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Christ's Church

Christ's Church Saxtons River, Vermont Located at 24 Main Street in the center of Saxtons River across from the Village Market.

NEWS FROM SUNRISE HILL
By Roberta Geist

Greetings,

How quickly the time flies…especially it seems in December!

This Sunday, December 14th, Rev. Mark Pitton will be leading our Worship Service.  He resides in Montpelier and works at the UCC Conference.  But perhaps most interestingly, he is Jane Cook’s son-in-law!  We look forward to having him with us – and hope you can join us in welcoming Mark! 

This past Thursday members of our Church attended a wonderful Christmas dinner and program put on by Kurn Hattin.  The Kurn Hattin dining staff provided an excellent meal…served by the children!  Children, staff and volunteers always provide such a wonderful enthusiastic concert following dinner!  Women’s Fellowship and those attending supported their efforts with a special donation.

Looking ahead…there will be a Christmas Eve Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. and will be led by our own Lynn Wickberg.  Our Bell Choir, Senior Choir and the Rhythmic Choir dancers will be participating in this traditional Christmas Eve Service…ending with all taking lit candles into the evening. 

An arrangement of poinsettias will be gracing the altar during Christmas Eve and Christmas Sunday.  Donations may be made in honor of or in memory of loved ones.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church…or  you can contact Jane Cook.

Our soup suppers continue at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.  This past Wednesday– given the cold dreary weather…the hot soup was particularly appreciated and enjoyed. 

Guess that is all for the moment.  Stay safe, stay warm! 

In the Spirit,

Roberta

 

 

  

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Updated December 13, 2014   

What’s Happening?

  • Blue Door Community Supper Wednesdays 5:30 now through April
  • Christmas Eve Service 7:00 PM

SOCK DRIVE REVEALS VILLAGE’S SOUL 

Socks

Photo: Alice Salter-Roy hangs socks on the Holy Socks line at Christ’s Church in Saxtons River. 

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – This village may find itself nicknamed Sockstons River if the project underway at Christ’s Church gets traction.

   Members of the church are conducting a drive to collect new and used socks for the Greater Falls Warming Shelter from now until Jan. 1, and have dubbed their drive Holy Socks.

   To make the drive more visible, they will be hanging the socks from a clothesline strung in the church in the manner of the stockings “hung by the chimney with care.”

   “The words holey, holy, heel, heal, sole and soul are ripe for punning,” said Wanda Salter, one of the instigators of the drive, “but this is serious business when you’re out in the cold with wet feet.”

   Socks in all sizes are needed, but especially men’s sizes, either new or old, as long as they are in good condition, the heavier the better.

   “Guests at the shelter often show up with wet socks from being out in the snow and rain,” said warming shelter board member Louise Luring. “A pair of dry socks can make a big difference in a person’s health and mental attitude.”

   The church will have a sock collection basket inside its front entrance, which is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday mornings, as well as for the Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Socks can also be dropped off at the Blue Door free community soup suppers in the church dining room each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

  Salter’s co-instigator is Donna Anderson, who can be contacted at (802) 869-3582 for information or to make other arrangements to donate socks.

 

 

News from Sunrise Hill

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THE BLUE DOOR
COMMUNITY SUPPERS
Are OPEN for the Season

HOSTING CHECKLIST
Link to Blue Door Community Suppers
Hosting Checklist
here
Note: The checklist was updated on 1/11/14

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Organizations and Activities

NEWS FROM THE FLAME by Jane Cook
December 2014

    We're looking forward to Christmas Eve with Lynn Wickberg leading worship.  There will be the usual pre-service music by the Handbell Choir, the Service of Readings and Carols and the traditional candlelight finish with the  Rhythmic Dancers.  The service begins at 7 p.m.  All are welcome!       

MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS

            As in past years, there will be an arrangement of poinsettias on the altar to represent your memorial contributions to Morningside Shelter in Brattleboro.  Sign up on the list in the back of the church or call Jane Cook with your donations.

HOLY SOCKS!
We have been asked to collect good, clean, new and used socks for distribution at the Greater Falls Warming Shelter.  Patrons often have spent much of the day in rain and snow with the result of cold, wet feet, and a pair of socks is most welcome.  There is a box in the entryway to receive your contributions,  Thank you.           

GIFT BAGS FOR KIDS
Our list of Vermont children in institutional care was very short this year and a few calls and emails took care of the list.  Thank you for your help in the past when the job seemed much more daunting. 

ADVENT SERVICES
We are being asked for a little patience and creativity as we try to fill each Sunday with a time of worship and song. We are trying different kinds of services and  adapting to the fact that we do not yet have access to an ordained minister.  We have met at members' homes, gathered in the chancel area, participated in memories and discusssion and enjoyed the closeness of a small group of people.  Please come and join us as we do our best to provide worship each week.

Church Mouse

          I was a happy participant in the recent Turkey Dinner, hosted by Todd Roy and Richard Anderson.  There were lots of helpers and turkeys appeared from ovens all over the village.  There was lots of good food and I enjoyed the leftover in my small way.

The tree is up – not the real thing hoped for but it has greenery, lights and certainly helps to bring in the season.  Strangely enough, the walls are being hung with an assortment of warm stockings, destined for the partrons of the Warming Shelter who often find themselves with wet feet. 
This mouse is happy that the Blue Door Soup Suppers are continuing through the winter and that there will be lots of good crumbs.  The Christmas Tea is also something to look forward to.  I haven't picked my spot for Christmas Eve, but I'll be there with bells on. (Little ones).  Merry Christmas!

     

          Attendance continues to be good at the Blue Door Suppers.  Soups are tasty and conversation is the best seasoning!  Please volunteer to host a supper or make a soup if you can, but your presence will add to the occasion and your donations will help Our Place.

 

  • MICAH CIRCLE OFFICERS 2014 - 2015

    The following officers were elected for the coming year:

      • chairman – Jane Cook
      • vice chairman – Elaine Bowen
      • clerk- Barbara Bye,
      • treasurer – Donna Anderson
      • director – Roberta Geist. 

        More members of Micah Circle are needed to help run the church and volunteers would be welcome. 
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