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NOVEMBER 2022...

THE PRACTICE OF GRATITUDE

Rev. Elizabeth Gleich

“Always be rejoicing. Give thanks for everything.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18.

Dear Church,

Last month during our Stewardship Campaign, we focused on giving thanks. We spent time during our worship services giving thanks for various ministries of our church: worship, children and youth, music, congregational care, and service and outreach. It was good to name aloud these things and thank God for them! While we emphasized gratitude to, in part, inspire our congregation to make a pledge to support the ministries of our church, we also wanted to highlight the way that giving thanks is an important practice of bring a faithful Christian. I say “practice” for a reason … it takes practice! Naming the things for which I am grateful, sending my gratitude to God for God’s provision, telling other people

I see their good work, their presence, their commitment—all of these things take practice. Last month, I tried to set aside time in my day to say “thanks.” Each day it was something different: send a thank you note, write down things for which I am thankful, say a prayer of gratitude to God, thank one of my colleagues in person. Some days this practice has been easier to remember or to fit into my schedule. Again, it is a practice!

In this season of Thanksgiving, I want to go on record saying that I am grateful for each member of this church. I am grateful for the ways that people care for one another. I’m grateful for our collective passion for sharing God’s love with the world. I’m grateful that we are willing to take leaps of faith for the good of our community. I’m grateful for the quiet, hardworking folks who do the work of this church—those that come in mid-week to weed the gardens, clean up the pews, and put hymn numbers on the sanctuary wall; those who make sure the nametags are organized, cones are put out, and fellowship hour is ready. I’m grateful for my colleagues—Andy, Eliana, Judy, Jessica, Jeff, and Jeff. The list goes on and on.

I’m not always feeling in a “grateful mood,” but again, it’s a practice! When I engage in this practice of gratitude, my heart gets bigger and more open. I start to see others as members of this beautiful Body of Christ, with many parts. I can more easily love God and my neighbor as myself.

And thanks be to God for that!

Gratefully yours,
Elizabeth

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE october 2022

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING

We held our meeting by Zoom because of health issues for some members. We listened to the reports of our ministers, the treasurer, and all the Board chairs. A few highlights of these reports are as follows:

  • Staff evaluations are being done this month.
  • The columbarium is installed, but work is needed on the memorial garden. 
  • There will be some painting in Fellowship Hall sometime soon.
  • The potluck after church last Sunday was successful. There were 58 in attendance and lots of good food and conversation.
  • There was a discussion of the Safe Church policy in relationship to staffing in the Nursery.
  • There was discussion about new members for church Boards. This is the time of year that the Nominating Committee reaches out to church members to ask them to join the five Boards that do a wide variety of work in our church.
  • There was a short discussion of a small bylaw change that will need to be warned for the annual meeting.

There is a lot going on right now with Sunday services, Church School, education classes, the stewardship committee, and a host of other smaller projects!


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. 

Do you like babies?

Do you like babies? Then this volunteer opportunity may be for you! The Board of Christian Development is seeking adult volunteers to assist occasionally in the nursery during Sunday worship. You would work alongside our existing staff of capable youth, and you can sign up for as many or as few Sundays as you like! For more information, please contact Judy Jessup, nursery coordinator (judyjessupvt@gmail.com), or Michelle Nelson, Board chair (mmnelson@middlebury.edu).

The groove of things… Getting there!

Eliana Cañas parra, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Dear Church,

With October in the books, things feel like they have settled with our children and youth programs. The more I learn about my role here, the more I feel grateful for all the volunteers who share their time and gifts with the children and youth of our church.

I’ve been having conversations with the teachers, our pastors, and directors of children and youth ministries from other churches around Vermont, and those conversations have left me with a generous number of interesting ideas and thoughts about our own programs and how they can grow. In the coming months, a small team that includes teachers, members of the Board of Christian Development, Pastor Elizabeth, and me will be working on creating, modifying, and consolidating a curriculum tailored to our church that reflects what we value and what we want our children to learn during their years in Sunday school. I’m also hoping to incorporate some intergenerational activities in the near future in which the adults in the church can get to know the kids, and vice versa. Stay tuned for more updates about those!

Junior Youth Group has been bonding over Tuesday night games, prayers, art, and snacks. The teens recently participated in a national UCC art contest called Climate Hope Cards in which they made cards related to climate justice. During that meeting, we talked about the importance for us as Christians to care for creation. Children and youth from all over the country are participating; the winning cards will be selected and sent to the White House in January. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

As you can guess, there is much more coming in the next couple of months, and I’m looking forward to the work that needs to be done as we keep working for justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God.

With love,
Eliana

cHILD cARE uPDATE

Hello from the Interim Board of Directors of the yet-to-be-officially-named child care center at our church! Things have been a bit quiet on our end, so we wanted to share what we’ve been up to. The last few months, we have been working to get architectural plans for the necessary changes and securing a contractor for that work. We’ve started working on a shared-use agreement that will outline specifically how the child care center will share space with the church. We’ve selected (but not yet purchased) furniture for each classroom and have continued speaking with church leadership about how best to move forward with our plans. Gratefully, we have received several grants, including $50,000 from Let’s Grow Kids, $5,000 from Neat Repeats, and $2,500 from the Walter Cerf Community Fund. In addition, we’ve received $5,500 in anonymous donations. We are so thankful for the support we are receiving from our church and the wider community. Stay tuned for more updates soon!

    How Not to Be Afraid

    Congregational Church of Middlebury

    All are invited to The Congregational Church of Middlebury on Friday, November 11 to hear writer and storyteller Gareth Higgins give a talk based on his book How Not to be Afraid. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m., and it is free and open to the public.

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    Gareth Higgins was born in Belfast in 1975, grew up during the northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in the US. He writes and speaks about the power of storytelling to shape our lives and world. He has been involved in peace-building and violence reduction in northern Ireland and helping address the legacy of conflict. Higgins received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Queen's University Belfast, and helped teach the world's first graduate course in Reconciliation Studies at Trinity College Dublin.


    Copies of How Not to be Afraid will be available for purchase.

     

    98th Annual Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, November 5

    from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    The first Saturday of November (11/5) is our church’s annual Holiday Bazaar, and we’re thrilled to hold it again in person (face mask optional)! Thank you to everyone in advance for your support, preparations, and donations. And don’t forget the Second Chance Sale is Sunday after worship on November 6.


    Schedule for Holiday Bazaar Week


    • Monday, Oct. 31: Tables, chairs, and display shelves arranged by our logistics team.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 1: Decorating and additional setup, including signs on both floors and outside.
    • Wednesday, Nov. 2: Donors can drop off contributions from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bazaar workers will be setting up spaces and sorting and pricing merchandise and non-perishable food items.
    • Thursday, Nov. 3: Workers continue to receive, price, and set up from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 4: Friday is the last day to drop off donated items, and the first day to drop off perishable baked goods (including pies) and soups, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Also on Friday, Theme Baskets should be brought to the church between 9:00 and noon. (To make alternate arrangements for drop off, contact Gail Hietzker.)
    • Saturday, Nov. 5: All perishable foods (pies, soups, food table baked goods) should be delivered between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.! Workers need to be in place by 8:30 for any last-minute instructions and final set-up.
    • Bazar Saturday! Nov. 5: Doors are open 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Please plan to come out to see all the wonderful offerings we’ll have for sale. Invite family members, neighbors, and friends to join you! (Volunteers will clean up and set up for the Second Chance Sale.)
    • Sunday, Nov. 6: Second Chance Sale, immediately following worship in Fellowship Hall.

    Find who to contact and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the 2022 Holiday Bazaar page under Church Activities on the website. If you have questions about donating or volunteering, contact Ruth Penfield or Judy Jessup, 2022 Bazaar co-chairs.


    2022 Bazaar Co-chairs: Ruth Penfield (ruthpenfield@gmail.com)

    and Judy Jessup (judyjessupvt@gmail.com)

    silent auction!

    Dorothy Douglas has crafted and generously donated a gorgeous full/queen size quilt to our 2022 Holiday Bazaar! The quilt dimensions are 79"x91" and the pattern is “Xs and Os” in shades of blues and whites. It’s on display at the church during Bazaar week, in or near Fellowship Hall. 


    Silent auction bids for the quilt began on Sunday, Oct. 23, and will close at 2:00 p.m. at the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5. The winner does not need to be present at the Bazaar for the drawing.

    Pull up a chair...

    Join us for a Potluck Lunch after worship on Sunday, November 13th - all are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. Food that needs to be refrigerated or kept warm can be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall kitchen before church and the Kitchen Crew will follow your instructions. Looking forward to seeing everyone for a great meal and some fun activities.

    Fall Adult Study


    • Christianity & Nationalism with James Calvin Davis and Al Zaccor. Mondays at 7:00 p.m., continuing on 11/7. In person in Unity Hall.
    • Bible Study on the Psalms with Pastor Andy. Tuesdays at noon. Continuing on 11/1, 11/8, 11/15. On zoom.
    • Advent Study with Pastor Elizabeth and Pastor Andy. Tuesdays at noon. 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20. In person.


    Read more on the Adult Study page of the website.

    IMPORTANT DATES FOR YEAR-END GIVING

    Many thanks to all the individuals and families who support our church. Without your gifts of time and dollars, there would be no church!


    As the end of the year approaches, donors who itemize their taxes may find it helpful to know when certain types of financial gifts should be initiated in order to be completed no later than December 31. (Please note that the church does not give tax advice; donors should contact their own financial advisors.) Details can be found on the website at midducc.org/giving or by calling the church office at (802) 388-7634 to request this information.


    Deadlines for Initiating Year-End Gifts:

    • First week of November — real estate
    • Second week of December — stocks, bonds, and mutual funds; IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD); charitable gift annuity
    • December 25, 10:00 a.m. worship service — cash
    • December 31 — check (postmarked by 12/31/2022)

    Other Important Information:


    Please include what the gift is to be used for to ensure proper allocation. Our church’s name is the Congregational Church, UCC of Middlebury, Vermont, and our EIN is 03-0238445.


    Again, thank you for your essential support of our church.

    Sally Holland, Chair, Gift Acceptance Committee


    Who is The Rev. Wallace W. Anderson, Jr.?

    The Rev Wallace Anderson, Jr. served the Congregational Church of Middlebury from 1968 to 1981. He started this ministry on 22 Sept 1968, coming to Middlebury from an assistant pastorate at the Congregational Church in Simsbury, CT. On Sunday, 3 May 1981, he announced his resignation, stating that he had accepted the pastorate of the Second Congregational Church in New London, CT, and that he would be starting there on 1 Aug 1981.


    Because of his father’s career as a minister, he was raised in Portland, Maine; Springfield, Mass.; and Bridgeport, Conn. The Rev. Wallace W. Anderson, Jr. was a graduate of Phillips Academy (’47) in Andover, MA, and received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College (’51). After earning a theological degree from Union Theological Seminary (’55) in NY, he studied for a year at England’s Cambridge University before being ordained as a Congregational minister in 1956. During his nearly 40-year career, Wally served churches in Everett MA, Alexandria VA, Simsbury CT, Middlebury VT (13 years), and New London CT (12 years).


    Wallace Witmer Anderson Jr. was born in 1930 in Manchester, N.H., the son of the Rev. Wallace W. Anderson Sr. (also a Congregational minister) and his wife, Constance Boyer Wallace (homemaker). He married Lynette Anne Mock in 1959. Lynette was a graduate of Bryn Mawr School (’51), Wellesley College (’55), and Smith College (School of Social Work). She continued to do social work in the various communities where Wally was pastor. Lynette worked for many years at the Baird Center for children and families in Burlington, VT. They had two offspring – Peter and David. Rev. Wallace W. Anderson Jr. died on 11 Mar 2019 at age 89 from Parkinson’s disease at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson, MD.


    Lynette Anna Whittaker Mock was born on 13 Sept 1933 in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of Clark Leslie Mock (born in OH) and Margareta A H (Margaret) Brown (born in England). In the 1930, 1940, and 1950 census records, Lynette lived in University Heights in OH. She died suddenly 21 Mar 2000 from a brain hemorrhage.

    • Wallace Witmer Anderson Jr born 1930 Manchester NH died 11 Mar 2019 Towson MD
    • Lynette Anne Mock born 13 Sept 1933 Cleveland OH died 20 Mar 2000 Burlington VT

    Next month, the family of The Rev. Dr. Donald F. Campbell will be summarized.


    Malcolm W. Chase, Historian


    • November Birthdays

      Pamela Quinn               November 01

      Michael Cummings       November 03

      Jill Ruffa                        November 03

      Debbie Deering             November 04

      Victoria Luksch             November 04

      Levi Nuceder                November 04

      Brett Viens                    November 04

      James Davis                 November 06

      Bronwen Kent               November 06

      Tanya Lehman              November 06

      Josie Masterson-Glen   November 08

      Matthew von Behrens   November 08

      Barbara Charlamb        November 10

      Devon Karpak               November 10

      Frank Winkler               November 10

      Jennifer Stefani            November 11

      Jae Davis                     November 13

      John Evarts                  November 13

      Victor Nuovo                November 13

      Josie Abbott                 November 16

      Betty Damewood         November 19

      Betsy Gleason             November 19

      Mira Maglienti              November 19

      Mona Rogers               November 19

      Mike Fiskio                  November 20

      Sydney Penniman       November 20

      George Cady               November 21

      Frank Van Gansbeke   November 21

      Greta Allen-Buettner    November 23

      Doug Sinclair               November 23

      Mary Alice Beazley      November 25

      Mary Jo Champlin       November 25

      Harper Sinclair             November 29

      Callum Krahn              November 30


       

    • November Anniversaries

      Ellen Whelan-Wues & Conor Stinson      November 12, 2012 10

      Jeff & Diane Munroe                                November 13, 1999 23

      Charles & Nancy Jakiela                         November 17, 1984 38