Dear Friends in Faith,
It has bee a long winter and a long Lent. But we aren’t quite “there” yet. Even as we have snow in the forecast, we have to travel with Jesus to the cross. Spring will come. Easter will come. Yet in our rush to get “there” let’s not miss the lessons we can learn along the journey.
Below you will find a prayer for Holy Week. Scroll further down to read about our upcoming Holy Week opportunities and other events.
Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Krista Beth
The Love of Jesus
This is love.
Not that you spoke words of comfort,
walked with the unclean and unloved,
shared wisdom, bread and wine,
brought healing into lives
and challenged the status quo.
This is love.
That you spoke the word of God,
walked a painful road to the Cross,
shared living water, bread of life,
brought Salvation to the world
and died for the sake of all.
This is love.
It is a seed
sown in the ground,
and spreads its sweet perfume.
~ Faith and Worship
Pastor Krista Beth’s Schedule
Next Monday I will be taking an “Easter Recovery Day” and will not be in the office or at Barnes & Noble for my Open Hours. I will be keeping my regular office hours the rest of the week.
Sunday Service April 5 ~ Easter Sunday
Theme: Good News!
Scripture: John 20:1-18
Sermon: While It Was Still Night
Special Music Ministry including Handbell Choir and Brass Quintet
Communion and Healing Prayer
Maundy Thursday Communion and Tenebrae ~ Tonight (April 2) at 7pm
Good Friday Meditation on the Stations of the Cross ~ 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm in the Sanctuary
Easter Egg Hunt ~ Saturday at 10am starting in Brand Hall
Sunrise Service ~ 1100 Dorset St. (Wheeler Park) at 6:15am with Breakfast Snacks to follow in Brand Hall (Propane Heater and Hand Warmers will be available for the Sunrise Service.)
Traditional Easter Worship ~ 9am in the Sanctuary
Our church’s largest fund raiser, the Ham Dinner/ Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, April 25. This is the first time that we’ve held it this early but there were scheduling conflicts. Valerie will be out of town for two weeks dealing with family issues and there is still a lot to be done! We need several volunteers to visit a few local businesses over the next two weeks as a follow-up to the donation letter. We also need helpers the day of the event and people to bake pies. The sign-up sheet is on the kiosk in the narthex. If you’re willing to help, Valerie can be contacted at 999-6864.
Adult Bible Study 5 – 6 pm, Sundays, April 12 through May 17, Upper Elementary classroom
What can we say to God when He allows bad things to happen to good people? Is it okay to ask why? Will He forgive us if we are angry with Him? Is He still the same good God, regardless of our circumstances? In this 6-lesson study of the Book of Job, you will see how losing everything precious affected Job’s relationship with God, and how God responded to his questions. We will spend six weeks examining these and other questions. If you wish to participate, please let Jay Furr know so he can get you a copy of the study workbook in advance of the first session. Jay is at 802-434-4601, firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply ask him on Sunday.
Reminder: 2015-2016 New England Conference Scholarship applications available
The New England Conference Scholarship Committee has announced the application for the 2015-16 academic year is now available. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Scholarships are available to high school graduates who are current members of a United Methodist church in the New England Conference and currently attending or planning to attend college or a post-secondary educational institution (Post-graduate students are not eligible). There are two files to download: the application instructions and the application. All questions on the application form must be answered completely and accurately.
Celebrate! 95 pounds of food and 12 hats where donated to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf from our March collection. Amen!
Tending Faith ~ Leadership Empowerment and Development Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm
“Tending Faith” is an ongoing gathering on the first Wednesday of each month (second Wednesday in April due to Holy Week) for current church leaders and those who are discerning a call to leadership in the church. All are welcome! It is a good opportunity for current / future leaders to come together for Bible Study, leadership discussion, tool-building, and prayer in a one-hour format. Speak with Pastor Krista Beth for more information.
Rev. Krista Beth Atwood
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm (Off on Friday)
Open Hours: Monday 3:30pm-5:30pm Barnes and Noble Cafe on 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