Generous neighbors

Published: 11/7/2019 11:50:35 AM
Modified: 11/7/2019 11:50:25 AM

Dear people of Greenfield, I’m writing a public thank you letter to First Congregational Church on Silver Street, in thanks for offering space for my library writing class to continue working together when the library’s two basement rooms in the were declared closed to the public.

The 15 of us are grateful for a warm, well-lit room, ready for us each Wednesday morning. We especially thank Carol Jones, the church moderator, who decided to let us use the room free, and who greeted us the first time and oriented us to the building. And we are also grateful to the sexton Dale Andrews, for his concern for our comfort in setting up the room and cleaning up after us.

As the teacher of this course, (which I’ve taught for the past four years), I called around town to churches, the YMCA, the Grange, and other spaces. At each place I was well received. We were offered places to rent, which we couldn’t do, as we are a free class provided by the library. I loved asking and being heard, and the concern many organizations had for our welfare. It was an experience in being part of a community, when we needed a meeting space to continue our class, looked for it, and finally found one.

Perhaps we each need to reach out from time to time, ask for help, and find generous neighbors able to offer what we need. In this way we realize our dependence on each other within this community.

Mary Clare Powell


Greenfield Recorder

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Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
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