Front Stairs Rehab

As you have undoubtedly noted. we have a new deck on the front of the church.  Actually, despite appearances, the deck is almost identical to the old one.  The old decking material had swollen to twice its original thickness and the posts and balusters suffered from so much water damage that they had changed shape and color.  Due to some design flaws, which our current carpenter, Steve James, was able to fix, the deck structure and some of the building structure had also begun to rot.

All of this required more work from our carpenter than we’d budgeted. That said, the extra work was necessary in order to prevent significantly more damage to the church building and to prevent having, in the near future, to replace not only the deck skin, but also the deck bones.

This is unfortunate, and no one likes to spend so much money on what is mostly aesthetics.  Two things need to be said.  Had we left it even another 5 years, our expenses would have been double what they were, $15,000.  And it seems to me, the finance committee and the building committee, that we cannot afford to have a rotting, ugly, and sometimes dangerous entrance to our sanctuary.

The bulk of the cost of repairing the deck/stairs was paid for from the church’s Firm Foundation, which, fortunately had a good year.  Our endowment is meant for such things, and part of our endowment is specifically reserved for capital maintenance/improvements.

Below are a few photographs I took last month during the deck demo.


Rotting threshold (underneath door) and severe water infiltration into the church’s one foundation!


Rot on both sides of the doors, hidden behind a poorly constructed post.


Rotting stair stringers — replaced with new and covered with Ice and Water Shield.


More rotting deck bones.  This is treated lumber, and under normal circumstances, used outdoors, will not rot for a generation. 

Church School News

Greetings All:
We’ll be continuing our conversation with the children about Proverbs this Sunday, and continue our work on our “shields” with Harriet…PLUS, if the weather is cooperative, we’ll take a quick hike during class to gather some items for the shields. It looks like it will be dry but cool, so have them wear walking shoes and a light jacket.
See you then!

Fall Fundraisers

Williston Pie Sales

On Friday, September 30 and October 7, we will be selling home-made apple pies at the north and south-bound rest areas in Williston. We are fortunate to get these slots, as they are the busiest rest areas at the busiest time of year.  We will make 150 pies on Thursday September 29 and October 6.  Last year we sold, in only a few hours, 60 pies and made an average of $12 per pie. (We are not technically allowed to sell them, and can only take donations).

In order to prepare 150 pies to sell on Friday, we need helpers on Thursday evenings, September 29 and October 6.  The pie pastry dough was made last week, so the only work will consist of peeling and cutting apples, mixing the apples with sugar, flour and spices, rolling out the dough, filling and baking — all of which can be done by anyone with two hands!

Please help.  Two or even five people will not be able to do the job.  You can just show up, though it would set our minds at eases if you would either the church or use this link to sign up.

Work will start at 3:30 pm.  You are welcome to come when you can, and leave when you must!

We’ll also need pie sellers.  This job is a one or two person job and needs, ideally someone willing to chat it up with folks who come over to check out what your offering.  We’re splitting this up into 3 – 3 hour shifts, though we may sell out before the end.  In which case the person before would notify you not to come out. (Please include a number where you can be reached on that afternoon in the above mentioned sign-up genius).

Chicken Pie Supper Smackdown

chickenPlease put this event on your calendar!  October 14. We now have a signup live for this event too.  Thank you so much to all who signed up when the clipboard went around last week. I know we don’t really like clipboards in worship, but the sooner the slots are filled, the sooner we don’t pass them around.  Here’s the link for the signup for the Chicken Pie Supper.

 The meal will be from 5 to 7 pm.  It’s a Smackdown because this year we’ve invited several local restaurants to submit an entry for judging!  The winner will receive a rubber chicken award designed by Ned David!

Please bring a friend!  Dinner costs $12 for adults and $7 for children.

Music at the White Meeting House


Organ Concert

Following the success of last year’s fall dedicatory organ concert, we will be holding another concert on Sunday, October 16th at 5 pm.  The public is invited to join us for this event.  The organist will be Justan Foster of upstate New York. Mr. Foster comes to us highly recommended by the company who installed the organ for us, Allen Organ and will be performing free of charge thanks to Allen Organ.  We will take a free-will offering at the door.

Guitar Concert

Hailed by Guitar Review Magazine as “expert chamber musicians with a perfect sense of 3736974timing, virtuosity and a sensitivity to nuance”, the Anderson / Fader Guitar Duo is a world-class, New York-based classical guitar duo. We are very happy to announce that they will be coming to Vermont for a five-concert tour from Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, October 16.

They will be coming to the Waterbury Congregational Church on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 PM.


The New York Times writes, “Anderson and Fader played the work from memory, and gave an impressive account of it.”

Their program will consist of works by J.S. Bach, Granados, Haydn, a piece by Vermont composer, Damon Ferrante. Ferrante’s “Footbridge” is a lyrical and energetic piece that is inspired by Alexander Calder’s sculptures. The duo has recently performed this program at Symphony Space, Georgetown University, Washington College, Longwood University, and many other locations throughout the US and is coming to Vermont from tours in Europe and Hawaii.

Here is a link to the Steeplechase website, which has additional information:

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

While not at the White Meeting House, it is worth noting, not only for their excellence in musicm but for the fact that several board members are members here, that the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will be holding its annual “Made In Vermont Concert,” this year on September 23 at the Dibden Center at Johnson State College.  The concert will feature music of Mozart and Copland, among others and will be at 7:30 pm.



On October 2, hoping to leverage the combined forces of the Waitsfield and Warren churches, just coming off of our combined worship experience that morning, we will be walking our annual CROP Walk — one of the longest standing walks in the country with the purpose to raise money for hunger relief.  This easy walk (for most) is symbolic for the strenuous walk women (mostly) must make each day to procure water and food, and children to get an education.  And so we say, “We walk because they walk.”

Pledge forms for walkers will be available to take home this Sunday. Online registration is a great option, though is not required to participate in a CROP Hunger Walk, as it allows your supporters, near and far!, to donate securely using their credit card.

Simply go to to get going!



MRV Combined Worship



Sunday, October 2


Sanctuary, Waitsfield United Church

In celebration of World Communion Sunday, we will be worshiping once again for a Mad River Valley Combined worship.  This time, we will meet in Waitsfield. 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.


Strawberry Festival!

Celebrate the official beginning of summer and the loveliness of strawberries at the 43rd Annual Strawberry Festival at Waterbury’s White Meeting House on Friday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.384px-Chandler_strawberries

Our strawberry shortcake dessert will be topped with local, organic strawberries from Moonlight Farms in Waterbury Center and homemade whipped cream. For dinner, choose from a variety of homemade potluck  creations. 

Dinner is first-come, first-served, so if you have a favorite dish, come down early to the church.   


  • Adults $12; Ages 12 and under $8
  •  Family  (2 adults + 2 kids): $30.

Take-out and dessert-only options are also available. Information: 244-6606.


Volunteers — We need your help church members!  Please go to our sign-up genius to help pick berries, work a shift on Friday night and bring a dish to share.  Go to SignUp Genius now!

Coming in June: Community Art Show

We’ll be doing our second annual community art show in June and July, this year organized around the theme of “Blue!  An Artistic Exploration.”  More info. will be available soon, but we’re looking for creative expressions around the theme in any media — from painting to ceramic to spoken word to sculpture to…. whatever you can help us figure out how to include!  The show will be open to makers from Waterbury, Duxbury, Middlesex, Moretown and Bolton.  Applications (available online soon) will be due 6/15.

Poppies in May

dancewithmeAfter organizing shows at the White Meeting House for the last couple years, I have finally put together this exhibit of my own work.  Called “Poppies: the Joy of Painting in a Series,” it is a collection of over 20 recent paintings that were all developed around the image of a poppy.

It will be a bright, colorful show — hopefully a great way to welcome Spring.

There will be two special events I hope you can attend:

  • Reception & artist talk on Friday May 20th from 6 to 8 PM.  There will be light refreshments and good company!
  • A brief meditation during our regular worship service on Sunday May 22nd at 10 AM.