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
art 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
My favorite memory of Easter is every year when 60-75 folk gather at the Lamb house overlooking Lake Iroquois at 6:30 a.m. for a sunrise service led by the youth of the church.
Regardless of the weather the greetings are always warm although sometimes it seems that folk prefer to bring a warm dish to cuttle up with as well as to share.
Continue reading Easter Sunrise Service
The Church was built in 1867, with Bell installed,
In July 1899 some on Williston’s “monied men” started raising funds for the purchase of a Town Clock. It was felt the Williston Methodist Church steeple would be the best location for it as it was high, visible and would allow the sound of the bell, which would strike the time on the hour, to carry well. Continue reading Our Historic Tower Clock
The omission of alleluia during Lent goes back at least to the fifth century in the western church.
The association of alleluia with Easter led to the custom of intentionally omitting it from the worship service during the season of Lent, a kind of verbal fast which has the effect of creating a sense of anticipation and even greater joy when the familiar word of praise returns.
We do not use it at church. We do not use it at home. We let itrest, as it were, during Lent, so that when it reappears on Easter, we may Continue reading Why do we "hide" the alleluia?
A few weeks ago, I was in a dark place wondering about the future if this church. It made me examine the depth of my connection to this church for 45 years. I found it impossible to list all the reasons Williston Federated Church is at the core of my faith and community.
Last Sunday, I woke at 1:30 a.m. and never went back to sleep as I watched images of rainbow colors play across my mind. Continue reading The Rainbow Quilt, by Nancy Stone