Eleva Chamber Players Concert

This concert will be in our sanctuary on Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 pm.


For more information, go to www.elevachamberplayers.com/november-concerts.


MRV Combined Worship

Sunday, October 7, 2018


Sanctuary, Waitsfield United Church

In celebration of World Communion Sunday, we will be worshiping once again for a Mad River Valley Combined worship.  This year, we will meet in Waterbury. Our choirs will combine to sing an anthem and we will share communion together as an affirmation of our commitment to this gospel that calls us to be peacemakers to the world, “so far as we are able,” (Rom. 12), and to become one. (John 17). Worship will be at 10 am.

As visible witnesses to the community, we will be walking to raise money for Church World Service — one of the largest, ecumenical emergency response organizations in the world, committed not only to restoring communities to wholeness after disaster but to walking with them in that process so that the end result is something that fits the community and the culture.  The motto of the CROP Walk is “We walk because they walk.”  And by walking together so much more is accomplished.

Between the worship service and the walk, our three communities will gather for a potluck meal in our dining room.  Nothing terribly fancy — just some good food for the walk and some good catching up with our neighbors.


Christmas Concerts Aplenty

Mad River Chorale

Waterbury Community Band

Saturday, December 15, 3pm in our sanctuary.  Admission is free, but they are holding a collection for the Waterbury Area Food Shelf.  Food or money donations are welcomed!

Solaris Vocal Ensemble


Waterbury Community Chorus

Back by popular demand after a few years hiatus, this is a fun, intergenerational community Christmas event with singing for all.   The concert is Sunday, December 16 at 4pm in our sanctuary.

Christmas Worship Schedule

The season is not only filled with music events and activities, but also special worship occasions.  Here’s the run-down of what’s happening this month in worship.

December 2 — First Sunday of Advent.  We will be hanging greens and reflecting on and IMG_20171203_110747singing about the traditions associated with the greens that adorn the sanctuary during this “season of light.”

December 9 — Second Sunday of Advent.  We have a guest preacher this week — the Rev. Kurt Shaffert whom we heard briefly on World Communion Sunday.

December 16 — Third Sunday in Advent.  The children will be performing a short Christmas pageant during worship — called Christmas Around the World.

December 23 — Fourth Sunday in Advent.  We’ll sing lots and I’ll preach a Christmas sermon.

December 24 — Christmas Eve.  We offer two worship experiences and encourage you to attend with your friends and family.

NAC24:00 — We’ll read two different versions of the Christmas story, the first from the Gospel of Luke (with, of course, the addition of the Magi from Matthew!) and a secular story, yet to be decided.   This service is an hour, but fast-paced and includes singing Silent Night by candlelight at the end.  It is fitting for all ages!

7:00 pm — Is the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols.  The lessons tell the story behind the story in the old books of the Jewish Bible and the Christian birth story as told in the Gospels.  The choir sings their hearts out tonight!  You won’t want to miss it.

December 30 — First Sunday after Christmas.  Join us as we worship in the glow of Christmas just past at our usual time.



Christian Ed News

Advent Workshop



This Sunday, December 2, the Board of Christian Education will be sponsoring their Annual Advent Workshop after church. Have a cup of coffee and then join us for making advent wreaths out of three different materials — dough, greens and grapevines! As always, we’ll have pizza and beverages and cookies to sustain us through the noon hour!



Church School During Advent

Also, for families, we’ll be having our annual Christmas presentation on December 16. This year we are doing a reading and a tableau of the Nativity. Our reading was originally written by Peter when he was an associate pastor in Maine, and it will celebrate Christmas around the world. When I feel overwhelmed by the holiday “spirit”, it heartens me to learn how other cultures mark this holiest of holidays — the birth of the baby Jesus. We hope the whole congregation will join us in listening and in song.

Gifts for Kirby House

Our Board of Outreach is organizing a gift drive so that we can offer Christmas presents to all of the residents at Kirby House.  They have created a Gift Tree (with the help of Ned — it’s more of a Christmas branch!) upon which ornaments hang.  Each ornament has an item on it for you to purchase and return to the church by December 16 so that the Board can assemble the packages and get them delivered by Christmas Eve.

For some residents of the Kirby House, this is all they will receive for Christmas.  It is a lovely opportunity for us to spread a little Christmas love, and they thank you.

Greening the Sanctuary

Back by popular demand, we’ll be dressing up the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas seasons on the first Sunday of Advent (December 2) during worship.

In order to do that, Ned Davis, our minister of liturgical floral design will put in many hours of work during the week before.  To assist him in that work, Ned would like it if a few of folks could help Peter after worship on November 25, to carry down the wreaths and garlands from the attic.  Ned will then clean them properly and we’ll be able to hang them on Sunday. 

Thank you to all who purchased a poinsettia or two.  We’ll have about 40 plants this year dressing-up the sanctuary. 

Thank you for your help!

Youth Group

On October 28, ten 8 – 12 graders gathered for pizza conversation at Zachary’s Pizza.  Cindy Senning and Peter Plagge met with the group and encouraged conversation about whether and how often they wanted to get together and if they might want to go on some kind of a service trip in the near future.  All agreed that it was fun to get together again and to keep on meeting, about once a month if schedule permits.

And so Cindy and Peter have agreed to facilitate that for the time being.  We would love it if one or two of the parents think about taking on the group.  Our next meeting will be on December 2, following worship.  Our tentative plan was to watch a movie together.  One idea that had some traction was the Ruth Bader Ginsburg film called RBG.

We look forward to gathering again in December!

Free Dental Day

For all Vermonters under the age of 18 who do not have dental insurance and have limited resources for oral health care, Free Dental Care Day sponsored by Timberlane Dental Group, Patterson Dental and the Vermont Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates may be just the thing you or a friend may need.

Step 1 — Call 864-6881 to make an appointment to pre-screen.  These appointments are only on Friday, November 16 from 8 am to 3 pm.

Step 2 — At the pre-screening eligible patients receive an appointment for Dental services to be performed on November 17.

Walk-in services are not available at any time.  Certain medical conditions may disqualify you for treatment.


One of our friendly neighbors has blown all of the leaves that were in our yard into a big pile in the back corner of our property.  He has nowhere to put them, however. If you have a truck and a place to dump leaves to rot away peacefully the rest of their existence and could pick them up, he and I would be grateful!


Foster Parent Informational Mtg.

You are invited to join Amy Anderson following worship, in the dining room, to learn of the current challenges facing families raising foster children and their Social Workers who try to help them and help her brainstorm solutions to improve the system by increasing community involvement. Help discover ways to help these children feel connected to their community. It doesn’t have to be your passion, you don’t have to have money or even time to give. You may come up with a great idea, or you may just be able to spread the word to the right person, or you may discover there are ways you can help that would be fulfilling to you and not take a big commitment. Teens to adults of all ages are encouraged to attend. Bring questions, bring ideas, bring hope!

Photography Reception 11/16 @ 5PM

This fall, the photography group f/7 has been sharing their large-format photographs in a show at the White Meeting House. Centered around the theme of “Grace,” each of the seven photographers contributed several images that explore this concept for them. On Friday, November 16th, Meeting House Arts is excited to host a reception with the artists from 5 to 7PM. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and it’s fun for all ages.

The collective of seven photographers all hail from Central Vermont. They have been meeting for several years to talk about their work, learn from each other, and find new challenges in their photographic explorations.

“Our styles, techniques, favored subjects, and artistic philosophies vary,” explains Lisa Diamondstein, one of the group’s members.

This collection of work really offers the viewer a great sense of different approaches artists can use to portray the world around them. For example, Lisa Diamondstein and Annie Tiberio’s landscapes are panoramic and literal, while Rob Spring’s become abstracted. John Snell’s close-ups of water offer a riot of saturated color — not colorless at all, the way we usually think of water. Sandra Shenk’s mountain-scapes and Julie Parker’s botanicals both use computer processing to change the feel of their images from photographic to print-like. Elliot Burg’s highly-focused portraits pull you in to really examine the people he portrays, to try and get to know them. 

“We critique and support each other’s work, share ideas and perspectives, and seek ways to stretch our individual and collective artistic horizons,” says Ms. Diamondstein.

“We have loved having these beautiful photographs in our sanctuary,” says Pastor Peter Plagge. “It’s such a pleasure to sit with them for awhile, and then to step close and try to see more about how the photo was taken or what additional nuance it might offer.”

Anyone who likes to snap photos on their phone or their SLR will enjoy the show — and meeting the artists behind it on Friday the 16th. Please come by! The show itself will come down by Thanksgiving; in the meantime, it is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 to noon, or by appointment (244-6606).