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New pastor, service times at Wadhams United Church

WADHAMS-The Wadhams United Church of Christ begins a new chapter in its 174-year history on Sunday, May 1.

The Rev. Michael Richards conducts his first Sunday service at 4 p.m., followed by fellowship and refreshments, then either discussion or a Bible study as determined by the needs of those in attendance. Wadhams services will continue to be at 4 p.m. thereafter.

Born in England, the Rev. Richards moved to Maine as a youth, where he became an Episcopalian acolyte. His faith journey led him to become ordained in three protestant denominations: American Baptist Churches USA, the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. Trained in conflict resolution at the Mennonite Peace Center in Lombard, Ill., he holds a certificate as a Healthy Congregation Facilitator. Currently, he leads two Sunday morning services at the Methodist Church in Saranac Lake, and plans to travel to Wadhams in the afternoon.

He divides his week between the North Country and Hartford, in Washington County, where he lives with his wife, who is also a clergyperson. While there, he is an EMT with the Hartford Rescue Squad and Fire Department. His interests include reading, photography, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, woodworking, music and singing. He has conducted church choirs.

Also upcoming is a community volunteer day, April 30, to put near-finishing touches on their rehabilitated fellowship hall. On Father's Day afternoon, June 19, is the 145th Annual Strawberry Festival.

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