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News from Waterbury Congregational Church, June 2011

posted at 2:32 pm Mon Jun 6th, 2011 by (WherezIt_Staff)



Waterbury Congregational



United Church of Christ

June 2011



I am happy to announce that we're going to create a new pictorial directory of our church community. The directory will help us connect names with faces. It has been 6 years since we have had our pictures taken.  We have changed. Let's celebrate that and celebrate who we are today with a brand new directory.

Please participate! Whether you worship with us all year 'round, or just in the summer, whether you join us every week, or once a month, we want to include you. 

For the next several weeks, we will be making appointments at the church. You can also schedule your appointment online by clicking here. Please sign up as soon as possible to get the best appointment to fit your schedule. 

(Please note that the sign-up sheets at the church (sheet A) are not the same as the sign-up sheets on line (sheet B).  Slots are staggered so that the two different sheets (A and B) can be woven together on the photography days)

Every participating family, household or individual that selects a pose for the directory will receive a free church directory and a complimentary 8x10 portrait. You will only need to come to the church once for photography and for portrait viewing. The program is available at no cost to the church budget. You will have the opportunity to purchase portraits and frames on the same day of photography. All portraits come with a 100% unconditional guarantee.  Whether you decide to dress formally or casually, is entirely up to you.

The scheduled dates for photography and portrait viewing are Thursday through Saturday, June 23, -25.

If you have questions, please contact us at the church office or send me an email.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the directory. Our new pictorial directory just won't be complete without you! 


Up and Coming

Laity Sunday - June 5
Crop Walk - June 12
Senior Recognition Sunday - June 12
Strawberry Festival - July 1
Summer Fundraisers
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Laity Sunday


The Vermont Conference Annual Meeting will be held next week in Castleton, from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning.  Five of us will be attending the meeting:  Peter Plagge, Ned Davis, Cindy and John Senning and Carlie Murray.

The exciting thing about this for you is that, besides all of us energized by the weekend away in worship and other church stuff, you get to hear Dean King preach on Sunday.  Betsy Ainsworth and Jan Hewitt from the Board of Deacons will also be leading worship with Dean.

Thank you Dean and Betsy and Jan!

Please mark you calendar and plan to be in worship on the morning of June 5.




Looking to make a difference in these trying times, the Washington West CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 90 Walkers and hopes to raise $5000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world through support for self-help initiatives.  Twenty-five percent of the funds raised here on June 12 will go to local food shelves and meals programs in the communities where the walkers live.

This year the Washington West commnities and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger - one step at a time."  The CROP Walkers will be proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks, and meal sites here in the U.S.  These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.

Haiti is just one part of the world where CROP Hunger Walks are making a big difference.  And in the aftermath of the killer earthquake and tsunami, CROP Hunger Walks are funding Church World Service programs providing much-needed emergency assistance in Japan.  Relief and development work continues in Indonesia, Central America, and Eastern Europe. Assistance is given to help displaced families resettle after disasters - both man made and natural.  With recovery efforts in full swing, CROP Hunger Walks are helping families and communities rebuild homes, food supplies and livelihoods around the world.

CROP Hunger Walks also play a role in the U.S., helping communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes with disaster relief and emergency assistance.

For more information about the Washington West CROP Hunger Walk including how make a donation, contact Cindy Senning at 244-8049 or the Waterbury Congregational Church at 244-6606. The web site is Registration starts at 12:30. at the Waterbury Congregational Church at 8 North Main Street in Waterbury. The walk begins at 1:00. 

CROP Potluck -- Special Event

This year we are excited that Vitali Vorona, the Director of Church World Service programs in the Balkans and Bert Marshall, the New England Director for CWS are coming to cheer on the walkers as they complete their three mile loop.      
Bert and Vitali will stay for a potluck supper at 5:00 at the Waterbury Congregational Church and will share stories, photos, and videos of relief and development work in the Balkans. Vitali will also be telling us about efforts to help the Roma people in Eastern Europe.
Food Pantry Needs


This month is bring a jar of peanut butter and or jelly to church month.  We'll be collecting peanut butter all this month for the food shelf.  Of course, you're welcome to bring whatever you want to put in the food shelf basket in the narthex, but we're recommending peanut butter and jelly as easy to remember and much used food items at the food shelf.
Senior Recognition Sunday


GraduateIt is a honor and a delight to be able to recognize 7 graduating seniors, all of whom have been active in the life of the church over their school years.  
I hope you will join us for worship on June 12 as we celebrate the presence and accomplishments of Nathan Cutler, Karla Emery, Anshe Lotspeich, Yana Lotspeich, Paul MacGowan, Paul Staskus, and Alex Thomas. 


Congregational Meeting


Church Rhododendrons
At the January annual meeting of the church, we all agreed again in June to  review the budget at the 6 month interval. We've scheduled that meeting for June 26. The 6 month financial report will identify expenditures by Board area and show budget versus actual for revenue and expenditures. Discussion will include outlining the anticipated revenue from various events and use of the Endowment Fund.

The following is the official call to that meeting:

The members of the Waterbury Congregational Church, UCC are called to a congregational meeting on June 26, 2011, following worship, to review and discuss the financial status of the church midway through our fiscal year, as requested by a vote at the January 30, annual meeting of the church.


Helping our Neighbors


Flood Relief and Support
Flooding at Hope Cemetery
Flooding Behind Hope Cemetery

The recent flooding in central Vermont has devastated homes and small businesses. Water and winds have destroyed storefronts, infrastructure and worst of all, the homes of many fellow Vermonters.  Many businesses have had no choice but to shutter their doors. Some struggling Vermont families have lost everything.

Together, we can help.

Below, you'll find organizations that are helping with the flood relief effort.  Please consider giving whatever you can to help our friends, family and neighbors during this difficult time. 

The Salvation Army:  

Items needed: Canned Food and Non Perishable Food Items, New or clean, used, sorted Seasonal Summer Clothing and Shoes, Bottled Water, Laundry Detergent, Hygiene Items (i.e. soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, Toilet paper etc.), New Unopened packages of socks/underwear, Coolers, Blankets, Bedding, Trash Bags, Cleaning Supplies, Gloves, Canned Goods Or Non-Perishable Boxed Foods, Infant supplies (formula, baby food, diapers, baby wipes), Packaged snack items (granola bars, pretzels, cookies, snack cakes, etc.), Small toys (stuffed animals, dolls, chalk, bubbles, cars, coloring books, crayons, puzzles etc.)

Drop-off Locations:
- FRANK FM's "Stuff a Truck," Starting at 6AM Thursday at Mid State Dodge Hyndai on Barre-Montpelier Road.  More info here.
- Barre, Salvation Army HQ, 25 Keith Street (9am- 5pm)
- Montpelier, Vermont Democratic Party HQ, 29 Main St., Suite 3 (9am-5pm)
Monetary Donations:
Please send all donations to Flood Relief, Salvation Army, P.O. Box 375, Barre, VT 05641


Strawberry Festival


Strawberry Festival is coming July 1st! (Please note the July date!)

Supper and dessert will be served from 5-7. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 12 & under. "Dessert only" can be purchased for $4.  Take-out is available.

Volunteers are needed the evening of Wednesday, June 29th to help with picking 100 quarts of strawberries and Thursday, June 30th starting at 9:00AM to hull and cut strawberries, plus other prep work.  Also, three or four strong bodies are needed on the day of the festival to move tables from upstairs to the lawn for outside seating.  All of these jobs can be signed up for using our new feature, Sign Up Genius at Strawberry Festival preparation

Volunteers to bring food and to work during the supper on Friday will be contacted by the Strawberry Festival Committee, or call you may Sandy Lewis (244-8690) or Harriet Grenier (244-7454) to volunteer.
Summer Worship


Summer brings a change of pace, and with it a change in our worship schedule.  Most apparent -- we meet at 9 am during June and July and do not meet during the month of August, except to help out with the BYOTS (please see next article).


A new change this year, is that music will be a mix of solo work and choir groups.  Instead of having the choir sing all through the month of June and nothing in July, the choir will be singing according to a schedule posted in the chapel.  It'll be music that requires less rehearsal and anyone is invited to join in, just arrive at 8:30am to go over the music.


The preaching schedule for the next few weeks is dictated by our calendar:

June 5 -- Laity Sunday with Dean King preaching on the advantages activity in a church offers.

June 12 -- Pentecost Sunday with twin baptisms (Rebecca and Sheldon Frank)

June 19 -- I'll preach on Sabbath and the one hard and fast "rule" of God -- take a break once in a while! (More baptisms!)

June 26 -- Congregational Meeting about our finances.  I'll try to prime the pump with a conversation about "Money and our Better Angels"

July 3 -- Patriotism theme


For the following four Sundays in July -- we'll see where the wind blows -- I'm hoping to sing more and preach less.

Summer Fundraisers


Stowe Street Arts Festival Barbeque
Once again, this year, we will provide good, slow, home-made BBQ for the opening night of the Stowe Street Arts Festival -- Friday, July 15.

That much may be the same, but this year the barbeque will happen on our lawn, and not on Stowe Street, the barbeque will be pulled pork, instead of chicken, the man behind the scene will be Erik Kroncke, AND it will not rain!!

Stay tuned for ways you can help.

Bring Your Own Tag Sale (BYOTS)

Admit it. You miss the tag sale, a little bit at least. So, considering the state of this year's budget, we have decided on a Tag Sale Lite - Aug 13,14.

What will be different:

  • Each person prices and initials their own items before bringing them in.

  • We will not purchase a large tent. Hopefully a number of people will bring canopies of one sort or another.

  • You will need to take back or dispose of any items that we can't sell or give away by Sunday afternoon.


What will be the same:

  • You can store things in the dining room, after Aug.1.

  • We will do our best to pick up items that you can't manage.

  • It will be an enjoyable social and "team building" experience.   



Waterbury Congregational Church, UCC / 8 North Main St. / Waterbury, Vermont 05676 / (802) 244-6606

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