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Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse

Springfield, Vermont

Weekly Services

We have in-person and Zoom services each Sunday at 10am - 11am

Please join us at

21 Fairground Rd

Springfield, Vermont

Or on Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

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Feb. 5, 2023 

"We Live in a Chemical World"
with Will Hunter
 
Inside our brains there are thousands/millions/billions of chemical signals being fired off that control how we feel: pleasure, pain, happiness, anxiety, fear and everything in between. For millennia, humans and other living beings have discovered that there are things that they can put in their bodies that set off chemical events to make them feel differently. Some of these substances accomplish this end by influencing parts of the brain that also have profound – even deadly – physical consequences. Outside of the body that experiences the feelings, there are social consequences as well. Some are good: the feeling of happiness when we complete a task or meet someone else's needs. Some are bad: the victimization that goes along with having to support an unaffordable drug habit or with the loss of self-control that results from some chemical reactions. What are the things we can make part of our lives that set off the good chemical reactions inside our heads and lead to good results for ourself and our world as well?
 
Order of Service will be posted soon
 
 
Our Affirmation:
Love is the doctrine of this church
The quest of truth is its sacrament
And service is its prayer
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve the need of all beings,
To the end that all souls shall
Grow into harmony with the Divine
Thus do we covenant with each other
And with the source of our being
Upcoming Services

2/12/23: "Regenerating the Inner and Outer Landscape"

Guest Speakers: Karen Ganey of Regeneration Corps and Permaculture Solutions and Earl Hatley of Lead Agency and the Ottauquechee Waters Protectors Association.


Karen and Earl will each talk about their work in environmental protection, Earl as a Water Keeper and President of Local Environmental Action Demanded and Karen as a permaculture designer and educator on climate justice. They are working on Food Forest Projects and Abenaki Gardens to grow traditional foods in traditional ways that are ecologically and nutritionally diverse and resilient. They will speak to the need to work towards food and land sovereignty as well as ways that contaminated soils can be regenerated using biochar.

Karen and Earl will also share how working with and for the Earth is both challenging and restorative and how to hold the sacredness in the process of confronting climate justice

2/19/23: Worship Committee

2/26/23: Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay Crumbine


2023 Winter season

Weather related Zoom only services

In case of bad weather, we will not meet in-person and will have a Zoom only service. (unless we lose power/internet)

A notice will be posted by 8:30am on Sunday morning if we are changing to Zoom only. An email notice will go out and updates will be posted to this website as well as Facebook page. If weather appears to be bad, please check to see if we made an announcement regarding any changes

If you would like to be put on our email list or if you would like to receive a text message to your phone regarding weather related cancellations,  please contact our office administrator at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com


A Little Springfield UU History

Some of you may have heard it referred to as the Harvest Table – that lovely long table in the meetinghouse entry way with all the papers on it.  Well, there’s a story there, involving church members of the past.  If you look closely there is a little bronze plaque on the base of the harvest table that reads: “Presented to the U.U. Church in loving memory of Dorothy P. Metcalf by Donald and Richard Metcalf 1902 - 1969. “

Dorothy Metcalf died in November 1969, so Donald, her husband, and Richard, their only child would have given it to the Main Street church that year or next.  The Harvest Table is one of the very few things that were kept after the Main Street building was razed.  Our current building was built around  1973 and the newer sanctuary in 1990.

Dorothy Maxine (Perry) Metcalf was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield, known in past years as Church of the Good Shepherd.  Former minister, and current member Jeff Taft-Dick’s father, Robert T. Dick officiated at Dorothy’s funeral.  Her son Richard was in my 1956 class at Springfield High School, and he was one of the group of teenagers that went to Washington DC on Spring vacation in 1954 or so with Doris and Phil Stapleton (later Doris Whitcomb), high school assistant principal Mr. Russell Heath, and a few other adults.

Major Richard A. Metcalf married, joined the Army, and was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma when his mother died.  Dorothy was survived by three grandchildren.

Rebecca Woodbury Tucker

January 3, 2022


If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following activities, please contact the office for more info

Greeters: This needs a little bit of training as there are several things the greeter does including greeting guests, ringing the bell and lighting the chalice

Cleaners: Basic cleaning of the sanctuary, bathrooms and activities room which includes vacuuming

Refreshments: Provide light refreshments for our "coffee hour"


Note from our Office Administrator
 
Right now I do not have set hours that I will be in the office. If I need to be reached, please email me at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com or leave a message when you call (802-885-3327) and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I do come into the office, usually between 9am-2pm Monday through Friday but much of my work is being done remotely.
Sorry for any inconvenience
~June Brink

Members, friends and visitors who have found meaning in our services and programs are invited to make a one-time or recurring donation to the Meetinghouse. 

Please send checks to:

UU Church

PO Box 944

Springfield, VT 05156

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“Share the Plate” is a program where each month we take a collection for an organization that is alignment with our principles. Please consider giving to our monthly program recipients

February Share The Plate

Because winter in VT means cold weather, our donations for Share the Plate for February will go to the Upper Valley Haven. They provide food, temporary shelter, supported housing and children’s programs to those in need. Please send contributions to:

Upper Valley Haven
713 Hartford Avenue
White River Junction, VT 05001

Thank you


Art Adventures

2nd & 4th Thursdays

10:30 am -12:00 pm

On Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853

A Zoom group for folks who like to play with color, drawing, reinventing objects, & general creating. There might be laughter, daring & surprises. Have paper, colored pencils or crayons or your favorite medium ready. Interest & questions? Contact; Toni Streeter, Ann Marie &/or Ti Knoepfel. Or email uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com


The Meetinghouse Virtual Choir

The Meetinghouse Virtual Choir is open to all who would like to participate. Singers need not live in the Springfield area – we even have singers from out of state! Sing one song, or sing many – its up to you!

Rehearsals (optional) are on Tuesday mornings at 10am on zoom.  If you like to sing and would like to participate, please contact Julane. (802) 463-9719.

Or drop in to a Tuesday morning rehearsal: 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/809398828


Sunday Services on YouTube

We now have some of our more recent Sunday Service videos posted to our YouTube channel, Please click the YouTube icon above. You can also find the videos under the "Sunday Services" tab at the top of the website

 

 


 

STAFF

June Brink - Office Administrator

Julane Deener - Choir Director

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2022-2023

COLLECTOR - Ellen Allman

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bob Allman - President

Pam Kilberg - Vice President

Dick Andrews - Treasurer

Pat Callahan and Pam Kilberg - Co-Clerks

At large:

Bill Brink, Tina Feindel, Toni Streeter

Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse
21 Fairground Rd
Springfield, VT 05156

802-885-3327

Mailing address: P.O.Box 944 Springfield, VT 05156

Email: uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com