Local events around the Vermont Conference

Tending the Fire


"How can I lead deep change that lasts, without letting my church drive me crazy?"

Leading a church in these tumultuous times isn’t easy, yet it’s never been more important.  Clergy who attend Tending the Fire become better leaders: less worried, more engaged, renewed in their call and ministry.  They learn to be wise, resilient leaders who help their churches move confidently into the future.

Rev. Barbara Lemmel, an ordained elder in the New England Conference UMC, has been leading Tending the Fire in UMC and UCC conferences since 2003. “No one has to tell you that this is a hard time to lead the church: congregations are worried; money is tight; leaders are stretched thin,” Rev. Lemmel notes. “The old ways don’t work, and the best new practices aren’t clear. Even in these times of deep change, when you lead by staying true to core principles and flexible in your approach, it makes all the difference.”

Here’s what one participant had to say:

“Tending the Fire’s spirit-filled retreats are personally and professionally transformative: coaching for effective leadership and invitation to self-discovery all rolled into one. Don’t miss this!” – the Rev. Alison Patton, pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport, CT.


Tending the Fire will be offered at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord, NH starting in January 2020.  See 
www.tending-the-fire.com/events to register.  For more information, contact Rev. Lemmel at barblemmel@mac.com (802) 881-3267 or click the link below for email.

Free Winter Community Supper

United Church of Dorset & East Rupert

January 30, 2020


We will be serving (and eating!) a delicious FREE supper at The Dorset Church, 143 Church St. (off Route 30) on Thursday, January 30, 2020.  Dinner will be held from 5:30 PM—7:00 PM. 


This is our first supper of the winter season—please come and enjoy!  This month we will be serving Minestrone Soup, Pasta with your choice of Meat Sauce or Marinara Sauce, Roasted Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad, Green Salad, Broccoli with garlic and olive oil, Italian bread, and of course assorted desserts.


Our February Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM and will include a Roast Pork Dinner complete with roasted potatoes, apple sauce and red cabbage or our vegetarian option of Corn Chowder.


Our last supper of the winter season will be held on Thursday, March 19th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.   The menu will be a Meatloaf Dinner with mashed potatoes or a vegetarian Cauliflower Soup.


Winter Community Suppers are for everyone—Moms & Dads that need a break, people who want a night out in the middle of winter, families rushing from work to sports,  people stretching their budget — the suppers are meant to build community for everyone.  We hope you’ll join us for warm fellowship and a hot meal. All are welcome for FREE great meals!   Please bring your family and friends!  Take outs available.  A free-will offering will be accepted to help fund the dinners of the future. 


Questions call Jane at 867-2260 or email at dorsetchurch@gmail.com