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Pastor Lee’s Messages

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,


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,


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,



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,


“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 to see pictures of the food.  They take checks, charge, debit or cash at delivery.  To order go to:  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

Christmas – Changing lives: ours and others

Here’s how you are changing lives:

“A note to express our sincere gratitude to all who helped put together the two wonderful Thanksgiving meals. Thanks to Shirley Parfitt for coordinating. …Words cannot express what your congregation’s generosity means to the families who would otherwise have nothing.”  – Middlebury office of Vermont’s  Department of Children and Families

I am grateful for the snow blanket. It is both beautiful and practical.  Our dormant plants and bushes will do better with a snow blanket to keep their “feet” protected from wind and the harshest temperatures.

Can Christmas be both beautiful and practical too?  The decorations, the Christmas story, and the music bless us.  The message is hugely practical.  We matter deeply to a God who comes to dwell in our midst and walk beside us no matter what we face.

$6.5 million for Mission on Giving Tuesday

Typhoon imageThanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, the first ever UMC #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3 generated a record $6.5 million! The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, which matched the first $500,000 received, reported that nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts through The Advance to mission and ministries. The agency’s previous one-day online giving record was $492,882 set on Jan. 14, 2010, shortly after the Haiti earthquake. All of this money went 100% directly to the mission programs honored.

This is just one of the ways our church members are helping the true Christmas season and spirit to thrive. We are part of a huge number of churches and people sharing Christ’s warm transforming love. Rejoice!

Grace and Peace, Kim