Continuing to do God’s work while we are apart from one another.
Each week we host a congregational conversation through Zoom entitled “How We Respond to Racism.” At each session, Thursday night at 4pm and 8pm, we share videos and have an open discussion about how we respond to racism in society and in ourselves.
Members of our church have been volunteering with Williston Central School’s free summer meal program for all kids in town. Three times a week the school hands out about 560 meals. Each bag pictured has 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches for one child.
We have distributed cookies to thank our community leaders for their hard work.
On June 21st at noon, our bell rang out for 8.5 minutes in memory of George Floyd.
Several members of our congregation have been sewing masks for front line workers and those in need.
Our congregation, led by our Missions Committee, continues to provide meals for Dismas House once a month. https://dismasofvt.org/
Reverend Paul Eyer was called as pastor of Williston Federated Church in 2017. His first Sunday as our pastor was October 29, 2017.
Here is a video introduction of Paul and his wife, Rev. Jackie Lingelbach:
Listen to the sermon Rev. Eyer gave on Sunday, July 23, 2017 when he first met the congregation (and immediately prior to the congregational vote to call him as Williston Federated’s new pastor):
Paul comes to us with many skills and varied life experiences. He was an attorney in his first career. He graduated from George Washington University in 1984 with a Juris Doctor degree and served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator David L. Boren in Washington D.C. While Paul chose to study law, his heart was never far from the church. He grew up in a family that was active in the church and Paul’s commitment to the life of the church continued into adulthood. That goal of service to others led Paul to enter Lancaster Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity in 2006. While he was in seminary, he met his lovely wife, Jackie, who is also a UCC pastor.
Paul was a much-loved pastor at St Luke’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, PA. where he served for four years. Subsequently, he was the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, his alma mater. In that role he built relationships with churches and pastors, preached and led worship in many church settings, and had the opportunity to offer support and guidance to seminary students.
Paul counts it a privilege to serve as pastor of Williston Federated Church where he sees God at work through this wonderful congregation.