The church's furnace had a malfunction, and the cold church was not very welcoming to those who had come for the special service. Attendees were directed downstairs to the vestry, where we huddled close for warmth and went gamely forward, the congregation seated on benches that had been used for worship in the very early days of the church. Bev Sperry was overheard saying something to Carol Shorey about "just like the old days."
Fran Hewins had to deal with a little-used, recalcitrant electric organ, but there was nevertheless music aplenty when she joined her voice to those of the other choir members, who led all in song and quickly warmed up the room. The choir presented Judith with an original painting by Jan Kilburn a partial view of the village, including the Valley Church, from the vantage point of the Sheepscot four corners.
Cyndi Brinkler, Chrissy Wajer, and Joan Yeaton organized a brunch fit for the gods, and for retiring and new ministers and church-goers as well. New pastor Hal Tucker and his wife Bettina joined the party. By the time of their arrival, the furnace had been repaired and folks had warmed up, not only from the heating vents, but from the convivial conversations and excellent food and drink.