Church Notices

Pizza Night Hosts Needed

Next three Wednesdays Pizza nights (8/16, 8/23, and 8/30) are open for volunteer hosts to sign up!  Everything is stocked in kitchen, all you need to do is light the fire, unfold the extra table, and wheel out the cart with basic toppings!  Put your own spin on it with special ingredients or themes or just have good basic pizzas with pot luck additions.  Deb Rice will consult in advance if needed, but it is not rocket science!

YOUR special talents are NEEDED!

You know who you are:  you LOVE a challenge, you CRAVE creative thinking and puzzle solving, you THRIVE on helping the organizations you support, like our beloved NORTH CHAPEL!!!

The Nominating Committee is supporting the Board’s request to form an amazing, and special, group of people who want to put all the pieces together as the Canvass Task Force to produce a successful ANNUAL FUND.  The work for this committee is focused during the months of August to November, so it’s different than most of the long-standing committees our church is made up of. Please know that there are a variety of jobs within the committee – which does NOT include actually asking people to give, face-to-face, but DOES include helping to plan a lovely, community kickoff to the appeal.

Are you one of these people?  Are you equal to the task? (A few wonderful folks have already agreed to help…) Will you let one of us on the Nominating Committee (Irene Hanslin, Mary Jeanne Taylor, Hope Yeager, or Neil Marinello) know if so?

THANK YOU for your consideration!

Lets Play Together

Frisbee, Croquet, Bocci, Baseball? Who’s up for fun on the lawn after Sunday church services or during Pizza Night? Celebrate summer and get to know our community’s kids and adults in a new way! All ages are encouraged to participate.We’ve assembled a basket with outdoor activities you’ll find by the social hall back door. Please help yourself, have fun, and return equipment when you’ve finished.
Questions? Contact the Welcoming and Engagement Committee. Like to help? Drop off your surplus outdoor play gear in the basket for all to share!

Social Justice Forum Reminder

We urge the church community to post important social justice related events such as marches, demonstrations, meetings or speakers on our website.  This is not limited to Vermont only events.  If you know of political action taking place in other states or Washington DC, please share this information with our extended community.  To do so, send your posting with title, date, place and any other related information to Peggy Brightman and/or Veronica DeLay .


Evensong is taking a break for the summer and will resume in September!

Wednesday Pizza Nights Are Back!!

Join us for Outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Night’s between 5:30-7:30 every Wednesday! Weather permitting!

Bring: own set of eating utensils, plates and napkins, and drinks. (There will be back up supplies if you forget.) Potluck salads are welcome. You can bring your own gluten-free crusts if you like.

Donations are gratefully accepted to offset the cost of ingredients and maintain the equipment.

Silent Warriors – Help for the Homeless

With the coming of spring, the local warming shelter at The Haven will close for the year.  This means many Upper Valley homeless citizens will be looking for shelter in the woods.  It is Silent Warriors mission to help provide them with basic camping gear.

Silent Warriors are always looking for sleeping bags, tents with folding poles only (no metal), tarps, wool blankets and other camping equipment. They also need financial support to purchase single burner cook stoves, propane, headlamps, tarps etc.

Many of us have camping equipment tucked away in closets, attics, or basements that we haven’t used in… how many years now? This is a great way to combine de-cluttering with donating to a great non-profit, as well as folks who can really use a hand!  Donations may be mailed to Silent Warriors at 3 Margery Rd, Enfield, NH 03748. To donate camping items for pick-up in the Woodstock area, contact Linda Galvao at or at 603 233-4894.  If you prefer, they’ll pick up directly – 603-443-7637.  But I’d prefer to be able to fill a car, between the North Chapel and Congregation Shir Shalom, and perhaps have some of the kids join in delivering the items.

Thank you for supporting Silent Warriors and making this organization so helpful for our homeless citizens. To watch a four minute video showing what they do, click here:

Altar Decoration

Sherry is looking for people to decorate our altar this month and next. If you would be willing, see her at church, give her a call 457-1919 or email her at

Announcement about Spiritual Themes Second & Third Quarter 2017

In the coming year, the NUCS Worship Committee seeks to cultivate greater spiritual continuity by establishing monthly themes to guide future services. These broad themes, which have intentionally been expressed in expansive language with plenty of room for exploration and interpretation, are designed to reflect the essence of each season, drawing our attention to topics and concepts that naturally emerge as the year progresses. You are all invited to review the proposed themes and to consider how they resonate with your personal experience. If you or someone you know might be able to bring us on journeys through these territories, please contact a member of the Worship Committee.


August: Manifestation and Abundance

The full glory of summer may be a powerful reminder of our personal relationship to both inner and outer abundance.  In which ways do you experience abundance in your life?  And in which areas would you invite more?  If you currently harbor a sense of want or lack, how might we inspire one another to manifest our desires in ways that honor not just surface whims but rather their associated deeper yearnings?

September: Rituals and Routines

Whether or not you align your life to the rhythms of the academic calendar, vestiges of this pattern may reflect in a tendency to set goals and organize routines with the first hints of autumn. What kinds of personal rituals and routines give grounding, meaning, purpose or order to your life?  How might we harness the power of habit and intention to become our highest, happiest, most authentic selves?  And if routines tend to dominate our lives, how might we renegotiate our relationship with these patterns so as to allow for some needed freedom and flexibility?

Advanced Care Directive Clinic 

Monday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, by appointment

Would your loved ones know your wishes about medical care if you were unable to speak for yourself? There is a legal document called an Advance Directive that you can complete to give guidelines about your wishes and appoint someone to represent you if you are not able. The Thompson Center hasa trained and caring volunteer on site every Monday from 1pm – 3pm. These volunteers will take the time to explain both the document and the simple process used to make your wishes known.  The most important part of this process is talking to those you love about what matters most to you. You can call 457-3277 to schedule an appointment.

The Rev. Is In!

Starting Thursday, September 1st, the Rev. Gwen Groff will begin her service as Pastoral Care Minister at the North Chapel. Gwen will be available for general pastoral counseling and support, crisis counseling, hospital visits, and end-of-life discussions.

Gwen will be at the North Chapel and available for drop-in conversations or scheduled appointments during her office hours: Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 1pm. Gwen will also be available for the equivalent of another day weekly to visit people at home, in the hospital, or elsewhere—at mutually convenient times. You can reach Gwen via email at or via the confidential telephone line at (802) 457-1786 or via the North Chapel office at (802) 457-2557 or

Click here to listen to Gwen’s recent Sunday reflection, given at the North Chapel on August 28, titled “What we know by heart.”

Gwen’s door is open and she is available—you be the one to take the next step!

Coffee Hour – Food Needed

In order for more participants to have an opportunity to participate in coffee hour, we are asking congregants as a whole to contribute snack items for coffee hour if and when they can.  Committees will still be assigned a month to facilitate coffee hour, but the main duty will be to make and prepare the coffee and tea. The previous format was very labor and cost intensive especially for the smaller committees so with this new way, we are hoping to extend the invitation to contribute to all who can!

Please also note that clean up help is always appreciated and open to anyone willing and able to help. Many hands make light work!

Sunday Morning Greeters

The Welcoming and Engagement Committee has been welcoming everyone who enters North Chapel each Sunday and is now reaching out to church members who may be interested in serving as a designated greeter. This is a wonderful way to manifest our commitment to be an intentionally welcoming congregation. Any individuals or families interested in becoming a designated greeter are encouraged to contact Rick & Kathy Fiske at:, or

Important Parking Notice:

We recognize that parking is sometimes at a premium. Please be aware that the Fire Marshal requires that NO PARKING can be permitted anywhere in or along either side of the ENTIRE church driveway under any circumstances or at any time, nor can the driveway entrance at the street be blocked.

Emergency vehicles would be unable to reach the rear building if parked cars are in these areas. Thank you,  The Buildings & Grounds Committee

Invitation for Altar Decorations

Those who would like to decorate the altar are asked to contact Sherry at 457 1919 or

Clearness Committee

Are you struggling with an important issue that you could use clarity on?  Then consider being a “focus person” in a clearness committee of people you trust who ask you open and honest questions to help you gain clarity around that issue. The process takes about two hours and is entirely confidential. For more information about clearness committees and/or to see about setting up a committee for yourself, please contact Geraldine (, Richard ( or Veronica (

Community Food Shelf Collection– on the first Sunday of every month.

“With gratitude and reverence for all life, we savor food mindful of all that has contributed to it. We commit ourselves to a more equitable sharing of the earth’s bounty,” says the UUA. Mindful of those who are food challenged we ask for your contributions to the Woodstock Food Shelf. Please contribute on the first Sunday of the month with food or to the offering plate with a check to the Woodstock Food Shelf. We do make a difference. Thanks for your help.

The Woodstock Community Food Shelf is located at 2176 Maxham Meadow Way, Woodstock. Phone 457-1185. Donations of cash are also much appreciated. Non-perishable or cash donations may be dropped off on the Sundays when we are planning a food collection, can be taken directly to the Food Shelf or you can donate funds right here and now at  Here is a shopping list containing the top 10 most needed items:

pasta and spaghetti sauce hot and cold cereal canned tuna canned soups and stews (preferable low sodium) canned fruit and vegetables (preferably low sugar and low salt) peanut butter, jam, and jelly coffee and tea cheese coffee baked beans boxed macaroni & cheese toilet paper

Food can also be dropped off at locations around Woodstock including Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, the Christian Science Church (when the flag is out), the Congregational Church, Lake Sunapee Bank, the Unitarian Universalist Church, St. James Episcopal Church and the Woodstock Area Jewish Congregation Shir Shalom. Food can also be dropped off at Teago Store in Pomfret. To contact the food shelf, call (802) 457-1185. One can mail checks to Woodstock Community Food Shelf, PO Box 570, Woodstock, VT 05091. Thanks. You can leave a note in the crate or with Geraldine what you donated and where. It will count.

Recycle – Reuse!The Change the World Kids are collecting used cell phones. Please place them in a bag with any accessories you might have and leave in the church office. Please, this does not include old cordless landline phones! The used cell phones are donated to WISE, a women’s shelter in W Lebanon, NH.

Change the World Kids also are accepting your used ink jet cartridges for recycling. Please drop them off at the North Chapel office. There is also a drop-off box at the Norman Williams library.