Judy Albright - Designer and Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
Judy Albright - Designer and Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
Not available at time of publication.
The Nursery will be open but not staffed for the remainder of the summer. Parents are welcome to use it and will be able to hear the service in Fellowship Hall.
When Diane Mott joined the Congregational Church of Middlebury on Palm Sunday this year, she affirmed what she always felt was true: “This has always been my church.” Diane was twelve years old when her parents moved from New Jersey to Goshen VT, where her parents opened the Blueberry Hill Inn and ski area. After Goshen, she moved to Middlebury and attended this church when she was a teenager. In the 1980s, she moved back to Goshen, and recently moved back to Middlebury.
In her youth, Diane attended Middlebury public schools, then Middlebury College, graduating with a degree in sociology in 1957. This past June, she attended her 65th College Reunion!
Diane has held a variety of roles in life: water safety instructor at Branbury State Park, volunteer guardian ad litem in Rutland, and for many years, social worker employed by the state of Vermont. In between work and parenting, she enjoyed travels worldwide and has special memories of the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge in UK, and trips to Turkey, Africa, and Russia.
Diane had three sons, two of whom served with the military: Army and Navy. One son now lives in Cavendish and another son lives in Middlebury. Sadly, Diane’s third son died in a motorcycle accident ten years ago. Diane is single and has five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Diane’s primary hobby is sewing, and she's currently busy crafting items to donate to this year's Holiday Bazaar. Her favorite dinner is lobster!
~Interviewed by the Board of Membership and Communications~
Sandy and Bob Youell both grew up in Studio City (North Hollywood), CA. Never really knowing each other, they met after high school and married in 1974. In 1990, they left sunny California with their two daughters to move to Massachusetts. Bob worked in the health-care industry and Sandy taught Spanish after working as a sales rep for a subcontract engineering company.
After living in Massachusetts for 23 years, Sandy and Bob contemplated a move to Vermont to be near their granddaughter. Initially they lived part-time in both Vermont and Massachusetts, but eventually Middlebury became their home. Once they decided to reside here full-time, Sandy and Bob spent time earnestly searching for a church family. The Congregational Church of Middlebury drew them in with a warm and welcoming congregation along with a non-judgmental philosophy.
The Youells enjoy the family they have in Vermont, but if a special trip shows up on their agenda it may be a visit with their daughter in New Mexico. In the meantime, they keep busy with their hobbies—Sandy likes sign language, Tai Chi, and throwing pottery, while Bob enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading scientific and historical narratives. Joining our church in November 2021, both of them presently serve on The Board of Pastoral Care.
~Interviewed by the Board of Membership and Communications~
Hello from what is now Interim Board of Directors for the Child Care Center (previously known as the Child Care Exploratory Workgroup)! Since the church’s special meeting on June 19th, we have been working hard on the next phase of this process. Here is a list of just some of the things we are working on:
We are eager to move forward and identify a timeline for opening, AND we are being deliberate about each step in this process. Currently, the most significant factor in play is hiring an available contractor to do the necessary work. As always, if you have input or expertise to share, you are welcome to email our chair, Ellen Whelan-Wuest at email@example.com.
I’m writing this from my office in the basement of my new church in my new hometown of Castine – where I am mid-way through my third week as pastor of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine. Summer is the busy season in the life of a church in coastal Maine, so I feel very much as I jumped right into the deep end. It’s been exhilarating and joyful and occasionally daunting. But the people are warm and welcoming, and the congregation is dreaming big, beautiful dreams for their little church. It feels like a privilege to have been called here.
The community of Castine is small and tightly knit and full of wonderful folks. My heart and soul are fed by this place; I am stopped in my tracks almost daily by the beauty of the bay, the coastal spruce forests, the interplay of light and fog. My days are graced by the smell of salt air and the rhythm of the ocean.
Thanks be to God for all of that. And thank you, friends. I want you all to know how grateful I am for the love and the support you’ve given me along the way – I carry it with me still, and it has helped sustain me in the sometimes-challenging days of settling into a new home. Words will never suffice but: thank you.
And, finally, I wanted to share my contact information in Castine, in the event that any of you find yourselves in the neighborhood. I’d love to see you!
E-mail is still the same: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell phone is still the same: 802-989-1448.
Work phone is: 207-326-9486.
Mailing address is:
P.O. Box 335
Castine, ME 04421
And if you feel like dropping in on me, it’s the only church on Main Street. Hard to miss. Until we meet again, friends, I wish you God’s peace.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. —Aristotle
This year, our creative Garden Center located in Fellowship Hall will host indoor and outdoor plants, small, medium and large, unique and plentiful, all donated by you, our church community, for our Bazaar visitors to purchase. We love donations of bulbs for planting and herb plants for your kitchen windowsills in winter. Candy McLaughlin (email@example.com), our Garden Center Chairperson, would love to hear about your donation ideas and she has a few of her own to share. You will find our ever popular handmade catnip mice toys, and may see some interesting bird seed ornaments.
Books are a uniquely portable magic. —Stephen King
Needless to say, everyone enjoys a good book! The Book Room should be well stocked with contemporary fiction, nonfiction and biography, as well as classics, from the libraries and book shelves of our church community. We are grateful for and amazed by the hardcover and paperback donations that arrive during Bazaar week. Co-chairs Sally Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Janet Franklin (email@example.com) will organize and categorize the books for display would love your and sale on Bazaar Day. Please, no textbooks or reference books, and all donations should be in good condition.
We appreciate your meaningful involvement!
Our Craft Table is in need of a co-chair to join Polly Birdsall in the layout and pricing of the wonderful handmade crafts donated by church sewers, quilters, painters, and woodworkers that arrive during Bazaar Week. Bazaar Chairpersons, Ruth Penfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Judy Jessup (email@example.com) are happy to chat with you about it.
2022 Bazaar Co-chairs: Ruth Penfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Judy Jessup (email@example.com)
The Rev. Edwin Roy Holden was a student at Middlebury College in 1913–1915, then graduated with a BS from Wesleyan University in 1918 and a BD from Yale in 1921.
• Private 31st Artillery, US Army, 1918
• YMCA secretary, Camp Merritt NJ and Fort Hancock, NY 1918
• Ordained (Congregational Church, Portsmouth, VA) Nov 3, 1921
• Pastor, Congregational Church, Monroe, CT, 1921
• First Church, Portsmouth, VA (minister) 1921–22
• Second Congregational Church, Waterbury, CT (assistant minister) 1922
Rev. Edwin Roy Holden served the Congregational Church of Middlebury during the time period 1945 to 1947. Often visiting Middlebury, he had been invited to preach occasionally, and then to serve as interim pastor. A special meeting on 30 Nov 1944 extended a call to Mr. Holden to be its regular pastor beginning 1 Jan 1945 [information taken from Freeman].
Mr. Holden sent a telegram dated 1 March 1947 urgently requesting permission to remain on “vacation,” and to resign at the earliest convenience, not later than April 1. He said he deeply regretted that a nervous strain makes “imperative my immediate termination of this most rewarding pastorate” [information taken from Freeman].
George Meads Holden-
born 19 Jul 1870 Chelmsford MA, died 29 Mar 1947 Philadelphia PA
Nellie Emma van Tassel
born 17 Feb 1870 New Brunswick NJ, died 4 Mar 1921 Hackettstown NJ
James Francis Holden
b 21 Aug 1912, died 19 May 1994 Rutland VT (Belmont)
Lois M. Morgan b 22 Feb 1913 d 23 Aug 1983 Rutland, VT
Edwin Roy Holden b 27 Dec 1896 Hackettstown NJ d Jun 1982
Eveline Jeanne Jacot b 10 Mar 1896 Edgewater NY d 3 Dec 1988 Monroe CT
George M. Holden married Nellie E. van Tassel on 21 Aug 1895 in Hackettstown, Warren, NJ. The parents of George were James F Holden and Betsey Ann Meads; the parents of Nellie were Isaac Gilbert van Tassel and Ellen Ina Van Tassell. Dr. G. M. Holden was a dentist (graduated from Harvard College) as well as the founder and first president of the Tri-County Dental Association of New Jersey. In the federal census records, no occupation was given for Nellie.
George and Nellie had two children; James F. Holden (textile salesman) and Edwin R. Holden (Congregational minister/teacher). In turn, Edwin and his wife (Eveline) had three children: Ruth (married, no occupation listed), Constance (married, publicity department for the Dictaphone Corporation of America), and Francis (no children).
Edwin was born 16 years before James; there was no evidence of any ties between the families of Edwin and James; there were several documented interactions between the father (George) and Edwin.
Lois Morgan, the first wife of James, was born in Middlebury, VT, the daughter of Walter A. Morgan and Grace Lafayette. James and Lois had one child, a son, David. Lois lived most of her early life in Ludlow VT, graduating from Black River Academy in 1931. In 1935 she received her RN from the Springfield (MA) Hospital School of Nursing. She and her husband lived most of their married life in Flushing NY, moving to Belmont VT in 1974.
Nelda Marie Heiner, the second wife of James, was born 9 Aug 1924 in Perryville, MO, the daughter of Walter Herman and Mildred (Thomas) Heiner. James and Nelda had no children; Nelda had three children by her first husband (William P. Goode); Nelda and William were divorced in 1978. On 22 Sept 1984, James and Nelda were married.
The Utica NY and Middlebury VT churches (at least these two churches, maybe more) were well aware of the health issues confronting Edwin R. Holden and his wife. Eveline Jeanne Holden was a psychiatric case who was apparently harmless as far as violence was concerned, but who was permanently subject to delusions and should have been confined to an institution for the mentally ill. Rev Holden had a splendid church in New Jersey at the time Mrs. Holden first developed mental illness and began to threaten to “expose” him. She actually did contact so many people—trustees, deacons, and congregation members—that as a result she was placed in a state institution. Mr. Holden felt that the embarrassment had developed to such an extent that he should resign, which he did. He then went to a small church and while there consented to the release of his wife who went back to reside in Connecticut with her two children.
After a time, it seemed as though she returned to normal, and Mr. Holden accepted an invitation to come to Utica, telling the church staff of his marital difficulties so that there would be no misapprehensions on the subject. His wife came to Utica when he was installed, and while she seemed very peculiar and did some rather unusual things, there was little comment since it was understood that she was to continue to live in Connecticut, which she did. After he had been in Utica for a short time, she suddenly brought an action against him for divorce in Connecticut on the ground of desertion and cruel and inhumane treatment. He had not seen her for a considerable period of time and Rev. Holden was sending his wife two thirds of his salary. Legally Eveline had no supporting information. The accusations were not founded. In the meantime, she began writing letters to him indicating a definite abnormal mentality, which worried Rev. Holden a great deal since he felt that she would be a bad influence on the nervous and physical conditions of his daughters.
Consequently, he went to Connecticut and made an arrangement with her whereby the two daughters would be sent to private schools away from home at is expense. After this had occurred, she began to send him letters that unless he sent her more money she would come to Utica, appear in church, and “expose him” to the entire congregation. Rev. Holden was concerned that she would actually do this. There were considerations that she should be readmitted to a state institution, but he disliked this very much as he felt that she would be happier and better off if she could be saved from such a commitment.
With these recurring mental health issues of Eveline and the nervous breakdowns of Edwin, several pastorates were of short duration and not well documented. During the time period after the pastorate at Middlebury, Edwin seemingly spent the rest of his career as a teacher in Chicago.
Next month: Rev. Charles T. Riggs was ordained in the Congregational Church in 1900 in Auburn, NY. He was named an honorary pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury for the time period 1947 to 1953. He had served as a missionary in Turkey for 45 years.
Malcolm W. Chase, Historian
Lois Farnham August 1
Natalie Peters August 1
Pat Sheffert August 1
Nicole Foster August 3
Louise Salant August 3
Jackson Neary August 4
Robin Bentley August 5
Nyna Cole August 6
Matt Dickinson August 7
Zayne Lacey August 7
Larry Rogers August 7
Gail Hietzker August 8
Cris Kossow August 9
Brian Slavin August 11
Michele Brown August 12
Ford Neary August 12
Elliott Abbott August 13
Ben Marshall August 13
Andrea Perham August 13
Aaron Wright August 13
Camden Devlin August 14
Ben Miller August 15
Ralph Landwehr August 18
Alison Durst August 19
Seth Wright August 19
Lindsey Franklin August 20
Rosie Kemp August 20
Baker Nelson August 20
May Poduschnick August 21
Arianna Slavin August 21
Tyler Giorgio August 23
Ceci Luksch August 24
Nancy Rucker August 24
Peter Ruffa August 24
Muffin Carothers August 26
Anne Garner August 26
Ian Sinclair August 26
Tom Eastman August 27
Lauren Turner August 27
Jack Wallace August 27
Courtney Loomis August 28
Glenna Emilo August 29
Juliette Hunsdofer August 29
Travis Karpak August 29
Annie Magri August 30
Bob & Betsy Gleason August 2; Celebrating 64 years!
Clem & Pat Sheffert August 2
Eric & Julie Berg August 3
Mal & Pat Chase August 3
Doug & Ginny Sinclair August 5
Al & Irene Zaccor August 6
Joe & Nancy Merolle August 7
Will Nash & Deb Evans August 7
Ron & Nancy Rucker August 10
Duane & Cathy Fowler August 11
Jim & Sarah Donnelly August 15; Celebrating 63 years!
Ed & Irene Barna August 18
Rick & Heather Viens August 21
Timothy & Heather Funk August 22
Neil & Alyssa Sinclair August 22
Joe & Jennifer Smith August 22
Mike & Ginger Fiskio August 24; Celebrating 65 years!
Melissa Bartley & Sean McAuliffe August 26
Jim & Helen Wright August 26
Barbara Kent & Julie Tatkon August 28