1580 Route 376
Wappingers Falls
NY 12590
(845) 462-0810




Dear Members and Friends of New Hackensack,

During the summer, most of us are able to slow down and take personal time to vacation. We gather with family and friends around a swimming pool or a favorite vacation spot. This summer was very different for me. I began the summer with two back to back surgeries to remove my thyroid. And after recuperating, I will be ending my summer with treatment that will require isolation for me for a one week period.

I share this because many of you have been praying for me, and sending me get well notes. I thank you all so very much. I want to assure you that after this week long period at the end of August, my treatment will be complete.

I was reading one of my daily devotions for August 8th, written by one of my favorite authors, Father Henri Nouwen. In this devotion, Father Nouwen shares how we are all witnesses to the light. He writes, "Solitude molds self-righteous people into gentle, caring, forgiving persons who are so deeply convinced of their own sinfulness and so fully aware of God's even greater mercy that their life itself becomes ministry. In such a ministry there is hardly any difference between doing and being. When we are filled with God's merciful presence, we can do nothing other than minister because our whole being witnesses to the light that has come into the darkness."

May we continue to minister to one another with great mercy and love!

                                                                        In Christ's service,

                      Rev. Keith W. Tamlyn