Moved by the Spirit in the Midst of Strife

     More than 7 million people in South Sudan need humanitarian assistance as a result of drought and renewed violence. According to UNICEF, famine was recently declared in the north-central part of the country, where 100,000 people are facing imminent starvation.
     Recently, the #4famines hashtag has been drawing attention to the four countries that are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing famine: South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.
     The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is committed to its ongoing work in South Sudan to help cultivate peace in order to build a sustainable future for the millions affected by civil war and famine.
     “For the ELCA, support of work in South Sudan and companionship with South Sudanese families has extended for decades. The ELCA is collectively building upon its cooperative work there. Continue reading Moved by the Spirit in the Midst of Strife

Hanover High Students Lend a Hand with Relief Quilts as Part of March Intensive

Students from Hanover High School joined us this week to help make relief quilts.  They ironed fabric, cut fabric into squares, designed tops, machine sewed tops together, and tied the quilt layers together.  Thank you Hanover High School!

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DO YOU KNIT, CROCHET, OR SEW?

The Women of the ELCA’s Tenth Triennial Convention and Tenth Triennial Gathering is being held July 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Each voting member, attendee, etc. will receive a handmade finger labyrinth. Women of the ELCA has set a goal of receiving 5,000 finger labyrinths by the end of May 2017.  Whether you’re attending the gathering or not, you’re invited to participate by making and donating a finger labyrinth–or more than one if you wish.  There are patterns for those who sew, knit and crochet in a fact sheet on the Women of the Efinger-labrynthLCA’s Triennial website.  A copy of the document and tags for you to attach to your finger labyrinth posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. The patterns can easily be adapted for embroidery or felting. If more than 5,000 finger labyrinths are collected, the additional labyrinths will be donated to chaplains in schools, hospitals, hospices and nursing homes.  Don’t know how to sew, knit or crochet?  Find someone in our congregation who can teach you. Work alone or possibly get together in a group for regular sessions. Knitters and crocheters may find free patterns for square finger labyrinths at irishlace.net and at evelynclarkdesigns.com. Ravelry members may search on the word “labyrinth” to find several other free and paid patterns.  Feel free to contact Lynn Zeltman or the church office if you have any questions.  I’ll be collecting your finger labyrinths through April 2017.  They may be placed in the collection box located in the narthex.  Thank you in advance!

Opportunities to Serve

Wondering how you can serve the wider community?  Here is a small sampling of opportunities.

COVER HOME REPAIR:  To volunteer on a COVER jobsite no prior experience with the work or tools is necessary. You are welcome to sign up for one day at a time. COVER relies on volunteers to complete home repair projects for community members in need.  They typically engage over 300 volunteers per year. Learn new skills, share the skills you already have, and engage in meaningful work that will make a difference in someone’s everyday life. Visit For more information about serving the community through COVER Home Repair, visit COVER or call them at (802) 296-7241, ext 104.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:  The Social ministry committee at OSLC has a long standing working relationship with the Upper Valley branch of Habitat for Humanity. It you would be willing to help with lunches for the Saturday work crews or if you’d like to volunteer with a work crew, contact Shelia Cardamone or the church office.

KNITTING OR CROCHETING LEPROSY BANDAGES:  Leprosy bandages are needed in Vietnam, so if you are just wondering what to do with your spare time when it is too cold to go out, please let Wendy Manganiello know or contact the church office. We have plenty of the necessary thread (donated to the LWR Quilters) and directions for you to get started on knitting or crocheting bandages.

DISMAS HOUSE IN HARTFORD, VERMONT, SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO COOK AND SHARE MEALS WITH CLIENTS: Dismas House facilitates reconciliation of former prisoners into society through the development of a supportive community. Building these relationships is of great importance to former offenders. As one Dismas resident put it, Volunteers coming to evening meals tells me I am worth something. A group from OSLC prepares and shares a meal with at Dismas on the first Wednesday of the month. To volunteer or for more information, contact Gisela Jones  or the church office. Continue reading Opportunities to Serve

We Need to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees – Connecting to Our Country’s History and Current Events.

Website Editor’s Note: This reflection, by Paul Manganiello, also appears at VTDigger.org

The day following the presidential inauguration, my wife and I participated in a church fundraiser for the incoming Rutland Syrian refugees. We were also coming to the end of Dartmouth’s annual weeklong Martin Luther King commemoration. Following the fundraiser, my wife and I went to see the movie “Hidden Figures,” an incredible story of a group of black women who worked at NASA’s Langley facility in the segregated South during the 1960s. One of the women, a recipient of the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, was responsible for the mathematical calculations culminating in John Glenn’s 1962 Earth orbit. As I watched the film, I was overcome with sadness. During a scene when the NASA director, Al Harrison, was tearing down the colored-only bathroom sign, I found myself unable to stop crying, thinking of the senseless intimidation and humiliation so many blacks have experienced and continue to experience, and I recounted memories of when I was a young teenager.

During high school, I volunteered to work in a Roman Catholic parish in Kiln, Mississippi, to salvage building material from an abandoned summer camp. It was the summer of 1964, when members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered the three freedom riders, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney, in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The young men were helping to register African-Americans to vote.

It was my first air flight, traveling from Newark to New Orleans. Walking through the streets of the French Quarter watching kids play stickball, it felt like I was back home in New Jersey, but it was there that I first encountered the segregated South. At the bus Continue reading We Need to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees – Connecting to Our Country’s History and Current Events.