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.



Two New Furnaces

Just in the nick of time, we have two new high-efficiency gas furnaces in our basement.  It is projected that these furnaces which cost about $6,000 each will save us $1000 per year in fuel costs.  They are significantly better for the environment too, emitting far less pollution. Thanks to your commitment to this church we were able to install these by withdrawing money (per your vote at the January Annual Meeting) from the Firm Foundation Fund.



Neighbors In Need Offering

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The annual Neighbors in Need special mission offering will be collected for the next two Sundays.  You will find envelopes in the bulletin. Your donations will empower individuals and communities to help themselves. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. 


CROP Hunger Walk Results

To top off a busy week of raising money at the church the Waitsfield United Church and the Warren United Church of Christ, joined us for worship, see photo below, a potluck lunch and a Hunger Walk to raise money for Church World Service’s efforts to end hunger around the world.

About 30 people stayed for lunch and then walked with us at 1pm.  Those 30 people raised $2900! I don’t have the data in front of me from past years, but my sense is that this was one of the more successful CROP Walks we’ve had in many years.  Thanks to all who walked, and otherwise contributed to the day’s efforts!



Apple Pie Sale Results

First, though a big thank you to the numerous people who stopped in sometime during the afternoon of Thursday, October 4 to peel, core and slice 300 pounds of apples!  Many hands in this instance, surely made light work. A cadre of about 6 bakers assembled the pies and got them in ovens as fast as we could.  By 9 pm we were closing up shop and 100 pies sat, boxed and ready for delivery the following morning to our volunteers at the North and Southbound Williston Rest Stops.  By that evening we’d sold 78 of those pies for an average of $17.80 a pie (as we cannot charge at the Rest Areas, it’s all by donation).  The following afternoon Michael Roche and June Hibbs sold the remainder of the pies from the front lawn.

We had a few more expenses this year than last, making our net profit about $1450.  Well done everyone!


October Concerts

The Waterbury Community Band will offer a fall benefit concert in our sanctuary on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.  The benefit will be the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund.

On Sunday, October 28, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass presents:

a Halloween concert full of family-friendly musical treats.  Enjoy wacky, scary, mysterious, and fun favorites in this 50-minute performance.  A highlight of the concert is Plog’s “Animal Ditties,” complete with narration.  There will be a parade of costumes, everyone gets a treat for the road, and the musicians have promised “No boo-boos!”

Sponsored by the Wulff Family, Darby, Kolter & Nordle, LLP, and Grenier Enterprises.


  • In advance at Bridgeside Books (until the morning of the concert)
  • In advance by calling the VSO Box Office (until October 26): (802) 864-5741 ext. 10
  • At the door before the concert

$5/kids under 18
$20/family pass for 4

Dragonheart VT Sock Sale !!!

Dear Friends,

Cathy Buck and I are once again selling socks, hats, and scarves to benefit Dragonheart solmateseptsunVermont.   Dragonheart Vermont (DHVT) is a dynamic dragon boat organization located in Burlington, Vermont. Dragon boating is a fast-growing team paddle sport that embraces athletes of all ages, gender, and abilities. We began as a breast cancer survivor team and have grown to a group of 200 survivors and supporters.

These fun-colored socks, hats, and scarves make great gifts for men, women, children, and babies!.  Please click on the link below to see all the styles, sizes, and colors!

If you choose to order, please contact Cathy at or me at  Please send sock style by name and size.

Important info:  All orders need to be to us by October 18.   Payment can be made upon delivery, checks made out to DHVT.  Orders will be delivered to you the week of November 18.

Thank you,

Pat King

Local Flood Relief Opportunities in NC

I have inquired of the Circular Church in Charleston, South Carolina as to whether they are aware of any funds similar in nature to the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund, for those who might want to as directly as possible to people in need of assistance.

The minister of that church, The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge has a good friend who is the pastor of a church in Durham, NC (Watts Street Church).  As their administrator informed me, “Since their folks have different interests and opinions, making it a challenge to focus on one thing, their church sent an email out to the congregation detailing ways to help.”

Except for the American Red Cross and Church World Service, the other funds are local. I’ve republished their newsletter below.

But you might also want to take a look at Chef World Kitchen.  It’s an interesting organization with a decidedly compassionate and person to person approach.

Watts Street Baptist Church Newsletter


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Dear Watts Street church family,Our hearts are aching for people across North Carolina and South Carolina who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding.

There are many compassionate ways to respond and we wanted to share a few of them with you:

A coalition of grassroots organizations, including the Poor People’s Campaign and the Southern Vision Alliance, are working closely with local communities to organize drives for requested goods and donations.  Information on how to volunteer time and donate specific goods or money can be found here.  Please note that goods are requested for drop off this week in Durham.

More information and some valuable resources about self-determination of communities most impacted and the ongoing struggle against environmental racism can be found here:

The Diaper Bank, a Watts Street mission partner founded by Michelle Old, is the only relief organization providing diapers for families during the crisis.  The Diaper Bank partners with state emergency services to fill this gap.  To find out how you can donate money, diapers, or personal hygiene items, visit Diaper Bank of NC

A simple donation form to provide food, water, and cleaning supplies to our neighbors in need: Food Bank

CWS, the organization Watts Street supports with the Durham CROP Walk each year, provides a lot of services following natural disasters.  To learn about CWS hygiene kits, blankets, and emergency clean-up buckets or their focus on refugee and immigrant communities, visit Church World Service

The American Red Cross provides emergency shelter, mass feedings, and other forms of support during a crisis.  Donate at American Red Cross or contact Watts Street member, Kirsten Kruhm ( for specific volunteer opportunities.

First Baptist Church in Wilmington is operating as a headquarters for a lot of relief work in the Wilmington area.  Click here to donate or learn more: First Baptist Church, Wilmington

NC Baptists on Mission (formally known as NC Baptist Men) provides hot meals and waves of clean-up crews and home repair teams.  They are exceptionally organized and committed to staying months/years until people are back in their homes.  A team of WSBC senior high youth and adults worked with them in Warsaw, NC in 2016 following Hurricane Matthew.  Click here to donate: NC Baptists on Mission Disaster Relief or contact Kelly Sasser at if you have interest in being a part of a volunteer work team this fall.

Thank you for your prayers and anything you can do, big or small, to offer support to our neighbors in this time of tremendous need.

Grace and Peace!

The administrator of the Circular Church in Charleston wrote:
The Coastal Community Foundation (launched a Mayor’s Fund on Tuesday and also had links to their counterparts in NC. I made a personal donation and was able to designate geography, by county, and for disaster relief orgs. Their website is
I hope this helps you as you consider making a donation to help our southern neighbors.

Church School Update


When you look, really look, out at the horizon in our beautiful state, what do you see?


We don’t see a lot of buildings, of course, or billboards, or even a lot of people. We all have chosen to live in Vermont because of its beauty, and we’re proud of how well we’ve provided stewardship for our land. But do you know what is happening to our natural resources? Do you know what happens in our natural resources? And how it is connected to our climate, and how it can survive?

In Sunday School this week, we are going to start our fall discussion about the climate and our ecology, and how we make a difference, even if we don’t know we’re making a difference. We will be discussing compost, in particular, and how the cycle of “life and death” of plants and leaves and even animals contributes to the health of our woods, forests and soil. So if your kids start talking about worms and decomposition, you’ll know where they got it from!

See you there!


We Call It Bible Study . . .

And we tried “Coffee with Jesus,” but the fact is neither of those titles quite does justice to the free-wheeling explorations we have into Scripture (and not just Christian), the news, history  and one another on Wednesday mornings in my study.  We have become friends, but are not, I trust, exclusive!  In fact, we invite you to join us, to add your thoughts and questions to the mix.  The more voices, dissident or otherwise, the more rewarding the time together.

We meet most Wednesday mornings and we’re starting up again after having July and August off, on September 26 at 9 am.

Apple Pie Sales

The board of Finance is organizing one Fall Fundraiser this year.  For the third year running, we’re going to make apple pies and sell them at the Williston Rest Areas on Friday, October 5.  This year, we’re going to attempt to sell the left-over signup from the church lawn on Saturday.  Michael Roche, a member of the Bd. of Finance, has kindly volunteered to run that experiment this year.83c96245-22eb-4ef1-9446-ef21a746b0a7

How can you help?  We’ll need pie bakers on Thursday evening, October 4.  We’ll be making 100 pies.  We’ll get started with peelers at 4:30 pm.   We’ll also need pie ‘hawkers’ on Friday.  It’ best to have two people per shift and the two-hour shifts will be from 10 – noon, noon – 2 and 2 – 4pm.

We’ll have a clipboard to pass and there is an online signup option, as well.

Thank you for your support.