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 a version of “O Holy Night” for the offertory at the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church’s Dec 30th Sunday worship service.
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, 2018.
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.
The attached pdf has 2017 contact information for a variety of health and human services available in Addison County including substance (drug and alcohol) abuse, domestic violence, food, clothing, and fuel assistance, and support groups.
Please download this pdf from the following link so that you have it readily available.
We are posting additional details on giving opportunities for Christmas Angels and the DCF Christmas Shop.
Christmas Angels: The list from our local DCF social worker is out for children and teens needing help with Christmas. You take a tag, buy the gifts, wrap them, and make sure you put the identifying number clearly on the package or bag that has that child’s gifts. Our DCF Social worker, Andrea Grimm, will make sure the gifts are delivered. Place gifts in the Generosity Room, off northeastern door of Fellowship Hall. Speak to Shirley Parfitt if you have questions 425-3741. Return gifts to church by Sunday, December 17th
DCF Christmas Shop: Our Middlebury office of DCF is also hosting a Christmas shop this year. They are accepting new or almost new items that children can then use to give to parents and siblings. These items may go in the Generosity room. Toys, books, jewelry welcome. Anything left over will go to the HOPE Thrift shop. These items can be brought in every December Sunday through Dec. 17th.
Thanks to Gerry Davis, we have a four minute video remembrance of our 2017 Lobsterfest complete with aerial video footage. A number of the church members and volunteers are pictured.
Wildberries are collecting new towel sets for the HOPE Christmas Shop through Sun, Oct 23rd. These towel sets benefit low income shoppers. Please leave your donations of new towel sets in the Upper Room. Thank you!
Please check your garages, tool sheds, and utility rooms for the following items on the UM ARMY tool list (image below and pdf attached). The youth will use these on their mission trip to Claremont, NH the week of July 17-23. If any are lost or broken, they will be replaced.
Put your last name in permanent marker on your tool. We return them Sunday July 23rd. We do replace tools if they are lost or broken. Speak to Pastor Kim, Chris Steadman, or Irv or Karen Rose if you have questions.
From Shannon and Lloyd
Dear NFUMC Family,
It is with a heavy heart that we share some truly bittersweet news with you all. Lloyd has accepted a job in Southborough, Massachusetts at an independent school called Fay School and we will be moving there in August. The blessing is that this job provides on campus housing, food, and access to all the boarding school has to offer which means that Shannon will be able to pause her career to stay home and take care of Jazz. Being able to take care of Jazz and be home for Aidan after school is a luxury we did not ever think we would be able to experience! But God really does work in mysterious ways, and when Lloyd’s former college classmate wrote to him about applying to this “great school in Mass”, one thing quickly led to another and before we knew it, they were offering Lloyd the job.
It is difficult to express our sadness about leaving this church community. You have watched us meet, fall in love, get married, and begin our family together. You have supported us with unbelievable love and generosity for nearly five years and we mean it when we say that this church will remain in our hearts forever. You may never know how much your faithfulness, kindness, musicianship, and friendship have meant to us…so for now we will simply say thank you.
Lloyd, Shannon, Aidan and Jazz
What a blessing God has given us that we have enjoyed Lloyd’s amazing music leadership for 5 years! Shannon, Aidan and Jazz are major blessings as well. There is grief in losing them, even as we are glad they have found something so good for them all.
I hope we will always be inspired by their level of faith, and their commitment to our church family. Lloyd and Shannon will still be our summer intergenerational family events organizers as promised. They will be leaving mid-August for their new opportunity.
Please keep Staff Parish Committee in your prayers as we work to find someone to lead our music ministry and build on all that Lloyd has accomplished with us. Our Staff Parish Committee will be meeting soon to plan this transition. They are: Linda Field, Lay Leader, Lorna Brown, Chair of Staff Parish and members: Ray Vincent, Stan Field, Pam Taylor, Peter Curler, Clare Conner, Sue Stoner, Carole Stoneking, Kris Nelson
We appreciate your prayers,