Rev. Dr. Greg Dawson, Pastor 

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

                                                                                          Apostle Paul [Romans 1:7]

What a beautiful way to say hello!  In each of his letters to the churches in his charge, Paul always began with a variation of this blessing.  I thought it is a fitting way for me to begin my ministry with you; to extend to you God’s grace and peace and blessings.  It is my hope that as we begin our journey together we will have many opportunities to discover God’s great gifts to us and his purposes for us.

This greeting is also very appropriate because Paul also begins his letters with a grand overview of what he hopes to address in the body of his writing.  I feel like that would be smart for me too.  On Jan 11th I spoke of the church as puzzle and how each of us has a place in that divine puzzle. As we are gathered together in Christ’s name (Matthew 18:20) we become the church. As a church God’s call on us to seek out those still missing from our gathering, those missing pieces of God’s puzzle. We are to invite them to join us, welcome them in our midst, and to help them find their place as others helped us find ours. 

In his letters Paul also sent his personal greetings to others.  Although I have gotten to know some of you I am new to most folks at the church, and so I think you may want to know a little about me.  I am a veteran both of Navy and the Army, in which I served as an army chaplain.  I am a poet and a painter. I am a techie (you will see me with my IPad). To get to know me better you can be find me on both Facebook and LinkedIn.  

My wife Rosemary is also an ordained minister and presently serves as the interim pastor at Second Congregational Church in Westfield, Mass.  

My office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays, 9 AM - 12 Noon. If you need me feel free to call or email me anytime.  If we need to meet I suggest we schedule a time (unless it is an emergency, then just call.) I can be contacted at: email or cell phone 413-250-0279.

Lastly, all of Paul’s letters include his prayers and hopes for the people of God.  My hope for you is that you will grow in recognizing God’s presence and goodness, his wisdom and guidance, and most especially his call and purposes for you - here in Agawam and throughout the world. And I will be faithful to hold you in prayer that you may increase in the ‘work of faith, and labor of love and steadfastness of hope that is yours in Christ Jesus.” [I Thes 1:3]

God bless you all, Pastor Greg