The weekly worship provides opportunities, both before and after, to connect with other members of the congregation and to be reminded of their joys and concerns. We celebrate Communion the first Sunday of each month.
We value worship services that help us to understand Scripture and give us ideas about how to practice Jesus’ teachings in our everyday life. We value a mix of old and new hymns, accompanied by our pianist and fortified by the voices of the choir.
We have a strong tradition of Lay Services, typically occurring when the Pastor is away. Over the years, both Deacons and non-Deacons have brought enlightening and inventive approaches to Sunday worship for our congregation. The Deacons work to make visitors and members feel welcome and comfortable on Sunday mornings.
Pastoral attributes and talents that fit our congregation include listening, a sense of humor, challenging sermons, and sensitive but discerning pastoral care. Pastors take part in community events and engage members of the congregation in the wider United Church of Christ presence in Vermont.
Our Sunday School welcomes and teaches children during the school year. This is a inspiring calling for the Christian Education volunteers as the number and ages of the children varies greatly from week to week. The Pastor’s Children’s Times each week make a significant contribution to the children’s understanding of Jesus and His work, Christian values, and the children’s sense of being included in worship.
We maintain a Spontaneous Needs Fund which is used to help the community far and wide with unexpected disasters (such as fires, hurricanes, illnesses, etc.) and a Pastor’s Discretionary Fund for smaller, immediate needs.
10% of each Sunday’s offerings is set aside to fulfill our many missions which include five UCC missions, the Food Shelf’s Summer Lunch Program and other worthy causes. Here is a brief description of our ongoing missions. A list is available in our annual report and feel free to contact us at any time for further information.
Global Ministries Mission – Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ by joining with global and local partners to work for justice, reconciliation, and peace.
Discretionary Fund/Financial Assistance – A small fund, managed by the pastor and set aside to help locals in time of need. LEARN MORE.
One Great Hour of Sharing Mission – United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.
Summer Lunch Program – Supports the local food shelf to help provide lunches for children when school is closed.
Our Church’s Wider Mission – There are four Covenanted Ministry partners supported by gifts working together to change lives.
Strengthening Our Church – Grants to provide pastoral leadership for new church starts and revitalizing congregations.
Dismas House Mission – To reconcile former prisoners with society and society with former prisoners.
Dayspring Ministries – Founded on biblical principles operating with an emphasis on excellence, integrity and compassion for our community and all.
American Legion Post #35 – Filters funds to support organizations that house homeless and injured veterans and that help them transition back into society.
Spontaneous Needs Fund – A locally controlled fund used to help local and national victims of disasters, usually through church agencies.
Neighbors in Need – A special mission offering of the UCC that provides grants to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US.
Christmas Fund – To help supplement Veterans of the Cross who need help with basic needs such as food, utilities, living or medical expenses.
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