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Faith UMC Update May 23, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith,

When I was a child I would often join my parents or grandparents at the cemetery on Memorial Day to decorate the graves of loved ones who had died. Some of the graves we visited were of loved ones I had never met – a great-uncle who died in World War II, my mother’s brother who died in his twenties. Even though I never met these people, I understood the solemnity of the day. Originally Memorial Day was known as “Decoration Day,” and was a day to honor the Union dead after the Civil War. Following World War I it became a day for remembering all those who had died in our nation’s wars. And from there it has broadened further, so that now Memorial Day is for remembering all who have died.

Below you will find a Memorial Day prayer. If you scroll down further you will find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community.

Your Friend in Faith,

Pastor Kristabeth

 

Our Holy and Gracious God, help us to remember. Help us to remember the sacrifices bravely made in which one has given life for another and for all. Help us to remember those that stand in the breach where there is trouble and in which conflict threatens to undo your good creation.

Help us to remember that we look for the day when every sword will be replaced by a plow, that all may be fed and live in your peace. Forgive us every sin that makes for division and for war, and bring us all into your kingdom on earth as in heaven. This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

~ Doug Paysour

 

Sunday, May 27

Theme: Hospitality of the Heart

Scripture: Romans 12:13-20, Matthew 10:40-42

Sermon: “Hospitality’s Reward”

 

Large Print United Methodist Hymnals and The Faith We Sing are now available.

They are on the shelf in the Narthex and you are welcome to pick one up as you enter the Sanctuary. The ushers can assist you!

 

The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

 

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

 

Children’s Sunday June 3! 

Theme: “See beyond the clothes:  God does!”

There will be a Potluck Lunch following worship.  Bring a dish to share!

 

Future Trees for Faith Trees Arriving Friday!

Our new oak trees will arrive at the church on Friday morning for planting.   We will need 3-4 people to plant and mulch for each tree. Any who would like to meet me at the church at 9 AM on Saturday morning, or who can stay after the church worship service on Sunday morning, are welcome.  All are welcome to participate, but most especially the youth.

 

FLOCK, our Children’s Church School, will be on summer break from June 10th through the beginning of September. Children of all ages are welcome (and encouraged) to attend worship with their families.  Coloring pages are available at the Children’s Table at the front of the Sanctuary.  The nursery will continue to be staffed throughout the summer (except on the First Sunday of the month).

 

Free Book Table

On Sunday you will find a “Free Book” table in the Gathering Space. There are many Bibles, books on various topics, and Bible cases for you to peruse. Please do not be shy! If you are looking for a Bible of a particular translation, or you have a friend who would like a Bible, or find a book of particular interest, please take what you can use! All the books and Bibles were donated for use by our Faith community.

 

Painters Needed!

The Trustees are looking for volunteers to paint three rooms – two at the parsonage and one at the church. If you enjoy painting, and would like to lend a hand, speak with Beth Williams or Ann DeYoung.

 

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

(Women please RSVP Beth Williams by Friday before the breakfast: 802-881-1984)

Faith UMC Update May 17, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith,

Pentecost is one of my favorite days of the year!  Unlike Christmas and Easter, Pentecost doesn’t get a lot of attention in the wider culture.  Yet it is essential to the experience of our Christian faith since Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Up until Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were a pretty small group.  On Pentecost, three thousand people experienced the Holy Spirit and were baptized.  The Church was born!  On Pentecost we wear red and decorate the church to symbolize the flames of the Holy Spirit, which is still with us.  The Holy Spirit was given to us as a comforter, a guide, and advocate.

Below you will find a prayer for Pentecost.  If you scroll down further you will find announcements about events and opportunities in your church community.

Your Friend in Faith,

Pastor Kristabeth

 

For the Spirit of Peace
that calms our mind
and stills our life,
we give you thanks.
For the Spirit of Love
that touches hearts
and reaches out,
we give you thanks.
For the Spirit of Joy
that lifts our soul
and gives us faith
we give you thanks.
For the Spirit of Power,
that gift of grace
for this your church,
we give you thanks.

~ Faith and Worship

 

Sunday, May 20 – Pentecost – Wear Red!

Theme:  The Promised Holy Spirit

Scripture: Acts 2:1-17, Romans 8:22-27

Sermon: What’s Mine Is Yours

 

Large Print United Methodist Hymnals and The Faith We Sing are now available.  They are on the shelf just outside the Sanctuary and you are welcome to pick one up as you enter for worship.  The ushers can assist you! 

 

Circle Sunday – THIS SUNDAY, May 20th

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 1st

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

 

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 bridgetkimsey@gmail.com

 

Free Book Table

One Sunday you will find a “Free Book” table in the Gathering Space.  There are many Bibles, books on various topics, and Bible cases for you to peruse.  Please do not be shy!  If you are looking for a Bible of a particular translation, or you have a friend who would like a Bible, or find a book of particular interest, please take what you can use!  All the books and Bibles were donated for use by our Faith community.

 

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 19-21. 

 

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

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 bridgetkimsey@gmail.com

 

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

Faith UMC Update May 2, 2018

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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 Compassion Table in the Narthex. 

 

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

 

Compassion Team Message:  Let Us Help Them

In Vermont we have hundred’s of children placed into foster care each year. Which is why the Compassion Team will be encouraging you to learn more about PINS (Partners in Service) – faith communities and human service agencies collaborating to help local children and families in need. We will be kicking off a number of PINS-related programs over the next couple of months:

1) Providing desserts for ~100 people attending the annual Foster/Kin and Adoptive Families Celebration on May 12th. Please mark your baking calendars – we’re looking for fun, kid-friendly desserts to be delivered to FUMC on 5/11 and 5/12. Let’s make this year special for the kids and their families!
2) Clothes Line for Kids – a care package of new clothes for children entering the foster program. More details coming in next month’s newsletter.
3) Mission Moment and Meet & Greet with Cathy Frost, Resource Coordinator for Burlington Department for Children and Families Sunday, May 6.  Learn more about how you can support PINS, foster families, and other volunteer opportunities.

For more information, please contact Diane Chamberlain, 578-8035 or dgchamberlain@gmail.com.

 

Pines Ministry Team – THIS Sunday May 6 at 11:30am

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 Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am. Please join us if you are curious or interested! Speak with Tim Hess or Pastor Kristabeth for more information.

 

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 bridgetkimsey@gmail.com

 

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 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 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 12-14. 

 

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

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 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 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 8-11.  

 

Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1st

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.

 

Compassion Team Message:  Let Us Help Them

In Vermont we have hundred’s of children placed into foster care each year. Which is why the Compassion Team will be encouraging you to learn more about PINS (Partners in Service) – faith communities and human service agencies collaborating to help local children and families in need. We will be kicking off a number of PINS-related programs over the next couple of months:

1) Providing desserts for ~100 people attending the annual Foster/Kin and Adoptive Families Celebration on May 12th. Please mark your baking calendars – we’re looking for fun, kid-friendly desserts to be delivered to FUMC on 5/11 and 5/12. Let’s make this year special for the kids and their families!
2) Clothes Line for Kids – a care package of new clothes for children entering the foster program. More details coming in next month’s newsletter.
3) Mission Moment and Meet & Greet with Cathy Frost, Resource Coordinator for Burlington Department for Children and Families Sunday, May 6.  Learn more about how you can support PINS, foster families, and other volunteer opportunities.

For more information, please contact Diane Chamberlain, 578-8035 or dgchamberlain@gmail.com.

 

Tending Faith ~ Wednesday, May 2 at 7pm

Leadership Empowerment and Development

Our final “Tending Faith” will be Wednesday, May 2 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!  We will review the highlights of the major lessons we’ve shared together since Tending Faith began.

 

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 Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am. Please join us if you are curious or interested! Speak with Tim Hess or Pastor Kristabeth for more information.

 

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 bridgetkimsey@gmail.com

 

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

Faith UMC Update April 18, 2018

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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 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 4-7.  

 

Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1st

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.

 

JUMP into Spring
April is our church’s month to collect food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project(JUMP).  Last year we collected 23.  Thank you goes to Hannafords on Dorset St for kindly donating the bags.  Please see the display and the food list in the Gathering Space for more information.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

Compassion Team Message:  Let Us Help Them

In Vermont we have hundred’s of children placed into foster care each year. Which is why the Compassion Team will be encouraging you to learn more about PINS (Partners in Service) – faith communities and human service agencies collaborating to help local children and families in need. We will be kicking off a number of PINS-related programs over the next couple of month:

1) Providing desserts for ~100 people attending the annual Foster/Kin and Adoptive Families Celebration on May 12th. Please mark your baking calendars – we’re looking for fun, kid-friendly desserts to be delivered to FUMC on 5/11 and 5/12. Let’s make this year special for the kids and their families.
2) Clothes Line for Kids – a care package of new clothes for children entering the foster program. More details coming in next month’s newsletter.
3) Mission Moment and Meet & Greet with Cathy Frost, Resource Coordinator for Burlington Department for Children and Families. Date TBD.  Learn more about how you can support PINS, foster families, and other volunteer opportunities.

For more information, please contact Diane Chamberlain, 578-8035 or dgchamberlain@gmail.com.

 

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

Faith UMC Update April 11, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith,

Native American Ministries Sunday is one of the six United Methodist Special Sundays we observe each year.  As umcgiving.org describes, “When you support Native American Ministries Sunday, you equip seminary students who will honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries. And you empower congregations that are finding fresh new ways to minister to their communities with the love of Christ.” This Sunday you will have the opportunity to give a special gift to support this ministry and share God’s love!

Below you will find a prayer that reflects the Native American Tradition, along with announcements about events and opportunities in your church and community.

Your Friend in Faith,

Pastor Kristabeth

 

Let us give thanks for this beautiful day, for it is a gift from Creator.

Let us give thanks for the water without which life would not be possible.

Let us give thanks for Grandmother Earth who protects and nourishes us.

We give thanks for earth, air, sun, and water, in which we see the hand of Creator,

even Creator Himself for He is in all He has made.

Let us give thanks for this life. It is a gift from Creator, and we have the possibility of living it.

Let us live it to His praise and glory!

~ Rev. Jeff Ramsland

 

Sunday, April 15 – Native American Awareness Sunday

Theme: Home:  You’re Family!

Scripture: Luke 36b-48, 1 John 3:1-7

Sermon: Family Reunion

 

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule April 16-20

Monday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits

Tuesday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting

Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Worship at Gazebo Senior Living at 2:30pm

Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits

Friday – Pastor’s Sabbath

 

New Member Conversations

Come join the new member conversations!  The first class was after worship on March 4 but you can catch up! Other classes after worship on April 15 and April 22. Come if you are curious -you can decide to join – or not – as classes proceed.

 

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 2018-2019 General 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 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 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 4-6.  

 

Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1st

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.

 

JUMP into Spring
April is our church’s month to collect food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project(JUMP).  Last year we collected 23.  Thank you goes to Hannafords on Dorset St for kindly donating the bags.  Please see the display and the food list in the Gathering Space for more information.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

Compassion Team Message:  Let Us Help Them

In Vermont we have hundred’s of children placed into foster care each year. Which is why the Compassion Team will be encouraging you to learn more about PINS (Partners in Service) – faith communities and human service agencies collaborating to help local children and families in need. We will be kicking off a number of PINS-related programs over the next couple of month:

1) Providing desserts for ~100 people attending the annual Foster/Kin and Adoptive Families Celebration on May 12th. Please mark your baking calendars – we’re looking for fun, kid-friendly desserts to be delivered to FUMC on 5/11 and 5/12. Let’s make this year special for the kids and their families!
2) Clothes Line for Kids – a care package of new clothes for children entering the foster program. More details coming in next month’s newsletter.
3) Mission Moment and Meet & Greet with Cathy Frost, Resource Coordinator for Burlington Department for Children and Families. Date TBD.  Learn more about how you can support PINS, foster families, and other volunteer opportunities.

For more information, please contact Diane Chamberlain, 578-8035 or dgchamberlain@gmail.com.

 

South Burlington Community Announcement:  What Kind of Community Do We Want to Be?

Save the Date for a South Burlington Community Conversation

The South Burlington Community Justice Center (SB CJC) and South Burlington faith leaders will host a Community Conversation Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Anyone who lives, works, goes to school, or owns a business in South Burlington is invited to attend. The event will be held at Vibrant Church, 2025 Williston Road.

This will be an opportunity for authentic dialogue with students, community leaders, people you may know, people you may not know, people who agree with you, and people who disagree with you. This is a chance to really talk and listen, and build community together by getting to know each other in ways that we often don’t have the chance or opportunity. We would love for you to attend. Any questions can be directed to Matthew Samuels at the SB CJC by email at msamuels@southburlingtonpolice.org or by phone at 802-846-4626.

 

Conversation series: “Relationships Across Difference: Bridging Faiths”

This provocative conversation (shared at All Souls Chapel in Shelburne) exploring relationship across difference is now available to watch:

https://www.retn.org/show/relationships-across-difference-bridging-faiths

https://youtu.be/Csi-iS5MK7Q

https://vimeo.com/263534573

Listen as distinguished guests (Basu Dhakal,  Bidur Dahal, Melissa Ann O’Brien, and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees) discuss difference from diverse perspectives and how engagement with the natural world, each other, and diverse spiritual traditions may bridge the divide.

 

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

Faith UMC Update April 4, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith,

Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen, Indeed!  Last Sunday we had a wonderful Easter celebration, including a 6:15am Sunrise Service.  Because of the rain, we didn’t actually see the sunrise, but we certainly felt the rising of the Son in our hearts.  And guess what?  The celebration is not over.  Easter isn’t just a Sunday, it is a season.  We will continue to walk with the risen Christ during the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost, called The Great Fifty Days in some traditions.  Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Tomorrow and Forever – Thanks be to God!

Below you will find an Easter prayer, along with announcements and opportunities in your church and community.

Your Friend in Faith,

Pastor Kristabeth

 

We thank you
that Easter is not about
a people,
but all people,
that your love
and your Salvation
are for all who confess
with voices, hearts and lives
that the tomb is empty
because Jesus is risen,
that we might know
forgiveness,
that lives might be
reborn
and your name
glorified
now and for eternity.

~ Faith and Worship

 

Visit from Bishop Devadhar THIS 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!

 

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule April 9-13

Monday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting, Afternoon Visits

Tuesday – Office in the Morning

Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Staff Parish Team 6:30pm

Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits

Friday – Pastor’s Sabbath

 

Celebrate 125 pounds of food delivered to the Food Shelf for March!   

 

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 fundraising 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 2018-2019 Church Scholarhsip

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

 

New Member Conversations

Come join the new member conversations!  The first class was after worship on March 4 but you can catch up! Other classes after worship on April 15 and April 22. Come if you are curious -you can decide to join – or not – as classes proceed.

 

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.  If you have the book, please read the first three chapters for Sunday’s class.  (It’s a quick read!)

 

Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1st

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.

 

JUMP into Spring
April is our church’s month to collect food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project(JUMP).  Last year we collected 23.  Thank you goes to Hannafords on Dorset St for kindly donating the bags.  Please see the display and the food list in the Gathering Space for more information.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

Compassion Team Message:  Let Us Help Them

In Vermont we have hundred’s of children placed into foster care each year. Which is why the Compassion Team will be encouraging you to learn more about PINS (Partners in Service) – faith communities and human service agencies collaborating to help local children and families in need. We will be kicking off a number of PINS-related programs over the next couple of month:

1) Providing desserts for ~100 people attending the annual Foster/Kin and Adoptive Families Celebration on May 12th. Please mark your baking calendars – we’re looking for fun, kid-friendly desserts to be delivered to FUMC on 5/11 and 5/12. Let’s make this year special for the kids and their families!
2) Clothes Line for Kids – a care package of new clothes for children entering the foster program. More details coming in next month’s newsletter.
3) Mission Moment and Meet & Greet with Cathy Frost, Resource Coordinator for Burlington Department for Children and Families. Date TBD.  Learn more about how you can support PINS, foster families, and other volunteer opportunities.

For more information, please contact Diane Chamberlain, 578-8035 or dgchamberlain@gmail.com.

 

South Burlington Community Announcement:  What Kind of Community Do We Want to Be?

Save the Date for a South Burlington Community Conversation

The South Burlington Community Justice Center (SB CJC) and South Burlington faith leaders will host a Community Conversation Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Anyone who lives, works, goes to school, or owns a business in South Burlington is invited to attend. The event will be held at Vibrant Church, 2025 Williston Road.

 

This will be an opportunity for authentic dialogue with students, community leaders, people you may know, people you may not know, people who agree with you, and people who disagree with you. This is a chance to really talk and listen, and build community together by getting to know each other in ways that we often don’t have the chance or opportunity. We would love for you to attend. Any questions can be directed to Matthew Samuels at the SB CJC by email at msamuels@southburlingtonpolice.org or by phone at 802-846-4626.

 

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

Faith UMC Update March 28, 2018

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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 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

 

New Member Conversations

Come join the new member conversations!  The first class was after worship on March 4 but you can catch up! Other classes after worship on April 15 and April 22. Come if you are curious -you can decide to join – or not – as classes proceed.

 

Adult Study on “The Anatomy of Peace”

Starts Sunday, April 8 at 5pm

Pastor Kristabeth is offering an Adult Study on the book “The Anatomy of Peace.”  It is one of the Bishop’s recommended books.  Everyone is welcome to attend this eight-week study – Sunday evenings at 5pm starting April 8.  We will 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.

 

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.

 

JUMP into Spring
April is our church’s month to collect food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project(JUMP).  Last year we collected 23.  Thank you goes to Hannafords on Dorset St for kindly donating the bags.  Please see the display and the food list in the Gathering Space for more information.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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

Faith UMC Update March 22, 2018

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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 to track the Easter Bunny!  There are several great Easter Egg Hunts available in our area:

Easter Egg Hunt at  Shelburne United Methodist Church
30 Church St., Shelburne,  March 31,  10:00am – 11:00am

Egg Hunt at Williston Central School
195 Central School Drive, Williston, March 31, 
8:45am

Easter Egg Hunt at Colchester’s Bayside Park
Bayside Park, Colchester, March 31, 10:00am

 

 

Apply Now for 2018-2019 General Scholarship from 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

 

New Member Conversations

Come join the new member conversations!  The first class was after worship on March 4 but you can catch up! Other classes after worship on April 15 and April 22. Come if you are curious -you can decide to join – or not – as classes proceed.

 

Adult Study on “The Anatomy of Peace”

Starts Sunday, April 8 at 5pm

Pastor Kristabeth is offering an Adult Study on the book “The Anatomy of Peace.”  It is one of the Bishop’s recommended books.  Everyone is welcome to attend this eight-week study – Sunday evenings at 5pm starting April 8.  We will 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.

 

JUMP into Spring
 April is our church’s month to collect food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project(JUMP).  Last year we collected 23.  Thank you goes to Hannafords on Dorset St for kindly donating the bags.  Please see the display and the food list in the Gathering Space for more information.  Thank you in advance for your generosity

 

Relationships Across Difference:  Conversation Series with Fran Stoddard – “Bridging Faiths”

DATE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM; doors open at 6:00 PM

LOCATION: All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne

FEE: Free

Join moderator Fran Stoddard, Vermont PBS producer/host, for a provocative conversation exploring relationship across difference. Distinguished guests (Basu Dhakal,  Bidur Dahal, Melissa Ann O’Brien, and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees) will discuss difference from diverse perspectives and how engagement with the natural world, each other, and diverse spiritual traditions may bridge the divide.  Basu Dhakal,  Bidur Dahal, Melissa Ann O’Brien, and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees.

 

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