We continue in the tradition of participating in an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on Easter morning (April 1). We meet at the parking lot of the Blush Hill Country Club just in time to see the sun rise over the lip of Hunger Mountain, 7:00 am. The Rev. Sam Newton, from the Wesley United Methodist Chuch will be planning and leading the service this year. We try to keep it short (it’s always cold!). It is a beautiful, fairly quiet moment as we await the boisterousness of the rest of the morning to come!
Breakfast this year will take place after the service on Blush Hill in the dining room of the Wesley United Methodist Church on South Main St.
Full Easter Celebration
At 10:00 am we will be called to order by the sounds of spring, as Mary Rowell gathers us with Antonio Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the Four Seasons. Mary will stay with us to provide offertory and postlude music as well. The choir has two anthems for us as well. A Jubilate Easter it will be! I hope you can join us.
From now on, you will find the current sign-up lists that need to be addressed on the bulletin board in the church library and on a clipboard in the narthex. At least until we get used to a different method of sign-up, we’ll pass them, as per usual on Sunday mornings too.
We hope that this different procedure will accomplish two things. First that it will obviate the need to pass distracting clipboards during worship. Secondly, that it puts before us and our visitors what it is that we are doing and that we rely on the help and input of all of us to make this place what it is and to do the work required of us.
Here’s the plan for the rest of the spring and summer!
Please note that this year we will continue worshipping at 10 am through the month of June. We’ll start 9 am worship times on July 7.
May 26 – Memorial Day Sunday.
June 2 — 10 am worship time. As we move into the lazier days of summer, I’ll revisit a favorite text by Josef Pieper called “Leisure, the Basis of Culture.”
June 9 — Pentecost and Youth Sunday, including a recognition of graduating High School Seniors.
June 16 — Father’s Day and Communion.
June 23 — We will meet outdoors for a service of the blessing of the animals.
June 30 — Post massive fundraiser moment of rest!
July 7 — our first Sunday at 9 am. Joke Sunday? Anyone have some good ones?
July 14 — Combined worship service with the Wesleyans down the street. We’ll meet in our sanctuary at 9 am.
July 28 — Our last Sunday before the August break. “‘Till We Meet Again!”
The Rev. Rona Kinsley is being installed next Sunday, May 19 at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier Center. The service is open to anyone and will be a celebration of the enduring ministry of that church; worshipping in that spot for 196 years!
Please join us for a special celebration as we install Rona as the Associate Pastor & Teacher of the Old Meeting House. We’ll hear Rona give a brief talk about her spiritual and ministerial journey, we’ll worship together and make her ministry with the Old Meeting House “official.” After, there’ll be refreshments and conversation. We hope you can be there!
The semi-tractor trailer truck arrived on early on Wednesday morning and Board of Outreach members Polly Sabin and Deb Utton where here to greet it and help load the 500 plus kits donated by 13 different churches around Northern and Central Vermont.
We contributed 27 hygiene kits to that number and the Board wishes to extend their appreciation to you for helping out.
Spring, as usual, starts off slowly here in Central Vermont and then quickly shifts to summer. Unfortunately because of the way the calendar worked this year and the way the weather has not been cooperating, The Board of Business Administration, invites you to stick around for a bit after worship on May 12 to do a little yard/parking lot work. Michael Roche will help prune our lovely ornamental flowering cherries. If you can help, bring a rake, a broom or a shovel (we have some dead leaves left over from last year that are blocking grass growth and it would be good to finish cleaning the parking lot.
We realize this is Mother’s day. If you have a date with mom, excellent! If you can stick around for a half an hour even, we hope you will. In fact we are hosting a very small wedding (which was originally going to be held in Berlin, but was moved here last week) at 11:30, so indoor work will be limited.
This church is a beautiful landmark in our village and the money and work you put into it is to be commended. I hear on a regular basis of how proud Waterbury is of the way we keep this property looking good (the assumption, I believe, is that if we keep it looking good, then we are doing good too, and so we are!) Winter always takes a toll on the property, but with an hour of work, we can get it looking good again.
On Friday and Saturday, April 26 – 27, UCC delegates from around Vermont will gather at the Lake Morey Conference Center to conduct the yearly business of the Conference. Peter will attend for us (and serve as the scribe for the conference).
The business of the meeting is much like the business of our annual meeting: we’ll pass a budget, elect officers and discuss the ongoing business of the various ministries of the conference. We make future plans, and we try to encourage one another in the mutual ministry we share. One of the priorities on the table this year will be a discussion (again!) about global warming. That particular resolution, which you can view by clicking here, is titled: “Let Justice Roll Down: Declaring support for the Green New Deal and affirming the intersectionality of climate justice with all justice issues.”
The beloved Gilbert and Sullivan musical, The Pirates of Penzance, showing next week at Northern Vermont University, is under the direction of Mary Jane Austen and Erik Kroncke.
The show runs from Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28. Showtimes are 7pm — except for Sunday’s show which starts at 2pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.