NAMI Releases Three New Videos in the “Strength Over Silence” Series
Jul 01 2020
Arlington, VA —NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has the goal of raising awareness about mental health care in underrepresented communities. Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race and language all affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. In fact, cultural differences can influence what treatments, coping mechanisms and supports work for us. It is essential for culture and identity to be a part of the conversation about mental health care.
In the wake of both the pandemic and racial violence, there’s the potential for an increase in the number of people impacted by mental health conditions. NAMI’s Statement on Racism emphasizes that the effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real. While anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background, facing racial discrimination can significantly worsen symptoms. Additionally, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. Racism is a public health crisis, and we stand with all the families, friends and communities who have lost loved ones and experienced trauma.
To help raise awareness, NAMI is releasing the latest installments of the “Strength Over Silence” video series, highlighting three personal stories featuring courage, culture and community. Yulanda Ming Blackson lives with mental illness and shares her story about mental health and faith in the Black community. Poojah Mehta, a NAMI New York Board member, focuses on amplifying the voices of those in underrepresented communities. And Rosemary Ketchum, the first-ever trans woman to get elected in West Virginia, shares her family experience with mental illness and addresses the need for LGBTIQ+ people to have a voice in the mental health movement.
“We want to raise awareness about disparities in the mental health system – and what we can do about them,” said Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., CEO of NAMI. “Mental health conditions don’t discriminate, and neither should our mental health system. We are calling for systematic change and improved access to culturally competent care, so no one feels alone in their journey.”
The NAMI community is here to help and provide resources. Together, we can help people from underrepresented populations get the mental health care they need. For additional resources, please visit NAMI’s identity and the cultural dimensions of mental health webpage.
Continuing to do God’s work while we are apart from one another.
Each week we host a congregational conversation through Zoom entitled “How We Respond to Racism.” At each session, Thursday night at 4pm and 8pm, we share videos and have an open discussion about how we respond to racism in society and in ourselves.
Members of our church have been volunteering with Williston Central School’s free summer meal program for all kids in town. Three times a week the school hands out about 560 meals. Each bag pictured has 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches for one child.
We have distributed cookies to thank our community leaders for their hard work.
On June 21st at noon, our bell rang out for 8.5 minutes in memory of George Floyd.
Several members of our congregation have been sewing masks for front line workers and those in need.
Our congregation, led by our Missions Committee, continues to provide meals for Dismas House once a month. https://dismasofvt.org/
Methodist Church and United Church of Christ – Federated 1899
Open and Affirming, Reconciling Congregation
church is a community which seeks, welcomes and gathers people to
share the Gospel of God’s love, enables people to find fullness of
life through Jesus Christ, goes into the world to live lovingly and
justly as servants of Christ, and responds actively to human need.
To All Who Worship Here!
Sunday – April 5, 2020 ~ 9:30 A.M.
CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 118) Ashley Dubois, Lay Leader, Williston Federated Church
Give thanks! God’s love is constant and devoted to us.
All God’s hope is unfailing in caring for us: through health care workers and researchers; through first-responders and others who help in time of crisis; through teachers offering online lessons, and therapists available around the clock.
One: Give thanks, O give thanks! God is open to all.
All: God hears the cries of those who are forgotten: those who sleep rough in emptied streets; those who are most vulnerable around us; those who have no family to care for them.
One: Give thanks, O give thanks, people of God! God comes to bring us new life.
All: God takes the stone that we have tossed aside and God uses that stone to build the foundation of salvation.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
THE PEACE CANDLE
THE PEACE OF CHRIST
One: Peace be with you
Also with you
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OF THE DAY
One: When we are so weary we cannot seem to put one foot in front of the other,
All: you take us by the hand, O God of Steadfast Love, so we can join youon a morning walk to hear the songbirds.
One: Even when our fears and frustrations overflow,
All: you teach us how to listen to the hearts which seem to be ignored by everyone, everywhere.
One: When we long to run away from all the worries and uncertainty, O God of Peace,
All: You model for us how to be willing to care for those who suffer. In these moments—and especially in this moment—we turn to you, O God. Amen.
ANTHEM “Rejoice, the King is Coming” by Jon Paige
by Martin and Donna Sue Hain)
WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount
of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the
village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied,
and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says
anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he
will send them immediately” This took place to fulfill what had
been spoken through the prophet, saying,
“Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the
donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on
them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others
cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds
that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is
this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from
Nazareth in Galilee.”
OF ILLUMINATION (Psalm 19:14)
the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable
in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen.
SERMON “Spread” Pastor Paul Eyer
AND CONCERNS/ PRAYER REQUESTS
requests can be posted as
chat/comments to the video livestream throughWilliston Federated Church Facebook
page at Facebook.com/WillistonFederatedChurch or
you may send those requests via email to
Please remember that if you post
your prayer request on Facebook, it can be visible to anyone who
visits our church’s Facebook page. And prayer requests shared
verbally during our livestream video worship service can be heard by
anyone who watches the video of this worship service. If you wish to
send confidential prayer requests,
address those requests to Pastor Paul at pastoreyer@gmail.
OF THE PEOPLE
Lord of Life and Love,
Hear our prayer.
LORD’S PRAYER (unison)
Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
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giving. It’s easy!If you’re interested in
setting up automatic withdrawals to make your gifts, please contact
Matt Bliss who can invite you to set up an account with our online
church membership software called Realm. When logged in, select
the “Giving” menu on the left hand side and the “+
Give” button on the next screen. Then, enter your giving
details and payment information to set up automatic withdrawals from
your bank account. Select one of the pledge accounts (e.g.
Pledge Jul xxxx to Jun xxxx). Frequency should be set to
monthly on the 15th. You can follow the same process to make
one time contributions too. If you have any questions, contact
Matt Bliss at email@example.com.
Thank you for your generosity!)
give thee but thine own, What e’er the gift may be:
All that we have is thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from thee.
OF DEDICATION (unison)
God, may our gifts bring hope and healing, peace and plenty, in your
name and in your love. Amen.
LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH
coffee hour/fellowship time via Zoom following worship today
–online Maundy Thursday worship service via Facebook Live on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
–online Good Friday worship service via Facebook Live on Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday worship services via Facebook on Sunday, April 12:
6:30 a.m., Son-rise Easter Service led by Williston Federated Youth
9:30 a.m., Easter Sunday service led by Pastor Paul
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resources: The Call to Worship and the Prayer
of the Day are adapted from “Liturgy of the Palms for
these days (April 2020), by Thom Shuman, found at
accessed on 3 April 2020. The Prayer of Dedication is
adapted from “A Liturgy for worship in a time of pandemic
(Lent 5-A)” by Thom Shuman, “ Lectionary Liturgies” found at
accessed on 26 March 2020.