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Whoever you are and wherever you are

on life's journey, 

you are welcome here!

From the Pastor

Fierce with Reality: Living and Loving Well to the End

…there are no short-cuts to wholeness. The only way to become whole is to put our arms lovingly around everything we’ve shown ourselves to be: self-serving and generous, spiteful and compassionate, cowardly and courageous, treacherous and trustworthy. We must be able to say to ourselves and to the world at large, “I am all of the above.” If we can’t embrace the whole of who we are — embrace it with transformative love — we’ll imprison the creative energies hidden in our own shadows and flee from the world’s complex mix of shadow and light.

Of course, naming, claiming, and loving the whole of who we are is easier said than done: honest self-examination is a well-known source of human misery! Yet the alternative is more painful still. In Erik Erikson’s scheme of adult development, he argues that if we can’t accept all that we’ve been and done, we’ll age away from “integrity” toward “despair.”

As I look around at my age-mates in late midlife and beyond, it’s not hard to witness despair and its sad consequences. Some consequences are personal, as people who try to deny their inner darkness carry resentment in their hearts and leave it in their wake. Some consequences are political, as people who fear whatever feels alien in themselves project their fear on “the alien other” — while shameless politicians cynically manipulate that fear to play the divide-and-conquer game.

But if we are willing to move through the pain of honest self-examination toward the grace of compassionate self-acceptance, the rewards are great. When we can say, “I am all of the above,” we become more at ease in our own skin, more at home on the face of this richly diverse earth, more accepting of others who are no more or less flawed than we are, and better able to live as life-givers to the end of our days.

-Parker Palmer (July 8, 2015)

Fierce with Reality: Living and Loving Well to the End | The On Being Project


Pastor Leigh

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You can join our in person worship service live at 9:30 on Sundays. Your face will not be visible in the Sanctuary, but you will be able to hear and see most of what is going on. Please keep yourself muted and feel free to sing along! You can also dial in from your phone to hear the service.

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Passcode: 05641

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Meeting ID: 82152139967

Passcode: 05641

News From the Parish Nurse

Mary Ann will be available in the library August 8th for consultation and blood pressures. If you have a particular health question, please also feel free to email her at

With the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Monkey Pox also known as mpox hMPXV as a global threat and Vermont is experiencing it’s first case. I thought it was time to share some factual information for those who would like to learn more about this virus first identified in 1955 in monkeys in Africa and then reappearing in Rodents in the 1970’s. The virus is related to the smallpox virus and anti-virals used to treat smallpox are being used to decrease symptoms for those infected. The smallpox vaccine is also being used to help decrease the spread of the virus, but because there is such a small supply of it nationally, it is being used to target those most at risk or who have had an exposure to the virus.

Franklin County Resident is Vermont's First Monkey Pox Case

Graduation Celebration

Has someone in your family graduated from an educational program in the last two years? Send their name and graduation details (and a picture if you have one!) to the church office. We will be honoring them on Education Sunday (August 21) as we catch up with one another. 

Fellowship Ministry

The Fellowship Group will meet at Delicate Decadence ( in the Blanchard Block) on Tuesday, August 16, at 10:00am for coffee, pastry and fellowship.  We’ll try for lunch in September. Hope to see you there!

Join Us! 

Good Samaritan Haven is hosting a grand opening event to celebrate our new shelter and campus - The Welcome Center!

Grand Opening Event: Good Samaritan Haven's Welcome Center

Thursday, August 11, 2022 1:30 PM


Service Sunday! 

By now you have heard about Service Sunday on Sunday Oct. 2, 2022. Instead of holding a church service, we will fan out to various sites in central VT to lend our neighbors a hand. We will even help our neighbors from far away! 

Here are some details to entice you to SIGN UP and to make all of this sound more real:

  1. We will do some work for the Barre Housing Authority at one of their properties. This might be cleaning, raking, gardening, or making crafts with seniors or children. 
  2. Habitat for Humanity will have us doing home repair or cleaning up for winter at one of their sites in the area. 
  3. We will either harvest fruit or vegetables at a farm or provide other helpful physical labor for Community Harvest of Central VT, which provides nutritious food for hungry Vermonters. 
  4. We will put together hygiene kits for survivors of hurricanes, floods or other disasters who live in other parts of the US, through Church World Service. This job is great for children and seniors because it can include sitting and sorting. 
  5.  Capstone, which runs the Headstart program at the old Brook Street school in Barre, would like us to do some planting and landscaping at their new playground. 

Not on Sunday:

Enough Ministries invites us to help with their soup kitchen or food deliveries on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday before or after Oct. 2, any time between 10 am and 2 pm. 

Good Beginnings of Central VT asks knitters to make hats for 3-6 month old babies, and very small blankets for snuggling in infant car seats. You can do this anytime! 

We are waiting to hear back from People’s Health and Wellness and Good Samaritan Haven. Stay tuned for MORE opportunities. 

Please bring a friend or a relative along if you wish. Working side by side is a great way to create and build friendships, or introduce someone to our church! 

There is a sign up sheet in the narthex. Or, you can email Cary Friberg at or Kelly Funk at

Ministry Updates

Click the link below for updates!

Notes from the Ministries

Council Minutes

Finance Minutes

Birthdays and Anniversaries

August 1st - Nancy O'Leary

August 7th - Andrea Wasson

August 8th - Tim Barre

August 15th -  Rev. Dereen Vanderlinde-Abernathy

August 22nd - Angela Bisson

August 24th - Kerrick Johnson

August 26th - Brendan Hogan

August 28th - Christine Rousseau

August 29th - Linda Comstock

August 30th - Susan Osterman

August 31st - Jay Copping

BCC Prayer List

Jan Avery

Jonathan Barre 

Todd Bolton

Lowell Sanders

Kathy C 


Kati Toiven

Family of Amy Aseltine Harris

H. Russell and Charlotte Bristol

Family of Amy Aseltine Harris

Those affected by gun violence

Professionals looking for housing

People of the Ukraine

Please feel free to email the office if there is someone you would like to add. 

Get in Touch with the Church

Elected Council members:

Moderator: Cary Friberg

Vice-Moderator: Donald Singer

Clerk of the Church: Amanda Pugliese 

Treasurer: Pamela Murphy


Jan Aldrich

Laura Cadmus

Darlene Clark

Ilene Gillander

Brendan Hogan

Cheryl Zanleoni

Sherry Singer

Kerrick Johnson

Members of 2022 Ministries

Chair of each ministry is also a member of the Council.

Administration Ministry

Chair - Amanda Pugliese

Bonnie Cortese

Bonnie Finn

Faith Formation

Chair - Cary Friberg

Hillary Cole

Susan McKnight-Bransfield

Mary Ronson


Chair - Pam Murphy

Tim Barre

Sally Beebe

Ralph Brown

Ed Friot

Peter James

Mission & Outreach

Chair - Kelly Funk

Mary Ann Johnson

Lauren Jo Chase

Darlene Clark

Samn Stockwell

Bev Thomas


Chair - Ed Friot

Larry Beebe

Linda Comstock

Eric Tuper-Giles

Jay Tosi

Todd Ronson

Worship & Arts

Chair - Ritva LaFlower

Eric Tuper-Giles

Jan Avery

Diane Blodgett

Kate Duffy

Linda Kiniry

Jeffrey Tuper-Giles

Hillary Cole

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Barre Congregational Church

35 Church Street, Barre, VT 05641, US

(802) 476-3065


Pastor Leigh McCaffrey

Music Director  Eric Tuper-Giles

Church Admin  Alexandria Marshall

Parish Nurse     Mary Ann Johnson

Pastor Emeritus David Vanderlinde-Abernathy