At its meeting on January 30, the Vestry:
–accepted the Treasurer’s Report (at the end of
the year, income exceeded expenses by about
$1,500 because pledge income was higher than
–approved the 2012 budget;
–heard a report from Todd McKee, our Parish
Intern, about his work in the parish and his
application for Candidacy for ordination to the
–discussed ongoing improvements to the parish
–discussed the Breakfast/Worship event that
took place on January 22;
–began work on the formation of a Long Range
–approved the use of the building by Hospice for
six sessions for those who are grieving.
The 2012 annual parish meeting was held on Sunday, February 5. Those elected for a 3-year term on the Vestry are Howard Sussman and John Godina. Those elected as Diocesan Convention Delegates are Jaqueline Wren, Howard Sussman, and Marion Jacobus. Those elected as Diocesan Convention Alternate Delegates are Matthew Wiencke and Vera Mallary.
Bob Jones was appointed as Senior Warden.
In addition to these elections and appointment, there was discussion of the proposed budget for 2012, adoption of the Parish Purpose Statement proposed by the Vestry, and discussion of some important parish goals.
THANK YOU TO
by John Morris
I am very grateful for Jaqueline’s devoted service for the past five years as Senor Warden and I appreciate very much the way that the two of us have worked together. I have valued her counsel and her dedication to the parish. I am very pleased that Jaqueline will continue to serve on the Vestry and will continue doing many of the “nitty-gritty” tasks that she has done in the past. We have been blessed by her work and will continue to be so blessed. Thank you, Jaqueline..
LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Vestry is forming a new committee with the hope that this committee could be proactive about how the parish can:
–live out the Purpose Statement;
–better understand the demographics of the parish,
especially in light of the “sea change” in the
culture with regard to the Church;
–evaluate the overall needs of the parish for the future,
including financial resources and leadership that
will be necessary for the parish’s mission.
As this committee begins its work, it will be seeking thoughts about these issues from parishioners.
Our parish website address is:
Check out the site for the texts of recent sermons preached by Todd McKee and John Morris, photos from Christmas Eve, and photos from the December 18 celebration of Bill Atkinson’s ordination anniversary. Also, on the Outreach page, there is a link to a photo of the El Salvador family whose home was built by volunteers from our area, including Bill Secord.
If you have an interest in some special topic or the work of a certain author and would like to focus on that interest as part of a Lenten study group, please contact Todd McKee or John Morris about your interest.
(December 18, 1924—February 2, 2012)
The worship space at St. Martin’s was packed on Monday, February 6 as parishioners, family members, and community friends of the Marinos remembered Marty and gave thanks for his life. He will be laid to rest in Pine Island, New York on Saturday, February 11.
On Sunday, people can bring donations for the local food shelves in Bradford and West Fairlee.
Monetary donations are also welcome.
REPORT FROM EL SALVADOR
by Bill Secord
I recently worked with a team of volunteers from the Upper Valley to complete the construction of a housing unit for a family of six in the village of San Jose Villanueva. Working in conjunction with Epilogos, a nonprofit charity headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, our team of eight people constructed a 900-square-foot cinderblock home from scratch. We worked under the leadership of a local foreman who has helped construct eighty of these homes in rural terrain using only a tape measure and a plumb-bob. The team used a construction technique developed by Epilogos for volunteer workers. The process consists of erecting steel girders in eighteen-inch postholes filled with cement and then sliding cinderblocks into slots on each side of the girders. The trick is to get the top blocks inserted without getting the people working on the top of the wall killed.
The climate of El Salvador precludes any necessity to build below the frost line and allows for an open floor plan that fits a patio lifestyle. Only the two bedrooms are fully walled in, although the whole unit is covered by a corrugated tin roof. The roof will be installed by a local team with welding capability. All the building supplies, including seven huge barrels of water, were trucked in before the team arrived. Water is a scarce and expensive commodity. No power machinery is available. We hauled the cinderblocks up to the top of the girders using a block and tackle and a twenty-five-foot tripod, and we mixed cement by hand on the hard-packed earth—no wheelbarrows, just buckets. The cement filled in the gaps between the cinderblocks and completed the base of the thirty-by-thirty-foot floor—different mixtures for different functions.
The most satisfying part of the whole effort was working side by side with members of the family. All four children, aged from ten to two years old, helped. The mother was the one really in charge, and of course had some “change orders” throughout the process. The completed building will have electricity brought in but no running water. A latrine still has to be built. We accomplished more than the Epilogos coordinator had expected (especially for a team comprised of so many “older” members), but were not able to get to the construction of two latrines in the area. Mike and Susie Jenkins, former Peace Corps members and former New Hampshire residents, are the on-site coordinators for Epilogos. They hope that other teams from the Upper Valley will continue volunteer work in San Jose Villanueva.
The exciting aspects of the trip included a very large rattlesnake, two very small scorpions, and a flea-eating poisonous spider that has venom that will kill a human being in five minutes. The only real catastrophe was my passing out from dehydration despite continually drinking Gatorade. The house we stayed in after the day’s work was located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The small compound is owned by Bill Sahlman, president of the Lebanon-Riverside Rotary Club and a Lebanon real estate agent. Unfortunately, the surf and undertow in front of the beach house were so bad that I went swimming only twice. I’m still getting sand out of various pieces of clothing. We saw some Mayan ruins, visited a volcanic lake, and killed a chicken with our ford Explorer. The authorities still let us out of the country!
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
Members of the Congregational Church in East Corinth and Grace Methodist Church in Bradford are coordinating an ecumenical pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February of 2013. The trip will be organized by Educational Opportunites Tours. An informational meeting about this trip will be held in March for anyone interested in knowing about the plans being made. Information about the tour organizer can be found at:
SOME CHURCH HUMOR
A Church School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A child replied. “They couldn’t get a baby sitter.”
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A Church School teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments. After explaining the commandment to ‘Honor thy father and mother,” the teacher asked if there is a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters. One child answered, “Thou shalt not kill.”
UPPER VALLEY SPECIAL OLYMPIC GAMES
by Ann and Joe Davis
On January 21, 2012, the Tenth Annual Upper Valley Special Olympic Games were held at the Dartmouth Skiway. Among the 300 volunteers needed to oversee the smooth operation we were participating for the tenth year.
The Special Olympic Games host approximately 100 athletes of all ages and both male and female who compete in both Alpine (slalom, grand slalom) and Nordic (snowshoeing, cross country skiing) events. It is extremely rewarding to feel a part of this very special undertaking. The volunteers include students from Dartmouth, most notably the football, baseball, and hockey teams as well as teams from the local High Schools and many other venues around the Upper Valley.
Typically, it is the coldest day of the year and this year we had snow as well. The opening ceremonies began with Olympic skier Hannah Kearney as the keynote speaker. The Dartmouth Aires men’s a cappella group (now of TV fame) sang the National Anthem. The Aires also performed prior to the Games in the Ski Lodge. The torch was lit and the Games declared open!
Our job is Evaluations. We interview parents and coaches for comments or complaints, and then coordinate them with the reports from all the committee chairs (approximately 25) for an overall view of the Games. This year was rated the best ever!
We urge you all to come out to the Skiway next year and observe this most rewarding event.
The following is the press release issued by the Diocese of Vermont about the annual Lenten Retreat. It was written by Mary Lou Ashton.
The annual diocesan Lenten Retreat will take place at the Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point, Burlington, March 16–18, 2012. Titled “Lift Up Your Hearts: Journeying from Despair to Joy,” the retreat will be led by the Rev. John Morris of St. Martin’s, Fairlee. The Rev. Lucy Pellegrini will serve as chaplain.
There is much in our personal, ecclesiastical, social, political, and economic lives that can make us down-hearted, broken-hearted, and despairing. The Spirit of God leading us in the Way of Jesus can give wholeness, hope, and joy.
Please join us for relaxation, meditation, hiking, reading, a daily cycle of prayers/Eucharist or whatever you need during this holy time and in this holy place. Here we will be surrounded by God’s beautiful nature, His love and the presence of one another.
Morris has been a priest in the Diocese of Vermont since 1971. He served St. Mary’s in the Mountains, Wilmington, from 1971 until 1999, was Interim Rector at St. Luke’s, Chester for two years, and in 2002, he began serving St. Martin’s, Fairlee, where he continues as Rector. For many years, he was a bi-vocational priest, earning his living as an elementary school teacher while serving the parish in Wilmington. He retired from teaching in 1999. In 2007, Pilgrim Press published his book First Comes Love? The Ever Changing Face of Marriage, which is a history of the institution of marriage and a description of the many changes that have occurred in that institution.
Pellegrini is a deacon in the Diocese of Vermont, who served for a time at St. Paul’s, Vergennes, and is now serving at St. Stephen’s, Middlebury. She has been a faithful participant in silent retreats for many years.
The retreat begins at registration, 5–6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and ends about 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. To reserve a space, send a $50 non-refundable check made out to BBCC, to John King, 433 Bean Road, Colchester, VT 05446.
The cost if registered before March 10 is $165 for a shared room; $190 for a private room (if available) and $115 for days only. After March 10 the cost will be $175 for a shared room, $200 for a private room (if available) and $125 for days only. The balance of the cost will be paid at registration Friday night. If you have questions or special physical and/or dietary needs, please contact John King at the above address or at 802-862-6834.