One Great Hour of Sharing

The United Church of Christ, our covenantal partner in mission and worship, encourages us, along with all the rest of the UCC, to participate in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) every March.  This year our offering will be taken on March 11 (though, as always, donations will be accepted for a week or so following).  This offering is not only UCC. In fact it is the largest, oldest multi-denominational offering in the US.  Funds generated by this offering are used to support disaster, refugee and development activities around the world.

Here’s a story of how our offering helped a family in Haiti, following the 2016 hurricane season.

Roger Doris and his family built their house in Haiti’s Northwest Department in 1989. It was a traditional mud-and stick house, like so many in Haiti are. In 2000 and 2001, they  renovated their home to replace the mud walls with concrete blocks and added a tin roof. 

Then Hurricane Matthew hit. As the wind pounded on the house and the rain poured down,

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Roger Doris and his wife whose name, sadly, is not given.

 extensive damage was done to Roger’s house.  The walls shook and cracked. The wood support columns—which weren’t  particularly sturdy to start with—were damaged badly. Overnight, that house was  stripped of being a home.

The family still lived there; they had no where else to go. They didn’t  now how much longer the house would stand. Their sense of security was gone.

The UCC and Church World Service (another of our partners), through funds from OGHS responded to help Roger and his family build a new house. Roger had training as an iron worker and carpenter, so he teamed up with professional masons to work on the new house. His  family provided funds to pay for the new foundation and food for the workers. They also received seeds to plant so that the family would have a food and income source. Now, the family has a house where they can feel safe. The house has a strong foundation and sturdy support columns made with rebar. More than that, everyone has peace of mind. It is truly a home.

Remember, this offering is happening at our church on March 11.

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Silent Auction – More details

The church is holding a Silent Auction Fundraising event in May (possible dates are May 18 or 20) and we need your help! The idea is to collect donations from church members and hold an evening event with the items on display, where everyone has the chance to bid (on paper) for their favorite items – highest bid takes the item home.

Here are some ideas for items to donate; tickets to a show; a round of golf; vacation rental; hand crafted items such as quilts; sweaters; or Christmas decorations; musical instrument lessons; home-cooked meals delivered to your door; services such as lawn mowing or snow shoveling. Or get together with friends and create a themed basket such as ‘coffee lovers’; kids games; gardener’s tools; etc.

We will also have food and music at the event so let us know if you want to contribute in that way.

Look for the silent auction table at coffee time right after church over the next few weeks where you can sign up to donate an item. Or call or email Jill or June with any questions.

Jill Loewer: 802-375-3934 – loewerjc@sover.net

June Hibbs: 603-817-8390 – june.hibbs@comcast.net

Church School News

Did you know that the CE program is still on track to put our learning from last fall about Moses and the Exodus to good use. Later this spring we will meet with our friend Barbara Paulson and put together an epic puppet show, which will be performed in June.
To help keep us focussed on the story, we are going to spend Sunday cooking latkes! I’ll bring the fixings, and we’ll cook during our time together. Please let me know if your child is allergic to flour, potato, eggs or onions!
I hope you’re enjoying the roller coaster weather — stay well, and we’ll see you Sunday!
Best,
Tom

2018 Annual Meeting and Report

Our annual meeting is called for January 28, 2018 in the sanctuary following worship.  We will consider the items on the warning which can be viewed here along with the rest of the annual report.

Please also consider staying after the meeting for a potluck lunch in the dining room.  If you bring a hot dish to pass, the ovens in the kitchen will be on warm when you arrive.  If you can’t bring anything, fear not, there will be plenty of loaves and fishes, er, food.

Silent Auction

A committee has been formed to organize a new fundraiser (at least new for this century!).  The basic idea is that everyone has a gift or a skill to share.  We’ll auction these off over two weekend, using pen and paper.  The items which receive the most interest (or which we think will receive the most interest) will be auctioned off at a live event. The committee consists of Jill and Jeff Loewer (who have experience in participating in a highly successful silent auction for Star Island) and June Hibbs who has experience organizing these kinds of activities.  It promises to be an event!

We are tentatively planning on the auction taking place starting the weekend of May 13 and ending the following Sunday. 

How can you help? Well, at this point, start being creative as you think about what you might offer.  Do you have something that could be shared for a period of time, like a mountain cabin? Perhaps you like to bake and could offer a cookie of the month club for a year?  Do you create things about which others have said, “I’d like one of those!”?  Perhaps offering to rake leaves in the fall is your thing.  The sky, as you can see, is the limit.

Annual Meeting – Jan. 28

Our annual meeting is called for January 28, 2018 in the sanctuary following worship.  We will consider the items on the warning which can be viewed here along with the rest of the annual report.

Please also consider staying after the meeting for a potluck lunch in the dining room.  If you bring a hot dish to pass, the ovens in the kitchen will be on warm when you arrive.  If you can’t bring anything, fear not, there will be plenty of loaves and fishes, er, food.

Annual Reports Due Mid Month

This year’s annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28, following worship (with a potluck to follow).

In the meantime preparations are underway!  If you are a committee or board member, please remind your group that reports are due in to the office by January 15.  We prefer the reports to be sent in electronically.  This will allow Polly and me to publish the report in time for you to have a copy a week ahead of time.

Thank you for your attention to this matter!

Please Take your Poinsettias

If you attend the 7 pm service on Sunday, if you could take your poinsettia home so that we don’t have to continue trying to nurse them into good health, we (well, Polly, actually!) would appreciate it.

Thank you.  And thank you for helping to adorn our sanctuary with the beauty of these plants.poinsettia-red

Kirby House Christmas Gifts

Once again our Board of Outreach has organized an opportunity for giving gifts to residents at the Kirby House.  All you need to do is take a few tags (the more you can take, the less shopping the board needs to do!), purchase the items and return them to the church by Tuesday, December 16.

Board members will wrap and deliver the presents starting Tuesday evening.

Thank you!

Christmas Concerts

Today, Friday, December 15 — The Solaris Vocal Ensemble will perform again in our sanctuary a selection of choral wonder works, including the famous Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre.  See the poster below for the full repertoire.

Saturday, December 16 — The Waterbury Community Band presents their Christmas concert at 2:30 pm in our sanctuary.  This is a benefit concert for the Waterbury Food Shelf.

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