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Whoever you are and wherever you are

on life's journey, 

you are welcome here!

Important Update:

Due to the constant construction at the church, we have had several issues receiving mail. To combat this problem, we have opened a temporary P.O. Box for the next 6 months. Please send all mail to the address below during this time. 

P.O. Box 1320 

Barre, Vermont 05641

From the Pastor

This is the weekend when Thanksgiving and Advent draw us in two very different directions. I am so thankful for all of you who have worked so hard on our pew project, on Gobble Wobble, and the Faith Formation gifts. I hope as we gather on Sunday that in the midst of all this busyness we will find the still, small voice of the Prince of Peace.


Pastor Leigh

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News From the Parish Nurse

A recent report from the Vermont Department of Heath indicated that five counties have transitioned from low COVID-19 case counts to Medium with Bennington county still remaining at high level. This change of rating is based on number of hospitalizations. Washington county still remains low according to the CDC along with a few others in the middle of the state. While the rise in cases this fall is not expected, the CDC is strongly recommending that eligible people get the bivariant COVID-19 booster.

Vermont's Covid Levels Rise to Medium Amid Increase in Hospital Visits

Advent Project

Greetings, Fellow Congregants—

Advent, the beginning of the church year, always starts the 4th Sunday before Christmas Day. This year, that is Sunday, November 27th. Kate Bowler is a Christian writer, podcaster, and Duke Divinity School professor; she is also a person living with Stage 4 cancer. It is perhaps this latest attribute that shapes her recent no-nonsense description of Advent as a time “when we practice seeing the world as it has always been—as some of us know it to be too well. Time and again, we are reminded of how

precious life is. One moment, we are on the upswing—buoyed by our self-reliance and our success. The next moment, the foundations of our lives are shaken—by divorce or disease, natural disaster or a global pandemic…And still, in the midst of the chaos swirling in our inboxes and our hearts, the long dawn of Advent begins, the time when we prepare for the great inversion: God coming to Earth in the form of a human baby.” 

Indeed, this is an important season for us as Christians—both individually and collectively. The Faith Formation Team has put together a gift bag for your household that we hope will deepen and enrich your experience of Advent this year. We thought a word of explanation on its contents may be helpful.

--Tissue paper. Purple is the traditional liturgical color of this season symbolizing preparation, penitence and royalty to welcome the new King. In more recent times, many churches have started using dark blue –also representing royalty but also holiness.

--The 2022 Advent devotional, “What’s Left of the Night?” is a collection of daily readings by UCC writers that help us to recognize the importance of darkness as a balance to light. The writings are a reminder that light and dark, joy and sorrow, beauty and suffering are all necessary as part and parcel of our human life as individuals and as a species.

--Some information on the importance of angels in the stories leading up to, during and after Jesus’s birth, and an opportunity to create an origami angel. Inside the front cover of the devotional booklet you will find a small paper with 2 YouTube links that offer visual instruction on making an origami angel, as well as 3 sheets of paper—in case you want to create more than one. If you prefer written instructions, they’re on a separate

sheet, along with some information on angels relevant to this season.

--A different kind of Advent calendar offering a chance to give out of our abundance –so often taken for granted—as one way to love the people Christ came to love.

--Some Evergreen sprigs. Evergreen symbolizes everlasting life; when placed in a wreath, it reminds us of the never-ending love of God.

--A candle. Jesus is proclaimed in the Gospels as the Light of the World.

--2 sticks of incense remind us of frankincense, one of the gifts of the Magi to the child Jesus.

--2 cinnamon sticks. Long before Jesus’ birth, cinnamon was valued for its healing/medicinal properties. Its delicious aroma and taste are now also associated with Christmas.

--Chocolate! Chocolate is included with many commercial Advent calendars. We think it’s yet another opportunity to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

--Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. While these may not be visible to your eye, it is our prayer that these gifts offered so powerfully to the world through the coming of Emmanuel (God-with-Us) will be very real in your life during this season and beyond.

In Christ’s love,

Your Faith Formation Team

P.S. We are doing our very best to ensure that a gift bag will be handed or delivered to every BCC household in Barre and surrounding regions before Advent begins this Sunday. Unfortunately, “surrounding regions” does not include Florida, where some of our beloved members are currently residing. To you we send our love and God’s blessing!!

BCC Angel Tree

This year, we will be working with Good Beginnings to help families with small children have a happier holiday. Please

take one of the angel ornaments for a gift card from the store indicated. Once you have purchased the gift card, please

write your name on the ornament and put it with the gift card in the envelopes below the tree. We will forward these gift cards to Good Beginnings on December 12th, so that

families can use them for the holiday. If you would prefer to give money, please put it in an envelope under the tree, and the Mission & Outreach Ministry will purchase some gift

cards. You may also give online; just put Angel Tree in the memo line.

Thank you for giving hope and help to young families this year!

Pew Updates

Let's celebrate our new members working on pews!

We're almost done updating the pews. We will be looking for volunteers to help vacuum pew cushions and dust/polish pew wood. If you're willing, please get in touch with the church office.

Doing Our Part to Merry Up Barre

On November 26, we will be lighting up our arches, putting up a tree and decorating the Sanctuary for Advent. We need hands, even just for an hour or two, sometime between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm to hang decorations, fluff things up, string some lights and generally get ready for the season. Smiles and seasonal music provided.

Houseguests welcome to join!

Fellowship Group

Save Tuesday, December 6 for a fun day of shopping and eating out. The Fellowship Group will travel to a Holiday Shop in Peacham.

Meet at the church at 9:30 am, and we will car pool. I’m not sure where we will eat lunch but we’ll find a new and different restaurant to try. This is a good chance to start your Christmas shopping and get in the spirit.

Please call Pam Murphy with your reservation (814-244-5900) and let her know if you are willing to drive or you need a ride.

2023 Reiki Classes Announcement

Reiki I, $250

Jan. 10 – Feb. 14

Reiki II, $300

Feb. 21 – Mar. 28

Advanced Reiki Training, $350

April 4 – April 25

Reiki Master Teacher Training, $350

May 2 – May 23

The Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki certification courses are offered and taught by me. Classes will be held at Barre Congregational Church. For more details and to sign up, please contact me at






"We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living."


 ~ Thich Nhat Hahn ~

Ministry Updates

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Notes from the Ministries

Council Minutes

Finance Minutes

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Nov 25th - Sandra Holt

BCC Prayer List

Jonathan Barre 

Rachel Gordon



Todd Bolton

Kathy C 

Donna Mason

Kati Toivanen

Educators and Administrators in schools

The People of 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

Darlene Clark

Ilene Gillander

Brendan Hogan

Sherry Singer

Kerrick Johnson

Cathy James

Members of 2022 Ministries

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

Faith Formation

Chair - Cary Friberg

Hillary Cole

Susan McKnight-Bransfield

Mary Ronson

Karen Gordon

John Campbell-Nelson


Chair - Pam Murphy

Tim Barre

Sally Beebe

Ralph Brown

Ed Friot

Peter James

Worship & Arts

Chair - Ritva LaFlower

Eric Tuper-Giles

Jan Avery

Diane Blodgett

Kate Duffy

Linda Kiniry

Jeffrey Tuper-Giles

Hillary Cole

Mission & Outreach

Chair - Darlene Clark

Mary Ann Johnson

Lauren Jo Chase

Samn Stockwell

Bev Thomas

Jean Brown


Chair - Ed Friot

Larry Beebe

Linda Comstock

Eric Tuper-Giles

Jay Tosi

Todd Ronson

Administration Ministry

Chair - Amanda Pugliese

Bonnie Cortese

Bonnie Finn

Karen Campbell-Nelson

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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