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• Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Blessings to you all,
Hopefully we have weathered the storm.  My hope and expectation is that Sunday will be a fine day.  The scriptures for that fine day are:  Isaiah 61:1-4 and John 1:6-8, 19-28.  We will incorporate the “Song of Mary” in the service – it will be our Call to Worship.  Those three scriptures will lead into a sermon entitled:  “More Than A Name.”  If you were being introduced to someone, the introduction would  begin with names.  If you were going to get to know someone a bit better – you would go beyond just the name.   There are levels of identity and the safer we feel with someone the deeper those levels may be revealed.  More Than A Name.
This Sunday the Mission Committee will set up alternative Christmas options for your gift giving choices.  We will also be receiving the wrapped gifts that people have purchased for the families on our giving tree.  The Children’s Note Cards ($10.00/pack of 19) will be available at Coffee hour along with the bookstore being set up.
The Children will begin focusing on the Christmas Pageant during their Sunday School time – Great Sunday to invite friends.
Chessy Kelley will be leading a half-hour Meditation Workshop beginning at 11:00 in the sanctuary.  The Confirmation Class will experience the Meditation time before going over to the Manse to finish our class time.
There is a lot going on – what a gift of togetherness and ministry
I hope to see you on Sunday
Hope Peace and JOY
Gary
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• Friday, December 05th, 2014

Blessings to you all,

I just want to apologize for the many things I will be covering in this email – there is a whole lot going on – and it is good.

This coming Sunday is Communion Sunday and we will be offering Communion by “Intinction” and I will explain the process on Sunday. The texts for this second Sunday in Advent are: Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8 with a message entitled: “Life Signs.” I am thinking about more of an interactive message so in preparation for Sunday it would be good if you could imagine — are you ready? if you were a road sign – or a sign in general – what would that sign be and why? My guess is that you may never have been asked that question – now you have.

The church will be decorated for Christmas – the tree is up and the rest will be going up this evening (if you have a bit of time around 5:00 or so and want to plug in) you are invited.

We will be collecting the Food For Kids donations this Sunday: cereal – (not Rice Crispies) Canned Meals in easy open containers Velveeta Cheese (we will keep refrigerated – crackers (cheez-its)

This Sunday will be the last Sunday to order a poinsettia to decorate the sanctuary and be taken home on Christmas Eve.

This Sunday the Giving Tree will be set up in the Fellowship Hall. We will be providing gifts for people in the Vergennes Community. You can take a sticky note and purchase the gift this coming week wrap it and bring it to church on the 14th with the sticky note attached

This Sunday will be the formal debut of the Children’s Greeting Cards This are the cards that Jason Fearon worked on with the Sunday School and the Deacons have transferred their artwork onto cards and they will be for sale ($10.00/pack of 19 cards with envelopes)

If you wish to make a meal for Katie May and her family please contact Carol Mapel.

As this Sunday is Communion Sunday, there will be an opportunity to support the Deacon’s Fund. A special offering envelope will be in the pews.

A lot of good things happening and no needs to be involved in all of them.

Peace and Joy to you and I hope to see you on Sunday

In Christ,

Gary

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• Friday, November 28th, 2014

Blessings to you all,

I am stretching my arms further to reach the keyboard as there seems to be more of me and the desk seems to be getting further and further away. Tis the season – I guess.

The good news is that the pews in the church are not set up for individual seating – giving everyone a bit more room if need be.

This Sunday will be the first Sunday of Advent and we will have the lighting of the first Advent candle. The scriptures are: Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37 with a sermon entitled: “Shake Rattle and Roll.” Do we really want things shaken up?

Chessy Kelley will be here to work with our youth and children during Sunday School time as she offers them a Yoga Class.

Following church some of us will venture forth to harvest this year’s Christmas Tree for the sanctuary. We still need some help with this – so if you are willing to venture forth with a CRACK TEAM of tree getters, we could use some more help.

The Bookstore will be open during coffee hour and the Deacons will also have copies of an Advent Devotional book (at no charge) for anyone who wishes to have a copy of this daily devotional written by the UCC Still Speaking Writer’s Group.

I hope (this Sunday is HOPE Sunday) to see you.

God Bless You

Gary

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• Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Blessings all,

This coming Sunday is Celebration – Thanksgiving and Christ the King Sunday all in one. The scripture is: Matthew 25:31-46 and the sermon is entitled: “Life Extensions.” Come to church and extend your life – OK maybe that is a bit over the edge – or is it? We will talk about how life is extended (not necessarily in years). During the service there will be an opportunity to offer your estimate of giving to the church and its ministries for 2015. In celebration for our life together we will share in an all-church multi-generational, multi-caloried luncheon in the Fellowship Hall right after the service. Again this year Diane Tracy and Shelley Shackett will be preparing the food. It will be a feast of abundance.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday and sharing in our common life together in worship and in service.

May God’s Blessings continue to empower your journey

in Christ,

Gary

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• Friday, November 14th, 2014

Blessings All,

Sunday is a coming!! The scriptures for this week’s service are: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and Matthew 25:14-30 with a sermon entitled: “Burrowing or Building?” The Bookstore will be open after church during coffee hour which will also be the time and place for an informal discussion of the book: Wonder. The Confirmation Class will meet after coffee in the Manse.

Just a reminder that we are still accumulating 2015 calendars to go to the inmates at Graterford Penitentiary in Pennsylvania.

See you on Sunday

Peace to you all,

Gary

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