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