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Faith UMC Update March 28, 2018

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, Blessed Holy Week to you.  May God be with us as we journey with Jesus from the Upper Room to the Cross, and on to the Empty Tomb.  Below you will find a prayer and our Holy Week schedule, along with other announcements and opportunities. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth God of such unwavering love, how do I “celebrate” the passion and death of Jesus? I often want to look the other way and not watch, not stay with Jesus in his suffering. Give me the strength to see his love with honesty and compassion and to feel deeply your own forgiveness and mercy for me. Help me to understand how to “celebrate” this week. I want be able to bring my weaknesses and imperfections with me as I journey with Jesus this week, so aware of his love. ~ Creighton University Online Ministries   Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday!  Christ is Risen! Theme:  A Place to Call Home Scripture: John 20:1-18 Sermon:  A New Home   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule April 2-6 Monday – Easter Monday – Pastor’s Day Off Tuesday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Tending Faith 7pm Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits and Meetings Friday – Pastor’s Sabbath   Holy Week and Easter Worship:   Maundy Thursday Worship with Tenebrae, Thursday, March 29 and 7pm – Worship and remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and his crucifixion on the cross as we share together in Communion and a service of Tenebrae.   Good Friday Meditation, Friday, March 30 from 10am-2pm – The Sanctuary will be open for a time of meditation and reflection on the Stations of the Cross   Good Friday Worship, Friday, March 30 at 7pm at Shelburne UMC – Our friends at the Shelburne United Methodist Church (30 Church St. Shelburne, VT) invite us to join them for Good Friday Worship.   Easter Sunrise Service, April 1 at 6:15am – Celebrate the Risen Christ as we watch the sun rise over Mt. Mansfield.  Our Easter Sunrise Service takes place in the parking lot of the Wheeler Homestead (1100 Dorset St.) rain or shine.   Traditional Easter Worship at 9:30am in the Sanctuary   Tending Faith ~ Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm Leadership Empowerment and Development Our next “Tending Faith” will be Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm in the Upper Elementary room.  Tending Faith is a gathering for current church leaders and those who are discerning a call to leadership in the church.  All are welcome!  It is an opportunity to come together for reflection, leadership discussion, tool-building, and prayer in a one-hour format.  Speak with Pastor Kristabeth for more information.  Also, mark your calendars May 2, the last of our Tending Faith gatherings.   Celebrate 125 pounds of food delivered to the Food Shelf for March!      Visit from Bishop Devadhar on Sunday, April 8 On Sunday, April 8 the leader of our New England Conference, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, will join us for worship.  Bishop Devadhar will preach and officiate the baptism of Gryphon Riddle, son of Tim and Emily Riddle.  When Tim was a youth, Bishop Devadhar was the pastor of his local church.  It is a joy to welcome Bishop Devadhar to worship and to celebrate the connectional nature of our church!   Apply Now for New England Conference Scholarship 2018-2019 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...

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Sermon March 25: Left-Handed Power

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Sunday Message | 0 comments

http://faithsbvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Left-Handed-Power_E.mp3 Faith United Methodist Church March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: Mark 11:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11   Response to the Word (Responsive) Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Word made flesh. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven! Open your eyes to see the kingdom God is creating in our midst.   Sermon:                                          Left-Handed Power A few weeks ago we talked about names. When God made a covenant with Abram he promised him as many offspring as there are stars in the sky and he changed his name to Abraham, which means Father of Nations. Sarai also got a new name, Sarah, which means Mother of Princess. And, in the fullness of time, Abraham and Sarah lived into their names. Today we are focusing on another name, the name of Jesus. Jesus means “rescuer.” A rather fitting name for the savior of the world. And it wasn’t an uncommon name of that day. The Hebrew pronunciation of Jesus is Yeshua, and comes to us in English as the name Joshua. The Spanish pronunciation of Jesus is Jesús and is a common boy’s name in Spanish-speaking countries. There is nothing particularly special about the name Jesus ~ it isn’t a royal name or a unique name or an exclusive name ~ except that it is the name of the One who came to rescue us from our sins. If we look a the story of today ~ the story of the first Palm Sunday ~ we see that, upon entering the city of Jerusalem, the people cheered for Jesus, “Hosanna! (Save us!) Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus wasn’t being recognized as a good teacher or an impressive healer, but as one bearing the very name of the Lord. . As William Loader explains, for the people if Israel “…bearing someone’s name was like bearing their responsibility and being recognized as able to represent them.” Yet this procession wasn’t quite what we might expect for one representing God. Where one might look for a battalion of soldiers, a rag-tag group of followers ~ including fisherman, tax collectors, women, and children ~ lined the parade route.  Where one might expect a king outfitted in armor riding atop a stallion, Jesus sat on the back of a borrowed donkey. Trumpets didn’t accompany the arrival, but shouts of “Hosanna!” One might even think that Jesus was poking fun at the usual show of might that accompanied the military parades of the day, which inspired both awe and fear. And maybe that was the point. Maybe it was meant to be a joke of sorts. A way to show the big-shots that their brand of power wasn’t the only show in town. A way to distract from the show of force and intimidation that usually accompanied a king. A way to affirm that the name of God was greater than any military parade that humanity could muster. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. The reformer, Martin Luther, described this kind if power as left-handed power. Unlike right-handed power, left-handed power doesn’t force or coerce. It doesn’t threaten or bully. Left-handed power isn’t afraid to show weakness or vulnerability for the sake of something greater. It is a power that grants freedom. It is a power in favor of relationship and community, that rejects the idea that “might makes right”. It is the kind of power shown throughout Jesus’ life and in his death. Luther described...

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Faith UMC Update March 22, 2018

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, The Season of Lent is drawing us closer and closer to the cross.  This Sunday we will recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem upon the back of a donkey, as people waved palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna!”  This path of Jesus ultimately leads to the Upper Room where he shared a meal with his disciples and on to the cross where he was crucified.  It is not an easy journey, but it is one that we must take to fully appreciate the joy of Easter and the gift of life. Below you will find a prayer for Palm Sunday and our Holy Week schedule, along with other announcement and opportunities.  May you have a blessed Holy Week. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth Thou who art the soul and heart of life, save us from fear—the fear of days and nights yet to be, the fear of the known and the unknown, the fear that builds high walls around our spirits and our lives, the fear that closes in and envelops us, the fear that nibbles at the edges of every satisfaction. Free us from fear of failure and success, of shame and pain, of death and fear of life as well. Open our eyes that we may see thy glory in humbleness and simplicity, commonness strewn generously across our path all our days. May we recognize thee riding upon a simple beast of burden, down the crooked streets of Jerusalem. May we not require the palms of victory and praise, the accolades and shouts of the multitude to see thy glory in gentleness, patience, loving kindness and, yes, pain and sometimes death. Thy way of peace—of faith, hope, and love—still is our path, our joy, our way. Amen.  ~David A. Johnson   Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday Theme:  Grace for our Fear Scripture: Mark 1:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11 Sermon:  “Left-Handed Power”   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule March 26-30 Monday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits, Tuesday – Lectionary Group, Office in the Morning Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon work in the Community Thursday – Office in the Morning, Maundy Thursday Worship 7pm Friday – Good Friday Meditation 10am-2pm, Good Friday Worship in Shelburne 7pm   Lasagna Lunch – THIS SUNDAY Our youth will again host our annual Palm Sunday Lasagna Lunch in Brand Hall following worship on Sunday, March 25.  All are welcome!  Donations are accepted.  Hosanna!  Lasagna!   Holy Week and Easter Worship:   Palm Sunday Worship, March 25 at 9:30am – Special Music and Palm Celebration   Maundy Thursday Worship with Tenebrae, Thursday, March 29 and 7pm – Worship and remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and his crucifixion on the cross as we share together in Communion and a service of Tenebrae.   Good Friday Meditation, Friday, March 30 from 10am-2pm – The Sanctuary will be open for a time of meditation and reflection on the Stations of the Cross   Good Friday Worship, Friday, March 30 at 7pm at Shelburne UMC – Our friends at the Shelburne United Methodist Church (30 Church St. Shelburne, VT) invite us to join them for Good Friday Worship.   Easter Sunrise Service, April 1 at 6:15am – Celebrate the Risen Christ as we watch the sun rise over Mt. Mansfield.  Our Easter Sunrise Service takes place in the parking lot of the Wheeler Homestead (1100 Dorset St.) rain or shine.   Traditional Easter Worship at 9:30am in the Sanctuary   Easter Egg Hunts We are not offering an East Egg Hunt this year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able...

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Sermon March 18: Heart Healthy

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Sunday Message | 0 comments

http://faithsbvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Heart-Check-Up_E.mp3 Faith United Methodist Church March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12 Prayer of Illumination:                        God of love, through Christ you have written the ways of life on our hearts. Guide us to be your covenant people, to follow as you call, and to be a light of love for all to see. Amen. Sermon:  Heart Healthy Every year at Annual Conference in June our Conference health insurance provider offers clergy an incentive to have blood-work done. Early morning appointments are available to have our blood drawn and, for doing it, we get a $100 pre-paid credit card. Now, I hate needles, and faint at the sight of blood, but for $100 I can usually get myself down to the appointment room before meeting Tricia and Julie at the breakfast buffet. There was only one time I nearly fainted and they propped me against the wall and made me sip orange juice for 15 minutes. In addition to the $100, about a month after Annual Conference a full color booklet arrives in the mail detailing the results. They run about 30 different tests and for each there is description and a color-coded dial. Green is good, yellow is borderline, and red is the danger-zone. Now, I like to think I am healthy. I try to eat well and exercise. I take the stairs whenever possible and wear my fit-bit everyday. But each year when that booklet arrives in the mail I am reminded that ~ while I am mostly healthy ~ there are some areas that need my attention if I want to stay healthy and maintain a healthy heart. Over the years my cholesterol numbers have inched closer to red, along with those pesky triglycerides, whatever those are. So I try to avoid Ben & Jerry’s and bike around town when the weather is good, rather than take the car. But I really do love Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Peanut Buttery Swirl. Thankfully, in addition to exercise and a healthy diet, prayer is good for a healthy heart. It is proven that a regular prayer life reduces stress. And less stress is good for hearts, both spiritually and physically. As the Psalmist prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” The Psalmist didn’t know about coronary artery disease or cholesterol, but he did know about getting his heart right with God. He knew what it was to have hope that even the most desperate situation could improve. He knew what it meant to despair and he knew what it meant to give his heart to God. Likewise, the prophet Jeremiah knew that the God he followed was a God of the heart. I’ve heard Jeremiah described as a true Lenten prophet. Jeremiah’s situation was desperate. He foretold and watched the city of Jerusalem fall. He pointed out the sin of the people over and over again. He despaired at the pain and sadness all around him. Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. Yet, even through his tears, he was able to share the beautiful words of promise that we read today. Even after all he endured, Jeremiah hadn’t lost hope. In speaking the words of the Lord, he proclaimed, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts…. they shall all know me… I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah shared a vision of a grace-filled God who made his home in the very hearts of his people....

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Faith UMC Update March 15, 2018

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, St. Patrick’s Day is just a couple of days away.  These days St. Patrick’s Day is more of a cultural festival than a religious holiday.  St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with corned beef and cabbage and green beer!  Yet there is a religious history to March 17.  It is observed as the Feast Day of St. Patrick who died on March 17 in the year 461. Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.  Much legend has grown up around St. Patrick’s life. Perhaps the most well-known legend is that he explained the Trinity using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock. St. Patrick’s Day also falls between the seasons of winter and spring.  As one well-known St. Patrick’s Day quote proclaims, “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” May it be so! Below you will find an Irish blessing. Scroll further down to learn what’s happening in your church and community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. ~ Irish Blessing   Sunday, March 18 – Fifth Sunday of Lent Theme:  Grace for our Despair Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12 Sermon:  Heart Check-Up   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule March 19-23 Monday – Writing Day Tuesday – Lunch Meeting, Afternoon Visits Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Worship at Gazebo Senior Living Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Meetings Friday – Pastor’s Day Off   Pines Ministry Team We are looking to grow our Pines Ministry Team, which offers monthly worship and communion at the Pines Senior Living community.  Participants read Scripture, offer prayers and give an occasional sermon. Our next Pines Worship is this Sunday, March 18 at 11:30am. Please join us if you are curious or interested! Speak with Tim Hess or Pastor Kristabeth for more information.   METHODIST MIXER – NEW LOCATION The Methodist Mixers will dine Saturday, March 24th, at the Windjammer Restaurant at 5:30pm. Mark your calendars and contact Beth or Rod Williams at 658-6468. You may also call for more information. This is a group of Methodists from area churches who meet a few times a year for fellowship and food. Anyone is welcome, singles or couples. Please join us!   Lasagna Lunch Our youth will again host our annual Palm Sunday Lasagna Lunch in Brand Hall following worship on Sunday, March 25.  All are welcome!  Donations are accepted.  Hosanna!  Lasagna!   Holy Week and Easter Worship:   Palm Sunday Worship, March 25 at 9:30am – Special Music and Palm Celebration   Maundy Thursday Worship with Tenebrae, Thursday, March 29 and 7pm – Worship and remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and his crucifixion on the cross as we share together in Communion and a service of Tenebrae.   Good Friday Meditation, Friday, March 30 from 10am-2pm – The Sanctuary will be open for a time of meditation and reflection on the Stations of the Cross   Good Friday Worship, Friday, March 30 at 7pm at Shelburne UMC – Our friends at the Shelburne United Methodist Church (30...

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