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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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Faith UMC Update May 2, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith, Last Sunday was a joy-filled day, as we affirmed Tim Riddle as a Ministry Candidate in the United Methodist Church.  Tim led us in a meaningful worship service and shared his call story.  I give thanks for Tim, Emilie and Gryphon and encourage us all to pray for them as they prepare to move to North Carolina so Tim can attend Duke Divinity School. In his sermon, Tim reminded us that we are all called by God. God’s call extends beyond the church out into the world.  As one who was called to work in the church for 18 years, and is now being called to a new vocation, I know God can call us to many different things throughout our lives.  God calls us to share God’s love in our neighborhoods, schools, families and work places.  What has God called you to do this year, this week, this month, today? Below you will find a prayer reflection on God’s call.  If you scroll down further you will find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community.   Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   We have a call! To be loved and to love. To be shown mercy and to show mercy. To be forgiven and to forgive. To receive hope and to offer hope . To know joy and share joy. To feel peace and bring peace. To be made whole and offer wholeness. We have a call Listen… Listen… Do you hear? ~ Faith and Worship   Sunday, May 6 Theme: We Are Stewards of God’s Creation Scripture: Genesis 1:27-2:2, Job 12:7-10 Sermon: “This is My Father’s World” Tim Hess Communion and Blessing of Trees   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule May 7-11 Monday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting, Afternoon Visits Tuesday – Office in the Morning Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits Friday – Pastor’s Sabbath   Celebrate 131 pounds of food delivered to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf for April!   Ham Dinner and Silent Auction – THIS Saturday, May 5 – Tickets Still Available!  The Silent Auction is from 4:30pm-7:30pm and admission is free. Seatings for the dinner are at 5pm and 6:15pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Invite your friends!! For reservations please call 863-6764 or 999-6864.   Future Trees for Faith to be Planted on Sunday! Faith UMC Youth and UVM Forestry Club students will be planting trees for our Future Trees for Faith project.  The purpose of this project is to plant new trees to replace the several maple trees we have lost over the pastor few years.  These new trees will bless our congregation for generations to come!  If you are helping with the tree planting on Sunday please bring (or wear) old clothes!   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.   April was our month to collect JUMP Bags.  If you forgot to bring your bag in during the month of April, Bill Eddy will be glad to deliver any stragglers.  Just leave them in front of the...

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Faith UMC Update April 26, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith, Many people are familiar with what has come to be known as The Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr.  It states simply and powerfully, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” One of the takeaways from our Adult Study class on “The Anatomy of Peace” is that, as much as we try, we often cannot change other people.  The only person we can truly change is ourself.  Below is another take on the Serenity Prayer, which affirms just that. If you scroll down further you will find announcements about events and opportunities in your church and community. Attached is our May Horizons of Faith. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   Source of Good; grant me the serenity to accept that I cannot change other people; the courage to change myself; and the wisdom to appreciate differences ~ Richard Holdsworth, Progressive Christianity   Sunday, April 29 – Fifth Sunday of Easter Theme: Call to Ministry Message:  God’s Love Scripture: Psalm 139:1-18, John 15:9-17 Sermon: “What a wondrous, joyous and demanding Love Christ has shared with us”  Tim Riddle Reception of New Members   Church Conference — THIS Sunday, April 29 at 10:30 am There will be a special Church Conference on Sunday, April 29th at 10:30 in the Sanctuary. The purpose of the Conference is to affirm the Ministry Candidacy of Tim Riddle. No other items will be discussed. Please plan to stay for this brief, yet important, meeting!   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule April 30-May 4 Monday – Staff Meeting 10am, Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits Tuesday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting, Afternoon Visits Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Tending Faith 7pm Thursday – Writing Day – Out of the Office Friday – Pastor’s Sabbath   Ham Dinner and Silent Auction – Saturday, May 5 – Buy Your Tickets Sunday!  On Saturday, May 5, our church will hold its annual Ham Dinner and Silent Auction. This is our church’s largest fund raising event with all proceeds going towards our operating budget. We need many volunteers. The volunteer sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Diane Chamberlain is managing the kitchen and kitchen help. Valerie Kuentzel is in charge of the Silent Auction portion. Please contact either of these coordinators with questions or to volunteer. Purchase your tickets and invited your friends!   See you on Cinco de Mayo, in English: May 5!   Future Trees for Faith Project Faith UMC Youth and the UVM Forestry Club will soon culminate a cooperative effort to replace the maple trees which have died within the past few years with some new oak trees.  Young Spencer Baker and Tim Hess are organizing this effort for Faith.  The youth of the church are being asked to help dig holes where 4 new trees will be planted after worship on May 6.  Since the whole project is too big to carry out on a Sunday, a sign-up has been placed on the kiosk in the narthex to form teams that will dig the holes during the afternoon (after school) on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (May 2, 3 and 4).  Please join in this stewardship effort!   Apply Now for 2018-2019 Academic Scholarship from the NEAC The New England Conference Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year. The deadline for submission is Thursday, May 31, 2018. Current members of United Methodist churches in the New England Conference attending or planning to attend college or a post-secondary education institution...

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