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9:30am Sunday in person or on ZOOM

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Whoever you are and wherever you are

on life's journey, 

you are welcome here!

Important Address Update:

Please send all church mail to the address below.

P.O. Box 1320 

Barre, Vermont 05641

From The Pastor


One of my favorite hymns is "Abide With Me". One of the verses is

"Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day.

Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away.

Change and decay in all around I see.

O Thou who changest not, abide with me."


I have a quibble with this verse, though. Change and decay are not synonymous. In fact, change is necessary and healthy. But it is not easy. Barre Congregational Church is in for a season of change, as Kris and Aly move into new opportunities. We will be deeply engaged in finding new people to serve our ministries in the community, with new perspectives, new skillsets and a different history. I encourage you to keep abreast of the news here at church, and to celebrate and welcome the change that is coming. Change is not always decay; often it is growth and joy. Our mindset determines what we see when we notice change.


There will be some tasks that don't get completed, or are delayed, as I try to cover essential tasks during this time. I would be glad of any offers to empty recycling, re-set rooms after events and help with interviews. There will be changes this fall. And God, who loves us without "a shadow or turning" will be here with us to help us embrace the future.


Embracing all that will be,

Pastor Leigh


Click Here to view Aly's Resignation

Click Here to view Kris' Resignation

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Worship from Anywhere on ZOOM!

 

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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A recent Sunday Service Live Stream

Art as Conversation: Interdisciplinary Tools for Fostering Engagement


Who it's for: Creators making work for others to experience-including writers, artists, and musicians.

When: Saturday September 30, 10:30-3:30

Where: Hummingbird Center for Common Ground, 100 Walker Rd, Berlin, VT 05602


How can we better involve and intrigue those who encounter our creative works? Drawing from a multidisciplinary background (in poetry, improvisation, classical and folk music, visual art, conceptual art, and theater), creative professional Elisabeth Blair will share an array of practical techniques and approaches for enhancing the connection between creator and encounter.


You'll learn and apply helpful ways of approaching readers / listeners / viewers as active conversation partners rather than passive audience members.


This workshop can comfortably host 15 participants; there is some wiggle room above that if interest is high.


Workshop info & fees:


All attendees will receive free coffee/tea and a light continental refreshment. Participants should bring their own lunch.


· Sliding scale workshop fees are $50-$80. Please pay what you can, within that range.

· Do you have *extra* resources? If you are able to pay more than $80, that amount will go toward sponsoring someone who is not able to pay.

· Do you have *low* resources? If you are not able to pay, please select the waitlist option. You will be contacted if sponsored spots become available; no questions asked.

Register online here.

Bible Study


This fall, Pastor Leigh will be leading us in a study of the letters of Paul and the history in Acts that goes with them. If you want to learn the "back story" of some of the New Testament, plan to come in person or on Zoom. Thursdays, starting September 14 for six weeks. Email Pastor Leigh if you are interested. 

Rockfire Fundraiser


Rockfire, our June fundraiser, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 16. We also need help starting at 4:00 pm on the 16th to sell

the pies. Let us know if you can help. Thanks for your support.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR AN EVENING OF FIREPIT FUN


WHO: Barre Congregational Church Friends and Their Families

WHAT: A time of fun and fellowship in a beautiful setting

WHEN: Friday, September 22 nd , 5-7:30 P.M.

WHERE: Home of Susan McKnight and Michael Bransfield, 122 Snowden Lane, Moretown (approximately 25 minutes from the church).

HOW: Show up with your favorite appetizer and drink. Carpool if possible. S’mores will be provided.

WHY: To laugh, to build community, to enjoy a delicious appetizer meal on a screened porch, or in the yard, or around the fire pit, and—hopefully—be wowed by a gorgeous sunset behind Camel’s Hump.


TO HELP US PREPARE ACCURATELY, RSVP'S ARE APPRECIATED TO susanmcknight@gmavt,net. WHEN YOU DO SO, SUSAN WILL SEND YOU DETAILED DIRECTIONS (GPS HAS FAILED SOME VISITORS). WE HOPE YOU CAN COME!!


Thanks so much!!

Warmly,

Susan

Ministry Updates


Click the link below for updates!

Ministry Notes

Council Minutes

Finance Minutes

Birthdays/Anniversaries

Karen Gordon Sept 6th

Jill Tucker Sept 6th

Linda West Sept 7th

Beverly Wilmott Sept 9th

Matthew Safford Sept 10th

Maise Anderson Sept 11th

Donna LaFountain Sept 15th

Diane Blodgett Sept 16th

Joseph Blakely Sept 23rd

Jackie Johnson Sept 25th

Erin Murphy-King Sept 26th

BCC Prayer List

Cyndi

Liette Wood

Kathy C 

Donna Mason

Grace White

Maurice

Clara

Cathy

Andy

Erin

Rev. Lyn Bujnak on the death of her wife, Rev. Peg Slater

Aaron

Beverly Wilmott

Kati Toivanen

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

Get in Touch with the Church

Officers:

Moderator: Cary Friberg

Vice-Moderator: Donald Singer

Clerk of the Church: Amanda Pugliese 

Treasurer: Pamela Murphy

Deacons:

Jan Aldrich

Darlene Clark

Brendan Hogan

Sherry Singer

Cathy James

Members of 2023 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

Christine Rousseau

Lee Rousseau


Finance

Chair - Pam Murphy

Tim Barre

Sally Beebe

Ralph Brown

Ed Friot

Peter James


Administration Ministry

Chair - Amanda Pugliese

Bonnie Finn

Karen Campbell-Nelson

Mission & Outreach

Chair - Darlene Clark

Mary Ann Johnson

Lauren Jo Chase

Nancy O'Leary

Bev Thomas

Jean Brown


Property

Co-Chair - Todd Ronson

Co-Chair - Linda Comstock

Larry Beebe

Eric Tuper-Giles

Jay Tosi


Worship & Arts

Chair - Hillary Cole

Eric Tuper-Giles

Jan Avery

Diane Blodgett

Ed Blodgett

Kate Duffy

Linda Kiniry

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Barre Congregational Church

35 Church Street, Barre, VT 05641, US

(802) 476-3065

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Staff                                                          

Pastor Rev. Leigh McCaffrey

Music Director  Eric Tuper-Giles

Church Admin  Alexandria Marshall

Pastor Emeritus Rev. David Vanderlinde-

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