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Waitsfield United Church of Christ

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Weekly News and Notes

February 4, 2016

Greetings WUCC Family and Friends,

Sunday morning we will not only celebrate communion we will also explore the meaning of the transfiguration. If you are not sure what Transfiguration is we invite you to come find out…and then to break bread with us at the table of belonging where all are welcome. We also invite you to the lunch following worship and the Annual meeting.

Every church I have served has had similar reactions when you mention it is time for Annual Meeting. GROAN….ugh, all….right…we will be there.   The groans are about having to attend another meeting, about doing the business of church, about hashing out the budget. The truth for us at WUCC is that we don’t have a lot of meetings. We do a lot of our communication and organizing via email and Sunday morning worship and fellowship hour, so we are not one of those meeting laden organizations. And another truth is that when we get together good things happen…ideas are born, energy is renewed and there is a lot of holy laughter!

We have done really wonderful things this past year and when we review that during Annual meeting on Sunday we can celebrate those accomplishments and we can imagine what is yet to come. We have trusted that God was at work in this place and indeed, God is at work, God has put us to work and good work is unfolding here all the time. That is good news and we have lots to celebrate….so come to Annual meeting…and let’s be reminded of who we are and to whom we belong….and let’s enjoy being the community of love and grace God has blessed in this place.

See you Sunday!


This Weekend:

Sunday February 7:     10am Worship with communion

11:15 Lunch with Annual meeting following

3:00 -4:30 *Confirmation…NOTE time Change

*Confirmation is from 3-4:30 to make it possible for folks to see the Super bowl with family and friends. Please remember we are meeting in Waitsfield.

Wednesday Feb. 10:   7:00pm Ash Wednesday service at the Warren Church

Coming Programs and Events:

Sunday Feb. 14   10am  Worship

11:30  Adult Ed film and discussion

11:30 Worship and Music meeting in sanctuary

4-5:30   Confirmation Class @ Waitsfield

Adult Ed opportunity @ WUCCBeginning Sunday Feb. 14, during Lent we will have an Adult Education opportunity from 11:30 to 12:30.  We will see brief videos with interviews of well known and thoughtful Theologians, Pastors and Spiritual leaders of our day.  After each video we will have a discussion of that topic and the material presented.  This is an informal discussion group that will provide us with an opportunity to grow and think critically and constructively about issues of our day and what it means to be people of faith.  Consecutive sessions are not necessary, come as you are able.

GIVING FROM THE HEART is a mission project to benefit the Valley Food Shelf. “Hungry Bags” will be given out on February 7th for you to bring home and fill. A list of suggested items that are always welcome at the Food Shelf will be attached to the bag. On February 14th please bring your full bag to Sunday worship where we will dedicate all of your donations. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Thompson at 496-2406. Thank you for your support in supporting our neighbors.

Sunday February 21:   Have you been thinking about joining WUCC?  If so, we will be holding an inquirers class to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and explore what it means to be a member of this congregation and of the UCC in general.  Let Rev. McHugh know if you are interested.  Come join the conversation without obligation.  All are welcome.

Reminder:  Good Search and Good shop are ways we can earn free money.  Every time you go on line, go through Good Search and click WUCC as your charity of choice and we will receive a donation.  This goes for both Good Search and for Good Shop where there are thousands of shopping options.

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Please consider this venue for shopping and searching it is such an easy way to help the church and they have great deals on all kinds of things.

The week of February 21, 2016: Vermont Adaptive will be having a special program up at Mt. Ellen. We will be supplying lunch to approximately 26 people during that week and we need help putting this together. It is a wonderful time to reach out and meet new and interesting people. Speak to Rev. McHugh or Vince Gauthier for more information.