Chilmark Town Column

By Jacqueline Sexton - December 20, 2007
Click here to contact Jacqueline

It didn't take much encouragement last Sunday to obey the TV weather people and just stay home. Stay home and do something contemplative like wondering if a knight on a white steed will ride into the political arena at the last moment and save us. Or, more practically, make more stuff to put in the freezer for Christmas. Or even finish writing Christmas cards. Or throw out all that inedible shortbread I made the other day with whole-wheat flour and margarine instead of butter. Maybe going out for a walk in the chilly rain would have been a better idea?

Best wishes and good vibes to Jane Slater for a fast recovery from her very painful broken shoulder. She fell a week and a half ago and was operated on and has been miserable ever since. But she is determined to get out and about quickly, so she probably will. We cheer her on.

It's always a delight and a surprise when we run into fellow Vineyarders in unfamiliar places. It shouldn't be a surprise though; Islanders are and always have been tireless travelers. The latest small world event was the discovery that Fran Copeland, daughter of Tina and Don Fisher of West Tisbury, is writing a column for a monthly non-denominational publication about faith, New Life News, of which our niece, Lisa Clay, of Florida is managing director. Fran's column is called "Pause on the Path." Fran, who grew up in West Tisbury and, she says, wrote for the Gazette "for years and years and years," was recently in town visiting her parents. She is also the niece of the late Fred Fisher of Nip 'n' Tuck Farm. And Lisa spent childhood summers at her grandmother's house in West Tisbury and remembers Nip 'n' Tuck well, but the two girls never met until their paths crossed in Florida.

Church-goers this month have been busy with holiday events, cantatas, crafts gatherings and the annual shopper's luncheon at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. The candlelight Christmas Eve service in Chilmark, including scripture and carols, will be on Monday at 8 pm.

Other church news touches on communication between churches and the community. Anyone who would like to become involved in strengthening communications may call Julie Immelt at 508-693-5815, or e-mail her at

The Island food pantry at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4 pm.

Phyllis Conway has suggested that we write or send a card to A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20307-5001.

Pastor office hours in Chilmark are 10 am to 1 pm on Mondays (Pastor Rich), Tuesdays (the Rev. Susan and Pastor Rich), and Wednesdays (the Rev. Susan). For more information, please call the office at 508-645-3100.

Sunday school for ages two to ten in Chilmark is at 11 am.