may be of service to you, please contact the church office at 802-228-4211 or Rev. Harpster at
802-875-8895. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scripture Readings and Sermon for the Day
2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
Matthew 28: 16-20
Sermon – “Visit to a Small Planet
Pastor Harpster’s Retirement
Retirement Party for the Rev. Dr. Donald E. Harpster today with a potluck luncheon
following the service of worship.
All are welcome to join in honoring Don in his retirement.
Don has served our church for nearly 16 years and in April, he announced his retirement.
Don is a native of central Pennsylvania growing up in the village of Pine Grove Mills
a community located 4 miles from the main campus of the Pennsylvania State University
where received his undergraduate degree in history in 1966. In 1976, he received
his PH.D., majoring in history and minoring in religious studies. His dissertation was
“Controversy in the German Reformed Church with Special Emphasis on Nineteenth
Century Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”. His Master of Divinity degree was from Yale
University in 1972.
His full time pastoral experience included Redeemer’s United Church of Christ,
Littlestown, Pennsylvania (1972-1977), St. John’s United Church of Christ,
Shamokin, Pennsylvania (1977-1986), and All Souls Congregational Church, UCC, Bangor,
Maine (1986-1989). After moving to Vermont in 1990, He served as a part-time
pastor of three churches, Sherburne UCC, Killington, Vermont, Shrewsbury Community
Church, Shrewsbury Center, Vermont, and United Church of Ludlow, Ludlow, Vermont
to the present. His obligations to the large church included serving as the Chairperson
of the Church and Ministry Conference Committee of the Penn Central Conference, UCC,
and on similar boards in both Maine and Vermont. In addition, he served on the
boards of Hoffman Home for Youth, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Phoebe Allentown,
Allentown, Pennsylvania a residence facility for senior citizens.
For 21 years, he taught at the College of St. Joseph, Rutland, Vermont. He was a
Professor of History and Political Science and served as the Chairperson of the
Arts and Sciences Division. His favorite courses were United States History, the
Twenties in U. S. History, the American Presidency, and Vermont History. It was during
this time that Don developed a special interest in Calvin Coolidge, the 30th
President of the United States. He served as a trustee of the Calvin Coolidge
Memorial Foundation (1999-2002) and as the Educational Coordinator of the Foundation
(2002-2006). He currently is a tour guide at the President Calvin Coolidge State
Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, Vermont.
Don and his wife Johanna of 48 years reside in Rockingham, Vermont. They have
two sons, Benjamin who lives in Knightdale, North Carolina and Matthew who lives
in South Burlington, Vermont.
Dedication of Plague in Memory of Ed Boadway
This morning we will be dedicating a plaque at the organ in memory of Ed Boadway
who served serve as our organist from 2007 to 2016. The wording on the plaque
reads as follows:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF ED BOADWAY - ORGANIST
MARCH 2007 - JUNE 2016
AND BELOVED FRIEND
The following biography of Ed appeared in the church bulletin on July 17, 2016 for
special service we held in Ed’s memory.
Ed Boadway served as our organist from March 4, 2007 till his passing on June 29, 2016.
Ed was very much a part of our church family and dearly loved by all.
A Partial Biography
- Graduate of the University of Vermont
- Taught Junior High School English in Claremont, New Hampshire for many years
- Dean, Vermont Chapter of American Guild of Organists, 2000-2004
- Honorary Life Membership, Organ Historical Society which he helped found 57 years ago. First Secretary of the organization
- Major Contributor, The Bicentennial of the Pipe Organ in Vermont 1814-2014
- Had his own business, E. A. Boadway & Co., Organ Maintenance, Case pipe
- decorating a specialty
- Worked with A. David Moore, Inc. of North Pomfret, Vermont, Builder, Restorer
- and Repairer of Tracker Pipe Organs
- Organist and Choirmaster in several congregations in New Hampshire and Vermont
- Favored the English masters of hymnody
-Women’s Group - Every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.
-Executive Board Meeting on June 28 at 7:00 P.M.
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week ending June 4 were $1,779.00.
(The costs for each week are $1,438.46 derived by dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks).
Brenda Dansingburg and Jean Eggleston are the Altar Guild people during the summer.
Ushers for the month of June
This is a reminder for those of you who have signed up and a notice of those Sundays
that are open.
June 11 **Open
June 18 **Open
June 25 **Open
Regarding Individuals in the Hospital or Sick at Home
It would be greatly appreciated if you know of individuals or family members in the hospital
or sick at home, to kindly inform the pastor, Rev. Harpster. He can be reached
either by phone at 802-875-8895 or by email at email@example.com.
Connie Wilcox -Piano Recital on Monday, June 12 at 6:30 P.M. at United Church of Ludlow
Eliza Ward Memorial Garden Dedication
This Sunday, June11, at 2:00 P.M. there will be a ceremony dedicating the Eliza Ward
Memorial Garden at the new Community Center (the Old Schoolhouse).
This is part of a ceremony dedicating the new Community Center sign.