Immigrant Solidarity Bike Tour


Thank you S.T. Paving!

Last week S.T. Paving dropped off a load of left-over asphalt and filled the remaining potholes in our parking lot. . . no more broken axles!

If you see John Reynolds, the owner, please give pass along your appreciation. They used left-over material and were able to do it for us free of charge.

ST Paving Crew at work in Mid-May

Letter to Church School Parents

Dear parents,

Summer is zipping by and we will soon take a rest from church in August. The Christian Education Committee wants you to know that we are not resting completely! We are making plans for Church School in the fall and we continue the search for a new C.E. Director.

Here’s a general outline of our thoughts so far:

On September 8th, our first full Sunday back in action after summer vacation, we are going to start with a splash by leaping into the story of Noah!

In October, we plan to put Noah’s work into action by visiting and/or helping a local animal shelter.

For November, we plan to get involved with Heifer International — an organization that believes the way out of poverty is to provide the means (by providing animals) for poor communities to help themselves and then share their offspring with their neighbors. We hope to organize some bottle drives to purchase an animal for Heifer International to give away.

Approximately once a month, we will invite children to stay upstairs with everyone else in worship. That may be a communion service or a regular service with a longer children’s time and a shorter adult ‘s time. We know personally, and research bears this out, that children who worship with adults on a regular basis become more resilient, cooperative, and fully involved community members in their later years.

We will need your help to accomplish all of this. First, and most importantly, by building enthusiasm with your children for participating. Also, we are widening our search for CE director. We have advertised several times in Front Porch Forum and are now advertising statewide through the Vermont Conference Newsletter. If you know anyone who might be interested don’t hesitate to mention it. Anyone of us or Peter would be happy to have a further conversation.

Finally, On September 8th, we would like you to meet with us after church to review the details and schedule of events. We would appreciate having you sign up for one Sunday a month to do such things as:

  • lead a lesson
  • help with a car pool
  • help with a bottle drive

Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you on September 8th!

The C.E. Committee:
Ben DeJong
Kristin Wolf
Dan Senning
Harriet Grenie

Job Opportunity

Everett Coffey is looking for a teenager who might like to earn $10 – 12 /hour for helping him clear out his attic. It would be a one day job (9 am to 3 pm or so). Lunch is on Everett. If you would like to earn a little extra cash, simply email him at

Strawberry Jam for sale

Very kindly and generously, Harriet Grenier made strawberry jam on Monday from the strawberries that were not consumed on Friday or sold on Sunday. I’ve consumed a jar of it already and can say it is the essence of summer in a jar. Pick up a jar on Sunday and leave a donation in the basket.

Last Weekend’s Fundraiser Revisited

Our inaugural pairing of the Silent Auction (in its second year) with our Strawberry Festival (in it’s 44th year) went really well. We had a banner turnout — serving over 350 people. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere here was easy and welcoming. Between the silent auction and the supper, we grossed over $8300.

There are so many people to thank that I can’t really do it justice. However, individuals on the two committees deserve singling out. For the Strawberry Festival Committee: Harriet Grenier, Cindy Senning. Deb Utton and Alice Durkin. For the Silent Auction Committee: June Hibbs and Diane Leavitt.

But as the Chair of the Board of Finance put it last Sunday, it was one of those occasions when everyone, each in his or her own way, small or large, contributed toward making it work. Without everyone’s help, cooking, cleaning, preparing, setting-up and tearing-down, we couldn’t have done it. Thank you, thank you!

Seeking Christian Ed Director

Christian Education Director

Purpose Statement or Mission:
To oversee and to provide leadership for /in developing, strengthening, and sustaining Christian Education programs designed to meet the needs of all the community members wherever they are in their faith journeys.

• Education Program Development for the entire church community. 1) Act as resource for current ideas regarding church school and Christian education activities. 2) Work with the Board of Christian Education to evaluate programs and develop new ways of carrying out program.
• Administration of education and youth programs. 1) Regular attendance at CE Committee meetings, Church Council meetings, and staff meetings. 2) Develop and implement a Sunday morning Christian Ed program in coordination with the Board of Christian Education. 3) Order, distribute, evaluate, and encourage effective use of curriculum material, equipment, and supplies.
• Designing new/desired education and youth programs.
• Lead middle school age – to high school age youth group(s). Procure parental support for youth group(s) meetings and activities.
• Provide leadership development for teachers, youth group leaders, youth leaders.
• Offer seasonal programming.
• Mission education/administration – includes carrying on existing children and youth mission programs.
• Work with confirmation team.
• Provide education about worship and leadership in worship.
• Encourage music programs within the general education program.
• Seek to provide intergenerational programming.
• Keep the church informed of activities of church school and youth groups.
o Prepare yearly budget with assistance of the Board of Christian Education.
o Prepare and submit Christian Education information for Annual Report.

Working relationships: Works closely with the Pastor, parents, teachers, volunteers and Christian Education Committee. The Pastor will provide direct supervision.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Experience in teaching a must and church education based experience preferred. Skills in music and/or arts preferred.

Work Schedule: An average of 8 hours per week.

Salary: $7000

Contact the church at 244-6606 or

Silent Auction Item List

Activities and Sports

  • Tree Consultation from Vermont Arborist (1 hour)
  • Afternoon Sail on Lake Champlain (up to 4 guests)
  • 2 UVM Men’s Hockey tickets 2019-2020 season
  • 10 Hours of Weeding / Gardening Work
  • Weekend Airbnb Rental (sleeps 6) in Waterbury Center
  • Airbnb 2 nights for 4 guests
  • Airbnb Weekend for 2 guests, Apartment in Waterbury
  • Breakfast and Bird Watching (with accomplished birder) for 4

Dinner and Food

  • Roasted Chicken Dinner for 4
  • Black Back Dinner Gift Card $100
  • Baked Good for Birthday or other event
  • Evening Dinner Cruise on the Reservoir for 4
  • Dinner for 4 at the Lake Champlain Yacht Club followed by Evening Cruise
  • Venison/Salmo Gourmet Dinner with Wine and Dessert for 4
  • Coffee Basket
  • Bucket of Suds (Beer basket)
  • Assorted Homemade Cookies
  • Japanese Tempura Dinner for 2
  • Keurig Coffee Machine
  • Sherry’s Variety Train Bars (Box of 20)
  • Tea Basket
  • Alchemist Gift Card and Swag


  • Photo Frame “Collage” of White Meeting House
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse Whirligig and Book
  • Handmade Wooden Planter with Plant
  • Handwoven Shawl
  • Debbie Brooks New York Purse
  • Handmade Vase of Pottery by Jeremy Ayers
  • 4 mini 4″ x 6″ Sketchbooks
  • 4 mini 4″ x 6″ Sketchbooks
  • 4 mini 4″ x 6″ Sketchbooks
  • Eight 5 x 7 Photo Greeting Cards by Local Artist Kelley Taft
  • Pastel Floral Painting, “Delphiniums” by Local Artist, Belle McDougal
  • Hand Painted Peace Banner 22.5″ x 16.5″ by Local Artist Mary Hill
  • Summer Fun Basket


  • Gardner’s Basket
  • Trombone (including music stands and trombone stand)
  • Waterbottle and $100 Gift Card to Waterbury Sports
  • Local Color Paint
  • $50 Gift Card
  • $50 Gift Card
  • $50 Gift Card
  • $50 Gift Card
  • $50 Gift Card
  • Debbie Brooks Purse
  • Yarn Basket from the Yarn Store in Waterbury
  • Used Silver Trombone
  • Allen Design Teapot Clock
  • Four Thermal Bags
  • Work Crew for 40 Hours


It’s an ancient practise: people with few means head out to the fields after the harvest has been taken in to pick up what little remains there are for their family to eat. Perhaps the most famous story is of Ruth, who, after returning, widowed, with her widowed mother-in-law, to Bethlehem, resorts to gleaning in order to survive and there meets her future husband, Boaz.

Now you can help the Ruth’s of their world find their Boaz! Community Harvest of Central Vermont is a gleaning organization that delivers their gleanings to food shelves around central Vermont and they are nominated for a Red Sox Impact award — $10,000 if they win. How do they win? They need you to vote for them.

Here’s what Allison Levin, director and founder of CHCV wrote:

Everyone can vote and it is very easy, it will take you just a moment and you don’t need to provide any personal info. Please show us your support and help Community Harvest of Central Vermont win by voting at

We need all your votes and please share with others you know too.
You can help gleaning in a big way, with your vote!

Thank you all for all the ways you help make our gleaning work possible.

Youth Sunday

On June 9 (at 10 am!) we’ll close out the church school year with a guest story-teller. Simon Brooks uses stories from all sorts of traditions from African to Native American to talk about caring for our world. Our children have spent the last year, off and on, talking about ways we can take care of the environment and our communities. They’ve created compost and planted seeds, watched worms at work and talked about ways creatures, from trees to humans, are connected and dependent on one another.

As has been our tradition, we take the time on Youth Sunday to recognize our graduating first graders, at one end, and at the other, our graduating high school seniors.

We’ll also honor our teachers who helped so much over the past year — and yes, we’ll celebrate Tom and honor his 11 years of ministry among us. I do hope you’ll be able to join us for this special and important day.