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Concert to Benefit the Steeple

The beautiful steeple on Williston’s landmark Federated Church must be replaced after 150 years overlooking our community. We are asking the community to help.

A wide range of sacred and secular music by:
-The Federated Church Choir
-The Social Band – classical and folk traditions

Social Band, Burlington’s lively band of singers, creates thematic programs that weave together song and poetry, striking a balance between thoughtfulness and joviality seldom found in choral groups.  For more information visit their website  The Social Band.

-Special guest: Williston native Helen Lyons performing opera and Broadway songs

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Vacation Bible Study June 24-28!

Welcome to Hero Central where everyone will discover that they have what it takes to be one of God’s heroes – Heart, Courage, Wisdom, Hope and Power! Mark your calendars for a week of fun!
Sunday, June 24th – Thursday, June 28th
Family Dinner: 5:30pm
Classes for all ages: 6:00-7:30pm

WFC’s very own dynamic duo, Revs. Jackie & Paul, will be leading the adult Bible study at VBS. Heroes and Sheroes of the Bible. You won’t want to miss it!

Visit the website, Click here to register  for classes.

Excited for VBS but can’t make it all five nights? That’s ok! Register now and come when you can!

Meet Rev. Paul Eyer, Our New Settled Pastor

Reverend Paul Eyer was called as Williston Federated Church’s settled pastor in 2017.  His first Sunday as our pastor was October 29, 2017.

Here is a video introduction of Paul and his wife, Rev. Jackie Lingelbach:

Listen to the sermon Rev. Eyer gave on Sunday, July 23, 2017 when he first met the congregation (and immediately prior to the congregational vote to call him as Williston Federated’s new pastor):

Paul comes to us with many skills and varied life experiences.   He was an attorney in his first career.  He graduated from George Washington University in 1984 with a Juris Doctor degree and served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator David L. Boren in Washington D.C.   While Paul chose to study law, his heart was never far from the church.  He grew up in a family that was active in the church and Paul’s commitment to the life of the church continued into adulthood.  That goal of service to others led Paul to enter the Lancaster Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity in 2006.   While he was in seminary, he met his lovely wife, Jackie, who is also a UCC pastor.

Paul was a much-loved pastor at St Luke’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, PA. where he served for four years.   Subsequently, he was the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, his alma mater.   In that role he build relationships with churches and pastors,  preached and led worship in many church settings, and had the opportunity to offer support and guidance to seminary students.

Paul counts it a privilege to serve as pastor of Williston Federated Church where he sees God at work through a wonderful congregation.  

44 Williston Road, Williston, Vt.  05495


Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message
Grace and peace to you all!
Like all of you I come to the end of this week with a heavy spirit, after last Sunday’s terrible car crash that claimed the lives of five teens from Harwood High School and Kimball Union Academy. There are so many emotions: grief, shock, bewilderment, anger, and more grief.

All this week, these lyrics from the musical “Hamilton” have been echoing in my heart. In the song “It’s Quiet Uptown,” Alexander and Eliza Hamilton are grieving the dueling death of their 19-year old son:
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name…
The Hamiltons…are going through the unimaginable.
In the midst of this unimaginable tragedy, there is nothing we can offer to make it go away. We can only go through this together.

Ruth Magill sent out an invitation this week to walk the labyrinth in prayer for the victim’s families. That’s a powerful way to offer ourselves to this great grief – praying with our hearts and our bodies, walking an ancient pattern to the labyrinth’s center.

As we pray – whether in the labyrinth or elsewhere – I believe that God’s Spirit prays with us and weeps with us. As we pray, I believe that we open a spiritual space where somehow God’s slow work of healing can begin, in our own broken hearts and in the broken hearts of others.
And so we pray. Individually and together. We pray. With God and each other, we somehow find a way to live with the unimaginable.

Last Sunday’s accident came on the heels of another tragedy: Hurricane Matthew, which caused devastation in Haiti and elsewhere. In this case, we can do more than pray; we can offer assistance to those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. On Sunday we’ll take up a special offering that will be sent to the UCC and UMC disaster relief ministries which are already hard at work.

Thank you for the opportunity to journey together as we seek to embody God’s love in and for the world.

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Thoughts

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Thoughts

“Grace and peace to you all!

Today (Friday) my husband and I are planning to hike up Mt Abraham. We’ve not done that trail before, but we know that it’s well marked and I suspect there will be plenty of hikers who will be out there to point the way. And the foliage should be lovely! Twenty years ago, when we lived in the Adirondacks, we often would hike mountains that were much less well-traveled, and often the trails were sparsely marked, if at all. Part of the excitement was finding the way to the top without getting lost (or at least, not very lost). We had a topo map and a compass, and we knew how to use both to orient ourselves and find the best way forward. We have to cross unfamiliar territory in all kinds of ways, in our physical and our spiritual lives.

How do we keep our souls centered when events begin to spin beyond our control and there’s no clear path ahead? This Sunday I’ll be speaking about finding our Inner Compass, that solid, faithful core where we meet the Holy and where we can find guidance, healing, challenge and wisdom. It’s the beginning of a series of sermons focused on prayer and connection with the God who loves us and calls us to be more than we ever thought possible.”

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections
Grace and peace to you all!

This week I am sharing wise words from my colleague, Steve Garnaas-Holmes, on the gospel reading for Sunday. I’ve been inspired by his words, I hope they inspire you, too
The apostles said, “Increase our faith!” The Teacher replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from Continue reading Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections

Our New Interim Pastor is Reverend Barbara Lemmel

Earlier this year, the Pastor -Staff Relations Committee was charged with finding a Bridge Pastor to work ¾ -full time to cover our pulpit while the Search Committee worked with an Interim Consultant, the Reverend Barbara Lemmel, to find a Settled Pastor.  Along with this, we have enjoyed the help of the Reverend Paul Hoffman who has worked very hard at filling our pastoral care needs.  After some consideration, Barbara found herself called to offer her services to our congregation as Part-Time Interim Pastor until such a time as we can fill the position of Settled Pastor.  We joyfully accepted her offer, and we are pleased to announce to you that she will begin working half-time, in conjunction with her long-time colleague and friend, the Reverend Paul Hoffman, who has agreed to continue with our church in his pastoral care function.

Barbara has preached for us a number of times this past year, and is very excited to share more of her experiences with us on a more regular basis. She has a rich history in ministry including a Master’s of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology.  She is a reconciling pastor within the United Methodist Church, and has been at the forefront of the Open and Affirming Movement in the UMC since the early 90’s.  Barb was a settled pastor at the North Ferrisburg Methodist Church where she job-shared with Kim Hornung-Marcy while they raised their children. She also served as pastor to several UMC communities in both New York and Vermont.   Currently, as her children are growing into young adulthood, she serves as a Parish Consultant for the New England UMC, and continues this.  She also is the director of “Tending the Fire”, a program of formation for Clergy and Lay Leadership.
Please join us in welcoming Barbara Lemmel to our church community.  She will begin her time with us by leading worship on the 25th of September.


The Pastor-Staff Relations Committee

Missions Beyond Our Local Community

Mission Of Peace

The Williston Federated Church has sponsored three your to be participants in Missions of Peace:

Elizabeth Dubois to China

Lillian Colletta to India

Ashley Dubois to India

Ashley Dubois was an adult leader in a subsequent Mission to South Africa.

The Mission of Peace is a yearly journey of discovery and Shalom to nations in our global community. sponsored by the Northeast Continue reading Missions Beyond Our Local Community