Dear Friends in Faith,

Sometimes a rainy day is really nice!  When warm weather comes to Vermont we feel we must seize the moment.  There is so much yard work to do and so many outside projects to tackle, not to mention the hikes and rides and sports that beckon to us once the snow melts.  So every once in a while it is nice to have a rainy day to remind us to slow down and take a breath.  On days like this I like to sit at the window and just watch the rain fall while thinking about how the rain blesses God’s creation.  Today I invite you to do the same.

Below you will find a prayer celebrating God’s creation, down to the smallest element.  Further down are some announcements about our Faith community life together.

Your Friend in Faith,

Pastor Kristabeth

Every creature, every plant, 
every rock and grain of sand 
proclaims the glory of its Creator,
 worships through color, shape, 
scent and form.
  A multi-sensory song of praise.
  Creator God, may we join 
with the whole of your creation, 
in praising you, our Creator,
 through the fragrance 
and melody of our lives.

~ Faith and Worship

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of May 28-June 3:
(Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.)
Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Pines Team Meeting 11am
Monday: Memorial Day – Office Closed
Tuesday: Lectionary Group in St. Albans 9am-10am, Visitation, Spiritual Development Team Meeting 3pm
Wednesday: Morning Visits, Worship at St. Michael’s 11:30am, Office 1pm-4pm, Trustees Meeting 7pm
Thursday: Office 10am-2pm, Visit, Open Hours at Barnes & Noble 3:30pm-5:30pm
Friday:  Office 8am-10am, Writer’s Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday:  Pastor’s Sabbath

The Church Office will be closed Friday, May 26-Tuesday, May 30th.  Rosemary is taking vacation days.  Pastor Kristabeth will be in and out.  

Sunday Worship May 28 – Ascension Sunday

Theme:  Rise Up!  Kingdom of Heaven
Scripture: Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53
Sermon: On Earth, as in Heaven

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.  

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

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  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!

Celebrate 23 JUMP Food Bags Collected! The JUMP Food bag drive has concluded and  we have collected 23  food bags for the clients  at the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP). Thanks go to Hanaford’s for donating the bags  and for all those who contributed to the success of this drive. Going forward we have a continuous need for toothbrushes and razors.  You can leave your donations in the bin on the table at the back of the narthex.  The Dollar store on Shelburne Rd. is a great place to stock up.  Thank you in advance.