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May 11, 2016

Greetings Waitsfield UCC Family and Friends,

What a beautiful week this has turned out to be as we prepare for our Confirmation Sunday and the celebration of Pentecost (birth of the early Church) at the Warren Church at 10 a.m. This is a very significant time in the life of our young people as they discern what it means to be people of faith and leaning into a life of discipleship.   The service of Confirmation is a great time for all of us to review and renew our own baptismal vows and reflect on our own spiritual path.

We are the Church, the body of Christ… many members, yet one…in Christ Jesus. May we join in this service with our young people with a spirit of joy and thanksgiving, appreciating all that we are together while recognizing the gifts God has given each one of us, especially these young adults. Together with our sisters and brothers in Warren let us celebrate new life and God’s amazing love made known in Jesus.

Last week we promised to pray for one another during this sabbatical time. I will be keeping you individually and corporately in my prayers and I am already looking forward to the days to come. Until then, I offer you this blessing:

May the Spirit of God wash over you like the gentle gurgle of the stream,

May the mystery of God in neighbor and stranger bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart,

May the brilliance of the Creator surprise you in the holy that rises up in the ordinary

And may the unexpected glimpses of grace fill you with joy….today and everyday.

See you Sunday at the Warren Church and then again July 24th.



This Week:

Friday – Saturday May 13-14:   Confirmation Students and Pastors at Silver Bay Retreat Center in New York. Friday 5PM depart from WUCC, return Saturday the 14th 4:30ish, meet at WUCC at 6:00pm for potluck supper 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 affirm their baptismal vows and

join the Church.   Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, past Youth Pastor at

Essex Junction UCC now the executive director of Silver

Lake Conference Center in Connecticut will be preaching.

The Students who have gone through the Confirmation class from Waitsfield are: Anna Jamieson, Theron Williams and Carl Kellogg. Please keep them in your ongoing prayers as they continue to grow in faith.

**As this is a shared service it would be helpful if we could bring some food for fellowship hour, any donations would be welcomed. Thank you in advance.

Sunday May 22:   A Warm Welcome to Rev. Deb Ingram who will be covering for 4 weeks of Sabbatical time. Worship will continue to be at 10am all summer.

Friday May 27th: 5:30 PM Free Community Supper! Our hosts are MRV Rotary, come

and bring a friend. Always a wonderful meal and good friends.

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!!!

Nancy’s Sabbatical runs from May 16 through July 17th.  This time away is for restoration and renewal for both the Pastor and the Congregation. 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.

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