week of 4/19/20

This Week and Beyond at WFC

Prayers

In addition to prayers offered during our worship services, prayer requests may still be sent to Pastor Paul via email at pastoreyer.gmail.com. These prayers will then be lifted in prayer by the pastor throughout the week.  (If you would like to submit prayer requests to be shared during our online worship service, please send those requests to WillistonFederatedYouth@gmail.com or post them as chat comments during our video live-stream of our worship service on Facebook Live on Sunday.

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Good News in Challenging Times!

 Williston Federated Church has received financial support from the U.S. government via the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the CARES Act to support our economy during the coronavirus pandemic. While the program is structured as a loan, the loan is forgivable provided we meet certain requirements, which we are confident we can do. The funds will be used for payroll and for utilities costs. More information will be available as further details are known, but this loan/grant will greatly assist the church as we meet our expenses through the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

 The application for this funding was approved by the Official Board prior to submission of the application, and reconfirmed by the Official Board at its regular meeting on April 14.

 Due to the pandemic, the annual Stewardship Campaign, scheduled to begin on Palm Sunday, has been delayed, as has the development of an operating budget for 2020-21. The Finance Committee is working with the Official Board and Pastor Paul to consider best approaches to ensuring the financial stability and integrity of the church moving forward. The faithfulness of the members of the congregation in continuing to support the church financially, to the best of their ability, in these difficult times, is essential. The federal relief is most welcome, but is temporary, as all funds must be spent within eight weeks.

 The doors of the building are temporarily closed, but the church is open and running, and requires our continuing financial support to serve our congregation, our neighbors, and the wider world. Together, we will overcome this crisis. Thank you.

Bruce Wyatt

Chair, Finance Committee

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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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HAND SANITIZERS

If anyone needs some hand sanitizer we have small, 4 oz. bottles for you.  We’ve made up these small bottles from a stock pile supply that the Membership Committee has on hand.  The bottles were prepared with sterile technique and can be delivered to you.  Please let Melissa Delisle know if you need some. 

Thursday morning prayer:

Thursday mornings at 8am there will be a zoom gathering for silent prayer and Bible discussion.  The session begins with a brief reading and then 20 minutes of silence.  A picture and participants will appear on the screen.  After 20 minutes a bell will ring 3 times.  Then the Bible passage of  the day will be read three times.  Participants will talk of the part of the passage that touched them or had questions or special meaning.  The gathering will end at about 9am with the Lord’s Prayer also known as the Our Father.   The code is 395 928 9957.

Questions call Donna Fellinger 802 355 1700.

INVITATION TO THE WILLISTON  FEDERATED  CHURCH  LABYRINTH 

As you look for ways to be physically and spiritually renewed while maintaining appropriate “social distancing,” the labyrinth at the church is an option you might want to consider.  Members of the Williston Federated Church have constructed an outdoor labyrinth for the use of friends and community people who may be looking for an opportunity for outdoor meditation or prayer.

The labyrinth walk is outlined by bricks and the walking is done on the grass

path between the bricks.  All are invited to take a few minutes to walk the labyrinth at anytime.                     

This is a ‘seven circuit’ labyrinth.  The centuries old practice involves walking

the path to the center, sitting for a while and then following the path back to the beginning. 

May your socially-distant spiritual reflections on the labyrinth be a source of inspiration at this time.

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

Ruth Painter’s passing
Williston Federated Church grieves the passing of one of its saints, Ruth Painter.  Ruth made that final journey from this life to the next on April 11, 2020 at the age of 92.  Ruth’s impact on the life of this church will continue for years to come.  She was described by Sue Leister as our “patron of peace” because of her faithful dedication to that cause.   If you wish to send greetings to Ruth’s family, her daughter Audrey can be reached via the following contact information:  Audreycoty@gmail.com        802-256-4655  Audrey and Lee Coty     253 Falls Brook Rd., Stowe, VT 05672

This Week and Beyond at WFC 3/29/20

“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