“Time Marches On” is no longer a catch phrase but rather a truism. Especially are we aware of this fact when we stop long enough to recall the past however short or long the span may be. Nationally and internationally changes have been taking place so rapidly that one man cannot comprehend what has taken place unless it is such an individual as H. G. Wells or Continue reading Annual Meeting of Williston Federated Church 1937- 38
The exercise was to document of the church through significant events in the Church from 1985 to the present. A twenty foot roll of paper with a line had been place on the wall. The first 10 feet was for 1985 to 2005 and the first 10 feet was for 2005 to the present. The thinking is we would remember more from the last ten years and was probably more relevant as to where we are now.
For a short while the group just looked at the blank expanse. Then slowly in ones and twos they began to fill in events. Some were personal-“joined the church”, most were more general-terms of different pastors. Missions were prominent-our three youths who have done Missions of Peace trips. Our Mississippi trips. Mission to South Carolina. Problems and Celebrations.
Groups of people would gather to discuss when something happened and one event would prompt the memory of the other. A lot of giggles and wow’s-particularly how time has flown past. Events that seem so recent are quickly fading into the past. In about an hour the sheet was pretty full.
We spent a little while what we could observe from the timeline. I think that each person may have had their own take away from the night. Mine was how strong and resilient the congregation has been in the face of all of the changes we have been through.
The time line is now posted in the Northeast corner of the Fellowship Hall.
Louise was a social worker in Boston. Somehow she met and married Wendell Whitcher and came to live in Vermont. With this marriage she found herself in the midst of a family with 3 or maybe 4 children from ages 5 to the teen years.
She later became a counselor at Essex High School. Her experiences there put her in a special position to give support to families in the community with children especially teens. Ginger Isham remembers Louise’s help with Ginger’s oldest daughter; Continue reading Memories of Louise Whitcher from the Williston Community
The Church was built in 1867, with Bell installed,
In July 1899 some on Williston’s “monied men” started raising funds for the purchase of a Town Clock. It was felt the Williston Methodist Church steeple would be the best location for it as it was high, visible and would allow the sound of the bell, which would strike the time on the hour, to carry well. Continue reading Our Historic Tower Clock
The local Congregational history dates back to the end of the 18th century when, in 1790, plans were made to hire a minister and to build a meeting house “for religious services, town meetings and other assemblies.” The Congregational Church was formally Continue reading History