Friday, April 27, 2018 at 9:30 AM 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM 

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 Vermont Conference, UCC


Lake Morey Resort 

1 Clubhouse Road   Fairlee, VT 05045  










Anthony Acheson providing music at a previous Annual Meeting! This year, Eric Tuper-Giles, Director of music at the Barre Congregational Church will be providing music for our Annual Meeting!


Workshop Information

 How Can I Choose? The Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ is so looking forward to your participation in the upcoming Annual Meeting at Lake Morey Resort. In addition to our keynote speaker, Sue Schmidt, who loves stories and wants to teach you how to tell your own story of faith, struggle and gratitude, we have many workshops from which to choose.

On Friday you can learn how to tell the Bible stories in a new way, listen to how our churches responded to disasters in the past with the Influenza epidemic of 1917, the ice storm of 1998 and more recently Irene, using flowers as symbols to show the story, retelling our stewardship story in our congregations, participate in a veteran-centered program that works to reconnect the veteran with who they really are and help them move back into their families and community  and discover Children’s Literature as a means to seeing our own stories of faith. In preparation for our vote on a Resolution, we will explore our connection with the earth and our role as stewards of this place we all call home.

On Saturday you will have the opportunity to sharpen your skills in reading the scripture in ways that people will “hear”, to hear the stories of volunteers and their passion in working in areas of Restorative Justice, to listen to the history stories from our church’ past and join in with your own, to visit Sri Lanka with members of our Global Ministries team, to view a film made in Vermont by Steve Cadwell; to share the story of his vulnerability, authenticity and integrity as he “comes out” as a gay man, to celebrate the stories of Vermont’s refugees and to learn how we can be partners with them in their new home and to listen to the stories of those who carry a cross no one should have to bear; domestic and sexual violence.

During each workshop period on Friday and Saturday we will also be offering a workshop with our keynote speaker to work more closely one on one to develop your skills in telling your story.

There will be an open time period from 3 pm to 5:30 pm on Friday. Part of this time the Peacemakers will meet to share their stories. We will have a quiet room set up with a labyrinth for your self guided meditation and prayer, which will be open all day on Friday and Saturday. This open time will be a great opportunity to include a visit to our Vendors and Hopkins Bookstore and weather cooperating to go out for a walk along the lake.

Then there’s Friday night’s Faith Story Café in the Steamboat Lounge, but that is another story and one you won’t want to miss! Registration opens March 1st.

Diane Holme, member of First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Springfield and member of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee

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Rev. David Vanderlinde-Abernathy speaking at the Annual Meeting at the Lake Morey Inn 

                                           Come and be a Friend of the Vermont Conference!


   Vermont Conference 223rd Annual Meeting

     We are excited to welcome Susanne Schmidt as our keynote speaker/facilitator. In addition to the important work of the Conference, we have an abundance of workshops for learning, spiritual renewal and living out our faith in actions of justice. Worship will be woven throughout the meeting and incorporate what we learn as telling the stories.  Join us along the beautiful setting overlooking Lake Morey for another memorable Annual Meeting.
As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, trainer and speaker, Susanne's compelling and humorous presentations assist listeners to understand the power of stories to heal.  With a focus on working with participants, staff, and leadership teams, Susanne teaches the science and art of storytelling and designs her presentations that raise awareness and celebrate community. 


Visit the Exhibitor Tables and find information and great resources at the Annual Meeting!

Exhibitor Space is all reserved, there is no longer any open availability.


The Peacemaker's

Things to remember before you register. 

The Registration Fee is required for every person who attends any portion of the meeting.  If you need registration help, call the Conference Office in regards to the scholarships offered.   This Registration Fee is charged as you check out.  The package descriptions say Registration Fee is included but it is not included until the point of check out. 

You must register for workshops before the meeting.  Please choose ONE for Friday and ONE for Saturday  (this happens during your registration process - Follow the link to your left to read the information regarding each workshop prior to registering. 

Meal Menu:

Friday Lunch:  Rolls & Butter, Garden Salad, Grilled Lemon Chicken, Black Bean-Tempeh Corn Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Chef's Vegetables, Lemon Cake and Fruit.

Friday Dinner:  Rolls & Butter, Garden Salad, Tofu Stir Fry Vegetables, Rice, Meat Lasagna, Carrot Cake, GF Chocolate Cake.

Saturday Breakfast Buffet: Toast, Pastry, Bagels, Cereal, Fruit, Bacon, Sausage, French Toast, Pancakes, Eggs, Home Fries.

Saturday Lunch:  Rolls & Butter, Garden Salad, Maple Glazed Ham, Vermont Maple Macaroni and Cheese, Roasted Potatoes, Chef's Vegetable, Strawberry Cake and Fruit Salad. 

There is a cost for meals, you will receive tickets for meals that you have paid for (upon registration). You must have a meal ticket to enjoy the meal.  (If you purchase any meal ticket and you can not attend that meal, your ticket is transferable to someone else.)  (If you have a guest who wants to have a meal with you and NOT attend any part of the Annual Meeting, you can order more than one meal on your registration, just let us know)

Friday morning, there will be a Continental Breakfast in the Steamboat Lounge, no ticket needed.  (The Buffet Breakfast downstairs in the dining room is not part of the Conference's package on Friday morning)   Saturday's breakfast, however, is downstairs in the dining hall if you registered for Breakfast.  Otherwise, there is a travelers continental breakfast being offered in the Steamboat lounge on Saturday morning. 

Any meeting refunds will be made on a case by case basis.

Your Room reservations are your responsibility.  The Conference is not responsible for your room reservations.  Please call the Lake Morey Inn for room accomodations, you can reach them at  (802) 333-4311, mention you are participating in the Annual Meeting of the Vermont Conference for the room rate of $115.00.  Last year the rooms at Lake Morey went quickly, but the closest additional rooms are in White River Junction, VT or Lebanon, NH.

The very latest check out time is Saturday morning at 11:00am.  The Inn has asked us to try to check out at your most earliest time that is convenient.  Please check out before 10:00 am.


Please read the Workshop Descriptions, Things To Remember Before You Register and Menus, before continuing to register.

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Randolph, VT. 05060