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WHEN IT RAINS… IT POURS!  So went the first day of the Village Fall Festival!  In spite of the “abundant supply” of rain and wet weather… spirits were not dampened!  The church had planned to have a fried chicken dinner there on the Boulevard but… alas… it was not to be with the soggy ground.  However, when the “team” went into action and chairs and tables were set up inside the church… the delicious chicken dinner was served with many faithful workers!  There were 133 take-out orders and 134 who were seated indoors for a total of 267 dinners served.  In some ways it was easier to do there at the church as there was no transporting of all that food to the Boulevard.  God and His people came through!


SUNDAY MORNING at 9:00 a.m. the sun shone brightly but due to the wet grounds we moved the worship service to the church as well.  Since we had some desserts left over, we had a casual get-together in the Overflow Room since tables were already set up.  So, we had our worship with music played by Linda Selinger and sung by the congregation even as we drank coffee and lemonade with cake or pie and Pastor Dick brought a good message on FAITH!







Pastor Meredith Brown
Pastor Meredith Brown

REV. MEREDITH MANNING BROWN, Interim Pastor Rev. Meredith Manning Brown is an experienced pastor and ministry leader, focused on innovative congregations and spiritual entrepreneurship. With decades of ministry leadership experience, Meredith has led multiple new church planting efforts, pastored through several church revitalization and growth projects, and served in senior ministry staff positions in large and small congregations across the United States. Most recently, Pastor Meredith served as the Lead Planting Pastor for the new Evergreen United Methodist Faith Community in Lacey, Washington, an innovative, neighborhood-based, progressive, intergenerational community focused on connecting with people who don’t know, don’t like or have had enough of church as usual. Through her coaching and consulting ministry ( Pastor Meredith shares her experience and perspective to support leaders seeking to integrate their spiritual practices, their missional callings, and their household relationships into their busy lives as innovators and leaders in the church, businesses, and public life.
 Pastor Meredith is a United Methodist Elder with membership in the New England Conference. A native of Austin, Texas, she is a proud graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana where she completed a B.A. in religion, a B.M. in sacred music, and a Certificate of Church Careers. She holds a Master in Sacred Music degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. Pastor Meredith lives in Springfield with her delightful husband, two active teen-aged daughters, and a lazy housecat. She is also a happy experimental baker, loves to go adventuring with her family, and is the holder of the Brown Family Tournament of Games and Round-Robin Classic record for the most yahtzees rolled in a single game.