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January 20, 2023

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802-253-7257

Prayer Team

802-253-7257

Church emails

Marylou Durett info@stowechurch.org

Rev. Dan Haugh dan@stowechurch.org

Taryn Noelle taryn@stowecommunitychurch.org

Lizi Lyon weddings@stowecommunitychurch.org

Youth Ministry

Youth@stowecommunitychurch.org

Church Website and Livestream

www.stowecommunitychurch.org

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Thought for the Week

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis

Notices:



Stowe Community Church in Wiinter

This week in the Quest

  • Sunday Services
  • Important Dates
  • Labyrinth Walk Saturday!
  • Annual Meeting Sunday In Person and Livestreamed!
  • Stewardship Update!
  • Stewardship Moment form Nancy Biscone
  • January Prayer Focus: Stewardship Committee
  • Womens Fellowship Activities
  • SPARK Returns February 6th!
  • Mission of the Month: CVRAN!!
  • SCC Ski Day February 6th!
  • Provide Meals for Lamoille Community House
  • Ways to Support Ukrainians
  • Pictures
  • This Week's Music Selections

Sunday January 22, 2023 9:30AM

Livestream: www.stowechurch.org

Jesus Baptism

Celebration Service!


Masks are recommended, but not required for those attending services in person.



CHILDREN'S MESSAGE


SCRIPTURE Isaiah 40:1-11

Lay Reader: David Myers


ANTHEM: "Surely Goodness and Mercy"


GOSPEL READING: Matthew 3:1-17


MESSAGE: "Out of the Water" Rev. Dan Haugh


ANNUAL MEETING

Youth Group

Youth Group Meeting!


We'll be meeting again this coming Sunday at 9:30!


We're planning to switch our fellowship evenings from Wednesday to Tuesday, generally at the time found on the calendar (though the time may change for specific events!).

Holy Moly

Children's Worship!


The lesson this week is about "The Sower." God’s good things grow best when we take good care of

them.


Key Verse: “But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields.”

Matthew 13:23

Important Dates

Upcoming Calendar

Saturday, 1/21 - 11:00 Labyrinth Walk


Sunday, 1/22 9:30 Celebration Service In-person and livestreamed

~10:45 Annual Meeting (also livestreamed!)


Monday, 1/23 12 noon AA meeting in Fellowship Hall


Tuesday, 1/24 8:00 AA meeting in Fellowship Hall


Wednesday, 1/25 Noon AA weekly meeting in Fellowship Hall

5:30 Choir rehearsal in Organ Loft

Birthdays

Barbara Percy and Riley Stafford on 1/21

Ashley Finlen-Copeland, Sarah Geissler and Bri Johnson on 1/22

Joshua Ziegler on 1/24

Chase Bennett, James Espey and Natalie Stagnitti on 1/25

Martin Adams on 1/27

Anniversaries

Features

Labyrinth Walk

Discover the Gifts of the Labyrinth!


This Saturday 1/21, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Do you want to take your reflection/prayer/meditation 

practice to the next level?


Using a canvas labyrinth, this workshop will teach you all you need to know to begin enjoying the many benefits of the labyrinth. You will then be able to take your newfound labyrinth practice home to continue the journey.


Julie Roick is a Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator. She will be there to facilitate and support your labyrinth experience at the workshop and beyond.

Congregational Meeting

Annual Meeting This Sunday January 22nd!


The annual Congregational Meeting of the Stowe Community Church will be held in person and via livestream immediately following the 9:30am service on Sunday, January 22nd.  


The meeting will include the election of officers for 2023, approval of the 2023 budget, approval of a few bylaw changes and any other business that may come before the congregation.


Below is the online voting form. A member may vote up until 10:30am on 1/22/23.

https://forms.gle/RK5Zwz3V4pNPK4Z7A


Agenda and Voting Info (includes budget, bylaw changes and officers)


Complete Annual Report

2023 Stewardship

News From the Stewardship Committee


Thank you to everyone that has responded to our stewardship appeal and made a 2023 pledge. We have pledges totaling $199,000! - very close to our campaign goal.


As we enter our last week of our 2023 Stewardship campaign, if you have not yet made a pledge, we ask you prayerfully consider making a pledge to our 2023 Church operating budget. 


Just a reminder that pledges can be mailed, placed in our Sunday offering plate or by filling out our online pledge form at - https://forms.gle/JMwihSKFYV2VVmjX9


Nancy Biscone

A Must-Read Stewardship Moment from Nancy Biscone


Several months ago, I became a new member of Stowe Community Church. Since then I have joined Women's Fellowship, worked on the Christmas Fair and joined the Stewardship committee. A year ago, I did not think any of this would have been possible, so it is a real pleasure to be able to share with you my inspirations for pledging.


First, as a Stewardship Committee member I would like to add my thanks to all who have so generously made a pledge over the past two months. With your commitment we have set a precedence by reaching over 99% of our goal. This is exciting news to have come so far! But we still have a small way to go.


I moved to Stowe last March 2022 to be near family. I had been attending the Belfast United Methodist Church in Midcoast Maine for the past 20 years. Finding a church to go to was important to me as I contemplated on moving to Stowe. Finding no Methodist Church here I resigned myself to continue to attend my Church in Maine on line.


Then Dan arrived in my circle of new people shortly after I arrived. He visited Copley Woodlands Independent Retirement Community where I reside, and talked to us about SCC and its roots, which included the Methodist Denomination. I decided to give it a try and am so glad I did! I was amazed to find such a lively and vibrant church, with many children and families as part of the established congregation. It is my hope that SCC continues to be such a welcoming bright light in this community. Pledging will help to ensure that this happens.


Over the past two months you have heard the Stewardship Committee members share their own personal stories and reasons for pledging, and encouragement for you to do the same.


The idea of pledging is new to me, and it took many weeks of prayer, reflection and soul searching for me to take that step. I will share some of what I contemplated on.


My religious and spiritual journey began in early childhood as it did for many of you, and our previous speakers. Several weeks ago, Greg Morrill mentioned his memory of a box of envelopes to be used solely for donations to church every Sunday. I remember those envelopes well, and the feeling of significance that surrounded them. To a young child, filling the envelope with money and putting it in the donation plate for God was spellbinding. This act was important. It was a big deal.


One of the most outstanding and vivid memories I have of my childhood, returned to me this past Christmas Eve at the 3 o'clock service. I stood beside and in between my daughter and granddaughter. They had been to church once before when I became a new member. At that time my 7-year-old granddaughter asked a lot of questions, and was very curious about the church. One such question being, “Gram, why does that man have a cape on?" when Dan walked by our pew. She also discovered the Hymnal and was enthralled as she worked very hard to follow along with the hymns.


On Christmas Eve, we settled into our pew, and the service began. My Granddaughter would have no part in singing the songs from the insert in the bulletin. Instead she picked up the Hymnal and insisted we find the Hymns there, and began leafing through the pages to find the Carols we were singing. I sat down beside her and scrambled to find the right pages. We began to sing those glorious Christmas Hymns as I guided her along. While we shared this moment of togetherness, I felt my daughter’s hand on my shoulder and back, and was filled with awe and wonder at the three of us. Three generations coming together to praise God in Song.


Then I remembered my own first experience in Church. Only 5 or 6 years old, I sat with my mother and grandmother, and was filled with curiosity and excitement, much like my granddaughter was. As all became quiet for the service, I craned my neck and head to see the altar through the people in the pews, and then my voice rang out clearly and earnestly, Is God up there? I can't see him. Where is God? I want to see God.


I will be forever grateful for that moment of pure innocence, wonder and excitement being returned to me on Christmas Eve as I sat with my Granddaughter, recalling my fervent intent to see God.


At SCC, I believe we all have the responsibility to our children and youth, to help them see God. This is why I pledge. My reason is simple. I want to support our Religious Education Ministry, our youth group and looking forward, educational and spiritual programs across the lifespan of our adult members. With this in mind I urge you to pledge whatever amount you can, specifically for our now thriving religious education programming.

January Prayer Focus: The Stewardship Committee


During January, we are asking for prayers for our Stewardship Campaign and Committee.


Our Stewardship Campaign is a time when members and friends of our church are asked to pray about their giving and make a financial commitment (pledge) for the next 12 months. For long-time contributors, we thank you for your dedication and commitment to our church. For new members and friends, this is your chance to pledge and join us in fulfilling God's mission for our church.


Your financial commitment or pledge is important so that we can budget accordingly at our annual meeting at the end of January.  


Please join us in praying for our campaign and the members of this important committee - Nancy Biscone, Christian Cobaugh, Chris DeRienzo, Maggy Dunphy, Nancy Jeffries Dwyer, and Bidi Wheelwright.

Women

Upcoming Women's Activities


Ladies of SCC be on the lookout for upcoming events this February 2023!


We are planning to organize Valentines’s Day Craft, cross country skiing and game night. If you have an activity or event you think ladies (or small group of ladies) would like to do, please reach out to Lauretta Haugh (laurettahaugh@gmail.com) or Meg Scotti (megscotti@mac.com) with your idea.


Last, but most importantly, a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair this past December. It was a group effort, a huge success, and most importantly, a lot of fun. 

SPARK

New Winter SPARK Session!


We're thrilled to share that there will be another SPARK session coming soon! It will be for 6 weeks on Monday's from 3:00-4:30 pm, and Miss Taryn will always meet students at SES and walk them over to the Church! 


Dates will be: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20 & then 3/13, 3/20 & 3/27. There is a small fee of $100 per student for these classes, and each week will consist of a short Bible Lesson, Outdoor Play/ Activity Time, Games, Crafts and a Healthy Snack!


Please feel free to reach out to Taryn Noelle, the Director of Children's Ministries if you are interested in signing up! 

Email:  taryn@stowecommunitychurch.org 

CVRAN

Mission of the Month: Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN)


On Jan 15 a representative from the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network will be joining us for our Mission Moment. CVRAN is dedicated to making our communities welcoming, safe places for asylum seekers, refugees, and migrant workers. CVRAN's mission is to help these new Vermonters settle, work, and thrive in Central Vermont. https://cvran.org/


Dan at the Octagon

SCC Ski Day February 6th!


Reserve the date Monday February 6th!


We're planning another SCC Ski Day. So all you skiers and riders plan to join Pastor Dan for a morning of skiing on Mount Mansfield! Like last year we will visit the Mountain Chapel for a brief gathering. With the way our weather has been, we may be praying for snow!


Lamoille Community House

Mission and Service Opportunity


The Lamoille Community House is looking for volunteers to make meals for their homeless clients this winter. You can purchase or provide a meal for 10 people and bring it to the shelter at 5:30pm on the date you select. Information and available dates can be found on their website. https://www.vermont211.org

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Ways to Support Ukraine!


The United Church of Christ (UCC) is appealing for support for refugees and for elderly and other vulnerable people who are displaced within Ukraine and unable to leave. As a member of the ACT Alliance, UCC support is being targeted to people most in need through humanitarian relief partners with a history of working in the region.


For more information or to donate go to

Ukraine Emergency Appeal

Pictures

Pictures!


(If you have pictures for inclusion in the Quest, please email them to gmorrill@pshift.com)

Fellowship

A photo from last week's online fellowship which included participants from California and Illinois. No online fellowship this Sunday due to the Annual Meeting, but it will return on January 29th.




Board Meeting

A photo from the recent Board of Directors meeting.

Musical Selections

Choir of Women Physicians sings RISE AGAIN (virtually) | Voices Rock Canada

I saw that Leon Dubinsky passed away this week at the age of 81. He was a composer from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia whose most famous composition is "We Rise Again". Here it is sung by a choir of women physicians.

A New Song (MacMillian) | Atlanta Master Chorale

The Atlanta Master Chorale with an adaptation of Psalm 96, "A New Song." A great organ accompaniment to this piece.

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