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Please read Genesis 2:1-3
The July 4th celebration weekend is upon us. As we get involved in our various summer activities it is important to remember to take time out to rest and recharge the batteries.  In the Genesis passage above we learned that even God took a day off after all of the hard work of creation.  Our generation tends to move at a fast pace and we seek instant gratification. We work hard and we play hard but too often we forget to rest.  Burning the candle at both ends comes natural to us and our employers expect greater productivity and longer hours.  Always being on the go tends to burn us out faster than we would care to admit.

  The Lord God knew that the Sabbath was necessary to preserve the order and the balance in life.  Jesus was quoted as saying that, “The Sabbath was made for the person not the person for the Sabbath.”  I hope and pray that we each take some time over these summer months to rest and relax.  Read a good book or “the Good Book” in a hammock.

Sit down on the beach at the Cove and feel the sun and listen to the wind and the waves.

Go up into the woods and find a quiet place to meditate.  Jesus often went off by himself to pray so he could return refreshed to his ministry.  Since God and Jesus both know how important it is to rest, perhaps we should follow their example.  Have a blessed summer.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. James K. Mahan



Welcome to T.O.R.C.H. the Turn of River Church Homesite.

I arrived in February of 2008 to become the pastor of this church family. I bring 26 years of ministry experience to the mission of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the greater Stamford community.Please know that you are our special guest for there are no strangers here, just members and friends of our extended family of faith.

If you are interested in considering adoption into this church family please contact me by e-mail or in person. If you are a seeker after the Lord please know that you are always welcome here without any pressure to join. We want you to feel at home and to participate in the life of the church to the extent that you feel comfortable.

I believe that the Lord provides every person with gifts for ministry. While I serve as the pastor of Turn of River Presbyterian Church I believe that every member serves as one of our ministers. If you are interested in discerning what your gifts for ministry might be, please feel free to contact me and we can explore those possibilities together. My e-mail address is j_k_mahan@sbcglobal.net.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. James K. Mahan
Rev. James K. Mahan