Website status

The Church website is being updated.  Several features have not been reestablished, including listening to music and the sermons.  We hope to have  those and other functions fully operational in the next  month or  two.

 

In the mean  time if you want  to listen  to recordings, Sally has copies  in the  office.

 

We welcome comments, questions and criticisms.  Simply send an email to office@steeple.org or contact Tony Lamb.

 

 

Annual Meeting of Williston Federated Church  1937- 38

“Time Marches On” is no longer a catch phrase but rather a truism. Especially are we aware of thPicture5is fact when we stop long enough to recall the past however short or long the span may be.  Nationally and internationally changes have been taking place so rapidly that one man cannot comprehend what has taken place unless it is such an individual as H. G. Wells or Continue reading Annual Meeting of Williston Federated Church  1937- 38

The Days are Beautiful it is Time to Walk and Pray –

Picture4You are invited to walk and pray on our church front yard laby-rinth. Walking a labyrinth is like making a pilgrimage. It is a journey where you might think of loved ones, reflect on your busy life, pray for your children and grandchildren, slow down, spend time with God. Outlined by bricks, the walking is done on the grass path and may be used by friends and community people. A large center stone serves as a place to sit and reflect before exiting the path. The new bench is placed to see the WFC steeple backed by blue sky, clouds, even sunlight on occasion!

 

Brochures with suggested prayers are posted on the bulletin board inside the hall-way near the door to the labyrinth. We expect to have an outdoor box to hold brochures later this month. Peace be with you.

 

History Night

20160522_184412 (1)The History Night sponsored by the Search Committee ended up being a lot of fun.  Approximately 35 members of the congregation showed up to meet our consultant Barb Lemmel and to participate.

 The exercise was to document of the church through significant events in the Church from 1985 to the present.  A twenty foot roll of paper with a line had been place on the wall.   The first 10 feet was for 1985 to 2005 and the first 10 feet was for 2005 to the present.  The thinking is we would remember more from the last ten years and was probably more relevant as to where we are now.

For a short while the group just looked at the blank expanse.  Then slowly in ones and twos they began to fill in events.  Some were personal-“joined the church”, most were more general-terms of different pastors.  Missions were prominent-our three youths who have done Missions of Peace trips.  Our Mississippi trips.  Mission to South Carolina.  Problems and Celebrations.

 Groups of people would gather to discuss when something happened and one event would prompt the memory of the other. A lot of giggles and wow’s-particularly how time has flown past.  Events that seem so recent are quickly fading into the past. In about an hour the sheet was pretty full.

We spent a little while what we could observe from the timeline.  I think that each person may have had their own take away from the night.  Mine was how strong and resilient the congregation has been in the face of all of the changes we have been through.

The time line is now posted in the Northeast corner of the Fellowship Hall.

 

Barbara Lemmel is our new consultant

We are very pleased to announce that the Reverend Barbara Lemmel has accepted a position to join WFC as our church consultant.
We are inviting everyone from the congregation to join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. We can’t stress enough how important this time together will be. Both for Barb in developing a strategy for our Church moving forward, as well as, the Search Committee.
Your help is greatly needed on May 22nd. Your input will be very important as we move forward with the formation of both the Church and Settled Pastor profiles.
Child care is provided; Erica Bliss will be using her donated hours to the Church to provide this service. If you will be using childcare, please email Bob Drive at btvbobbo@gmail.com so we can have a child count. We look forward to seeing and especially hearing from all of you on Sunday, May 22nd, starting at 6:30pm. Thank You

May 13 Update

Search Committee Update ~ We are very pleased to announce that the Reverend Barbara Lemmel has accepted a position to join WFC as our church consultant.

We are inviting everyone from the congregation to join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. During this time, in addition to welcoming Barb, she will also be reviewing our church history. Where we have been, where we are today and where we want our church to be in the future.
We can’t stress enough how important this time together will be. Both for Barb in developing a strategy for our Church moving forward, as well as, the Search Committee.

Your help is greatly needed on May 22nd. Your input will be very important to the Search Committee as we move forward with the formation of both the Church and Settled Pastor profiles.
The Search Committee will be providing child care; Erica Bliss will be using her donated hours to the Church to provide this service. If you will be using childcare, please email Bob Drive at btvbobbo@gmail.com so we can have a child count.

We look forward to seeing and especially hearing from all of you on Sunday, May 22nd, starting at 6:30pm.
Thank You and Peace,
The Search Committee

Memories of Louise Whitcher from the Williston Community

Louise was a social worker in Boston. Somehow she met and married Wendell Whitcher and came to live in Vermont.   With this marriage she found herself in the midst of a family with 3 or maybe 4 children from ages 5 to the teen years.

She later became a counselor at Essex High School.   Her           experiences there put her in a special position to give support to families in the community with children especially teens. Ginger Isham remembers Louise’s help with Ginger’s oldest daughter; Continue reading Memories of Louise Whitcher from the Williston Community

Kids4Peace News  submitted by Nancy Stone

My, oh, my, how things have changed with Kids4Peace!      Because Williston Federated Church has been so supportive of this organization, and I am entering my 8th year as Picture27art teacher for the Vermont chapter, I shall try to summarize all the recent developments that, to be honest, have had our heads spinning in amazement!     When Kids4Peace first began, the intent was to give children respite from the violence in Palestine and Jerusalem by bringing them to a 10 day summer camp in the United States where they could feel safe and nurtured.  The kids were 10-12 years old of Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths;  they and their Continue reading Kids4Peace News  submitted by Nancy Stone