Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s largest annual Human Rights campaign, held throughout the fall to mark Human Rights Day on December 10th. Each year, we write letters to support people and help end other abuses, such as individuals who are wrongfully imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their beliefs or identity—people we call prisoners of conscience. Our Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring an opportunity for members of the congregation to write letters on behalf of, and personally to, prisoners of conscience.
In addition to the letter writing before worship on November 24th, there are letter-writing packets available to take home. Letters may be returned by Sunday, December 15 for an Offering of Letters you may mail the letters on your own.
As people of God, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to be a voice for those who have no voice by writing letters to let the oppressed go free. Through the power of collective action, these letters convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned and end other abuses. This year’s 2019 cases are all young people.
Please join us during the Advent time of waiting by speaking out on behalf of others. Thank you. For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-649-3828.
Once again, the invitation is heartily extended to bring a special Thanksgiving dish to share for a common meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th. We gather from noon until about 4 p.m. with the meal at about 2 p.m. For the past several years, this has been a delightful time spent together with a range of individuals and families, sojourners and friends. Richard and Kathy have volunteered to cook the turkey. Please bring a dish to share.
Men, join us for great food & good conversation on Saturday, November 16th! At this time of year breakfast is served at 8:30 and always includes an assortment of options to choose from. Cooking, coffee, and conversation start at 7:30 a.m. so come then if you are inclined to help.
Once again, Ruth M. is opening up her home in Thetford for our fall women’s retreat. This retreat will give us time to reflect, listen to the Spirit, and walk the labyrinth. Our retreat begins on Friday, the 8th, at 5 p.m. for those who can make it that early and may want to walk the labyrinth. Appetizers at 6 p.m., a common meal (potluck with wine), and a session together around the fireplace will round out the first evening. Those who can stay overnight are welcome to do so. On Saturday we begin with 7:30 a.m. optional stretching (yoga light), continental breakfast at 8:30, and then we will continue to conversation with small groups and as a whole. The retreat concludes with lunch.
We realize you may only be able to present for part of the retreat — that’s OK! Please let us know what portion(s) you’ll be able to join us for so that we can plan accordingly. RSVP here or sign up in the Narthex.
You supply the young artists, we’ll supply ceramic turkeys, paint, smocks, and a snack! See you Sunday!
Join us for Reformation Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. on October 27th. Our men’s group is grilling bratwurst and will provide church-brewed reformation ale. Bring a dish to share!