Dear Friends in Faith,
It has been a tough few weeks for our church family, as we have lost several members and friends. Last Saturday Jim Thomas died. Tomorrow we will celebrate his life with a Funeral Service in the Sanctuary at 10am. I may be late to my Barnes & Noble Hours tomorrow as I will be traveling with the family for the burial at 2pm. Even as we say good bye to friends and companions in Christ, we know that death is not the end. As St. Paul asks, “Where,O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The gift of Eternal Life is one of the may gifts that God gives to us out of God’s great love.
Below you will find a prayer of thanksgiving and awareness for God’s abundance. Scroll down to find information about what is happening in your faith community!
Your Friend in Faith,
Creator God, forgive our moments of ingratitude
the spiritual blindness that prevents us
from appreciating the wonder that is this world
the endless cycle of nature
of life and death and rebirth.
Forgive us for taking without giving
reaping without sowing.
Open our eyes to see
our lips to praise
and our hands to share
May our feet tread lightly on the path we tread
and our footsteps be worthy of following
for they lead to you.
~ Faith and Worship
Pastor Kristabeth’s Office Hours: Week of April 25
Monday: Pastor’s Sabbath, Traveling to Lawrence MA for Connectional Table Meeting
Tuesday: Traveling Home from Lawrence, MA
Wednesday: Office in the Morning, Afternoon Visitation, Evening Meeting of the Trustees
Thursday: Morning Meeting of the VT Domestic Violence Council in Montpelier, Bible Study at 2pm
Friday: Office in the Morning, Writers’ Workshop 10:30am, Open Hours Barnes & Noble 3:00-5:00pm
Saturday: Pastor’s Day Off
Sunday: Morning Worship, Meeting of the Parsonage Task Force, Confirmation Class at 4:30pm
Schedule may change as events of the week unfold.
Sunday Service April 24
Theme: Unconditional Giving: Eternal Life
Scripture: John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6
Sermon: Just Like New
Stewardship Moment: Beyond our Doors
Are you thinking about membership? Maybe you want to know more about Faith Church or United Methodism in general? If you’d like to start a conversation about membership at Faith, plan to stay for a bit after church on May 1st to meet with our Lay Leader. At that time we’ll set a schedule (usually three sessions) for those who want to continue the conversation.
Mindfully Managing Stressful Moments FREE Parent Workshop, hosted by Discovery Preschool.
Monday April 25th 6:30-8:30 pm in Brand Hall
Presenters: Marilyn Neagley, director of Talk about Wellness and co-editor of Educating from the Heart, Elementary school counselor, Carol Wheeler, and Retired Kindergarten teacher, Nancy Baker.
The workshop will cover:
1. Definition of and overview of mindfulness-based approaches.
2. Putting the oxygen on oneself before helping others.
3. Early childhood application: breathing practices, mindful movement, social and emotional learning and resources.
Mid-Week Bible Study Meeting THURSDAYS at 2pm starting April 14th
Our mid-week Bible study meets in the High School Room every other Thursday at 2:00pm (note change from Tuesday meeting). The next class is Thursday, April 28th. All are welcome!
JUMP into Spring
April is our month at Faith UMC for collecting food bags for the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP). Last year we donated 20. Our goal this year is 25. Information sheets and bags are available in the Narthex. Any questions please contact Bill Eddy.
The most recently approved Resource Ministry Meeting (RMM) Minutes are available on the Kiosk.
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Rev. Kristabeth Atwood
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
Office Hours: Mornings Tuesday-Friday
Open Hours: Fridays 3pm-5pm at Barnes and Noble Cafe, 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