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Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse

Springfield, Vermont

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

You can also see them under "Sunday Services"


Weather related Zoom only services

In case of bad weather, we will not have in-person services and will have a Zoom only service.

A notice will be posted by 8:30am on Sunday morning if we are changing to Zoom only. An email notice will go out and updates will be posted to this website as well as Facebook page. If weather appears to be bad, please check to see if we made an announcement regarding any changes

If you would like to be put on our email list or if you would like to receive a text message to your phone,  please contact our office administrator at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com


A Little Springfield UU History

Some of you may have heard it referred to as the Harvest Table – that lovely long table in the meetinghouse entry way with all the papers on it.  Well, there’s a story there, involving church members of the past.  If you look closely there is a little bronze plaque on the base of the harvest table that reads: “Presented to the U.U. Church in loving memory of Dorothy P. Metcalf by Donald and Richard Metcalf 1902 - 1969. “

Dorothy Metcalf died in November 1969, so Donald, her husband, and Richard, their only child would have given it to the Main Street church that year or next.  The Harvest Table is one of the very few things that were kept after the Main Street building was razed.  Our current building was built around  1973 and the newer sanctuary in 1990.

Dorothy Maxine (Perry) Metcalf was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield, known in past years as Church of the Good Shepherd.  Former minister, and current member Jeff Taft-Dick’s father, Robert T. Dick officiated at Dorothy’s funeral.  Her son Richard was in my 1956 class at Springfield High School, and he was one of the group of teenagers that went to Washington DC on Spring vacation in 1954 or so with Doris and Phil Stapleton (later Doris Whitcomb), high school assistant principal Mr. Russell Heath, and a few other adults.

Major Richard A. Metcalf married, joined the Army, and was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma when his mother died.  Dorothy was survived by three grandchildren.

Rebecca Woodbury Tucker

January 3, 2022


If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following activities, please contact the office for more info

Greeters: This needs a little bit of training as there are several things the greeter does including greeting guests, ringing the bell and lighting the chalice

Cleaners: Basic cleaning of the sanctuary, bathrooms and activities room which includes vacuuming

Refreshments: Provide light refreshments for our "coffee hour"


news from 2022

 

Thank you all for donating!

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!


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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