Prison Pete

Saturday, December 31, 2005
  Request for tape.
Pastor Dean Weaver
Knox Presbyterian Church
2595 Elmwood Ave.
Kenmore, NY, 14217

Re: Request for tape of the 11:00 AM service, November 27, 2005.

Dear Pastor Dean,

I am an NY State prison inmate and have been listening to your Sunday morning broadcast for several months.

When I was first arrested, within two or three days I was visited by a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Paul, currently a pastor in Raleigh, North Carolina.

I have kept in contact with him over the years of my incarceration.

While I am a Lutheran by tradition and my dad is a retired Lutheran pastor, I have certainly come in contact with the outreach of the Presbyterian Church and am grateful for your Sunday broadcast. I am impressed with the activities and ministries I hear you talk about on Sunday mornings.

I was really moved by your sermon this past Sunday, about how each of is a member of a family, and that no family is perfect. As a pastor's kid, I certainly am aware how congregations can be a hotbed of backbiting and tension and your openness to take on this problem head on was very powerful to me.

Your willingness to admit that you personally might annoy a member at some point was also very open and honest. Tying this in to the first chapter of the Gospel lesson was also unique to me and I really enjoyed the entire sermon.

I am enclosing a check in the amount of $15.00. I would appreciate it if you would send a tape of this past Sunday's service to my parents. I have not had much contact with my brother and sister due to my incarceration and perhaps your sermon might be helpful in opening some communication between my siblings and myself.

I would like to contribute the rest of this check to the replacement fund for the 'borrowed' sound system from your youth group.

I have enclosed my parent's address on a separate piece of paper.
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