Church Notices

Town Meeting Lunch at North Chapel

The Town of Woodstock has asked us to keep up our tradition of hosting a lunch on Town Meeting Day. It has been a small fundraiser for us as well as a convenience for everyone going to town meeting. Can you help with the Town Meeting Lunch?

We need people to make soup, sandwiches, pies, cookies, and to buy a few other food/ drink items. This can all be done in advance and left at the church in the morning on Saturday, March 3. And we need a few hands to help with set up, serving, cashier and clean up on that day, also not a big time commitment. PLEASE sign up for what suits you. Or email or call Jenny G. Thanks in advance.

Childcare During Town Meeting

The North Chapel Spiritual Exploration Team would like to offer Childcare for the folks who would like to attend Town Meeting on Saturday March 3rd. If you would like to volunteer to help with childcare, please contact Geraldine. Commitment from around 9:30am to 12:30am or less. Thank you!

Permaculture Garden needs a few more Volunteers

Are you looking for a way to give back to the Church?  Do you like to garden?  Are you willing to learn a new approach to gardening?  Do you want to learn how to garden?  If so, we have a few 8″ by 10″ sections in the garden looking for your loving attention. So you have someone to garden with, each volunteer is paired with a buddy.  That way if one person is on vacation, the other can cover and vice versa.  So come join our great team. We have wonderful potluck gatherings before and after the gardening season.

B&G Committee looking for members

Buildings & Grounds Committee is  looking for a new  member!  Would you consider  joining us in the care of our beautiful old building and it’s grounds?  If you’re looking for a way to become active or more active than you already are, and if you love the idea of nurturing our cherished spaces, please get in touch with one of our members and come to a meeting to see what we’re all about.   Committee members are Gina Auriema, Don Ransom, Jenny Gelfan, Ralph Lancaster and George Wohlgemuth.

A Tribute to Patsy Mathews

The Valley News published a beautiful tribute to our very special Patsy Mathews this week. Click Here to read.

Patsy Matthews is photographed with her husband John at Simon Pearce restaurant in Quechee, Vt., in 2007. (Family photograph)

2018 North Chapel Canvass is Winding Up

The Pledge drive continues into January.  We ask those who have not yet pledged to please do so as soon as possible so the Board can finalize the 2018 budget in time for the Annual Meeting on January 28th.  To date, we received 86 pledges representing 125 people for $141,305 (88%) of our $160,000 goal.

Canvass Task Force: Rick Fiske, Kathy Beaird, Kathy Fiske, Fran Lancaster, Gayle Smith, Moira Notargiacomo, Robin Potwin

New “Welcomers” Welcomed!

If you would consider welcoming us outside as we enter the church, please contact Polly Forcier 802-295-8081

Help Processing the Quest

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 February 16 from 11am. The more hands the quicker it goes! Thank you for considering!

Geraldine’s Visit to Puerto Rico

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

UUA Disaster Relief Fund

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

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 .

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

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.

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!

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

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.