Past Events

Pastor Sabbatical

Pastor Lise Sparrow will be on sabbatical from June 9, 2011 to August 31, 2011. As a part of her contract with the church, we agreed that she would have sabbatical leave after five years of service. She began as our part-time, then interim pastor in 2000, and was called to be our settled pastor in the fall of 2001. Accordingly, she is now taking her second sabbatical. Lise expects to become a grandmother during this break!

During Lise's sabbatical, pastoral duties will be covered by the lay leadership and by Rev. Judith Kinley. Margie Serkin will continue her wonderfully efficient office work, and the lay leaders, deacons, service coordinators and committees will continue in their roles.

If you have needs or concertns that require pastoral attention, please call the pastor's phone (802-257-2776). Every day while Lise is away, one of the lay leaders will check for confidential messages and will respond to each message.

 

Women's Retreat April 16

Refresh

Recreate

Remember

Reconnect

A Day of Spirit, Song, Scripture, and Silence

Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Choir please arrive by 8:30 a.m.

Potluck breakfast

Lunch provided

$10

For more information, talk to Lise or Mary Alice

Registration fee is due by Sunday, April 10th.

 

Book sale April 30

Saturday, April 30 10 a.m.-2 p.m.—You know you have them: books you read and stashed on a shelf, books your kids used to love (ten years ago!), books you bought to take on a summer vacation and enjoyed (once). Now is the time to pass these treasures on to raise money for the projects and outreach of the Guilford Community Church. Drop off your books (in good, salable condition) from now through Friday the 29th.

Volunteers are needed for Friday to set up the sale, and for Saturday to staff the table. Contact Pat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

Celtic Supper March 26

Saturday, March 26, 5 p.m.—A fundraiser for the Senior Youth Group's service trip to Kenya complemented the Irish Music Concert organized by the Guilford Historical Society at 7 p.m. at the church. Thanks to all who helped! The event raised over $750 net for the youth group trip.

The Celtic Supper menu featured a hearty beef stew, shepherd's pie, salad, soda bread, and shorthbread shamrock cookies. A vegetarian soup was also available. The cost was $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Preschoolers are free. No reservations required.

The Irish Music Concert featured Jim Anderson, a Brattleboro tenor who has performed opera all over the world, joined by friends. Admission was by donation to support the Guilford 250th celebration.

 

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9-1:30—Delicious food for breakfast and lunch, sugar cookie decorating for kids and adults, ornaments and quilts, hand-decorated wreaths and the famous raffle!

Bazaar set-up Wed. 1-4, Thurs. 10-12, Fri. 9-12.

Thursday, Dec. 2 Wreath making 5-9

Friday, Dec. 3 Cookies and kitchen prep 4-9

 

 

Dates to Note

Weds. ongoing—Prayer shawl knitting group. Beginners welcome. 4:00-5:00, Houghton Room.

 

 

 

 

Purple Ribbon Day

Wearing a purple ribbon on October 20th, 2010, or dressing in purple, honors the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in the recent past due to homophobic abuse in their homes and/or schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ* flag and that's exactly what we'd like all of you to have with you: spirit. If you're experiencing harrassment or abuse as a young person, please know that times will get better, and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity. Please wear a purple ribbon or purple clothing on Wednesday, October 20. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

*LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

 

Overflow Shelter Meals & Overnight Volunteers

We are scheduling meals for the Overflow Shelter for the Homeless, which opened after Thanksgiving and will stay open at least through March. We are looking for families or groups within churches to make and serve meals in the evening. (Meals are served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) Please contact Lise Sparrow if you would be interested.

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Conference Minister Visits

 

Sunday, October 17—Members of the Dummerston and First Congo Churches will join us to welcome our Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Lynn Bujnak. Lynn has been our conference minister for two years.  Before this, she worked as a staff member for the national setting of the UCC.  She brings to us many years of experience in local churches of all sizes, and a knowledge of the unique gifts and challenges of Northern New England from 14 years of ministry in the Maine Conference UCC. Lynn is passionate about issues of vocation and call for individuals and congregations.

 

High Tea with Hungarian Visitors Sept. 29

Come meet Zoltan Szucs and his wife sharing with us about our UCC Global Ministries.

Zoltan is currently serving with the Hungarian Reformed Church in Hungary, assigned to the Faculty of Theology at Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest to teach practical theology, and available to the Reformed Church of Hungary and its General Assembly as needed.  He serves as Professor of Practical Theology at Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest.

The Szucs have been spending the month visiting churches in Vermont and this is our own opportunity. Everyone is welcome.

 

 


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