Dear Friends in Faith,
Blessed Holy Week to you. May God be with us as we journey with Jesus from the Upper Room to the Cross, and on to the Empty Tomb. Below you will find a prayer and our Holy Week schedule, along with other announcements and opportunities.
Your Friend in Faith,
God of such unwavering love,
how do I “celebrate”
the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way
and not watch,
not stay with Jesus in his suffering.
Give me the strength
to see his love with honesty and compassion
and to feel deeply
your own forgiveness and mercy for me.
Help me to understand
how to “celebrate” this week.
I want be able to bring
my weaknesses and imperfections with me
as I journey with Jesus this week,
so aware of his love.
~ Creighton University Online Ministries
Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday! Christ is Risen!
Theme: A Place to Call Home
Scripture: John 20:1-18
Sermon: A New Home
Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule April 2-6
Monday – Easter Monday – Pastor’s Day Off
Tuesday – Office in the Morning, Lunch Meeting
Wednesday – Office in the Morning, Tending Faith 7pm
Thursday – Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visits and Meetings
Friday – Pastor’s Sabbath
Holy Week and Easter Worship:
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
Tending Faith ~ Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm
Leadership Empowerment and Development
Our next “Tending Faith” will be Wednesday, April 4 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 May 2, the last of our Tending Faith gatherings.
Celebrate 125 pounds of food delivered to the Food Shelf for March!
Visit from Bishop Devadhar on 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!
Apply Now for New England Conference Scholarship 2018-2019
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 directed to Scholarship Committee Chair Paul Carlotto at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find the application process here:
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.
Adult Study on “The Anatomy of Peace”
Starts Sunday, April 8 at 5pm
Pastor Kristabeth is offering an Adult Study on the book “The Anatomy of Peace.” It is one of the Bishop’s recommended books. Everyone is welcome to attend this eight-week study – Sunday evenings at 5pm starting April 8. We will meet in the Upper Elementary Room. The book is available on Amazon for $9.47 paperback ($9.15 Kindle). Speak with Pastor Kristabeth if you have any questions.
Rev. Leigh Goodrich to be Pastor of Faith UMC starting July 1
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar intends to appoint Leigh Goodrich as pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington effective July 1, 2018 subject to fulfilling all of the requirements needed for a successful transition by the pastor and the respective churches affected by the appointment. The appointment will be finalized at the 2018 Annual Conference Session of the New England Conference. Let us pray for Pastor Leigh and her husband, Gregory, during this time of transition.
JUMP into Spring
April is our church’s month to collect food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project(JUMP). Last year we collected 23. Thank you goes to Hannafords on Dorset St for kindly donating the bags. Please see the display and the food list in the Gathering Space for more information. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Men’s Breakfast – First Saturday of the month at 8am at Denny’s
Women’s Breakfast – Second Saturday of the month at 9am at Trader Dukes