United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Pastoral Letters


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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Pastoral Letter Part II on King’s Call for Unconditional Love

Dear neighbors, I wrote last week about the sign in front of our church that quotes the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Unconditional love for all, now an absolute necessity for our survival. MLK Jr. You can read what…

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Pastoral Letter on King’s Call for Unconditional Love

Dear Neighbors, The message on the signboard in front of the United Church of Strafford right now is a bit cryptic so I thought I would share a little background on it if you are curious.  It reads: Unconditional love…

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Sermon from January 19, 2020, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday

God Has a Dream Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont January 19, 2019 Second Sunday after Epiphany, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Isaiah 49; Luke 4:14-21 We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values….

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