Summer Worship Services

FYI:

July 1 — Worship at the Wesley United Methodist Church — 10:30 am

July 15 — Laity Sunday, Wynne Plagge speaking about her trip to Rwanda this past spring. Julia Loewer will be providing special music.

July 22 — Special music by Steve Lotspeich

July 29 — Our last Sunday before August recess.  Bill Beard will be singing Anton Dvorak’s “God is My Shepherd.”

September 2 — Worship starts up again at 10 am.

September 9 — Welcome back Sunday.

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Reset Potluck

September 9, the first non-holiday Sunday of the new school year will be our “Reset Sunday” and we are planning on a party!  Please join us for worship at 10 am and add your presence to the throng.  It’ll be good to see each other’s faces again and good to be in our beautiful sanctuary for worship.

It’s the first day of Church school too.  We’ll follow our usual pattern and have a Time Apart for Children and then they’ll leave to two different places in the building, depending on age group.

After all of this, we plan to have a potluck brunch.  I put it that way, because it requires you to make it happen — bring a small dish to pass and we’ll be all set.  (We’re also hoping the youth group will make some pancakes to share.)  So come with an appetite for food and a hunger for the gospel.

Tag Sale

Our annual tag sale is next weekend! Friday and Saturday, August 3 – 4. Stuff is pouring in, but as always, we can take more!  You may drop off at the church on Sunday, of course, but also Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 to 12:30 with the exception of Wednesday when the church is open all day.  If you have large items, Steve Lotspeich has graciously volunteered to pick them up with his truck.  You may call him directly, or call the church office.  Remember, please to:

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Lew Petit, hawking a cornbread mold. Lew is our chief organizer again this year.  Thanks Lew

  1. Please mark your items with a suggested price.
  2. Signup to help at the actual sale.  A signup sheet will be available during worship and coffee time this Sunday.
  3. Did I mention we need your gently used stuff?! (Although we cannot sell used old computer equipment or televisions, personal hygiene items and VHS tapes.  Also we do not accept clothing.)

Associate Conference Minister to be called

A Special meeting of the Conference will take place at the Congregational Church, UCC of Middlebury at 11:00AM on August 11, 2018 for the purpose of voting on the election of Rev. Paul Sangree as our Associate Conference Minister.

A reception will follow.

Rev. Paul Sangree is the Senior Pastor of the Congregational Church of Westborough, Ma UCC. He also serves as the Chairperson of the Church Development Council of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is a graduate of Brown University and Andover-Newton Theological School, where he was an adjunct professor of theology from 1999-2007. He is married to Irene Bagdoian and they have one daughter, Anna.

 

If you are interested in attending this special meeting, please let Peter know.  Perhaps we can carpool.

The Waterbury Welcome Train

I have received a preview photograph of the Randolph artist, Phillip Godenschwager’s rendition of our church which will be featured on the railroad bridge over Main Street. This project was initiated by Revitalizing Waterbury, and involved a town vote over artist submissions. The winning submission is a ~60 ft long train made out of metal with each car one of the historic buildings of the town.

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A full description of the project and more pictures can be found on Revitalizing Waterbury‘s website.

Thank you!

As July comes to a close and August recess beckons we have a few words of thanks to offer.  Week in and week out these folks volunteer their time to keep things looking good and running smoothly.

Susan McCracken — Faithfully comes in each Friday to fold the bulletin and bring us good cheer.  It’s not the most exciting job in the world, but Susan offers it to us and to you as a gift.  Susan, we look forward to you presence each Friday and thank God for your dedication!IMG_20180719_103223

Anne Wilson — A little less regularly, because she’s got the weeds pretty much eradicated, but no less faithfully, Anne keeps “Amy’s Garden” looking beautiful from the first spring crocuses to the last of the season rudbeckias.

Nancy and David Metivier  — Nancy and David have made it their mission to keep the lawn around this beautiful building, looking neat and trim.  They are pros and take care of business once a week during the growing season.

 

 

Bells for Freedom

On January 6, 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed Congress in an effort to move the nation away from a foreign policy of neutrality. The president had watched with increasing anxiety as European nations struggled and fell to Hitler’s fascist regime and was intent on rallying public support for the United States to take a stronger interventionist role.

In that speech, Roosevelt declared that all people inalienably shared four freedoms, freedoms enshrined in one way or another, in our Constitution: the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom to worship God as one feels so moved to, freedom from want and freedom from fear. four-freedoms-e1447883174741

Norman Rockwell, At home, in Arlington, Vermont, was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. And he painted the Four Freedoms.

Today, at 4 pm, John Bollard and I will, as a part of the Four Freedoms Festival, ring our church bell for four minutes.

 

Vermont Italian Opera Initiative

The Vermont Italian Opera Intensive, in its second season is holding a concert in our sanctuary on Sunday, July 29 at 4pm.VIOI

The concert is the culmination of a two week intensive for professional (and semi-professional) musicians who are interested in singing Italian opera and is organized by Mary Jane Austin and Erik Kroncke.  It is modeled after a program in Italy, which both Mary Jane and Erik have attended. Erik and Mary Jane have over twenty years of experience in Italian opera and have worked with some of the greatest conductors, singers, and directors of the Italian opera tradition.

The concert features snippets of opera are the music is set up with the highly entertaining stories of the original opera.  It’s a fun and beautiful afternoon, and you won’t want to miss it. And, you’ll recognize many in the program as regularly vocalists here on Sunday morning.

 

Here’s a link to the Rutland Herald‘s article about the concert.

Arts Festival Church Open House

This Saturday, in conjunction with the Stowe Street Arts Festival, our church sanctuary will be open and staffed by members of the community arts show committee.  We have, as many of you know, a great show of local artists’ works and we are hoping that some of the crowds from Stowe Street will see their way around the corner to visit us.

Stop by anytime between 10 – 4 pm!

Peter’s August Schedule

Our last Sunday before the August recess is July 29 and I’m going on vacation after that! Yay!  I’ll be in the Cape for a week from July 29 to August 6.  After that I’ve got lots of work to do on my house, you’re welcome to swing by for a chat.  I’ll give you a paintbrush or a glass of lemonade depending on your desire!

The Rev. Nancy McHugh from Waitsfield had graciously agreed to respond to any pastoral emergencies.  Her phone is 496-3065.  Please also call the church. Polly will be here and will get in touch with me if need be.

 

Church Construction

Construction on the various projects we approved at our annual meeting back in January will begin straight away in August.

First up will be the removal of the Underground Storage Tanks.  The tanks are located between the church and the driveway on the west side of the building.  Ross Environmental, from Stowe will be doing the work starting Wednesday, August 1.  They will be working with Bourne’s energy to remove the propane tank (also buried).  Bourne’s will replace with a larger underground propane tank.  This work should be finished by Friday.

Next up is work on the rotting corner spires. img_20180706_111123 The spires are rotting because of improper water drainage from the roof.  We have contracted with Steve James to fix the rotten bits, and to correct the drainage so that the problem does not happen again.  We have contracted with Steve several times over the past few years to build the deck on the front of the church and to rebuild the choir and organ loft.  Steve hopes to begin work on the 13th of August.

As of today, the work for removing the old heating system and installing the new gas furnaces has not been scheduled.  We’ll keep you posted.