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Weekly News and Notes

April 27, 2016

Dear Waitsfield UCC Family and Friends,

This year the Vermont Annual Meeting theme is “Be The Church”.   You may have seen the big magnet on the freezer in the kitchen that has this title and then all the elements that make up what it means to “Be The Church”.   Of course we are more focused on some areas than others, but we certainly strive to deal with each of them the best we are able. Here is what the banner/magnet says:


Protect the environment, Care for the poor, Forgive often, Reject racism, Fight for the powerless, Share earthly and spiritual resources, Embrace diversity, Love God and Enjoy this life.

It is a powerful statement.  It is a great challenge as well, as there is always room for growth in any of these areas.  Sunday morning in worship we will dive into this theme a bit and see what the Churches in the Vermont Conference are doing to make this a reality.  Peggy, Diane and I will represent you while we are there and then we will bring home news and updates from the wider Church body.

See you on Sunday where we gather once again to be empowered to…


Grace and Peace to you,


This Week:

Wednesday           11:00 AM Funeral service for Robert C. Gallagher

Friday April 29:   5:30 Free Community Supper, Come and Bring a

friend…grilled chicken…it promises to be delicious!

Thursday –Saturday: Vermont Conference meeting at Lake Morey

Sunday May 1st:   10 AM worship with communion

Coming Events for your Calendar:

Sunday May 8th is Anthem Sunday….Mother’s Day celebration with Music! This is always a wonderful worship experience. Sunday the 8th will also be the day we do our Sabbatical covenant with Nancy as it will be her last Sunday in our Sanctuary for a couple of months. See info about Sabbatical below.

Wednesday May 11:   Historical Society Annual meeting at WUCC.

May 13-14:  Confirmation Class Retreat at Lake George, returning for a potluck supper and communion service.

Sunday May 15th:   Pentecost Sunday and Celebration of Confirmation. We will worship at the Warren Church at 10am. Come celebrate this great day with our young people and their families. The spirit is at work…always!

Other Items to Note:

Nancy’s Sabbatical runs from May 15 (after worship) through July 17th. This time away is to get restored and renewed so that upon returning she can continue to help us move forward into the adventures that are unfolding with our Capital Campaign, worship, education and community events. Our Guest preachers during Sabbatical are Rev. Deb Ingram and Rev. Mark Pitton. These are two wonderful and gifted Pastors and we are sure to have meaningful worship together.

Thank you for supporting One Great Hour of Sharing. We again got word that help is needed for those displaced in Ecuador. Your presence is there through your gifts. Thank you.

PH International is seeking host families for university students from Russia ages 18-20 interested in environmental sustainability. These students will be visiting Vermont through PH International’s Russian Youth Environmental (RYEP) Program.

This program is designed to help Russian youth develop a sense of civic responsibility through workshops, seminars, site visits and activities focusing on the primary themes of leadership development, community engagement, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Participants will spend a total of four weeks in the U.S. including a week at the Environmental Sustainability Institute at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, two weeks in Vermont attending a one-week Youth Leadership Academy and participation in community service projects, followed by a cultural visit to Washington, D.C.

Youth participants will be placed in home stays during their time in Vermont to learn about American culture and family life. Host families are asked to provide a comfortable and clean place to sleep, breakfast and dinner, minimal transportation to centralized pick-up and drop-off locations and some weekend activities. We are currently recruiting interested host families for July 2-20th and/or August 13-31st or a portion of the participant’s stay during these dates.

PH International is a Vermont-based, international, non-governmental organization located in Waitsfield. With 30+ years of experience, PH works from offices across Eurasia to support civic society development through education, technology, and cross-cultural engagement. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

To find out more about hosting opportunities in July or August, please contact Renee Berrian or Hannah Corey at (802) 496-4545 or email at renee.berrian@ph-int.org / hannah.corey@ph-int.org.