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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!

Search Committee Begins Reviews

 Review of Candidate Profiles.

The Search Committee has begun the next phase of the process of calling a settled Pastor.

After we submitted the “profile” of our church, the denomination posted a cover letter we had written, together with two photos we submitted on their website.  Prospective candidates can search the website for opportunities that they are interested in.   If our church meets their search criteria, they read what in essence is a summary of our profile.  If they have interest they can then request a copy of our full profile which is sent to them electronically.  It they are still interested they can then request a copy of their own Pastoral Profile be forwarded to us.  The conference reviews their profile first to be Continue reading Search Committee Begins Reviews

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.

Peace,

The Pastor-Staff Relations Committee

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

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

The Process

The initial steps in the process of finding a settled pastor is the same for both our denominations.

  1. Say goodbye to the last pastor.
  2. Heal and fix that need healing and fixing with the church.
  3. Discover who we are and where we have been.
  4. Discern where we want to go as a church and the qualities we want in a pastor.
  5. Write these into what is called a church profile.

Continue reading The Process