Supporting Our Future (as of December 4th)
With less than two weeks left in our Canvass, we have received 61 pledges representing 88 people for $103,675 of the $160,000 goal. Thank you to those who made these pledges taking us to 65% of our goal. If you haven’t submitted your pledge yet, please do so by December 17th, the date of our potluck lunch celebrating the attainment of our goal.
No matter the amount, completing and returning a pledge form during the Canvass lets us know the level of financial support we can expect in 2018, and helps us more effectively manage the finances of the church. We hope that together we can keep the North Chapel strong, providing the community that supports our lives and nurtures our souls. If you are able, please pledge at or above your last year’s pledge. Whether financially or with your offerings of time and talent, we welcome and encourage your ongoing support and participation with North Chapel as we continue to grow as a strong and vibrant community.
Canvass Task Force
Rick Fiske, Kathy Beaird, Kathy Fiske, Fran Lancaster, Gayle Smith, Moira Notargiacomo, Robin Potwin
Holiday Flower Donations
Each December there is a beautiful array of poinsettia plants on the window sills and at the front of our sanctuary. This is a lovely time to remember loved ones by donating these flowers to the North Chapel. The names will be presented in the Sunday programs December 17 and December 24. Please give your donation to Ann Wynia by December 13th. Please contact Ann Wynia 457-2217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New “Welcomers” Welcomed!
If you would consider welcoming us outside as we enter the church, please contact Polly Forcier email@example.com 802-295-8081
Wreaths are IN!!
If you have time to volunteer, we have plenty of opportunities that will fit your schedule. Contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Office Administrator, Spiritual Exploration / Outreach Coordinator, Geraldine Fowler recently visited Puerto Rico on behalf of the North Chapel. Geraldine has described her experience in the following article: Humility, Humanity and Humidity A Unitarian Universalist’s weekend in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria
Article with Photos attached “Humility Humanity and Humidity A Unitarian Universalist’s weekend in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria“
We have a small dedicated team of helpers who come in monthly to process the Quest for mailing. We are looking at add some volunteers to this group of fine people. Are you available? Please contact Geraldine in the office. Our next Quest Processing Day is Friday December 22nd from 11am. The more hands the quicker it goes! Thank you for considering!
Evensong is reawakening and will be back on Monday, October 2nd. We have changed to Mondays from 5:30-6:30 instead of Fridays and we will be meeting in the Front Parlors due to the construction project that will be going on downstairs. Our meditations usually begin and end with readings, music, or chanting. We usually sit for 40 minutes. It is a refreshing hour and we are always glad we’ve been there. A good way to bring some mindfulness into the week ahead. Questions? Contact Vee at email@example.com or Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan at email@example.com
Our UU friends and neighbors in Florida and the Caribbean—including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—have experienced extraordinary devastation following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
We invite you to contribute to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund (formerly the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund) so the UUA can provide financial assistance to UU congregations impacted by these and other natural disasters… Click to continue reading UUA notice on Disaster Response and Resources or visit www.uua.org.
Outside Greeters Needed
Welcome & Engagement Committee is looking people who would be willing to greet folks outside as they enter the sanctuary on the 10th, 17th and/or 24th September. Please contact Polly Forcier before September 6th, if you are interested.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Veronica DeLay email@example.com .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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
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.
November: Resilience and the Dark Night
There is a time in every person’s life when the landscape feels barren and when resources seem to run dry. Once the beautiful bounty of autumn crests and transforms into a luminous yet solemn winter, we may be challenged to remain engaged, stimulated, and enthusiastic about our inner and outer pursuits. The nights may become longer and darker, but a spark of light always remains present if we have the steadiness of attention to notice and stoke it. This season presents an opportunity to discover deeper resources, to fuel the inner fire, and to find comfort in connection. Where do you turn when the dark night falls? How are you able to summon resilience when facing obstacles on your spiritual path?
December: Community and Connection
Prompting us to gather snugly around the hearth, winter’s chill has the power and potential to knit neighbors closer together. For some, however, a need to retreat may take hold. Sacred and secular celebrations remind us of the importance of staying connected so that we can better weather the storm. While inspiring joy for some, the rituals and rites of the season can also trigger challenges worthy of investigation. What is your relationship with this busy season and how can we re-negotiate our values and priorities to make it the holidays as nourishing as possible? How can we balance our needs for solitude with our needs as social beings? How can we honor the lessons and intentions of the season while staying true to our deepest truths?
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.
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!
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
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 (email@example.com), Richard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Veronica (email@example.com).
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 http://woodstockfoodshelf.org. 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.