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Upper Valley Haven Seeks Volunteers for Warming Shelter

 The Upper Valley Haven’s Seasonal Shelter opened November 25th.  It is open seven days a week. The shelter provides a warm and safe place to sleep, a hot meal, shower facilities and time to socialize.

Volunteers are needed for the daily 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. shift.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Kerri Weeks, Volunteer Coordinator at Upper Valley Haven, at or (802) 478-1865.  The Haven is located at 713 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction, Vermont.

The Giving Tree

You can help make this a magical Christmas for God’s children who are struggling!  This is an opportunity to help LISTEN support members of our community who have challenges in their lives making a joyous Christmas for their families more difficult. The Giving Tree is set up in the Narthex, decorated with tags containing the wishes of several children. Your generosity will make a significant difference so parents can prepare a Christmas meal and watch the excitement on the faces of their children who might otherwise not have gifts to open. Please consider taking a tag or two.

If you would like to contribute financially our Giving Tree elves can do the shopping.  Talk to Michelle Williams after worship.   Gift(s) with tag(s) need to be under the Giving Tree by December 8.  

Upper Valley Haven Pantry Needs

As always, we encourage you to bring non-perishables to church for the Haven’s food pantry.  The Saturday before Thanksgiving the Upper Valley Haven will give away hundreds of  turkeys and fixings to make a full holiday meal.  The Haven is seeking help providing the stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, and canned gravy or powered gravy mix. Please bring your “Turkey day” items to church by Sunday, November 17th to give the Haven time to package items for distribution.

2019 Micah Award Recipient

Shelia Cardamone accepted OSLC’s nomination for Micah Award and shared these words with those of use who could attend the celebration October 27th.

20191027_Shelia Cardamone Micah HonoreeThank you for this award. I feel both honored and humbled.

When I was told that I would need to say a few words I became introspective and reflective and came up with 3 points I wanted to share with all of you.

Firstly, I must say it is very nice to be able to hear what your children think of you before you’re on your death bed. That is a blessing and I thank you for that.

Secondly, and more seriously, this award is embarrassing.

To be perfectly honest, I am not always filled with love when I am doing some of my volunteer work. There are times when I have signed up to do something outside and it turns very cold, and I’m freezing and I would rather be at home in a warm house than collecting money  in the Church parking lot for a cause. Or when my fingers are sticking together at a habitat worksite because of wall board mud and there is no hot running water to clean them off.

But there is another reason that this award is embarrassing. I learned a long time ago that when I am feeling sad, down or lonely, the best thing I could do to make myself feel better was to do something for someone else. It is embarrassing to accept an award for doing things that make me feel better.

Thirdly, As a parent I was always concerned with my children’s peer group. I wanted them to have good influences around them. What I have realized as an adult is that your peer group is just as important. My faith community at Our Savior Lutheran Church provides guidance and support for me. I am so lucky to have a wonderful group of people to help calibrate my moral compass and it is for that reason that I share this award with them.

Thank you again.