Krista Beth

Faith UMC Update September 14, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith, Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the devastation of two massive hurricanes.  We’ve also witnessed the heroism of neighbors and emergency workers, and the generosity of millions who’ve given money to help those who’ve lost so much.  Coming on the heels of the divisive and hateful events in Charlottesville, this witness of neighbors helping neighbors reminds us that the bonds of love are stronger than hate.  We have more in common than that which divides us. Let us reject the rhetoric of hate and embrace love.  Let us see each other in all our humanity and reach toward each other in generosity.  If you scroll down you can find information about how to donate to hurricane relief efforts through UMCOR.  Also, below, I have included a prayer for a world impacted by natural disasters. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   This beautiful world can be cruel, destroying life and livelihood in an instant, challenging our faith in a God who cares. This beautiful world is yours, Lord, created in love, gifted by grace. Help us understand it , care for it , protect it, and when disaster strikes be there, if not in person, then in prayer. ~ John Birch at Faith and Worship   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of September 17-24 (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am Monday: Office 8:30m-10:30am, Afternoon Meeting in White River Junction Tuesday: Lectionary Group in St. Albans 9am-10am, Visits Wednesday:  Working Out of the Office Thursday: Office Hours 10am-2pm, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm Friday:  Office Hours 8am-10am, Writers Workshop 10:30am-12:30am, Clergy Lunch Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath   Worship Sunday, September 17 Theme: Preachers’ Aid Society Scripture:  Luke 12:13-21, Psalm 107:1-9 Sermon: Caring for Those Who Have Cared for Us – Rev. Wesley Palmer   Guest Preacher from The Preachers’ Aid Society Rev. Wesley Palmer will be our guest preacher on Sunday.  Rev. Palmer is the executive director of The Preachers’ Aid Society.  You may remember our work with The Preachers’ Aid Society for our Forward in Faith capital campaign in 2013.  With their help we were able to raise funds to re-pave our parking lot, re-roof our building and re-carpet the gathering space and sanctuary, as well as support PAS in the building of retired clergy housing in Wells, ME.  Rev. Palmer will share the ongoing mission of PAS and how it connects with God’s mission in the world!   Run for JUMP Kenny Chamberlain (who was confirmed on Sunday) is participating in the Run for JUMP and would appreciate any support you can give!  Here is the link to his donation page:  https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kenny-chamberlain/run-or-walk-for-jump-2017 Way to go Kenny!   Hurricane Relief Efforts UMCOR is our United Methodist disaster relief agency.  Through their work we respond to emergencies all over the world and 100% of our donations go directly to those in need.  Here is the link to the donation page for relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:  https://secure3.convio.net/gbgm/site/SPageNavigator/umcor_donate.html?type=1002&project=901670   BISHOP’S DAY IN THE DISTRICT – Tuesday, September 26th Trinity United Methodist Church, Montpelier 6pm – Potluck 6:30pm – Conversation with the Bishop Save the date and let Pastor Kristabeth know if you would like to attend and carpool.   METHODIST MIXER – SEPTEMBER 30TH The next Methodist Mixer will take place on Saturday, September 30th at Chef Leu’s. For those unfamiliar with the Methodist Mixers, we are a group of people from local Methodist churches who gather twice a year to enjoy good fellowship at a local restaurant. For reservations, please RSVP Beth Williams, 802-881-1984....

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Faith UMC Update August 10, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith, Another sunny day in Vermont!  Could we get used to this?  I think so!  But even with the warmth of the sun, I’m starting to feel a crispness in the air at night that reminds me autumn is just around the corner.  And with autumn comes the return to school for some and the start of new adventures for others.  Ben moves into his dorm at UVM in two short weeks.  Others begin their college adventures even sooner.  Let us pray for our students – those beginning at new schools and those returning to familiar places.  And let us pray for each other that, as the days grow shorter, we may find moments of peace to experience God’s presence in the joy of summer in Vermont. Below I’ve included a prayer for your spiritual reflection. Please scroll down to read the announcements about events and opportunities in our church and community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   Enter my hearing, Oh, silence Soften my sight with love Rid my thoughts of harshness Open my search for good   Lighten my heart, compassion Relieve my soul from the fight   Wash me, best intentions In hope’s pure promising light   Protect my day, good instincts Safe from remorse this night ~ Richard Holdsworth   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of August 13-19 (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am, FLOCK Teachers Meeting 11am, Visit Monday: Office 8:30am-11:30am Tuesday: Lunch Meeting, Working out of the Office Wednesday:  Vermont Interfaith Action Convention 9am-3pm, Staff Support 6:30pm Thursday: Office 10am-2pm, Visit, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm, Tending Faith 7pm Friday:  Morning Confirmation Class Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath and Evening FUMC @ Lake Monster’s Game!   Worship Sunday, August 13 Theme: Family Stories:  Direction Scripture:  Psalm 105:16-22, 45b, Matthew 14:22-33 Sermon: “Putting Yourself Out” – Tim Hess Preaching Healing Prayer   Holy Humor Sunday:  August 20 Do you have a joke you want to share?  Do you have a crazy hat you can’t wait to wear?  Bring both to Holy Humor Sunday on August 20th!  The theme for Holy Humor Sunday is “He Who Laughs Last….”   Circle Sunday August 20 following Worship (Note Change of Date) Sunday, August 20th will be our quarterly Circle Sunday!  On Circle Sundays the Ministry Circles of Compassion, Encouragement and Inspiration meet.  Ministries of Compassion are ministries that show concern or care for the experiences of others. Ministries of Encouragement are ministries that support others in their spiritual growth. Ministries of Inspiration are ministries that move us closer to God.  Please bring a simple pot luck dish to share.  A collaborative meeting of all Circle Ministry Teams will gather from 12-1pm. There’s a Circle for Everyone!  Families, singles, children, elders, youth….. everyone has a place in the Circle!  Plan to stay for Circle Sunday and discover where your gifts can be used in the work of the church!   Hymn Sunday:  September 3 On Sunday, September 3 we will sing all our favorite hymns – or as many as we can squeeze into our worship time!  Sign up on the kiosk to sing your favorite hymn and indicate the hymn name, number in the hymnal, and which two verse you would like to sing.  Then warm up your vocal chords for a Sunday morning filled with song.  We will not have communion September 3.  Communion will be shared September 10.   FLOCK Kick-Off Sunday – September 10 FLOCK Classes (preschool through high school) begin for the Year.  A Potluck Lunch will follow Worship and FLOCK.   THIS...

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Faith UMC Update July 27, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith,   Last Sunday afternoon we had a great time at the Church Picnic.  Many thanks to Tim for coordinating it and preparing hot dogs!  Fellowship events are a great way to get to know each other better and strengthen our faith community.  Jesus said that when, “…two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”  I’m sure that applies to church picnics, too!   Below I’ve included a prayer for confidence that we may ever more be who God created us to be. Please scroll down to read the announcements about events and opportunities in our church and community.   Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   Grant us the confidence, Lord to step out in faith and become the people we are meant to be, unapologetic in our love for you, wanting to be change-makers, bringers of hope, love and grace into an unbelieving world that has no faith but in itself, is almost blind and cannot see that all it seeks is found in you. Grant us the confidence, Lord to step out in faith and become the people we are meant to be. ~ Faith and Worship   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of July 30-August 5 (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Leave for Vacation Monday: Vacation Tuesday: Vacation Wednesday:  Vacation Thursday: Office 10am-2pm, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Memorial Service 11am Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath   If you have a pastoral emergency while Pastor Kristabeth is away please call the church office (863-6764) between 9am-1pm or, if it is after office hours, call Kristabeth on her cell phone (825-8141).  There will be no Faith UMC Update next week.   Worship Sunday, July 30 – Family Stories Theme: The Next Generation Scripture:  Genesis 29: 15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Sermon:  “Marriage, Children and Reconciliation” Worship will include a “Story Time” for you to tell a family story of your own!    Worship Sunday, August 6 Theme: God’s Ever Present Love Scripture:  Romans 8:26-39 Sermon: “Inseparable” We will share Holy Communion.   Lake Monster’s Game with Fireworks Saturday, August 19 Ticket Prices: $6.00 – Adults and Children under 12, $4.00 Seniors and Children under 12 Deadline for Sign Up:  August 1 (Sign-up sheet on kiosk) See Tim Hess with any questions. Children’s Table in Sanctuary For those children who are too old for the nursery, but too young to be expected to sit quietly for an hour, we have set up an activity table in the sanctuary.  Children are not required to be at the table.  They are welcome to play at the table for part or all of worship, as they would like.  There are coloring sheets, books, and games available.  If you have an older child who would like to sit at the table and engage with the younger ones as a helper, that would be great too! We hope this creates a space in which parents can worship and children feel welcome and included.  Children are a blessing to our church and our worship experience, with all the joy and enthusiasm they bring!   Nursery Care Volunteer Needed First Sunday of the Month Our dedicated Nursery Care Provider, Sharon, takes the first Sunday of the month off so she can attend worship.  If you would like to volunteer to provide nursery coverage on the first Sundays of the month please speak with Pastor Kristabeth.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Those under 18 may serve as nursery assistants under an adult’s supervision....

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Faith UMC Update July 20, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith, This week we managed to string together a couple of sunny, dry days.  What a blessing!  I’ve certainly enjoyed not getting wet while walking the dogs.  I think it is true that we appreciate our blessings even more when we have to wait for them! Let’s pray that these blessings continue and the rain stays away for our church picnic on Sunday.  Yet, even if we are inside in Brand Hall the blessings of fellowship, food and fun will rain down on us! Below I’ve included a prayer celebrating God’s creation. Please scroll down to read the announcements about events and opportunities in our church and community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth That we can glimpse you within creation is a beautiful thought, but also tells us that you desire to be seen, to be found and known. Open our eyes, Lord, as we walk through this world, feel the wind and sunshine, see the majesty of creation unfolding before our eyes. Help us to see you.  Amen. ~ Faith and Worship Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of July 23-29: (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Worship at the Pines 11:30am, Church Picnic 5:30pm-7:30pm Monday: Office 8:30am-11:30am, Office Work and / or Visits in Afternoon Tuesday: Lectionary Group 9am-10am, Visit, Afternoon Off Wednesday:  Worship at St. Michael’s 11:30am, Office 1pm-4pm, Trustee Meeting 7pm Thursday: Office 10am-2pm, Visit, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Office Work and / or Visits in Late Morning, Afternoon Off Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath   Rosemary, our Office Administrator, is on vacation July 24-28.  Office coverage will be limited.  Please call before you stop by the church office.    Worship Sunday, July 23 – Family Stories Theme: The Black Sheep Scripture:  Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Sermon:  “The Morning After”   Summer Worship Series:  Family Stories – Bring Family Photos for Altar Ancient Families, Modern Stories, Sundays June 18 – July 30 We are nearing the end of our worship series “Family Stories.”  You may still bring your family photos to decorate the worship space!  These last two Sundays of the series you will have the chance to share a family story during our worship time and / or at other times during the service.  If you have a (short) family story you would like to share please let me know by e-mailing or calling the church office at 863-6764.   Church Picnic THIS Sunday, July 23rd 5:30-7:30pm at Veteran’s Park Pavilion, Dorset Park, South Burlington:  Hot dogs will be provided.  Bring a dish to share!  Rain location is at the church in Brand Hall.    Lake Monster’s Game with Fireworks Saturday, August 19 Ticket Prices: $6.00 – Adults and Children under 12, $4.00 Seniors and Children under 12 Deadline for Sign Up:  August 1 (Sign-up sheet on kiosk) See Tim Hess with any questions. Children’s Table in Sanctuary For those children who are too old for the nursery, but too young to be expected to sit quietly for an hour, we have set up an activity table in the sanctuary.  Children are not required to be at the table.  They are welcome to play at the table for part or all of worship, as they would like.  There are coloring sheets, books, and games available.  If you have an older child who would like to sit at the table and engage with the younger ones as a helper, that would be great too! We hope this creates a space in which parents can worship and children feel...

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Faith UMC Update July 6, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith, The Burlington fireworks, watched from North Beach, were beautiful.  Gary and I biked from our home in the New North End to North Beach to join the throngs of people gathered to celebrate Independence Day.  There were young families and groups of teens, older couples and gatherings of friends.  “People-watching” before the fireworks began, I thought how the crowd assembled on the beach represented our country ~ diverse in age, race, political view, economic status, religious belief, but united. At the conclusion of the show everyone applauded and then, courteously, made their way out of the park. (Gary and I then had to bike home in the dark, which turned out to be more fun than we expected!) Below you will find a prayer for unity of spirit and the ability to see God’s beauty in everyone.  Further down are announcements about some events and opportunities in our church and community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth In a world which cares more for the needs of self than others, and is increasingly becoming more inward-looking and fractured, give us a heart for the vulnerable, the refugee, the forgotten, the lost; a heart that is based on yours, poured out for the needs of many and not for the comfort of a few. Give us a heart which looks out and sees your beauty in all people, and welcomes them as a friend. Amen. ~ Faith and Worship Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of July 9-15: (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Visitation Team Meeting 11am, Wedding Meeting 3pm Monday: Office 8:30am-11:30am, Afternoon Off Tuesday: Lectionary Group 9am-10am, Lunch Meeting Wednesday:  Worship at St. Michael’s 11:30am, Office 1pm-4pm Thursday: Office 10am-2pm (11am Meeting with District Superintendent), Visit, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Writer’s Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm, Visit Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath   Worship Sunday, July 9 – Family Stories Theme: And Two Become One Scripture:  Genesis 24:34-38, 42-40, 58-67, Psalm 45:10-17 Sermon:  “A Match Made in….. Nahor” Healing Prayer following Worship   Summer Worship Series:  Family Stories – Bring Family Photos for Altar Ancient Families, Modern Stories, Sundays June 18 – July 30 We travel with Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Leah and Rachel, hearing their stories and reflecting on our own stories in light of God’s great promise that they ~ and we ~ shall be a blessing to the world. During this series we will be decorating the church with family photos.  Please bring in your family photos – modern or of past generations – so that together we may see the varieties of families that make up the family of God!   Church Picnic Sunday, July 23rd 5:30-7:30pm at Veteran’s Park Pavilion, Dorset Park, South Burlington:  Hot dogs will be provided.  Bring a dish to share!  Sign up on the kiosk so we know how many hot dogs to prepare and to let folks know you are coming!   Lake Monster’s Game with Fireworks Saturday, August 19 Ticket Prices: $6.00 – Adults and Children under 12, $4.00 Seniors and Children under 12 Deadline for Sign Up:  August 1 (Sign-up sheet on kiosk) See Tim Hess with any questions. Children’s Table in Sanctuary For those children who are too old for the nursery, but too young to be expected to sit quietly for an hour, we have set up an activity table in the sanctuary.  Children are not required to be at the table.  They are welcome to play at the table for part or all of worship, as they would...

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Faith UMC Update June 30, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith, Independence Day is next week, and our thoughts turn to the celebration of freedom.  Often the 4th of July is filled with cook-outs, family get-togethers and fireworks.  We are blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to gather, the freedom to worship and the freedom to hold different opinions.  The rich diversity of our country is what gives us our strength. This Independence Day I invite you to consider how you can use your freedom to make the world a better, safer place for someone else.  May we not take our freedom for granted, but may we use our freedom to do God’s will.  Be safe this Independence Day! Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.  ~ Book of Common Prayer Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of July 2 – 8: (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am Monday: Office 8:30am-11:30am, Afternoon Off (Rosemary on Vacation) Tuesday: Independence Day – Office Closed Wednesday: Confirmation Class 9:30am-12pm, Office 1pm-4pm Thursday: Office 10am-2pm (Personal Appointment 12pm-1pm), Visit, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Writer’s Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath   Worship Sunday, July 2 – Family Stories Theme: Sacrifice and Secrets Scripture:  Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 Sermon:  “The Fear of Isaac” We will share Holy Communion No nursery care this week. Summer Worship Series:  Family Stories – Bring Family Photos for Altar Ancient Families, Modern Stories, Sundays June 18 – July 30 We will travel with Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecka, Jacob, Leah and Rachel, hearing their stories and reflecting on our own stories in light of God’s great promise that they ~ and we ~ shall be a blessing to the world. During this series we will be decorating the church with family photos.  Please bring in your family photos – modern or of past generations – so that together we may see the varieties of families that make up the family of God! Children’s Table in Sanctuary For those children who are too old for the nursery, but too young to be expected to sit quietly for an hour, we have set up an activity table in the sanctuary.  Children are not required to be at the table.  They are welcome to play at the table for part or all of worship, as they would like.  There are coloring sheets, books, and games available.  If you have an older child who would like to sit at the table and engage with the younger ones as a helper, that would be great too! We hope this creates a space in which parents can worship and children feel welcome and included.  Children are a blessing to our church and our worship experience, with all the joy and enthusiasm they bring! Nursery Care Volunteer Needed First Sunday of the Month Our dedicated Nursery Care Provider, Sharon, takes the first Sunday of the month off so she can attend worship.  If you would like to volunteer to provide nursery coverage on the first Sundays of the month please speak with Pastor Kristabeth.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Those under...

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