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Weekly News and Notes

May 5, 2016

Greetings Waitsfield UCC Family and Friends,

It was inspiring to be at the Vermont Conference Annual Meeting last weekend with our brothers and sisters in Christ from around the state. Our speaker Bishop Rev. Dwayne Royster offered powerful sermons urging us to boldly “Be the Church”, enacting the message of Jesus to love God and neighbor through works of justice, extending kindness and welcoming all.

There were also two resolutions that passed during the conference. One was on a Moral Economy and the other on the topic of Refugees. Both of these resolutions were discussed and studied by many there and they encourage us to do the same. The link to the Conference website is noted below and both can be found posted there.

Upon our return on Sunday we shared communion and explored the scripture in John of Jesus breaking bread on the shore with the disciples. Although the meal they shared was nothing uncommon, it was a holy meal and reminds us that when we break bread and sit with friends and strangers there the Lord is among us. May we continue to see the holy….the sacred in the midst of our ordinary lives. May we take those simple opportunities to bear witness to the love and grace of Jesus…who calls us into the Kin-ship of God.

In closing let me remind everyone that this is Anthem Sunday….you don’t want to miss this wonderful service of joyful song.   See you there!

Nancy

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This Week:

Sunday May 8th   10 AM Anthem Sunday!* Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all

those who are mothers and those who sharing in mothering!

Come celebrate this day with us !*

Monday May 9th:   11AM Celebration of Life Service for Madaline Kingsbury

Wednesday May 11:   MRV Interfaith Council meeting 10-12:00

Warren Church

6 pm – “Memories of Olde Tyme Farming”.

Waitsfield Historical Society.

Friday – Saturday May 13-14: Confirmation Students and Pastors at Silver Bay Retreat Center in New York. Saturday the 14th we return to the Valley and close with potluck supper here at WUCC and prepare for Sunday service.

Sunday May 15th:   10AM Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday at WARREN

Church. Come celebrate this wonderful service with our

young people as they take affirm their baptismal vows and

join the Church.   Ryan Gackenheimer, past Youth Pastor at

Essex Junction UCC now the executive director of Silver

Lake Conference Center in Connecticut.

More Information and Other Dates:

This Sunday May 8th is also the day we do our Sabbatical covenant with Nancy as she departs for Sabbatical after worship on the 15th. Sabbatical info.below.

Nancy’s Sabbatical runs from May 15 (afternoon) through July 17th.  This time away is to get restored and renewed so that upon returning she can continue to support us move forward into the adventures that are unfolding with our Capital Campaign, worship, education and community events.  Our Guest preachers during Sabbatical are Rev. Deb Ingram and Rev. Mark Pitton.  These are two wonderful and gifted Pastors and we are sure to have meaningful worship together.   Pick up a brochure in the Narthex Sunday.

Mark these dates for our Church Yard sale: June 11-12 for the actual sale days, however, we do a lot of work the week prior and the few days after it is over. We need all hands to help in some way so we thank you in advance and look forward to this very fun weekend of play and work! See Diane Thompson or Tracey Coutts for more details. And THANK YOU all!!!

Just a note: Warren Church will have VBS for Valley Children in June the week of the 20-24th. More information will be forthcoming.