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Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse

Springfield, Vermont

Springfield’s Santa Claus Club has been giving gifts for many years to children and seniors. We’re going to help out this year. Please bring gifts (unwrapped) to church on Dec. 4 or 11. For kids, toys, games, and books are needed. For seniors, socks, mens t-shirts, and women’s nightgowns would be good. Thank you!


We now have some of our more recent Sunday Services on YouTube

You can also see them under "Sunday Services"


Please consider volunteering
We have a new volunteer sign up sheet on the harvest table in the foyer. We are always looking for help with cleaning, refreshments and greeters. Any questions, please ask June in the office

A note from our Board Trustee, Dick Andrews

While vacuuming the sanctuary last week, I recalled that when I was in high school in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in the early ’60s, one of my part-time jobs was pushing brooms and mops on the otherwise all-Black custodial staff at a nearby synagogue.
It seemed like old times to be pushing a vacuum cleaner around a sanctuary again, though the
Meetinghouse isn’t a grand as Park Synagogue was, and I didn’t have to wear a yarmulke this time.


Cleaning is one of the three volunteer jobs at the Meetinghouse. The other two—greeting arrivals at
Sunday morning services and taking care of refreshments for coffee hour—are more socially engaging
than cleaning, a solitary job that might suit an introvert better. But they all offer the satisfaction of
contributing to the community, and helping to do what needs to be done.


So please consider adding your name to the volunteer sign-up sheet on the harvest table in the
entryway the next time you pass it. Old hands who know much more than I do will be happy to orient
you.


Many hands make light work.

~Dick Andrews

 
Note from the 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 and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I do come into the office often, usually between 9am-2pm Monday through Friday but much of my work is being done remotely.
Sorry for any inconvenience

~June Brink

After a summer of two services a month, we are back to every Sunday, starting on September 11th.
A few items of note- after 2 1/2 years of zoom, and some recent practice with hybrid services, we will continue with hybrid, which includes in-person and zoom as ways people can join us from near and far. Thanks to a donation of the projector from Seth Frisbie, and the expertise of Bill and June Brink with technical stuff, we are integrating these two groups in a way that we hope is meaningful to everyone.
Also, we will be having our pre-Covid in-person offering, passing the collection plates. Zoom folks can still donate online or mail checks to the Meetinghouse. And, we will once again be collecting food for the Family Center! So remember to bring a can or box of non-perishable food on Sunday mornings.
June has created a new sign-up sheet, on a clipboard on the Harvest Table, for greeters and refreshments. Let’s fill it up! If you are not sure what the greeter job entails, find a description taped to the inside of the music closet door. One for refreshments is inside the kitchen. Isn’t it wonderful to gather again in these ways?
See you soon, at the Meetinghouse!
Sharon Mueller
Worship and Arts Committee Chair

$ Building and Grounds September Update $

Just like our own homes, our Meetinghouse home has most of the same requirements and expenses, such as the physical structure, heat, water, communication, and safety. Sometimes those systems need to be repaired or upgraded. You might have heard that the pump failed this summer and a new one was installed $3,846.

June Brink pursued the phone line and alarm system conundrum and coordinated multiple visits by Countryside Lock and Alarm. Now we have an updated fire alarm monitoring system that uses our internet instead of our phone line. Our phone was not working correctly for several months due to a malfunction with the previous alarm monitoring system but that has been fixed when the new upgrade was put in. The upgrade cost was $1389.

An errand to find the special bulbs needed for the emergency lights informed us that to be in compliance wired-in emergency lights should be installed. As you can guess this is more expensive than replacing bulbs, even if we could find them. We’re in the process of getting estimates to have exit emergency lights installed that is expected to be about $650.

The total for these three projects comes to $5885. Can you pitch in by making an extra contribution to help pay for these necessary expenses? Think of the precious gift of our sweet water from our own well and the reassurance that our building is a safe place from possible calamities. Please consider writing a check with “Pump & Safety” on the memo line. Thank you for your consideration.

Diane Kemble & Rich Confrancesco


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