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CCC Weekly Courier
January 7, 2021
This Week in Worship
Sunday Worship
January 10, 2021

  • 10 a.m.  Worship via Zoom/YouTube Live.  
  • 1st Sunday after Epiphany/Baptism of Jesus Sunday.
  • We’ll read the story of Jesus’ baptism from Mark 1:4-11.  Pastor Kevin will preach a sermon titled, “Worth Keeping.”  What lessons did 2020 teach you?  Which did you find worth keeping into 2021?
  • Cameron Steinmetz and Jane Kittredge will provide our music.
  • FELLOWSHIP TIME • Stay on after the Zoom service for 15 minutes of fellowship time
  • You can find the bulletin HERE 

Upcoming Preaching & Worship Schedule

  • 1/17  • Hadley Bunting will be commissioned as our field education minister for 2021 (see below for more details).  She will also preach.  Cameron Steinmetz will provide our music.
  • 1/24  Pastor Kevin will preach.  Cameron Steinmetz will provide our music.
Prayers in the Time of Covid
In this issue...
Sunday Worship Service: Ways to Watch/Listen

1. Zoom Direct Link  
2. Zoom Manual Login 
Go to
Meeting ID: 103 931 511    
Password: 697595​
 3. Zoom by Phone Only 
1-929-205-6099 or 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 103 931 511
4. YouTube Live
Watch live or later HERE

5. Worship Library on our website HERE if you can't watch live.

If you have a prayer concern you would like raised up during the service, please email Revs. Kevin and/or Susan by Friday afternoon.
  • We will continue to worship via Zoom and YouTube until further notice
  • The Zoom log in/dial in information below will apply every Sunday unless Zoom makes changes. We will always have the latest information on our website.
  • If you want help connecting before worship email pastor Kevin  
  • To make things go smoother for computer users, download the ZOOM free app prior to the call at
  • Videos of our services will be available on our website HERE if you can't watch live.

Ministry Reports for Annual Report
Due Friday, January 22nd

This is a reminder to all ministry Chairs that reports for our annual report are due by Friday, January 22nd.  Please send to Kim at in Word format.  Please email or call with questions: 425-3176

Pastor Kevin to Begin Continuing Education Program

On January 19th, Kevin will begin a 9-week “Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising” program.  This program is offered through the Lake Institute of the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.  More info HERE

Through plenary online sessions, a small group cohort, readings and a final project, I hope to deepen my own connection between faith and financial giving so that I can help others to do the same.  I look forward to the process, journey and growth.  As always, let me know if you have any questions.  Learning, Kevin

From Hadley Bunting...

As a Member in Discernment in the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ, I am required to complete one school year of a field education program. On November 18, I proposed to the church Cabinet that I fulfill this requirement by serving at Charlotte Congregational Church, with an external supervisor. Cabinet approved my proposal, as did the Conference’s Ministerial Standards and Standings Committee. Continue reading HERE

Stewardship Campaign

Our fall campaign has been a success and we are currently at ~90% of our goal of $270K for FY 2021.  Wonderful!  If you have offered a pledge, thank you.  If you are planning to do so but have not yet, please consider doing that by the end of the year.  It's never too late to make a pledge so do what you feel called to do and what works for your household.

How do you do it?  Here’s a handy guide: 

We have tried to make pledging as simple as possible. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with Karen Spiedel in the church office at 425-3176 x1 or

Checks:  Checks can be mailed with or without pledge envelopes. Just write ‘pledge’ on the memo line.  To receive a set of pledge envelopes, please email Karen.

Automatic payment from your bank:  Ask Karen for the church’s bank info, and then set up the payment with your bank.

Stock:  Contact Karen for the instructions.

Pledge Envelopes:  They are available for the asking in the church office.  

Who keeps track of my pledge payment progress?

Karen will send out quarterly progress statements to help you keep track of pledge payments. After the close of the year you will also receive for your tax records a comprehensive statement of all donations received by the church in 2020, including those for special Missions collections, etc.

Again, if you have any questions at all, feel free to contact Karen at 425-3176 x1 or

I hope you will not feel any pressure to give. If you do donate, I hope that you will give gladly and in a way that your God calls you to do.  As the Old Testament book of Esther tells us, we are called “for times like these.”

*Correction from Karen
I made an error at the end of the Pledge FAQs on the back cover of the Stewardship booklet, so I apologize for any confusion! Please know that the statement pledgers receive this coming January will list ALL contributions made during 2020.   -Karen

Confirmation Class

On Epiphany, each confirmand delivered an Epiphany gift to someone from the congregation. Blessings!

Next Confirmation Meeting is via Zoom this Sunday, January 10 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Link sent via email. We'll be tackling the Bible. Bring a snack to your screen!

Join Zoom Meeting:

Youth Group Service in January

We will meet on Zoom from 5-6 p.m. on MLK Day, January 18, to create an offering for JUMP's online auction. 

We will record ourselves on zoom, reading excerpts from MLK's writing, which will be emailed in advance. The recording will be auctioned to raise money for the Joint Urban Ministry Project, whose mission and work can be found
 here. No names will be written or mentioned on the video, but children's faces will be seen.

Of course we will also have a check-in time, and prayer. Email with any questions. 
New Book Study Group
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self- Discovery

Take 2!

I’d like of offer another book study on  The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. This book provides an overview and understanding of the Enneagram as a powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth and as a resource for transforming your relationships. As author Ian Morgan Cron says, “The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that teaches there are nine basic personality types in the world one of which we gravitate toward and adopt in childhood as a way to cope and feel safe in the world.” 

We will meet Thursdays at noon, starting on January 14th. Please read chapters 1 and 2 for our first meeting on January 14th.

Please get in touch with me if you’re interested: or 802) 391-0622. Books are available in hardback, Kindle and audio.

Purchase book at Amazon HERE.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 830 0647 7929
Passcode: 852545

Book Study
We will continue discussing "The Road Back to You" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:30 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 869 7210 0214
Passcode: 455809

Faith & Table Men's Group

We will meet on Monday, 1/11 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. 
To join Zoom meeting:

Password: 122597
Meeting ID: 225 502 008

Contact Pastor Kevin if you have any questions.

Sunday School for All Kids
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

To Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 864 2189 8482
Passcode: 199376

Email with any questions. See you there!

Seeking Volunteers for Salvation Army Dinners

Our church has a long involvement with cooking and serving meals at the Salvation Army. Barbara Kittredge began this commitment in the mid nineties, Deb Christie, Jack and Barbara Morrish started serving in 2006 and this volunteer effort is still thriving as one of our church missions. Our dinners are macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and dessert complimented with additional food prepared by the church youth group and Kids Cook.

There are five Saturday dinners which we provide each year: February, April, June, August and October. As we look ahead to 2021, we will be looking to fill two different volunteer positions: 1) one or two people willing to assist Barbara and Jack Morrish in the coordinator role,  and 2) volunteer cooks to prepare a portion of each meal at home one or more times during the year.

Barbara and Jack Morrish, 
802-985-8467 • (home) 802-338-7710 (cell) •

Join the Social Justice Ministry!

The Social Justice Ministry is seeking new members to be voted upon at our 2021 CCC Annual Meeting. Our ministry addresses systemic causes of injustice and social inequities. We have not been fully active these past many months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however we work to hold events and outreach to increase awareness and action on issues relating to social justice. In the recent past we have hosted John Vincent, artist and printmaker who held an exhibit in our Vestry, events concerning climate change, sponsoring our Church to participate in the annual Pride Parade in Burlington, the annual Gun Violence Vigil in December, and other actions. If you would like to join our small but mighty group, please contact Sally Kerschner at

Missions Opportunities (for busy people!)

Have you ever wanted to help with one of CCC's mission activities but been afraid of the time commitment? Do you have time time but aren’t sure how to get involved? Do you have a partner or a child who would like to get involved too?

The good news is that there are many and diverse ways at CCC to serve and make a difference. Some suggested ways, especially for busy people with limited time to volunteer, can be found at
Circle of Care
Emily Kittredge is our Circle of Care coordinator. If you would like to request support from the CofC, please EMAIL her.  The Circle of Care is a program of the Deacons.

Circle of Prayer
EMAIL Stephen Rose
Charlotte Food Shelf
(802) 425-3252

Food Donations Needed
V8 juice
Brownie mixes 
Boxed cookies

Financial Contributions
Please send your check to:  CFS, PO Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445.  Any amount is appreciated! 

Distribution Dates and Times
Distributions are currently being offered every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. 

To help with the distributions Wednesday evenings, please speak with Hadley or call Cindy Tyler at (802) 338-2410
Activities in the Vestry 
Suspended until further notice
If you would like to schedule an event that requires setting up and taking down of tables and chairs, please contact Kim in the office at 802-425-3176 or EMAIL her.

The church calendar on the website is also a great resource if you want to check sanctuary or vestry availability for your event.


In this time of electronic worship, we appreciate your ongoing generosity and support.  Here is a reminder about options for giving remotely:

  1. Mail a check to the church at CCC, PO Box 12, Charlotte, VT  05445;
  2. Pay electronically through PayPal – navigate to the church’s website.  Click on the “giving” circle at the bottom of the home page.  Click either “general donation” or “pledge donation” and the system will walk you through the process.  Call 425-3176 if you have questions;
  3. Bank Billpay – many of us use online banking systems.  Simply set up one of your payees as Charlotte Congregational, mailed to above address; 
  4. Electronic transfer – contact bookkeeper Karen Speidel on Mondays or Wednesdays at 425-3176 for details about how to transfer funds to the church electronically.
We are happy to invite you to the KidSafe Collaborative Legislative Forum held virtually on Monday, January 25 from 9:30-11:00Please share the attached invitation/flyer and registration link with anyone you think may be interested in hearing about and discussing issues, concerns and legislative priorities RE: child protection, children exposed to domestic violence, and the health, safety and wellbeing of children, youth and families in our community. Closer to the date, registrants will be emailed information on how to join the event online. 
Apologies to those people on multiple lists as you may get more than one of these emails.

Lisa Simon
Development and Program Coordinator
KidSafe Collaborative
45 Kilburn Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
802 863-9626
Meals To Go for Seniors
St. Catherine of Siena Parish and Age Well Vermont invite individuals 60+ years of age to a Meal-To-Go on January 12th, 11:00 AM to Noon.  RSVP by January 8th, please.  

WHAT: Pork chop with apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, winter mixed vegetables, chocolate cake with icing, and milk.  This is a freshly chilled meal to heat and eat at home.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:00 a.m. • Noon pick up. 

WHERE: St. Catherine of Siena church parking lot • 72 Church St. Shelburne

Please register by January 8th to allow the catering kitchen time to prepare meals.  Contact Pat Long, Age Well's Nutrition Coordinator, at 802-557-5484 or to order a meal.

This meal is provided with the help of COVID-19 relief funds.  Please help spread the word!  This is for everyone 60+ years of age!

If you are unable to pick up and would like a meal delivered, please contact Ann Cousins at 802-343-8180 (text or phone) or

Volunteers willing to help the morning of the 12th, please reply to this email or contact Ann C.  Thank you!

Winter Events at Rokeby

Join us this Winter, January–April, for FREE virtual book discussions. To participate you must register in advance to receive a ZOOM link. Links will be emailed several days prior to the discussion. Books should be available in local libraries or can be purchased by the participants. Visit the Rokeby website HERE

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6:30 p.m. (Black History Month)
Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790–1890 by Elise Guyette

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:30 p.m. (Women’s History Month)
Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community by  Brenda J. Child
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates


The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Larner College of Medicine are excited to announce UVM’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year’s keynote speaker is Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, 121st President of the National Medical Association. Dr. McDougle is the first African American to achieve the rank of Professor with tenure in The Ohio State University Department of Family and Community Medicine. He currently serves as the first Chief Diversity Officer for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. McDougle’s research focuses on diversity and inclusion and eliminating health disparities. He has been recognized nationally for clinical excellence as being among the top 10 percent of physicians for patient satisfaction and among the Best Doctors in America.

Please save the date and join the UVM community for his keynote presentation, “Slave Health Deficit: The Journey to Health Parity,” to be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.

Tickets are FREE and REQUIRED. eTickets are available now at The URL to the live virtual celebration will be available closer to the event at

The keynote presentation is sponsored by President Suresh V. Garimella, the Larner College of Medicine, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Department of Student Life.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services at (802) 656-7753 or
Office Hours
Rev. Kevin
Mon. and Tues., 9–11 a.m.
Hadley Bunting
Thurs., 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Kim Findlay, Admin. Asst.
Kim will be working primarily from home for now.  Phone and email will still be answered promptly. 
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday  8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon

Karen Speidel
Monday & Wednesday
from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (working primarily from home)

Senior Pastor
Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen; 425-3176
Emergencies/Quick Response:
Rev. Kevin observes Fridays
as Sabbath.
Associate Pastor
Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge; 802-391-0622
Rev. Susan observes Wednesdays
as Sabbath.  (working primarily from home)
Dir. of Families, Children & Youth 
Hadley Bunting

Dir. of Music 
Cameron Steinmetz 
(working primarily from home)
(Head Deacon): Stephen Rose:
Barbara Blackman
Deirdre Goldenbogen:
Scott LaMothe:
Jeanie MacDonough
Kathy Stockman
Nat Vander Els

Streaming Audio Sermons – contains messages delivered at Charlotte Congregational Church repository for pastor Kevin’s sermons preached since 2/2011      

Facebook: Follow us on Facebook for the latest event, news and photos: Here         

Sunday, January 10th
9:30 a.m.  Sunday School
10 a.m.  Morning Worship via Zoom & YouTube

Fellowship after Worship
12:30 p.m. Confirmation
Monday, January 11th
6 p.m.  Faith & Table Men's Group via Zoom
Tuesday, January 12th
9:30 a.m.  Book Group via Zoom
5:30 p.m. Welcome and Outreach
Wednesday,  January 13th
4-6 p.m.  Food Shelf
5:30 p.m. Deacons
Thursday, January 14th
Noon  Book Group via Zoom
Sunday, January 17th
9:30 a.m.  Sunday School
10 a.m.  Morning Worship via Zoom & YouTube

Carol Geske  1/1
Lila Bushey 1/2
Jeanie MacDonough 1/4
Dare Tedder 1/5
Gigi Helzer 1/8
Nancy Pricer 1/9
Ben Holoch 1/14
Hannah Webster 1/19
Julie Hameling 1/20
Livi Nielson 1/21
Alison Hameling 1/22
Hugh Chace 1/25
Jenna Rowntree 1/28
Please email the office with a birthday(s) you'd like to share with the CCC community.

Fellowship Hour Hosts
Cancelled for now.

The Courier is published on Thursdays.

Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, Senior Pastor
Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge, Associate Pastor
Cameron Steinmetz, Director of Music
Hadley Bunting, Director of Families, Youth & Children
Karen Speidel, Bookkeeper
Kim Findlay, Administrative Assistant
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