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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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• Saturday, February 07th, 2015

Blessings All,

This Sunday we have a lot of good things happening.

Worship is at 9:30. The scriptures this week are: Isaiah 40:27-31 and Mark 1:29-39 with a sermon entitled: “Restorative Work.”
Following Worship Chessy Kelley will be offering an experiential Meditation Workshop from 11:00 – 11:30
The Confirmation Class will meet in the Manse after a bit of coffee and or snacks.
The Bookstore will be open during Coffee Hour and we will have the book we are using for a study available. The book focuses on the basics of the Bible.

At 12:30 a group of us will be going to visit Cindi Pratt at Helen Porter Nursing Home. Cindi would like to join our church. We will share Communion with Cindi and have a short service welcoming her into church membership.

Have a great – safe and hopefully comfortable weekend.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday

In Christ

Gary

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• Friday, January 30th, 2015

Blessings All,

As I look forward to this weekend – all I can say is – “Bundle up and let’s make it happen.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) we will be gathering to remember a life lived in our community – Janet Paige. Her memorial service will be at 1:00 followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. The choir will gather at noon in the Manse.

Tomorrow from 5 – 7 there will be a family sledding/bonfire/fellowship party at the McGuire’s. Alex and Jack are invite the faith community to their home for some fun times.

Sunday we will gather for worship. The scriptures are: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Mark 1:21-28 with a message entitled: “Real Power.” Now that I have been thinking about it more, a better title would be “Staying Power.” We will celebrate Communion together (if you wish to support the Deacons’ Fund – you can do that). The Gary vs. Lisa contest to raise funds for the Confirmation Trip will be in its second week. There are two jars at the back of the sanctuary for anyone to donate. The blue jar is on my side of the church and the green jar is on Lisa’s side. The side with the most money raised will determine the winner. I do not like to make a big thing of it – but so far I am ahead. The loser (second place finisher) will get a pie in the face at the spaghetti dinner on March 7th.

Following Worship some of us will be going to Helen Porter Nursing Home to offer Communion to Cindi Pratt and to receive her into full membership into our church. She has attended a few times and enjoys the church and its vitality and is really looking forward to becoming a member of this church.

Besides chicken wings and other things along with a football game that is about it for the weekend.

Please keep warm and I am looking forward to our times together.

In Faith,

Gary

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• Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Blessings All,

This coming Sunday – before the Annual Meeting – we will share in worship, perhaps the highlight of the day. The scriptures are: Jonah and The Gospel of Mark 1:14-20. I invite you to take 10 minutes before Sunday morning and read the entire book of Jonah – I bet you can do it. I will not reread the book but retell the story during worship. The sermon is entitled: “A Messy Call.”

During the Annual Meeting child care will be provided. It may help to bring your annual reports.

On Sunday the Confirmation Class will kick off a FUN-D Raising idea which promises to end quite messy for either me or Lisa Bessette on March 7th. The class will be raising funds to support their Heifer Project Trip in May – and you will have a choice in which of us – me or Lisa – gets a pie in the face on March 7th. We will have two jars at the back of the church for people to donate money – one for each side of the church – my side and Lisa’s side. The jar with the most $$ at the end will be the winning side and the second place finisher – Lisa or me – will receive the gift of calories to wear. The kids came up with this idea – you can tell I had nothing to do with the plan. It should be fun.

Also – do not forget to connect with Rich Strum about offering a devotional for Lent.

I hope to see you on Sunday

Peace and Joy to you all,

Gary

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