United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Pastoral Letters


Pastor’s Report 2020

You can read the Pastor’s Report below or download it here: Pastor’s Report 2020 Pastor’s Report 2019-2020 This report was submitted before the McLane’s house burned down, making the central metaphor even more poignant. “Only that which cannot be lost…

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Announcing New Worship Formats and Spiritual Offerings

September 5, 2020 Dear Church Family, I am excited to share with you some new worship formats and spiritual offerings that have arisen out of conversation with the Deacons and the team working on our online worship.  Here is a…

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Anti-Racism Pastoral Letter July 18, 2020

Dear Church Family, I am writing to make sure you are aware of three things relating to the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice in the Spirit of Christ. First, Rep. John Lewis has died, someone who risked his…

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Pastoral Letter on Antiracism in Strafford July 4, 2020

Dear neighbors, Our on line service this week focuses on antiracism, curating many deeply moving videos of word and music, almost entirely from people of color.  Unlike our usual hour-long services, this one includes many hours of material, including the three…

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NEW: On Line Donations

Dear Church Family, We have set up an account for on-line donations with Vanco, a company recommended by the national United Church of Christ that works with thousands of churches like ours.  We feel secure that they are as trustworthy…

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Mark Kutolowski Teaching on Welcoming Practice

Mark and Lisa Kutolowski and Metanoia of Vermont hosted a webinar on the Welcoming Prayer practice on March 27, 2020.  The description of it is below. At the start of the session Mark gave a twelve minute introduction that briefly…

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Message from Mark Kutolowski: Spiritual Opportunities of the Pandemic

The spiritual opportunities of the COVID-19 Coronoavirus pandemic By Mark Kutolowski I write two days after the World Health Organization has declared the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus a global pandemic. News about this virus is dominating national and…

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Pastoral Letter: Inspiration for this Wilderness, 2020

Dear Church Family, I am going to share on this page the resources you send me that are inspiring you or comforting you or making you laugh, whatever is helping you get through this wilderness of Lent, pandemic, financial and…

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Pastoral Letter on Coronavirus Preparedness Updated 3/7/20

Dear Church Family, The United Church of Christ has a page on their website with useful information and links for updates on the coronavirus.  You can find it by clicking here. The first piece of advice from the UCC is…

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Pastoral Letter: Discussion Opportunity on Town Meeting Climate Resolution

Dear Neighbors, We will be voting at our March 3rd Town Meeting on a Resolution to Declare a Climate Emergency.  It says in part that the town will “Commit to integrating the need to act urgently on climate into all…

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