Waitsfield United Church of Christ
Village Meeting House
Weekly News and Notes
April 7, 2016
Dear Waitsfield UCC Family and Friends,
As I write this note to you I am listening to Vermont Public Radio and they are doing a program on Vermont Edition about preserving Vermont Churches. It is wonderful to hear about so many churches around the state and how they persevere the challenges they face. One of the interesting things highlighted was the reality that churches are more than a space to worship for the community. They spoke of the ways the churches give back to the community with day care programs, AA groups, community suppers, Boy Scouts, Food Shelves and providing space for many other community organizations and meetings. They talked about how these buildings serve many purposes and are worth saving. The two Professors who spoke noted the history and the architectural gifts these buildings bring the community as well.
What a delight to hear people outside of our community speak to exactly what we are doing in our Capital Campaign to preserve our building and to open our doors wider. If you get a chance to listen to the show it is repeated at 7pm at 107.9 FM It is a confirmation of a couple of things: 1. The hard work and commitment that is needed by congregations and communities together to do this work, and 2. That WUCC is right on the mark as we move into the future.
In closing let me request your prayers for our Church Council and the Village Meeting House Steering Committee members so that we might continue to be faithful in all we do. Thanks for all that YOU do…for it is together that we are the church in all of its fullness!!
See you Sunday,
Thursday Apr. 7: 5pm -? Work with Steering Committee on letters
Sunday April 10: 10 am Worship and Receiving New Members…a wonderful
Celebration of family and friends.
11:20 Confirmation students meet at WUCC parking lot to
leave for New Alpha Baptist Church. Bring lunch w/you.
Events that are Coming:
- Community Supper on April 29th Come and bring a friend.
- One Great Hour of Sharing
Violent political actions all over the world have created waves of refugees and displaced people, unable to return home for fear of their lives. Natural disasters have disrupted communities too, displacing people from their homes and livelihoods. OGHS donations fund UCC sustainable development, refugee and disaster ministries. The theme this year is: Go the Extra Mile. Please consider giving to this worthy cause to be collected on April 24th. Thank you.
- Vermont Conference of the UCC Annual Meeting: April 29-30, Peggy Stokes and Rev. Nancy McHugh will be attending the Annual meeting at Lake Morey. We look forward to coming back and sharing with you all the exciting things that are going on in the Conference. We would like another delegate to attend, if you are interested, please let Rev. McHugh know.
- TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH 7-8 P.M. TAIZE SERVICE AT THE WARREN CHURCH LED BY JEROME MONACHINO AND OTHER ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE MUSICIANS. Taizé worship is the creation of a monastic community in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s by a Swiss man known as Brother Roger. The brothers there—100 in number, from all over the world—emphasize contemplative prayer, serving others and reconciliation between divided peoples and divided Christians. Through scripture, silence and repetitive sung prayer, participants are enabled to more deeply experience the peace that Christ offers. This kind of service has become immensely popular with young people, with tens of thousands of teens and 20-somethings from all parts of the globe going every year to spend time at the monastery in France. This will be an opportunity for you to experience yet another kind of worship. We think you’ll like it.
Other Dates to Remember:
May 1, 10 am Communion
May 8, 10am Anthem Sunday
May 15, 10 am Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday celebrated at Warren Church- big celebration with our youth as they complete their Confirmation process.