Dear Friends in Faith,

Last Sunday we had a great kick-off to our FLOCK year.  It was wonderful to see so many children (and adults) gathered, together again after a busy summer!  And the pot-luck food we shared was, as usual, fabulous!  This Sunday we continue the celebration as we present Bibles to our youngest ones, along with those in the 3rd and 8th grades.  If you, as an adult, don’t have a Bible please speak with me and I will make sure you get one.  If you have your Bible handy each week you can look up the Scripture lessons for Sunday’s worship, which I include in our Update ~ just scroll down!

Below you will find a prayer celebrating God’s presence with us.  Scroll further down to find out what is happening in your Faith community!

Your Friend in Faith,
Pastor Kristabeth

From our rising in the morning
to our lying down again,

you are with us

every hour of the day,

our reassurance

when storms assail

and strength

when courage fails.

From our rising in the morning

to our lying down again,

your light illumines

every step of the way,

our comfort

when darkness falls

and peace

that calms our souls.

From our rising in the morning

to our lying down again,

you are with us. Amen.
 ~ Faith and Worship

You are receiving your Update a day early this week since I am taking a vacation day tomorrow (Thursday).  I will not be in the office or at Barnes & Noble for my Open Hours.

Pastor Kristabeth’s Schedule Week of September 20: (Schedule may change as events of the week unfold)
Monday: Vacation Day.  Discovery Preschool Board and Worship Team at 7pm.

Tuesday: Out for Lectionary / Sermon Study.  In the office 11am-1pm.  Bible Study 1pm-2pm.

Wednesday: In the office 9am-12noon.  Resource Ministry Meetings at 6:30pm

Thursday: In the office 9am-12noon.  Open Hours at Barnes & Noble Cafe 3:30pm-5:30pm

Friday:  Pastor’s Sabbath

Saturday:  Pastor’s Day Off

Sunday:  Worship at 9:30am

When not in the office (afternoons, etc.) Pastor KB is likely doing outreach ministry in the community, meeting with people, or visiting members of the congregation.
Sunday Service September 20
Theme:  God Is On Our Side
Sermon:  Risking it All
Scripture: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22, Psalm 124
Bible Sunday

Our Choir (Faith Singers) rehearse at 8:15am every Sunday morning in the Choir Room.  Speak with Jennifer if you have questions. All are welcome! 

UMCOR School Kits
During the months of August and September, we will be collecting items for UMCOR School Kits.  A list of needed items is on the mission table in the narthex.  You can fill entire kits, bring in parts of a kit or you can donate $ 10.00 and we can purchase the kit for you.

Meal Train and Lawn Mowing :  Valerie Kuentzel is organizing a meal train to provide meals for Bonnie while she recovers from surgery and goes through chemotherapy.  Bonnie also has requested help with lawn mowing for the remainder of the season.  If you wish to help out please contact Kristabeth or Valerie at:

Bishop Devadhar to visit Vermont District Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28:  Meeting at Faith Church!
Now’s your chance to meet the Bishop!  Bishop Suda Devadhar will visit the Vermont District on September 27-28.  He will meet with Laity on Sunday from 3-5pm and with the Clergy on Monday from 9am-12pm.  Both gatherings will take place here, at Faith UMC.  It would be nice to welcome the Bishop and the District with some coffee and refreshments.  If you can help with this either Sunday or Monday, please contact Pastor Kristabeth

Mid-Week Bible Study: The Book of Revelation
Our mid-week Bible study meets in the High School Room every other Tuesday September – June at 1:00pm.  We will meet Tuesday, September 22 to study the Book of Revelation. All are welcome!

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Rev. Kristabeth Atwood
Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 863-6764

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-12noon, Tuesday 11am-1pm (Off on Friday)
Open Hours: Thursday 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