Vermont Conference Survey

In preparation for the upcoming “listening sessions” hosted by the Vermont Conference around the state this spring, (see Washington Association Annual Meeting below) clergy and lay leaders are asked to complete an anonymous survey.  Here’s the invitation from the Vermont Conference Staff.

As a companion piece to Listening Sessions taking place in each Association this Spring we are inviting you to take this brief survey. It will take only 5-10 minutes of your time and will provide your Conference Board of Directors and Conference Staff valuable information so we can better support our churches in their mission and ministry.

Questions may be directed either to the Conference Minister, Lynn Bujnak ( or our Chair of the Board of Directors, Andy Nage Benson (

Thanks in advance for your participation!

The survey may be taken by following this link.


Montpelier Chamber Orchestra

The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra will be performing in our sanctuary tomorrow (3/25) at 7:00 pm.  The orchestra will be playing a captivating selection of old and new music.  The Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel, features a harpist and a pianist, and is a short series of vignettes of five childhood (Mother Goose) tales, including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, The Green Serpent, and the Beauty and the Beast.

Other pieces on the concert order are:

Two Motets of William Byrd, arranged by Nico Muhly
J.S. Bach Harpsichord Concerto
Two pieces by Henrik Gorecki including a piano concerto

Call to Artists

Meeting House Arts is organizing a community art show in tandem with the Waterbury Arts Fest as a way to highlight the variety of our homegrown arts talents.  This year’s theme is “SOMETHING NEW” — to be interpreted, used, responded to or connected with in any way with your work.  What feeling, image, memory, or desire does the word evoke?    Have you tried something new recently?  New media, new experience, new subject, new project?
We are especially looking for artists and craftspeople in the area that may not show their work regularly but would enjoy the chance to share it with the community.  Consider applying if you work in ANY media, from paint, pottery and photography to textiles, wood, assemblage, drawings, jewelry, music, poetry… We hope to show 1 or 2 pieces of each artist’s work.  Work may be available for sale, or not, as preferred by the artist.
Participation is open to residents of Waterbury, Duxbury, Middlesex, Moretown, and Bolton.  For visual art, your application consists of  images of up to two pieces of your work for the exhibit along with title, media and dimensions, as well as contact information (including full name, phone and address).  For spoken word or music, provide details in the application including what you want to do, how long you would like to perform, etc. There is a $10 application fee (scholarships available).
Fill out this form and mail or deliver it (along with printed images of your work and $10 application fee) to Meeting House Arts c/0 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676. Applications due by May 15.  If you have any questions, please email Torrey or call 802-244-8581.
  • Work will need to be dropped off on Thursday June 1st between 5 and 7 pm at the White Meeting House. It must be display ready – that is, strung with wire or other hanging or stabilizing material as necessary.  We will also have horizontal surfaces for displaying 3-D work.
  • The exhibition will be up from June 3rd until July 23.
  • An Artists’ Social for the exhibiting artists will be held on June 4 at 1:00 to be followed by a public Opening Reception at 2:00.  This is a really fun, friendly event and we hope all participating artists will come.
  • The exhibition will also be open and staffed by participating artists on the day of the Waterbury Arts FestJuly 15th between 10:00 and 4:00.
  • Please plan on picking up your work on the last day of the show,  Sunday July 23 between 4 and 6 pm.
Meeting House Arts is a collaborative project hosted by the White Meeting House.  Its goal is to provide more opportunities for local artists to show their work, and for local residents to enjoy more art.

Carolyn Enz Hack showing landscapes, sculpture through May 7

We have a beautiful new exhibit of paintings and sculpture by Thetford artist Carolyn Enz Hack.  The show, called “Town by Town,” explores how traditional landscape paintings might be able to incorporate history and time into their imagery.  The show is open through May 7th from Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30AM to 4:30PM, and admission is free.

Shadow of the Winooski - smallerShadow of the Winooski — Waterbury, Vermont
by Carolyn Enz Hack.  Acrylic on linen, 28″ x 30″

   “The works are colorful and somewhat abstracted, but you can always find clear references in them — the quarries in Barre, a view of Camel’s Hump, the ferris wheel in Tunbridge,” says Torrey Smith, the show’s organizer.  “When I saw the work for the first time, I had that crazy feeling that it was something new but, at the same time, it was something I already knew.”

Enz Hack had made traditional landscape paintings for more than a decade, “but then, in 2011, I also began to make sculptures and they were abstract,” she explains.  “Working in three dimensions got me wondering if I might be able to represent how places change over time.”

Each of the towns portrayed in the series has personal significance to the artist.  “I chose towns in which I have spent time and then I researched historic photos, maps and documents to get a sense of how the towns had developed.”

The result is that, in addition to structures and landmarks typical in landscape painting, each piece also incorporates other elements like a bird’s eye view, or traces of maps that allow the artist to show multiple perspectives and stories.

In addition to showing her paintings, Enz Hack will be offering two opportunities for community members to learn more about her work and explore their own creativity.  On Friday, May 5th at 6:30PM, she will offer a talk about the paintings and sculpture on display — the history of the towns and the artistic process of developing a new painting language, as well as some reflections on her more abstract sculptures.

On Saturday, May 6th, Enz Hack will offer a two-hour workshop from 10AM to noon on expanding the boundaries of creative practice and developing one’s own artistic style.  Area residents are invited to spend a couple of hours devoted to questioning the limits of their art through discussion about methods, materials, and practice.  Artists, craftsmen, or anyone interested in boosting their creative capacity is welcome.  Please contact the artist directly to reserve a spot.  Suggested donation of $15 to participate.

The exhibit, talk and workshop are hosted by Meeting House Arts, a collaborative project hosted by the White Meeting House at 8 North Main Street in Waterbury.  Its goal is to provide more opportunities for local artists to show their work, and for local residents to enjoy more art. It’s always a good idea to call 244-6606 and confirm the building is open if you’re making a special trip!  If you have additional questions, email Torrey.  More about Carolyn’s work here.

Spring Meeting Washington Association

You are invited to attend the Spring Meeting of the Washington Association on April 2, 2017 at 12:30 at the Barre Congregational Church. The meeting this year will be an opportunity for pastors and leaders in our local churches to speak with representatives of the Vermont Conference about the joys and fears, the triumphs and challenges of doing ministry in the 21st century in Vermont.  A member of the Board of Directors and our Conference Minister, the Rev. Dr. Lynn Bujnak will be present and facilitating this conversation.  Ours will be one of many throughout the state this spring.

If you would like to attend this meeting, we can certainly simply show up.  But if you would drop a word at the office too, that would be helpful.

Thank you!


Food Shelf — Dogs vs. Cats

Dogs are just simple happy creatures, taking pleasure in just about everything.  Cats have dogcatto finesse everything and are critical about their conditions, their owners, dogs, etc — or so the stereotype goes.

Deb Utton, who is the food shelf coordinator volunteer, is having a contest to see who can bring in more food for the Food Shelf — dog lovers or cat lovers.

Have fun!

Woof, woof.


Invitation from Bethany Church to El Salvador!

Are you interested in a meaningful global connection?  It could begin with a trip to El Salvador!


San Salvador’s Metropolitan Cathedral.  Banner of Archbishop Romero, assassinated March 24, 1980 in San Salvador. Salvador!


Bethany UCC in Montpelier has had a relationship of friendship and solidarity with a community in El Salvador for nearly 26 years!  We’re planning a week-long trip this summer and invite YOU to consider joining us.  The first meeting of interested persons will be Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier.  Here are answers to frequently asked initial questions about our trips:

  1. This is not a work trip.  The time in our community is spent doing things friends do together: talking about our daily lives and what is important to us, singing and dancing, eating meals and taking walks, celebrating the successes in the scholarship and sewing projects we sponsor.  We also take day trips from our guest house in San Salvador, for education, recreation, and inspiration.
  2. We will probably go sometime in August, when the country will be celebrating the late Archbishop Oscar Romero’s 100th birthday.
  3. The basic cost is $100/day plus airfare.  This includes everything but tips and personal items.
  4. You don’t have to speak Spanish.  We are never without translators.
  5. Regarding safety, we are in the very good hands of our savvy Salvadoran hosts 24 hours/day.
  6. Yes, it’s hot.    

Our trips have always been fantastic!  Please consider joining us this time. Contact Theresa Lever if you have any questions about the meeting or the trip.; 802-229-0415

Lenten Lunches

Waterbury Area churches are once again offering light noontime repasts and devotions for Lent each Thursday.  These are open to anyone who has a free lunch hour and would like to spend it a little differently during Lent. The meals are simple and the devotion short and varied.

March 9 — Waterbury Congregational Church
March 16 — Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly
March 23 — Waterbury Center Community Church
March 30 — Location TBA
April 6 — Location TBA

You are welcome to join us late, if you can’t be here by noon, and leave early if you need to be somewhere by 1!

Beginning Drawing Class

Interested in learning to draw?  Torrey Smith will be offering a 5-week beginning drawing class at the church beginning Wednesday, March 15th and meeting weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the dining room.  It will be a fun, friendly group.  We will learn how to see the world around us in a way that allows us to translate it into two-dimensional drawings!  Class costs $100, including materials.  Find more information here.