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Dear friend of the Church on the Common, '

Arriving at church, what are your first impressions?

Are your eyes drawn upward to the brilliant steeple, as you hear the melodious ring of carillon bells playing out a familiar hymn? Do you notice the inclusive welcoming sign, or the colorful flower patch planted by our Sunday School children and teachers? Have you felt the warmth of friends and neighbors, drawn from diverse walks of life, who gather together for Sunday morning services and for monthly community suppers?

Like a tree planted in fertile soil, our church’s roots run deep and its branches spread far and wide. Founded on July 4, 1797, the original church members included Colonel Ebenezer Crafts, his wife, Mehitabel, Pastor Samuel Collins, and the hardworking pioneer families who emigrated here from Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

The main church building dates back to 1820. Worshippers originally sat in box pews facing a single row of eight windows, an entrance door, and an elevated pulpit. In 1848, and again in 1897, the sanctuary was remodeled. The building was widened, windows were changed, and the ceiling was given a graceful arch.

The “United Church of Craftsbury” came into being in 1963 when the Methodist congregation in Craftsbury Village joined with the Congregational Church on the Common. A new addition with a modern kitchen, Sunday School and meeting rooms, bathrooms, and church office was built and dedicated in 1967. More than fifty years later, we are blessed to have such a beautiful and well-maintained facility for church and community activities.

Now comes the challenge. At a time when more willing hands are needed to share the gospel message of hope, love, and faith, many churches across New England are struggling. A few are even sprouting For Sale signs. Our country sometimes seems like it is marked more by division than by unity. But in Craftsbury, the good news is that we live in a truly caring community that for 221 years has kept our church strong and vibrant.

Consider now how much the Church on the Common means to you personally – and to the spirit of our community. Will you make a financial pledge, and share your generous gifts of support?

Thank you, and may God’s abundant blessings be with you every day.

The Church Council