Dean’s Message September 2023

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. For a final getaway, Tim and I escaped to Port Townsend, a favorite haunt of ours. We love the Victorian buildings downtown and the ornate homes in the surrounding neighborhood. Among the architectural gems of the city are First Presbyterian Church, home of the 1887 Whalley & Genung organ, and Trinity United Methodist Church, home of the 1902 Bernard Mudler organ. Both instruments are richly adorned in elaborate stenciling. We performed at First Presbyterian long ago, and what a joy it was to experience such a wonderful instrument! At some point, we hope to get acquainted with the Mudler organ, as well.

As we walked along the nearby beach between Point Hudson Marina and Point Wilson Lighthouse, a heron nabbed a delectable fish, and we savored the sea breeze. It was a quiet opportunity to think about what’s ahead for our churches, both of which are four months into the interim process of calling the next clergy. Indeed, there are currently more than a few colleagues and friends serving congregations in transition. Tim and I approach the unknowns with watchful waiting, while grateful to be included in the ongoing conversation. All things considered, it is reassuring. I hope others find similar reasons to remain hopeful.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendar for our Opening Potluck Picnic, Monday, September 18th, from 4:30-7:30pm, in the beautiful garden of David Dahl and Loi Le. Thank you, both, for inviting us, once again!

Also, keep a close watch on our website event page and your emails for dates and information about our chapter events soon to be scheduled, including a presentation of David Dahl’s “Hymn Interpretations” by chapter members, and our Annual Christmas Party, hosted by Sandy and Dick Tietjen in their lovely home.

Finally, the TAGO Scholarship Program application process is now open, and the required essay and audio recording must be received by October 31, 2023. For more information, please see our website scholarship page.



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