To the Editor of Litchfield.bz:
The taxpayers of Litchfield owe thanks to the 1,303 voters who had the surprisingly good sense to reject the courthouse-to-money pit conversion in the December referendum. Let’s hope the good sense will continue to prevail rather than the penny wisdom and pound foolishness that have all too often prevailed when historically short-sighted Litchfield voters have approved building projects . . .
Paul Mordecai Rosenberg
To the Editor:
Since the Litchfield United Methodist Church’s announcement to sell our West Street Church building, the outpouring of support for our future in Litchfield has been uplifting. On behalf of the Litchfield UMC, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Litchfield community.
It turns out, our future just may be rooted in our past. The first Methodist church was built in the mid-1830s on Meadow Street. That building was sold to the Masons in 1885; it remains the Masonic St. Paul’s Lodge. The current church located on West Street was built in 1885. In 1981, there was a fire at the West Street building and we were welcomed by the Masons, with church services held in the Masonic Lodge. Soon, we face the challenge of being a congregation without a permanent home. The Masons have invited us back to our original home on Meadow Street. Thank you to the Masons and to the generous spirit of each Mason we have met.
For now, as we seek zoning approval, we remain in our West Street Church. Please come visit us on West Street before we move. The building is beautiful: with restored stain glass windows, with matching altar-rail ironwork; and the cross hanging over the altar designed by architect Tom Babbitt. The 19th century pipe organ allows for an amazing prelude to service. Our Sunday School empowers children every week (we welcome walk-ins). After service we break bread and share our stories together. During service, the singing is optional, and prayers are preferred. Knowing that the end of our time in this special building is limited, the weekly return will be both painful and joyous. Our congregation remains strong and committed to our future together in Litchfield. Sunday service starts at 10:00. Please come see us.
Litchfield United Methodist Church