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On the Bright Side

September 11, 2013

Church program helps dads, families connect


“It’s passing on everything about you that you want to pass on,” Thurber said.

Thurber said that they’d signed up 36 men for the program before the kick off, and were preparing for 40.

The “Letters from Dad” program is distributed through Vaughn’s company, Texas-based Grace Products Corporation. Because of a gift from a wealthy past participant in the program, a grant is available for churches with men’s groups of a certain size to receive the program for free. The West Oneonta Baptist Church qualified for and received this grant.

Participants in the program, however, must pay for materials from the program, which include a DVD series on letter writing, letterhead stationary and a leather binder. Vaughn said these materials typically cost around $59. Scholarships are also available for those who can’t afford the materials.

Thurber himself is a participant in the program, and said the reception so far has been good.

“We have a very good response,” said Thurber. “It’s an exciting opportunity to continue what we’re doing with the men in our church.”

Those interested in the program can contact Thurber at or by calling 267-1130. Sign ups are being accepted until Oct. 1.

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