HS Senior Graduation Celebration

It’s celebration time!  Five of the six pictured below (confirmation, 2013) have graduated.  They are from left to right (Kyle Roche, Erin Magill, Nicole Cutler (who graduates next year), Wynne Plagge, Bridgett Nagdeman (who graduated from a high school in Tennesee) and Julia Loewer.)

We do hope you’ll join us this week, as we reflect on the journeys of our graduates over the years. Here are a few photos I’ve collected.

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Erin Magill, Left and Wynne Plagge, right, peeling apples.

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Christian Education Celebration Sunday

On June 3, our Church School will present during worship a masterpiece puppet theater!  For most of the year, our children, on Sunday mornings while we’ve been in the sanctuary, have read stories from and talked about The Book of Exodus.  They know it pretty well!  And now they’re telling the story through puppets with a little help from Barbara Paulson of No Strings Marionette.  It will be a big show (it’s a big story!).

We really hope you can join us for this grand day of celebration.

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Barbara Paulson and the puppets and Ella Cisz?

Special Meeting

We are called as a congregation, by the Church Council to gather as a body on June 3, 2018 in the sanctuary, following worship to consider releasing funds of up to $25,000 for the purchase and installation of a new primary heating system for the church.

Details:  There are four issues at play.  1) The furnace that heats the sanctuary is almost 30 years old (installed in 1990).  We have been advised by two different companies that it is likely to fail sometime in the very near future — it is well past its life expectancy.  2) We also have a 30 year old underground oil tank.  It too, is past its prime and we (and, apparently, our fuel company) are concerned about the increasing possibility of it leaking.  3) On very cold nights when the draw on the furnaces are high, we experience oil flow problems that require me to come down to the church in the middle of the night to reset the furnaces and get things running again, this despite several years of many different mechanics attempting to solve this problem.  4) Finally, at the Annual Meeting in January, we set aside realized gains from the endowment to the firm foundation in anticipation of this need.

Instead of replacing the oil tank, we have contracted with Ross Environmental out of Stowe, to remove it, test the soil around it, and fill in the hole.  Because we do have a propane tank, also buried, we will replace the oil furnaces with two high efficiency Lennox gas furnaces attached to our existing duct-work.

We hope that you will be able to attend this important congregational meeting as we look to continuing to provide a safe and comfortable space for our worship life and for the community.

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Both oil furnaces will be replaced with gas units about half the size of each.

Wallace Farm Fundraiser Dinner

Sunday April 29th there will be a pasta dinner at the fire station to raise money for Rosina and Kay Wallace. Some area churches are pitching in making dessert. If you’d like to donate baked goods, please contact Jill Chase at 244-1455 or oicha@comcast.net. At the moment, we’re not sure exactly what or how much is needed, but information will be shared as it comes in. Thank you!

2018 Call to Artists

     We are excited to host our 4th annual Community Art Show this July! Amateur and professional artists, artisans and crafters are encouraged to participate in this fun, friendly show, which celebrates the wide range of creativity in our community. All media are welcome — from painting to photography to ceramics to jewelry to textile to … whatever you are making and willing to share with the community!
       This year’s theme is “Art & Remembering.” How does art connect with remembering for you? Perhaps you work in a traditional form that connects to the past? Do you make things to keep your memories alive? Maybe you blend the old and new through your materials or your methods or your subjects? You as the artist decide how the theme connects to your work.
       The show will run from July 1st through August 1st, and will be open during the Waterbury Arts Fest. Participation is open to residents of Bolton, Duxbury, Middlesex, Moretown and Waterbury. Applications are available here (paper copies are available at the White Meeting House, 8 N. Main St., Waterbury). Applications are due June 15th. A donation of $10 is suggested to support publicity efforts.
      On Sunday, July 1st, we will host an artists’ social and opening reception. The show will also be open on Saturday, July 14th for the Waterbury Arts Fest.
     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.  Questions can be addressed to Torrey at 244-8581 or torreycsmith@yahoo.com.

Talk and Workshop with Emily Mitchell

On Top of the World by Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell will be sharing a talk with the community during the Sunday service on April 29th. Worship starts at 10 and ends by 11, followed by coffee and a snack. All are welcome!

That afternoon, from 2 – 4PM, she will offer a workshop: work with paint, paper,  and stencils to create an amazing, colorful and vibrant layered springtime inspired piece of art, which you will be able to take home that day! All art supplies are provided. Cost is $30. Sign up for her workshop by emailing her.

Find out more about Emily and her work on her website: http://emilymitchellstudio.com

Easter 2018

Easter Sunrise

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We continue in the tradition of participating in an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on Easter morning (April 1).  We meet at the parking lot of the Blush Hill Country Club just in time to see the sun rise over the lip of Hunger Mountain, 7:00 am.  I will be planning and leading the service this year.  We try to keep it short (it’s always cold!).  It is a beautiful, fairly quiet moment as we await the boisterousness of the rest of the morning to come!

Breakfast

Along with the responsibility to lead the service, we have the pleasure of serving a warming breakfast to our brothers and sisters in Christ who have braved the cold and the early morning hours.  Please sign up to help on this Sunday.

Full Easter Celebration

At 10:00 am we will be called to order by the sounds of a 16th century dance of joy played by a brass quartet and the organ!  The brass will hang around to accompany our hymn singing and be joined by a few other instrumentalists in a rousing rendition of The Strife is O’er by the choir.  Happy, happy Easter it will be!  I hope you can join us.

Two Concerts

Bach Organ Marathon

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 starting at 1:30 pm, the fourth annual Bach Marathon will fill 14680648_1248334685228283_3137735499860464658_nthe sanctuary of Christ Church in Montpelier, with the glorious music of J.S. Bach.  Five organists, plus some piano students, will perform.  All donations will benefit the music scholarship program in the Montpelier Public Schools.  Come and go as you please; there will be refreshments; tell your friends!

 

 

Hoffstra University Chamber Choir

This fine ensemble will be performing in our sanctuary this evening!

From their Facebook post comes this blurb:  Please join us for a fabulous evening of music, with special guests from Harwood High School! Featuring works by Jake Runestad, Veljo Tormis, William Billings, and many more.

See more at their Facebook site here.