Rev. Gwen Away in June (corrected)
Please note that our Pastoral Care Minister, Rev. Gwen Groff will be away for a week starting June 18th and a week starting July 2nd.
Office Closed June 18-24
Please note that Geraldine, our Church Administrator will be away from June 18th through June 24th. Emails will be checked sporadically as will phone messages.
Evensong is taking a break for the summer and will resume in September!
Longer days means time to think about enjoying the pizza oven in our backyard! For those who did not know before, the idea of building the oven came up during a covenant group meeting. Someone had offered former minister Daniel Jantos some firebricks and he not only knew how to build such an oven, he also loved the idea of people gathering to share the food and fire. The result is an oven that has produced many yummy beautiful pizzas, and created a venue for a Wednesday evening tradition in the summer months, as people drop in after 5:30 and participate in building and baking pizzas or flatbreads while mingling and chatting with new and old friends . The oven may be used by anyone at other times by arrangement with the office, for specific groups or events. Several members have become really good at fire building, some have their own techniques for dough handling or bring their favorite toppings and some just like experimenting. This year we would like to get input now from anyone who has been to a pizza night about what you would like to see happen at the oven this summer! General comments and suggestions about how to organize either regular or special pizza nights are welcome.
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.
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.
July: Playfulness and Presence
As our landscape bursts into bloom and as the glow of summer casts its warmth over our eager spirits, we may feel a renewed vitality emerge that yearns for play and present-moment surrender, free from the burden of mundane concerns. How can we allow ourselves to truly relish the delights of summer while preserving harmony and healthful balance? Or if the outer light contrasts too deeply with a more somber inner experience, how might we gently invite a lighthearted presence that feels authentic and true?
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?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via the confidential telephone line at (802) 457-1786 or via the North Chapel office at (802) 457-2557 or email@example.com.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.