All posts by Pastor 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.

More information on Danyal Mohammadzadeh

In the sermon on January 1st, 2017, Kim told the story of an Iranian journalist who had been imprisoned, tortured, and forced to leave his country.  In the US, he read the Bible and John Wesley and was welcomed by a woman at the Delmar UMC near Albany.  After attending this church, he was then baptized, and now is pursuing ordained ministry at Boston University (a United Methodist seminary).  His goal is to go back to the Middle East to bring the message of Jesus. His journey mirrors that of the wise men.

Click this link to read more and to watch a 6 min video.  Link

A Look Back at Serving God in 2016

Merry Christmas to all!  Here are some great ways we served God in 2016:

  • We put together 100 Health Kits for United Methodist Committee on Relief after Easter.
  • We sponsored Jeremias Franca, our UM Missionary and Hospital Administrator at Chicuque Hospital Mozambique, and sent the hospital a special donation this fall so they could feed their patients. 
  • We participated in the Old Hollow Clean-up Day in May.
  • We offered a free Thank-You Barbecue to our Ferrisburgh Fire Fighters in June.
  • We sent 10 youth and five adults to United Methodist Reach Out Mission by Youth (UMARMY) in July. 
  • We gave 56 towel sets to the HOPE Christmas shop, the most ever! 
  • We gave enough food for eight Thanksgiving meals for families in need, the most ever.
  • We sent an intergenerational group Christmas caroling to local senior centers.
  • We gave multiple Christmas gifts to twenty-six children and teens in need. 
  • We gave food monthly to folks in need and to local food shelves.
  • We participated in the free monthly community meal.
  • Our Craft group made gifts which were delivered to all our shut-ins.

Grace and Peace, Kim

Christmas Pageant 2016 by the youth

This year’s pageant was performed by our youth under the direction of Janette Dumont and Shirley Parfitt with Joe Kwiatkowski as the piano accompanist.  James and Lily Steadman played piano solos.

This video is thanks to Janette Dumont and Chris Potter, with still photo by Margaret Roddy.  The rather rough editing was by Ted Marcy.

An Advent Message

Advent and Christmas are such beautiful seasons. They bring us joy and light as we head into the darkest part of the winter and into whatever challenges we face.  What a gift that God comes among us in the incarnation.  God was in Christ. 

Many of our confirmation students wondered if prayer really works.  What an important question.  Prayer is trusting that God truly cares about us so that we can both talk to God and listen for God’s guidance.  Christians believe that God wants to connect with our human lives for good. 

We see this so powerfully in Jesus coming among us.  Jesus’ entire ministry was prayer powered.  He shows us what a human being fully in tune with God’s will looks like. Jesus shows us how God in Christ shares and understands our human challenges and fears.

No wonder we love Christmas.  The gift of our Savior tops all other gifts. We have a lot to celebrate this December.  And Christ is at the center of our celebration. 

So pray for a friend, neighbor, or family member who does not have a church home and would benefit from knowing Jesus, the greatest gift ever given.  Advent worship or Christmas Eve are some of the easiest times for people to feel comfortable giving us a try.  The key is an invitation from someone they know and trust.

Grace and Peace, Kim

Lessons from Geese

Of all the creatures that I can see in this landscape the geese best represent the communion of saints.  They depend on one another. The lead goose does the most work, but when it is tired, it falls back and another takes its place.  To be able to rely on others is a deep trust that does not come easily.  The geese fly in the wake of one another’s wings. They literally get a lift from one another. I want to be with others this way.”    From Gunilla Norris in  Journeying in Place: Reflections from a Country Garden

I see you faithfully flying and lifting others all the time. It is a joy to be the church in our area.

Grace and Peace,  Kim

For more on the wisdom of geese, below is a post on this topic from the Inspirational Christian Stories and Poems Archive.  Thanks to Tom Nold for bringing this to my attention.

Lesson of the Goose

As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird behind it. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent more flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier when they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down. They stay with the goose to help and protect it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out with another formation to catch up with the flock.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other.

Whenever a goose falls out of the formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging- -not something less than helpful.

How to Forgive

Recently, someone asked me “Why is this church so wonderful and caring?”  I do think it is because we stress being a Matthew 18:15-17 church which guides us to healthy relationships: 

  1. Pray for help with your relationships, and self-awareness on your part in any problem.
  2. Resist gossip. Last Sunday everyone laughed when I said. “When you are tempted to gossip, breath through your nose, because you can’t do that and talk at the same time.” 

For the rest of the steps see Matthew 18:15-17, but the WHOLE chapter has a lot to say about forgiveness.

We are not perfect, but we are forgiven, and we can forgive others.  We are all growing – hurray!  Our love can be seen in realizing that a church is “a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints”. 

With our Savior’s help we can heal, grow, forgive, and have fun as we love God and serve others. 

Grace and Peace,

Kim

Sunday School Has Started!

Fall is upon us and there are many good things happening.  First, let’s brag about our Sunday school. We gave out many attendance awards Sept. 11th. Many of our award winners had well over 30 Sundays of attendance. Our top two kids attended 44 and 46 Sundays of the last Sunday school and summer worship year.  That is amazing!  In fact, with the summer programming and play ground in full use, we easily tripled the number of kids with us on summer Sundays. 

We currently have Sunday school teachers who are aged 29-80 years serving as teachers in our Sunday school.  This year we welcome Genia Curler to the preschool class. Genia said, “Thanks for asking me! It is such an honor to teach and I hope I can be as beloved as Lorna.”

We also welcome Betsy Brown to the 2nd/3rd grade class. She said, “I think it will be fun.  Please thank these new teachers and our experienced teachers: Lorna Brown, Genevieve and Chris Potter, Jeff Jeskie, Randy Gates and Margaret Roddy.

It is not too late to invite someone you know to try our Sunday school.  We are blessed by our children, youth, and the adults who teach and help. 

Grace and Peace, Kim

Farewell to the Duggers

Our Summer has been filled with joys, but now we are faced with a challenge.  No one wants to say good-bye to Lloyd, Shannon, Aidan and Jazz.  Lloyd has been our amazing Music Minister. He has grown our choir, and added drums, guitar, and so much faithful spirit to every worship service.  Shannon sings in our choir and she and Lloyd led a wonderful summer program for all ages this summer.  Aidan plays our drums. Jazz charms one and all. So we won’t say good-bye, we will say “farewell”. 

I love the meaning of this old fashioned word. It is more of a blessing. It says “do well” as you go into a new future.  It says “God bless you”, and remember that we also know that you have so blessed us!  It says, “we want the best for you and we know the opportunities for all in Massachusetts are fantastic.  We also know that Lloyd, Shannon, Aidan and Jazz will find a new church home and be a blessing there.

We will miss them terribly.  However, they are promising to come back and visit!  Shannon’s parents remain in Vermont.  So we rejoice that we had Lloyd for over five years, watched him fall in love and get married, step-parent Aidan so well, and welcome Jazz into the family.  Every moment has been a blessing. 

May Lloyd’s loyalty, faith, and talent inspire us to invite others to experience these things in our church family!  We are blessed and stretched by saying “farewell

Grace and Peace, Kim