Chili Supper

chili2017For several years (2008 – 2014 to be exact) we’ve had a chili cook-off featuring both local restaurateur contestants and aspiring church gourmands.  I believe that Charlie Grenier was the last overall winner beating out the likes of The Alchemist and Moose Meadow Lodge.  And before that Dean King.

The problem is that we’ve switched tactics and are now asking local restaurants for their donation to our Chicken Pie fundraiser, a much more significant source of income than the Chilympiad ever was.

But because that was so much fun, and because we have such excellent chili makers in our midst, a few of us have suggested resurrecting it on a non-fundraiser basis, more like a potluck basis.  Following our success with the post annual meeting potluck, we’d like to propose a post worship chili potluck, complete with an informal vote at the end for the year’s chili queen or king.

We have decided to make March 26 chili potluck day.  Bring your chili in a crock pot or in a pot for the oven so it’ll stay warm, drop it off in the kitchen before hand and stay after for a little good fun and good hot food.

The church will provide a salad and drinks.

Mission Project Opportunity

I few weeks ago, the Rev. Charlie Magill was in worship, who is quite involved with mission work in his denomination, the United Methodist Church.  He announced that he was heading up a mission trip to continue assistance to New Jersey, still suffering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

Here is further information from him.  You may click on his name at the bottom to contact him directly.

There are still 3000 families in New Jersey that have not been able to return to there homes because of the damages from hurricane Sandy.  We are organizing a trip to help rebuilding efforts there.

The New Jersey Conference disaster recovery organization asks each volunteer to pay $15 per night for lodging and contribute $100 toward materials, so I’m estimating that the costs would be about $350 per person for the week.  We would car pool down on Sunday, April 23 and return April 29.

Right now I need an approximate number of people who would like to go.  As usual, we probably won’t know exactly what the work is until a week or two before we go, but it will be doing whatever needs to be done to get people back in their homes after the flooding and wind damage of hurricane Sandy.

Blessings to all,

Charlie Magill

Looking for a Twin Bed (Found!)

In my role as the manager of the Good Neighbor Fund, I occasionally am requestedtwin-jenny-lind-coral-bed for help with things that require more than just some money.  Over conversations about rent, a local, single dad told me his daughter was sleeping on the floor.  I asked him if I could ask around, as they are often available for the asking, and he said I could try.

The bed is for a young girl, so, even a child’s bed would be fine.  If you have one that is in good shape that you’re trying to get rid of, please email me.  I’d love to think of his daughter as sleeping in a real bed.

Thanks for checking this out.  We found a bed already!

Sound System

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been having trouble with the lavaliere microphone that I use each Sunday morning.  Some exploration this week revealed that the problem was with the “bodypack” which is the microphone I wear clipped to my belt.  A further problem is that they do not make that bodypack anymore and none that are made are compatible with our receiver which is housed in the closet in the chapel.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, we have purchased a new wireless system!  The old system was installed in 1999-2000 and has well outlived its expected useful life. We trust the the new will provide years of flawless performance!

Solidarity Candlelight Vigil

PRESS RELEASE: Communities Unite for Solidarity Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Amanda Garces: 520-333-8864 (Montpelier)
Lisa Masse:  802.598.9206 (East Montpelier)
Erin Hurley: 508-367-6338 (Waterbury)
E-mail: Agcolombia@gmail.com

Jan. 31, 2017

MONTPELIER– In response to the current administration’s ban on muslims, Vermont community members are mobilizing in solidarity with Muslim, Refugee and Immigrant Communities. Over 700 people will join in a vigil at the State House on Wednesday, February 1st at 6 p.m. in solidarity with the many refugees and immigrants impacted by the unlawful and immoral executive orders issued last week. All are welcome to attend.

People from around the state will meet on the steps of the State Capitol to speak out against hatred and intolerance and call on the larger community to stand together in opposition of the Trump administration’s radical, anti-immigrant, and anti-muslim agenda.

In just one week, Trump has called to accelerate the already extreme militarization of border communities and expand racial profiling and religious discrimination. In both word and deed, the Trump administration has made it clear that it favors a white nationalist vision of America over one that values inclusiveness, equality, and justice for all.

Across the nation, thousands of people have come together in response to this brazen attack on muslim and immigrant communities. Organizers of the vigil call on all people to stand up for what is just, organize with local, state and national organizations and take action to stop this ban and further attempts to criminalize their communities.

Speakers at the vigil will include: faith leaders, individuals and families impacted by the executive actions, local and state organizations, as well as community members. Their voices will bring hope, for they rise to uphold civil liberties and human rights. They speak out  against hate and intolerance, discriminatory immigration laws, mass incarceration, over policing, the criminalization of communities of color, deportations, and border militarization.

Vermont’s residents cannot and will not remain silent because a community united is a strong community.

WHAT: Montpelier Solidarity Vigil with our Muslim and Refugee Communities

WHERE: Vermont State House, Montpelier

WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Sponsor Organizations:  Black Lives Matter VT, Vermont Interfaith Action, Islamic Society of Vermont, Rights and Democracy VT, Justice for All, ACLU VT, Migrant Justice, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Beth Jacob Synagogue and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (VTJP), Green Mountain Solidarity with Palestine

 

 

Belle McDougall pastels, art talk & workshop

We have a new show up at the White Meeting House, “Pastels Around Town” by Waterbury resident Belle McDougall.  These colorful landscapes will brighten your day, for sure.

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Belle is also offering two neat opportunities on Sunday, February 12.  At noon, she will offer a talk about her work and process.  Art talks are a fun, free way to find out more about the thinking that goes into the art works we enjoy, to find out more about technique or process, and to just get inspired!  The talk is free and light refreshments will be served.

Then, from 1 to 3 PM (also on the 12th), Belle will offer a workshop on pastels.  This would be great for beginners, as well as for folks who haven’t used their pastels in a while and are looking for a way to re-enter.  The workshop is free.  If you have materials, bring those; if not, Belle can provide materials for you to use that day for a donation of $5.  Please email the artist directly at btmcdougall@gmail.com to sign up for the workshop.

McDougall’s show is open from January 15th through March 5th.  Admission is free.  The building is generally open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30A to 4:30P, and later on Wednesdays. (Still, it’s always a good idea to call 244-6606 and confirm it is open if you’re making a special trip!)  If you have additional questions, email Torrey at torreycsmith@yahoo.com.

2016 Annual Report

 

Though you may read the Annual Report here, please bring a church printed copy to the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2017 so we’re all working from the same document.  Thank you!

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Minutes January 31, 2016 Annual Meeting

Treasurer

Clerk

Pastor

Special Services Performed by Rev. Plagge

Floral Ministry

Board of Christian Education

Board of Outreach

Board of Business Administration

Board of Finance

Proposed 2017 Budget

Trustees

Trustees Exhibit

Proposed Slate of Officers and Board Members

Board of Deacons

Annual Meeting Potluck

A few of us have missed the post meeting meal which for many years was provided by the women of Circle II.  So we propose to re institute a meal, except this time it will be potluck. Bring a dish to pass, it can be warm or cold or lukewarm. We’ll have the ovens on low so that hot food can be kept hot while we worship and have our meeting.  Cold foods can be placed in the refrigerator.  Remember this is for fun!  Nothing to complicated (crock pots work wonders) and nothing that requires all sorts of preparation time for anyone at church.

We hope to see you at the meeting and at the meal following!

Confirmation Class, Second Semester

Please continue to think about and pray for our confirmands this year as they are now halfway through the year and starting to think about what it means to be connected in important, committed ways to this community we call our church.  It’s a big deal and an important moment.

Class now will meet on Sundays following worship from about 11:30 to 12:30 in our usual place, upstairs.

The schedule is as follows:

  • January 15, 22
    (January 29 is annual meeting.  No class, but you are encouraged to attend.)
  • February 5, 12, 19
    (February 26 and March 5 are vacation Sundays, no class.)
  • March 12, 19, 26
  • April 2, 9, 23, 30
    (April 16 is Easter, no class.)
  • May 5 & 6 (Friday and Saturday) Confirmation Retreat
  • May 7 is the date for Confirmation Sunday.

Please note we will schedule at least one Sunday for a field trip, probably to the Greek Orthodox church, and one Friday afternoon to attend worship at the Islamic Society of Vermont in Colchester.

Thank you!

12/30/16

My dear Church Community,

Thanks so much for the out-pouring of support during December.  I loved all the prayers and cards.  The food was delicious.  We had so much to do to get through the day — it was nice not to have to cook.

Thank you to those who came to the funeral.  I saw many of you, but could not say hello.  I was surprised at the number of people who attended.  Roy’s family was suffering so much at the funeral I had to stay with them.  Our kids are still suffering a lot.  They left on 12/27, reluctantly.

The church community will be one of my support systems going forward . . . thanks so much for your support and prayers — I will find peace each week at church.

There are no words to show my appreciation!

Love,

Wendy Haupt