Welcome! Matthew J. Deen will be our new Pastor, as of October 1, 2022. What exciting news for our Church Family! The voting members of the Search Committee unanimously voted on this recommendation, and the members of the congregation unanimously voted to accept that
recommendation at a special meeting on Sunday, August 21. We are blessed! A celebratory potluck was attended by many happy people on August 21
Matt comes to us with 5 years of UCC ministerial experience. He has been the pastor at Marlboro Meeting House for a year, he has been the In-Care Minister at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro for 2 years, and he was a Community Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City for nearly 2 years.
Matt will lead his first worship service on Sunday, October 2. Please join us in welcoming Matt and his wife, Ella, with open arms into our Church Family. This is the beginning of an exciting new era for our
Church. We have good reason to look to the future with eager anticipation for what our new Pastor and Teacher will bring.
Until we meet again . . . Rob Hamm, our beloved Pastor for more than 10 years, will retire as of September 25, 2022. He came to us intending to be our Interim Pastor – and fell in love with us and stayed for more than a decade. He has held us lovingly and compassionately throughout his tenure. He successfully guided us through the pandemic. He has spent countless hours in homes and at bedsides of many of our members and friends, and has made himself available to us at all hours for pastoral counseling and for listening. He has provided hundreds of caring, thought-provoking sermons, and has given himself to us unconditionally. Of course, with Rob’s departure, Sandy, too, will be leaving. She also has devoted herself and given countless hours of love and care to this Church and the community.
They both will be missed. A celebration to honor them will take place on Sunday, September 25. More information about that bittersweet celebration will be available as we get closer to the day.