Pastor's Blog

Thanks for visiting our website.  It’s nice to meet you, even though it’s only electronically.  We’d love to meet you in person any Sunday morning at 10:00 when we gather for worship.

We’re a small church with a big heart, and there is certainly room for you here.  For many years our church’s slogan has been “A Church That Cares for Persons.”  We want it to be so much more than just a slogan.  Any friend of Jesus is a friend of ours, so we offer you a most cordial welcome in His name.  If we can be of spiritual help to you please feel free to contact us at 508-339-7047 or, better yet, join with us on Sunday at 10:00 A.M.  You may enter our church as a stranger, but we intend that you will leave it as a friend.

Many blessings to you through our Best Friend!

Yours in Him,

(Rev.) Peter A. Brown

Dear Good-Humored Friends,

I've been a trivia-lover since childhood.  To me, interesting little tidbits of trivia are like salted peanuts--fun to munch on, and they even provide a little nutritional value.  So, for some light summer reading in the hammock or on the beach, here are some true snippets from Church history for your enjoyment.  Bon appetit!

+The man who invented individual Communion cups in 1895 said that he did it because he was "tired of drinking other people's spit!"

+"Noon" comes from the Latin "nona," or "ninth hour," which is 3:00 P.M.  (The Romans measured the day starting from 6:00 A.M.)  The Benedictine monks, who were forbidden to eat until noon, switched noon to 12:00 so that they could eat three hours earlier.

+A 4th-century woman named Olympias was famous for her modesty.  According to a 5th-century biography of her, she was so modest that she kept her clothes on while taking a bath so that she wouldn't see herself naked.

+If a clergyman in medieval England committed a crime punishable by hanging, he could be spared by reading an assigned verse, because people who could read were considered too valuable to be killed for a first offense.

+In the 20th century the game of chess never had a committed Christian among its world champions.

+William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic Presidential candidate of Scopes trial fame, became a Presbyterian even though his parents were Baptists because he had a phobia about water and feared being immersed.

+For at least 100 years after the appearance of forks in the 11th century, ministers preached against using them because food comes from God and should therefore be eaten only with instruments created by God--i.e., fingers.

+Some ministers in Colonial New England refused to baptize infants born on a Sunday because it was commonly (though incorrectly) believed that birth and conception occurred on the same weekday.  The parents were thus punished for (supposedly) having had sexual relations on a Sunday.

+John Wesley, founder of Methodism, preached about 40,000 sermons in his lifetime.  That averages out to more than fifteen sermons a week, every week, for fifty years.  (We recommend at least one sermon each week this summer.  See you in church?)

Yours with a smile,

(Rev.) Peter A. Brown