Dec 112017
 
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Matt Meserve has been entertaining in Southern Vermont and The Upper Valley for the past ten years.  Crooning for patrons at many inns and pubs, he is equally adept at soulful belting and heartfelt ballads.  He treasures being able to entertain at the UU Coffeehouse and being part of the wonderful spiritual community there.

All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music.  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

Nov 212017
 

lesvos-1206678_640AFTER SPRING is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis.

With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Jon Stewart produced this film which is 103 minutes long.

All welcome, free admission. Doors open at 6:45 and we will serve beverages and popcorn!

 

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 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.

Sep 282017
 

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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 BellwetherBotanicals.com/Events or by calling 207-239-9679.   Participants will help make and bring home a hemp-infused salve.  Open to the public.

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/cannabotanicals/events/

 

 

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 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
work.
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!

Jul 272017
 

backpack-project-aug-2017-copy-281x500As members of the Association of Springfield Area Churches (ASAC) we’ll be helping to collect school supplies to fill backpacks for students who need of them.  ASAC will pass the filled backpacks along to school guidance counselors to give to students. The list of materials that we need is linked below:
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We’ll be collecting backpacks and supplies here at the church and then drop them off at North Springfield Baptist Church during the last week of August.

You can provide either complete backpacks, empty backpacks, or individual supplies.   Please have all donated items here by Sunday, August 27th.

We’re also looking for someone to deliver the backpacks to the North Springfield Baptist Church between Aug 27-Aug 30 (they’ll be open from 9am to 6pm).

 

Jul 132017
 

Our congregation is collaborating with our neighbors, Riverside School and St. Marks, to help make this new project happen.  Next week the Riverside School Food Justice Summer Camp will start, running July 17 – 28,  for 4th-8th graders, Mon. – Thurs, 2-5 pm. Here’s a link to a short video: https://vimeo.com/221265680.  Sign up through the All-4-One office at Riverside or email Becca Polk rpolk@ssdvt.org.

Rich Cofrancesco and Dan Keebler

Rich Cofrancesco and Dan Keebler

Jeff Taft-Dick and Dan Keebler

Members of our congregation have created a walking path from Riverside though our property to St. Mark’s. This will make it safer for the kids to get to St. Mark’s where their big, beautiful organic garden is.  The path is about 90% done thanks to Richard Cofrancesco, Jeff Taft-DIck, Dan Keebler and M’ellen Kennedy.

On Friday July 14, Richard will be at the church by 8 AM (to beat the heat) to finish the project.  If You can help, just show up.
Wonderful that this is about done!