Charles L. Wildman,
Interim Conference Minister
Pastoral Letter Index
From: Davida Foy Crabtree
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, who binds us together into one community of faith and mission!
I am enclosing with this letter a sermon by our alternate chaplain ("The Untold Story") for this year, the Rev. Jared Rardin, of South Britain. Jed agreed to prepare this sermon at my request so that it might be used by laity in our churches on the Sunday morning of Conference Annual Meeting in order to enable all pastors to participate in the Meeting.
I encourage you to talk with your Deacons about this possibility. It is a wonderful sermon!
We are receiving many calls from people who want to join us at Mystic Seaport for the blessing of the Amistad on Saturday afternoon, October 16. We will welcome everyone who wants to come, but arrangements with the Seaport and the bus company are such that we must have Annual Meeting registrations for all in attendance, and people must ride the busses from the seminar locations. In addition, it is important to know that arrival at the Amistad event will not provide open admission to the rest of the Seaport. That would not be fair to the Seaport, and they are being wonderfully cooperative with us for this special occasion. Again, we will welcome everyone -- but they must register as visitors or delegates to Annual Meeting.
While this is not a full pastoral letter, I do want to share with you a number of pastoral concerns. Please be sure retired and specialized ministry clergy in your church see this, as we are only sending this letter to pastors. We are holding in prayer: