All posts by Pastor 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

Who was St. Patrick?

March madness is upon us.  For basketball fans that means lots of basketball. For St. Patrick fans it means wearing green and remembering on Mar. 17th he was an AMAZING person of faith.

Patrick had a tough and wild life.  He was born in 387 AD in England to a Roman Christian family.  He was kidnapped by pirates and enslaved in Ireland. Led by a dream, he walked across much of Ireland and onto a boat that took him back to England and freedom.

He became a priest and had another dream that the pagan Irish were calling him back.  So at an age when many retired he went back to Ireland and started Christian communities that welcomed the outcast and the misfit.  He became so beloved he unified the warring tribes of Ireland and brought peace and the Christian faith to that country.

Patrick was famous for hospitality, welcoming anyone and everyone.  Let him inspire you to be praying for someone who does not have a church home and might enjoy our Lenten worship series. Then invite them!

Or make sure you speak to someone you do not know well for the first 5 minutes after worship so that you can bless them and they can bless you with friendship.  THEN invite them to coffee hour and introduce them to someone else! 

At Coffee hour is anyone sitting or standing alone?  Go introduce yourself.  Most of our new members and worship attendees were invited by someone to try us!  We have a treasure – God’s love.  It is to be given away.

Grace and Peace,  Kim

Making a difference – not as hard as you may think

Many of the things we do as a church make a huge difference though we may not realize it. Last month, Florence and Ray Vincent shared a Christmas letter their son wrote full of memories of our church.

Their son, Steve, wrote that in our church “all the members were a large part of our lives…although maybe a bit reluctantly when we hit our teens!  He “remembered Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, singing in the Choir and the heavenly sound that the choir made.  He remembers that being centered in the church life meant the deeper meaning of Christmas always came through.

Christmas Eve during his childhood meant “caroling the Hollow with candles, arriving at the church for a live outdoor nativity scene with the oldest children playing Mary and Joseph, the laughter for the children’s moment, listening to the choir, giving the offering, and the most beautiful of all, the singing of Silent Night by candle light.  As everyone was leaving the service the church bell was rung and it seemed to ring so the whole world could hear it.  Then there was the year Ruth Bull permitted me to ring the bell – I’m the coolest guy ever!” 

It takes a whole church to bless us all.  When we faithfully are the church we bless people near and far.  Never discount how asking a young person to ring the bell or teaching Sunday school or singing in worship impacts others.

The whole letter from Steve Vincent is posted on our bulletin board by the lift, as a gift to all of us.

Grace and Peace, Kim

UMCOR School Kit Bags

In some countries, children don’t have books or school supplies. Many have no schoolrooms; classes are held in inadequate or half-destroyed buildings, tents, or even the open air.  School kits may be these children’s only educational resources.

The craft group has been making the school bags that hold the contents for the school kits.  They would appreciate additional help in accomplishing this.   The instructions are on the attachment below that you can open with a click.  There is donated fabric from Laura Socinski that can be used in the rainbow room next to the Fellowship Hall (with the piano) .

1-A School Bag Instructions

If you have questions, give Jill Wilkens a call at 425 2263.