Dear Sisters and Brother in Christ,
As Pentecost approaches, I hope that you and your congregation are experiencing the presence of Risen Christ and the promise he calls us to.
Yesterday I visited our friend and colleague, Associate Conference Minister Andy Gustafson, at a Boston hospital. While many in the Conference are aware of Andy’s circumstances from his postings on Facebook, the difficult news I am writing to share will come as a shock to some. However Andy, his wife Carole and I agreed that telling you - along with others who are connected with the Mass Conference - was the right thing to do.
Andy has been fighting cancer for about six months. It began as esophageal cancer, and after both radiation and chemo, he has recently learned that the cancer has spread. He is planning some additional, limited, treatment aimed at alleviating his symptoms.
Please keep Andy and his family in your prayers, and lift him in prayer at your church on Sundays. Also, pray for Andy’s home church, Townsend Congregational Church, who have been incredibly responsive to this difficult situation. And please pray for your Conference staff. Andy has shared his gifts with the Mass Conference for ten years, and those of us privileged to work with him every day can’t say enough good things about Andy! The depth of his faithfulness is so inspirational; his laughter so contagious; his intellect so sharp; and his love of the church is without limit.
Andy would welcome your notes and cards. Please mail them to the conference, and we will get them to him:
Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ
Attn: Karen for Andy
1 Badger Rd.
Framingham, MA 01702
If you have any questions which you would normally direct to Andy, please contact his Administrative Assistant, Karen Methot ( MethotK@macucc.org ), and she will direct you to the right person.
Thank you for keeping Andy and his family in your prayers.
Faithfully,The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Conference Minister and President
1. Diana Nothe-Taylor wrote on 5/14/2014 12:00:00 AM
You are in my heart and in my prayers.
2. Joanna Bickford wrote on 5/14/2014 12:00:00 AM
Such sad news. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Joanna
3. Marian Irving wrote on 5/14/2014 12:00:00 AM
I am deeply saddened to learn this news of Andy's illness. His friends in West Tisbury are lifting him and his family in prayer. God bless
4. Fred Anderson wrote on 5/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
Andy, you and your family continue to be in my prayers. You're never alone! Grace eace, Fred
5. Jean Lenk wrote on 5/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
My prayers for dear Andy and his family, with gratitude for the privilege of knowing and working with him these many years.
7. Keith and Claudia Truesdale wrote on 5/15/2014 10:07:39 PM
We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Your thoughtful help with us at Park Ave Congregational Church, guiding us in the establishment of our recent capital campaign, was truly an inspiration. We thank you for your caring help.
Jim Antal is a denominational leader, activist and public theologian. He led the 360 churches of the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ from 2006 to his retirement in 2018. An environmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970, ...