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,
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!