Judy Albright - Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
Judy Albright - Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
We listened to reports from the chairs of the church boards and from our two pastors, Andy and Elizabeth. Some of the items covered in these reports were the large number of activities that will be happening between now and the middle of June when our Church School year ends. The Membership Board will start hosting monthly potluck gatherings in September. The trustees are lining up a significant amount of repair work for our church building. Work on the solar panel installation will start as soon as possible after permits are obtained.
Andy reported that the search committee has been working on finding a replacement for Jennifer Smith, and has found an excellent candidate to take to the Board of Christian Development, who will interview her next week. He anticipates that we will need a special council meeting next week to hire the new Director of Children and Youth Ministries.
Andy updated us on the Vermont UCC ‘s HOPE Fund project. They are trying to raise $200,000 for grants for churches to fund special projects in Vermont. We will have a special collection for this on June 5th. Andy also reported on the Senior High Youth service trip and the challenges of setting a budget for a trip months before they even know where they will be going.
A significant amount of time was spent listening to the report of the Child Care Exploratory Workgroup. We reviewed a detailed PowerPoint presentation on this project. Ellen Whelan-Wuest and Pastor Elizabeth went through the presentation and answered questions about this endeavor. They are forming a nonprofit corporation to run the childcare center. They talked about the need for this service, the various ideas on how it will be organized, the need to hire a director and other staffing issues, and the significant financial cost of running a childcare center. There was discussion of when we would need to have a special congregational meeting to approve this project. We will most likely need to decide this in a special council meeting also.
Nancy Foster, Church Clerk
Church School may be done, but June is a month filled with special children and youth events. We do hope that you can join us and delight in the gifts they have to offer.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this church community.
Peace and Love,
Confirmation Sunday! After a year-long journey together, Pastor Elizabeth will confirm six ninth-graders into our church community: Eva Andrews, George Devlin, Sara Kent, Emma Morrissey, Baker Nelson, and Margaret Orten. Their personal Faith Statements will be available for viewing during the month of June on the bulletin board outside my office. Stop by and marvel at their beautiful and profound thoughts. The statements will be anonymous. We will conclude the service with a special coffee hour in Fellowship Hall with cake.
Children and Youth Sunday! Join us for our annual event where the children and youth help create the service. You will hear prayers that the Church School classes have written as well as some musical performances from some children and youth. Because this is the last Children and Youth Service that I will lead, I have the honor of preaching. After the service, all can enjoy some ice cream outside from the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck.
High School Graduating Senior Recognition! Pastor Andy will take time during the service to recognize the graduating seniors in attendance. Congratulations to Max Beazley, Alex Bonavita, Jae Davis, Nikolai Luksch, and Camille Maglienti. We wish you all the best on your future endeavors.
I clearly recall my first college choral audition—which was also my first ever audition for singing—and the nervous waiting for a list to be posted afterward to see who got into the main Cathedral Choir. Once the list was finally posted (what felt like an endless number of days later), I read every name in the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections at least three times. My name was not there. Not anywhere to be found. I was disappointed to say the least! But, checking an adjacently posted list for another choir, I saw that I had been placed in the alto section of the Women’s Chorus. I loved singing, so of course I accepted the placement, and it was in the Women’s Chorus that my experience with choral singing began.
I was a pianist, so I could read music, even if my singing voice wasn’t especially strong. I was willing to work at it, even though it wasn’t necessarily the grand start to choir that I had imagined. However, it only took one rehearsal with the Women’s Chorus for me to realize the incredible joy of singing with so many others, creating, honing, working hard at a common goal, which was, simply put, beauty. This beauty was created in community. It was a beauty created when you hoped for but didn’t truly know what exactly would come out of the mouth of the person beside you, or even your own at times. Yet more often than not, something within all of us would align to a precision that was exquisite and moving, heartfelt, and even other-worldly at times. Wonderful friendships were forged in choir, some that are still maintained all these years later.
Not too long ago I surveyed our Chancel Choir asking them about what they thought were the best reasons to be in a choir. I should not have been surprised when I received the responses and saw that there was a common theme among them. Love of singing, social engagement with others in a musical setting, and giving back through music that uplifts others were the overwhelming winners. And what do they like most about choir? Singing with others, friendship, and making a difference.
Our church choir community, here and now, is resilient. We are working hard, not only at the beauty of our singing, but at supporting one another for who we are, and sharing from the heart with the hope of uplifting our congregation. Though the program year is ending, our connections are not lost. They remain strong as we recreate, pause, and return again to one another and our commonality in the fall.
Dave is from Connecticut, Camila and Natalia are from Middlebury, and Marilyn is from Peru. Dave and Marilyn worked at a ski resort together in Colorado; that’s how they met. Dave went to college in VT and always wanted to move back some day to raise a family and be close to his family.
They like hiking, snowboarding, hanging out with friends and family, biking, and traveling. Their ideal family vacation is anywhere warm and close to the water and green. Dave’s hobbies are hiking, snowboarding, and mixing music. Camila loves to play, ride her bike, and practice scooting. Natalia’s hobbies are playing with Camila, dancing, and playing outside. Marilyn’s hobbies are cooking, gardening, and hiking.
Camila laughs the most when papa makes a funny face. Natalia laughs the most when playing with Camila. Marilyn laughs the most when her kids are being silly.
Perhaps you’ve never attended the Bazaar at our church or had items to donate. Whatever the case, descriptions of how our church's largest annual fundraiser is managed, a list of chairpersons, where and how it takes place, and, critically, how you can contribute to the success of this year's event are available on MIDDUCC.ORG on the 2022 Holiday Bazaar web page at this link!
As always, we are happy to answer your questions in person, over the phone, or by email any time before November!
The Green Team leaned into learning and service during the month of May. We were inspired by the state-wide Walk/Bike Summit held at the Town Hall Theater and organized a contingent of congregants to join Vermonters all over the state on Green Up Day. We enjoyed fellowship and brisk air and successfully covered the downtown area, cleaning up a portion of the banks of Otter Creek, the Marble Works, the Town Green, and roads near the church.
We were also heartened with the success of our 2nd Annual Seedling Giveaway! Our enthusiastic growers provided plenty of vegetable and herb seedlings for members of our faith community, in addition to sending over six dozen plants to our friends at the CVOEO Addison Food Shelf for their clients.
We remain inspired by our Creation Justice Church covenant as we continue to explore our commitment to reach beyond our church’s walls and connect with other partners engaged in environmental justice work.
Our next Green Team meeting is Monday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. New members are always welcome! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you would like to be involved or learn more about our team.
► Lydia Gleich Munn will be baptized on June 12 at 3:00 p.m. during the service of Installation for Rev. Elliott Munn at the Vergennes Congregational Church. As a pastors’ kid, Lydia will be lucky enough to grow up in both churches. As such, we hope members from both churches can be there to welcome her into God’s family. All are welcome!
On May 22nd, the senior Youth Group awarded the Jo and Dave Cole Award to educators Larry O’Connor and Tara Martin.
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Rev. Chauncey Corbin Adams served the Congregational Church of Middlebury during the time period 1931 to 1938. He came to Middlebury from a pastorate at the First Congregational Church in Burlington, VT. In 1938, he submitted a letter of resignation to the Middlebury Church, retiring from the ministry so as to live with his daughter in Romeo, MI.
Artemus Adams (farmer, born 1823 in Langdon, Sullivan, NH) and Harriet Elizabeth Davis (keeping house, born 23 Apr 1828 in Champlain, Clinton, NY) married 4 Dec 1845 and had ten children. The youngest child, Chauncey Corbin Adams, was born in Franklin, Sullivan, NH. He was educated in the Bellows Falls elementary schools, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1896, and Chicago Theological Seminary in 1900. During the summers of 1899 and 1900 he supplied at the Franklin (VT) Congregational Church.
Chauncey Corbin Adams and Donna Grace Anderson married in Franklin, Sullivan, NH on 24 Oct 1900. The parents of Chauncey are Artemus Adams and Harriet Elizabeth Davis; the parents of Donna are John R. Anderson and Bertha Briggs. This couple had three children. Both Chauncey and Donna are buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT.
In September 1900, he assumed pastorate of the Hinesburg Congregational Church and remained until 1907. From 1907 to 1914, he was minister of the Essex Junction Congregational Church; while there, the church was remodeled and the parish house built. Rev. Chauncey Corbin Adams was minister at the First Church of Burlington from 1914 to 1931, and a lecturer at Middlebury College. In 1924 he received an honorary doctor of divinity from Dartmouth.
The last eight years of his pastorate were spent in Middlebury, where he was minister of The Congregational Church, and lecturer in Biblical history and assistant chaplain at Middlebury College. In 1938, he concluded his service and retired to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. Heap of Romeo, MI. He died 25 Aug 1942 at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Manchester NH after a long illness.
The Rev. Adams was one of the two Vermont charter members of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, a charter member of the Burlington Rotary Club, and a member of the Middlebury Chapters of Masons and Odd Fellows.
Chauncey Corbin Adams
born 24 Oct 1872 Charlestown, Sullivan, NH died 25 Aug 1942 (paralysis agitans) Burlington, Chittenden, VT
Donna Grace Anderson
born 24 Oct 1881 Franklin, Franklin, VT died 6 Jul 1937 (acute gastroenteritis) Middlebury, Addison, VT
Chauncey and Donna Adams had three children:
As of this issue of Church Matters, there have been sixteen pastors and their families discussed:
John Barnet, Thomas A. Merrill, Samuel G. Coe, P. J. H. Myers, R. S. Kendall, J. T. Hyde, E. P. Hooker, S. L. B. Speare, A. F. Keith, G. N. Webber, A. W. Dickens, T. Simms, C. H. Dickenson, A. A. Lancaster, H. C. Newell, and C. C. Adams.
Next month we will examine the family of Rev. William F. Hastings
Malcolm W. Chase, Historian
Janet Franklin June 1
Alice Livesay June 1
Mary A. Williams June 1
Miles Prouty June 2
Dana Severson June 2
Rebecca Fifield June 3
Adelynn Leonard June 3
Angelika Brumbaugh June 4
Heather Viens June 4
Sara Marshall June 5
Ellen Whelan-Wuest June 5
John Klinck June 6
Richard Westfall June 6
Maureen Williams June 6
Christopher Wright June 6
Katy Smith Abbott June 9
Stella Andrews June 9
Nancie Crawford June 9
Fred Barnes June 10
Matthew Cox June 10
Judy Jessup June 11
Katie Wallace June 11
Diana Landwehr June 12
Nathan Stefani June 13
Cathy Walsh June 15
Malcolm Chase June 17
Uwe Luksch June 17
Sarah Tully June 17
Patrick Deering June 18
Jeff Munroe June 18
Walter Stugis June 18
Peter Nelson June 20
Jim Douglas June 21
Camille Maglienti June 21
Rik Poduschnick June 21
Maddie Stowe June 21
Cathy Fowler June 22
Annie Livesay June 23
Tom Damewood June 24
Candy McLaughlin June 25
Patrick Greene June 27
Sarah Wright June 27
Erik Bleich June 28
Hadley Evans Nash June 28
Cindi Gillen June 28
Cindy Marshall June 28
Tim Hollander June 30
Amy Shute June 30
Steve Abbott & Katy Smith Abbott June 3
Jim & Margaret Eagan June 3
Larry & Mona Rogers June 3; Celebrating 61 yrs!
Rick & Sara Marshall June 4
Victor & Betty Nuovo June 7; Celebrating 69 yrs!
Peter & Cathy Munteanu June 9
Larry & Cindy Jones June 11
John & Sherry Klinck June 11; Celebrating 61 yrs!
Peter & Jill Ruffa June 12
Steve & Kathy Jewett June 13
Tim & Mary Williams June 13
Stephen & Aimee Diehl June 14
James & Elizabeth Davis June 20
Bill & Jean Fifield June 21
Tanya Lehman & Stephen Morse June 22
Mark & Jenny Orten June 23
Frank & Janet Winkler June 25
John & Amy Emerson June 29
Jim & Joyce Foster June 29