Betty led our service honoring those who contributed to our lives on Father’s Day.  She gave a short history of Father’s Day.  It is a worldwide holiday that was invented (if one can use that term for a holiday) in the modern age here in America.  Notwithstanding our claim to the holiday, around 4,000 years ago some children wrote a message in Sanskrit on a clay tablet addressed to their father on the occasion that would look a lot like a Father’s Day.  Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane Washington felt that father’s needed recognition after hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in her church in 1909.  She engineered the first father’s day in June of 1910, a local event.  It took a lot to get the word spread.  It was not until Lyndon Johnson was president before the first Father’s Day proclamation was made nationwide.  The third Sunday in June was made the permanent home of Father’s Day in 1972 when Richard Nixon signed it into law.  Even with the force of law, Presidents still issue Proclaimations.  (this year’s Father’s Day proclamation.)

There is a long list of official fathers.  It is amusing to look at all the “Fathers” in the lists in wikipedia.  The Father of the Constitution is James Madision.  The first President, George Washington, gets recognition as the Father of the Country.  The third President, Jefferson, has become rather famous for more traditional fathering.  Within our own community, fathers were remembered for a variety of things.  For singing in a barbershop quartet and for working in the workshop.  Father’s were remembered for long drives in the country.  Fathers were remembered for hard work… for working a day job and for running a farm in the evening and on weekends.  For some, the most memorable thing was that he supplied the freedom and notariaty that comes with the gift of a unicycle.  Fathers were remembered for their hyjinks, for their sensibility, for their ability to worry, and for their generosity.  The most universal thing remembered was that fathers were watched when they didn’t know they were being watched, and that fathers had influence more astounding than what they ever knew about.

Jim and Sue celebrate their 40th anniversary this week.

Hands across the Sand is being observed next Saturday.  It is a movement dedicated to protecting oceans, shores, and the ocean’s environment.  Seewww.handsacrossthesand.com for more information.  Someone is speaking at First Church Tuesday June 29th at 7:30.  I didn’t catch the name, but someone will let me know who it is and then I’ll fix this notice.

Dont forget the Pot luck at the church July 17.  Also you can help out by volunteering to bring refreshments to the services on Sunday.

–Rick