Judy Albright - Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
Judy Albright - Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
Blessings to you! While I now have my own backyard and a place to plant seeds in Chipman Park, I don’t think I’ll have time to grow a garden this year. Instead, I believe something even more beautiful is being planted, budding, and growing this summer at MiddUCC. It’s very common for summer to be a time of dormancy for the church. Committees, youth groups, church school, and other programs typically take a break, and we rest up for the program year ahead. I don’t need to tell you that this summer is dramatically different from most. After 16 months of pandemic isolation, the seeds that we’ve planted in this period of separation are about to burst through the soil! I can’t tell you how excited I am for our church to worship together in person, inside our sanctuary this month. We’re gearing up for church to resume as it once was. Hope is being planted, and love will grow! Thanks be to God!
I leave you with one of my favorite blessings from Jan Richardson, Blessing of Hope:
So may we know
that is not just
but for this day—
in this moment
that opens to us:
hope not made
but of substance,
hope made of sinew
hope that has breath
and a beating heart,
hope that will not
and be polite,
hope that knows
how to holler
when it is called for,
hope that knows
how to sing
when there seems
hope that raises us
from the dead—
but this day,
We hope you are squirreling away those “Finer Things” items to sell in this unique room that highlights antiques and one-of-a-kind gifts. For example, we appreciate your donations of white elephant gifts, small furniture, musical instruments, handcrafted specialty items, “Vermont made” items, fine quality ornaments, sporting goods, quality framed art, Ten Thousand Villages or other Fair Trade items, and dishwasher-safe items. No electronics, please. Some examples of items that do not sell are grandmothers’ China sets, silver-plated cutlery and plates, and collectibles like Hummels and other figurines. Advertising those items on Front Porch Forum or Craigslist and donating the proceeds to the bazaar might be your best option and would be so greatly appreciated!
Questions if your items would be appropriate? Contact the Finer Things chairs, Margaret and Jim Eagan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Are you doing some summer cleaning of your basements, closets, and garages? You may find items you can save for us that would be wonderful for this filled-to-the-rafters room! Our room shoppers are on a treasure hunting adventure of irresistible “finds” at unbeatable prices. Contact co-chairs Muffin Carothers (email@example.com) or Donna Carpenter (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have donation questions.
This table catches the eye of every holiday shopper with its enticing and fun displays of finer and costume jewelry, dress and casual scarves, and amazing ties! Our co-chairs, Glenna Emilo (email@example.com) and Pat Zeliff (firstname.lastname@example.org), would accept your jewelry donations anytime so they can begin sorting and pricing for the busy Bazaar day. You can contact them with your questions!
I’m filled with gratitude after such a beautiful expression of love from this church after Saturday’s baby shower. I am thankful to Pat Chase and others who planned and organized it, for the Franklins for hosting, and anyone who came or sent love, prayers, and gifts.
One of the reasons Elliott and I felt called to this place was because we believed (and hoped) that it could be a loving community in which to raise a family. I know your gifts are just a small reflection of that love, but it does mean a lot to us. Thank you.
Elizabeth (and Elliott)
There are a lot of headlines about climate change in the news these days, from the threats of flooding and fire around our country to the melting of the polar ice caps to the severe weather events here in Vermont. The Green Team was recently inspired to hear about the work of a local group in response to this global problem.
The Energy Action Network is a collection of over 200 Vermont businesses, nonprofits, utilities, institutes of higher education, and regional, state, and federal partners. They have been working since 2009 to achieve Vermont’s climate and energy commitments in ways that create a more just, thriving, and sustainable future for Vermonters. They recently released their 2021 Annual Progress Report, which analyzes greenhouse gas emissions across the state and models how to reduce them.
One of the most striking details mentioned in the report is that Vermont produces the most climate pollution per capita in the Northeast. Forty percent of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector, and 34 percent of emissions come from heating our buildings. Vermonters buy bigger cars and drive them more than any of our New England neighbors, and our older homes are not as well weatherized.
The way we drive and use public transportation and the way we heat our homes and businesses needs to undergo a dramatic transformation in the next several years if our state intends to do its part to reduce its collective carbon footprint.
While the Vermont State Legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020, the pathway to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions will require us all to consider how we can transition away from using fossil fuels.
Our state will need to support this energy transformation with new policies that advance renewable energy generation (such as the Bristol Community Solar project featured in last month’s newsletter) and energy efficiency, and invest in transportation and heating alternatives.
If you are curious about the work of the Energy Action Network and want to learn more about the transformation that lies ahead, visit their website or take a look at their Annual Progress Report. The Green Team is in the midst of discerning how our congregation might respond to this call. May God bless the hard work that lies ahead for our congregation and our state as we strive to protect God’s good creation!
According to Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary, affinity is: a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas, or interests. That definition of affinity pretty well describes an overarching goal of our group. We are a group of people that meet (weekly or monthly) to talk about chosen topics, discuss books, or work on projects with a common interest or goal, such as developing friendships, broadening the mind, learning about life and the world and encouraging one another on our life’s journey. Although another definition also by Merriam-Webster for affinity is “the state of being similar or the same”, our goal is not sameness nor are we all the same. We come from all walks of life, ages, and different points on our spiritual journey as well. As with our church, all are welcome to come and see for themselves.
Our topic for the fall has not been decided yet and we welcome new ideas and suggestions. We recently read Holy Envy : Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. Other recent books include Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Boltz-Weber, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Riess. Another year, we discussed the United Church of Christ’s set of principles “Be the Church;” focusing each monthly meeting on one of the nine practices. New topics are suggested by members, and a decision is reached by consensus.
The Monthly Affinity Group has been meeting on the second Friday of the month from 10- 11:30 AM. We plan to resume meeting, after a summer break, Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM at church. If there is additional interest in an evening group, that can be discussed as well. Church attendance or membership is not required.
Contact May Poduschnick at email@example.com for more information.
Have you been reading any good books this summer? Have you picked up any of the suggested titles in our Reading For Racial Justice program?
Tara Affolter is offering a summer reading opportunity for us all to keep learning about racism in America and to keep interrogating our own internalized racist ideologies. Pastor Elizabeth is reading Me and White Supremacy, if you want to talk to her about it at any point this summer. If you’re reading Stamped from the Beginning, you can find some reading prompts here. Happy reading!
On Friday, July 16th at 6 p.m. there will be a free concert on the green in Middlebury by the Brass Quintet of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, which will be dedicated to Betty Thurber. Her family hopes that Betty and Dick's church friends will attend the concert, in recognition of them, but also as a chance to experience wonderful, exceptional live music again. The gazebo where the musicians will perform is where Betty played her clarinet for years with the Middlebury Town Band!
If you have an active life insurance policy through your place of work or privately, you can make your church a primary or successor beneficiary.
Meals on Wheels provides so much more than a meal. The moment you knock on that door, you make a connection. The friendly visit, safety check, and nutritious meal are a lifeline to many. We need your help! Age Well currently needs volunteers in most towns. Time commitment is based on your availability. Deliver once a week or once a month—whatever works best for your schedule. Delivery is typically from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and only Monday–Friday (no weekend deliveries). For more information, please contact Laura Need, volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels, at Lneed@agewellvt.org or 802-662-5279
Support Meals on Wheels—deliver a meal and impact a life!
The end of life is a journey. Much like the beginning of life in the process of carrying and giving birth to a baby, the dying process is longer or shorter for each of us but produces a beautiful peace at the end.
And there are questions. What is hospice? Why does anyone need hospice? What can hospice provide? Who pays for hospice? Where is hospice care provided?
These and other questions will be answered. As life normalizes after this pandemic, we hope to host some community informational gatherings and discussions.
In the meantime, please contact us with any questions or if you know someone who could benefit from our services.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-282-4122
Rev. Reuben S. Kendall served the Congregational Church of Middlebury from 1853 to 1856. He came to Middlebury from Illinois College. Although he resigned for health reasons, he did serve as pastor of the Old Church on the Hill in Lenox, MA from 1860 to 1865.
Andover Theological Seminary for the class of 1844 provided an overview of the career of Rev. Kendall:
Illinois College – 1839; a tutor at Knox College – 1840–1841; resident lecturer 1845; ordained 24 Dec 1845; pastor at Machias, ME – 1845–1847; professor of Greek and Latin, Illinois College – 1847–1852; pastor Middlebury VT – 1853–1856; acting pastor Freeport, ME – 1858–1859; pastor Lenox, MA – 1859–1865; without charge Newton Center – 1865–1867; pastor Vernon CT – 1867–1871; U.S. consul Strasbourg, Alcace, Germany, 1871; Brindisi Italy, 1872, and Geneva, Switzerland until he died June 20, 1873.
Our church possesses copies of two sermons preached by Rev. Kendall at the Congregational Church of Middlebury:
Reuben S. Kendall married Lucretia H. Kimball on 12 July 1849 in the County of Morgan, IL. The parents of Reuben are unknown; the parents of Lucretia are Jesse Kimball and Lucretia Hasseltine. In 1870, the family moved to Vernon, Tolland, CT.
While in Vernon in 1871, his two daughters attended Bradford Academy. In 1879 Lucretia (daughter) married and resided in York, St. Croix, England. In 1880, Marcia was living in Needham, MA and teaching French and German at Wellesley College. The obituary for Miss Elizabeth Kimball Kendall (name Marcia changed from her birth name) revealed some of the family activity.
Reuben Safford Kendall, born 8 Oct 1814 Hope, ME, died 20 Jun 1873 Geneva Switzerland
Lucretia Hasseltine Kimball, born 16 Oct 1821 Bradford, MA, died 1911 Sutton, London, England
Reuben and Lucretia had three children:
[Abbreviated obituary] Miss Elizabeth Kimball Kendall, 97, professor emerita of history at Wellesley College, for many years a resident in Dorset until last fall, died this week in Street, Somerset, England. About six months ago, she went to live with her nephew’s widow, Mrs. Helen S. Clark. She made many trips to various parts of the world both during and following her teaching career. Born in Middlebury, she spent much of her girlhood in Germany and France. Her father was American consul at Strasbourg in 1870, and later the family lived in Heidelberg, Munich, and Paris.
In 1879, she became a member of the Wellesley faculty, serving for a year as French instructor and for four years as a German teacher. She did further study on history at Oxford University England and was granted her L.L.B. degree by Boston University Law School and her MA by Radcliffe College.
From 1888 until her retirement in 1920, she was a member of the history department at Wellesley and served as professor and department chair from 1902 to 1920.
A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she was the author of “A Wayfarer in China,” “Source Book of English,” and “A Short History of English,” the latter two written with Miss Katherine Comar, then professor of economics at Wellesley. Following her retirement, she taught at Yenching University, China, for two years, and lived in China until the outbreak of World War II.
Next month we will share the biography of James T. Hyde.
Mal Chase, historian
Halina Lyons July 01
Michelle Nelson July 01
Melissa Kobelin July 02
Deborah Venman July 02
Nikolai Luksch July 04
Douglas Werner July 05
J.D. Maurais July 06
Ella Nagy-Benson July 07
Penny Campbell July 09
Willie Glen July 09
Katie McMurray July 10
Jacqueline Davies July 11
Shannon Gleason July 11
Elliott Slavin July 11
Eric McFerran July 12
Nancy Merolle July 12
Zoe Reid-St. John July 14
Eleanor Orten July 15
Luisa Orten July 15
Andy Giorgio July 16
Erin Wollam-Berens July 17
John Emerson July 18
Julie Berg July 19
Sarah Donnelly July 19
Katie Livesay July 19
Len Tiedemann July 19
Jakee Zaccor July 19
Thaddeus Stowe July 21
Emily Jacke July 24
Cheyenne Shute July 26
Maxwell Beazley July 27
Charles Beazley July 27
Helen Wright July 27
Eric Berg July 28
Blair Kloman July 28
Cathy Munteanu July 28
Louise Wright July 28
John & Jen Nuceder July 1
Rik & May Poduschnick July 2
Jessica Wright July 3
John & Lisa Evarts July 5
Willie Glen & Josie Masterson-Glen July 7
Reeves & Katie Livesay July 7
Tara Affolter & Steve Hoffman July 8
Katharine Scribner July 11
Sam Prouty & Mel Kobelin July 12
Eric & Helen McFerran July 13
Michael Roy & Lisa Gates July 13
David & Debbie Deering July 19
Elizabeth Gleich & Elliott Munn July 22
Patrick & Stacia Greene July 22
George & Sue Cady July 23
Michael & Kirsten Hendy July 23
Frank & Pam Spatafora July 25
Martin & Willa Abel July 28
From the Pastor: Be gentle with one another...
Rev. Elizabeth Gleich
Hope is in the air! Flowers are blooming, vaccine numbers are increasing, COVID infections declining, and restrictions are loosening. So many of us have been able to breathe sighs of relief after receiving our first or second vaccine shots. I forgot how much I love to hug people! It's been wonderful to visit with many of you in your homes after a year of doing pastoral care over the phone or on Zoom. I've missed being your pastor in this way.
There's a lot to be grateful for these days. But do you also sometimes feel... weird?