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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...

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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...

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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...

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Faith UMC Update March 8, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith, Happy snowy day!  It’s not quite as snowy as we expected, but it reminds us that winter isn’t done with us yet!  The good thing, though, is that March snows don’t last very long.  Soon it will melt and we will enter Mud Season Lent often corresponds with Mud Season, which seems appropriate.  Mud Season is messy and Lent can be messy, too.  As we pray and reflect on our lives we sometimes get stuck in those areas of our lives we wish we could change, or discover things we wish we could wipe off, like mud on our boots.  Below you will find a reflection that invites us not to dwell on our mistakes, but move forward with hope Scroll further down to learn what’s happening in your Faith community.   Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   So let us feast on simple pleasures, and fast from all that gets our bodies and souls out of balance. Let us feast on kindness, and fast from sarcasm. Let us feast on compassion, and fast from holding grudges. Let us feast on patience, and fast from anxiety. Let us feast on peace, and fast from stirring up needless conflict. Let us feast on acceptance, and fast from judgment. Let us feast on joy, and fast from jealousy. Let us feast on faith, and fast from fear. Let us feast on creativity, and fast from all that deadens our souls. Let us feast on social justice, and let us fast from negligence of the most vulnerable. Let us feast on service to others, and fast from selfishness. Let us feast on delight, and fast from despair. Let us feast on bread and wine in spiritual communion, and fast from all that keeps us from communing deeply with each other and with God. So that our lives might be sufficient, fulfilled, complete, whole, enough. Amen! ~ Rev. Jim Burklo   Sunday, March 11 – Fourth Sunday of Lent Theme:  Grace for our Sinfulness Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17, Ephesians 1:4-10 Sermon:  Compassion in Today’s World – Tim Hess UMCOR Sunday – Offering for the work of United Methodist Committee on Relief   Spring Forward – Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday March 11 Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night or you might miss church on Sunday!   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule March 12-16 Monday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting Tuesday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits, Evening Meetings with Resource Ministry Teams Thursday – Office in the Morning Friday – Pastor’s Day Off   Faith United Methodist Women Meeting – THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH There will be a meeting after worship on THIS SUNDAY for anyone interested in having a bazaar this year. We need to decide whether to continue or explore other fundraising opportunities. Please come with ideas and suggestions.   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, March 18 at 11:30am. Please join us if you are curious or interested! Speak with Tim Hess or Pastor Kristabeth for more information.   To All Knitters and Crochets’ – A Message from Bonnie Machia Fred Sanford gave me Gail’s yarn, needles, and pattern books.  There is a lot of all! I am thinking it would be a nice memorial to Gail if the yarn is used to make hats, scarves and mittens for...

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Faith UMC Update March 2, 2018

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Dear Friends in Faith, During this Season of Lent our worship series is focused on grace. So far we have explored Grace for our Brokenness and Grace for our Weakness. This Sunday we will consider Grace for Foolishness. While Lent is a season for considering our failings, it is also a season to give thanks for God’s grace. Without God’s grace we could never overcome our human frailty. Thankfully God’s grace is an undeserved gift, and not something that we have to earn. Last Sunday I experienced God’s grace through you when you forgave me for a rather unwise hymn choice! During Lent we put away our “Alleluia” so it will be special on Easter morning. Yet, for last Sunday’s closing hymn I chose one with several “Alleluias” PER VERSE! We were able to laugh and change our hymn mid-course. While I was embarrassed at the time, I see it now as a wonderful lesson in the meaning of Lent – recognizing our failings and changing course. Thanks be to God! Below you will find a prayer reflection by St. Augustine of Hippo. Scroll further down to learn what’s happening in your Faith community. Your Friend in Faith, Pastor Kristabeth   O Lord, The house of my soul is narrow; enlarge it that you may enter in. It is ruinous, O repair it! It displeases Your sight. I confess it, I know. But who shall cleanse it, to whom shall I cry but to you? Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord, and spare Your servant from strange sins. ~ St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)   Sunday, March 4 – Third Sunday of Lent Theme:  Grace for our Foolishness Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Sermon:  “Who Are Those Fools?” Family Sunday and Holy Communion   What is Family Sunday? This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and “Family Sunday.”  Family Sunday is an opportunity for families to worship together – children and adults!  Family Sundays generally occur on the first Sunday of the month (with a couple of exceptions).  There will be no FLOCK classes on Sunday and the service is designed with children in mind.  This will give our younger folks the opportunity to become familiar with the worship service and receive communion.   Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule March 5-9 Monday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits Tuesday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting, Afternoon Visits and Meetings Wednesday – Tending the Fire Class in Montpelier, Visit, Tending Faith 7pm Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits and Meeting Friday – Pastor’s Day Off   Celebrate 124 pounds of food delivered to the Food Shelf for February!   New Member Conversations – Starting THIS SUNDAY March 4 Come join the new member conversations! The first class will be after worship on March 4. Other classes will be after worship on some Sundays in April. Come if you are curious – You can decide to join – or not – as classes proceed.   Tending Faith ~ Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm – Leadership Empowerment and Development Our next “Tending Faith” will be Wednesday, March 7 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 for April 4 and May 2 for upcoming Tending Faith gatherings.   To All Knitters and Crochets’ –...

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