Dear Friends in Faith,

Sharing our faith is sometimes a difficult thing to do.  Recently there was a short video on Facebook about one pastor’s answer to the question, “What do you do?”  He answered, “I work for a global and intergalactic enterprise.”  That’s one way to put it!  It’s true that, in certain groups, it can be uncomfortable to say, “I am a Christian” or “I go to church.”  Yet Lent is a time to challenge ourselves with new insights and new practices.  Maybe this week, the fourth week of Lent, we could share our faith with someone ~ a friend, a colleague, a neighbor ~ and tell them about this global and intergalactic adventure that is faith.

Below you will find information about upcoming events and activities in our church and wider community.

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Krista Beth

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.  Amen. 

~ Faith and Worship

Pastor Krista Beth’s Schedule


Next week I will be taking a 1/2 vacation day on Monday, March 16th.  I will not be in the office in the morning, but will be at Barnes & Noble for my Open Hours.  Next Tuesday morning I will be ministering in the community through my work with the Chittenden County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force.  Wednesday and Thursday I will be keeping my regular Office Hours.

Sunday Service March 15 ~ Fourth Sunday in Lent
Theme:  Healing Love
Scripture:  Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22, John 3:14-21
Sermon:  Shared Suffering

It’s a Party … And You’re Invited!  (Message from Gary)
Please join us on March 15th to celebrate Pastor Krista Beth’s 40th birthday. We’ll gather in Brand Hall at 2:00pm to sing Happy Birthday and watch her blow out the candles on her cake. It’ll be an upbeat time of celebrating and looking forward to what Krista has called “the best decade yet.” RSVP to Julie Waldron in the gathering space or at

Your presence is gift enough, but if you really want to bring a present, Pastor Krista Beth has asked that people make a donation to the United Methodist Women’s Domestic Violence Initiative. A basket will be available at the party to collect donations. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation, please send your check to:

United Methodist Women
c/o Bonnie Machia, Treasurer
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
(Checks can be made out to United Methodist Women with the words “Domestic Violence Initiative” in the memo line. See you on the 15th!)

Missionary Jeremias Franca will preach on Sunday, March 22nd
A potluck lunch will follow.  Sign-up on the Kiosk.

Assistant Adult Study Leader Sought
Jay Furr is looking for an assistant to join him in leading an Adult Study this Spring on the Book of Job.  Are you interested in collaborating?  Get in touch with Jay at

JUMP Bag Collection
During the month of March, we are responsible for filling 30 food bags for JUMP (Joint Urban Ministries Project).  JUMP operates out of the Congregational Church downtown and distributes bags to 10 families each day.  Hannaford’s has donated 30 reusable bags and there is a list attached of items needed on each bag.   These are available in the narthex and when filled should be returned there.

MARCH BASKETBOWL MADNESS – The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is in need of cereal bowls.  We are collecting six inch diameter bowls though the month of March.  There is a basketbowl basket in the Narthex.

Outreach Opportunity:  Help Our Neighbors in Need
We are collecting items to fill “guest bags” for the new Burlington Warming Shelter.  Items needed are listed on the tear off sheet on the kiosk.  For those who travel frequently, we need your hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions.  There is a basket in the Gathering Space for collecting items.

South Burlington Energy Prize In-It-To-Win-It-Workshop March 23, 2015, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
The South Burlington Energy Prize is hosting a series of In-It-To-Win-It Workshops on energy efficiency topics! Come find out what we can all do to help reduce our own energy use and to help win $5 million for South Burlington! We are delighted to announce that the first workshop will be presented by Fruitfull Energy, a South Burlington based home energy assessment company that offers instant installations of energy efficient solutions.
Topic: Reduce the Juice! Patty Tashiro, of Fruitfull Energy, will quench your thirst for energy saving tips by taking you on a virtual tour of a typical home and highlighting the highest energy consuming items and simple ways to reduce their use. She will also help you understand how to figure out if your home’s energy consumption is like a ‘Prius’, a ‘Humvee’, or somewhere in between! Bring your friends and come enjoy fresh squeezed juice while you learn how you can squeeze some energy savings out of your home! South Burlington Community Library 
540 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403

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Krista Beth
Rev. Krista Beth Atwood
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 863-6764

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