Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service

Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service 

November 20, at 4:00pm

This year’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held at Richmond Congregational Church, UCC – 20 Church Street, Richmond, Vt. 05477 ~  (802) 434-2053

Clergy, singers, and members of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Richmond Congregational Church and Williston Federated Church will all gather for this time of worship. Fr. Daniel Jordan will be preaching.

Following the service we will serve a light meal of soup and bread. Please let the Richmond church office  know if you can  bring a crock pot of soup or a loaf of bread there number is 434-2053.

The offering will be divided between the Richmond and Williston Food Shelves. Please join us as we come together and give thanks.

Williston Federated Church

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (Williston)

Richmond Congregational Church, UCC

Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Richmond)

 

2016 Chicken Pie Supper

Thank you to everyone

who helped and supported our chicken pie supper this year.  As in years gone by it was a GREAT success.  Our chicken pie supper  has been a tradition since 1925 “when there was no running water and the ladies brought their own dishes for serving the meal“.

Our Church,  as well as the community,  look forward to this wonderful experience each year.  The chicken pie supper helps to support not only our Church, but also aids the Women of the Church Missions.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this year’s dinner.   Go to our Photo Gallery and get a glimpse of a few of the workers that helped make this year another success.

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message 11/4/2016

Grace and peace to you all!
Like everyone else, I’ve been caught up by the intensity of this presidential election. And lately, I’ve been asking myself, what about November 9? This election has revealed deep schisms that will not be instantly healed by one election day. What does it mean to be people of God who live in the midst of those schisms, once the election is over?

People came to Jesus again and again and asked him, “How shall we live?” And his answers were consistent: Love God with all you are. Love your neighbor as yourself. Care for those in need. Treat others as you’d have them treat you. Love one another.

If Jesus were here now and we asked him, “How shall we live on Nov 9?” I believe his answer would be: Love God with all you are. Love your neighbor as yourself. Care for those in need. Treat others as you’d have them treat you. Love one another.

I’m sure these commandments aren’t news. All the same, I have a deep sense that we need to remind ourselves of them. The temptation to demonize those who don’t agree with us is so strong – and has so often been encouraged, in the past months. But that is not how Jesus-people live. We live to love, to be God’s loving presence in the world. Even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.

Thank God we have Jesus’ example – and thank God we have each other to sustain and support us as we seek to be God’s people in the world!
Pastor Barb

 

 

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message 10/28/16

Grace and peace!

November 1 is All Saints Day.  As we move toward this celebration of those who’ve gone before us, I share these wise words from Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest:

What makes a saint? Extravagance. Excessive love, flagrant mercy, radical affection, exorbitant charity, immoderate faith, intemperate hope, inordinate love. None of which is an achievement, a badge to be earned or a trophy to be sought; all are secondary by-products of the one thing that truly makes a saint, which is the love of God.

I invite you to take a few moments in the next few days to consider who has been a saint in your life.  Who has demonstrated extravagant love?  Who has shown hope, mercy, and joy in whatever life has thrown their way?  Who has left a mark of faith on your life that cannot be erased?  Whose life has been so full that even after their death, their fullness still nurtures your life?

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message 10/23/16

Grace and peace to you all!

Last week I spoke about using the Ignatian Examen to recognize the high and low points of our lives as the occasions when God is most available to us. The book I referenced is Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life by Dennis, Sheila and Matthew Linn.

This poem by Frederick Buechner expresses that truth also:

Listen to your life.
See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.
In the boredom and pain of it
no less than in the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it.,
because in the last analysis all moments are key moments,
and life itself is grace.

This coming Sunday, Oct 23, I’ll be using the projector in worship as I talk with the children – and the adults – about the power of prayer to open the experiences of our daily lives. Come to see and hear the good news!

Peace,
Barb Lemmel