Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Country Church Pastor Retires

It is there, in an almost forgotten place in upstate NY between Ithaca and Dryden. It has been standing there along the banks of a creek for over 100 years in Etna, NY.

Where is Etna, NY? It is in the heart of Central NY--far away from the bustle of New York City but closer to the center of life than most people would think. I found out, during my visit, that Etna was originally called Columbia, NY, into the early 1900's.

I had the opportunity to visit this church during November on the occasion of my Dad's retirement from service to the congregation.

Dad Walking Across the Parking Lot
We had a great pre-Thanksgiving celebration of Dad's retirement.

Retirement celebrations can be a lot of fun--and it is a good way to get almost everyone together.

It was a fun trip and a great way to reconnect with Mom and Dad and help ease them into retirement--where I hear they are busier than ever.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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