West Newbury Congregational Church
West Newbury, Vermont

 Reverend David Pruitt

 West Newbury Congregational Church has suspended all onsite in person Worship Services until further notice.

Capital Campaign Update
March 12, 2020

First of all, to everyone who has contributed to the Capital Campaign, thank you very much.  Your generosity and support of our church and wider church projects is tremendous.  This report will let you know where we are in the campaign and what some of our next steps will be.

The campaign has raised just over $48,000.  And, we are almost halfway toward raising the $15,000 that will allow us to unlock another $15,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor.  This is very exciting.  If you have not had a chance to donate to the campaign, now is an ideal time to do it – your dollars will be matched.  The donation information is on the church’s website.

Thanks to the Women’s Fellowship, we were able to put a new roof on the parsonage and the garage as well as repair some of the wood around the roof.  The total for this work was $20,000.

We have just completed an energy audit for the parsonage and are waiting for the full report.  It is likely that there will be many things that need to be done to make the parsonage much more energy efficient.

We have an estimate of $21,000 to replace the church roof and that project is scheduled to happen this spring.

We started to look at proposals for solar power.  This will require a significant amount of research to determine what will be best for our electric use.

It’s wonderful to see these buildings being taken care of and progress being made toward being more energy efficient.  We will continue to keep you updated as the campaign moves along.

With appreciation from the Capital Campaign committee –
Carol and Walter Cottrell, Catherine and Tom Kidder, and Susan Goodell

Tending Devamuthu's wound, Nurse Regina (L) and staff at the Porayar Health Center.

The West Newbury Congregational Church
2021 Capital Campaign
Breaking News!! 
The Capital Campaign has received a contribution in the amount of $15,000.00, bringing our current total to $41,835.00.  
But there’s more! 
If, but only if, we raise another $15,000.00 on our own, every dollar will be matched, giving us an additional $30,000.00 (beyond the $15,000.00 gift) to advance our goals of a church roof, solar power for the Hall, the Church and the Parsonage, and strengthening our endowment. 
So even with this wonderful boost there’s more work to do as we head “down to the wire”. 
Please remember that the West Newbury Church is a 501(c)(3) and can accept gifts of appreciated securities or Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from an IRA. So we still need your help to get there. Please consider giving to insure the future security of our wonderful community.

 A Few Words from Our Pastor


God's Work in the World

The West Newbury Congregational Church is looking to start a new relationship with the Homeless Veterans Housing Emergency Shelter in Bradford VT

The Bradford VT Homeless Veterans Housing Emergency Shelter presently has 11 residents and is looking for 12 warm winter hats and gloves.   Anyone looking to donate these items can leave them in the  church vestibule with a note stating the items are for the Homeless Veterans Housing Emergency Shelter.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Longto at  j.longto46@gmail.com 



On March 25, 2020, India imposed a national lockdown that lasted five weeks. Restrictions continue. The hardship is unprecedented for our preschool families who were already living on the edge. India’s Covid-19 rates are still rising. Cases of the virus are in both preschool areas. Schools remain closed but staff is working tirelessly to help their communities.

Schools are closed but HKI donors are making an immediate and direct impact.

Rising to pandemic challenges: The preschools are a lifeline for their communities.

With the help of HKI donors the crèches are…

•             Buying land and establishing a community garden for food and income

•             Distributing free food biweekly to 150 preschool families

•             Stitching free masks for the preschool communities

•             Advising on Covid-19 and connecting with families through home visits

•             Keeping the Health Center open for community use

•             Providing urgent medical care for preschool children

•             Employing 25 people for a building project

•             Maintaining full salary for all staff during the pandemic

 100% of donations go directly to the crèches.

Donate online with PayPal or your credit or debit card: https://www.helpkidsindia.org/donate-today/

To donate by check:  make payable to Help Kids India and mail to:

Help Kids India

P.O. Box 1022

East Corinth, VT 05040

The Upper Room publication is available online.
The Upper Room Website

Please send letters and cards of greeting and encouragement to 

Les Batten, in care of Ridgewood Center
25 Ridgewood Road  Bedford, NH 03110
Bill Marsh, in care of Grafton County Nursing Home
3855 Dartmouth College Highway North Haverhill, NH 03774
Louise Marsh, in care of Grafton County Nursing Home
3855 Dartmouth College Highway North Haverhill, NH 03774

Bea Putnam, in care of  Grafton County Nursing Home 
3855 Dartmouth College Highway North Haverhill, NH 03774

Skip and Doris Barrett, in care of the Atkinson Home, 
4717 Main St    Newbury, VT 05051

Barbara Thornton, in care of Grafton County Home, 
3855 Dartmouth College Hwy   North Haverhill, NH 03774

Janet Schall, in care of Genesis Health and Rehab Center,
1248 Hospital Drive   St Johnsbury,  VT 05819
Janis Moore's Mother 
Ruth Moore in care of Prescott HSE C-3
140 Prescott Street,  North Andover,  MA 01845

Our Pastor
Rev. David Pruitt


Article about Pastor David Pruitt and Mrs. Pruitt 
from the Bridge Weekly May 23, 2019