Silent Auction

June Hibbs and Charlie Grenier are chairing the 2019 Congregational Church silent auction fundraiser.  The event will join the Strawberry Festival fundraiser on June 28th.  A sign up sheet will be available every Sunday after church, but you can also email your  contributions to June & Charlie.

Last year the following items were donated, greatly appreciated, and proved to be good sellers:

           1. Whirligigs (Got overbids on both of them!)

            2. Homemade dinners from salmon to tempura

            3. Artwork and pottery pieces

This year in addition to last years’ items the following ideas might be considered by you:


            1. More in house dinners with congregation members would promote good fellowship, be fun, and be a great way to raise $1,000 or more. Meals can be shared together or delivered.

            2. Anyone have a construction/maintenance project like painting or demolition at home that needs to be done?  We will look at the projects and if we can handle it, will supply a work crew in exchange for a to be negotiated worthy contribution. Maybe the outside of your house needs to be pressure washed or your garden tilled. Give it some real thought and reach out to Charlie.

            3. Anyone have a camp on a lake, winter home in south or air bnb to auction for a week or two?

Any item for auction needs to be new or of substantial value and not an item for the tag sale.

Email or call us at:

Cell: 802-272-2985
Home: 802-244-7454

Cell: 603-817-8390

We look forward to your response, don’t be shy.


Church World Service Kits

In preparation for our annual ingathering of disaster kits from churches all around Northern and Central Vermont, our Board of Outreach is heading up our own drive to make hygiene kits. You will find little orange cards in your bulletin on Sunday which list all of the items needed to make a kit.

Instructions are simply enough: purchase the item and the size listed below and pack them into a one-gallon plastic zip-lok bag. Do not add money or extra items.

  • One hand towel measuring approx. 15×28 to 16×32 inches (no finger, bath, dish or micro-fiber towlels, please).
  • One washcloth.
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package.
  • One finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from the package.
  • One bath size bar of soap in the wrapper.
  • One toothbrush in the package.
  • Ten standard sized Band-aids.

(Please note the CWS will add toothpaste to the kits once in hand.)

Church World Service Truck

If you’re around church during the first week in May, you will notice boxes and buckets that have arrived from around Vermont to be picked up by the CWS truck on May 7 or so, piling up in our dining room.

Music for an April Afternoon

On Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 p.m. at least 20 professional musicians will gather to present “Music for an April Afternoon.” The concert will be held at the Unitarian Church at 130 Main Street and will highlight not only Monteverdi Music School’s (MMS) talented faculty (including Joni McCraw, Mary Jane Austin and Erik Kroncke) but will also feature Counterpoint, Vermont’s professional vocal ensemble, which calls MMS at the Center for Arts and Learning its home base for rehearsals. With such a diverse representation of faculty members performing there will be something for everyone on the program.

Karen Songhurst, board president, says “This concert is key to helping fund our annual fund as well as our scholarship program. We strive to make music education accessible to everyone in the community. We hope the local community will turn out to support their local community music nonprofit’s 25 years and celebrate the immense talent in our area.” A sample of the faculty on the program include Eliza Thomas playing a Schubert piano Impromptu and Doug Perkins playing a Bach Sonata on guitar. Clarinettist Joni McCraw, pianist Luke Rackers and mezzo soprano Lindsey Warren will perform a selection from VT composer Erik Nielsen’s “Until Time Itself…” Guitarist Daniel Gaviria will play La Catedral by Agustin Barrios Mangore.

In addition to the teaching faculty, Counterpoint, directed by Nathaniel Lew, will present selections from their Six Degrees program which is an educational project and musical panorama about the threat of climate change locally and worldwide. The title Six Degrees refers both to the cataclysmic result of the warming of the planet by six degrees Celsius, which would effectively end life on our planet, as well as to the “six degrees of separation” that connect all of humanity.

This year’s faculty concert will also have a special reception in honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary and to honor Joni McCraw, who is retiring from teaching after 30 years at Monteverdi. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 for students & seniors, and kids 10 and under are free.

Fuller Center Blitz Build

Beauregard, Alabama was struck by a mile-wide EF-4 tornado early in March, leaving the community in shock and their housing stock in tatters.

The Fuller Center for Housing, with whom we have worked in the past, is partnering with the local hospital to build several houses this spring and summer. In late September they are organizing a blitz week where they hope to build six houses in one week. They will have all the materials they need, courtesy of the hospital; labor is now being lined up.

If you have interest in being a part of a team of volunteers, please let me know. Below is the letter we received outlining the vision.

Horrible scenes like this can be found throughout the rural community of Beauregard, Alabama, where 23 people were killed by a massive tornado earlier this month.

March 25, 2019

It was just announced a few minutes ago on our website that the Millard Fuller Legacy Build will be coming to a community where it is desperately needed. I hope to see you there in the fall. Here’s the story we just posted, and we’ll share more details when they are available:

The rural Alabama community of Beauregard — an unincorporated area of about 10,000 people just east of Auburn — was devastated March 3 by a massing EF-4 tornado that carved a nearly mile-wide path of destruction. It killed 23 people ranging in age from 6 to 89 in the deadliest tornado strike since an EF-5 twister killed 24 people in Moore, Okla., in 2013.

East Alabama Medical Center is the largest hospital in the region and wants to help families rebuild their lives. They turned to someone a half-hour away, someone with whom they have partnered before to build affordable homes — Kim Roberts, executive director of the Chattahoochee Valley Fuller Center.

Roberts was among those who visited Beauregard on Monday to see how The Fuller Center for Housing and specifically The Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project could help. The result is a plan to begin three new houses next month and then bring the annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build to Beauregard in September for a six-home blitz week.

“When we got there, they basically said, ‘Whatever you need, we’re gonna make it happen,'” Roberts said of her meeting with local officials who will be handling such issues as inspections that require much different handling and timing during a blitz build than during normal weeks. She gave much credit to State Rep. Debbie Wood for helping to get things moving quickly.

Things are moving so fast that the exact land upon which the homes will be built has yet to be decided but will be in the area hardest hit by the tornado. Roberts said she hopes to learn more specifics by the end of the week but is committed to beginning work on at least one of three homes by the end of April.

“They said the morale is so poor and really down,” Roberts said. “But we’ll do something next month just to get the morale up and get them excited for September coming. The Fuller Center for Housing is honored to be called to help get some of the families there back into decent homes and will hold our annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build there in late September,” said Fuller Center President David Snell, noting that the build will kick off on Sept. 29, 2019.

“Beauregard is just 30 miles south of Lanett, Millard Fuller hometown, making it an especially appropriate place to build as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing.”

More details will come soon about Legacy Build registration, lodging options and more. With six houses to be built in just one week, The Fuller Center is counting on volunteers from the local area and across the nation to pitch in for this badly needed recovery effort. Stay tuned!

David Snell, President,

The Fuller Center for Housing, 701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Americus, GA, 31719

Community Voices Project

Some students of the Thatcher Brook Primary School have been working on a large, multi-disciplinary project about their community. They have interviewed members of the Waterbury community and have composed songs in response to those interviews. The interviews will be presented with food and music at an open to the community event in our church on Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 pm.

Amy’s Garden

The beautiful little stretch of flowers beneath the sanctuary windows on the east side of the church, called Amy’s Garden, after Amy Bingham who was a member of our church at the turn of the century, and a resident of Randall Street is in need of a volunteer to give it a little TLC .

Amy’s Garden

For the past several years, Anne Wilson had been tending it. Through careful attention to weeds and a liberal, yearly application of mulch, the weeding effort has been drastically reduced. Anne, however, has moved with her family to Colorado and does not want to come back once a week to weed the garden . . .

Would you be willing? If this is something you might like to do, call the church, or email me at and we can chat. Thank you!

One Great Hour of Sharing

This important, ecumenical, worldwide offering starts on Sunday. You are invited to make your contribution to OGHS anytime in the next 3 three weeks. To see why you might do that, click on this video below. It’s 50 seconds and beautifully done.

Nuclear Arms in Burlington . . .

That statement shocked me. It turns out that the new fighter jets (F-35s) being deployed from Burlington are part of the country’s nuclear aresenal. According to the Nuclear Posture Reivew (NPR) which guides federal strategy for the use of nuclear weapons, the military plans to use the F-35 in conjunction with the nuclear B61-12 gravity bomb. The F-35 fighter aircraft will maintain the nation’s ability to “deploy nuclear weapons, should the security situation demand it.”

A group concerned about nuclear weapons in general and those weapons being deployed from Vermont is headed by Ben Cohen and is sponsoring an awareness campaign and petition to keep Vermont nuclear free. While it is true that the F-35s would be deployed from Vermont to pick up the nukes, according to a former nuclear policy advisor for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Burlington is a nuclear target as a result of this policy.

If you’re interested in a signing the petition, you can do so by clicking on the link.

Ava Skis On!

Ava Thurston, daughter of Tom Thurston and Heidi Hill is in Anchorage, Alaska competing in the Junior National Ski Competition. She has raced both freestyle and classic, taking a 5th in the former and a 3rd place in the later. She competed against 74 other championship level skiers from around the country in the under 16 bracket. Congratuations Ava!

Ava at the starting line on Monday in Anchorage.