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 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 Eve Offering will go to Mission Shares

Every year we give our Christmas Eve offerings to Mission.  Our offering this year will go to our Mission Shares.  All United Methodist churches promise to give first to our Mission Shares.  Because we do, we have a large, strong, and vital global presence around the world.

Mission Shares supports things like Africa University, Mission trips, Congregational Development Event and much more.  Every year we have increased the Christmas Eve giving.

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.