Daehler Hayes Returning for a Visit this Weekend, Oct. 12-14

Daehler Hayes Returning for a Visit this Weekend, Oct. 12-14

Rev. Hayes was Old First’s pastor from 1971 to 1983. Many of the Owen Fox stories that are still remembered and told about the first years back in Old City also include Daehler.

He came to us shortly after Old First relocated back here at 4th and Race, our original church property. Daehler is remembered as the pastor who said, “If we are going to be here in Old City, then we will be a church for the whole city.” As Michael tells the recent history of the church, Daehler was the one who fashioned the vision of what Old First was going to be like in this, its 6th incarnation.

Daehler went on to become the United Church of Christ’s Conference Minister in Rhode Island. And now he is retired. He is bringing a service camp from Seekonk Congregational Church, where his wife Joy is the pastor. The group will be about 20 youth and chaperones staying at the church, and 20 adults staying at the Holiday Inn. As well as service opportunities, Daehler has full days of sightseeing and entertainment planned for his group. But we will see them on Sunday morning.

At 10 a.m. Daehler and Michael will have a “Then and Now” talk for the people from Seekonk and anyone else who wishes to join us in the Sanctuary.

The group will also be with us in worship outside for the Blessing of the Animals. Don’t miss this Sunday: Daehler would like to see all of you as much as you want to see him.

~ Michael