Waitsfield United Church of Christ
Village Meeting House
Weekly News and Notes
April 20, 2016
Dear Waitsfield UCC Family and Friends,
Our Scripture text for this week is the story of Ruth and Naomi who travel from the place they have called home back to Ruth’s family of origin in a foreign land. It is the story of love and commitment between a Mother and Daughter-in-law who face incredible challenges and yet find hope. The biblical stories as well as the modern day stories we read in the newspaper or magazines provide for us inspiration. They also remind us that we too have stories to tell, stories that speak to our own journeys of faith, personal growth and development. If each of us took time to simply write out one story from our life where we encountered sorrow, pain, challenge or situations that seemed impossible and shared how that story was resolved or continues to unfold, we would have a treasure chest of riches to share with each other. This week I urge you to ponder, write out or share one of your stories where faith, hope and love saw you through, where God’s grace became apparent.
Send me your stories…let’s put together a book of inspiration….that bubbles up right from the heart of our own congregation. Let’s share the ways God has revealed God’s self in our lives. The stories are there….right inside of you…check it out…and let’s see what we come up with.
See you Sunday,
April 24 Sunday: Worship 10:00AM One Great Hour of Sharing*
11:30-12:30 Discussion Group – Reflections on Faith
*One Great Hour of Sharing:
Violent political actions all over the world have created waves of refugees and displaced people, unable to return home for fear of their lives. Natural disasters have disrupted communities too, displacing people from their homes and livelihoods. OGHS donations fund UCC sustainable development, refugee and disaster ministries. The theme this year is: Go the Extra Mile. This is one of our annual mission projects. Thank you in advance.
Events that are Coming:
Friday April 29: Community Supper; Come experience good food, friends and fellowship.
Sunday May 1: 10am Worship with Communion and Report from Vermont Conference
Vermont Conference Annual Meeting: April 29-30, Peggy Stokes and Rev. Nancy McHugh will be attending the meeting at Lake Morey. We look forward to coming back and sharing with you all the exciting things that are going on in the Conference.
Tuesday, APRIL 26TH 7-8 P.M. TAIZE SERVICE AT THE WARREN CHURCH LED BY JEROME MONACHINO AND OTHER ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE MUSICIANS. Taizé worship is the creation of a monastic community in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s by a Swiss man known as Brother Roger. This kind of service has become immensely popular with young people, with tens of thousands of teens and 20-somethings from all parts of the globe going every year to spend time at the monastery in France. This will be an opportunity for you to experience yet another kind of worship. We think you’ll like it.
May 8, 10am Anthem Sunday
May 15, 10am: Pentecost Sunday and Confirmation Celebration
@ Warren Church.
Sabbatical Update: Nancy will be on Sabbatical from May 16, 2016 to July 18th. During that time there will be Pastoral Coverage and a wonderful opportunity to experience worship under the leadership of Rev. Deb Ingram and Rev. Mark Pitton. A brochure explaining the purpose of Sabbatical and a little about what Nancy will be doing will be available on the table in the Narthex Sunday.