May 2012


At its meeting on April 30 the Vestry:

–accepted the Treasurer’s report (it was noted that we are in a quite positive position with regard to the operating budget and the investment fund at the end of the first quarter of this fiscal year);

–heard an initial report from Long Range Planning Committee;

–heard a report from Todd McKee, parish intern, about his being approved as a Candidate for Holy Orders and about the adult education program he will be leading in May;

–made plans for a Green Up/Clean Up for Sunday, May 20;

–approved getting estimates for removing two large pine trees which are close to the building;

–approved use of the building by Hospice for a grief support group, similar to the group that used the building in March and April.


On Sunday, May 20, after the Eucharist, all parishioners are invited to help with our annual work party to spruce up the parking lot  and the grounds around the building. Feel free  to wear “work clothes” to the Eucharist. Rakes, wheelbarrows, clippers, etc. will be useful for the work.


On the next two Sundays, people can bring donations for the food shelves in Bradford and West Fairlee. Especially needed:


–canned fruit

–canned vegetables

–dog food

–baking mixes

Monetary donations are also welcome and can be placed in the container near the food baskets on the stairwell landing.


      A discussion group is forming that will meet for six Tuesday evenings (4:45-6:00PM) starting on May 8.  It is not necessary to attend all six sessions.  The discussion will be led by Todd McKee and will meet in the Gathering Room. The group will  be using a DVD resource called “Embracing Emergence,” which features Phyllis Tickle, noted author, historian and keen cultural observer.  She invites participants to join her in examining the changing face of Christianity and culture. A preview of her presentations can be found on the parish website on the “Adult Formation” page:


The newspaper of the Diocese of Vermont is now being published in an online version and no longer being published in printed format. If you are not receiving the Mountain Echo online and want to subscribe online, contact:



     One of the discussion items at the annual parish meeting in February was the topic of our Sunday coffee hour. It was agreed that in cases when no one has signed up to host the coffee hour, we would still offer coffee, boxes of juice and cookies/crackers (a supply of which will be kept on hand for easy use). On those occasions, it would be very helpful if volunteers would pitch in to help with clean up afterwards. Parishioners are certainly encouraged to sign up to host coffee hour (the sign up chart is in the hallway) but should not feel any pressure to present an elaborate selection of food.


An obituary of long time parishioner, Mary McClesky, is posted on the Parish Life Bulletin board. Mary was a dedicated member of the parish, beginning when she and her husband lived on Lake Morey and continuing after she moved to Kendal in Hanover. A memorial service for Mary will be held at Kendal on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m.











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