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• Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

March 29, 9:30am : Palm/Passion Sunday – we will have the children parading with the Palms early in the service and we will end with a dramatic reading of the Passion.

April 2, 7pm: Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service – We will share Communion around table and again include readings of that eventful night.

April 2, 8pm – April 3, 3pm: Watch Night Vigil

April 3 (Good Friday), 4pm: Ecumenical Good Friday Service – at the Vergennes Methodist Church

April 5 (Easter), 6:45am: Easter Sunrise Service at Comfort Hill Farm

April 5, 7am: Easter Breakfast – cooked by the REAL MEN of the church in the Fellowship Hall (see Mike O’Daniel)

April 5, 9:30am: Easter Morning Celebration – with the flowering of the cross

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• Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Blessings All,

This Sunday we will meet to worship at 9:30. Our scriptures will be Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33 with a sermon entitled: “Inside Work.” Following worship we will continue our book study of Making Sense of the Bible. This week’s focus will be on the New Testament and the chapters we will cover are 8-13. Everyone is welcome to join in the study (discussion) whether you have been reading the book or not. There is a lot of good basic “stuff” about the Bible. There are still books available in the bookstore.

The Confirmation Class is about to embark on their first excursion – experiencing worship in a synagogue this evening and after a night of pizza and a movie and SLEEP – we will visit the Islamic Center in Colchester tomorrow morning. Thank you for your prayers.

See you on Sunday

Gary

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• Friday, March 06th, 2015

Blessings All, seekers, non seekers and anyone between,

Peace to you all

We have an active weekend ahead of us. Tomorrow evening the Confirmation Class will provide a spaghetti supper to support their upcoming trip to Heifer Project’s Overlook Farm.. Supper starts at 5:30 – pie-in-the –face entertainment happens after that. Along with the traditional fare I will make a batch of gluten free spaghetti and sauce and Betty will make some gluten free brownies.

Sunday morning the scriptures are: Exodus 20:1-17 (the Ten Suggestions – Commandments) and John 2:13-22 Jesus cleansing the temple. The sermon is entitled”: “Finding God.”

From 11:00-11:30 Chessy Kelley will provide a Meditational Experience in the sanctuary

Following that we will have the first session of a book study – focusing on the Bible, what it is — what it is not. If you have not had an opportunity to read chapters 1-7 of Making Sense of the Bible you are invited to come as you are and participate in the discussion. We will include a short video as well.

I hope to see you on Saturday and or Sunday

In Christ,

Gary

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• Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Life continues in Gary’s absence…

Announcing the arrival of Ms. Mary McGuire, latest addition to the McGuire clan, born Monday, February 16th at 4:11 in Middlebury at Porter Hospital. Mom and baby both doing fine. Congratulations to Alex and Jack. We look forward to meeting Mary very soon.

Mary Jane Washburn asked that we forward news of the passing of Joanne Ennever in Australia after several years of poor health. Many may remember that the Washburns and the Ennevers exchanged homes for six months in 1993. Joanne endeared herself to the church and our community while she was here and people in Vergennes remember her fondly. She died peacefully on February 16th.

A reminder… Chessy Kelley will offer a “Time for Yoga” for our children during Sunday School this coming Sunday, February 22nd.

As Gary sweats in Nicaragua and we continue to endure the bone-chilling cold in Vermont, Mary Kerr has graciously agreed to take over the pulpit. The topic of her sermon this Sunday is “Finding Joy”.

Please join us Sunday as we bask in the warmth of fellowship and community.

Mike

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• Friday, February 13th, 2015

Blessings All,

As I, along with the other 22 members of Team Nicaragua, prepare to depart (bail) and head south for a week, Sunday worship will continue. The scriptures for this Sunday are: Psalm 98:1-6 and Mark 1:40-45 with a message entitled: “Risky Business.” Our worship service on Sunday the 8th will be led by Beverly Partington. The service on the 22nd will be led by Mary Kerr.

Please come and share in experiencing the word of God as interpreted by these gifted voices, hearts and minds.

Thank you and May God Continue to Bless our community

In Christ,

Gary

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