Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections
Grace and peace to you all!

This week I am sharing wise words from my colleague, Steve Garnaas-Holmes, on the gospel reading for Sunday. I’ve been inspired by his words, I hope they inspire you, too
The apostles said, “Increase our faith!” The Teacher replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from Continue reading Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections

Our New Interim Pastor is Reverend Barbara Lemmel

Earlier this year, the Pastor -Staff Relations Committee was charged with finding a Bridge Pastor to work ¾ -full time to cover our pulpit while the Search Committee worked with an Interim Consultant, the Reverend Barbara Lemmel, to find a Settled Pastor.  Along with this, we have enjoyed the help of the Reverend Paul Hoffman who has worked very hard at filling our pastoral care needs.  After some consideration, Barbara found herself called to offer her services to our congregation as Part-Time Interim Pastor until such a time as we can fill the position of Settled Pastor.  We joyfully accepted her offer, and we are pleased to announce to you that she will begin working half-time, in conjunction with her long-time colleague and friend, the Reverend Paul Hoffman, who has agreed to continue with our church in his pastoral care function.

Barbara has preached for us a number of times this past year, and is very excited to share more of her experiences with us on a more regular basis. She has a rich history in ministry including a Master’s of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology.  She is a reconciling pastor within the United Methodist Church, and has been at the forefront of the Open and Affirming Movement in the UMC since the early 90’s.  Barb was a settled pastor at the North Ferrisburg Methodist Church where she job-shared with Kim Hornung-Marcy while they raised their children. She also served as pastor to several UMC communities in both New York and Vermont.   Currently, as her children are growing into young adulthood, she serves as a Parish Consultant for the New England UMC, and continues this.  She also is the director of “Tending the Fire”, a program of formation for Clergy and Lay Leadership.
Please join us in welcoming Barbara Lemmel to our church community.  She will begin her time with us by leading worship on the 25th of September.


The Pastor-Staff Relations Committee

Missions Beyond Our Local Community

Mission Of Peace

The Williston Federated Church has sponsored three your to be participants in Missions of Peace:

Elizabeth Dubois to China

Lillian Colletta to India

Ashley Dubois to India

Ashley Dubois was an adult leader in a subsequent Mission to South Africa.

The Mission of Peace is a yearly journey of discovery and Shalom to nations in our global community. sponsored by the Northeast Continue reading Missions Beyond Our Local Community

Summer Services


Sermon – Kids4Peace


Special Music – Addison White on Fiddle and Cindy Thurston on






Sermon – Sally Metro

Hazen Metro on BagPipes



Sermon – Old Brick Church; Pam Lucas


Sermon – Bob Driver Sermon


Rev Paul Sizemore Sermon