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First Church Nashua pastor shares with congregation, guests some highlights of his ‘Tower to Tower’ bicycle journey

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Reporter | Sep 29, 2022

(Courtesy photo) First Church Nashua Pastor Andy Armstrong embarks on his 1,700-mile "Tower to Tower" bicycle trip that began at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa, and finished at the First Church Nashua.

NASHUA — Bookended by a pair of structurally divergent but spiritually intertwined houses of worship some 1,700 miles apart, the several-week bicycle trip on which First Church Nashua Pastor Andy Armstrong embarked this spring and completed this summer left him with more than a few anecdotes and at least as many memories of random kindness, happenstance camaraderie and generous offers of hospitality.

Armstrong, going on 7 years as senior pastor at the historic First Church Nashua and an avid long-distance bicyclist since college, shared many of those recollections last week with an appreciative gathering of close to 200 First Church Nashua congregants and guests, many of whom had followed his progress on social media or one type of app or another.

Appropriately named “Tower to Tower,” Armstrong’s ride began in front of one historic church — The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa — and ended in front of another — First Church Nashua, whose original congregants began worshiping in a tiny shelter in what’s now the southern part of Nashua in December 1685.

A full story on last week’s presentation, which Armstrong called “An Evening of Story Telling and Gratitude,” will appear in The Sunday Telegraph.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.


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