Church Notices

Sextons Away

Please note that our Sextons (Agata and Radek Marzec) will be away from March 29th to April 4th. Groups that are meeting during this time, please be sure to bring your keys to open in the morning and if you are the last group in the evening, please lock up. If you have any concerns, please contact Geraldine Fowler.

Social Justice Action Forum

A NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION FORUM  has been created as part of our North Chapel website, with the support of the Board. Our goal is to encourage active participation in local, regional, and national events, to share information about causes, action opportunities, organizations and publications – all related to upholding our Seven UU Principles.

We invite you to visit this page on the NUCS website. Click Here! Please forward any new posting information to Peg Brightman ( and/or Veronica DeLay ( For the Events Calendar please include the  following info: Date, Title of Event, Time, Location, Cost (if any) Brief Description,  and Contact info.

Ministerial Search Committee Update: March 16, 2017

On Sunday 3/19 Marcia Peterson and Matt Friedman updated the congregation on the current Settled Minister Search. You can listen to this update here: MARCH 19 2017 SEARCH UPDATE

After months of careful work, the Ministerial Search Committee has now reached a crucial and exciting point in our search for a settled minister. After research, reference-checking, interviewing, pre-candidate weekends, meeting with our board co-chairs, and more reference checking, we have narrowed down our field to two pre-candidates whom we feel confident would be a good fit for our congregation. On March 27, the UUA will be asking us to rank our pre-candidates. This is a difficult task, but the Search Committee has reached a consensus that one of the pre-candidates would be rated as our top choice, and the other would be a near tie. At the same time, the UUA will be asking ministers to select their top choices among the congregations that they have visited. In this way, the UUA will be able to see if the ministers’ top choices match up with the top choices of the churches. We have reason to believe that our top pre-candidates are also very interested in the North Chapel, but there is no guarantee that everything will line up just as we are hoping. If all goes well, we should be able to extend an offer on March 30. Please wish us well as we eagerly await a positive outcome to this process!

Also, please note that the week of April 23-30 has been designated for Candidate Week. During this time, our final candidate will participate in two Sunday services, and there will be other chances to meet the candidate during the week. The Sunday service on April 30 will be followed by a congregational meeting to vote on whether to call the candidate as our new Settled Minister. You must be a church member to vote, so please be sure to sign the membership book before April 30 if you have not done so already.

If you have any questions or concerns, as always feel free to contact anyone on the Search Committee.

Marcia Peterson, Richard Schramm, Matt Friedman, Angel Rubino, and Veronica Delay

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 First 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.

April: Awakening and Insight

As frost gives way to new growth, an inner energy may begin to stir in anticipation of spring’s arrival, with its inherent promise for personal renewal.  New possibilities may unfold, new ideas may emerge, and new insights may present themselves.  This month, we hope to reflect on personal spiritual awakenings and insights that shift our course as spiritual seekers.  Sometimes, there is discomfort in these transformative moments, and necessary adjustments must be made in how we respond to our new revelations.

May: Creativity and Expression

The blooming of nature around us often opens gateways for personal expression.  Regardless of your art or craft, your drive to create may find new zeal.  We hope to relish the abundance of creativity around us and explore the many ways in which people express themselves in the world, possibly even assisting those of us who feel stifled or blocked to find new ways of accessing our creative potential.

June: Exploration and the Natural World

When spring transitions into summer, our landscape reveals its full, lush glory.  The inner child may be drawn to break out of routine, explore the natural world, and discover treasures that await us on the road less traveled.  This month, we hope to explore how engaging with nature and responding to an inherent call for adventure or even pilgrimage are often central to one’s personal spiritual journey.

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.