Judy Albright - Designer and Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
Judy Albright - Designer and Publisher
Elizabeth Davis - Editor
Rev. Andy Nagy-Benson
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE July 2022
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
Church Council met on July 13 with a combined in-person and Zoom meeting. Pastor Elizabeth was the only staff present. She updated Council on the progress of the Child Care Exploratory Work Group, and on a new committee that is assessing all the technology that is used in our church.
Ian Phair, who was reporting for the Board of Trustees, had a lot to update us on. He said the foundation for the columbarium is going in and the unit itself should be arriving soon. The racking for the solar panels is being installed and the panels will arrive within a week. There was a discussion about the roof repair work that will soon be needed.
Judy Jessup report for Christian Development and brought up the concerns of Church School sharing their space with the new childcare center and how that will work.
Mal Chase gave an update on his work with the huge number of documents he is sorting and trying to decide what needs to be preserved. He will be looking for assistance in the near future.
Elizabeth and Ellen Whelan-Wuest presented more detail on the work they and others are doing on the new childcare center. Mark Gleason is leading the effort to design and obtain contractors to do the work that is needed in the building. Ellen is leading the effort to set up the new Board of Directors for the center. Ellen also reported on the two most recent grants they have applied for and the progress being made with the 501(c)(3) status.
Church Council approved spending the money to paint the west side of the church ($28,000, approximately). This will use the entire amount currently in the Painting Special Fund.
Church Council will not meet in August.
Nancy Foster, Clerk
What is Church Council?
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.
What is All Boards?
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.
Children and Youth Programs Begin!
It's time to register your child for these programs!
Nursery care is for for children 0-4 years old and is available from 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. each Sunday. If desired, the nursery staff can stay in touch with parents in the sanctuary through the use of a small hand-held, pager-style device.
Read more here.
Church School Starts September 11th
We have Church School classes for children in pre-K through 8th grade. Every year the church school program is built around a theme and culminates at our end-of-year Children and Youth Sunday service in June.
The teachers this year are:
Junior Youth Group Starts September 13th
The Junior Youth Group is open to students in grades 6-8. We meet bi-monthly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. The purpose of the group is to build a faith community by living out Jesus’ words, "Love One Another". We will learn together, serve together and have fun together.
This group is led by our Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Eliana Canas Parra. She is assisted by a dedicated and loving group of volunteers. Contact Eliana if you'd like to learn more.
Senior Youth Group Starts September 18th
The Senior High Youth Group is open to students in grades 9-12, and meets weekly on Sunday afternoons. The regular meeting time is 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. in Unity Hall, but on the third Sunday of each month, the group meets in Fellowship Hall for a meal from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The group has a three-fold purpose: to play, to learn, and to serve.
With nearly 30 members in Youth Group, Pastor Andy Nagy-Benson is delighted to be working with dedicated Youth Group Leaders who each bring their own special talents and life experiences to our youth.
Jessica allen, music director
To me, one of the most fun things about September is the buzz of energy in the church building as programs resume and new opportunities open up for music participation, music outreach, and the overall celebration of music activities within our church.
This fall plans are brewing for Chancel Choir, Hand Bell Choir, and Sing for Social Justice that I hope provide an opportunity for anyone of any age to find a comfortable home, the chance to give to our community through music, and to grow musically and spiritually as members of our faith community.
We are in a unique position to use the arts as an expressive outlet to share God’s love, not only to those that worship within the walls of our Sanctuary or Unity Hall, but to those we may not know outside of our building, in and among the wider community.
I hope that you will seek out ways to be involved in the music programs of our church, whether you participate as a family or individual singing or playing an instrument, or as a supporter and appreciator of the musical gifts of others around you. There are many ways to be a part of things, musically or organizationally. Let me know if you are interested in finding the best fit for you, and I would be happy to help you explore the many options available for you to participate!
New Light on September 18th
Our New Light service is back this fall, now happening on third Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in Unity Hall! All are welcome to this contemplative, inclusive, and intimate service of prayer, scripture and music.
Return of the Green Team!
A new program year is beginning, and with it comes the return of our Green Team! If you are interested in being a part of fulfilling our mission as a Creation Justice Church, we would love to welcome you to our team. Here's what some of our members have to say about why they joined the Green Team:
If you see yourself in any of these testimonies or have some ideas that you are passionate about pursuing, we hope you'll be in touch! Our next Green Team meeting is Monday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved or learn more about our team.
A long-range perspective for our church:
Having provided income to the church for 124 years, the Starr endowment is currently valued at $16,869. It now provides roughly $600 to our annual budget, and its impact continues each year.
Please consider making a bequest to the church in your will.
crop walk October 2nd
Middlebury Town Green
Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn’t have to be
this way. Ending hunger is possible, and it is possible in our lifetime. You can help
make it happen. Register for CROP Hunger Walk, raise funds, and take us one step
closer to ending hunger once and for all. Join the movement!
Envelopes can be picked up at Fellowship Hour.
Rent a room and raise money for habitat!
Rooms for Habitat
For many years, Habitat has managed a “matching” program that connects college visitors with local homeowners who are willing to rent out a room for a night or two. The homeowners act as hosts for a night or two, and the guests donate a flat fee of $150 per night to Habitat!
Everybody ends up with a place to stay, including the local families that Habitat helps find news homes of their own!
Contact Robin Bentley with questions or Steve Ingram to volunteer email@example.com.
We have Bazaar details for your calendars!
Bazaar set-up days are October 31–November 4.
Your involvement is so appreciated and necessary!
Specialty Soups and Pies
What sold out in less than two hours at our 2021 Bazaar? Our wonderful selection of homemade pies and soups!
This year we plan to sell even more. Nancy Foster and her able assistants will again be signing up bakers and makers after church and supplying them with pie plates and soup containers. Berry pies (all kinds), lemon meringue, pecan, pumpkin, cream, and custard can fill the pie tables; and chicken noodle, squash, split pea and ham, minestrone, or your favorite recipes are perfect for the soup tables selection.
Theme Baskets Table
Gail Hietzker, our Theme Baskets Chair, can help you come up with a creative idea to attract the bidding of our Bazaar shoppers. Gail also has available baskets for you, will gladly share guidelines and timelines for delivering your completed theme basket, and can answer any questions you might have.
Book Room Reminder
Sally Holland, our Book Room co-chair, is happy to accept and store book donations now if you are moving. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
2022 Bazaar Co-chairs: Ruth Penfield (email@example.com)
and Judy Jessup (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who is the Rev. Charles T. Riggs?
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 served as a missionary in Turkey for 45 years.
Charles T. Riggs married Mary Randall Steele June 5, 1900, in Philadelphia, PA; they had two children (Sarah and Charles Jr.). Mary was buried in the West Cemetery, Middlebury, and Charles was buried in Istanbul, Turkey. Charles’s father was Edward Riggs [mother unknown]; parents of Mary are John Bacon Steele and Sarah Lounsbury Randle (Randall). Charles and Mary lived on South Street when they returned to Middlebury.
Charles T. Riggs born 1 Sept 1871, Sivas, Turkey died 15 Feb 1953, Istanbul, Turkey
Mary Randall Steele born 4 Dec 1870, Middlebury VT died 13 Jul 1947, Middlebury VT
The following presentation was made to our church at the annual congregational meeting on January 30, 1947, by Stephen A. Freeman, Moderator.
In accordance with the vote of the Board of Deacons and of the Nomination Committee, I wish to propose for the office of Honorary Pastor of this Church, the Rev. Charles Trowbridge Riggs. Born in Sivas, Turkey, in Asia Minor, of American missionary parents who also had been born in Turkey, the Rev. Mr. Riggs is the third generation of a family which has devoted itself to spreading the gospel in the lands where the apostle Paul first preached. He was educated in Princeton University where he received the A.B. degree in 1893. He graduated from Auburn Seminary in New York, in 1899, and returned at once to Turkey. Forty-five years of intense and self-sacrificing labor in the Lord’s vineyard have born rich fruits, and constitute their own reward. Under the American Board of Foreign Missions, he had preached widely in that region, in three languages: Turkish, Greek, and Armenian. He served as a leading member of the Commission to make a new translation of the Bible into Turkish, superseding the first Turkish translation which his grandfather had made about 1860. He is also one of the editors of a new revised English-Turkish dictionary now in press. He is highly honored as a scholar and linguist because of the high quality of his work in the enterprises.
In 1945, Mr. and Ms. Riggs returned to this country and delighted us by making their home with us here in Middlebury. He at once interested himself in the work of our church; and in spite of his modesty and unassuming friendliness, we soon discovered that we had a rare spirit and a shining light among us. He has given us unsparingly of his time and energy. He has shared in our deliberations with wise counsel. On frequent occasions, as the need arises, he had been ever ready to help in our services, even sometimes on short notice. He has led our devotions, he has guided our thoughts in sermons that have been noteworthy for the sincerity and the depth of their religious faith, as well as for the clarity and penetration of their exposition of Christian truths.
We have been stimulated and enriched by the serene glory of the Christian spirit that shines in his words, as in his life. Our pastor, the Rev. Edwin S. Holden, joins with us in requesting him to consider us all as his pastoral flock, to the greater glory and honor of God in this place. Mr. Chairman, I am happy to nominate the Rev. Charles T. Riggs as the Honorary Pastor of this Church, and I move that we elect him by a rising vote.
Mary Randall Steele was born in Middlebury, VT on 4 Dec 1870, the daughter of John Bacon Steele (born 17 Jun 1836 in Castleton, VT) and Sarah Lounsbury Randall (born 30 Sept 1844 in Norwalk, CT). She was married to the Rev. Charles T. Riggs in Philadelphia on 5 Jun 1900 and with her husband went directly to Turkey where they were missionaries for 45 years. They returned to Middlebury in 1945 where they since made their home. Her father, a graduate of Middlebury College, first served as a minister in New York State, coming to Middlebury in 1869 where he conducted a business until 1873.
Next month, the family of the Rev. Walker Taft Hawley will be summarized.
Malcolm W. Chase, Historian
Missy Gill September 1
Kathy Heitkamp September 1
Jake Miller September 3
Ruth Westfall September 4
Tre Bonavita September 5
Andrew Gleason September 5
Nancy Tellier September 5
Jeff Ellison September 6
Anna Berg September 8
Leanna Maglienti September 8
Michael Roy September 8
Frankie McDowell September 9
Corey Gillen September 10
Henry Schauer September 10
Hillary Swift September 10
Jim Swift September 10
Phil Heitkamp September 11
Matthew Kubacki September 11
Margaret Durst September 12
Sam Prouty September 12
George Devlin September 14
Meredith Durst September 14
Nick Marshall September 14
Lydia Gleich Munn September 15
Hogan Beazley September 16
Lisa Evarts September 16
Donald Maglienti September 17
Margaret Orten September 18
Harmony Wright September 18
Luke Bleich September 19
Cindy Jones September 19
Ruth Penfield September 20
Mark Gleason September 22
Hugh McLaughlin September 22
Tiffany Stowe September 22
Dorothy Douglas September 23
Alexander Dalton September 24
Tassi Luksch September 24
Patricia Thompson September 24
Asher Lehman September 25
Giovanna Neary September 25
TJ Springthorpe September 25
Dana Livesay September 26
Pam Spatafora September 27
Michael Evans Nash September 28
Christopher Evans Nash September 28
Dottie Neuberger September 28
Kyra Diehl September 29
Barbara Walter September 29
Jan Lyons September 30
Doug McKain September 30
Bronwen & Gregor Kent September 5
Raymond & Amy Shute September 5
Peter & Michelle Nelson September 6
Jim & Liz Robinson September 9
Al & Barbara Stiles September 10; Celebrating 67 years!
Gary & Cindi Gillen September 13
Brian Slavin & Jennifer Stefani September 16
Chas & Halina Lyons September 19
Sarah Tully & Tom Weiner September 23
Ruth Penfield & Doug McKain September 25
Mary Alice & Chuck Beazley September 28