I was raised Roman Catholic, and my family and I attended church regularly and were very engaged. When the scandal of priest misconduct became news in 2002 my husband, Tom and I were both very upset, but me especially because of my upbringing. We discussed checking out other denominations. A few months later, very good friends who were AHCC members invited us to attend service with them. Tom had been raised in the Congregational Church and I remember him saying he felt so at home. We were warmly welcomed and began attending AHCC regularly. We became members in December 2002. We attended Bible classes, served on committees, met many friends, and AHCC became such an important part of our lives. We both joined the sanctuary choir and that really became our joy.
Two years ago, when Tom was diagnosed with dementia, my AHCC family became even more supportive and important. Despite COVID, the church was always there for us especially the Women’s’ Prayer Group and my Christian Sharing Group. Our Zoom meetings, led by Tracy [Mehr-Muska], allowed me space to be vulnerable and share my fears about the difficult journey ahead. Tom’s health declined so rapidly that I can’t even imagine how I would have been able to cope. My Prayer Group brought meals, sent cards, prayed with me and so much more. When we laid his ashes to rest in the church’s memorial garden and Jack Pott sang “On Eagles Wings,” I could feel Tom smiling down.
I cannot begin to express how much AHCC has meant to me and what an important place it holds in my heart. I am so blessed.