The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Dryden celebrated the anniversary of 25 years of service from their pastor, Rev. David C. Robinson on May 25.
Nearly 100 church members, friends and local clergy gathered at the Cortland Country Club to surprise Rev. Robinson with recognition for his dedication to church members as well as many families in and around the Dryden area. Emcee, Jack Scott, acknowledged Rev. Robinson’s outstanding ability to lead and listen without judgment, creating an atmosphere of welcome, acceptance and understanding of individual’s daily stress, always setting a Christ-like example of patience.
The Youth Group presented Robinson with flowers and a photo of themselves with him bordered by the ten things they like most about their pastor. That list included his interesting sermons, making church relevant to youth, time he gives them individually and patience when they choose wild projects like Undies Sunday, where they promoted collection of new undies and socks for needy Dryden classmates. That project netted nearly 550 items for distribution. Pastor acknowledged this would have raised eyebrows when he arrived 25 years ago, but is indicative of the focus of youth to help one another in current society.
Local resident, Margaret Lorenzen spoke fondly of interviewing Pastor Robinson and finding the caring personality that came through at that time has been a lasting and rewarding characteristic of his ministry. Margaret is the soul surviving member of the original pastoral search committee.
Among those traveling from a distance were daughter, Catherine Isabel, Braintree, MA and Bobbie Wolfe, East Stroudsburg, PA.
Through donations from the congregation and friends, Rev. Robinson was authorized to select and purchase a new pulpit Bible for the sanctuary. Other gifts were presented including two gift certificates for $25 from local merchant, Second Knob, stating they represented a dollar for each year served and a dollar for each year to come. Greetings were shared from former members from NC, MA TN and FL, prompting the emcee to quip “… this reminds me of the adage: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” The evening ended on a joyous note with the performance of a gospel quartet, The Harvesters. Area folks should be on alert for a performance later this summer in Dryden of this talented and dedicated group.
Dave ordained at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Simsbury, CT. He preached his first sermon in Dryden in April 1986 arriving with wife Carol, and 7-yr. old twins, Catherine and John. First Presbyterian provides housing for the non-denominational Dryden Kitchen Cupboard, free food distribution and MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers).