The Great Congregational Chowder Cook-off

This Sunday we will hold our fall congregational meeting. During the meeting we will discuss our 2009 budget and the stewardship campaign. Before that, though, we will have the Great Congregational Chowder Cook-off. We have a delicious menu of chowders to sample:

Bermuda Fish Chowder, by Paul DeOrsay
Bigs’ Smokin’ Corn Chowder, by Pastor Mark
Marion’s Spuds and Cheddar Chowder, by Marion Munch
Maryland Crab Chowder, by Peter Lassen
The S.S. Chowder, by Don Sheldon (Sheldon’s Shrimp)

There may be others that I have forgotten about, or are still waiting to enter. Notice there are no clams on that list. It should be very tasty meeting.

This is a weekend for eating at the church—lucky me. Tomorrow is the Men’s Breakfast. That will also include some great food and a stimulating discussion on “Positive Fathering,” led by Wayne Ebanks and Michael Grosso. All men are invited to come—whether or not you have children. The main reason for the breakfast is to get to know our church brothers better. I am really looking forward to this.

Besides all the upcoming eating I have other good news to share. Our Choir Director Search Committee has completed their work. We have hired David Broome to be our new choir director/organist. David is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he received an M.M. in Piano Performance. A native of Baltimore, he has worked at Methodist, Lutheran, and Catholic churches. Besides being an excellent pianist he is a fine organist and the choir had a wonderful time working with him at his audition. David is also involved in contemporary classical music and has worked with Ensemble Pamplemousse, and performed at the International Festival of Contemporary Performance and the Bang On a Can Festival. He will start on at CCH on November 2.

Combine all that good eatin’ and our exciting new choir director with some very pleasant fall weather and I am a happy pastor.

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