BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS are so often what life is all about, as recent
events in Sunol attest. Pastor Tom Thresher of Sunol's Little
Brown Church is ending his service here and beginning anew at
a church just outside Seattle. It was not an easy decision.
"A cowboy prophet by the name of Ted came into my life
when I was being called to ministry," Tom wrote in the
August LBC newsletter. "He had sage wisdom: 'Keep these
priorities and you will never go wrong with God or life - God
first, family next, then work and ministry.'"
For Tom and his wife, Charyl, family definitely comes before
any other worldly endeavor. "Despite the church's generosity
and best efforts, my family and I have not been able to work
out a balance that will allow us to stay," Tom explained.
In order to afford their commitment to have Charyl be an at-home
mom to their two young daughters, and faced with East Bay housing
costs, the family moved to Manteca when Tom became Pastor.
Although he had a 50-mile commute each way, it was the psychological
distance from the church that became a problem for Tom. The
distance made it impossible for him to be part of this community
and to serve the congregation in the day-to-day supportive ways
he would have liked. In Washington, the Threshers have purchased
a home in the countryside, just a few miles from Tom's new church.
"I want to be very clear that I am not leaving for any
reasons having to do with the congregation or the church,"
he concluded. "You are a wonderful, strong and committed
congregation and you will always be in my heart." Best
wishes for a happy, healthy and fulfilling life in Washington
to Tom and his family. Stay in touch!
MORE ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS: The Sunol Repertory Theatre group
met on August 17 at the home of Derek Johnson and Lynn Kozma.
It is an SRT tradition to meet each summer and make the transition
from one theater season to the next. And of course, we eat,
drink, applaud each other and laugh a lot. After all, this is
a group dedicated to entertaining!
Diane Tiessen, who served as Producer for the 2002 season,
led the meeting, introducing "Lost in the Villain's Gaze"
writer and director, Tom Harland. "I enjoyed every single
night of the play, sitting in the back of the auditorium,"
he said. "Of course it was different each time," he
teased. As author of the play, Tom was amazed at the difference
between chuckling to himself while writing it and seeing and
hearing it performed. He thanked everyone for their many efforts
in making his play come to life, and made us all very happy
by announcing he is working on a sequel.
The 21st season of SRT was a successful one, and we were all
pleased to be able to ratify a donation to Sunol Glen School
of $6,000. The money, which Diane and Patti Balch presented
to the school board at their meeting Tuesday, will go toward
continuing the arts program SRT seed money made possible last
When one SRT season wraps, the next begins. The board of directors
for the 2003 season was elected and Diane will once again do
her producing magic, with help from Treasurer Louise Throop,
Secretary Phil Mumford, Costume and Set Director Patti Balch,
and Technical Director Derek Johnson. And I get to be Member-at-Large
for the SRT's 22nd season, which means I get to break voting
ties and try to lasso in some new thespians. Phil Mumford will
also take on the helm of our next production as Director. We'll
be having a meeting in October open to anyone interested in
playing with us, um, I mean being in the play, so watch out,
um, I mean watch for the date!