serve, while someone can serve and not prepare. This can be a family affair or a
neighborhood experience. An entree' can be a casserole or any favorite dish. A salad may include tomatoes, carrots or other
vegetable along with the greens.
The food should be there by 4:45 and it's served promptly at 5 o'clock. All dishes and beverages are at the Center, no dessert
needed. Best to use foil pans. The next scheduled dates for Saugatuck are Nov. 25th. and Dec. 23rd and Dec, 30th.
If you have any questions or wish to sign up for a Wednesday , please call Vonnie Spies at 226-5513 Thank you
I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
October's Food Drive will benefit the Gillespie Center. They particularly need cereal, hearty soups
with meat, tuna fish and condiments.
Thank you for your help.
Elise Miller, Board of Missions
The High School Youth Group began its year by welcoming a great group of 9th graders and having a Mission Trip Reunion, com-
plete with Popeye’s Chicken (a staple in Louisiana!). On September 20, several of the high schoolers participated in the Saugatuck
River clean-up sponsored by Save-the-Sound.
This year, we will look forward to our 2010 Mission Trip to either West Virginia or Maine (the decision has not been made yet). In
either case, the Square Dance and Make-A-Scarecrow fundraiser this October (see announcements below) are quite appropriate as
we are headed towards rural areas. We will also be selling Christmas wreaths, so be on the lookout for opportunities to purchase
Activities for the High School Youth Group will include Mystery Trips, dinner out, and occasional topical discussion times.
The Middle School Youth Group began its year by welcoming an enthusiastic group of 6th graders. We played some fun games and
after the church pot-luck dinner will help with Covenant to Care’s Placement Packs.
The middle schoolers will again travel to Heifer International’s Overlook Farm from April 30 to May 2, 2010. Activities for the year
will include Mystery Trips, rock climbing, and playing plenty of Manhunt at the church.
Saugatuck Square Dance
Featuring Caller Ed Potter and Dance Teacher Marj Potter
Families and beginners encouraged!
Proceeds to benefit the High School Youth Group
2010 Mission Trip
Saturday, October 17, 2009
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hoskins Hall
$5 per person or $10 for the whole family
Price includes soft drinks—desserts will be for sale
Tickets may be pre-purchased—contact Marcia Harrington
For additional information, contact Georgette Huie
Sunday, October 18
11a.m. to 2p.m.—Front lawn
$10 per scarecrow kit
Assemble your own, or the High School Youth Group can assemble one for you!
Proceeds to benefit the High School Youth Group 2010 Mission Trip.
From the Board of Deacons
Ed See Deacon Emeritus and Me
As a deacon, I have had the wonderful assignment on occasion to deliver flowers to assorted
members of the church who for one reason or another could not attend church. These visits have
always been very fulfilling and have led to ongoing relationships that I truly treasure. One cold
and rainy Sunday this past April Ed See was the recipient of the Sunday flowers. I had spoken
with Ed many times in church and at fellowship hour but had never been to his home. Driving
there I was encouraged that he lived near the water as that would be a conversation starter with
me being an avid sailor and firm advocate of finding ways to float as often as possible.
When I got there with the flowers, the door was open and I called to Ed through the screen door.
He immediately replied to come on in and sit down. We talked about the history of his living in
that beautiful location overlooking the Mill Pond and the coastline towards Sherwood Island
State Park as well as all of the fun he and his family had enjoyed over the years on Long Island Sound. We also found
out that he and I had many things in common including my best friend and parents of other friends from far away
Cleveland attending the same summer camp in New Hampshire…A camp called Pemigewassett. I had heard tales of
that camp for many years, but Ed’s stories recounting the days of yore and recent See family camp reunions there were
a delight to hear. I shared those stories with my friend Dave who reveled in the fun of it all and confirmed all of the
tales some taller than others. Ed really knew how to have fun and passed that on to his family and huge network of
Ed also had the Westport News sports page open as he was a huge participant and fan of many sports activities. Staples
high school was having a good season and my daughter had been doing much of the pitching for the team. Ed and I
chatted about the season results and strategies of how to get batters out. Wise as ever, he mentioned that while a pitcher
at Wesleyan he was crafty with breaking pitches VS trying to throw the “heat” by hitters. I too had pitched in the NES-
CAC for my alma mater Bates in the mid/late 70’s and found his insights fascinating and highly entertaining. Our con-
versation turned into an invitation for me to pick up Ed and take him to the Staples VS Ridgefield night game the fol-
lowing Friday at Greens Farms Field.
Although a bit frail, I picked Ed up at 6:45 that Friday evening and we went to the game. The night was crystal clear
and the setting for the game was just right. We sat up on the top of the hill in left center where many of the player’s par-
ents sit. The game was a barn burner with Staples winning in the last inning having come back from a two run deficit.
Ed hung with me on every pitch as we discussed the situations and what kind of pitch my daughter Jenny might be de-
livering according to the situation. He didn’t miss a trick looking through my field glasses and socialized with all of the
parents, coaches and fans that happened by. I also recall how welcoming and appreciative all of people were to have Ed
join us for this fun and memorable occasion. As I took him home and dropped him off, I was so glad that he had been
able to come and actively participate in the entire event.
On Memorial Day we all had a chance to hear him speak as the Grand Marshall after the parade. His words recounting
his role in WW2 and how Westport was “back in the day” were highly personal and engaging. He finished the speech
talking about how we as a leading world power should find a way to do away with war. There was huge applause not
only for the message but also for Ed. Peace was the message. The Greatest Generation made us proud again that day.
All summer long, knowing that Ed was pretty much house bound, I would call him on my cell phone as I sailed within
his field of view. He and I had many more fun conversations and a few more face to face visits. I also came to know
that on the front of his house he has a peace symbol in white Christmas lights. You can see it quite clearly from well
offshore at night. The day that I learned that he had passed I went out for a sail that night. As I sailed the familiar waters
from my slip at Longshore marina down towards the shoal off of Sherwood Island, sure enough the peace symbol was
illuminated on the front of his house. Like the night of the ball game, it was a clear cool night with the kinds of stars
you gaze at from childhood summer camp campfires. I thought of all of the gifts he had given me over the past few
years and what a wonderful person he had been. I also thought about his contribution to Saugatuck Church and the
Westport community as a whole. We will all miss him
Board of Deacons
Our beloved Ed See died on September 7, 2009 at the age of 93.
Edgar Thorp See was a respected attorney and community leader,
energetic sportsman, husband, father and grandfather, and a wise
and firm church leader with a terrific sense of humor. As I write
this article the tears come but then I remember some of his remarks
and I smile.
Ed and Ned Dimes were our attorneys from the time we moved to
Westport. Their law firm has been very generous to Saugatuck in
legal advice, fundraising and community relations. Ed served the
town of Westport in many capacities. He played a key role in the
town’s acquisition of Longshore Country Club. He was made an
honorary Girl Scout for his work in developing the Southwestern
Connecticut Girl Scout Council. Ed was the grand marshal for the Westport 2009 Memorial Day Parade. The Westport
News cited his speech as follows: “In his remarks at the end of the parade, See left the crowd with this ‘As we leave here
after commemorating the deaths of those who gave their lives for this country, let us go home and figure out how we can end
all war. That is my challenge for Memorial Day 2009.’” Westport News, September 11, 2009
Ed was a sportsman (read Doug Johnston’s article on page 10). I remember Ed riding his bicycle every Sunday until the last
few years to the Compo Beach services. Who will forget Ed throwing out the first pitch at the Bluefish games (complete in
his Wesleyan uniform and throwing his left handed drop ball.) He was an ardent supporter of Wesleyan and was given the
Distinguished Alumni award for outstanding service to the university.
Most important to Ed was his family. In 1942 he married Kay Merriam and they shared more than five decades of enduring
friendship and love. They had four children: Edmund (Ted) See of Hartford, Alexander (Sandy) of Duxbury, MA, Kathe-
rine (Katie) O’Sullivan of Williamston, Michigan and Eloise See McGaw of Belmont, MA: eight grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren. Surviving Ed is his sister Louise of Pompton Plains, NJ. Saugatuck has been very lucky for almost
every Sunday, we have had at least one or two of Ed’s family with us.
Ed described our church as “When Kay died I became closer to our church as a family. Saugatuck embraced Kay, they em-
braced me. The love I experienced gave me a strong sense of what we are today. Our church is a family.”
Sadly, we have lost three of our Deacon Emeriti this year—Edna Yergin, Dorothy Bryce and Ed See. They were examples of
true Christians. Each excelled in their roles and each made a difference to so many of us. We will miss them but we were oh
so lucky to have had them as part of our church family.
Jane Mangold, Editor
Financial Report—January-August 2009
Pledges 311,745 323,218 (11,473)
Other Income 48,917 54,500 (5,583)
Total Income 360,662 377,718 (17,056)
Total Expenses 423,214 432,449 (9,235)
Income Less Expenses (62,552) (54,731)
Endowment Fund 48,000 48,000
Net (14,552) (6,731)
Actual vs. Budget $ (7,8221)
Music Notes by Charlotte Stacey
Director of Music
On Thursday morning, September 17th, I was saddened to find out that music icon and social activist Mary
Travers (Peter Paul & Mary) died due to complications from chemo. I highly doubt that anyone over the age
of 30 did not know or listen to some of their music (Puff the magic dragon, If I had a hammer) in their life-
time. Those of us over 40 may have attended a concert or two of this group (I had the priviledge of hearing
them in concert 4 times!), and those of us over 50 may have even attended a social justice event that they
led with music (Marge and I marched on Washington for Gay and Lesbian rights on Oct 11, 1987 along with
1.1 million other people and listened to them on the lawn of the mall). I know of others that were at the
March on Washington for Civil Rights in 1965 where they also led the crowd in songs. Mary performed at
other political rallies and demonstrations for freedom, justice and social equity during her 50 year career,
even when the group disbanded from 1970-1980. I’m not even sure if I learned the guitar in the 60’s be-
cause of them or because of the Beatles. But I knew all of their songs and loved singing them!
In 2007 Marge and I went on a cruise to Alaska, and our dinner meals were spent with four other couples.
Sometime during the 5 days, the group Peter Paul & Mary came up at the dinner table. Our friends Sheri
and MaryEllen were going to go to a concert of theirs in Chicago and meet this other couple from our table.
Marge and I were jealous that we didn’t live closer because we both loved PP&M. I was surprised that they
were in concert because I had heard that Mary had leukemia and didn’t realize that they were performing
again. Sheri smiled and turned to Ann Gordon and asked if she could tell us. It turns out that Ann was Mary
Travers sister. Well I was so honored to be able to tell her how much that group meant to me growing up
and how I loved her sister’s singing and activism all through her career. When I shared some of this with
the choir here, I found out that there was another connection to Mary. Her step mom was a member of this
church for many years. I think this is another example of the six degrees of separation theory. Mary will
truly be missed. but her music will live on.
Anyway, I think that music is not just for listening, but that it can have powerful effects on people, and
groups of people when you sing together. You may notice that I have had a few pieces of music that the
choir has sung that involves you the congregation. It is also very much a part of the Taize Service and a
part of the gathering music during the contemporary service. I am always open to hearing your thoughts on
what is right and wrong with the music I chose. I hope to bring a balance to you the congregation and have
enough of the varying styles that you all will appreciate what you like, and learn to appreciate the other
styles that may not be your favorites but someone elses.
You may see a few new faces in the choir. We welcome Joanne Leaman, Linda Danner, and Margot Bruce.
And we also welcome back Amy Day. There are plenty of robes left, and I’ve said that I am interested in
getting about 20 new people involved in the choir, so that all will not feel guilty for not being here when
other family events take place on weekends. We can still have a full choir singing on any Sunday. So please
consider joining. If the issue is the rehearsal time on Thursday night, PLEASE see me. If I have enough peo-
ple interested, I may have a shorter rehearsal after church on Sundays to accommodate those that can’t
make a Thursday night rehearsal.
And we definitely need some ringers for the bell choir Love music, but don’t like to sing.? Come and join
them at 6:30 PM on Thursdays. You do NOT need to read music.
Gone Chopin, have Liszt, Bach in a Minuet.
There will be a Quarterly Information Meeting on October 4th after the 10pm Worship Service. In the Daniels Room.
Our New Heating System
Gas-fired Boilers Our Old Oil-fired Boiler
Combating Religious Extremism in Pakistan
Combating religious extremism in Pakistan is the subject of the first Interfaith Council Forum to be held at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road in Westport. All are invited
to this provocative program which will be preceded by a Sufi service at 3:30 p.m. Freddie Brenneman
From the Saugatuck Nursery School
Our school year got off to a wonderful start. I have never experienced such a smooth transition in my thirteen year
history here at SNS. The children, parents and teachers are full of enthusiasm and smiles! The floors are spar-
kling, the walls are newly painted and we even had the cubbies in the Red Room refinished.
This month will be a flurry of activity. Science, music and yoga enrichment programs will kick off and add to our
curriculum. We will board the big yellow school bus for our very first field trip to the pumpkin farm. We have
been going there for many years and it is an all time favorite for us all. This year we will be offering a Parent Edu-
cation Workshop on October 22 from 12-1:30. The every popular topic of discipline will be discussed and parents
will be invited to partner with us, using similar techniques at home.
Come join us on October 27 at 11:30 and meet Author, Dr. Joyce Gerber. Her new book, Teaching with Heart, is
filled with many educational activities for teacher and parents using traditional nursery rhymes. She will bring her
guitar and give us a glimpse of the many developmentally appropriate, hands on activities that will foster children’s
self-directed and self-initiated learning.
The month will end with our annual Halloween party on the 29th from 6:30-8. Hayrides, spooky experiences and
treats will be served up. Bring the whole family and don’t forget to wear your costumes. Please leave all super-
heroes at home.
Our school is significantly under-enrolled as compared to year’s past. After talking to many of my colleagues, this
seems to be the unfortunate trend. We will continue to work hard to offer a first quality early educational experi-
ence in spite of our shortfall. This year, we will rely more heavily on fundraising to guarantee this and continue
offering scholarships to those families in need. Thank you to all who have supported our on-going efforts to fund-
raise by purchasing our SNS reusable tote bags and logo T-shirts. Please continue to support our efforts and pur-
chase these items from Patty Doolittle, who will be selling them after Sunday Services.
We still have spaces available in our morning 3’s and afternoon mixed-age classes. Please call me for more infor-
mation if you are interested.
Happy fall! Ellen De Huff, Director
Saugatuck Needs Ushers
Saugatuck has several openings on Usher Teams for this new Church year. It's a great, welcoming way to serve and
get to know people as you greet and help with the offering. If you are interested, fill out the form below and place it in
the offering plate; or contact Ella MacDonald (email@example.com, 221-7022), Marcia in the church office
(227-1261) or any member of the Board of Deacons for more information.
I want to join the Usher Team!
YOGA AT SAUGATUCK CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Please join Meredith Lederer, certified Yoga instructor (RYT-200 Level) for a six-week
series of Yoga classes at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
What you can expect: A combination form/flow class that will cover the
fundamentals of Yoga. We will use breathing and basic asana (postures) to build
strength, resilience and knowledge of our bodies.
Who can join: This class is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about
Yoga, and the benefits of establishing a regular practice. Modifications will be
offered for beginners and those with physical limitations.
(class size is limited to 12 students)
What you need: A yoga mat, and a firm blanket
Cost: $50 for the 6 week series.
If you are not able to attend all of the classes, the cost will be $10/class, please pre-register for the classes
that you will be able to attend.
*All proceeds will be donated to Saugatuck Congregational Church*
Dates/Time: 9:15-10:30am , Fridays Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13
Location: Rooms 7/8, Saugatuck Congregational Church
Contact: Meredith Lederer, (203) 557-3808, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please call or e-mail any questions about the program, or to register.
Jodi Bryce Performs on Broadway Sarah Peterson and “The Give”
Dorothy Bryce's daughter‐in‐law, Jodi Stevens Bryce, can Sarah Peterson is performing as a vocalist for the band “The
be seen in a new musical, "Under Fire", being presented Give.” “The Give,” a local rock band, features a guitarist, lead
by the New York Musical Theatre Festival for a limited singer Sarah Peterson, lyricist, drummer and bassist.. “Peterson
number of performances before opening on Broadway in was first taught how to sing and appreciate music from her
2010. Tickets available for October 4 at 8 pm, October 9 father, Brad Peterson, as he had his own bands and wrote and
at 9 pm, October 10 at 1 pm and October 12 at 5 pm can recorded music from the time he was a young adult.” Westport
be obtained online at NYMF.Org or by telephone at (212) News 9/9/2009. Sarah and the band appeared at the Oyster Fes-
351‐3101. tival in Norwalk.
A New Saugatuck Tradition . . . .
Saugatuck Church Christmas Festival
Saturday, December 5, 2009 10 AM - 5 PM
Plans are underway to create a new Saugatuck tradition – a Christmas fair replete with handmade
crafts, wreaths, baked goods, a children’s craft workshop, a visit with Santa, and more! This event
is open to the community and is perfect for families or for anyone looking for quality Christmas
gifts and holiday cheer. All proceeds will benefit our Board of Missions and the youth mission
trip, as well as our church renovation project.
You can help in several ways:
Support our youth group by purchasing a wreath to decorate your home. They will be pre-selling
wreaths at church in early October. Sign up in Hoskins Hall!
Volunteer your time and talent to the festival. Bake your favorite holiday treat for our bake sale; prepare soup, sand-
wiches, and other lunch items to serve at the fair; help at the Children’s Craft Corner -- the list goes on! We hope
you will want to participate in some way – big or small. Look for sign ups in Hoskins Hall or send us your email
address so we can contact you with more information: email@example.com or bepeter-
firstname.lastname@example.org. We will direct you to an online site called VolunteerSpot that will enable you to sign up quickly
Thank you in advance for your support!
Baptisms at the Beach
Kate Taylor Banks, daughter of Michael
and Melissa Banks
Julian Alexander Jendrock, son of
7/26 Thomas Jendrock & Karen Kim
Dave Menoni & son Hunter
Two Baptisms at the Beach at high tide.
Kate Banks & Julian Jendrock
Grandpa Craig Matheson Katlina & Liliana Giaume, daughters
with Kathryn Weiss, daughter of Antoine & Csilla Giaume
of Mary Matheson Weiss.
Thank you all for the cards, phone calls, emails, thoughts
and prayers as I underwent surgery in August. Through
the grace of God, my recovery has been painfree and I
have received a clean bill of health. Each one of your
communications was like a little burst of energy helping
me along the way. Thank you for your love and care.
John Danner’s father, the Rev. Howard S. Danner, Jr., died fol- Sharing and Caring: Ongoing prayers and concerns
lowing a long period of serious disability, September 6, 2009. for: Hazel Baldwin, Betsy Boak, Bob Bosch, Judy Bottone,
An ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, Howard was Hazel Bradbury, Tommy Conforti, Christie Doolittle, Jes-
Assistant Professor of Religion and Speech at Union College in sica Ellison, Lois Gillespie, Kathi Mitchell, Sue Neilly, Win
Barbourville, KY prior to being hit by a drunk driver in 1992. Patterson, Marj Potter, Chiyoko Quasius, Dave Rendleman,
Jan Rogowskey, Riet Rose, Cliff Ross, Florence James
Over the years he served parishes in Maine, New York, New Shook, Bob Steele, Orvis Yingling, Eileen Parrelli (Lisa
Hampshire and Nebraska. Howard was a devotee of the theater, Gray’s mother), Rubi Wentzel (Carla Bowden’s mother)
opera and enjoyed long walks. He is survived by his wife, Dr. and Joan Yoder (Susie Benton’s mother). Please hold these
Constance S. Danner, three sons and their wives, a daughter, people in God’s presence and in the light of Christ in your
eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, in addition prayers.
to a sister.