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Faith UMC Update May 2, 2018

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

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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Sermon April 22: Table Prepared

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in Sunday Message | 0 comments

http://faithsbvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Table-Prepared_E.mp3 Faith United Methodist Church April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: Psalm 23, John 10:11-18   Prayer of Illumination (Unison): Good Shepherd, we are the sheep of your pasture, you know us by name. We offer grateful thanks for your loving care. Open our hearts and minds to the guiding of your Spirit in our lives. Lead us in right paths, that we may serve you in truth and action. Amen.   Sermon:  Table Prepared Home. There’s lots of sayings about home. Home is where the heart is. Home is where you hang your hat. Home is where the story begins. For me, home is the smell of baking cookies or the aroma of bubbling spaghetti sauce. There’s just something about those familiar comfort foods that taste best at home. It’s nice to eat out, but at home there’s always a place at the table. The past few weeks our worship themes have centered around home. On Easter Sunday we considered how, for Mary Magdalene, home wasn’t a place but was found in the heart of Jesus. Last Sunday we reflected on the disciples’ first encounter with the Risen Christ and how it was like a family reunion. Today, with the 23rd Psalm as our lens, we celebrate God’s provision for us, like a caring parent always saving us a place at the table. As Methodists we know something about good food, right? As the joke goes, “A teacher asked his students to bring in an object that represented their spiritual beliefs for show and tell. On the day of the presentation, the first boy stood and said, “I am a Catholic. This is my crucifix.” The second boy stood and said, “I am a Baptist. This is my Bible.” The third boy stood and said, “I am a Methodist. This is my casserole dish.” Methodists know there is really nothing better than sharing food (good food) together. And our practice of potluck dinners, fellowship lunches and coffee hours is biblically grounded. The sharing of food is a metaphor often used in the Bible. Psalms of celebration speak of feasts to covey God’s goodness and power. As Christians, we are a people of the table. There is a table at the center of our worship space. We are a community that blesses, breaks and shares bread together. The 23rd Psalm is just one example of how table sharing is used to convey blessings. The words of this Psalm are so familiar to us that we often hear their comfort without really listening to what they say. The Psalmist, who is believed to be King David, writes, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Abundance is what he’s really talking about. We can only imagine that the table prepared by God would be covered with all the finest food and drink. The Message version of the same passage reads, “You serve me a six course dinner right in front of my enemies.” The God of the Universe sets the table, prepares the food, and provides a feast. But the Psalmist ~ David ~ did not have a romantic or unrealistic view of the world.   The enemies he spoke of were not metaphorical. He knew, from experience, that there were enemies, real enemies, out there. Goliath was another. Saul was one. David encountered enemies his whole life long including, at the end of his life, his own son. And David knew that when the enemies on the outside don’t get you the...

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Faith UMC Update April 18, 2018

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith, This Sunday our Scripture focus will be on the 23rd Psalm.  Psalm 23 is the most well-known Psalm and perhaps, even, the most well-known Scripture in the Bible.  Those who don’t attend church have likely heard the familiar first line, “The Lord is my Shepherd….” On Sunday we will consider why this is such a beloved Scripture and how, through it, we are offered acceptance, comfort and strength.  If you have a story about the 23rd Psalm, or would like to share why it is a favorite of yours, I would love to hear from you. Below you will find a prayer for reflection, along with announcements about events and opportunities in your church and community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   Be thou my vision, Lord, this day and every day, the center of my life, the focus of my thoughts. Be thou my wisdom, Lord, the inspiration of my words, in every situation, Your Spirit my support. ~ Faith and Worship   Sunday, April 22 Theme: Home:  A Place at the Table Scripture: Psalm 23, John 10:11-18 Sermon: Table Prepared   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule April 23-27 Monday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits Tuesday – Office in the Morning Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Trustees 6:30pm Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits Friday – Pastor’s Sabbath   New Member Conversations were canceled due to weather on Sunday.  We will meet this coming Sunday at 10:30am.  Come if you are interest, curious, or just want to know more!   Ham Dinner and Silent Auction In just a few short weeks, on Saturday, May 5, our church will hold its annual Ham Dinner and Silent Auction. Please note: Due to some scheduling conflicts, the event will NOT be on May 12 as advertised in the April Horizon’s of Faith. We apologize for any confusion. This is our church’s largest fund raising event with all proceeds going towards our operating budget. We will need many volunteers for a successful event, including people to help with setup, cooking, serving, cleanup, baking pies and people to help solicit businesses or donate items for the silent auction. The volunteer sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Diane Chamberlain will be managing the kitchen and kitchen help. Valerie Kuentzel will be in charge of the Silent Auction portion. Please contact either of these coordinators with questions or to volunteer. See you on Cinco de Mayo, in English: May 5!   Church Conference — 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!   Apply now for 2018-19 general scholarship for 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 are eligible. The application and required recommendation form are submitted online. Any questions can be directed to Scholarship Committee Chair Paul Carlotto at p.carlotto@verizon.net.  You can find the application process here: https://www.neumc.org/newsdetail/201819neacscholarship-11104327   Adult Study on “The Anatomy of Peace” Pastor Kristabeth is leading an Adult Study on the book “The Anatomy of Peace.”  It is one of the Bishop’s recommended books.  Everyone is welcome to attend – Sunday evenings at 5pm.  We meet in the...

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Sermon April 15: Family Reunion

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http://faithsbvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Family-Reunion_E.mp3 Faith United Methodist Church April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: Luke 24:36b-48, 1 John 3:1-7 Prayer of Illumination: Risen Christ, come to us now. Open our ears, that we may hear your word. Open our minds, that we may understand the scriptures before us. Speak to our hearts, that our lives may be transformed by your love. Guide our steps as we go forth, that we may be your beloved children, witnessing to your resurrection, and proclaiming your message throughout the earth. Amen. Sermon:  Family Reunion If you’re having a feeling of déjà vu ~ if you sense that you’ve heard this story before ~ you would be right. Today’s Gospel lesson from Luke is very similar to the story the Bishop shared with us last week from the Gospel of John. It was the first day of the week and the disciples were huddled behind closed doors in fear. Rumors were swirling that Jesus, the one who had been crucified, was risen from the dead. The disciples didn’t know whether they should be terrified or rejoice. And then Jesus ~ Jesus ~ came among them to show them his hands and feet, to eat with them, to assure them that he had indeed overcome death. Two weeks later and it is still Easter. At home we’ve probably put away our plastic eggs and Easter bunnies. But here it’s still Easter. Could it be that we’re belaboring the point? Isn’t it time to move on to something else? The Bible is chock-full of interesting stories. Yet here we are on the Third Sunday of Easter telling the same story. Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed….. Maybe the wise people who put together the lectionary recognized that we are not all that different from the disciples. The disciples didn’t get it the first time Jesus told them that he would rise from the dead. They didn’t get it the second or third or fourth time either. They didn’t even get it when Mary Magdalene came to them and announced, “I have seen the Lord.” And this Scripture tells us that even in seeing the risen Jesus for themselves they didn’t get it right away. Luke tells us, “While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering.” Perhaps they thought Jesus was a ghost, not their friend, their brother, raised from the dead.   And, like the disciples, maybe we need to hear it again and again. “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name…” So today we have another account of the resurrection, the one recorded by Luke. It is a story filled with the ordinary and the extraordinary. It tells of gathered loved ones sharing food and studying the Scripture ~ all pretty ordinary things. Yet in this story the beloved had been resurrected, the meal echoes miracle in the sharing of bread and fish, and the Scripture opens the disciples’ eyes to see that their beloved, the one that they thought had died, was not ghost but had indeed risen from the dead.   Jesus used the ordinary to point to the extraordinary. Jesus used regular things, everyday things to witness to the divine among them. And maybe that is why they didn’t recognize him right away. One might think that the Resurrected Christ would appear in a blaze of glory. One might think there would be a chorus of angels and seraphim to announce his...

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