Letter: No Gathering Place without the churches

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May I offer a few comments relative to your article about The Gathering Place? First, and most significantly, the community ought to be made aware of the enormous generosity of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, whose willingness to lend their space gave The Gathering Place a home. Without the Adventists, there would be no Gathering Place, and we are all indebted to them.

Secondly, The Gathering Place was conceived, and has been supported and sustained by a number of area churches, united in their desire to open their hands and hearts to their neighbors.

Thirdly, there were many people who conceived the idea of The Gathering Place, certainly too many to list. But on the occasions when I answer the phone at TGP, more often than not the person on the other end wants to know, “Is Bunny there today?” The rest of the time they’re looking for Chick Carroll. (A friend asked me, “Chick? Bunny? What is this, some kind of Easter Basket?”) Bunny Fazekas was one of the “Founding Mothers” and remains a source of energy, enthusiasm and abiding optimism.

I volunteer at The Gathering Place and frequently remind myself to “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” And other interesting folks as well.

Judy Gray
Bowdoinham

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