Fri, Sep 6, 2013 12:26 PM
"It's one of the few times you'll be able to make an organ
donation while you are still alive," Keim had said.
KILLINGTON - On Sept. 15, 2013, the Sherburne United Church of
Christ will present a special celebration service at the little
white church that has graced the approach to the Route 4 valley
since 1838. This familiar landmark has served the community for 175
years, initially as a meeting place and later as a place of
In 1860, the building was enlarged and alterations were made to the
pulpit and gallery, according to the church brochure written by
Donna Martin. The steeple was added at this time. When the state
widened Route 4 in 1957, the building was moved back from the
road and onto a new foundation. At that time purchases were made
from the Gaysville Church for pews, a chandelier, two long handled
collection boxes, and two dozen Bennington Ware spittoons! The
congregation had joined with Gaysville and Pittsfield, by that
time, forming the Tri-Valley Parish, which flourished until 1984
when the SUCC seceded from that arrangement to offer full-time
ministry to the community.
In 1979, a historic ecumenical step was taken with the agreement to
share the building with the Roman Catholic congregation, Our Lady
of the Mountains. Ecumenical services have been shared on special
A fire destroyed an interior portion of the sanctuary in
When funds were needed to replace the burned organ, Ken Keim
encouraged the Catholic parishioners to contribute, "It's one of
the few times you'll be able to make an organ donation while you
are still alive," Keim had said.
As your church here in Killington, we serve as emissaries for Jesus
Christ by inviting all to worship with us and to learn his
teachings, by modeling Him in thought, word and deed, by laboring
for justice and peace in the world, and by supporting our greater
The anniversary worship service will include the singing of many
familiar hymns, readings about the church's past, present and
future ministries, and an opportunity to share joys and concerns in
Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the
We invite all of you to join us for this special occasion.
For more information, please call Pastor Beverly Anderson at
422-3484 or Jane Hanley at 422-3271.