This morning, just before lunch, my daughter gave me some sad news: the Somers Congregational Church in Somers, CT burned to the ground last night. This center of worship and community events in northern Connecticut was built in 1842 and had played host to three Shoreline Ringers handbell concerts in as many years, the most recent just one month ago. Always a welcoming host to the local bell choir, our hearts go out to the congregation at this time of great loss. Please pray for them, and for their community, as they begin the rebuilding process.
WFSB Channel 3 News article
Eyewitness YouTube video (some profanity)
If you are interested in reading more about the history of the church, click here.
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.