Welcome & History

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Welcome to our Church where Christ is both host and guest. Whenever we gather as a church family, we do so in the spirit of hospitality and anticipation! Whether you are visiting this site and worshiping with us for the first time or whether you are a “regular”, know that wherever you are on life’s journey, you are truly welcome here!

We are a diverse congregation and member church in the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. We’ve been “doing church” here in West Lebanon and the region and beyond since 1768. We seek a vision for the future that we hope engages your hopes and heart as well as a desire for a faith community you can call home.

So, please join us in worship at 10:00AM, church events and ministry groups or contact us by phone. And the pastor loves to be interrupted!

On behalf of all of us here at WLCC,
Rev. Jeff Scott – Pastor
(Office 603-298-8096)
(Cell 719-588-4333)

 

Rev. Jeff Scott                             Pastor
Grace Dickerson                      Moderator
JoAnn Allan                               Treasurer
Justine Seymour                      Clerk
Laurie Tostenson                     Co-Collector
Christine Kidd                          Co-Collector
Norma Hazelton                      Administrator

The Diaconate Board
Nancy Simpson                   Chairperson
Cynthia Sleeper                  Treasurer
Carol Campbell                   Secretary

Daniel Adam, Carol Campbell, Christine Goodhue, John Tostenson, Linda Kahl, Tom Kahl, Tom Cooley, Nancy Simpson, Cynthia Sleeper, Carolyn Stone.

The Board of Trustees
Amy Stebbins                         Chairperson
Daniel Adam                           Asst. Chairperson
Tracy Bickford                        Recorder

Amy Stebbins, Tracy Bickford, Peter Bickford, Jim Burnham, John Cooley, Linda Maynard, Daniel Adam, Michael Adam

History
Our church was first gathered in 1768, and built a Meeting House on Seminary Hill in 1773. Our present meeting house in West Lebanon was built and dedicated November 8, 1849 with forty-four members. We have grown and changed with the history of our community and we value our legacy from Colonial America to the present day. In 1997, our church was recognized by the Lebanon Historical Society.

Worship
Sunday worship service begins at 10:00 AM.

Classes (2 years – 8th grade)              10:00-11:15 am
Communion is served the first Sunday of each month.

After the service, please join us for coffee and fellowship.

Our Mission:
Mission is our response in gratitude for God’s work in our lives. We act in obedience to Christ’s’ mandate to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Use of our Facility:

WEST LEBANON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
FEE SCHEDULE
NOTE: ALL EVENTS REQUIRE A FACILITY USE AGREEMENT – CHURCH MEMBERS INCLUDED. FACILITY USE AGREEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CHURCH OFFICE.
WLCC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADJUST FEES AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

EVENTS:
Weddings: Use of facility
Members No Charge
Non-Members $150.00
Sexton fee $150.00
Organist fee $150.00
Pastor $150.00
Drake Room Reception $150.00

Funerals: Use of Sanctuary
Member No Charge
Non-Members $150.00
Sexton fee $150.00
Organist fee $150.00
Pastor $150.00
Administrator fee $ 50.00
Color copying fee $1 per program, minimum order of 50.
Black & White copying fee – no charge

Baptism: No Charge/ Free will donation

Non-Member Rental:
Kilton Room –without kitchen use $75.00
With Kitchen $100.00
Drake Room –without kitchen use $100.00
With Kitchen $150.00

It is expected that all renters will perform basic clean up, including vacuuming or sweeping if needed. Otherwise, WLCC reserves the right to assess a Sexton Fee (see above). Basic cleaning supplies are available in the kitchens and under the stairs in the hall.

Other uses: a proposal must be made to the Trustees. Individual use agreements and fees will be determined on a case by case basis. Recognized non-profit groups may apply to the Trustees for a waiver of fees.

LOCAL MISSION

Our church reaches out locally within the Upper Valley. Believing that our Christian faith calls us to respond to the needs of the community in which we live, we strive to meet the challenges which call us to a variety of caring ministries.

The Food Bin – We have a food bin in the front of the church for donations which we deliver alternately to LISTEN and the Upper Valley Haven.

Community Dinners – Dinners sponsored by LISTEN, a local support agency, are served five evenings a week in the Upper Valley. Teams from our church provide the supper in White River Jct., VT the third Thursday of each month at the Community Center. Volunteers are needed to bake cookies, shop, phone, cook and clean up.

Holiday Baskets – At Christmas time each year the community agency LISTEN provides holiday baskets of gifts and food for needy families and individuals. Volunteers are needed to donate gifts and money for the individuals assigned to our church.

The Deacon’s Fund – Our Diaconate receives a special offering on Communion Sundays which offers various types of assistance to neighbors in need. Money is used with discretion to respond to crises that befall not only church families, but also our Upper Valley neighbors.

Nursing Homes – Our pastor regularly visits local care facilities. The Diaconate also brings spiritual support by participating in worship services at the Alice Peck Day Extended Care Facility and Lebanon Center Genesis Eldercare. Volunteers are welcome to assist with and attend these services.

Easter Flowers for the Homebound and Elderly – With the proceeds from a “cookie walk,” the Mission Committee of our church purchases flowering plants which are available on Palm Sunday to be delivered to the homebound and elderly by Easter. Volunteers are needed to bake and buy cookies and to deliver the plants and visit with the recipients.

The Prayer Line – Our church has a Prayer Line which responds to personal needs through prayer. People are encouraged to call or email the Church Office with prayer requests.  Volunteers who wish to participate in the praying may be added at any time.

Local Agencies – Our church supports, through the budget of the Mission Committee, local service agencies which include: LISTEN, The Haven, Cover, Headrest, Habitat for Humanity, WISE, Good Neighbor Health Clinic, and Children and Family Services of Lebanon.

The Crop Walk – This walk is an ecumenical Church World Service event which addresses world hunger. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds are retained by LISTEN to fight hunger locally. while the other seventy-five percent goes to address global hunger. Volunteers are needed to plan, prepare food, run and assist with the organization of this walk.

Veggies for Mission – During the summer growing season, the Mission Committee provides a table for excess produce from members’ gardens. People are free to take the produce and leave a free-will offering, which goes to support mission projects. Providers and purchasers are appreciated.

 

WIDER MISSION

As a member church of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ, we are able to support a wider network of ministry. Believing that Christ calls us to reach out “even to the ends of the earth,” we welcome opportunities to reach out in mission beyond our local community.

OCWM – Our church budgets a yearly amount for Our Church’s Wider Mission. This money funds resources, education, clergy placement and support, campus ministry, summer camping and community mission programs within New Hampshire. Nearly half of our OCWM donation supports the national instrumentalities and agencies of the United Church of Christ, in addition to supporting ministries in over eighty countries around the world.

UCC Special Offerings – Our church receives four special denomination-wide offerings during the year:

* One Great Hour of Sharing – Through this Lenten offering we support ministries of disaster relief, economic development, refugee resettlement, health care and social service in over 70 countries, including the US and Canada.

* Strengthen the Church – Through this Pentecost offering we share in the growth and future of the UCC through its local congregations and Conferences.

* Neighbors in Need – Through this autumn offering we express our deep commitment to reaching out and touching neighbors with justice and compassion.

* The Christmas Fund – Through this Advent offering we help meet a variety of needs, including emergency grants for active or retired clergy at times of financial crisis, as well as gift checks at Christmas to low- income retired clergy and widowed spouses.

Blanket Sunday – This day, often Mother’s Day, is the occasion of a special offering which provides blankets and “tools of hope” for persons in need throughout the world.

Stamps for Vellore – This project collects used postage stamps, which are then sent to Vellore, India. People with leprosy and other disabilities earn an income from cleaning the stamps and placing them in marketable plastic wrap. You are encouraged to put your stamps in the bowl inside the back door of the church.

Work Camps – Youth and adults from our church have participated in work camps at H.O.M.E. in Orland, Maine, in Knott County, Kentucky, and most recently at NAOMI in Joseph City, Arizona. Such trips encourage persons of all ages to become aware of human need throughout the world.

Seminary Support – Through the Mission budget, we make yearly contributions to two regional seminaries: Andover Newton and Bangor Seminary. These schools, based in New England, are related to the United Church of Christ, and most often train men and women for ministry in our local churches.

Prepared by the Mission and Social Action Committee of West Lebanon Congregational Church, UCC.
Spiritual Life
The Diaconate serves to uplift the spiritual life of the church. They attend to our two sacraments: Baptism and Communion. The Diaconate ensures that our church is prepared to officiate at weddings and funerals. They seek to create ways for effective pastoral care.

Ecumenical Sharing
As a church, we seek to establish ties with other religious bodies by participating at ecumenical services on Thanksgiving, Ash Wednesday, and Easter, We faithfully support the Lebanon Council of Churches and the United Church of Christ, both at the Association and Conference Levels.