Dear Friends in Faith,
It may not feel like it, but tomorrow is the first day of autumn – the season of colorful leaves, warm apple cider and pumpkin everything! (As I write this I am sitting at Barnes & Noble Café enjoying a pumpkin spice latte.) Even though the days have been warm, signs of autumn are everywhere. And, noticing those signs is another opportunity to give thanks to God for the beauty of creation. Below you will find a prayer celebrating the blessings of the season! Scroll further to learn about events and opportunities in our faith community.
Your Friend in Faith,
So many shades of gold
Another miracle we take for granted
Another expression of the artist’s vision
The blending of the autumn hues
with the setting sun
Thank you for autumn, Lord
~ Faith and Worship
Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule and Office Hours Week of September 24-30
(Schedule may change as visitation needs and other pressing matters arise.)
Sunday: Worship 9:30am, Pines Worship 11:30am
Monday: Office 8:30m-11:30am, Visits
Tuesday: Clergy Training to Support Veterans 8:30am-3:30pm, Bishop’s Day on District 6pm-9pm
Wednesday: Office 1pm-4pm, Trustees Meeting 7pm
Thursday: Office Hours 10am-2pm, Barnes & Noble Open Hours 3:30pm-5:30pm
Friday: Office Hours 8am-10am, Writers Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday: Pastor’s Sabbath
Worship Sunday, September 24
Theme: God’s Fairness
Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16, Exodus 16:2-8
Sermon: It’s Not Fair!
BISHOP’S DAY IN THE DISTRICT – Tuesday, September 26th
Trinity United Methodist Church, Montpelier
6pm – Potluck
6:30pm – Conversation with the Bishop
Let Pastor Kristabeth know if you would like to attend and carpool.
METHODIST MIXER – SEPTEMBER 30TH
The next Methodist Mixer will take place on Saturday, September 30th at Chef Leu’s. For those unfamiliar with the Methodist Mixers, we are a group of people from local Methodist churches who gather twice a year to enjoy good fellowship at a local restaurant. For reservations, please RSVP Beth Williams, 802-881-1984.
Animal Blessing on Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 pm
Our Service of Animal Blessing will be held in Brand Hall on Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 pm. All friendly pets on leashes or in carriers are welcome! Invite your two-legged and four-legged (winged and slithering) friends!
New Coordinator for our Prayer Circle
The Prayer Circle is a group of individuals who value, practice and encourage compassionate and healing prayer. The Coordinator leads the group in weekly prayers of Joys & Concerns as well as more customized and personalized prayer requests received from the congregation. If you have a prayer request, or would like to join the Prayer Circle email list, please e-mail Anne Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have email access, please leave your prayer requests with Rosemary in the Office or via a message on the office voicemail at 802-863-6764.
Our FUMC Men’s Breakfast takes place the first Saturday of every month at 8am at Denny’s on Shelburne Rd. All men welcome! Next one Saturday, October 7th
Our FUMC Women’s Breakfast takes place the second Saturday of every Month at 9am at Trader Dukes on Williston Rd. All women welcome! Next one Saturday, October 14th
Donate to the Food Shelf – Fill the Shopping Cart! – Place your non-perishable food donations in the shopping cart in the Narthex. We donated 125 pounds of food for August. Let’s keep up the good work for September.
Donations of disposable razors and toothbrushes are needed for JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project).
Register for Vermont Interfaith Power & Light’s Annual Conference
VTIPL’s 2017 conference, Building Local Resilience — Inspiring Climate Action!, will be on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am – 4 pm at First Congregational Church in Manchester, VT. Deb Markowitz, former Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, will be the Keynote Speaker. The conference also features six workshops in two workshop sessions so each participant can attend two. (Faith UMC is a member church of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light.) You may follow this link to register: