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Faith UMC Update June 6, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith, Over the years, I have enjoyed communicating with you through this Faith UMC Update. It has been one way for me to share ideas and thoughts with you, as well as to help us keep up-to-date with what is going on in our church family.   This is my last Update and I wish to express my appreciation for you. Some of you I see frequently and others not so often, yet I feel connected to all of you. May God bless you and keep you always. Below is a prayer by John Wesley. It is a favorite prayer of mine and one that guided my time with you and my decision to leave. You may scroll down further to find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.   Worship Sunday June 10 Theme: Eternity Today Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-27, 31-35 Sermon: Made To Last Holy Communion, Baptism of Owen Hack, and Ritual of Farewell   Pastor Kristabeth’s Last Sunday June 10 – Available for Pastoral Emergencies Through June 30 Sunday, June 10 will be Pastor Kristabeth’s last Sunday at Faith UMC. She will be leaving for Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 13. After Annual Conference she will be on vacation until June 30 and will be available for pastoral emergencies. If you have a pastoral concern, please contact Lay Leader, Tricia Waldron at 373-6114.   New England Annual Conference Session Thursday, June 14 – Saturday, June 16 Manchester Hotel, Downtown Manchester, NH Theme: Vital Conversations: Culture Attending from Faith UMC: Tricia Waldron, Julie Waldron, Tim Hess and Pastor Kristabeth   Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1st. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar intends to appoint Leigh Goodrich as pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington effective July 1, 2018 subject to fulfilling all of the requirements needed for a successful transition by the pastor and the respective churches affected by the appointment. The appointment will be finalized at the 2018 Annual Conference Session of the New England Conference. Let us pray for Pastor Leigh and her husband, Greg, during this time of transition.   FLOCK, our Children’s Church School, will be on summer break from June 10th through the beginning of September. Children of all ages are welcome (and encouraged) to attend worship with their families.  Coloring pages are available at the Children’s Table at the front of the Sanctuary.  The nursery will continue to be staffed throughout the summer (except on the First Sunday of the month).   Summer Lake Monster’s Game It’s time to plan a late summer Faith UMC baseball game with the Lake Minsters, last season’s division winners! Please help select an evening game that you would like to attend. See the option on the Kiosk in the Narthex. Ticket prices will be $7 for an adult and $5 for a senior (60+)...

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Faith UMC Update May 31, 2018

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, This Sunday is Children’s Sunday, which is always great fun! Our youth will lead the service and we will honor those graduating from High School. It is hard to believe that kids who were just little when I arrived here are now graduating and embarking on their adult life. Time goes by so fast! I hope you will join us as we recognize the gifts of our young people and hear about a mission project that is close to their hearts. Below is a prayer for our community of Faith. Scroll down further to find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   Dear God, This church is a family. Help us to learn together To worship together To share together To play together To pray together To come together And to reach out to everyone with family love! Amen.   Children’s Sunday June 3 Theme: “See beyond the clothes:  God does!” There will be a Potluck Lunch following worship.  Bring a dish to share!   Large Print United Methodist Hymnals and The Faith We Sing are now available. They are on the shelf in the Narthex and you are welcome to pick one up as you enter the Sanctuary. The ushers can assist you!   Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1st. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar intends to appoint Leigh Goodrich as pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington effective July 1, 2018 subject to fulfilling all of the requirements needed for a successful transition by the pastor and the respective churches affected by the appointment. The appointment will be finalized at the 2018 Annual Conference Session of the New England Conference. Let us pray for Pastor Leigh and her husband, Gregory, during this time of transition.   New England Annual Conference Session Thursday, June 14 – Saturday, June 16 Manchester Hotel, Downtown Manchester, NH Theme: Vital Conversations: Culture Attending from Faith UMC: Tricia Waldron, Julie Waldron, Tim Hess and Pastor Kristabeth   Pastor Kristabeth’s Last Sunday June 10 – Available for Pastoral Emergencies through June 30 (Contact Lay Leader, Tricia Waldron – 373-6114 – with Pastoral Concerns)   FLOCK, our Children’s Church School, will be on summer break from June 10th through the beginning of September. Children of all ages are welcome (and encouraged) to attend worship with their families.  Coloring pages are available at the Children’s Table at the front of the Sanctuary.  The nursery will continue to be staffed throughout the summer (except on the First Sunday of the month).   Celebrate! 137 pounds of food to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf for the month of May.   Church Library Our Church Library (located past the Pastor’s Office beside the Sanctuary) was recently organized and new books were added. There are books available for children, youth and adults – fiction and non-fiction. Books are arranged by category and can be checked out for your use and enjoyment! As you enter the library there is a sign-up sheet attached to the wall. Just write down the book title and your name and we trust you will return it when you are done!   Free Book Table On Sunday you will find a “Free Book” table in the Gathering Space. There are many Bibles, books on various topics, and Bible cases for you to peruse. Please do not be shy! If you are looking for a Bible of a particular translation, or you have a friend who would like a Bible, or find a book of particular interest, please take what...

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Faith UMC Update May 23, 2018

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, When I was a child I would often join my parents or grandparents at the cemetery on Memorial Day to decorate the graves of loved ones who had died. Some of the graves we visited were of loved ones I had never met – a great-uncle who died in World War II, my mother’s brother who died in his twenties. Even though I never met these people, I understood the solemnity of the day. Originally Memorial Day was known as “Decoration Day,” and was a day to honor the Union dead after the Civil War. Following World War I it became a day for remembering all those who had died in our nation’s wars. And from there it has broadened further, so that now Memorial Day is for remembering all who have died. Below you will find a Memorial Day prayer. If you scroll down further you will find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   Our Holy and Gracious God, help us to remember. Help us to remember the sacrifices bravely made in which one has given life for another and for all. Help us to remember those that stand in the breach where there is trouble and in which conflict threatens to undo your good creation. Help us to remember that we look for the day when every sword will be replaced by a plow, that all may be fed and live in your peace. Forgive us every sin that makes for division and for war, and bring us all into your kingdom on earth as in heaven. This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen. ~ Doug Paysour   Sunday, May 27 Theme: Hospitality of the Heart Scripture: Romans 12:13-20, Matthew 10:40-42 Sermon: “Hospitality’s Reward”   Large Print United Methodist Hymnals and The Faith We Sing are now available. They are on the shelf in the Narthex and you are welcome to pick one up as you enter the Sanctuary. The ushers can assist you!   The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.   Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar intends to appoint Leigh Goodrich as pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington effective July 1, 2018 subject to fulfilling all of the requirements needed for a successful transition by the pastor and the respective churches affected by the appointment. The appointment will be finalized at the 2018 Annual Conference Session of the New England Conference. Let us pray for Pastor Leigh and her husband, Gregory, during this time of transition.   Pastor Kristabeth’s Last Sunday June 10 – Available for Pastoral Emergencies through June 30   Children’s Sunday June 3!  Theme: “See beyond the clothes:  God does!” There will be a Potluck Lunch following worship.  Bring a dish to share!   Future Trees for Faith Trees Arriving Friday! Our new oak trees will arrive at the church on Friday morning for planting.   We will need 3-4 people to plant and mulch for each tree. Any who would like to meet me at the church at 9 AM on Saturday morning, or who can stay after the church worship service on Sunday morning, are welcome.  All are welcome to participate, but most especially the youth.   FLOCK, our Children’s Church School, will be on summer break from June 10th through the beginning of September. Children of all ages are welcome (and encouraged) to attend worship with their families.  Coloring pages are available at the Children’s Table at the...

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Faith UMC Update May 17, 2018

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, Pentecost is one of my favorite days of the year!  Unlike Christmas and Easter, Pentecost doesn’t get a lot of attention in the wider culture.  Yet it is essential to the experience of our Christian faith since Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Up until Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were a pretty small group.  On Pentecost, three thousand people experienced the Holy Spirit and were baptized.  The Church was born!  On Pentecost we wear red and decorate the church to symbolize the flames of the Holy Spirit, which is still with us.  The Holy Spirit was given to us as a comforter, a guide, and advocate. Below you will find a prayer for Pentecost.  If you scroll down further you will find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   For the Spirit of Peace that calms our mind and stills our life, we give you thanks. For the Spirit of Love that touches hearts and reaches out, we give you thanks. For the Spirit of Joy that lifts our soul and gives us faith we give you thanks. For the Spirit of Power, that gift of grace for this your church, we give you thanks. ~ Faith and Worship   Sunday, May 20 – Pentecost – Wear Red! Theme:  The Promised Holy Spirit Scripture: Acts 2:1-17, Romans 8:22-27 Sermon: What’s Mine Is Yours   Large Print United Methodist Hymnals and The Faith We Sing are now available.  They are on the shelf just outside the Sanctuary and you are welcome to pick one up as you enter for worship.  The ushers can assist you!    Circle Sunday – THIS SUNDAY, May 20th The Circle Ministries will gather Sunday, May 20th following worship for meetings and a potluck.  The Inspiration, Compassion and Encouragement Circles will meet individually from 11am-12pm followed by a collaborative meeting of all Circles from 12pm-1pm.  Bring a simple potluck dish to share!   Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1st.  Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar intends to appoint Leigh Goodrich as pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington effective July 1, 2018 subject to fulfilling all of the requirements needed for a successful transition by the pastor and the respective churches affected by the appointment. The appointment will be finalized at the 2018 Annual Conference Session of the New England Conference.  Let us pray for Pastor Leigh and her husband, Gregory, during this time of transition.   Pastor Kristabeth’s Last Sunday June 10 – Available for Pastoral Emergencies through June 30   Yoga For Everyone Saturdays at 8:30am Yoga for Everyone started up again on Saturday mornings 8:30-9:30, a gentle yoga class from a chair, appropriate for all abilities and health issues, practice gentle movements and mindfulness, reducing stress, increasing relaxation, strength, range of motion, and flexibility; small fee, if interested, please be in touch with Bridget 802-557-7438 or bridgetkimsey@gmail.com   Free Book Table One Sunday you will find a “Free Book” table in the Gathering Space.  There are many Bibles, books on various topics, and Bible cases for you to peruse.  Please do not be shy!  If you are looking for a Bible of a particular translation, or you have a friend who would like a Bible, or find a book of particular interest, please take what you can use!  All the books and Bibles were donated for use by our Faith community.   Adult Study on “The Anatomy of Peace” Pastor Kristabeth is leading an Adult Study on the book “The Anatomy of Peace.” ...

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Faith UMC Update May 9, 2018

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, As I write this, my mother and stepfather are traveling from Nebraska to Vermont (by car).  My Mom and Larry will arrive later this week and will be here for Mother’s Day.  When we originally planned this visit I didn’t realize it would fall over Mother’s Day, so it is an unexpected blessing to be able to spend Mother’s Day with my mother!  Interestingly, the history Mother’s Day has a connection to our Methodist roots.  In the 1880s Methodists Anne Marie Reeves and her daughter, Anna Marie Jarvis, began a campaign for an official “Mother’s Day” to bring attention to the suffering of mothers and children. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation naming the second Sunday in May a national holiday: Mother’s Day. Below you will find a prayer for Mother’s Day.  If you scroll down further you will find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   God with a mother’s heart, you gather us as your children. You comfort and hold us in your warm embrace.   When we hurt your arms enfold us. When we are afraid your wings protect us. When we are hungry you feed us with the bread of life.   God with a mother’s heart, your love surrounds and supports us, in good times and in tough, in the midst of joy and pain, always and everywhere. You will never leave nor abandon us.   God eternal and loving one, God with a mother’s heart, we thank you this day, for being part of your family.   ~ by Christine Sine   Sunday, May 13 – Jazz Sunday Mother’s Day Celebration!   Pentecost is May 20 – Wear Red!   Circle Sunday – May 20 After Worship The Circle Ministries will gather Sunday, May 20th following worship for meetings and a potluck.  The Inspiration, Compassion and Encouragement Circles will meet individually from 11am-12pm followed by a collaborative meeting of all Circles from 12pm-1pm.  Bring a simple potluck dish to share!   Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1.  Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar intends to appoint Leigh Goodrich as pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington effective July 1, 2018 subject to fulfilling all of the requirements needed for a successful transition by the pastor and the respective churches affected by the appointment. The appointment will be finalized at the 2018 Annual Conference Session of the New England Conference.  Let us pray for Pastor Leigh and her husband, Gregory, during this time of transition.   Pastor Kristabeth’s Last Sunday June 10 – Available for Pastoral Emergencies through June 30 In the United Methodist tradition there are clear guidelines for how former pastors are to relate to the churches they once served.  The general rule is that the pastor is to have no contact with former parishioners for at least one year.  The purpose of this rule is to allow the church and new pastor to build a strong relationship.  With this in mind, after July 1 I will not respond to e-mail or accept phone calls, visit, attend funerals, or be present at church functions.  Additionally, those who are my “Facebook Friends” will be moved to a restricted list, so we will not see each other’s posts. In my personal experience I have seen the difficulty that arises when a former pastor maintains relationships in the congregation, and how that interferes with the ministry of the new pastor.  While it may seem to some a harsh standard, keeping my distance in all circumstances is a...

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