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Remembering Names

Three hundred and seventy-five names- the request was to learn three hundred and seventy-five First Church member names during our three hundredth and seventy fifth anniversary! Ah yes back in two thousand and eighteen pre-pandemic days Peter Palumbo would stand during the prayer request section of Sunday service and give an update on how many names he had learned! If we had been competing Peter would have won.  

by The Rev. Dr. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham on September 21, 2021

Three hundred and seventy-five names- the request was to learn three hundred and seventy-five First Church member names during our three hundredth and seventy fifth anniversary! Ah yes back in two thousand and eighteen pre-pandemic days Peter Palumbo would stand during the prayer request section of Sunday service and give an update on how many names he had learned! If we had been competing Peter would have won.  

In those days we were working on community building knowing names and learning more about each other. We were planning more gatherings and encouraging intergenerational ways to connect. Then the decree about COVID 19 swept through and pushed us back toward isolating and certainly “masking.”

As life turns toward autumn we find ourselves realizing our life is still “covered.” Our community building and gatherings will not be what we hoped. However we live in the “it-is-what-it-is” time. We can grumble through it or we can make relationships in the midst of it.

Dave Knapp suggested get to know others by using a book written by First Church members. To bring the book up to date I want to invite YOU to write a bit about YOUR story. We can get to know each other through both the online and printed word. For example I would introduce my life through where I grew up because it left an imprint on me. I would add family and friends some vocation and a dream or too into the Birmingham to Boston story mix.

The point of us storytelling through a couple of paragraphs is to be known and to know ourselves and our community a little more. If you would like to participate please email me your story at I will compile our “Steeple stories” and send them to Jake with a request to publish.

With Hope, 
The Rev. Dr. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham, Lead Minister

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