An Important Heads up Regarding Parking!
The work on shoring up the foundation of the North Chapel will begin on Monday, October 23rd with major excavation in the driveway and around the rear of the church. Our hope is that the work will be finished by Friday, the 27th. Please be aware that neither the driveway nor the parking lot will be open for use from the 23rd of October through the end of the first week of November. We hope to be able to open it for use again by Sunday, November 5th. We will keep you updated on any changes.
When that work is finished, the area will be regraded, the lawn reseeded where necessary, and a hardpack sidewalk into the building will be created. The sidewalk will be blacktopped in late spring 2018, as soon as it’s warm enough to complete the project, and the gardens and landscaping will then be finished.
This notice is especially important since the ban on parking across from the church is now in place.
Important Notice from Building & Grounds
To go into effect October 8 2017
No parking on the south side of route 4 in front of church. Weekdays, Saturday and Sunday too. That is the opposite side from the church or right hand side as you drive east!
Please note that Amazing Grays will take place on Sunday October 22nd at 11:30am instead of the regularly scheduled 2nd Sunday of the month, October 8th.
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 September 29th from 11am. The more hands the quicker it goes! Thank you for considering!
The Woodstock Winter Farmers Market
The Woodstock Winter Farmers Market Opening day is October 21. This market is a fundraiser for the Church and your continued support is vital for its health and well being.
Many of the vendors from Mount Tom’s Farmers Market and Market on the Green will be continuing with us through the Spring. Come and continue to support your local economy.
Here are the dates:
October 21, November 4 and 18, December 2 and 16, January 6, February 3, March 7, April 7 and May 5.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Don at email@example.com or Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 email@example.com and/or Veronica DeLay firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com 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.
October: Service and Activism
While spiritual practice is often a personal matter characterized by reflection and meditation, at times, external circumstances require that we reveal our spiritual commitments by taking action, speaking out and getting to work. The invigorating chill of fall – coupled with knowledge of the impending winter – may add energy and urgency to our intentions to engage in meaningful service. Which causes inspire you to get involved? How do your gifts, skills, and interests match with opportunities to respond to pressing needs? How can we best become agents of change in a world where every action matters?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Richard (email@example.com) or Veronica (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.