Dear Friends in Faith,

The end of Lent is within sight.  Palm Sunday is just around the corner and soon it will be Easter morning.  Yet we still have time to prepare ~ heart and soul ~ to meet Jesus on the cross and at the empty tomb.  Christ came not just for some, but for all.  Christ expanded the boundaries so all could be sons and daughters of God.  That includes you and me.  Thanks be to God!

Below you will find a Lenten prayer.  Scroll down further to find information about upcoming events and activities in our church and wider community.

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Krista Beth

Remind us often Lord,
when we are feeling
beyond reproach,
pleased with ourselves,
self sufficient in our ways,
that for such as us
and better
and worse
you walked a road
that took you to a cruel cross,
and rose again to show us where
we might look for rescue
as from this lofty perch
we fall. Amen.

~ Faith and Worship

Pastor Krista Beth’s Schedule


This weekend Gary and I are traveling to Maine for a family celebration.  I will be off on Sunday and taking a 1/2 vacation day on Monday, March 23rd.  I will not be in the office in the morning, but will be at Barnes & Noble for my Open Hours.  The rest of the week I will be keeping my regular Office Hours.

Sunday Service March 22 ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent

Theme:  Living Faithfully, Following Jesus Christ
Scripture: Psalm 119:9-16, John 12:20-33
Sermon:  Jeremias Franca, Missionary

Missionary Jeremias Franca will preach on Sunday, March 22nd
A potluck lunch will follow. 

“Most good things have already been said far too many times and just need to be lived.”  -Shaine Claiborne
If this quote intrigues or inspires you, consider travelling to listen to it’s author.  He is speaking on Monday, March 23rd in Albany, NY, at 7 pm.  If you’d like to carpool, contact Maggie Holt at 865-4658.

Notes of Condolence
Last weekend Danielle Lucy’s father, Guy Palardy, died suddenly in a farming accident.  John was a candidate for ministry among us last year, Danielle a member of the choir, and John and Danielle married here at Faith Church last June.  John is now pastor of Swanton UMC.  If you wish to send a note of condolence you can reach them at:  28 Glen Ridge Lane, St. Albans, VT 05478

Easter Candy Needed for Hunt!
Individually wrapped candies are being collected for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! There will be a basket in the Narthex.

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,, or simply ask him on Sunday.

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