Boards & Committees

A Message from your Board President

(November 2020) Hard to believe November has come but here it is. November 1st is the first Sunday of the month and I hope everyone remembers to “Fall back” the night before and won’t miss the service the next day. Rev Michael, Donna, Jill and their great supporters Carl, Susie, Dave, and Lindsay (and anyone else I may have missed) have been producing enjoyable and thought-provoking services. If you haven’t been watching, or hanging in for the Zoom coffee hours afterward, give it a try.

Rev Michael spoke this week about the history of our denomination and our church in Keene. We have a long history of courageous leaders and public service by members and ministers. I know many of our members have been working hard for positive political change these last few months and others are doing ongoing work for the less fortunate in Keene and the surrounding towns. Our church community lives in this kind of effort.

We expect to have a leaf-raking event on the church grounds Saturday, October 31. I hope to see people there. Also, please keep an eye out for our “Virtual Greens Sale.” Ordering will be done on-line. The wreaths will be real.

Please stay in touch with each other, and with us!  ~Jim Peale

Board of Trustees

Announcement from the Board of Trustees

When we contracted with Growing Minds Preschool and Daycare to rent them space in the basement of our church annex, it was with the understanding that they could expand into more space within the basement of our church annex should the need arise. Growing Minds has decided to take that option. The good news is that we are getting approximately 30% more rental income from Growing Minds. The sad news is that, as of November 1, we will no longer have access to the room where our wonderful and educational building blocks are currently housed.

Space has been found for the blocks in the upstairs portion of the annex, in a room that is currently set aside (but rarely used) as a nursery, but the space is much smaller. This represents a painful loss to our Religious Exploration program, especially for the students and teachers. The Board of Trustees is committed to putting most of the substantial additional rental income back into the RE program, which suffered significant cuts in our current budget. We understand that this does not lessen the loss to the blocks program, and we appreciate the RE committee’s dedication both to religious education but also to our congregation’s overall needs.

Deborah Dunnell deserves particular thanks for establishing and teaching the educational building blocks program and for her willingness to work with the board of trustees to come up with a workable, if less than ideal, solution.

Immediate Witness, this would have to be discussed and approved or set-aside by the General Assembly to which it was submitted, and following a process outlined in the by-laws and online (


Committee Contacts

Circle of Caring:  Betsy Zimmerli and Betty Forrest

Committee on the Ministry: Susan Lowry

Covenant Group Council: Carolyn Antrim

Fundraising: Open

Investment:   John Bordenet

Membership: Melinda Hildreth-Honkala

Music:  Carin Torp

Nominating Committee: John Walter

Personnel:  Ruth Shepherd

Property: Carl Jacobs

Religious Exploration:  Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:  Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love: Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:  Betty Forrest

Social Action/Green Sanctuary: Ann Shedd

Stewardship: John Walter

Wayside Pulpit:  Vicki Keller

Welcoming Congregation: Open

Worship:  Susie Erickson-West, Gwyn Powers