Sunday School is coming!

As August reminds us of the sweetness of summer, we look also to the start of new things in Autumn. We’re hoping that for your family, one of those things will be Sunday School! At Burlington Presbyterian Church, we offer Christian Education in small classes from four year olds up through forty-plus year olds. There’s a nursery for the babies under four. For the children, Sunday School happens after Word for Children (which the grownups listen to the sermon). Adult Sunday School is before service at 9:15. (Don’t worry, there’s coffee.)

If you are even thinking about joining us for Sunday School, here are two ways for you to make sure we can educate your kids appropriately. You can either fill out the form below (once per child, please!), or download and fill out the attached Word Document.

May God bless the remaining weeks of summer for you, and give you a new and joyful energy in the autumn!

2013 Sunday School Registration Form

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Parental Acknowledgements

1. Parents must register their child(ren) each year. Parents will tell the Christian Education committee of any changes in family structure, contact information, or special needs
2. When children are not in class, parents/guardians are responsible for their supervision.
3. Please pick up your child as soon as the worship service is complete. Only children in grades 3 and up will be released from class without a parent or guardian.
4. You can expect confidentiality in discussions with the Christian Education committee members when you share sensitive concerns, which may include your child’s special needs or family structure.
5. Although we make every effort to ensure that there are two adults in each class, sometimes that is impossible. Your signature below signifies that you will allow your child(ren) to occasionally be in a class with one adult.

Upcoming events

Dear Burlington Church Family,

“Hospitality Sunday” – Join us this week as we share in Christ’s hospitality.
Joyful worship at 10:30 a.m.
Annual Fall Lunch for everyone immediately after! Why not invite a friend?

Christian Education – We’re off to a lively start.
Sunday classes for Kindergarten through Senior High (10:30 a.m.)
Adult Study Group (9:15 a.m.) has just started talking about a new book -
What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? (A Guide to
What Matters Most). Plenty of time to get involved!

Have a blessed weekend!

Rod and Linda (in the church office)

June Crossroads

Deacons Corner

On June 5th, we will be collecting cereal for the Burlington Food Pantry. Please make sure you check the expiration dates. Money to buy fresh produce would also be gratefully accepted.

Pentecost Offering
So I Send You (John 20:21)

The Pentecost Offering is one of four special offerings received annually in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Through this gift, we are able to help children at risk and nurture the faith of Presbyterian youths. We assist a new generation of church leadership through the Young Adult Volunteer program.

Forty percent of the offering stays in our congregation to support children-at-risk ministries in our community. The remainder will be sent to the General Assembly Mission Council for programs that minister to children-at-risk, youth and young adults, and the Young Adult Volunteer program.

This year’s theme, “So I Send You,” reminds us that Jesus was sent by God to heal a hurting world and we, too, are called to the same task. Through our contributions to the Pentecost Offering, we can make tangible, positive changes in our community, our church, and our world.

The Pentecost Offering will be received on June 12.

Christian Education

On June 12, we will be honoring our teachers and celebrating the end of our regular church school program. The children will have an opportunity to participate in the worship service. Following worship there will be a cook out. Hot dogs and hamburgers and rolls will be provided but we are asking that others provide some side dishes such as potato salad, pasta salad, chips etc.

During the summer there will be an activity time during worship for those children from pre-school to second grade.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Feed my sheep

Thanks to everyone who participated in One Great Hour of Sharing. Our gifts will help many people. The April 2011 issue of Presbyterians Today contains a number of articles describing projects in various churches. Many of these projects are related to food. A 2009 survey showed that 94% of PC(USA) members have given food to some food assistance program. Eighty-eight percent gave money to such a program. Eighty-five percent talked about hunger or poverty with a friend or family member. Seventy-nine percent bought fair trade coffee and other items. Forty-four percent volunteered at some emergency food facility or participated in a fund raising activity. Twenty-one percent contacted a politician to express concern over some poverty issue. Let’s continue to support our food bank and other programs.

Join us for M.A.T.E.!
July 17 – July 22

Plans are underway for our housing work week in central Maine. Would you like to be part of this year’s volunteer team to rehab homes of rural elderly and families in need? Our week will be July 17 – July 22. Experience welcome but not necessary. We stay in a dorm at the University of Maine in Farmington. Coming for part of the week is possible. We have wonderful fellowship with folks who go from other churches, and those at whose homes we work.

Youth and adults welcome!

Financial contributions are also needed – and stay tuned for requests for our church to provide some food/kitchen items.

See Rod if interested, or for more details.

Learning never stops

Try Something Different for Lent!

On Sunday, March 13th, the Adult Sunday School class will begin their Lenten study. We’re going to be using Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours That Changed the World. The book has a series of readings and discussion questions about people and happenings in the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. The readings aren’t long, nor are they very difficult and the questions will give us plenty to talk about during our discussions.

If you are interested in joining the class this Lent, please see Mary Anne McDonald for a copy of the book. Our discussions begin at 9:15 am.

If you have any questions, you may speak to Mary Anne at coffee hour.

The Shack

“The Shack” — what’s the buzz?

The Adult Sunday School class spent a few weeks during Lent reading William P. Young’s book, The Shack. Mack, an ordinary guy, an Everyman, lives through a terrible tragedy but lets that event pull him away from a relationship with God. Several years after the event, God invites Mack to spend a weekend with Him. Mack, not at all sure of what lies behind the invitation (or WHO is behind the invitation), goes to the shack and comes face-to-face with the Triune God.

The conversations that follow delve into the mystery of suffering and why bad things happen and slowly Mack begins to realize that, even when he felt most alone and lost, God was with him.

Several copies of the book are available in the front hallway of the church if you’d like to borrow one and see what the buzz is all about.

(For those of you who might be curious about what’s next for the Adult class, after Easter we will be studying John Calvin—not in great detail or great depth, but enough to get a feel for who Calvin was and what Calvin did for the Reformed Church. Rod has graciously agreed to lead this next unit.)