Local events around the Vermont Conference

Support low income Vermonters at the Statehouse


Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council invites Vermont’s UCC churches to do justice by attending the annual day at the Vermont State House, Friday, March 12. This is an event the Vermont Conference has supported for many years.  For the first time, VLIAC and Vermont’s Community Action Agencies are teaming up for Legislative Day.  Karen Lafayette, the lobbyist for low-income concerns, has remarked that our presence will play a crucial role because the Governor’s proposed budget includes the elimination of two key economic programs that benefit low-income Vermonters.  So please mark your calendars to join your UCC family at the State house that day. 

70th Sugar on Snow Supper

First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro

 

In recent years, our annual Sugar on Snow Supper has been held the second Saturday of March. That means that this year’s event will be Saturday, March 14th. So make sure you save that date on your calendars! Seatings will be 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Please call 257-7557 for reservations. Organizing and putting on such a supper is a lot of work--but more importantly, a lot of fun, as we work and laugh together to create this meal and open our doors to host and feed folks from the community and beyond.

Mindfulness Retreat on Saturday, March 21


Bethany Church UCC in Randolph, through the support of the Shadford Encouragement Trust, will be offering a one day retreat on Saturday, March 21st, that will focus on mindfulness training as a way to live more fully in the present moment. This event is available to anyone in the Randolph area.


Leader for this one day event will be Susan Woods, MSW / LICSW, a certified mindfulness teacher.  She has had a mindfulness psychotherapy practice in Stowe for many years and co-authored the book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in 2019.


Susan previously led a well-received one day retreat on mindfulness for Bethany ten years ago. On March 21st, she will be leading practices on sitting and walking meditations, mindfulness movements, body awareness and invoking loving kindness in meditations. The retreat will be held at the Langevin House, on the campus of Vermont Technical College. The day will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. While tea and snacks will be provided, we ask that you bring your own lunch.


Advance registration is requested by calling the Bethany office at 728-5849. The suggested donation for the day is $25.00. Scholarship aid is available in the hope that cost will not be barrier for anyone wishing to attend. When registering, please mention if you would like scholarship aid.

Disaster Case Manager Training

 

In cooperation with the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and your Disaster Ministries Committee, The Vermont Agency of Human Services and Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters are offering a 2-day training program in Williston on March 12 and 13 to teach anyone how to assist with case management during a disaster.

 

Is this a ministry that might interest you?  If you’d like to help your community in the event of a disaster but don’t want to or are not capable of physical labor, learn how to be a key support by providing case management services. A case manager serves as the primary contact for a person or family suffering loss due to a disaster and assists with coordinating the necessary services and resources to recover.

Spring Breakfast

Shoreham Congregational Church

Saturday March 21

8:30 to 10 AM


Menu:

Blueberry Pancakes with VT maple syrup, French Toast, Sausages, Quiche, Home Fries, Beverages


$8 Adults

$4 Children

$20 Families


Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Shelf.


Come see the new floor in the Fellowship Hall!

Seminar to Eradicate Human Trafficking


Join us at the Waterbury Congregational Church on May 9 from 10 AM to 3 PM for a free seminar to learn how the faith community can help and become part of the initiative to eradicate human trafficking in Vermont. More than 4 million people across the globe have experienced the horrors of human trafficking, many right here in Vermont. Learn about the intersections with addiction, the use of force, fraud and coercion tactics that traffickers use, as well as the signs and red flags to be aware of in your own community.  This will be a broad overview of Human Trafficking the training will be presented by a multi-disciplinary team led by Ms. Kira Krier, the Human Trafficking Victim Services Director for the state and will include representatives from the areas of Law Enforcement, the Department of Children and Families, Disability Rights and Victim Services. 


Lunch will be provided. 


Waterbury Congregational Church

8 North Main St.

Waterbury, VT  05676

(802) 244-6606