In this era of “social distancing,” Williston Federated Church will worship online. Join us this coming Sunday at 9:30 a.m. when our worship service will be offered via live video stream on Facebook. Visit the Williston Federated Church Facebook page at Facebook.com/WillistonFederatedChurch to join in this online worship experience.
If you would like a prayer request to be lifted up during this worship service, send that request via email to WillistonFederatedYouth@gmail.com. Our prayers are with everyone in this uncertain time.
HOLY WEEK CALENDAR
SERVICES WILL BE DONE VIA FACEBOOK
Palm Sunday …. 4/5 9:30am Service at WFC
Maundy Thursday …. 4/9 7pm Service at WFC
Good Friday …. 4/10 7pm Service at Richmond Cong. Church
Sonrise Service …. 4/12 6:30am on Lake Iroquis- Lamb Residence
Easter Service …. 4/12 9:30am Service at WFC
JUMP Personal Care and Household Cleaning Supply Drive
IJUMP Personal Care and Cleaning Supply Drive. Many thanks to all you who have already contributed to the JUMP Personal Care and Cleaning Supply Drive. We will continue with the collection of items throughout the month of March. Just stop by and the church and drop your donations into the boxes outside Fellowship Hall. After the worst of the corona virus passes, we will be delivering these items to JUMP in downtown Burlington. Stay healthy and calm. Items most needed include: toothbrushes, deodorant, hand and body lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, dental floss, razors and shaving cream as well as all purpose cleaner, “Spic and Span” or Lysol, dish soap, and sponges. With great appreciation from the most vulnerable in our community.
Lent Adult Education Opportunity February 27 – April 2, 2020, 5:30 to 7:00pm
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.
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
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.
Looking Inward During Lent
During Lent (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.
March Madness/Fifth Sunday Mission, Ministry & More March 29th –
Sign up on the bulletin board to participate in one or more mission opportunities on March 29th after a brief worship: preparing sandwiches for the homeless; volunteering at the Habitat Restore; working on a prayer shawl; participating in a prayer walk around the village; traveling tea party; making Easter cards for our card ministry; stocking shelves at the Williston Food Shelf and participating in a Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bunk Bed Build happening Saturday, March 28th. Sponsored by the Membership Committee.
RUMMAGE SALE (POSTPONED)
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.