Coping with Covid-19: Information for Parents, Grandparents and others

Coping with Covid-19: Information for Parents, Grandparents and others

Mar 19

We are all facing a difficult time.  So it is normal for everyone to be anxious and concerned.  When we are anxious we can get impatient, sad, angry, withdraw, and some buy lots of toilet paper. We can do two things to cope: we can panic or plan.  Both take a lot of energy; only one helps.  Remember there are 365 times the books of the Bible say “Be Not afraid.”  One for every day of the year! This is not to prevent all fear (fear is normal in times of stress and danger), but to assure us that God is with us, so we turn our fears over to God and lessen them.  In Jesus we see a God who understands all things human—all feelings, all temptations, all struggles and all joys.  Psalm 23 or 139 assure us that God is with us always as unconditional LOVE.  In Jesus this love put on human flesh and “moved into the neighborhood”. Anxiety: Kids of all ages will pick up the stress and tension in the air. All will need extra assurance from adults who love them. Answering Kids Questions: Ask your kids what their questions are.  Let them lead on this. They will not necessarily be the same questions you have.  You want to answer their questions as best you can with age appropriate answers (simpler the younger the child). You want to create an atmosphere where they can ask you anything!  You want to assure them that you and many other adults are working very hard to keep them safe.  You want to assure them that God is with us. If you don’t know an answer, research it with your child. Family Schedules: Come up with a family schedule including adults who are working from home.  Kids who help design the learning/work parts of their schedule own them more (age dependent how much they can do this).  Adults also need to communicate when they need to work/take conference calls etc.  Have a family schedule posted, go over it the night before. Remember there are many resources online for home schooling. Focus on what you can control, help kids focus on what they can control.  Limit access to news, we all need to take breaks or it gets overwhelming. Prayer: Model prayer as a family and alone.  Secular studies show that those who are “mindful” get through the storms...

Canceling Worship in Person; Not Canceling Church

Canceling Worship in Person; Not Canceling Church

Mar 16

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6 We have canceled worship in our sanctuary as of March 15th for the indefinite future.  We will monitor the situation to see when it is safe to go back to worshiping in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings.  We are NOT canceling being Christ’s church. How to Worship: We will create a video worship service that will be available on our webpage to access each week at a time that works best for you and your family.  We encourage you to have a candle if that works; light it as we light the candle in the video.  We encourage you to gather with whomever in your household is willing to gather and to set a time to worship.  I would suggest keeping Sunday at 10am, but do what works! Pastor’s emergency fund/Food Shelf: We are accepting donations of canned goods or donations.  We are hoping to coordinate with the Old Hollow neighborhood association and Rogers and Hazard Relief Society to help people who have needs for food. You can drop food at the Linden Hall door or put items on the parsonage porch.  Or send donations made out to “NFUMC” with a note “Pastor’s Emergency Fund” to the church, PO Box 7, North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473 Online Bible Study: We are exploring videoconferencing a Bible study in the evenings. Stay...

No Lobsterfest in 2019

No Lobsterfest in 2019

Jul 14

Dear Lobster Fest Lovers. We will be taking a year off in 2019 and will not be offering a Lobster Fest this summer. We thank you for the many years of your support.  

Lloyd Dugger sings “O Holy Night”

Lloyd Dugger sings “O Holy Night”

Dec 30

Lloyd Dugger sings a version of “O Holy Night” for the offertory at the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church’s Dec 30th Sunday worship service. Shannon and EllaLloyd, Jazz, Shannon and...

“Breath of Heaven” duet on Christmas Eve

“Breath of Heaven” duet on Christmas Eve

Dec 24

Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven” sung by Genevieve Potter and Lindsay Hausler with Suiong Wong accompanying on piano during the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service on Dec 24th,...

Our Easter Sunday Trumpet Music

Our Easter Sunday Trumpet Music

Apr 01

Chris Gribnau on trumpet and Julia Blocksma on piano play Teleman’s Concerto for Trumpet in Bb, Allegro for our offering at the Easter Sunday worship service.