October 2012



     A special parish meeting will be held on Sunday, October 14, immediately after the 10 a.m. Eucharist. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the report of the Long Range Planning Committee. Three key questions will be the basis of the discussion:

(1) Where are we as a spiritual community and where are we going? (discussion led by Bob Jones)

(2) Where are we in terms of clergy leadership and where are we going? (discussion led by John Morris)

(3) Where are we financially and where are we going? (discussion led by Gene Yeates)

All parishioners are invited to help shape the parish’s planning for the future.



At its meeting on September 17, the Vestry:

–accepted the Treasurer’s report (growth in the investment portfolio is encouraging; revenue for the past month has been positive);

–heard a report from the Rector about ongoing relief efforts in the Upper Vally one year after Tropical Storm Irene;

–did some initial planning for the 2013 budget;

–appointed a Financial Planning Committee: Ann Davis, Howard Sussman, Peter Mallary, Gene Yeates, and Joe Davis;

–made plans for the parish meeting on October 14;

–made plans for the Bishop’s Visitation on November 11;

–discussed several items related to Buildings and Grounds and approved brush hogging of the area east of the parking lot later this fall;

–heard plans for a series of Sunday Seminars.

                    RECTOR’S VACATION

John will be on vacation from October 15 until October 31. In case of pastoral emergency, please contact The Rev. Beth Hilgartner, Rector of St. Barnabas’ Church in Norwich (802-649-1923).


              FOOD SHELVES

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:

–tuna fish


–paper towels


–coffee (regular)

–canned fruit, especially peaches


–baking mixes



The response to our first two Sunday Seminars was very positive. The next one will be held on Sunday, November 4, 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.



   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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