Volume 14 Issue 4
Congregational Chronicle December 2010
by K. McKnight with L. Moorehead sunflowers and so much else. There cookies, candies and dinner rolls and
So many complimentary remarks were also our new specialties of scone various breads.
from patrons of our 2010 Christmas and pancake mixes, fresh-ground The kitchen did very well, with
Market on Nov. 20 filled me with cinnamon and nutmeg. Some friends egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches,
pride for what our members had ac- came especially for those. scones, pancakes and a new lunch
complished. Many were from repeat The variety of beautiful clothes for menu of grilled cheese, squash bisque
customers as our reputation for a American Girl dolls overflowed their and corn chowder.
tasteful (and tasty) display is growing space. There were even two wooden This year we had an abundance of
in our community and beyond. doll cradles. interesting books for sale, right next
We had an amazing display at the Our legendary Holy Rollers had to the fascinating collection of gently
craft tables, from beautiful felt run- assembled delicious apple pies worn jewelry. Many of these treasures
ners, hand-stenciled floor cloths, with fresh ground spices (also sold were snapped up at bargain prices.
appealing stuffed bears, stunning separately). Some of these were Our Sunday School ran a popular
crocheted necklaces, hand-crafted baked that morning (what delight- hands-on table for children to con-
bird feeders and houses, cheery ful aromas greeted shoppers!) and struct colorful wreaths.
aprons with matching chef hats for others were sold frozen for home We were grateful to have the help
kids, pretty cloth covers for paperback baking. Other items on the baked of a few non-members too. Laura
books, mini-baskets fashioned from goods table included pumpkin pies, See Christmas Market, p. 4
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Passages The Blessings of Praise
Dear Members and Friends, works to another, and shall declare and strengthen each of us in our
It was suggested that I might share your mighty acts.” How can we let daily walks of faith. Here are some
with you a sermon I preached in our youngsters and our elders know of the things I might say if we were
early November. What follows is an about how God is working in our discussing this.
abridged version of that sermon. My lives, if we only offer our praise in •When I thank someone else for
text was Psalm 145. silence? How do we staid Congre- something they have done I may be
“I will extol you, my God and gationalists do that in our lives? We praising God out loud. It isn’t always
King, and bless your name for said in religious language, but it
ever and ever.” can be a way to give thanks for
Although I would immedi- that person, who is, of course, a
ately tell you that fall is my gift of God.
favorite season, when the days •When we sing hymns and
of fall grow shorter and dark- sometimes other songs we can
ness seems to assert itself, I declare God’s goodness, faith-
find it increasingly difficult to fulness, mercy, and so on.
thrive. I have less energy, less •In the act of coming to wor-
enthusiasm, and less happiness. ship regularly, we are testifying
I’ve got one of those lamps that to God’s work within our lives.
helps combat the lack of natural I can’t stress this enough. It
sunshine. I know things to do makes a very significant dif-
to help me get through the days ference to the other people
before the winter solstice. Still, who attend worship when you
this is the most difficult time of are here. When you curl up in
year for me. bed and take a Sunday off, it
Still, the psalmist declares, affects other people. The ones
“Every day I will bless you, who come will miss your voice,
and praise your name for ever your smile, your prayers. Every
and ever.” Every day – even the Sunday you either help build up
dark, gloomy days – we should the body of Christ or you don’t.
praise our Maker; every day, not •When you speak of God’s
just when it suits me, I should care of you to others, you are
give thanks. I cannot praise praising God. You don’t need
God’s name for ever and ever, if I aren’t much for testifying, yet, if eloquent words – genuine words are
am inclined to do it only when I am praise is frequently out loud, how all it takes to praise God.
happy. Every day there are a myriad do we praise? And how do we move •When you do kindnesses for others
of things for which to give thanks. it from in our heads so we can share your deeds may be saying what you
“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praise with other people? haven’t been able to put into words.
praised; and his greatness is unsearch- I’m asking questions and I have The psalm continues with these
able.” One of the things that is striking some answers for them. I just wish I words: “On the glorious splendor of
about Psalm 145 is that the one who could hear your answers. I wish all of your majesty, and on your wondrous
is praising understands that praise is you could hear each others answers. works, I will meditate. The might
not always a silent thing. Those who Such an exchange of ideas could of your awesome deeds shall be
praise often do so out loud. move faith forward from inside our proclaimed, and I will declare your
“One generation shall laud your heads out to encourage, challenge, See Praise, p. 3
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Dear Friends and Family,
A very pleasant UPS delivery man just dropped off a Christmas gift for us. It brought to mind a conversation
I had earlier today with one of you about how much extra work Christmas makes for our letter carriers, other
postal workers, and delivery services’ personnel. As we send packages and Christmas cards hither and yon
to our loved ones we probably do make their season even busier than our own. On the one hand the holidays
mean welcome employment for temporary workers in stores, delivery services and so on; on the other it hand,
it may mean additional stress for some people.
As the daughter of an R.N., I grew up with the awareness that some people had to be working at the hospital
when everyone else was enjoying the wonder of Christmas celebrations. Think of the many people who make
our festivities possible simply by being at work on the holiday: the people in our Armed Services, police officers,
fire fighters, airline personnel, restaurant staff, people who keep our highways plowed, and many others. This
season I intend to be especially thankful for all those whose efforts mean we can have such lovely holidays and
thankful for their families also.
I am also thankful for all of you who support this congregation with your prayers, volunteer work, financial
gifts and/or presence in worship. Thank you for what you do! You do make a difference here in Central Village,
in Connecticut, and in other places around our globe. May God bless you this Christmas and throughout 2011!
Blessings of Praise
Cont’d from p. 2 gratitude? If each of us were to share read this Psalm is that I can think of
greatness. They shall celebrate the one thing for which we are grateful, more and more things for which I am
fame of your abundant goodness, and imagine all the other thoughts of thankful. Reading this Psalm may be
shall sing aloud of your righteous- praise that would come to our minds the best way to overcome the dark
ness.” We don’t all have the gift of as we listened to each other. days of November.
putting God’s marvelous acts into the Next in Psalm 145 are some of our This year during the short days that
words of a poet. We cannot all praise favorite words in Hebrew scripture: November and December bring, I
God with the skill of a musician. “The Lord is gracious and merci- believe I will try a new antidote for
However one of the mighty deeds ful, slow to anger and abounding in the blues. I intend to pray Psalm 145
God does is that when we begin to steadfast love.” Even as we seek to often and allow its praise to brighten
notice God’s creation we take in praise God we cannot help but name my life.
more and more – seeing one beauti- God’s goodness to us. May God bless you with joy this
ful creation seems to help cleanse our “The Lord is good to all, and his Advent and Christmas,
eyes and we notice another awesome compassion is over all that he has
sight. When we praise God we actu- made. All your works shall give
ally tune our minds to become more thanks to you, O Lord, and all your
and more aware of how splendid faithful shall bless you. They shall
creation is, of how incredibly we are speak of the glory of your kingdom,
made, of how truly abundant God’s and tell of your power, to make
gifts to us are. Isn’t it marvelous that known to all people your mighty The Rev. Jean McCusker
God has made us to become more and deeds, and the glorious splendor 860-591-8618
more able to experience wonder and of your kingdom.” What I find as I email@example.com
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Craft Group waits for spring
Members will continue working from homes
by Jean McCusker to please the service person who re-
We are all breathing a sigh of grati- ceives it. We plan to make additional
tude and relief for we were able to quilts in the coming months. We also
contribute to the success of another will be working on more dresses and
year’s Christmas Market. In fact, we shorts for Little Dresses for Africa.
Summer Quilt Raffle
even have a head start on next year’s Although we are reluctant to stop Jay Lewis and Barbara Morton
doll clothes. We made so many outfits meeting on Tuesdays, it seems likely were the lucky winners of the two
this year that even though we sold that we will work in our homes over quilts raffled for the Little Dresses
more than in previous years, we have the winter months. When the snow for Africa mission project.
quite a number that can be sold in the starts to fly, the road on the side of the UCC Recognition
future. A big Thank You to all who church is too steep and icy. So until
helped us with sewing, supplies, and spring we’ll knit our hats and mittens
encouragement. and sew our dresses,
tion and thanks as
We gathered on Tues- shorts, quilts and doll
a 5 for 5 Church
day, November 30th clothes at home.
at the Connecticut
with new donations of If anyone would like
yarn that will make hats to make donations to our
al Meeting on Sat.,
and mittens. We have supplies or help finance
Oct.16. Our dona-
also received some ad- future postage needs,
tions supported all
ditional material for other future please contact Pastor Jean at (860)
five of the special UCC offerings,
projects. Shirley is back in our midst 591-8618. Also, if any of our crafters
including Neighbors in Need and
and feeling good. Jane made a lovely need supplies and can’t get to church,
Our Church’s Wider Mission.
log cabin quilt top that will be sure please let Jean know.
Thanksgiving meals given to families
Christmas Market by Gordon Smith people. They also did other things to
Cont’d from p. 2 On Nov. 23, I joined several people help as needed and seemed to enjoy
Moorehead’s cousin-in-law, Annie, at St. John’s church to help distrib- doing so.
came to show the craft group how ute baskets of food and turkeys for It was very rewarding to be able to
to fashion reusable sandwich wraps Thanksgiving dinners. Upon my ar- help so many people in their time of
which were a huge hit. And an awe- rival I found the parking lot was full need but sad that it was necessary in
somely generous couple, Jack and of cars and people in line waiting at this great country of ours.
Louise Tucker, were so pleased when the church door. We began at noon On behalf of Project Pin and those
the came to our October Turkey Supper and finished at 3:30 p.m. having who benefit from your generosity
that they decided to donate their time passed out 197 meals. Some of the throughout the year, I wish to thank
to help work at our Christmas Market. families brought small children with everyone. You have helped out so
So very special thanks to Annie, them and they were given stuffed toy many and
Jack and Louise and to all our loyal animals, which made them smile. brought
members who worked so hard pre- As has been the case since I have s o m e
paring, working for and cleaning been helping, a group of honor stu- happi-
up after the Market and to all those dents were brought in to help and ness into
customers who came and contributed they do a great job carrying the bas- t h e i r
to our cause! kets and turkeys to the cars for the lives.
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It’s time for a season of love and understanding
by Erma Macbeth or sermon where I can say “But —,” to be true children of God accepting
We just survived one of the most a challenge to my way of think- of the person if not the idea. St. Paul
negative political campaigns I can ing, a kick to my mental absolutes. in many of his letters emphasized
remember. I watched with disgust as God wants this for us, or he would this need for us to be accepting of
otherwise responsible people found not challenge us one another, because
it necessary to boost their image, by … and he does. we are all children of
utilizing “strategies” which resulted The phrase “that God, parts of the one
in denigration of the opponent … which does not body in Christ. In order
attacking not the ideas but the charac- kill us, only to accept the individual
ter. And we wonder why kids think it makes us stron- we must try to accept
is OK to bully. TV commercials have ger” brings to the differences which
sunk to this new low also … sell a mind mankind’s should not divide us.
product by showing the worst side unique ability to In this coming sea-
of human interaction including par- face challenges, son, we talk and sing of
enting … improve sales by lowering consider alterna- peace, good will, love:
public morale if they do not conform tives and adapt Christ’s message. There
to increasingly deteriorating social to change. We will be no peace, good
norms. And we seem to accept it. can change, will or love without a
I was brought up with a mindset not always in wholehearted attempt
of “Do unto others …”, “Love thy “mega” ways, at understanding. Politi-
neighbor …”, etc. which espouses the but ways in cians and admen aren’t
idea that no matter what your beliefs, which we grow the only ones who need
you learn to listen and try to under- to accept the people who have al- to rethink the order of the way we
stand the beliefs and individual tenets ternative views and lifestyles, who deal with each other. We all do and
of others. How else can you “Love are different. Difference makes our hopefully our children will follow the
him?” That does not necessitate the whole world. Difference adds the example of love and understanding!
acceptance of the ideas as your own; spice to life. Difference challenges us
rather it invites you to listen, analyze
and try to understand a different per-
spective. After thoughtful delibera-
tion you then strengthen your own
Update on Organ Repair Fund
beliefs and possibly add dimension, Gordon Smith reports he has thousands of dollars of work to
by either incorporating parts or all of finally found a technician who almost completely rebuild the
a differing perspective, or by gaining will help us with our planned organ.
the ability to confirm your current organ maintenance. The man But Gordon persisted and
belief systems through analysis and who has cared for our organ has located a firm that assures
introspection. This process is growth for years advised us of some us the situation is not that bad.
if done with thought and intelligence. maintenance he thought should They are willing to come and
Intelligence with thoughtful change not be put off. We asked for, tune the instrument and do
and acceptance are at the heart of and received your generous some obviously needed repairs,
progress. Fear of ideas, fear of pos- donations, but the man has not while doing a thorough inspec-
sible new understandings does keep been available to do the work. tion. Hopefully, we will have
one stagnant. Growth and maturity The next people we con- our treasured 1920’s Hall pipe
come with constant self challenge. sulted told us we needed many organ for many years to come.
I’ve always most enjoyed a lecture
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The choir chimes in Favorite
by Marge Hoskin “O Holy Night” is also a favorite
The dictionary defines a “carol” as of Alice Oberdorf. But her Christ-
“a dance or song of praise and joy.” mas memories are of her Dad sing-
And scholars generally agree that ing “The Christ Child” at midnight Gordon Smith is enthusiastic about
carols were once upon a time pagan services at Sacred Heart Church in the traditional “Silent Night! Holy
songs sung to celebrate the Winter Wauregan. She has been unable to Night!” particularly when sung ac-
Solstice and other seasons of the year. track down the lyrics of the specific companied by an organ in a church
The first specifically Christmas hymn hymn that he sang. If you can help, filled with candlelight.
is said to date from Fourth Century give her a call. Pastor Jean McCusker’s favorite
Rome and is, of course, in Latin. Kathy McKnight is fond of “Once Christmas carol is the “Star Carol”
What are the favorite Christmas in Royal David’s City” and owns by Wihla Hutson and Alfred S. Burt
carols in English of our church choir? a recording of the carol sung by a (1954.) A soprano, Jean remembers
“Ding Dong Merrily on High” boys’ choir which gives her “goose- singing the carol in a duet at the
is Choir Di- bumps,” she said. To get your own church she served in North Dakota. It
rector Heidi “goosebumps,” listen to the rendi- was Tennessee Ernie Ford who made
Kapszukie- tion of the carol by the Boys Choir the song popular in the late 1950s.
w i c z ’s f a - at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral on His recording of the song is on www.
vorite. She www.youtube.com. youtube.com.
sang it for “Joy to the World” is the favorite Be sure to join us for “a dance or
the Queen carol of Ginny Winslow. “It just fills song of praise” at church services this
of England. me inside as I sing,” she said. Christmas season.
1979, Heidi Fall Funds Raised
joined the throng invited inside the
gates at Buckingham Palace to sing Concert Donations to:
for Queen Elizabeth during the an- Backus Hospital Circle of Care $130
nual “Carols for the Queen.” The United Services in N.E. CT Domestic Violence 150
Queen came out on the balcony with To World of Difference for schools in Kenya 254
Prince Charles and several children, $534
Tenor Mark Brown’s favorite is the
18th Century French carol “Angels
Concert Funds Raised for CVCC
9/24 David Rude $155
We Have Heard on High” with its
10/2 Andrew McKnight 48
“Gloria in excelsis Deo!” refrain.
12/4 Angela C. Howell 736
“I’ve sung that song since I was a
soprano!” he told me.
“O Holy Night” is Erma Macbeth’s Other Funds Raised for CVCC
favorite. She particularly likes the 10/16 Turkey Supper $1134
emotional lyrics: “Fall on your knees! 11/20 Christmas Market 3249
O hear the angel voices! O night di- $4383
vine! O night when Christ was born!”
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Clothing gifts help local children
by Marge Hoskin, Missions & Our church members are participat-
Outreach Committee ing once again this year by selecting
For more than a quarter of a cen- tags from our church Christmas tree
tury, the Town of Plainfield Recre- with the age and gender of the child
ation Department has organized its they wish to shop for. The unwrapped
“Toys for Kids” and “Clothes for clothes are to be brought to the
Kids” programs at Christmastime. church and put under the Christmas
Last year, the programs helped 361 tree for delivery to the Recreation
children from 146 families who were Department by December 13.
needy and in crisis. If you missed this year’s deadline, you
“We rely on the churches of Plain- can send a cash contribution to: Toys for
field and Sterling for gifts of new Kids, c/o Plainfield Recreation Depart-
clothes for children,” Cathy Taylor ment, 482 Norwich Road, Plainfield CT
of the Recreation Department said. 06374. Many of our neighbors need our
School social workers provide the help all year long.
list of recipients.
Thanks to servers of Christ’s Church
by Kathy McKnight to the UCC website. About 1600 persons received some
The Christmas season brings an The site also shares this note from assistance in 2010. There will be
opportunity to carefully choose gifts one pastor who received a gift from 900 Christmas gift checks totaling
to please our loved ones and bring the Christmas Fund: “Words can- $270,000 given this year. Twenty of
them joy. It also not express how those recipients are over 100 years
brings a chance to much this means old, with the oldest being 107!
remember the Vet- to us. The finan- “Lower-income retirees continue
erans of the Cross, cial help is so to feel most keenly the financial
retired clergy and crucial to our stress brought about by the current
lay employees who being able to economic climate,” says the web
have served the meet our obliga- article. “Because of that, we ask you
church in the past tions and we are to prayerfully consider your response
and those in need grateful for it! to the 2010 Christmas Fund Offering
of help who are “We are also and give to the best of your ability.
still serving. so grateful for Reflect upon the ways in which your
The Christmas and touched by life has been touched by a retired pas-
Fund collection the UCC con- tor, a former youth leader, a Christian
supplies “Pen- gregations and Education director, a church secre-
sion and Health individuals who tary, a custodian, or a minister of
Premium Supple- have provided music, and honor their ministries in
mentation to low-income retirees, this funding in recognition and ap- a way that will help them and others
Emergency Grants to the families preciation of the faithful ministry of like them in these challenging times.”
of clergy and lay employees and so many ministerial families like us. Donations to the Christmas Fund
Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks “We thank you for your wonderful will be received on Sunday, Decem-
to hundreds of annuitants,” according compassionate work.” ber 19 at church.
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David Rude opens Coffeehouse series
but they were definitely rendition of a song David says should
crowd pleasers. Before be in all church hymnals but is actu-
long, Elizabeth joined ally in none: “It’s a Wonderful World.”
him and set about making It was an evening that provided the
everyone relax. It was fun promised concert, but even more than
to watch her antics — that. Because of David and Eliza-
Photos by K. McKnight
she had a squirt bottle, beth’s interaction with their audience,
which she used to great there was a warmth in the house and
effect. And she pretended a feeling that we had attended a party
to be frightened of the among friends.
audience: “They’re not
smiling, David. They’re
scaring me. They’re New ChurCh STaTiSTiCS
by Kathy McKnight Englanders!” Birth
This year’s Coffeehouse Concert They sang several songs together, NovemBer 11 Evan Liam Cathell,
Series began on Friday evening, their voices and harmonies comple- son of Stuart and Jody (Johnson)
Sept. 24, with a visit from a long-lost menting one another. David sang an Cathell and grandson of Gordon
friend. David Rude, who now lives in and Joan Johnson
especially lively “Margaritaville,”
Illinois, came back home for his 50- and a favorite of his, “My Way.”
year reunion with his classmates from When they turned to their signature
Plainfield High. Now an Episcopal Gospel Music, Elizabeth revealed an
priest, David has never given up his
love of music and performing. His
exceptional golden solo voice. She
sang “The King of Who I Am” and
wife, Elizabeth, loves it too and they the crowd was awed. One called out, pray
both shared their abundant talents “How can you top that? That was
with an audience filled with family beautiful!” for —
and friends, many of whom he hadn’t David brought tears to a few eyes
seen in years. when he sang a touching tribute to 1st Lt. Shaun Bailey
I had an opportunity to meet David his friend since first grade, Cookie Jill Brumfield
for the first time before the show, Ormerod. He said she has always Ken Brumfield
when I noticed that he seemed very been there for his family when they Jeanne Cofske
nervous. “Why is that?” I asked. “I needed someone. The song was Al Cornell
thought you were a seasoned per- “Three Times a Lady.” Shirley Eichelberg
former.” Julia Credit
The program closed with a stirring
“I am,” he said. “But I haven’t Richard Mailloux
sung in Connecticut, in this church Bill McCusker
in front of these people since I was a Cookie Ormerod
kid in Youth Group!” He told me he Pat Soriero
had many emotions about the whole
thing and that he considered it quite Gussie Burns, Villa Maria
a blessing. Hazel Opperman, Village Manor
Yes, he did seem a bit uncom-
fortable at first when he began his Family and Friends of
program with pop and country Mike Bagley
— Golden Oldies, he called them, David Hindinger
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Angela shared a magical, musical evening
proceeds will be donated to “World cial version of “Silent Night.”
of Difference.” Angela’s first number The evening was filled with “Beau-
was “Some Children See Him” which tiful White,” written by Angela’s
spoke to the aims of this organization. father, “Mary Had a Baby,” “Lights
Angela began the program with one of Jesus,” written by Angela and
of my favorites, “Who Would Imag- inspired by her father, and pieces
ine a King,” which will probably no which helped address reasons why
longer be on her next CD printings the Christmas season may be difficult
since Disney bought the rights. for some people. We heard Eagles
Throughout the evening Angela music, Irving Berlin numbers, blues
Photos by K. McKnight
mixed up the sets with Deb Hopkins and carols.
and Adele Tarkowski. Also joining Elves arrived in their homemade
them in song and on guitar were Scott elfin hats and one elf miraculously
Hopkins, Lloyd Salisbury, Wally morphed into Santa Claus for “Santa
Salisbury, and Rick Harrington. John Claus Is Coming to Town.”
Souza provided drums for many To close the program the group har-
pieces and John and Cynthia Austin monized with the audience on “Silent
also joined vocally in several songs. Night” … a glorious exit! We were
Angela has done this concert for truly transported into the Season!
by Erma Macbeth eight years with 93 new arrangements
As I write this I’m still enjoying a and 26 people
warm Christmas spell left from An- involved at dif-
gela C. Howell’s concert last night, ferent times. At
Saturday, December 4. What a way this one, Don
to get into the Christmas spirit! The and Stephanie
“girls,” Angela, Adele Tarkowski, added to their
and Deb Hopkins, set the mood with statistics with
wintry decor and a winter/Christmas a Christmas
theme during an evening of musical carol medley
inspiration, reminiscence, joy, fun on guitar and
and worship. We were treated to a recorder.
delightful smorgasbord of winter/ The audience
Christmas music. enthusiastically
To begin the evening, the Austin joined a four
family inspired us with their dedica- part round of
tion to “World of Difference,” an “Christmas Is These elves suddenly appeared and sang some jolly songs:
organization that helps build and Coming” and (L–R) Angela C. Howell, Adele Tarkowski, Deb Hopkins,
provide for schools in Nairobi, Kenya. later in a spe- Jonathan, Cynthia Austin and daughter and Scott Hopkins.
Dad, Jonathan Austin, gave back-
ground of their involvement in this
program and Mom, Cynthia, and their News from Plainfield Congregational Church
three children each added perspective. Chef John is preparing an Italian Menu that will feature an Italian
The children were impressed with the motif with Italian music and decorations. Dinner will be served Jan.
African student dedication and joy 8th at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 a person. We will be pre-selling the
with education. Some of the concert tickets; please contact Cathie Beausoleil 860-729-3678 to purchase.
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Andrew makes poetry with music
by Marge Hoskin famous photographer of the Ameri-
On October 2, singer, songwriter can wilderness. By coincidence, the
and guitarist Andrew McKnight made month before I had visited Vermont’s
his annual visit to share his talents Shelburne Museum where there
during our church’s coffeehouse con- was a wonderful exhibit of Adams
cert series. work, par- December
According ticularly his 8 Marge Hoskin
to Andrew’s breathtaking 10 Chuck Shamback
Dad Warren photographs 16 Sue McLevy
McKnight, of Yosemite, 20 Bev Blais
Andrew Andrew’s fa- 20 Erma Macbeth
“sort of” vorite nation- 30 Cookie Ormerod
comes from al park and
a musical mine, too. January
family. War- About An- 2 Rick Eaton
Photo by K. McKnight
r e n ’s a u n t sel Adams, 3 Lisa Burton
was a con- Andrew 12 Richelle Eaton 2 yrs.
cert pianist sings: “In a 12 Dylan Morton 8 yrs.
a n d Wa r - range of light 14 Gavin Ormerod
ren himself a gentle man 20 Scott Hopkins
plays a great revealed 20 Madison Tatro 10 yrs.
keyboard. his heart/ 24 Hannah Rizer 8 yrs.
Wa r r e n showed us 24 Bill McCusker
played guitar in his UCONN days and treasures God in plain sight hid/and 25 Lacey Tatro 7 yrs.
with his roommate on the accordion in a sacred setting, shutter clicking 28 Kally Livernoche
and a couple of other fellows played on the wind/let us see like Ansel
weekends at fraternity parties to help Adams did.” February
pay the bills. We thank Andrew for another 11 Gordon Johnson
After graduation, Warren became evening of thought-provoking lyrics 14 Jane Exley Eaton
a high school science teacher but along with some great guitar! 16 Alan Exley
regularly played with groups of lo- 24 Chris Burton
cal musicians. The rehearsals were 25 Kathy McKnight
usually at his home, he said, and as a
child, Andrew would “sneak down-
stairs and soak it in. He was like a A mother worried about her son Do you know her?”
little sponge.” walking to kindergarten. Timmy “That’s just Shirley Goodnest,”
didn’t want her to walk with him so Timmy replied, “and her daughter
During his teen years, Andrew she asked a neighbor, who liked to Marcy.”
played rock and roll with groups but take her toddler for walks, to please “Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and
eventually left that behind for folk follow him to school in the mornings, why is she following us?”
music. He also left behind his profes- staying at a distance, so he wouldn’t “Well,” Timmy explained, “every
sion as an environmental engineer notice her. night my Mum makes me say the
to write his poetry, put it to music So the neighbor and her little 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she
girl followed Timmy as he walked to worries about me so much. And in the
and tour nationwide as a full-time
school with a neighbor girl. Psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and
performer. One day his little friend asked Marcy shall follow me all the days of
Andrew’s concert this year began Timmy, “Have you noticed that same my life,’ so I guess I’ll just have to
with a tribute to Ansel Adams, the lady following us to school all week? get used to it!”
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The CongregaTional ChroniCle
C • a • l • e • n • d • a • r
Dec. 19, Sun. Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering (See article, p. 7)
Dec. 24 Fri. Christmas Eve Service, 8 p.m.
Jan. 9, Sun. Annual Reports from Officers and Committees to Erma Macbeth
Jan. 23, Sun. Annual Meeting of Congregation following Worship
Feb. 26, Sat. Adele & Co. Coffeehouse Concert, 7 p.m.
Apr. 9, Sat. Deb Hopkins Coffeehouse Concert, 7 p.m. (Date Tentative)
Editor’s Note: These cookies are a well-kept secre. Until you try one, you have no idea how crispy and deli-
cious they are. My own Grandmother called these Ice Box Cookies and they were my favorite.
Jane usually doubles the recipe so she can keep several rolls in the freezer to slice and bake when visitors come.
Refrigerator Cookies From the kitchen of Jane Wuorio
1/2 c. butter Cream butter, add sugar, egg, flour mixed and sifted
2/3 c. brown sugar with soda and salt, and vanilla. Shape in several small
1/3 c. white sugar rolls, wrap in waxed paper, and store in refrigerator
1 egg, slightly beaten overnight. Slice off with sharp thin knife and bake on
1 1/2 c. flour buttered cooky sheet 8 minutes in hot oven. (400 de-
1/3 tsp. baking soda grees F.) Makes 60
1/4 tsp. salt For variety, add 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg or
1 tsp.vanilla l/2 cup of chopped walnuts.
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United Church of Christ
The CongregaTional ChroniCle
C/O 319 Plainfield Pike
Plainfield, CT 06374
United Church of Christ
The Rev. Jean McCusker
Welcome to Sunday Worship
and Sunday School
Box 267, 33 Main St., Route 12
Central Village, CT 06332