what’s on the menu….

Mardi Gras Brunch – February 23rd

Feb 23rd – Mardi Gras Brunch for the whole congregation immediately following the service.  The education committee will be cooking pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and all the trimmings.  Come and eat up before Lent begins.  There will be activities for the children.  Bring your Mardi Gras beads and plan to have a delicious and fun time. 

ASH WEDNESDAY is February 26

Observed 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent in Christianity. This period represents Christ’s time in the wilderness where he fasted and faced temptation. Oftentimes, during this period, different groups of Christians cease to use certain comforts or make a similar resolution to give something up or do something special for the period of Lent.

This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 26, 2020.  Williston Federated Church will hold a brief Ash Wednesday Worship Service beginning at 6:45pm

For those who may not be able to attend this service, Pastor Paul Eyer will be available to administer “Ashes on the Go” from 5:30 – 6:30pm.  Look for signs to the Sanctuary. All are welcome! Want to learn more about Ash Wednesday? Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gVMeeHIvQ8

Lent Adult Education Opportunity Begins February 27

Please join us for Adult education during Lent on Thursdays, February 27th—April 2, 5:30 to 7:00pm. There will be a soup supper served on these evenings.  The study, led by Pastor Paul, will focus on the Book of Acts and the Letters of Paul.  A primary resource for this study will be the Great Courses Video series featuring Professor Bart.

New Member Informational – March 8th 


If you are new to the church community, or have been worshipping with us for years, and are interested in joining the church, there will be an informational meeting March 8th in the sitting room, beginning right after worship and concluding around noon. Child care will be available.

At this meeting you will learn more about what church membership means, hear a bit of the history of WFC and our denominational connections to the United Methodist and the United Church of Christ and have an opportunity to meet with others. Being a full member of the church is not a requirement for participation in all aspects of worship, serving on committees, providing outreach and service to others. It is an opportunity to make a public statement of Christian witness. 

If you are interested in attending and would like a “Membership Information Packet” in advance, please speak to Pastor Paul or a member of the Membership Committee: Carol Bouchard, Carol Burbank, Gary Lewis, Ruth Magill, Sally Metro, Elaine Pellechia, or Vicki Trueman. 

Women’s Breakfast March 14th & Bedding Drive with Guest Speakers from Sleep in Heavenly Peace 

Calling all women.  Please save the date for the Annual Women’s Breakfast March 14th 8:30 -10:30 AM in Fellowship Hall. Our guest speakers will be Bob Brosseau, Dan Parot & Mike Lemieux, from the Chittenden County Chapter of Sleep In Heavenly Peace.  A sign up sheet for planning purposes is on the bulletin board or contact Carol Burbank or Carol Bouchard. We encourage you to bring a friend and come hear the inspiring story of how three friends, who had a vision, have made a huge difference in our community.

The Chittenden County Chapter of SHP was formed in August of last year by  Bob, Dan & Mike who had heard about the program and felt called to make a difference in a child’s life.  As of February 15th they, along with many volunteers, have built ~167 and delivered 135 beds, mostly in Chittenden County, including beds for the children of the Somalia refugee family that WFC helped resettle after a devastating fire. There were still 58 unfilledrequests for beds but that number changes daily.

There are several ways that we as individuals, or as a church, can help get kids off the floor including: sponsoring a build, volunteering at a build, donating money or bedding.  The Missions & Social Concerns Committee voted to donate ½ of the Christmas Eve Offering to SHP. That money, along with money donated through the Alternative Gift Fair, totaled nearly $1000, enough to build 5 beds. As part of our 5th Sunday Mission event, folks will have the opportunity to participate in a church sponsored build day March 28th.  As part of our women’s breakfast event, please consider teaming up with a friend to purchase new twin sheets, blankets, comforters or pillows. If you can’t attend the breakfast but would like to donate bedding, there will be a box on the table near the entrance to Fellowship Hall through March 14th.

RUMMAGE SALE APRIL 3RD AND 4TH

Spring is just around the corner. It’s not too early to start spring cleaning your closets and while you’re at it, set aside those items that you no longer need for the annual church rummage sale. 

We will be seeking gently warn clothing for all ages, clean and in good condition, as well as linens, shoes, jewelry, purses: think textiles, no household items please.  Donations will be accepted beginning March 30th. Please do not leaves items before then.  More information and a sign up sheet will appear mid March.  Sponsored by the Women of the Church. Contact Carol Bouchard with any questions

 GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER – WHAT IS IT? April 25, 2020

Have you ever held a dinner party where you didn’t know who was coming? Have you ever expected to attend a dinner party not knowing who the host(s) might be?  Here is your chance!

The gift of community is not an accident.  It is built face to face.  Join us to continue to build our community. You may choose to be a guest or a host.  Guests will arrive at church at 5:45pm on Saturday, April 25, 2020 to receive their assigned host (destination).  The host will prepare a meal for a set number of people who will arrive around 6:00pm that evening.

The agenda is a social evening.

We Welcome All

We, the Williston Federated Church, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming, Reconciling congregation. With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, or social-economic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation. (Open and Affirming/Reconciling statement adopted by the Williston Federated Church congregation in 2006.)

this week and beyond at wfc

Week of  February 23, 2020

Tuesday, Feb 25 ~10:00am Vt District Methodist Clergy Meeting;7:00pm Mission and Social Concerns

Wednesday, Feb 26 ~7:00am Men’s Breakfast; 5:30pm-6:30pm Ashes; 6:45pm Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, Feb 27 ~8:00am Centering Prayer; 5:30pm Adult Study; 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, Feb 28 ~ 7:00am Men’s Bible Study

Sunday, March 1~ 9:30am Worship

Pancakes This Sunday!  Please join us after Worship Sunday for free pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.  Enjoy this tasty meal on this last Sunday before Lent

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We Welcome All:  We, the Williston Federated Church, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming, Reconciling congregation. With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, or social-economic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation. (Open and Affirming/Reconciling statement adopted by the Williston Federated Church congregation in 2006.)                                                                             

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Name tag Reminder – Please remember to wear your name tag on Sunday morning.  This is helpful not only for guests but for long time members as well.  No, not everyone knows you by name.  If you need a name tag, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Membership Committee is considering transitioning from our current pin back name tags to magnetic ones in the near future.  This will alleviate some concerns about pins damaging clothing.  Your thoughts & suggestions are welcome. 

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Book Club and Pot Luck Night—  In March the book club will be discussing  ‘News Of The World’  by Paulette Jiles.   Would someone like to volunteer to hostess the meeting either at the Church or in your home.   The fellowship hall will not be available on March 30 and 31 as it will be rummage sale week.     In April we will discuss  ‘ Born A Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood’  by Trevor Noah.   Who would like to hostess for April?  Contact Lois Mason for information.

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Lent Observance:  Observed 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent in Christianity. This period represents Christ’s time in the wilderness where he fasted and faced temptation. Oftentimes, during this period, different groups of Christians cease to use certain comforts or make a similar resolution to give something up or do something special for the period of Lent.

This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 26, 2020.  Williston Federated Church will hold a brief Ash Wednesday Worship Service beginning at 6:45pm

For those who may not be able to attend this service, Pastor Paul Eyer will be available to administer “Ashes on the Go” from 5:30 – 6:30pm.  Look for signs to the Sanctuary.   All are welcome!    Want to learn more about Ash Wednesday?

Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gVMeeHIvQ8

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Soup and Scripture!  Please join us for Adult education during Lent on Thursdays, February 27th—April 2 5:30 to 7:00pm. There will be a soup supper served on these evenings.  The study, led by Pastor Paul, will focus on the Book of Acts and the Letters of Paul found in the New Testament.  A primary resource for this study will be the Great Courses Video series featuring Professor Bart Ehrman.

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One Great Hour of Sharing; During the month of February the Missions Committee is promoting the work of the ecumenical organization, One Great Hour of Sharing.  Donations support disaster relief and recovery, as well as refugee and immigration relocation.  OGHS also engages in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and women’s empowerment. In the past month, OGHS provided funding to China for much-needed medical supplies including protective gear for doctors and hospital workers treating victims of the Wuhan coronavirus.

     By contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing you are responding to the needs of the most vulnerable during a natural disaster or political crisis, as well as addressing the underlying causes that created those needs. Thank you in advance for your generosity and prayers. Envelopes for your gifts are available in pews racks.

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  New Member Informational March 8th 
If you are new to the church community, or have been worshipping with us for years, and are interested in joining the church, there will be an informational meeting March 8th in the sitting room, beginning right after worship and concluding around noon. Child care will be available. At this meeting you will learn more about what church membership means, hear a bit of the history of WFC and our denominational connections to the United Methodist and the United Church of Christ and have an opportunity to meet with others. Being a full member of the church is not a requirement for participation in all aspects of worship, serving on committees, providing outreach and service to others. It is an opportunity to make a public statement of Christian witness. 

If you are interested in attending and would like a “Membership Information Packet” in advance, please speak to Pastor Paul or a member of the Membership Committee: Carol Bouchard, Carol Burbank, Gary Lewis, Ruth Magill, Sally Metro, Elaine Pellechia, or Vicki Trueman. 

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Women’s Breakfast March 14th & Bedding Drive with Guest Speakers from Sleep in Heavenly Peace 

Calling all women. Please save the date for the Annual Women’s Breakfast March 14th 8:30 -10:30 AM in Fellowship Hall. Our guest speakers will be Bob Brosseau, Dan Parot & Mike Lemieux from the Chittenden County Chapter of Sleep In Heavenly Peace. A sign up sheet for planning purposes is on the bulletin board. We encourage you to bring a friend and come hear the inspiring story of three friends who had a vision and have made a huge difference in our community. As part of our women’s breakfast event, please consider teaming up with a friend to purchase new twin sheets, blankets, comforters or pillows. If you can’t attend the breakfast but would like to donate bedding, there will be a box on the table near the entrance to Fellowship Hall through March 14th. For more information speak to Carol Burbank or Carol Bouchard.

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 Come Teach Sunday School

Share your spiritual gifts – Help transmit our faith to the next generation!

At WFC, we want kids to feel welcome, valued, and secure when they come to church.  We want them to learn about God’s love and how Christ’s teachings can help them be good little people!  Teachers are needed to lead a lesson only seven times over the course of one year. 

Can you help?

If your answer is YES – or even maybe – then please

talk with Jenny Rousseau to find out more.    Thank you!

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Looking Inward During Lent  During Lent (starting this Wednesday and continuing through Holy Week in April) you are invited to spend time in the sanctuary for prayerful reflection, contemplation or meditation.  Other Lenten practices include fasting, self-examination, confronting our sins, repentance and alms giving.  Prayer and study suggestions are available in the Gallery to help get started or to add meaning to this quiet time.  The sanctuary is always open weekdays from 7:30am to 5:30pm.