Posts by Eleanor Guare

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Holy Week brings Easter Joy

by Eleanor Guare

Following the season of Lent, Holy Week begins on Good Friday and ends on the eve of Easter. If you were able to be in the sanctuary or online, you heard the magnificent voice of Keilah and admired the beauty of the lilies on the altar. Then of course, there were Easter bonnets, worn proudly […]

Where’s Jason?

by Eleanor Guare

Our multi-talented former office manager has accepted a job working for the City of Pittsfield, MA. Here’s how he described the work: “It’s a new position. I work for the mayor’s office in the City of Pittsfield as the administrative coordinator for the ARPA program. ARPA is the American Relief Plan Act, a massive injection […]

Read-Meditate-Pray

by Eleanor Guare

Our Advent Devotional inspired us with the message “Less is More” and encouraged us to Read, Meditate, and Pray. And as the new year arrived, the church deacons selected an assortment of thought-provoking books and discussions to get us started.   There’s time to start reading the third in the series, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing […]

Hal Gray: News Junkie

by Eleanor Guare

Throughout history, communities have relied on news carriers who ran from town to town carrying verbal announcements. Villagers relied on the appearance of such “town criers” to provide warnings and updates. Today, we get our news by browsing through hundreds of online sources or media stations. As print newspapers decline in popularity, we nevertheless remain […]

Meet Jess!

by Eleanor Guare

We welcome our new office manager, Jess Huyghebaert (pronounced Hew-gah-bart), shown here with her lovable Chara, named after a constellation of the ploughman’s hound. Chara is a farm dog who loves to chase crows out of the corn! Jess is a Vermonter with a passion for farming. She grew up in Royalton and attended Bethany […]

Just for Fun!

by Eleanor Guare

by Rosann Hickey Click here for a word search! Tip: Use your cursor to highlight the words listed, and reveal the name of a person featured in this newsletter! Remember, you can highlight letters up, down, and across. You’re not finished until you see the banner: Puzzle Completed!

Mission and Outreach

by Eleanor Guare

Even before the pandemic, our Mission and Outreach committee, along with many volunteers, continually met the human needs for warmth, shelter, food, and goodwill. We support agencies that provide community action such as Capstone (https://www.capstonevt.org); AWARE (http://www.awarevt.org); Meals on Wheels (https://www.agewellvt.org/services/meals-on-wheels-community-meals); Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (https://www.vermont4a.org); and Vermont Refugee Resettlement through the […]

Fun Things Coming Up

by Eleanor Guare

Food brings people together and we plan to make that happen as much as is safely possible in the coming weeks. S’mores! February 13th On Sunday, February 13th at 4:30 PM in the side yard of the church there will be a campfire for the roasting of marshmallows which can be added to the graham […]

Holidays Remembered

by Eleanor Guare

Contributing writers: Penny Bretschneider, Judy Dales, Rosann Hickey, Shelly Jungwirth As the vibrant Autumn foliage waned, so did our hopes of fully gathering again, due to the Delta and Omicron variants of the Coronavirus. We all watched as the COVID tally sign on the village green depicted alarming numbers. Worship services had resumed in-person (with […]

Judy Dunnan: A Builder

by Eleanor Guare

Making our church property energy-efficient, safe, and attractive is no small undertaking. Insulating, painting, constructing, and renovating are often complex and labor-intensive projects. Luckily, we have Judy Dunnan to lead the way. I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about Judy as a leader in our church. One day I walked into Fellowship Hall and […]