Dear Friends in Faith,
Lately I’ve started incorporating intentional ‘silent time’ in my morning devotions. I set an alarm for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on my schedule) and simply sit in silence listening for God. Yes, my mind does wander! But when it does I try to gently bring myself back to listening in the silence. I’m finding this to be a peaceful way to center and start my day.
Below you will find a prayer about God’s presence in silence. Scroll further down to read about upcoming events and opportunities in our community of faith.
Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Krista Beth
The Blessing of Silence
For the mystery that enfolds us and blesses us,
For the beauty that surrounds us and nourishes us,
For the life that flows within us and among us,
For the bounty before us,
If pressed to say a blessing
I rely on the one above,
but given a choice
I usually decline
for I know the Divine
is present in the silence.
Sharing a meal in and of itself
is a holy prayer.
Listening to life
blesses whatever is there.
~ Alice Smith
Pastor Krista-Beth’s Schedule
Next week will be a bit crazy! Monday I will be keeping my regular Office and Open Hours. Tuesday morning I will be sharing the love of God through my work with the Chittenden County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force. Wednesday morning I will be meeting with our District Superitendent and Cluster Clergy for a fall brunch. Thursday begins a short vacation (Thursday-Monday) for a family reunion in Maine. Joe Watts will be leading the September 21st worship service with help from Faith friends. The focus will be on prayer! As always, if you are looking for me and I am not in the office, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Sunday Service September 14
Theme: Living in Freedom
Scripture: Exodus 14:19-31, 15:1b-2, 20-21
Sermon: Freedom Song
Worship in a New Way Workshop September 20th at Faith UMC
We will be hosting our Vermont District for a District Day on Worship! This will be a great event exploring different worship and music styles. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn from nationally known worship leaders. It will be held from 9:00-4:00pm. E-mail the Distrtict Office to Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicken BBQ Saturday, September 27th at Faith UMC
The seatings for the Chicken BBQ Dinner will be 5:00pm and 6:15pm. The Silent Auction will run from 4:30-7:00pm. Come to enjoy a delicious half chicken along with mac & cheese, salad, carrots, and pie! Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Tickets will be on sale after worship this Sunday. Invite your friends!
Annual Church Conference to be held Sunday, October 5th following Worship
Our District Superintendent, Rev. Brigid Farrell, will join us for our annual Church Conference. Everyone is welcome! All members are invited to vote on the business brought before the Church Conference. The agenda will include accepting the Ovitt bequest, recommendation on the Pastor’s salary, approval of church leadership (including new Trustees) and affirmation of Lay Servant Ministers.
Animal Blessing Service Sunday, October 5th at 2pm in Brand Hall! All friendly pets welcome on leashes or in carriers.
Faith Church Yoga Class Continues
Yoga class meets at 8:30am every Saturday in the Gathering Space or Sanctuary. All ages and experience are welcome. Bridget Kimsey is our talented and spirited yoga instructor. The fee per class is $10.
If your Team has news of an event or opportunity you would like to share through the “Update,” please e-mail me with the information by Tuesday. I will be happy to get it out. Thanks!
Rev. Krista Beth Atwood
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:30am (Tuesday 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