Kids4Peace News  submitted by Nancy Stone

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

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.

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What to expect in the near future

Dear Church Family,

I hope this finds you all very well. I am writing because I’d like to touch base with you in order to explain what we, as a search committee, have learned about what to expect in church during the transition time during which our pastor‐search‐process is proceeding. Broadlyspeaking, there are three main phases of this transition time.

The first transition phase involved pastor Kurt’s leadership and care, as our bridge pastor, through the Easter season. As our time with pastor Kurt is coming to a close, we are nearing our second phase.

The second transition phase will be a relatively short time period Continue reading What to expect in the near future

May 6 update

Dear Church Family,
I hope this finds you well. I am writing because I’d like to touch base with you regarding our search. I would like to share with you what we, as a search committee, have learned about how the pastor search process will work for WFC. Broadly speaking, there are four main phases.
The first phase involved pastor Kurt’s leadership and care, as Bridge Pastor, through the Easter season. As our time with pastor Kurt is coming to a close, we are nearing our second phase. The second phase is a short time period where the church will internally fill the pulpit. The third phase of the search process is a time period when WFC will be provided with a new bridge pastor, who will provide pastoral care. During this final phase our church will also work with a separate individual who will consult with us and help lead our church through the search process.
During all of these phases, the pastor search committee meets frequently and tackles a lot of behind-the-scenes work that is necessary to accomplish our goal of finding a new pastor. To help maintain open lines of communication, we will post a timeline in the church building that visually represents the search process phases and shows progress made as well as steps still yet to be taken. When this has been created and posted, I will make an announcement in church explaining where to find it and how to understand it. In closing, please do let myself, or any of my fellow search committee members know your questions, concerns and general thoughts. We are here to serve.
My very best,
Jenn Rousseau-Wege

Why do we "hide" the alleluia?

Picture2The 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?