"How I Spent My Summer Vacation"


This was the post that I entitled “Where I Will Be This Summer”.  It came about because of something that I was asked early on in the process of subbing for vacationing pastors and filling the pulpit in two of the churches.

This was an interesting summer.  I was at 11 different churches over the past ten weeks. I drove 975 miles in “riding” this modern day circuit.  As I noted on Laity Sunday last year (“Planting Gardens”), the Hudson River Valley is home to some of the earliest and oldest circuits in the Methodist Church.

So the following is a summary of “how I spent my summer vacation.”

June 29

“Just What Is The Right Thing To Do?

Dover United Methodist Church, Dover Plains, NY –

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This is the church that has some of the greatest art work you will ever see – “What I See” (I have edited this post – let me know if you see the artwork).

July 6

“What Exactly Is Freedom?”

Lake Mahopac United Methodist Church (Mahopac, NY) this Sunday.  Directions – View Larger Map

July 13

“There Is A Choice”

Dover United Methodist Church, Dover Plains, NY

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July 20

“The Garden We Plant”

I preached at two churches this Sunday, Fort Montgomery UMC (US 9W South, Fort Montgomery, NY 10922) and The United Methodist Church of the Highlands (341 Main Street,  Highland Falls, NY 10928), the 10th Sunday after Pentecost.

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July 27

“Know The Rules”

I preached at Red Hook United Methodist Church, 4 Church Street, Red Hook, NY 12571.

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August 3

“The Time And Place”

Dover United Methodist Church, Dover Plains, NY –

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August 10

“Which Way Will You Go?” Part 2

I preached at two churches this Sunday, Bellvale United Methodist Church (41 Iron Forge Road, Warwick, NY 10990) and Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church (1387 Kings Highway, Chester, NY 10918).

Location of churches

August 17

“Who Will Sit At Your Table?”

South Highlands United Methodist Church, 19 Snake Hill Road, Garrison, NY 10524

Location of church

August 24

“Building On The Rocks”

Trinity-Boscobel United Methodist Church, 275 Church Street, Buchanan, NY 10511

Location of church

August 31

“What Does It Mean To Be Called?”

Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church, 8 Shady Lane, South Salem, NY 10590-1932

Location of church

Each of these churches was a wonderful place to be and I was glad to be a part of the service.

Upcoming services – September 21st at Dover UMC, September 28th and October 5th at Lake Mahopac UMC, October 19th at Dover UMC

4 thoughts on “"How I Spent My Summer Vacation"

  1. Gavin,
    It has been an interesting summer. When I get done serving as a lay speaker, I will have covered every part of the New York portion of the New York/Connecticut District. When it is all said and done, I will have to make this “where I spent my summer vacation”.

    Just goes to show you what happens when you volunteer just once.

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