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Pastor Kim’s weekly messages

What are you waking up to?

Lorna Brown led our mid-week Bible study in a wonderful lesson where people were invited to share the Bible verse they were trying to “wake up with”.  There were many wonderful scriptures shared and some quotes as well.

Psalm 121 “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help? It comes from the Lord…” was recited from memory in full!  Others had picked Roman’s 8 or Psalm 23 or Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

There was a special request that I list the quote that one person wakes up to.  While this is not “in the Bible” it is certainly a great Biblically inspired quote: “If you feel that you are drowning in suffering, grief or pain, remember your life guard walks on water!

Another great quote in response to someone saying “I worry too much about tomorrow.” was “Do you realize tomorrow never comes? There is only the past and today.”  That gave us a good laugh, but it is true!

Grace and Peace,  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

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

Where did you see God this past week?

Last Sunday we asked during the prayer time: “Where did you see God at work through our church in 2013?”  Answers were: “Sunday school, my son loves it.” “The prayers and support of others when we face difficult times.”  “The Mission trips.” “The love of this community.”

Not a week goes by that I do not see someone living out their faith. We are blessed and I am sure you can think of other ways you feel and see God’s love through our church.

Grace and Peace,

 

Kim

Looking Out the Windows of Our Church

When life sends you ice and snow… make snow cones?

All involved in our pageant gave us a wonderful 5th day of Christmas on Sunday Dec.  29th. We easily broke all records for church attendance for a Sunday after Christmas.  We were treated to what some called our “best pageant” yet.  So we ended 2013 with meeting our goal to average 75 in worship for the year.

Not to mention the beautiful message of the pageant, and of preacher Larry Stoneking, and of course of our talented choir.  May the joy of the Christmas – that God’s love is with us – carry you into the new year with hope!

As Larry creatively challenged us, may we think of those outside the windows of our church, and invite them to discover how following Jesus enriches us with a treasure that never rots, fades, or breaks.

Grace and Peace,

Kim

“Middlebury Foods”: Fight Hunger and Save Money

Middlebury Foods 2 web“Middlebury Foods” is a non-profit started by several Middlebury College students to provide healthy fresh meat, veggies, and fruit at 40% off supermarket prices to anyone who wants to order the food.

A box of meat/veggies and fruits with enough for 28 meals costs $35, or $1.25 a meal!.  A Meat box is $30 and a Veggie box is $25.  Meat comes frozen and packed in individual containers.  Everything else is fresh.

Go to www.middleburyfoods.com to see pictures of the food.  They take checks, charge, debit or cash at delivery.  To order go to: www.middleburyfoods.com  or phone in an order by calling: (802) 349-6543 and ask for the “North Ferrisburgh delivery”.  By January, they will be able to take food stamps.

North Ferrisburgh UMC was talked about, and Pastor Kim was quoted in an AP news article on Dec 25th

Christmas Pageant versus 5 Golden Rings

What an unusual December we are experiencing!  Still, Christ is with us no matter the weather.  We have had an incredible year full of mission, service and sharing Christ’s warm transforming love.

It will be fun to welcome everyone to enjoy the pageant in the true Christmas Season.  The carol is correct that there are 12 days of Christmas, starting with Christmas day Dec 25th and ending with Jan 5th.  So our Pageant will be our gift on the 5th day of Christmas Sunday Dec. 29th.  Who needs 5 golden rings anyway?  A pageant is much better!

Grace and Peace,  Pastor Kim