Jul 092015
Saturday July 18, 2015 8:00 to 1:30
Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield

Five Gardens, Lunch and Plants – Suggested Donation $20.
r.s.v.p to dkemble@vermontel.net  885-1156    802-324-9465 (cell)
Schedule, directions, carpooling info on registration.

You’re invited into five local gardens on July 18 for the Sixth Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield. Here’s the lineup:

  • Melissa and Irwin Post grow fruits and a wide variety of vegetables for year-round eating and for a small number of CSA customers. Their garden features many raised beds,  “mini-greenhouses” covering some of the beds, and a 24’x32′ unheated greenhouse.
  • The gardens of Nina and Herb Jamison feature a forest setting with low stone walls, perennial beds connected by pebble paths, stone steps, stone seats and whimsy throughout. Enjoy the lavender lined path, wilds interspersed with planting beds and two woodland walks.
  • We’ll return to wander the paths of Glen Williams’ amazing in-town garden on just ¾ of an acre. Glen is known for his extensive hosta collection. He’s also been adding ladyslippers, an assortment of annuals, and anything else that catches his fancy.
  • Jennifer Hassenbuhler welcomes us to her rambling back yard that goes down a large bank to a stream. Functional aspects of plantings are important and we’ll see plants for sunshine and shade as well as light colored plants such as impatiens that seem to glow in the evening light.
  • Our last stop includes lunch at Evelyn Beebe’s, followed by a tour that includes both formal and informal sun and shade gardens, a small orchard, and views of meadows, Claremont and Sunapee.

The tour, with time for lunch, runs from 8 a.m. through 1:30. Suggested donation is $20. which includes lunch and plants. Please call 885-1156 or email dkemble@vermontel.net to sign up. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.
Please invite your friends, and help spread the word by sharing this event via Facebook.

May 012015

5th Annual May Festival!

May 16, 2015

9:00 to 3:00

Plant Sale, Food, Crafts, Flea Market, Arts Show, Entertainment!

Our 5th annual May Festival will be held on May 16th and includes our popular plant sale.  There will be annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs for your garden.  Our garden experts will be on hand for consultation and to answers questions. Lunch will be available at our  deli-style café.

Vendor booths include food crafts, woodworking, jewelry, fabric crafts, flea market items and more. Space is still available for those wishing to participate, but please let us know by May 10th if you want a space. Booth space is $15.00.  Tables can be rented for an additional $5.00.

Our congregation will have a flea market booth and we need items to sell.  If you have “stuff” to donate, please bring it to the church by May 16th.  We will be collecting things in the club house.

The festival is a rain or shine event.  Set up time on May 16th is 7:30 to 8:45  Vendors may drive up to their booth space for unloading.   Please call 885-1156  or e-mail springfieldfair@gmail.com to reserve a space.

Download a vendor application here: May Festival Application



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2015 vendor application: May Festival Application

May 012015

Dear Friends,

     The glory of May in Vermont!  We made it through what was one of the coldest, hardest winters I recall.  In fact, my husband tells me it snowed yet again in Vermont this morning.  I myself am writing from sunny southern California where I have been attending to (rescuing really) my elderly, disabled aunt and uncle who experienced a crisis due to an unscrupulous caregiver.  I am so grateful for the prayers and support from all of You.  Miracles abound and my aunt and uncle are becoming stable and safe.  Thanks!  I look forward to my return soon to my home in Vermont and to Spring!  Yes, the glory of it – wild onions, hepatica, wild ginger, spring beauties, wood thrush calling, barred owls, and so much more.  This month in our worship services, we’ll explore the themes of Home, The Divine Mother and the lessons from the life of the Buddha.  Here is a poem by Mary Oliver for us to savor until we meet again.  Merry Spring!
I have decided to find myself a home
in the mountains, somewhere high up
where one learns to live peacefully in
the cold and the silence. It’s said that
in such a place certain revelations may
be discovered. That what the spirit
reaches for may be eventually felt, if not
exactly understood. Slowly, no doubt. I’m
not talking about a vacation.
Of course at the same time I mean to
stay exactly where I am.
Are you following me?
See You at Church,
With Love,
May 012015

As people who are caring for this church community by serving on the board of trustees, we work to balance a focus on the details of running this organization with a focus on spirituality. They go hand in hand. The details this month include fiscal things like pledging and budget, and organizational things like nominating people for vacant positions, contracting with our minister for another year, and so on.

On the spiritual side, we are reminded of the sacred nature of our work together. These different focuses feed each other, are necessary parts of the whole. Come to the Annual Meeting with both of them in mind. Come, and join your voice to the whole, to our Blessed Community.

In that spirit, here is a part of a blessing by Rabbi Rami M Shapiro

My friends, let us give thanks for Wonder.

Let us give thanks for the Wonder of Life

that infuses all things now and forever.
Blessed is the Source  of Life, the Fountain of Being

the wellspring of goodness, compassion and kindness

from which we draw to make for justice and peace.

From the creative power of Life we derive food and harvest,

from the bounty of the earth and the yields of the heavens

we are sustained and are able to sustain others.

All life is holy, sacred,

worthy of respect and dignity.

Let us give thanks for the power of heart

to sense the holy in the midst of the simple.


See you at Church!

–Sharon Mueller, President

Apr 032015

Friends on the Path: Small Group Discussion

Are You looking for an opportunity for making friends and growing spiritually?  Then come check out our new Small Group Program.  Rev. M’ellen will be leading a group on Sunday, April 19 on the theme of the worship service which is “Home.” We’ll meet after the Coffee Hour and short Business Meeting from about noon to 1.

Apr 032015

Woodchucks’ Revenge will be the featured performer for April 18th Coffee House Free Music Series. 7pm at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT.

This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music, but there is a “free-will” offering and any money collected goes directly to support the featured performers.

About the Band:
“Woodchucks’ Revenge ‘warms folk with sparks of bluegrass, country and blues.’ This vocal group, originally comprised of husband and wife duo Peter and Kristina Cady, with Sandy Morse, presents an engaging mix of old and new folk music ranging from Carter Family heart songs to western ballads, from traditional New England fiddle tunes to their own zany parodies of musical standards. Playing guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bass, the Woodchucks delight their audiences with humor, history and the variety of traditions that make up the American folk scene.

As of the 2011 season, the trio has been joined by Mike Lussen, formerly of the well-known Woods Tea Company, who adds his skills on banjo, guitar, bodhran,and ukulele, and his repertoire of sea songs and Celtic tunes, to the Woodchuck mix.

A concert review states: ‘Those who have attended know that roaring laughter is almost guaranteed, yet there are also moments when they touch on matters of the heart and the pains of living with the same degree of timing, finesse and understanding’ and ‘an encyclopedic knowledge of the folk repertoire.’ (Rutland Herald)

Woodchucks’ Revenge appears regularly throughout Vermont and in adjoining states, at coffeehouses and village green concerts, community events and festivals. Recent travels have taken them to First Night celebrations in Vermont and New Hampshire. to folk festivals in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and in summer travels to the Rocky Mountain states. This season’s plans include appearances at the Vermont History Expo and the Quechee Balloon Festival. Further information about upcoming performances can be found on their website
www.woodchucksrevenge.com. The group has produced three CD albums, the most recent “(2013) being ‘Crossing the Otter.'”

Apr 032015

by Sharon Mueller

Yes, its time to plan for our financial future. That means budgeting, and pledge cards, and putting forth a budget for the annual report. Watch for those pledge cards in the mail, your opportunity to support this Wonderful Community.

Here are two dates to remember-

Sunday, April 19th. We will have a brief congregational discussion, then vote, to allow Bob Allman, treasurer, and Sharon Mueller, president, to serve one more year on our board of trustees. The bylaws say trustees may serve up to 6 years, at which point they need to step down. With one year off, they are allowed to serve again. After discussion with M’ellen, the trustees agree that having Sharon and Bob continue for one more year would be a good thing. (They are each completing their 6th year, and are willing to volunteer one more). This would help a great deal with continuity as we build on the good work started this year with M’ellen. So we need to have a congregational vote to approve this step.

Tuesday, May 19th. Annual Meeting. 6 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting. Save the date!

Watch for an official warning of these meetings as they get a little closer.

In the following poem, I’m looking past spring to summer. Why not? We can dream, can’t we?

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean—

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out if mt hand,

who is movung her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I’ve been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

Apr 032015

At one service a month we donate the offering to an agency that fits with the UU Principles and Purposes.

April’s Share-the-Plate will be collected on Sunday April 5th and go to the Springfield Restorative Justice Center. There are several Restorative Justice centers throughout Vermont and their mission is, “In recognizing that crime causes injury to people and communities, restorative practices seek to repair those injuries by encouraging and supporting parties with a stake in a particular offense to participate in its resolution. Vermont is a nationally recognized leader in the development of community based restorative justice and services to victims.”

As Unitarian Universalists we promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations and find that Restorative Justice fits well with this principle. We hope you will give generously to this cause.

Apr 032015

The First Friday  Film in April will be “The Power of Forgiveness,” directed by MartinDoblmeier.  Power of Forgiveness

This documentary asks the question,  how do you forgive the unforgiveable?

Forgiveness is at the forefront of scientific research conducted by healthcare specialists ranging from psychiatrists and family therapists to neurologists. Forgiveness is a tenet of the major faith traditions. The intersection of science and religion on the subject of forgiveness is what inspired award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier to spend close to two years producing this documentary on the power of forgiveness. Doblmeier conducts interviews with a wide range of individuals including, among others, the Reverend James Forbes, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore, Elie Weisel, and Marianne Williamson.
Doblmeier also travels to places such as the 9/11 World Trade Center site, Northern Ireland, and the Amish countryside to explore in-depth a number of powerful stories of forgiveness. He examines how the scientific community measures the physical and mental benefits of letting go of grief and resentment.
The Power of Forgiveness is a hopeful film, showing, as the filmmaker says, that “…this simple act can how powerful consequences, and may lead to personal and spiritual transformation.”

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield has been a voice for liberal religion for over 200 years. We are a welcoming and supportive community for people of all ages. We value the open mind and encourage each person to question and develop their own faith. We love a warm heart and generous spirit. Together, we seek the creation of a more loving and just world, and aspire to live sustainably on the Earth.

This film was completed in 2007 and its running time is 78 minutes. We will open doors at 6:45 pm and start showing the film at 7 pm, offering popcorn and beverages.