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Faith UMC Update October 5, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith,   This has been a week of tragedy and tears as we’ve reeled from the violence in Las Vegas.  The enormity of the tragedy is hard to comprehend – dozens killed, hundreds wounded.  We lift our prayers of lament and petition to God who weeps with us.  My faith was buoyed by stories of local United Methodist Churches that reached out with compassion and a helping hand.  You can read one such story here:  http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/after-mass-shooting-churchgoers-offer-help   Let us pray for the grieving, the wounded, the traumatized.  And let us work and pray for a world of peace and love, a world without violence and hate.  Below us a prayer we can lift in the face of the tragedy.  Further down you can read news of happenings in our church and local community.   Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   Lord God, we don’t know how to pray. This immense tragendy feels overwhelming. We can only imagine how the victims feel, and we are so many miles away that we feel helpless. Surround those directly involved with your loving presence. Comfort the families of the dead and injured, Sustain those waiting for word of those they love. Protect, strengthen, and uphold the rescuers and emergency personnel. Help all of us to remember that your love is bigger and stronger than despair and destruction. Guide and strengthen us to reach out to those affected in ways that will bring healing. Give them and us a sense of your peace and hope. In the name of Jesus, our friend and healer. Amen.   ~ Adapted from Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of October 8-14 (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am Monday: Office Closed – Columbus Day Tuesday: Writing Day – Office Closed – Rosemary Vacation Wednesday:  Office 11am-2:30pm, New Member Class 5:30pm, Staff Parish 5:30pm Thursday: Office Hours 10am-2pm, 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, October 8 Theme: God’s Wisdom Scripture:  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Sermon: “Rule of Life”   The Church Office will be closed Friday (Oct. 6) through Tuesday (Oct. 10) for UVM Family Days for Pastor Kristabeth’s family, Columbus Day, and Rosemary’s vacation.    Our Conference Week of Prayer begins Sunday:  Praying our Way Forward As part of the Council of Bishops’ initiative Praying Our Way Forward, our conference will engage in a week for intentional prayer for the denomination Oct. 8-14, 2017. The Praying our Way Forward initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision the Book of Discipline paragraphs concerning human sexuality and explore maintaining and strengthening the unity of the church.  Prayers written by United Methodists in New England will be shared our website www. neumc.org. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar has written a prayer to begin our week which you can find here http://neumc-email.brtapp.com/files/imagelibrary/e%20news%20photos/2017%20aug%20-%20dec/oct%204%202017/devadhar%20week%20of%20prayer%208.5×11.pdf.   Installation of new District Superintendent, Rev. Jill Colley-Robinson Sunday, October 15th at 3pm Dear Partners in Christ: It is my delight to invite you to the installation...

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Faith UMC Update September 21, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith, It may not feel like it, but tomorrow is the first day of autumn – the season of colorful leaves, warm apple cider and pumpkin everything!  (As I write this I am sitting at Barnes & Noble Café enjoying a pumpkin spice latte.) Even though the days have been warm, signs of autumn are everywhere.  And, noticing those signs is another opportunity to give thanks to God for the beauty of creation.  Below you will find a prayer celebrating the blessings of the season!  Scroll further to learn about events and opportunities in our faith community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   So many shades of gold Autumn Another miracle we take for granted Another expression of the artist’s vision The blending of the autumn hues with the setting sun Warm Comforting Perfect Thank you for autumn, Lord ~ Faith and Worship   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of September 24-30 (Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.) Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Pines Worship 11:30am Monday: Office 8:30m-11:30am, Visits Tuesday: Clergy Training to Support Veterans 8:30am-3:30pm, Bishop’s Day on District 6pm-9pm Wednesday:  Office 1pm-4pm, Trustees Meeting 7pm Thursday: Office Hours 10am-2pm, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm Friday:  Office Hours 8am-10am, Writers Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath   Worship Sunday, September 24 Theme: God’s Fairness Scripture:  Matthew 20:1-16, Exodus 16:2-8 Sermon: It’s Not Fair!   BISHOP’S DAY IN THE DISTRICT – Tuesday, September 26th Trinity United Methodist Church, Montpelier 6pm – Potluck 6:30pm – Conversation with the Bishop 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.   Animal Blessing on Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 pm Our Service of Animal Blessing will be held in Brand Hall on Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 pm. All friendly pets on leashes or in carriers are welcome! Invite your two-legged and four-legged (winged and slithering) friends!   New Coordinator for our Prayer Circle The Prayer Circle is a group of individuals who value, practice and encourage compassionate and healing prayer. The Coordinator leads the group in weekly prayers of Joys & Concerns as well as more customized and personalized prayer requests received from the congregation. If you have a prayer request, or would like to join the Prayer Circle email list, please e-mail Anne Roberts at acyroberts@comcast.net. If you don’t have email access, please leave your prayer requests with Rosemary in the Office or via a message on the office voicemail at 802-863-6764.    Our FUMC Men’s Breakfast takes place the first Saturday of every month at 8am at Denny’s on Shelburne Rd. All men welcome! Next one Saturday, October 7th   Our FUMC Women’s Breakfast takes place the second Saturday of every Month at 9am at Trader Dukes on Williston Rd.  All women welcome!  Next one Saturday, October 14th   Donate to the Food Shelf – Fill the Shopping Cart! – Place your non-perishable food donations in the shopping cart in the Narthex.  We donated 125 pounds of food for August.  Let’s keep up the good work for September.   Donations of disposable razors and toothbrushes are needed for JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project).    Register for Vermont Interfaith Power & Light’s Annual Conference VTIPL’s 2017 conference, Building Local Resilience — Inspiring Climate Action!, will be on...

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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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