All posts by Pastor Kim

Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands

Pilgrimage: a journey, often long, made to a place of sacred meaning.  For me, our trip to Israel was also an affirmation of our faith that God acts in human history.

Seeing the sights where our Biblical heroes and our Savior lived out their faith, opens a window into how God is at work in our lives today.  It was fun, moving, and thought provoking.

Lent is almost upon us and this is a form of pilgrimage for all Christians. In a spiritual way, we journey with Christ towards the cross and beyond. In this journey, we hope to connect to God in a deeper way.  Looking forward to preparing for Easter with you!

Grace and Peace,  Kim

Grateful for…

Today I am grateful that this past week and evening we had snow, not ice.  I am grateful for the many volunteers working so hard on our kitchen.  The banter among the kitchen workers is usually quite entertaining.

I am grateful that Shirley Parfitt and Janette Dumont bring such faithfulness and enthusiasm to our new children’s choir, and the joyful way that the kids invite their friends to come to Sunday school or sing in the choir.  I am grateful for Sunday school teachers.  Lee Steadman gave a wonderful talk on Boy Scouts on our Scouting Sunday.

Life is richer because we know God is on our side working for good.  We get to live that lesson every day.

Do you think God is grateful for all the love, service, worship, prayers, fun and fellowship we pour into being Jesus’ disciples?  What about if church is fun?  Well, because you make it that way, I am grateful, and I am betting God is too.

Grace and Peace,

Kim

True Happiness: Not Found in Revenge

Based on Matthew 5:7 and 9  from “The Message”

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.”

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”

Our Children and Youth

Some of our newest attendees are children.  They are very excited by our stained glass window of Jesus, Sunday school, singing in our children’s choir, and helping in any way.

Do you remember a time when you were particularly excited about your faith?  You make a difference by supporting our Sunday school.  The enthusiasm of our young people is a blessing to us all – reminding us that faith is fun!  Don’t let the winter cold get you down.  Come to church and let our children’s singing, smiles and service warm you up!

This Sunday, if you are able, you have the option of bringing canned goods and/or making a donation to the “Souper Bowl of Caring” offering.

Our young people will be helping us with this as well. When we work together for good, faith is both meaningful and fun.  Our Confirmation Class chose the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes for this year’s Souper Bowl offering.

Grace and Peace,

Kim

Imagine No Malaria

Here’s another way we are changing lives:  Wildberries gave a donation of $200 in December 2013 on our behalf to Imagine No Malaria.  This is a United Methodist program that cooperates with many of our African United Methodist churches to end malaria in Africa.  100% of our donation went right to the project.

In Africa, our United Methodist church has already given out 1.2 million bed nets. These nets prevent the mosquitoes from biting people when they come out at night.  We have also trained 5,400 community health workers who deliver the nets and monitor how they are used.

Because of this, the death rate from malaria has been cut in half.  We still have a long way to go, but we are making progress.  The thank you letter from our Board of Global Ministries closes with:

May God grant you a sense of hope and joy as you continue your support for mission and as we advance towards a day with no malaria

Grace and Peace,

Kim

A Prayer for You from Bea Dike’s Bible

Chick Wood found this prayer in her mother’s (Bea Dike) Bible, and I thought everyone would enjoy it:

Bea Dike horizontal“A Prayer for You”.  “I said a prayer for you today and know God must have heard. I felt the answer in my heart although God spoke no word!  I didn’t ask for wealth or fame. (I knew you wouldn’t mind.)  I asked God to send treasures of a far more lasting kind!  I asked that God would be near you at the start of each new day, to grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way!  I asked for happiness for you, in all things great and small, but it was God’s loving care I prayed for most of all.”

Grace and Peace,

Kim