Strawberry Festival 2017

Yes, it is time to start thinking about our first big social event and fund raiser of tstrawberry shortcakehe year.

Here’s a note from our Strawberry chair person Tamatha Thomas-Haase.

Strawberry Supper Planning Committee Needs YOU!
Yes, that’s right. Planning for this sweet summertime event has already started and we need your help! A kick-off meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 10:30AM at the church. During this first meeting we’ll debrief the pros and cons of last year’s supper, brainstorm ways to improve the event, and create a plan for hosting the best Strawberry Supper yet.

Understanding that many are not able to make meetings during the workday, we’ll be sure to host future meetings at a better time for all. Interested in joining us? Please contact Tamatha Thomas-Haase at and we’ll be sure to include you in the fun! Really – this function practically plans itself!

Spring Cleaning

Spring, as usual, starts off slowly here in Central Vermont and then quickly shifts to summer.  The Board of Business Administration, hoping to beat summer to the punch (but I think missing by a week) asks you to come to worship on April 30 dressed in work clothes, so that after a short communion service, we can dismiss ourselves to some yard work and general sprucing up.

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.

We hope you can join us. We’re often done in an hour or so because we have such great participation.  See you Sunday!

In Memoriam: Laurie Emery

Laurie may have been born 71 years ago in Long Island, but she told me on several laurieoccasions, that she had two lives and the life she found after discovering this church and its loving congregation was the richer one and made all the difference.  As someone said, upon hearing about Laurie’s death (Tuesday, April 11) we’ll miss her being in the back pew and holding down the fort.

And she held down the fort with a smile and a hug and an indomitable optimism.  Within a week or so of her diagnosis I was sitting on the front porch of her house chatting with her not only about the things you’d normally talk about after the diagnosis of a fairly aggressive cancer, but about everything else too, her childhood on Long Island, her life long love of sailing, her work (from which she’d been retired for a few months, but which continued to occupy a near and dear place to her heart), about her husband Dan, and about her plans for the winter and for this summer coming.

Laurie has so faithfully served this church as clerk for so long that the first annual report she wrote as clerk is filed in storage.  Turns out this year was her 15th annual report!  Without fail, on the Monday following a church council meeting I’d get some kind of message from her along with the minutes she’d so quickly and diligently transcribed from her shorthand.  Here’s an example of one of those emails  from November 2009:

Peter:  I signed the minutes and scanned the signed in as a pdf in case you needed them signed to mail with the eligibility verification sheet.   Wasn’t it chilly this morning walking to school?  It’s so nice to see Dad taking his children to school; very sweet!  Laurie

Talk about sweet. . . . Also on a regular basis Laurie would leave a box of homemade chocolates on my desk and the desk of our administrator, be it Denise Doz, Susie Perkins, Lesley Clark or Polly Sabin.  She claimed that she liked to bake, but couldn’t eat them so she had to give them to us.  But in reality, she was just being the kind of positive, lovely, genuine human being she was.

And for that, we are diminished by her passing, but forever grateful for her gifts to us.

People Helping People by Walking on Good Friday

A member of our congregation, Cathy Shires, has been walking on Good Friday for the past 28 years, to raise money for organization called Sharing , Inc.  She walks 20 miles and appreciates sponsors for the walk, as well as companions along the way.  The walk was started by Kay Doherty 46 years ago after she read an article about the racism and poverty problems in the Mississippi delta area in the poorest counties in the country.

Cathy plans to start walking around 7 am (which is the start time for the Hingham, MA walk, where she used to walk).

The following link directs one to the online sponsor link.   I’m also happy to take checks.   They should be made out to: Sharing, Inc with “Good Friday Walk in the subject line.”

Chili Contest Winner

Tom Stevens, our creative CE Director is also a creative chili cook.  Drawing inspiration from his refrigerator full of odds and ends, he grabbed a little of this (bacon pieces) a little of that (over-cooked maple syrup) and added it to some hamburger and a mix of spices too numerous to name and viola!  a winner.  He one by one half vote over Carla Lawrence, the runner up.

It was a fun little event after worship last week.  With five pots of chili, we had plenty of food for the 30 or so who stayed to eat.  Glad you did.  Let’s do it again next year!

Church World Service Bucket Project Ending!

Bucket supplies due this week!

Many thanks for your help in purchasing the supplies we need to make Clean-up Buckets for Church World Service. These buckets, along with all of the other kits that will be delivered to our doors on May 2 -5, will be transferred by tractor-trailer truck to Maryland where they will be stored in a warehouse to be parceled out to places around the world where people are struggling to rebuild after disaster, both natural and human-caused.

This coming week, the Board of Outreach will assemble all of the materials you have purchased into buckets, seal and package them for delivery.  It’s an easy way to give a little back in a direct fashion as many of these buckets were used by us in Waterbury in 2011.

Thanks for your help!waterburycwsdepot

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.


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 Torrey Smith, Meeting House Arts c/o WUCC, 8 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676. Applications due by May 15.  If you have any questions, please email Torrey or call 802-244-8581.  If you are unable to print at home, there are also copies available at the White Meeting House (8 North Main Street), just inside the side door.


  • May 15th– applications due
  • June 1st, 5-7PM — Work will need to be dropped off 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.
  • June 4th — An Artists’ Social for the exhibiting artists will be held 1:00 PM, followed by  a public Opening Reception at 2:00.  This is a really fun, friendly event and we hope all participating artists will come.
  • July 15th — The exhibition will be open and staffed by participating artists on the day of the Waterbury Arts Fest, between 10:00 and 4:00.
  • July 23rd, 4 to 6PM — Please plan on picking up your work on the last day of the show.


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.