Dear fellow Shoaler/Church parishioner,
The count down for Star Gathering 1 is on and less than one month away! As you may have heard, our very own Emelia Attridge was invited to lead the Youth Group for the entire week and this will be her first experience out at Star Island. Sally Curry and I were thinking of going out for a long weekend (Saturday 7/26-Monday 7/28th) and hoping to gather a “crew” to join us. The program theme for the week is: “The Everyday Life of Christian Rituals” and the featured guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti, Visiting Professor of Christian History and Worship of Andover Newton Theological School.
For newcomers, there are many activities to do at Star Island and you are welcome to participate in as many or few as you wish. From rising early for a polar bear dip, to making “Art in the Barn”, learning how to be in a “hand bell chorus”, karaoke, playing softball on the front lawn, horseshoes, to just sitting and relaxing on the front porch in a rocking chair and taking in the gorgeous view, Star Island has something for everyone.
To register, contact Kerri Mattaliano at: (there’s an underscore between 1 & reg btw). If you want more information about the island go to: and all the conference programs are available and there’s also some great videos to watch on-line. Conference registration fees,as well as, room & board will be pro-rated depending upon your length of stay. So consider coming on out for a day, an overnight a few days or the week. I hope to see you on the dock in Portsmouth! (Round trip ferry fees are included in the conference fees).