All posts by Pastor Kim

Disaster Response, Churches, and UMCOR

Here’s how we are changing lives. FEMA depends on a number of religious groups for their expertise when disaster strikes, and each religious group has unique abilities. Through excellent communication with FEMA and each other, there is no duplication.

UMCOR, the United Methodist response group, specializes in case management, emergency kits such as cleaning buckets, and volunteers. Not only do we have a volunteer army of 20,000 people for early response teams who muck out homes, we have even more Mission trip leaders and participants. 

Trained volunteer case managers help families navigate the maze of aid and insurance to rebuild their lives. These case managers then work with our regular mission teams who do the rebuilding.  These volunteer hours are counted at $25 per hour towards the ~10% that states are supposed to match towards federal disaster aid. 

Already in Texas, over 6,000 homes have been “mucked” out by the specially trained advance UM volunteer teams, and 28,000 cleaning buckets are waiting to be shipped to Puerto Rico when that becomes possible.

Grace and Peace, Kim

What Do We Expect?

What do we expect?  Often we influence others by what we expect them to do. If we decide ahead of time that someone will laugh at us or turn us down, we tend not to invite them to church.  Or, if we expect that it is normal for teens and young adults to drop out of church we do little to reverse that.

Let God’s love challenge your expectations. Jesus did not give up on anyone. What if we had so many teens attending or young adults that they looked forward to seeing their friends on Sunday?  What if we “got it” that faith gets more important the older we get.  After all, it is people over age 12 who make the most life changing decisions that affect not only themselves, but their peers, families, and friends.

We already have some plans in place to improve Sunday school this year.  We are making further plans to be in an even better position to help teens and adults grow in their faith, and enjoy life giving Christian fellowship.

Will you pray for these plans?  Will you commit to a daily devotion time and/or a Bible study time with others?  It starts with you and me!  But I know Jesus expects great things and is eager to empower them.

Grace and Peace, Kim

UM ARMY Youth and Adults Talk about the Mission Trip

During Sunday worship the message was the youth and adults talking about a) what they each did; b) where they saw God; and c) what they liked the best.  I videotaped MOST of the messages, but unfortunately, my iPhone ran out of memory before everyone spoke.  Apologies to Megan McIntyre, Sophie and Nora Hatch, and Joe Kwiatkowski who all gave wonderful messages as well.

Written comments from some of those not on the video:

Nora Hatch: One of the things that was hard for us was our homeowner got sick and had to go to the hospital.  We told the whole camp and the whole camp prayed for his healing.  We were so grateful to see that he was released from the hospital the next day. We were very fond of him, his wife, and their cute dogs.

Joe Kwiatkowski: “My role at UMARMY was providing the music during worship services.  Being able to see all the different groups on the program team, I saw God in the interactions between the different groups and the people they did work for. My favorite moment was meeting a client who had met my godmother because the client’s sister owned a flower shop my godmother would do deliveries for on busy holidays. “

North Ferrisburgh Community Tag Sale on June 24th

On June 24th, the Old Hollow neighborhood is hosting a community tag sale at 16 locations involving 18 households on Sat, June 24th from 8am to 3pm.  The map (downloadable as a pdf) shows the sale locations as red stars with various landmarks.  The table (also downloadable as a pdf) lists the items for sale at each location.

tag sale map

tag sale items by location

If you have questions, call Lou McLaren at 802 578-1569.

Please note:  there is no parking at the church as there is a memorial service that day.

Spring Time Celebration

There is so much to see and celebrate these days.   Ken Theobald’s bird boxes have at least one tree swallow family.  Something is always blooming. First it was the bulbs, then the hardy azaleas, and the red bud tree. Now the lilacs and cheery trees are in full swing.

It also feels like our church is blooming.  Many of our snow birds are back. I hear comments from our visitors such as: “I can’t believe how warm and friendly this church”; and “I so appreciate the thoughtful sharing that happens in our Bible studies.  And from our new members: “I learned so much at the Men’s Breakfast”and “I had been looking for a long time for a church home and am so excited to join this church”. 

It is impressive how many people we have reading a daily devotional or doing the Bible in One Year online or email daily Bible verses, or reading a New Testament book with the help of the NT Wright commentaries on loan in our Fellowship Hall. 

The earth is green and growing.  The North Ferrisburgh UMC faithful are also green and growing in God’s love.  It makes for a very exciting spring.  Don’t forget to wear something RED, ORANGE, PINK, or PURPLE (flame colors) June 4th for Pentecost!

Peace,

Pastor Kim

The Most Important Days in our Faith

The most important days in our faith are the days we celebrate between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. 

Did you know that for the first 300 years of our faith Christmas was not celebrated. Christians were a persecuted, but joyful group, sharing communion on each Sunday. The forty days of Lent and Easter Season were the most important focus of the early church. 

Each Sunday is still observed as a mini-Easter.  It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead.

Grace and Peace,  Kim