week of 3/29/20

This Week and Beyond at WFC

“Prayer requests may still be sent  via email to pastoreyer.gmail.com. These prayers will then be gathered and lifted in prayer by the pastor throughout the week.”  Also for prayers during this worship service, send that request via email to WillistonFederatedYouth@gmail.com

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Faithfulness in Difficult Times— Your Financial Support of Our Church

We hold in our prayers all those, in our community and throughout the world, affected by COVID-19. And we pray for recovery and eventually a vaccine. While our daily thoughts and actions focus on our families, our health, our work and our neighbors, let us also remember that we are part of a faith community. Our church is such a force for good, as demonstrated in so many ways. 

In recent weeks, we maintained our faithfulness as we worshipped and fellowshipped together online, using live stream video (via Facebook) and videoconferencing (via Zoom). The mission of Williston Federated Church continues to be lived out, albeit in different ways. And the church needs to continue to meet its expenses— for staff, utilities, and essential services.  Please continue your financial support of Williston Federated Church. If you have pledged for this year, are you up-to-date? If you give through the offering weekly, but cannot come to church, please continue your giving.

Delivering our gifts as part of the worship service is an important part of our liturgy. But now please consider mailing your support to the church office. Even better, consider making your gifts electronically through your checking account. 

If you’re interested in setting up automatic online withdrawals, please contact Matt Bliss who can invite you to set up an account with our online church membership software called Realm.  When logged in, select the “Giving” menu on the left hand side and the “+ Give” button on the next screen.  Then, enter your giving details and payment information to set up automatic withdrawals from your bank account.  Select one of the pledge accounts (e.g. Pledge Jul xxxx to Jun xxxx).  Frequency should be set to monthly on the 15th.  You can follow the same process to make one time contributions too.  If you have any questions, contact Matt Bliss at blisswm@comcast.net.  Or you can complete a hard-copy registration form (posted on the church Facebook page on March 15) and mail it to the church c/o Matt Bliss.  

Our prayers, individually and collectively, are critical at this time. So are our actions. Our financial support of the church will ensure our ability to serve as a beacon of light in dark times.

Thank you for your gifts of time, talent and treasure,

Your Finance Committee

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March Madness has been cancelled.  Please stay tuned for our next 5th Sunday Mission Outreach Opportunity.

The Rummage Sale has tentatively been rescheduled for April 24-25.  More information will be available closer to that date.

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Heifer International

The Annual collection for Heifer International began Sunday March 1 and will continue until Sunday April 19.  Donations have traditionally been placed in Heifer coin banks.  These banks will be available when entering the sanctuary and in or near the Fellowship Hall.  ‘Calendars’ describing the work of Heifer are also available with the banks.

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 Looking Inward During Lent  During Lent (continuing through Holy Week in April) you are invited to spend time in 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.

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Scripture    John 4:3-42      (Pg 94-95 New Testament pew Bible)

Anthem       “Seek Ye First”

Greeter:  Rick and Barb Bristol

Coffee: Ruth and Charlie Magill

Usher:  Mike Moran and Ursula White

Scripture:  Ginger Isham

Week of  March 15, 2020

  • Tuesday, March 17 ~ 6:00pm Vitality Group
  • Wednesday, March 18 ~5:30pm Music and Worship; 6:00pm Pastor Staff
  • Thursday, March 19 ~8:00am Centering Prayer; 5:30pm Soup and Scripture; 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
  • Friday, March 20~ 7:00am Men’s Bible Study
  • Sunday, March 22~ 9:30am Worship

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

Book Club will meet on Monday, March 23 in the Church Fellowship Hall.  We will be discussing the  book  ’News Of The World’  by Paulette Jiles.   Jane Stickney will hostess the April meeting at her hone at 32 Hickory Hill Rd on Thursday April 30.     We will discuss  ’ Born A Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood’  by Trevor Noah.   Contact Lois Mason if you plan to attend the March meeting and Jane Stickney if you plan to attend the April meeting.

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Soup and Scripture! 

Please join us for Adult education during Lent on Thursdays, (continuing through April 2) from  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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 Dinner at Dismas House

Please consider offering dinner to the residents and staff at Dismas House, Burlington on March 17, 2020, for a six o’clock meal time.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board, entrance hallway.  Questions can be directed to Peet Grobler (802)881-9007 or Carol Wyatt (802)876-7950.  Thank you for considering this meaningful volunteer opportunity.  Missions and Social Concerns Committee.

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Postponed until Further Notice …..

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 (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.

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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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 Heifer International

The Annual collection for Heifer International began Sunday March 1 and will continue until Sunday April 19.  Donations have traditionally been placed in Heifer coin banks.  These banks will be available when entering the sanctuary and in or near the Fellowship Hall.  ‘Calendars’ describing the work of Heifer are also available with the banks.

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A New Opportunity for Prayer

You are invited to participate in a newly-created prayer group that will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the choir room.     Please join us for this meaningful time of deepened spiritual connection.

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Photos Available

For your enjoyment, a photo album with photos of our 150th Anniversary Celebration was created.  It is located on the table near the Fellowship Hall. Take a few minutes to take a peek.  These professional photos were taken by Stephen Mease. If you would like to purchase prints of these photos, go to the following link …..

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March Madness/Fifth Sunday Mission, Ministry & More March 29th

 Sign up on the bulletin board to participate in one or more mission opportunities on March 29th after a brief worship: preparing sandwiches for the homeless; volunteering at the Habitat Restore; participating in a prayer walk around the village; traveling tea party; making Easter cards for our card ministry; stocking shelves at the Williston Food Shelf and participating in a Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bunk Bed Build happening Saturday, March 28th.  Sponsored by the Membership Committee.

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JUMP Personal Care and Household Cleaning Supply Drive

Imagine having to go without a toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, or household cleaning supplies in order to afford food for your family. For many people in Chittenden County this is exactly the decision they confront on a monthly basis. But thanks to JUMP, the Joint Urban Ministry Project, these folks can obtain personal care and household items by simply stopping by the First Congregational Church in Burlington. The items most needed include: toothbrushes, deodorant, hand and body lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, dental floss, razors and shaving cream as well as all purpose cleaner, “Spic and Span” or Lysol, dish soap, and sponges. Collection boxes will be on the tables outside Fellowship Hall throughout the month. Thank you for helping our most vulnerable community members maintain dignity and stay healthy. From your Mission and Social Concerns Committee