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Rev. Kristabeth

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 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.

 

Donate to the Food Shelf:  With children home from school for the summer break, need continues to be great. Place your donation in the shopping cart in the Gathering Space.

 

Weekday Bible Study Survey – Participate Now! 

For the past several years we have held a weekday Bible Study during the school year (September –June).  At various times we’ve met weekly or every other week, in the morning or in the afternoon.  In order to determine the best time for the study I’ve created a poll.  Participation in the poll does not obligate you to attend!  Please give your feedback as to what days and times would work best for you if you were to attend a weekday study: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C5P9SWR

(This study is for those available during the day.  We will continue to have Sunday and evening studies for those who are occupied during the weekdays.) Thanks!

 

Ministry Circles on the Web!

As our circle ministry plan continues to evolve –

so does our website.

If you haven’t been there in a while –

take it for a spin!

http://faithsbvt.org/our-ministries/

Faith UMC Update July 6, 2017

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

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 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.

 

Donate to the Food Shelf:  With children home from school for the summer break, need continues to be great. Place your donation in the shopping cart in the Gathering Space.

 

Come join the New Member Conversations!

Come if you are curious –

You might be wondering about our church history or

How does Faith UMC plan for the future?

Who decides what we’ll do next week, next month, next year?

What does membership mean?

How can I become more involved?

What are my spiritual gifts?

Who was John Wesley and why is he important to Methodists?

If you’d like some answers – let Tricia Waldron know you are interested by seeing her at church or calling 373-6114 or via email triciavt@myfairpoint.net.

 

Weekday Bible Study

For the past several years we have held a weekday Bible Study during the school year (September –June).  At various times we’ve met weekly or every other week, in the morning or in the afternoon.  In order to determine the best time for the study I’ve created a poll.  Participation in the poll does not obligate you to attend!  Please give your feedback as to what days and times would work best for you if you were to attend a weekday study: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C5P9SWR

(This study is for those available during the day.  We will continue to have Sunday and evening studies for those who are occupied during the weekdays.) Thanks!

 

Bystander Intervention Training at Williston Federated Church

Training Active Bystanders (TAB) is a two hour training designed to help participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze the situation in which they find themselves, and decide on an appropriate action they can take to interfere with interpersonal oppression and bullying as it happens. Active “bystandership” does not mean aggression but rather helping people in need.  The program presumes we can change our communities by encouraging active bystander responses. Suggested donation is $10 per person. Contact Charlie Magill, cmagillvt@aol.com, to enroll or for further information.

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 18 may serve as nursery assistants under an adult’s supervision.

Donate to the Food Shelf:  With children home from school for the summer break, need continues to be great. Place your donation in the shopping cart in the Gathering Space. Celebrate 177 pounds of food delivered to the Food Shelf for June!  Thank you for your generosity.

Come join the New Member Conversations!

Come if you are curious –

You might be wondering about our church history or

How does Faith UMC plan for the future?

Who decides what we’ll do next week, next month, next year?

What does membership mean?

How can I become more involved?

What are my spiritual gifts?

Who was John Wesley and why is he important to Methodists?

If you’d like some answers – let Tricia Waldron know you are interested by seeing her at church or calling 373-6114 or via email triciavt@myfairpoint.net

Bystander Intervention Training at Williston Federated Church

Training Active Bystanders (TAB) is a two hour training designed to help participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze the situation in which they find themselves, and decide on an appropriate action they can take to interfere with interpersonal oppression and bullying as it happens. Active “bystandership” does not mean aggression but rather helping people in need.  The program presumes we can change our communities by encouraging active bystander responses. Suggested donation is $10 per person. Contact Charlie Magill, cmagillvt@aol.com, to enroll or for further information.

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program Hosts Documentary Viewing – TONIGHT

Warehoused shows what life is like for refugees living in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp located in Kenya. Featuring interviews and commentary from resettled refugees as well as members of the UN and other relief agencies, Warehoused provides an important glimpse into the long and arduous resettlement process that hundreds of thousands of refugees go through every year. It also offers a look at the living conditions that refugees residing in Dadaab experience on a daily basis for years on end. Here is a link to the documentary’s website if you are interested in learning more: https://warehousedthemovie.com/#home.

Friday, June 30, 2017

7pm – 9pm

Studio A, 294 North Winooski Ave. Burlington, VT

By Donation

Faith UMC Update June 9, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith,

This week I share with you some words from our Bishop, Sudarsharna Devadhar.  Scroll further down in the e-mail for information about what’s happening at Faith UMC!

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Kristabeth

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Like many of you I am deeply concerned and disappointed by President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. 

As United Methodists, as Christians, we are committed to being good stewards of God’s magnificent creation. It is up to us to protect and sustain this amazing, abundant gift – not just for ourselves, but for all the generations to come. 

This decision, which puts so much in jeopardy, is even more alarming because it seeks to isolate us further from the world community. 

I am proud to share this statement from the Council of Bishops urging the president to reconsider this damaging decision. 

I encourage you to read it, share it widely, and lift it up in your prayers on Sunday as we celebrate the birth of the Church. 

Climate Accord Statement

In Christ’s love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of June 11-June 17:

(Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.)


Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Worship Theme Meeting

Monday: Office 8:30am-10:30am, Afternoon Off

Tuesday: Lectionary Group in St. Albans 9am-10:15am, Visitation

Wednesday: Office 1pm-4pm, Leaving for Annual Conference

Thursday: Annual Conference

Friday:  Annual Conference

Saturday:  Annual Conference

 

New England Annual Conference Session
Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17
Radisson Hotel, Downtown Manchester, NH
Theme:  Vital Conversations:  Race
Attending from Faith UMC:  Tricia Waldron, Julie Waldron, Tim Hess and Pastor Kristabeth

If you have a pastoral emergency during Annual Conference, please contact Pastor Kristabeth on her cell phone:  825-8141

 

Worship Sunday, June 11 – Trinity Sunday and Peace with Justice Sunday

Theme: Commission and Communion

Scripture:  2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon:  “It Takes Three”

We will share Holy Communion

FLOCK, our Children’s Church School, will be on summer break from June 11th through September 10th.  Children of all ages are welcome (and encouraged) to attend worship with their families.  Coloring pages will be available for young children.  The nursery will continue to be staffed throughout the summer. 

 

Donate to the Food Shelf:  With children home from school for the summer break, need continues to be great. Place your donation in the shopping cart in the Gathering Space.

 

Resource Ministry Meeting rescheduled for Sunday, June 25th at 7:30pm (6:00pm for Staff Support and 6:30pm for Stewardship). 

 

Summer Worship Series:  Family Stories
Ancient Families, Modern Stories, Sundays June 18 – July 30
We will 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.

 

Come join the New Member Conversations!

Come if you are curious –

You might be wondering about our church history or

How does Faith UMC plan for the future?

Who decides what we’ll do next week, next month, next year?

What does membership mean?

How can I become more involved?

What are my spiritual gifts?

Who was John Wesley and why is he important to Methodists?

If you’d like some answers – let Tricia Waldron know you are interested by seeing her at church or calling 373-6114 or via email triciavt@myfairpoint.net.

Faith UMC Update June 9, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith,

Children’s Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays of the year ~ and not because I don’t have to preach :)  On Children’s Sunday the children lead us in worship which, it seems to me, is the way God intended it to be.  In Matthew 18 Jesus tells the disciples,  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  As adults we can get bogged down in the politics and minutia of church life (and life in general)Children remind us that the important things are joy, compassion, hope and trust.

Below you will find a prayer for our children.  Further down are announcements about our Faith community life together.

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Kristabeth

Bless our children, Lord,
growing up into a future
that is difficult to predict.
Protect them, guide them
and give them wisdom
to see above and beyond
the tempting choices
this world may offer,
that they might become
the people who, in your eyes,
they were always meant to be.

~ Faith and Worship

 

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of June 4-June 10:

(Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.)


Sunday: Worship 9:30am, District Celebration for Rev. Brigid Farrell 5pm

Monday: Office 8:30am-10:30am, Afternoon Off

Tuesday: Lectionary Group in St. Albans 9am-10am, Visitation

Wednesday:  St. Michael’s 11:30am, Office 1pm-4pm, Tending Faith 7pm

Thursday: Clergy Breakfast 8:30am, Office 10am-2pm, Open Hours at Barnes & Noble 3:30pm-5:30pm

Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Writer’s Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm

Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath

 

Children’s Sunday June 4th!

Theme: “Can You Hear Me Now?”

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

FLOCK, our Children’s Church School, will be on summer break from June 11th through September 10th.  Children of all ages are welcome (and encouraged) to attend worship with their families.  Coloring pages will be available for young children.  The nursery will continue to be staffed throughout the summer. 

 

Celebrate 67 lbs. of food delivered to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf!  Please keep the donations coming over the summer.  With children home from school for the summer break, need continues to be great. 

 

Resource Ministry Meeting rescheduled for Sunday, June 25th at 7:30pm (6:00pm for Staff Support and 6:30pm for Stewardship). 

 

Come join the New Member Conversations!

Come if you are curious –

You might be wondering about our church history or

How does Faith UMC plan for the future?

Who decides what we’ll do next week, next month, next year?

What does membership mean?

How can I become more involved?

What are my spiritual gifts?

Who was John Wesley and why is he important to Methodists?

If you’d like some answers – let Tricia Waldron know you are interested by seeing her at church or calling 373-6114 or via email triciavt@myfairpoint.net.

 

Tending Faith to Meet Wednesday, June 7th at 7pm in the Library

Our Tending Faith group will meet Wednesday at 7pm.  This is our Leadership Development / Empowerment group and ALL are welcome!  Our topic for Wednesday will be “Visioning:  Keeping the Future in Mind.”  I’m looking forward to our discussion.  I hope to see you!

 

Let’s Celebrate the Rev. Brigid Farrell’s ministry as the Vermont District Superintendent!

Where: Hedding United Methodist Church
, 40 Washington Street, Barre Vermont

When: Sunday June 4, 2017 (Pentecost Sunday)

4:00PM Pot Luck Picnic for those who would like to come early and share a meal

5:00PM Worship followed by refreshments and presentations

(Refreshments will be FUN cupcakes provided by YOU! Please bring some of your favorite cupcakes to share! We’ll enjoy these after the worship celebration.)

Pick-up Choir – come at 3:30 to practice if you would like to join with others in singing a choral anthem.

Special Gift – we plan to honor Brigid with a donation to a special mission of her choice. Monetary gifts may be mailed in advance or contributed during worship. Please make checks payable to the Northfield United Methodist Parish, with memo: DS Brigid Celebration. Mail to ATTN: Evie Doyon, Northfield UM Parish, 152 South Main ST, Northfield VT 05663 or bring to the service on June 4.
Let Pastor Kristabeth know if you would like to carpool to the event.

 

Lay Servant Course Leading in Prayer
. The advanced Lay Servant course, “Leading in Prayer – Let the Whole Church say, Amen,” will be offered at the Essex Center UMC (119 Center Rd, Essex VT) on four Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 starting  the end of June or early July at the convenience of class participants. If interested, contact Tricia Waldron triciavt@myfairpoint.net.  NOTE:  All who are lay servants are required to take a course every 3 years. Other courses are available, even some online, but this is local and in-person. Come join us!

Faith UMC Update May 25, 2017

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Krista Beth | 0 comments

Dear Friends in Faith,

Sometimes a rainy day is really nice!  When warm weather comes to Vermont we feel we must seize the moment.  There is so much yard work to do and so many outside projects to tackle, not to mention the hikes and rides and sports that beckon to us once the snow melts.  So every once in a while it is nice to have a rainy day to remind us to slow down and take a breath.  On days like this I like to sit at the window and just watch the rain fall while thinking about how the rain blesses God’s creation.  Today I invite you to do the same.

Below you will find a prayer celebrating God’s creation, down to the smallest element.  Further down are some announcements about our Faith community life together.

Your Friend in Faith,

Pastor Kristabeth

Every creature, every plant, 
every rock and grain of sand 
proclaims the glory of its Creator,
 worships through color, shape, 
scent and form.
  A multi-sensory song of praise.
  Creator God, may we join 
with the whole of your creation, 
in praising you, our Creator,
 through the fragrance 
and melody of our lives.
 Amen.

~ Faith and Worship

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of May 28-June 3:
(Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.)
Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Pines Team Meeting 11am
Monday: Memorial Day – Office Closed
Tuesday: Lectionary Group in St. Albans 9am-10am, Visitation, Spiritual Development Team Meeting 3pm
Wednesday: Morning Visits, Worship at St. Michael’s 11:30am, Office 1pm-4pm, Trustees Meeting 7pm
Thursday: Office 10am-2pm, Visit, Open Hours at Barnes & Noble 3:30pm-5:30pm
Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Writer’s Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath

The Church Office will be closed Friday, May 26-Tuesday, May 30th.  Rosemary is taking vacation days.  Pastor Kristabeth will be in and out.  



Sunday Worship May 28 – Ascension Sunday

Theme:  Rise Up!  Kingdom of Heaven
Scripture: Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53
Sermon: On Earth, as in Heaven

Children’s Sunday June 4th!  

Theme: “Can You Hear Me Now?”
There will be a Potluck Lunch following worship.  Bring a dish to share!

FLOCK, our Children’s Church School, will be on summer break from June 11th through September 10th.  Children of all ages are welcome (and encouraged) to attend worship with their families.  Coloring pages will be available for young children.  The nursery will continue to be staffed throughout the summer.  


Come join the New Member Conversations!

Come if you are curious –
You might be wondering about our church history or
How does Faith UMC plan for the future?
Who decides what we’ll do next week, next month, next year?
What does membership mean?
How can I become more involved?
What are my spiritual gifts?
Who was John Wesley and why is he important to Methodists?
If you’d like some answers – let Tricia Waldron know you are interested by seeing her at church or calling 373-6114 or via email triciavt@myfairpoint.net.

Let’s Celebrate the Rev. Brigid Farrell’s ministry as the Vermont District Superintendent!
Where: Hedding United Methodist Church
, 40 Washington Street, Barre Vermont
When: Sunday June 4, 2017 (Pentecost Sunday)
4:00PM Pot Luck Picnic for those who would like to come early and share a meal
5:00PM Worship followed by refreshments and presentations
(Refreshments will be FUN cupcakes provided by YOU! Please bring some of your favorite cupcakes to share! We’ll enjoy these after the worship celebration.)
Pick-up Choir – come at 3:30 to practice if you would like to join with others in singing a choral anthem.
Special Gift – we plan to honor Brigid with a donation to a special mission of her choice. Monetary gifts may be mailed in advance or contributed during worship. Please make checks payable to the Northfield United Methodist Parish, with memo: DS Brigid Celebration. Mail to ATTN: Evie Doyon, Northfield UM Parish, 152 South Main ST, Northfield VT 05663 or bring to the service on June 4.
Let Pastor Kristabeth know if you would like to carpool to the event. 


Lay Servant Course Leading in Prayer
. The advanced Lay Servant course, “Leading in Prayer – Let the Whole Church say, Amen,” will be offered at the Essex Center UMC (119 Center Rd, Essex VT) on four Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 starting  the end of June or early July at the convenience of class participants. If interested, contact Tricia Waldron triciavt@myfairpoint.net.  NOTE:  All who are lay servants are required to take a course every 3 years. Other courses are available, even some online, but this is local and in-person. Come join us!

Celebrate 23 JUMP Food Bags Collected! The JUMP Food bag drive has concluded and  we have collected 23  food bags for the clients  at the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP). Thanks go to Hanaford’s for donating the bags  and for all those who contributed to the success of this drive. Going forward we have a continuous need for toothbrushes and razors.  You can leave your donations in the bin on the table at the back of the narthex.  The Dollar store on Shelburne Rd. is a great place to stock up.  Thank you in advance.

Faith UMC Update: May 18, 2017

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Dear Friends in Faith,

Like many families this time of year, this weekend Gary and I will be celebrating Ben’s graduation!  I will be taking vacation days Friday (tomorrow) through Monday to attend Ben’s graduation and spend time with family.  If you have a pastoral concern while I am gone, please contact our Lay Leader, Tricia.  May God bless all our graduates as they celebrate their accomplishments and plan for the future!

Below you will find a prayer for the graduates in your life.  If you don’t have a graduate in your family this year, share it with a friend or coworker who does!  Further down are some announcements about our Faith community life together.

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Kristabeth

As your classes and grading are now complete, may you strive toward excellence in all you do.
 As the speeches conclude, may your voices rise up to pronounce justice and peace in the world.
 As the fanfares cease, may you sing of joy, even in the dark and lonely places.
 As the applause quiets, may you celebrate and lift up those around you.
 As you graduate, may your achievements grow and cause growth in your communities.
 And may we all know of the overwhelming blessings of the One who created all things. Amen.

~ UMC Discipleship Ministries


Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of May 21-27
:

(Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.)


Sunday: Vacation Day

Monday: Vacation Day

Tuesday: Lectionary Group in St. Albans 9am-10am, Writing Workshop 10:30-12:30

Wednesday: Morning Visits, Office 1pm-4pm

Thursday: Office 10am-2pm, Visit, Open Hours at Barnes & Noble 3:30pm-5:30pm

Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Visit, St. Michael’s 11:30am, Clergy Lunch

Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath


Sunday Worship May 21

Theme:  Rise Up!  Judgement

Scripture: John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31

Sermon: “When Loving and Obeying Make Sense Together” Tim Hess

Children’s Sunday June 4th!

Theme: “Can You Hear Me Now?”

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

Let’s Celebrate the Rev. Brigid Farrell’s ministry as the Vermont District Superintendent!

Where: Hedding United Methodist Church
, 40 Washington Street, Barre Vermont

When: Sunday June 4, 2017 (Pentecost Sunday)

4:00PM Pot Luck Picnic for those who would like to come early and share a meal


5:00PM Worship followed by refreshments and presentations

(Refreshments will be FUN cupcakes provided by YOU! Please bring some of your favorite cupcakes to share! We’ll enjoy these after the worship celebration.)

Pick-up Choir – come at 3:30 to practice if you would like to join with others in singing a choral anthem.

Special Gift – we plan to honor Brigid with a donation to a special mission of her choice. Monetary gifts may be mailed in advance or contributed during worship. Please make checks payable to the Northfield United Methodist Parish, with memo: DS Brigid Celebration. Mail to ATTN: Evie Doyon, Northfield UM Parish, 152 South Main ST, Northfield VT 05663 or bring to the service on June 4.
Let Pastor Kristabeth know if you would like to carpool to the event.

Lay Servant Course Leading in Prayer
The advanced Lay Servant course, “Leading in Prayer – Let the Whole Church say, Amen,” will be offered at the Essex Center UMC (119 Center Rd, Essex VT) on four Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 starting  the end of June or early July at the convenience of class participants. If interested, contact Tricia Waldron triciavt@myfairpoint.net. NOTE:  All who are lay servants are required to take a course every 3 years. Other courses are available, even some online, but this is local and in-person. Come join us!

Celebrate:  115 pounds of food donated to the Food Shelf for April.  Let’s beat that for May! 

Come join the New Member Conversations!

Come if you are curious –

You might be wondering about our church history or

How does Faith UMC plan for the future?

Who decides what we’ll do next week, next month, next year?

What does membership mean?

How can I become more involved?

What are my spiritual gifts?

Who was John Wesley and why is he important to Methodists?

If you’d like some answers – let Tricia Waldron know you are interested by seeing her at church or calling 373-6114 or via email triciavt@myfairpoint.net.

Apply now for undergraduate scholarships from the New England Conference

Each year the New England Conference Scholarship Committee seeks applications from adults or recent high school graduates who are pursuing an undergraduate education at any accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school.  
The application deadline for 2017-18 support is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. 

http://www.neumc.org/newsdetai l/apply-now-for-conference- undergraduate-scholarships- 7766896

Faith UMC Update April 13

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Dear Friends in Faith,

Blessed Holy Week!  This week we remember Jesus betrayal, crucifixion and, ultimately, resurrection.  It is a week of ups and downs, highs and lows.  Because Jesus endured what he did during his life, we know that he understands our pain and sorrows.  And, because Jesus was raised, we know that the sorrows of this life are not the end of the story.  We’ve been promised the hope of eternal life, eternal joy.

Below you’ll find information about worship opportunities this week and other important announcements and events, including an adult study starting after Easter and a scholarship opportunity for our college students.  May your faith and life be enriched this week as we follow Jesus to the cross and discover the empty tomb.
Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Kristabeth

Jesus, Lamb of God,
when you walked this earth
you did not consider
heavenly equality,
though that was yours to choose,
but took the role of servant,
and in humility
and obedience
allowed the rough nails of our sin
to be hammered into your flesh
for the sake of our salvation.
And so it is
that we acknowledge you
as Lord of all,
to the glory of God the Father,
Son and Spirit, Three.

~ Faith and Worship

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of April 16-23:
(Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.)
Sunday: Sunrise Worship 6am, Worship 9:30am
Monday:
Office 8:30am-11:30am, Afternoon Off
Tuesday: Domestic Violence Task Force 9:30am-11am, Lunch Meeting
Wednesday
– Saturday: Vacation
Sunday, April 23: Worship 9:30am, Worship Theme Meeting 11am, Adult Study 6pm

While Pastor Kristabeth is on vacation you may call Lay Leader Tricia Waldron (373-6114) with pastoral emergencies.

Sunday Worship April 16 – Easter Sunday
Theme:  Filling Our Plates

Scripture: John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4

Sermon: “Gratitude, Joy, Hope, Love, Wonder, and Generosity”

Good Friday Service 7pm at Shelburne United Methodist Church

We are invited to join the Shelburne UMC for “We Remember Calvary” – a cantata by Joel Raney. This is a very moving setting of scripture and song. A Tenebrae observance of candles is also part of this service. The congregation will participate through the singing of familiar Lenten hymns woven into the story. (30 Church Street, Shelburne VT)

Easter Sunrise
Our Easter Sunrise Service will be at 6:00am at the Wheeler Homestead at 1100 Dorset St. (formerly the National Gardens).   Celebrate the Risen Christ with the rising of the sun ~ rain or shine!

Faith UMC Children’s Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled!

Here are some options for egg hunting in our area:

10am Colchester’s Bayside Park

10am Shelburne United Methodist Church

10am Essex Jct. at 75 Maple St. Park

Worship at The Pines – Easter Sunday at 11:30am – 5 Aspen Drive Dining Room
Every month our Pines Ministry Team leads worship with our friends at The Pines.  Our Lay Speakers bring the message and Communion is shared.  When the piano is available Shirley Murray leads us in song.  While held at The Pines, this service is open to all who wish to come and worship!

Thursday Afternoon Bible Study is on “hiatus” until further notice.  Please speak with Pastor Kristabeth if you have questions. 

Adult Study exploring the book “Half Truths” by Adam Hamilton
Sundays, April 23-June 11 6pm in the Upper Elementary Room
Not everything we think is in the Bible actually is in the Bible.  “God helps those who help themselves.”  “Everything happens for a reason.”  “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”  These phrases (and others) sound Christian, and may capture some element of truth, but they miss the point in important ways.  Join us for this six week study as we compare some common “Christian” sayings with the wisdom found in Scripture. The book is available at Amazon – $12 paperback and $16 hardcover.

JUMP into Spring
April is our church’s month to collect food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project(JUMP).  Last year we generously supplied twenty five. Thanks go to Hanaford’s for 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.

New Address for Carole Carver

1786 Union St., Apt. #225, Niskayuna, NY 12309

Apply now for undergraduate scholarships from the New England Conference
Each year the New England Conference Scholarship Committee seeks applications from adults or recent high school graduates who are pursuing an undergraduate education at any accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school.  
The application deadline for 2017-18 support is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. 

http://www.neumc.org/newsdetail/apply-now-for-conference-undergraduate-scholarships-7766896

New Vermont District Superintendent Announced
Bishop Devadhar is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Jill Colley Robinson as District Superintendent of the Vermont District, effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Colley Robinson is a person of prayer, a disciple maker, and someone who is committed to connectionalism with the gift of administration. Additionally, her creativity, innovativeness, encouraging spirit,and sense of humor are all qualities the Vermont District sought in their new DS. Rev. Colley Robinson follows the Rev. Brigid Farrell, who served eight years as District Superintendent.  Rev. Colley Robinson currently serves a four-point charge in Vermont including Middlebury, Vergennes, West Addison, and Ferrisburgh Center. Prior to her current appointment, she served churches in East Middlebury and Ripton, VT, and Lebanon, NH. She was ordained an elder in 2003 in the former Troy Conference.  Let us pray for the Colley Robinsons, Rev. Farrell, the congregations of Middlebury, Vergennes, West Addison, and Ferrisburgh Center, and the Vermont District during this time of transition.

Faith UMC Update: Thursday, April 21

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Dear Friends in Faith,

It has been a tough few weeks for our church family, as we have lost several members and friends.  Last Saturday Jim Thomas died.  Tomorrow we will celebrate his life with a Funeral Service in the Sanctuary at 10am.  I may be late to my Barnes & Noble Hours tomorrow as I will be traveling with the family for the burial at 2pm.  Even as we say good bye to friends and companions in Christ, we know that death is not the end.  As St. Paul asks, “Where,O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  The gift of Eternal Life is one of the may gifts that God gives to us out of God’s great love.

Below you will find a prayer of thanksgiving and awareness for God’s abundance.  Scroll down to find information about what is happening in your faith community!

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Kristabeth

Creator God, forgive our moments of ingratitude
the spiritual blindness that prevents us
from appreciating the wonder that is this world
the endless cycle of nature
of life and death and rebirth.
Forgive us for taking without giving
reaping without sowing.
Open our eyes to see
our lips to praise
and our hands to share
May our feet tread lightly on the path we tread
and our footsteps be worthy of following
for they lead to you.

~ Faith and Worship

 

Pastor Kristabeth’s Office Hours:  Week of April 25

Monday:  Pastor’s Sabbath, Traveling to Lawrence MA for Connectional Table Meeting

Tuesday:  Traveling Home from Lawrence, MA

Wednesday:  Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visitation, Evening Meeting of the Trustees

Thursday:  Morning Meeting of the VT Domestic Violence Council in Montpelier,  Bible Study at 2pm

Friday:  Office in the Morning, Writers’ Workshop 10:30am, Open Hours Barnes & Noble 3:00-5:00pm
Saturday: 
Pastor’s Day Off

Sunday:  Morning Worship, Meeting of the Parsonage Task Force, Confirmation Class at 4:30pm

Schedule may change as events of the week unfold.

 

Sunday Service April 24

Theme: Unconditional Giving:  Eternal Life

Scripture: John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6

Sermon:  Just Like New

Stewardship Moment:  Beyond our Doors

 

Membership Conversations

Are you thinking about membership?   Maybe you want to know more about Faith Church or United Methodism in general?  If you’d like to start a conversation about membership at Faith, plan to stay for a bit after church on May 1st to meet with our Lay Leader.  At that time we’ll set a schedule (usually three sessions) for those who want to continue the conversation.

Mindfully Managing Stressful Moments FREE Parent Workshop, hosted by Discovery Preschool.
Monday April 25th 6:30-8:30 pm in Brand Hall
Presenters: Marilyn Neagley, director of Talk about Wellness and co-editor of Educating from the Heart, Elementary school counselor, Carol Wheeler, and Retired Kindergarten teacher, Nancy Baker.
The workshop will cover:
1. Definition of and overview of mindfulness-based approaches.
2. Putting the oxygen on oneself before helping others.
3. Early childhood application: breathing practices, mindful movement, social and emotional learning and resources.

Mid-Week Bible Study Meeting THURSDAYS at 2pm starting April 14th

Our mid-week Bible study meets in the High School Room every other Thursday at 2:00pm (note change from Tuesday meeting). The next class is Thursday, April 28th. All are welcome!

JUMP into Spring

April is our month at Faith UMC for collecting food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP).  Last year we donated 20. Our goal this year is 25. Information sheets and bags are available in the Narthex.  Any questions please contact Bill Eddy.

The most recently approved Resource Ministry Meeting (RMM) Minutes are available on the Kiosk.

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Rev. Kristabeth Atwood
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 863-6764
http://www.faithsbvt.org

Office Hours: Mornings Tuesday-Friday
Open Hours: Fridays 3pm-5pm at Barnes and Noble Cafe, Dorset St.
“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Faith UMC Update February 10, 2015

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Dear Friends in Faith,

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Yesterday, at Bible Study, we talked about Lenten joy.  That may seem to be an oxymoron, since Lent is about repentance and self denial.  Yet, in acknowledging the truth about ourselves and giving up those things that separate us from God, we can find even greater joy. Personally I find myself spending way too much time in front of the TV, time I could be spending improving my life and the lives of others.  For Lent I am giving up TV so I can take on more creative and life-giving pursuits.  Wish me luck :)

Below you will find a prayer reflection for entering the season of Lent.  And remember to scroll down to read about what’s happening in your Faith community!

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Kristabeth

Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
And a generosity of service
That gives without counting cost
A life overflowing with Grace
Poured out from the One
Who gave everything
That we might show
The power of love
To a broken world
And share the truth
From a living Word
Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
And a yearning to share it.

~ Prayer Meditation on Matthew 6:1-21 from Faith and Worship

 

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule:

The Rest of This Week: In the office Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am-12noon.  Vacation Day Friday.  No Barnes and Noble Open Hours.

Next Week (February 15):

(Schedule may change as events of the week unfold)

Monday: President’s Day – Office Closed

Tuesday: Pastor’s Sabbath

Wednesday:  In the Office 9:30am-12pm, MMM 6:30-8:30

Thursday:  Human Trafficking Meeting 8am, Tending the Fire Continuing Education 9:30am-2:30pm

Friday:  In the Office 8am-10am, Writer’s Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm, Open Hours at Barnes & Noble 3pm-5pm

Saturday:  Pastor’s Day Off

Sunday:  Worship 9:30am, Pines Worship 2:00pm

When not in the office (afternoons, etc.) Pastor KB is likely doing outreach ministry in the community, meeting with people, or visiting members of the congregation.

Ash Wednesday Service (TODAY) Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Our Ash Wednesday worship marks the beginning of the season of Lent and will include Communion and the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish to receive.

Sunday Service February 14 – First Sunday of Lent

Theme: The Way

Scripture: Luke 4:1-13

Sermon: Pilgrimage

Celebrate!  157 lbs of food was delivered to the Food Shelf for January! 

Non perishable food items are collected in the shopping cart in the gathering space and delivered at the end of each month.

The Road to Character Book Discussion Series Continues Mondays 7pm in the High School Room

You are invited to join in a discussion of The Road to Character on Monday evenings from February 1-March 14.  “Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, author David Brooks provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.” Maggie Holt will facilitate the discussion each night from 7:00-8:30 pm using a study guide and a variety of resources. Reading the book ahead of time is optional. Some copies of the book will be available before class begins. Please talk to or call Maggie at 802-865-4658 with any questions, to reserve a book, or to RSVP.

Sparks!!

If you had a “Spark” on Spark Sunday, or in the weeks since, we are excited to talk to you!  Since we had so many Sparks it has taken us some time to sort through them all.  What a wonderful blessing!  If you have not heard from someone yet, you will!  If you are so excited to talk about your Spark that you just can’t wait, please be in touch!

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Kristabeth <><
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Rev. Kristabeth Atwood
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 863-6764
www.faithsbvt.org

Office Hours: Tuesday 11am-1pm, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am-12noon, Friday 8am-10am
Open Hours: Fridays 3pm-5pm at Barnes and Noble Cafe, Dorset St.
“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8