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June 2023

calming my Spirit

Rev. Elizabeth Gleich

Dear Church,

Ah, summer in Vermont. With each season I live here, I feel so grateful to live in such a beautiful place. Spring and Summer are especially serene (although Fall and Winter ain’t bad!). As Lydia, Elliott, and I spend more of our days outside, I am enjoying hearing Lydia learn the words for what she sees. “Trees!” “Dirt!” “Tweet tweet!” (birds) “Wa-wa!” (puddles to jump in). It’s really special to see the world through her eyes. One afternoon I was chatting with our neighbors as I was walking Lydia around the block, and they asked if we’ve been in the parking lot of the Mahaney Arts Center recently. After telling them no, they said, “Go there right now.” So we did, and as we entered the parking lot, I heard Lydia say, “whoa!” “Whoa” is right—the crabapple tree blossoms were blooming along every row. I saw bees on nearly every bud. In fact, to quote Pastor Andy, the trees even “sounded like bees.”

These days, I’m especially appreciating the opportunity to enjoy nature, with or without Lydia, because more than ever I find myself anxious about our collective future. I worry about our nation, our world, our environment. The future safely of my children in school. You name it. And so, I’ve been seeking out ways to calm my spirit and center myself in God.

I recently came across this poem from Wendell Berry that deeply resonated. Maybe it resonates with you, too.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

May each of us find what we need to rest in the peace of God.

In love,

Pastor Elizabeth



Church Council met on May 10, 2023. We heard reports from all of the Boards as well as both Pastors. Pastor Elizabeth also reported for the Red Clover Children’s Center. They are now ready to start looking for their First Director. Pastor Andy reported on the Youth Service trip (16 students will be going), on Youth Sunday (Stella Andrews will deliver the sermon), and the current book study group. In June, Andy will attend his last in-person classes before graduating from his Doctoral program.

A few points from the Board reports:

  • Mission and Social Concerns has collected over 1,500 pounds of food for HOPE, and we have raised over $6,000 for one Great Hour of Sharing this year. Two more mission presentations are scheduled for the next few months.
  • Membership is planning a New Member social gathering and has added a Membership page to our website.
  • Trustees authorized the repair work needed to get the elevator working again. They authorized removing the carpet and refinishing the wood floor in the old nursery that will become the Junior Youth Room in the fall. They approved spending $3,500 on a complete assessment of the windows in the church to determine the needed repairs.
  • We heard a report from Bob Youell about the newly formed Mental Health Team and voted to endorse the work of this group.
  • We voted to authorize Cathy Chase to move the church’s credit cards to the National Bank of Middlebury.
  • We voted to bring the Friday Night Suppers under the auspices of the Congregational Church. This was requested by Dottie Neuberger at our April Council Meeting.

Last, but not least, we celebrated Pastor Andy's birthday which was on May 10.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Foster, Clerk

  • Between annual meetings, the Church Council meets once a month to fulfill its responsibility to coordinate the church's programs and business. Council has the powers generally ascribed to a corporation's board of directors.

    The Church Council is composed of the following Church members:  Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer, Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, and the chairpersons of the six church boards. Also, there are three at-large members. One is elected every year and serves a 3 year term.

  • The basic life and work of the church is under the direction and supervision of church boards, which meet monthly at the All Boards Meeting and report to the Church Council. Members of these boards are elected from the membership of the church. 

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Enjoy these photos from recent events.

Happening in our church on June 4th

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Looking for answers to your

2023 Holiday Bazaar questions?

The Holiday Bazaar is our church's largest annual fundraiser, held on the first Saturday in November. It’s the one time of year when our church's Unity Hall, Fellowship Hall, and other rooms and hallways are transformed into a holiday marketplace. The entire community is invited and welcomed into our church home to enjoy a time for shopping.

So why are we reminding you in June? If you’ve contributed or attended as a shopper in the past, you already know how the bazaar works, but if you’ve never attended or had items to donate, this is to let you know there are several ways you can contribute to its success. Plus, this is often the time of year when folks are spring cleaning, reorganizing, downsizing, moving, or in transition.

Please keep the bazaar in mind! We accept these donations in good condition:

  • Small household furnishings, such as small tables, lamps, framed art or photography, small bookshelves. Please send a photo or a detailed description, and we will let you if it is appropriate for the limited space we have available. (Excluded: large items, electronics, kitchen items, linens, dishes, and glassware.)
  • Books, including hardcover and softcover (no textbooks or encyclopedias).
  • Children’s toys, and puzzles and games for children or adults.
  • Costume and fine jewelry, scarves, and ties.
  • Garden items including household plants, potted herbs, and decorative plant containers.

If you have items that we cannot accept, we recommend that you donate to the following organizations. (Buy Again Alley and Neat Repeats sales benefit our church.)

  • Buy Again Alley (mention church account #506): a resale shop on Main Street in Middlebury
  • Neat Repeats (mention church account #45): a resale shop on Route 7 South
  • HOPE: a thrift shop on Boardman Road in Middlebury
  • Front Porch Forum: Sell items yourself and donate the proceeds (or offer items for free!)

As always, we are happy to answer your questions in person, over the phone, or by email any time before November. We are looking forward to mentoring two new volunteers to co-chair this 99th bazaar, then manage the 100th bazaar in 2024!

With gratitude,

Your 2022 Bazaar Co-Chairs: Ruth Penfield (ruthpenfield@gmail.com) and Judy Jessup (judyjessupvt@gmail.com)

Summer is around the corner

Eliana Cañas parra, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

May and June are busy times around here. The warm weather and blooming trees bring the energy that reminds us that summer is around the corner. And it is! But before we shift to the different rhythms of summer, there are a couple of dates that have kept me busy.

Sunday school ended on May 21, with a beautiful, Spirit-filled Confirmation service in which we celebrated Kisung Davis and Rachael Nagy-Benson. We also gave an appreciation shout-out to our Sunday School teachers and youth leaders. These are the ones who make these programs possible, and I thank God for each of them.

Children and Youth Sunday will be happening this Sunday, June 4th, and I’m so looking forward to it! Our children have been working hard on their roles, they have written prayers and asked questions about the different parts of the Worship Service. They are as excited as I am. There will be an ice cream fellowship hour afterward, so be sure not to miss it!

After that, during June and July, May Poduschnick will be running a summer program for the children in our church. It will happen during worship; the schedule will be similar to that of Sunday School. It will be a time to learn, play, read, and have fun with friends. I thank May for running this!

Finally, one of the things I enjoyed the most during my first year in this position was leading our Junior Youth Group. This amazing group of 12 middle schoolers has definitely brought a lot of joy to my Tuesday nights. We just had our last meeting of the year, and we will have an end-of-year celebration at Branbury Beach this Sunday afternoon.




Mental Health Team

In January and February, Pastor Elizabeth led a study on a book by Emmy Kegler titled All Who Are Weary: Easing the Burden on the Walk with Mental Illness. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that impact an individual’s ability to think clearly and engage in healthy relationships. Mental illnesses encompass a wide spectrum, from those who cannot live on their own to those who have depression and do an adequate job of hiding it from others. 

A group of the book study participants have formed a Mental Health Team for the purpose of educating the church on ways in which we can be more welcoming and understanding of those with mental illness. Pastors Andy and Elizabeth have endorsed our work, as has the Church Council. Resources for dealing with mental illness will be posted on our church website soon. In the fall, we plan to offer an after-church presentation by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont).

Michele Brown, John Emerson, Elizabeth Gleich, Judy Jessup, Bob Youell, 

Sandy Youell

getting to know new member, pat durfee

Pat Durfee and her husband Bill retired to Middlebury in 1996. They lived in East Dorset; Bill played a lot of golf and Pat loved being outside gardening. When her parents, who were in their eighties, decided to leave Florida, Pat and Bill moved to a larger house in Shaftsbury so they could live with them.

After her parents had passed, Bill developed cancer, and their daughter Amy, who lives in Lincoln and teaches at MUHS, wanted them closer. So they moved again! Pat was Garden Club President in Manchester VT and then again in Middlebury VT.

Bill and Pat met at the Rhode Island School of Design, where Bill was two years ahead of Pat. They married at the beginning of Pat's last year of school. They moved to Massachusetts after her graduation where she taught art for six different schools and Bill worked in advertising.

They started their family with an adopted daughter followed by their twins, and then there was another boy, and then Amy!

Bill had Parkinson’s that got worse, and he died of a stroke in February 2022.

Pat started to come to our church, and she became more and more impressed with the church and its people. She said, “I became a widow and found a new home in this church.”

what are two things you do when you turn 18?

I. Register to vote, and

II. Create a will.

Voting is essential for all who live in a democracy; in particular, it's an opportunity for us to work toward a just society for all. Having a will enables YOU to express your core values by deciding what happens to your possessions if an accident or illness leads to your early death.

Getting to know Beth Campbell

New member as of November 2022

New member Beth Campbell grew up in the Midwest but always vacationed in Vermont in the summer at the family cottage on Lake Hortonia and visited her grandparents here on holidays. Her grandparents, Don and Charlotte Campbell, retired to Middlebury in 1975 and lived here for 25 years. They were members of the church, and Don was the interim pastor here for a year in the early 80s. Beth’s dad, Bill Campbell, also preached at the church every summer for many years. Bill and Carol (Beth’s mom) moved here six years ago. Beth definitely has a lifelong history with the Congregational church!

Beth went to college at the College of Wooster in Ohio, then headed to the Northeast. She got her MA at UMass Amherst in Art and Architectural History, then went to photography school. After an internship at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in the photo studio, Beth moved to New York City where she worked in the photo studio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for two years. In the early 2000s, she started her business, Elizabeth Campbell Photography. Beth photographs architecture, interiors, food, products, and lifestyle mainly in the hospitality industry. She and her assistant (sister Cathy Wright!) travel all over the country photographing beautiful properties have a lot of fun doing it!

During college, Beth worked at Silver Bay Association on Lake George (as did her dad, sister, and brother) and met Steve Young [editor’s note: not the football Hall-of-Famer]. They were friends for years, dated off and on for years, then finally figured it out and got married by Bill Campbell in 2001 on a beach in the British Virgin Islands. They lived in Kansas City, MO for a couple of years, Middlebury for a short period of time, then settled in Glens Falls, NY for 17 years. Their son Charles was born in Glens Falls in 2009. After lots of thought and consideration, Beth and Steve decided to move to Middlebury in 2020 for so many reasons! Beth’s parent’s, Bill and Carol, had moved here and they wanted to spend more time with them, they wanted to be closer to all of the skiing they do in Vermont as well as the family cottages on Lake Hortonia, the schools are a better fit for Charles, and they have great friends in Vermont. They built a house in South Ridge and couldn’t be happier with the neighborhood and with life in Middlebury.

Nursery Volunteers Needed!

The church nursery, downstairs next to the fellowship hall, is open Sundays from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. for children age 0–4 and staffed by two highly capable youth from our congregation. In addition, our Safe Church Policy requires an adult to be present in the nursery alongside our teenage nursery care providers. 

We are trying to grow our pool of adult volunteers so that each individual would be signed up approximately once every six weeks. Adult volunteers will complete a background check and be oriented to nursery procedures and the Safe Church Policy. Please contact Matt Kubacki at mskubacki@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming an adult nursery volunteer.

Adult Study: Transforming:

The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

After Sarah Mell’s workshops in March and April, several church members expressed interest in continuing the conversation around gender, sexuality, and faith. So, on Tuesdays in June, Pastor Elizabeth and Eliana Cañas Parra will be leading a book discussion on Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians (updated and expanded edition) by biblical scholar Austen Hartke. In Transforming, the author offers a faithful, educational, and affirming resource on gender expansiveness in the context of Christian theology.
The book group will meet in the Russell Carpenter Room at noon on June 6, 13, 20, and 27. You are also welcome to participate on Zoom. The homework assignment for June 6: Introduction and Chapters 1-3.
Please note: if you choose to participate, and plan to purchase the book, be sure to order the “Updated and Expanded Edition.” The Vermont Book Shop has ordered some copies Transforming, but it looks like they won’t come in for a couple of weeks. Please contact Pastor Elizabeth if you’ve ordered the book but need a copy of the first few chapters.

Yes we can-can!

Shopping Cart Sunday is coming up on June 4, and we think that will be the day we reach our first ton of food collected for HOPE this year. Can we do it? Yes, we CAN-CAN! (You know we couldn’t resist that one.). Let’s kick it up a notch and load those grocery carts with all kinds of cans for the community food shelf. Baked beans and canned soups are especially helpful, but all kinds of cans are welcome. The food shelf also needs condiments such as ketchup, mustard and mayo, as well as olives, pickles, relish, and marinades, boxed side dishes like Rice-A-Roni, Rice Pilaf products, cheesy rice items, Hamburger Helper, toilet paper, adult incontinence products like Depends and Poise, and laundry detergent– either small containers or boxes of laundry pods that can be divided.

Our friends at HOPE also tell us that the start of summer presents some special needs for families with children. Items such as granola bars, cereal, ready-to-eat soups/baked beans that kids can prepare independently, as well as shelf-stable juices and canned fruits are very helpful. Please consider pop-top cans when available as they are easier to open for those without can openers.

Who is The Rev. elizabeth Kathleen gleich?

The Rev. Elizabeth Kathleen Gleich became the Associate Pastor of The Congregational Church of Middlebury in 2019. She came to Middlebury from the First Church of Christ, UCC in Glastonbury CT.

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in May of 2012 from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. Her majors were Theology and Peace Studies, and her minor was Gender and Women’s Studies. She earned a Masters of Divinity in May 2015 from Yale Divinity School. In August of 2016, she completed a 3-unit Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Elizabeth served First Church, UCC in Glastonbury as Associate Pastor of Children and Youth Ministries from August 2016 to May 2019. She was ordained into the United Church of Christ at First Church in Glastonbury on 3 Dec 2017. She was called to the Congregational Church of Middlebury as Associate Pastor on 3 Mar 2019, and began her pastorate on 29 May 2019.

Elliott Jordan Munn was born and raised in Norway, Maine. Elliott is a graduate of Bowdoin College (BA in Classics) and Yale Divinity School. He was ordained at First Parish in Brunswick, ME on 22 Nov 2015, and began his ministry as the Associate Pastor of First Church in West Hartford, CT. When his spouse, Elizabeth, accepted a call as the Associate Pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury in 2019, he followed her north and served as the Transitional Pastor of the Waitsfield United Church of Christ. On 3 May 2020, the Congregational Church of Vergennes called the Rev. Elliott Munn to be their settled pastor.

Elizabeth Kathleen Gleich born 24 May 1990 St. Paul MN, raised Hastings MN

Elliott Jordan Munn born 13 May 1989 Norway ME, raised Norway ME

[1] Lydia Gleich Munn born Sept 2021 Middlebury VT

Elizabeth Gleich and Elliott Munn were married on 22 July 2017, in Waterford, ME. The parents of Elizabeth are Kathleen Marek Gleich (born in Rochester, MN) and Peter Gleich (born in Bismarck, ND); parents of Elliott are Jane Moody Munn (born in Lewiston, ME) and Kerry Munn (born in Lowell, MA). Elizabeth and Elliott have one child, Lydia Gleich Munn, born Sept 2021 in Middlebury, VT. Elliott and Elizabeth live in Chipman Park, Middlebury. Elizabeth has three sisters (Teresa, Mary, and Anne); Elliott has two brothers (Erik and Charles).

Elizabeth has enjoyed her pastorate at the Congregational Church of Middlebury, engaging in pastoral care, small group ministry, worship leadership, and teaching Confirmation. In her free time, Elizabeth loves to dust off her trumpet to play in the Vergennes City Band in the summers or (rarely) during worship.


Malcolm W. Chase, Historian

  • June Birthdays

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    Janet Franklin                           June 1

    Alice Livesay                             June 1

    Mary A. Williams                       June 1

    Miles Prouty                              June 2

    Dana Bingham Severson           June 2

    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

    Charles Young                          June 8

    Katy Smith Abbott                     June 9

    Stella Andrews                          June 9

    Nancie Crawford                       June 9

    Fred Barnes                              June 10

    Matthew Cox                             June 10

    Camila Nulsen                          June 10

    Judy Jessup                             June 11

    Katie Wallace                            June 11

    Diana Landwehr                        June 12

    Kierra Lacey                             June 13

    Nathan Stefani                          June 13

    Peter Vant                                June 13

    Nancy Ward                              June 15

    Mal 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

    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


  • June Anniversaries

    Steve Abbott & Katy Smith Abbott          June 3

    Jim & Margaret Eagan                           June 3

    Rick & Sara Marshall                             June 4

    Victor & Betty Nuovo                             June 7; Celebrating 70 yrs!

    Peter & Cathy Munteanu                       June 9

    Larry & Cindy Jones                              June 11

    John & Sherry Klinck                             June 11; Celebrating 62 yrs!

    Peter & Jill Ruffa                                   June 12

    Steve & Kathy Jewett                            June 13

    Tim & Mary Williams                              June 13

    Stephen & Aimee Diehl                          June 14

    Donald & Kristie Skor                            June 17

    James & Elizabeth Davis                       June 20

    Bill & Jean Fifield                                   June 21

    Tanya Lehman & Stephen Morse           June 22

    Mark & Jenny Orten                              June 23

    John & Amy Emerson                            June 29

    Jim & Joyce Foster                                June 29