July-August Newsletter

Pastor’s Summer reflections…. 

Every year at this time, I reflect upon how blessedly busy our programmatic year is (September to June) and how much we all need a break during the summer months. Our Sunday School teachers and childcare workers were busy nurturing our young ones. Our youth group leaders were busy nurturing young teens and budding adults. Our choir blessed us with incredible singing not only every Sunday, but at special services and through Cantatas at Christmas and Easter. Our leadership has worked very hard to bring our church to the point of legally becoming one, negotiating leases with our tenants, keeping up the maintenance of two buildings, making sure we are financially solvent, caring for the pastoral and worship needs of our family of faith. I think we all need a rest!

So, let’s rest. Yes, let’s really rest this summer. I have encouraged the leadership, and they have agreed, to suspend all meetings for the month of July. The hope is that we will worship together and fellowship with one another on Sundays and then just rest from church the remainder of the week.

However, Breakfast on us will continue through the summer, as it is a year-long ministry of our church. So take the time to thank the many volunteers. How? Come to breakfast some time this summer and express your deep appreciation! There is a different team each day.

I invite all of us to focus this summer on rest and renewal, taking the time to re-energize and re-vitalize as well. Get to know each other better in relaxed settings such as Fourth of July and the August Annual Picnic. Come to worship this summer to hear guest preachers and a couple of sermon series I am preparing. Come every Sunday to get to know one another better and give and receive love from one another.

Spend time outdoors. Bathe yourself in nature that is so lush and inviting. Walk or stand or sit in the center of God’s creation. Breathe in the oxygen given off from the vegetation around you. Feel the warmth of the sun and the freshness of the breeze. Re-acquaint yourself with the majesty of the mountains that we take for granted. And then sit on a porch. Have a barbeque. Invite friends to sit and eat with you. Breathe and pray, pray and breathe. Relax and pray, pray and relax.

And as we go into these summer months, I leave you with a scripture that you may wish to meditate upon as you breathe and pray and relax.

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians 1:4-10

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in Christ, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; you were called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose.”

And I interpret Paul’s words for you with my words:

Beloved, you have received an abundance of God’s grace. It is manifest through your faithful perseverance and through your many gifts that make up Christ’s body. God will continue to strengthen you, guide you, and comfort you as you continue in fellowship with one another in Christ. There are disagreements among us; that is only human and quite understandable given the changes through which we have travelled, and the tensions in the world around us. I pray that you will be united with one heart and one purpose: to be the church of Jesus Christ that welcomes all, whoever they are; serves and supports the children, youth, and families of our town and our county. Most of all, beloved, love one another as God has loved you.

Praying for you continually as you breathe and pray and relax in the arms of our God,

Marisa 

Sunday, July 8 through Tuesday, July 24

Friday August 24 through Tuesday August 28 

Pastoral care coverage during those times:

July 8 and 9; 17-19: Rev. Alden Launer 888-8888

July 10-16; 20-23 Rev. Charlie Purintin 802-999-3495

August 24 to 28: Rev. Alden Launer 888-8888

 

Our Pastor will be out of the office during all of July.

From July 1 to July 7 and July 25 to July 31:

She will lead worship on Sundays and will be available for

pastoral emergencies and urgent needs at 781-718-1796.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Worship

 

Two-part sermon series on healing

July 1

“Who is this healing one?”

Mark 5:21-43

Sermon talk-back after worship in the Fireplace Room

 

July 8

“Are we healing ones as well?”

Mark 6:1-13

James 5:13-16

A time for healing after worship in the Fireplace Room

 

Guest preachers:

July 15

Hope Sturtevant

 

July 22

The Rev. Dr. Neal Fisher

 

Pastor returns:

July 29

“God’s overwhelming and abundant presence”

Psalm 145:10-18

John 6:1-21

 

August Worship

 

Three-part sermon series: empowered and ethical living

 

August 5

“From grain to food”

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

John 6:24-35

 

August 12

“How shall we then live?”

Psalm 34:1-8

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

 

August 19

“Going even further”

1 Kings 2:11-12; 3:3-14

Ephesians 5:15-20

 

Guest preacher:

 

August 26

The Rev. Alden Launer

 

 

 

Summer Church Office Hours

During July and August the Administrative Assistant Claudia Niles will be in the office

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to noon.

 

 

 

Free Community Dinners

Friday July 29 5:30

Friday August 31 5:30

 

Potluck with The Bishop

Bishop Devadhar of the UMC New England Conference

will be with us for dinner on Thursday, August 2.

United Methodists, Congregationalists, ANY and ALL denomination affiliations

ARE MOST WELCOME!!

Please bring a dish to share

 

Annual Summer Picnic

Sunday August 19 after worship

Mary Ann and Ed Wilson’s home

1040 Frazier Rd.

Bring a dish to share, a drink, a chair

There are ponds for swimming and fishing

And lots of shade

In case of rain, the picnic will be in the dining room

 

Committee Meetings during August (no meetings during July)

 

Spiritual Life and Worship Committee TBD

Trustees Thursday August 9 6pm

Executive Council Thursday August 16 6pm

 

 

Adult Education

Bible Study will take a break this summer

Join us when we reconvene in September!

We meet every Wednesday at 9:30 am in the Fireplace Room

 

News about our children and youth

Sunday School will begin again on September 9

Youth groups will begin in September, TBA

This summer Children and Youth are ENCOURAGED

to help serve Community Dinner and to help with Breakfast on us!

Childcare during worship continues all summer

Children’s messages during worship continue all summer

 

 

 

Our Mission continues all year round…

 

Mission Committee

As summer is starting we are looking ahead to August when school will once again resume.  We will start collecting backpacks and school supplies for youth starting in July.  Please look for the collection bin in the sanctuary entrance.

            We continue to need people willing the chair a community dinner. The dinners occur the last Friday of each month.    In chairing you are asked to develop the menu and request food needs from church members to complete the menu.  Please prayerfully consider doing a month and sign up in the dining room.

            Once more  our committee thanks all of our church family for supporting missions we take on as a church community.

 

 

Breakfast on us

From June 1 thru June 28 we have served 694 breakfasts.  As you can see, this is a very busy place from 7 - 9am Monday thru Friday, not counting set up and clean up afterwards.  Please remember that we can only continue this program by receiving donations of money and food.  We do not receive any money from the church budget, just individuals, both from our church family and the community at large.  The church provides heat, electricity and propane for the few times that we use the stove.  Please consider being a sub which could be just washing dishes, taking orders, helping serve or cooking.  We have lots of fun while doing these things plus putting  in some sweat equity!  I'd like to give a HUGE SHOUT-OUT TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!  GREAT JOB!!

 

 

“Open hearts, open hands” (Benevolence)

From January 1 thru June 28 we have given out $1,100.00 in food cards, $1,000.00 in gas cards and $400.00 toward various bills (rent, electricity, etc.).  I have had to turn away a great many people for cards since there have  been numerous times that there has not been sufficient money in the checkbook to buy any.  I usually try to keep between $100 and $150 in the checkbook for help with bills but have not always had enough to do that either.  For the month of July we will not be giving out any cards or help with bills because we will be keeping the doors closed since I am alone in the office while Marisa is taking time off.

 

Please consider giving on a regular basis to either of these programs or both.  Some of you already are, and it is greatly appreciated.  It does not have to be a lot, it just helps if it is consistent.  Thank you.

 

Claudia Niles

 

Lamoille County Youth Center

Is closed for the summer.  It re-opens September 10

 

News from our Council and Committees

Can be found on our bulletin board in the dining room!

Come and read! Questions?

Speak with any member of the committees or council or Pastor Marisa

 

Financial News 

Mid-year Financial Snapshot

Every month in our newsletter we report our income and expenses. Because this is a summer newsletter, and half-way through the year, reported below are income and expenses thus far, up to the end of May. To make up for the shortfall, we dip into our endowments at a rate that is unsustainable. PLEASE keep up with your pledges and contributions through the summer months.

Income:

Donations pledged: 34,683

Plate loose offerings:  9563.68

Total:                       44,246.68

Expenses:                 64,648.07

Shortfall:                  20,401.39

 

Per Capita Dues: United Church of Christ

All members of the United Church of Christ are invited to pay per capita dues for 2018. The individual amount is $13.66. Please make out your checks to our church.

 

July/August Shout Outs!! 

Every month we will thank folks who have gone the extra mile!

Since this is a summer newsletter, here are the shout outs for July and August

 

Shaun and our choir for gracing us with inspiring music all year

Claudia Niles for excellent coordination of Breakfast on us

Bonnie McDermott for superb work as Program Director of the Youth Center

Lois Keith and Edna Snow who faithfully provide receptions for funerals

Wally Reeve for being available when the office needs repairs

Doreen Mason for tidying up the sanctuary after worship

Community Dinner coordinators:

Judy Bickford: May

Cynthia Yerrick and Sherri Anderson: June

Dot Reeve and Claudia Niles: July

Deb and Dave Yacavone August 

Know someone you would like us to “shout out”?

Let Marisa know and their names will appear in the September newsletter.

 

 

July-August Birthdays 

07/02             Gianna Reeve

                        Ronald Stancliff

07/05             Gloria Wing

07/06             Alexander Bruder

                        Hayden Peters

                        Brad Wilson

07/08             Ben Demars

                        Brent Kinsley

07/09             Jessica Grimes

07/14             Vivian Norton

                        Ralph Wiltshire

07/15             Carol Olsen

07/16             Emily Reeve

07/17             Hannah Larro

07/20             Samuel Bronner

07/23             Dylan Haskins

07/24             Lori Jones

07/26             Sukay Campbell

07/29             Marvin Randall

07/31             Alexis Follensbee

08/05             Avery Pecor

08/06             Lee Sturtevant

08/08             Linda Campbell

                        Audrey Stiles

08/09             Allen Newton

                        Brian Palmer

08/10             Susan DeColaines

08/11             Caitlin Bronner

                        Douglas Bronner

08/15             Eleanor Ahlers

08/17             Prudy Newton

08/19             Debbie Yacovone

08/25             Wally Reeve

08/27             Courtney Grimes

                        Faith Tillotson

08/31             Betty Lou Cole

                        Stephanie Larro