Dear Friends in Faith,

I am back and so is the Update!  I had a wonderful Renewal Leave and feel so blessed to be back among my Faith family. I pray that you all had renewing summer experiences, too.  I am so grateful to Rev. Anne, Tricia, our Staff Parish Team, our Church Leadership and the whole Congregation for your leadership and participation over the summer.  God is with us, indeed!

Below you will find a beautiful prayer reflecting our search for God in our everyday lives.  Scroll further down to read about upcoming events and opportunities in our community of faith.

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Krista Beth

O God, our God:
Our hearts long to be at home with You.

Our minds hunger for more knowledge of You

Our hands are full of needs to lay before You.

Come to us, we pray, in the midst of the hurry and busyness of our lives.

Let us hear Your voice in the sounds and silences that fill our days.

Let us see you in the faces of our human companions.

Let us sense your ministry to us in the love of the creatures You have given us for our delight.

Be in the yearning of our souls that, no matter what name we call You,

We can know You,

We can murmur  “I and Thou,”

“You and I”

and be perfectly content in Your presence.

~ Claralice Wolf

Our church parking lot will be paved next Monday.  We are asked not to drive or walk on the parking lot Monday or Tuesday.  All events and meetings at the church have been canceled and the office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, reopening Wednesday 8/27.

Pastor Krista-Beth’s Schedule
Next Monday and Tuesday I will be working from home (or possibly a local cafe) due to the parking-lot paving.  I will be away next Wednesday ~ vacation day to move Ben into his dorm at Northfield Mount Herman in Gill, MA.  (Please pray for us and for Ben as he begins his boarding school experience!)  Otherwise I will be keeping my regular Office and Open Hours.

Sunday Service August 24 – Holy Humor Sunday
Theme:  Backwards Service
Scripture:  Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8
Sermon:  No Joke

The Bishop is Visiting this Friday at 1:15pm – Come meet our Bishop!
Bishop Devadhar will be visiting us at Faith UMC on Friday August 22 at about 1:15pm.  The visit is supposed to be a 1/2 hour and, even though it is during the workday, we hope that a good group will be able to turn out for the visit.  He is visiting 22 church in three days!  No need to prepare anything – just come!

Corn Roast THIS SUNDAY! 
This Sunday (August 24) we’ll have fresh seasonal corn to help us welcome back Pastor Krista, celebrate the last days of summer, and welcome the early harvest time.  Please bring a pot luck dish to share.  Donations accepted to cover the cost of the corn,  the remainder will go towards Imagine No Malaria.

Ripple Event for Imagine No Malaria THIS SATURDAY
This Saturday (August 23), the Ripple youth group will gather at our church and sleep out under netting to bring attention to the on going drive to eliminate malaria from our world.  With the help of Maggie Holt, Margaret Wilbur and Rachel Stampul, they will help prepare the corn for our corn roast the next day.   A simple breakfast in the morning would be greatly appreciated:  please email if you can help with breakfast.

Holy Humor THIS Sunday ~ Get READY for a Backwards Service!

Do you have a joke you want to share?  Do you have a crazy hat you can’t wait to wear?  Bring both to Holy Humor THIS Sunday!  The theme for Holy Humor Sunday is “No Joke!”  Wear a costume!  Bring a funny prop!  Come to experience Holy Humor Sunday for yourself!

JOIN THE FUN! Dine Around Nines

We are looking forward to another season of DINE AROUND NINES.  How does it work?  Nine or fewer interested folks join together in each others homes about four times during the year to share dinner.  Usually, the host “family” asks other members of the group to contribute to the meal so it is easy for everyone.  The purpose is to share a  meal and to gather together with others from Faith Church for fun and fellowship!  Sign up on the kiosk.

Faith Church Yoga Class Continues
Yoga class meets at 8:30am every Saturday in the Narthex / Gathering Space, all ages and experience are welcome.  Bridget Kimsey is our talented and spirited yoga instructor.  The fee per class is $10.

News for the Update
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!
Krista Beth


Rev. Krista Beth Atwood

Faith United Methodist Church

899 Dorset St. 
South Burlington, VT 05403

(802) 863-6764

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