Debbie Diegoli

Nov 132017

2017-11-11_thai-dinner-prep-150x84Pad Thai, Galanga Coconut Curry Soup, Vegan Curry, Coconut Custard on Sticky Rice, and Chai Tea were on the menu for a fundraising dinner Saturday evening, Nov. 11th, here at the church. Members, including two who have lived in Thailand, made authentic Thai dishes and decorated with items from that country. Over 40 people joined the festivities, including folks from as far away as Enfield Center, NH.

The church raised $700 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Claremont Health Center. Planned Parenthood provides essential health services to both women and men. General health care as well as reproductive health care and referrals are available. The Claremont health center also offers the New Hampshire Family Planning Program for income-eligible individuals and families.

Thank you to all who attended and helped, especially our cooks Libbet Downs, Greg Supernovich and Julie Lannen. Special thanks to Julie Lannen for the vision of holding this dinner and making it a reality!


Nov 072017

sam-creigh-presskitcolorSam Creigh began his musical career as a bass player/vocalist/songwriter in the Tucson, AZ area in the early 1970’s. In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles, here he continued playing music while working as an audio and then a video engineer. He began his solo acoustic guitar singer/songwriter career in the 1990’s after relocating to Vermont with his family. He has played throughout Southern and Central Vermont and New Hampshire on the stages of festivals, ski lodges, taverns, open mics, and farmers markets. In the warm weather months, Sam tours the lake country of West-Central Minnesota. His highly-regarded album, “Green Mountain Flyer”, was released in 2002.

Doors open at 6:30 pm;  music starts at 7:00.  All welcome.  You’ll be able to purchase snacks and beverages.

Oct 302017

thailand-measure-2796812_640The dinner will be held here at the church and will benefit Planned Parenthood’s Claremont Office
The social Action Circle (SAC) is planning its first benefit dinner!  The cooks, Libbet Downs, Julie Lannen and Greg Supernovich, are planning a delicious menu that will include Gluten-free, Vegan and Vegetarian options as well as standard Thai food.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children (12 years and under), with a family maximum of $45.
Please see Deb, Libbet, Julie or Greg for tickets.  Or you can email  to reserve a spot or to ask any questions.
Oct 232017

First Friday Film: “The Brainwashing of my Dad,” Nov 3, 7pm 

Filmmaker Jen Senko explores the rise of the right wing media, and how it affected her once Democratic father who became an angry right-wing fanatic after his immersion in talk radio and Fox News. This award winning documentary discovers this to be a powerful phenomenon that has divided families across the nation.
November is traditionally time for Americans to vote.  It seems worthwhile at this time of year to take a look at the forces that helped to drive the country to the right by creating a TV network for the GOP, (Roger Ailes under Richard Nixon), including the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine (under Ronald Reagan) and the Telecommunications Reform Act (under Bill Clinton).  89 min
Doors open at 6:45 pm, movie starts at 7 pm. We will have popcorn and beverages. Held at the church at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT.


Games and Stone Soup Night: November 4, 6:30 pmgames-night-closeup-2016-sept-copy-1280x720

Join together on Saturday, Nov 4, in the Activities Room to enjoy some games and soup together.   Please bring a soup ingredients so we can make “Stone Soup” to share! There will be games provided, but feel free to bring your favorite games and crafts, as well. .See you there!

Then remember to turn your clocks back – we get an extra hour of sleep  as we officially revert to Eastern Standard Time at 2 am on Sunday the 5th.

Oct 092017


The Dances are back!

This year we have the opportunity to explore the world’s religions through dance! The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements to touch the spiritual essence in ourselves and recognize it in others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required. And everyone is welcome (but not pressured) to join in. The Dances focus on PEACE — creating a sense of solidarity and community, while celebrating and understanding the unity. of all spiritual traditions on the Earth. Come and be a part of the circle that connects all of humanity.  Walia Sandra Guillow is a seasoned and enthusiastic dance leader from Connecticut who will help us find ease and grace and will be accompanied by her musician husband Shems WIlliam Guillow. For more info

The Dances were originated by Samuel Lewis in the late 1960s in San Francisco. Lewis was a lifelong student of the esoteric teachings of many religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism.
Held here in the sanctuary. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

Sep 282017



Do you want to learn more about the science behind medical Cannabis, and be empowered to make your own potent and delicious herbal preparations at home?

This workshop will be led by Stephanie Boucher is a certified Clinical Herbalist and a medicine maker with 4+ years working in the cannabis industry, who will be receiving her Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine from UVM this fall.

Held here at the church activities room, 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 19th.

Advance registration: $20-25 sliding scale, $25 at door.  Register at or by calling 207-239-9679.   Participants will help make and bring home a hemp-infused salve.  Open to the public.

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Sep 252017

Our own John Hitchcock will perform at the October Coffeehouse. John will be joined by Jay Doucette.
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments and coffee. Free admission.
All Welcome. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm. This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

Sep 252017

“Fed Up” blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and exercise, revealing 30-year campaign by  the food industry — aided by the U.S. government — to mislead and confuse the American pinterior-fresh-food-market-helinski-finland-image-2561aublic. Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the  largest health epidemics in history, the film follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives — and reveals why the conventional wisdom of “exercise and eat right” is not ringing true for millions of peoples struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions. Including captivating interviews with the country’s leading experts, this vital information could change the way we eat forever.
Doors open at 6:45 pm and movie starts at 7 pm.  Popcorn and beverages served. Ths film ties in with the Oct 8 Sunday’s service, when Becca Polk will discuss Food Justice and her Kids Gardening program.

Sep 112017
Coffee House, Peggy Rishel with “Heron Fire”
Saturday, September 23, 7 pm

“We’ve often been asked to describe what kind of music we do and have found that
performing is much easier to do than explaining.. That’s because the songs we play
aren’t limited to any one style. You’ll hear folk, rock, country, comedy, blues, jazz and
even a smattering of original material. Many of the songs are favorites of ours from a
long history of performing together, some are more recent, but all are our own
arrangements – rich with tight vocal harmonies and a unique sound and style of guitar
In short, we feel that we provide a genuine sound, along with a versatility and creativity
that’s undeniably our own. Making music has always been fun for us and we do our best to make our audiences feel “at home” with use, our music and the places we play.

– Peggy Rishel with “Heron Fire”

All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. 

Aug 282017

This award winning documentary directed by Sam Bozzo is based on the book BLUE GOLD: THE FIGHT TO STOP

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THE CORPORATE THEFT OF THE WORLD’S WATER by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark. The film examines the problems created by the privatization and commoditization of water.  1 hour 29 minutes Doors open at 6:45 pm and movie starts at 7 pm.  Popcorn and beverages served.  No charge. All welcome!