January 2013



At its meeting on December 17, the Vestry:

–accepted the Treasurer’s report. Final figures will not be available until the end of  the calendar year, but:

*It appears that expenditures and income

for 2012 will be close to what was expected.

*It seems that it will not be necessary to take

the full amount from the investment account

that was budgeted.

–reviewed the proposed 2013 budget (it will be finalized at the January meeting);

–reviewed a summary of the meeting held by John with the parents of young children (the meeting dealt with planning for activities in 2013);

–discussed a few items related to maintenance of building and grounds;

–reviewed John’s vacation plans for 2013; and

–approved Outreach disbursements for 2012 (see list elsewhere on this page).


On the next two Sundays, people can bring donations for the food shelves in Bradford and West Fairlee. Besides the usual canned goods and staples, the West Fairlee Food Shelf needs shaving cream, tooth paste, and shampoo and the Bradford Food Shelf needs soup, tuna fish, and canned fruit. (Note: $142 in cash donations given by parishioners in 2012 were sent to the two food shelves. Cash donations can always be placed in the container near the collection baskets on the stairway landing.)


A private committal service for Julia, who died on December 10, was held at the Orford Cemetery on Saturday, December 15, with family members in attendance. During the 10 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday, January 6, part of the Prayer Book Burial Service will be incorporated into the liturgy as we give thanks for Julia’s life. Parishioners who want to share special memories of Julia will be invited to share those memories during the Coffee Hour gathering.


The response to Sunday Seminars held this fall has been very positive. The next one will be held on Sunday, January 20, after Coffee Hour. The seminar will be held in the worship space and will last about a half hour. All adult parishioners are welcome to participate and make comments or ask questions about the Biblical texts or that day’s sermon.


The second part of our parish purpose statement is “…to follow Jesus in service to others.” One of the interesting parts of the parish survey done last summer was to see the many diverse ways that parishioners have been of service to others. A list of these services is posted on the Vestry Bulletin Board in the Gathering Room.

In addition to these ways of serving other humans, the parish also has done “hands on” service as a parish in helping with relief efforts after Hurricane Irene, in donating food to local food shelves, in making Christmas stockings for foster children served by PINS (“Partners in Service”), and in distributing items to needy families in the community through the Barbara’s Red Stocking. A special pat on the back to Marion Jacobus for coordinating these last two projects.

Each year, the parish also makes financial contributions to agencies that are meeting basic human needs in the community, the nation, and the world. These disbursements for 2012 are as follows:

Episcopal Relief and Development $ 500

Habitat for Humanity $100

Hospice/Visiting Nurses $500

Red Stocking $ 500

DHMC Chaplaincy $ 200

COVER $250

Brookhaven Home   $150

CHABA (Children Affected by HIV/AIDS) $150

Safeline (for victims of domestic abuse)   $150

In addition to these financial contributions, we purchase Bishop’s Blend coffee for use at Coffee Hour. This coffee is 100% fair trade and organic certified. It is produced in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development. 15% of the purchase price goes to support the work of ERD projects that fight poverty and disease worldwide.

Through the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, we are also able to give emergency aid to individuals and families in our community who are experiencing great hardship.  These funds are disbursed by the Rector  for gasoline, groceries, rent assistance, car repair, etc.


   Bishop John Shelby Spong, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, prolific author, and occasional worshipper at St. Martin’s, will host a one-hour conversation about contemporary faith on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m. at The Congregational Church in Bradford.

   Diana Butler-Bass, noted church historian and author of several books about emerging patterns in the contemporary Church will be the keynote speaker at a conference sponsored by The Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ to be held at Lake Morey Inn on April 12-13, 2013.


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