In preparation for our Blessing of the Saints service this weekend, we need volunteers to help locate the graves of Crawford founders, family, and friends. Randy has compiled a list of names and the reported locations of their grave sites. We need help finding each of the graves and marking them with butterflies in advance of our service on Sunday. Volunteers are asked to meet at 11:00 a.m. this Friday, at the flagpole which stands at the entrance to Wildwood Cemetery (34 Palmer Street, Winchester).
If you can help out, please sign up.
We are please to announce that Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, wife of former Crawford Pastor, Rev. Dr. David Purdy and accomplished artist will display her collection of icons she created to commemorate the events of 9/11. You can read about Pamela’s art in this article, recently published by The Cape Cod Chronicle.
The exhibit will be open to us and the general public as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 25, 1:00-4:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 26, 11:30am-3:00pm
Come visit us at our booth during Winchester Town Day, Saturday, September 18. We have plenty to share – our missions, pet blessings, free buttons, and more. Pastor Anne and members of the congregation will be there to greet you and answer any questions you might have.
Crawford friends and members – please join us and help share Crawford with the Winchester community. If you would like to help out in our booth please sign up.
In Faith After Doubt, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor, postulates that questions of faith and doubt are not “the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith.” His model for faith development has four stages: Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony.
Crawford will be reading the book with the entire New England Conference, culminating in four Zoom sessions with the author. You can read all about it on our Adult Study page.
There is a siege (yes, look it up) of herons that hangs out around the waterfall near the Converse Bridge on Main Street, part of the pond where Sandy’s Island is located, I think it’s called Mill Pond. There are often herons there. Last week, for about 20 minutes, I watched three of them standing on a rock and some branches. Finally, the one on the rock dipped into the water and came up with a fish, about 5 or so inches long, maneuvered it in its beak so that it could be swallowed and down the gullet it went…patience rewarded. Satisfied, this heron flew off…having filled its need. One of the herons on a branch then went over and stood on the rock, figuring that must be the place to be, waiting its turn…patiently. The first heron rested in a nearby tree, content to share the best fishing spot.
And when it started to rain, the herons had enough common sense to seek shelter under the bridge…while I stood there watching…in the rain…getting wet.
We are supposed to be the most intelligent form of life God created…but we have a lot to learn from the so-called less intelligent ones…like patience…and sharing…and being happy satisfying our “needs” instead of our “wants”…and seeking God’s shelter in the storms of life.
– Brian Rogers
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