Sunday, 29 November 1970
What a full, full day! Up about 9:00, had breakfast, shaved—left for the church shortly after 10:00—got things set up for the baptism, arranged banners—fair sized crowd turned out—Baptized Jennifer Lee Sullivan; preached on “Forgive Us Our Xmases.” Home about 12:45; mom had lunch all ready. After eating I dashed off a letter to Mrs. Myers—then took mom + dad up to the garden. After I brought them back I set out to finish taking the roll of black + white film that was in the camera—took photos of areas Esther Norwood would be interested in seeing. I got back in time to take the film out of the camera, re-load with color and take two pictures of mother. We left here shortly after 5:00. Drove to Logan airport—traffic rather heavy at times. We got to Logan about 4:15—I left everyone off at American Airlines, then parked the car—then rejoined them. We stayed with the folks until they boarded the plane shortly before 5:00. Debbie was very upset to have them go. We then drove down to Avon to see grandma—again through heavy traffic—she hadn’t been able to come up for Thanksgiving, so we wanted to see her. Merle was there; we had a small supper, and then visited for part of the evening. But by 9:30 we got on the road again; traffic had subsided substantially; we got home about 11:15—then OBLO 11:35.
Monday, 30 November 1970
[Top panel: one photo of Debbie asleep in her room on the floor, called treasurer in Boston]
Up about 9:50. After breakfast I worked on preparing my article for the Eagle; when the mail came I spent some time with it—there was a long letter from Pat Harry in England—a very chatty and cheerful letter—it was good to hear from her. After reading her letter I took the article to the Eagle office, then stopped at the church to change the wayside pulpit—I found two insurance inspectors there looking over the building. I got home shortly after 12:00. We had lunch, Bonnie went to work, Debbie played in her room til she finally ran out of steam and fell asleep. I became involved in figuring out the 1970-1971 figures for apportionments and benevolences—finally called Terry Thomason in Boston for enlightenment. About 3:30 Margaret Reilly came by—I’d been expecting her; she read Pat’s letter, we had tea and she did me the favor I’d asked—gave me her opinion of the rental value of the parsonage (which I have to include in a report) $300-350 per month. Shortly after she left I put supper in the oven, read the paper til Bonnie got home, then we had supper. After which relaxed, watched CBS news. Bonnie left for Chorus rehearsal, I put Debbie to bed, spent some time on the phone, then spent the evening reading on OT problems. Trying to get into the swing of concentrated study again; bathed about 11:00; read more OBLO, midnight.
Tuesday, 1 December 1970
Up about 9 o’clock after Θ, did desk work, then set out on some errands. I went to St. Mary’s—left off COCU pamphlets, then went to Ed Nutting’s office—gave him pamphlets too—and he signed the petition re: money for project NUVA. Came home, Bonnie then went off on errands, then when she got home about 11:45 I went back to St. Mary’s; Bamforth was out of conference, so could sign my petition. From there I went to the Dangerfield residence on Marmion way; she’s involved in the League of Women Voters and will help get signatures on the petition—several league members at her home at the time signed. Came home, had lunch—Debbie played in her room, and I turned to studying after attending to other details. Yesterday I read the article by C. R. North on Pentateuchal criticism in Rowleys OT and Modern Study volume. I’ve been concerned with rereading it with great care, taking notes today. About 4:45 I stopped with this and worked on supper. We ate when Bonnie got home; then from about 6:00–6:30 I read again; 6:30 watched CBS news. At 7:30 I went to see Roger Smith re: apportionment figures; home about 8:15; worked on reports to be given to DS tomorrow. Then turned again to reading. Bonnie found enough energy to bake a squash pie, which we had as a snack; bathed about 11:00; read a while; OBLO 12 midnight.
Wednesday, 2 December 1970
Up about 7:00—ugh! Shaved, had breakfast. Left the house shortly after 8:00—picked up Jim Bussey outside Wesley Church in Gloucester. We went to Broadway Meth. Ch. in Lynn—for a pastors’ meeting with the D.S. Had a chance to see Don McGaw for a while. The D.S.’s main concern was to communicate “bread and butter” issues—i.e., info about pensions, insurance, church matters relating to money. There was an opportunity for a lot of discussions and questions. This meeting didn’t break til almost noon. He also covered special matters which he wants us to pursue, and the upcoming charge conferences. From there I went to Christ Church U.M.—Don gave me some pledge cards—then Jim + I headed back to Cape Ann. I left him at his house, then went to Norman office supply for envelopes. Came home, relaxed had lunch. Then I set off on errands; delivered envelopes to Mrs. Cooney for addressing; spent a while conferring with Homer + Sadie, then went to see Carol Lewis—she gave me the sour dough starter. Came home, worked on pledge letter, looked at paper. Had supper after 5:00—worked some on pledge letter finished it before 6:30 watched CBS evening news and other TV until 8:00. Took stencil of pledge letter to Homer, then to Roger Smith for signatures; picked up NUVA petition from Mrs. Dangerfield. Came home, made—or began process—sour dough bread; bathed, then tried to study for a while; too weary; OB, read; LO, 10:45.
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Yes, Sunday 29 Nov was a full day!
“$300-350 per month” ….interesting…8 years later our NYC apartment rent was $350/month.
The apportionment payments were not too popular. Basically they were paying taxes to the larger church bureaucracy.