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this week and beyond at wfc

Week of  February 23, 2020

Tuesday, Feb 25 ~10:00am Vt District Methodist Clergy Meeting;7:00pm Mission and Social Concerns

Wednesday, Feb 26 ~7:00am Men’s Breakfast; 5:30pm-6:30pm Ashes; 6:45pm Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, Feb 27 ~8:00am Centering Prayer; 5:30pm Adult Study; 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, Feb 28 ~ 7:00am Men’s Bible Study

Sunday, March 1~ 9:30am Worship

Pancakes This Sunday!  Please join us after Worship Sunday for free pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.  Enjoy this tasty meal on this last Sunday before Lent

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We Welcome All:  We, the Williston Federated Church, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming, Reconciling congregation. With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, or social-economic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation. (Open and Affirming/Reconciling statement adopted by the Williston Federated Church congregation in 2006.)                                                                             

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Name tag Reminder – Please remember to wear your name tag on Sunday morning.  This is helpful not only for guests but for long time members as well.  No, not everyone knows you by name.  If you need a name tag, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Membership Committee is considering transitioning from our current pin back name tags to magnetic ones in the near future.  This will alleviate some concerns about pins damaging clothing.  Your thoughts & suggestions are welcome. 

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Book Club and Pot Luck Night—  In March the book club will be discussing  ‘News Of The World’  by Paulette Jiles.   Would someone like to volunteer to hostess the meeting either at the Church or in your home.   The fellowship hall will not be available on March 30 and 31 as it will be rummage sale week.     In April we will discuss  ‘ Born A Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood’  by Trevor Noah.   Who would like to hostess for April?  Contact Lois Mason for information.

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Lent Observance:  Observed 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent in Christianity. This period represents Christ’s time in the wilderness where he fasted and faced temptation. Oftentimes, during this period, different groups of Christians cease to use certain comforts or make a similar resolution to give something up or do something special for the period of Lent.

This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 26, 2020.  Williston Federated Church will hold a brief Ash Wednesday Worship Service beginning at 6:45pm

For those who may not be able to attend this service, Pastor Paul Eyer will be available to administer “Ashes on the Go” from 5:30 – 6:30pm.  Look for signs to the Sanctuary.   All are welcome!    Want to learn more about Ash Wednesday?

Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gVMeeHIvQ8

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Soup and Scripture!  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 found in the New Testament.  A primary resource for this study will be the Great Courses Video series featuring Professor Bart Ehrman.

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One Great Hour of Sharing; During the month of February the Missions Committee is promoting the work of the ecumenical organization, One Great Hour of Sharing.  Donations support disaster relief and recovery, as well as refugee and immigration relocation.  OGHS also engages in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and women’s empowerment. In the past month, OGHS provided funding to China for much-needed medical supplies including protective gear for doctors and hospital workers treating victims of the Wuhan coronavirus.

     By contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing you are responding to the needs of the most vulnerable during a natural disaster or political crisis, as well as addressing the underlying causes that created those needs. Thank you in advance for your generosity and prayers. Envelopes for your gifts are available in pews racks.

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  New Member Informational March 8th 
If you are new to the church community, or have been worshipping with us for years, and are interested in joining the church, there will be an informational meeting March 8th in the sitting room, beginning right after worship and concluding around noon. Child care will be available. At this meeting you will learn more about what church membership means, hear a bit of the history of WFC and our denominational connections to the United Methodist and the United Church of Christ and have an opportunity to meet with others. Being a full member of the church is not a requirement for participation in all aspects of worship, serving on committees, providing outreach and service to others. It is an opportunity to make a public statement of Christian witness. 

If you are interested in attending and would like a “Membership Information Packet” in advance, please speak to Pastor Paul or a member of the Membership Committee: Carol Bouchard, Carol Burbank, Gary Lewis, Ruth Magill, Sally Metro, Elaine Pellechia, or Vicki Trueman. 

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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. We encourage you to bring a friend and come hear the inspiring story of three friends who had a vision and have made a huge difference in our community. 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. For more information speak to Carol Burbank or Carol Bouchard.

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 Come Teach Sunday School

Share your spiritual gifts – Help transmit our faith to the next generation!

At WFC, we want kids to feel welcome, valued, and secure when they come to church.  We want them to learn about God’s love and how Christ’s teachings can help them be good little people!  Teachers are needed to lead a lesson only seven times over the course of one year. 

Can you help?

If your answer is YES – or even maybe – then please

talk with Jenny Rousseau to find out more.    Thank you!

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Looking Inward During Lent  During Lent (starting this Wednesday and 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.

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!

Repairing Our Steeple

The new steeple will arrive October 16th, and be raised as soon as it arrive in the morning.

The raising has been delayed because of rain.  The parts of the steeple have been completed in Barre Vermont.    On October 16 the parts will be brought to Williston where they will be assembled and raised into place on the same day.  Check back here for additional details as they become available.

Finial.

Spire

Base

To see details of the steeple renovation project, videos of the steeple and to donate click here.
or just donate here:





Or mail check to
Williston Federated Church, Steeple Fund44 N. Williston Rd
Williston, VT 05495Donations of $100 or more entitled to have their name written on board to be placed near the top of steeple.

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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.

 

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