Faith UMC Update May 9, 2018

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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 way that I can support and show respect for the congregation of Faith UMC and your new pastor, Rev. Leigh Goodrich.   ~ Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth


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


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 Upper Elementary Room.  The book is available on Amazon for $9.47 paperback ($9.15 Kindle).  Speak with Pastor Kristabeth if you have any questions.  This week we will discuss chapters 15-18. 


Men’s Breakfast – First Saturday of the month at 8am at Denny’s

Women’s Breakfast – Second Saturday of the month at 9am at Trader Dukes