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May 18, 2016

Greetings Waitsfield UCC Family and Friends,

Although Nancy is on her Sabbatical, we know she is experiencing relaxation and renewal. Please keep her in your heart. Here is the blessing she gave us last week.

Nancy’s Blessing:

May the Spirit of God wash over you like the gentle gurgle of the stream,

May the mystery of God in neighbor and stranger bring a smile to your  face and warmth to your heart,

May the brilliance of the Creator surprise you in the holy that rises up in the ordinary

And may the unexpected glimpses of grace fill you with joy….today and everyday.

This Week:

Sunday – May 22 – 10:00 Worship – Rev. Deb Ingram preaching

The Central Vermont Refugee Assistance Network is having a fundraising concert by  Michael   Arnowitt.  – Syrian Music

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm – Burlington, First Congregational Church

Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm – Montpelier High School Auditorium


Next Week:

Monday – May 23 – Armand Viens Funeral Service – 11:00 AM

Thursday – May 26 – Steering Committee Meeting – 7:30

Friday – May 27 – Free Community Dinner – Hosts – MRV Rotary

Come and bring a friend.

Vacation Bible School – Note that the Warren Church will have VBS

June 20-24 for Valley children.


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 /