A child of our church but now living in New York City for years, Mary Coakley was married to Brian Fields on Saturday, June 4 , at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan. It was a beautiful service; it opened with Bach’s Sonatas for Viola da Gamba. Edith Coakley Stowe played the viola, accompanied by Horace Beasley on the piano.
Several couples from our church were in attendance, and, as oftentimes on occasions like these, we were amazed about the passage of time that manifested itself in Mary and Brian entering established life together.
You might also be interested to know that Trinity Lutheran was apparently undergoing similar decision-making processes as we have done here in New Brunswick. The church has embarked on a comprehensive preservation project and is deeply involved in raising the necessary funds. The congregation has also pondered the possibility of affordable housing in their sanctuary.
But in their case, it would have meant to dedicate the entire sanctuary to this cause and to build a new church elsewhere. Understandably, the congregation decided against this.
We wish Mary and Brian and their church God’s richest blessings for a good future. May the church be built up at the same time as Mary and Brian build their marriage!