Let us worship together

Brothers and Sisters:

There will be an opportunity for worship this morning, 10:30.
   No choir
   No Sunday School

It was a challenge digging out our cars – so we want NO ONE to feel they must come. We’ll have a simple service for anyone who arrives.

CAROLING is cancelled for this afternoon – since the forecast is for increasing cold and possible icing.

Snow for December 15

Hi Friends

As of now, we are not cancelling worship for the morning.  If there is a decision to close, it will be made and posted by 9:00 am.

The Adult Class HAS been called off, since we figure that at best folks are going to be slower getting up and out of their driveways.

If we do go ahead with worship, NO ONE should feel obligated to come, even if you have are scheduled to teach, sing, light candles, do coffee, whatever. We would want no one to feel unsafe in coming to church.  You can always reply to this email, or call the church, if you want to send regrets.

One more note: The gun buy back we helped sponsor in Burlington was more successful than the clergy and police had guessed it would be – at least 15 guns were turned in. There may be coverage on the Channel 4 news at 11.

Church February 17, 2013

Church Family,

The snow is gusting, streets are uncertain, and the church lot isn’t yet plowed — all things considered, it seems best to cancel all activities this morning.

We will try to send to you later our bulletin announcements and prayer pages for today.

Scripture texts for Lent 1 are: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13.

peace, Rod

June 2012 Crossroads

News of our Church Family

Two visitors from the 60s

Two visitors from the 60s

Again, THANKS…

To so many whose good will and energy helped us truly give thanks during BPC’s 50th Anniversary.

Praise God… and congratulations:

  • To Amoah Yeboah-Korang on his graduation from U.Conn Medical School on May 13. Amoah is headed for Chicago and a residency at Rush Medical Center.
  • And to Kevin Haley and Kelley O’Hearn who became engaged on May 4.
  • And to our Hunger Walkers, too, who on May 6 raised over $3000 for programs that serve people in need throughout the Boston area.
  • Marriage blessings…

    Ray Gabler and Shelley Henderson will be wed in Stockbridge, Mass by Rod MacDonald on June 9. Matt Gabler will serve as best man.

    Treading on fresh “ground”…

    We have a beautiful and durable new carpet in the sanctuary – thanks to our trustees for making it happen.

    Christian Education

    On June 10, 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.

    Friday Night at the Movies

    Coming soon!

    Sometimes…there’s grace where you least expect it, even at the movies. I’ll be hosting occasional movie nights over the summer. Expect to be entertained as well as challenged to think! Features will be intended for adult audiences, with no charge. Plan to bring a friend.

    The first offering headed the choices made by our Sunday adult class from a list of possibilities. Remaining features TBA. If you would like to have a vote in selections, there will be a list available on Sunday mornings.

    First feature will be Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. –

    Nobody’s Fool (1994) — Comedy-drama that features one of Paul Newman’s best roles (in my view!). “Sully” is something of a loser and mischief-maker in a small upstate NY town. His going-nowhere life takes a turn when his estranged son and the grandson he’s never met show up, needing his help. What does make for a good life after all? With Jessica Tandy (her final role) as Sully’s landlady, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith.

    Next feature will be Friday, June 29.

    Rod MacDonald

    Thank you!

    Thank you to Judy Brunner and James McIninch for re-arranging my office, Joseph Porte, James and Kasper McIninch for painting my office, Sally Morrison for making the curtains and Mark & Cheryl Wells for hanging them. And of course to Rod for agreeing to all this…!

    My ‘thank you’ seems so small compared to all you’ve done, but it comes from my heart.

    Linda Benson

    Deacons Corner

    The Burlington Food Pantry needs our help! Items they have requested include:

    - 100% Juice Boxes
    - 100% Juices (cans or plastic containers; no glass)
    - Baked Beans
    - Canned Beef Stew
    - Canned Broth
    - Canned Chicken, Turkey or Ham
    - Canned Fruits and Vegetables
    - Canned Soup
    - Canned Tomatoes
    - Cereal
    - Coffee, Hot Chocolate or Tea
    - Cookies
    - Crackers
    - Instant Oatmeal
    - Jelly
    - Ketchup
    - Liquid Dish Detergent
    - Liquid Laundry Detergent
    - Macaroni and Cheese
    - Mayonnaise
    - Mustard
    - Pancake Syrup
    - Shampoo
    - Salad Dressing
    - Shelf-Stable Milk (1%)
    - Spaghetti Sauce
    - Tissues
    - Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
    - Tuna

    Please check the expiration dates on food to make sure they have not expired before donating them. Our regular collection date is the first Sunday of every month, but food can be brought and placed in the red tub outside the church office at any time. If you prefer, you can also donate money. Checks should be made payable to the Burlington Food Pantry.

    Thank you!

    Celtic Harpist and Storyteller
    In Concert at BPC—
    Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.

    You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear a renowned Celtic musician and storyteller at our church!

    Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “hauntingly beautiful ballads and lilting storytelling…a gem.” (Variety)

    Tickets will be $15 (our church will benefit by 30% of proceeds). Please invite your friends. We plan to publicize this event extensively throughout the area. For more information, contact Rod MacDonald.

    Listening to words from Dick Douse - our founding pastor

    Listening to words from Dick Douse – our founding pastor

    Christmas Eve Service 2011

    Christmas Eve Tableau

    Christmas Eve Tableau

    You are invited to join us for an informal Christmas Eve Service for all ages December 24th at 7:00 p.m.

    The Presbyterian Church
    335 Cambridge Street, Burlington

    Our traditional celebration, with carols, costumed tableaux of the Nativity story, and candle-lighting. Come on your own, with family or with a friend – and do bring children, because this service is planned with them in mind, too.

    Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to all.

    Luke 2:14

    No Church Sunday, October 30

    Dear Friends,

    The unseasonal snow that has swept across the Eastern Seaboard has taken out power to the church. Combined with icy roads, it has been decided that worship of the Lord is best done at home this morning!

    We pray you are all safe and well, and look forward to seeing you next week!

    Again, there is no church on Sunday, October 30, 2011.


    Hurricane Irene

    Dear Friends,

    After reviewing the weather reports (and noting that a State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Patrick), the session of Burlington Presbyterian Church has decided that it is best to worship the Lord from the safety of our homes (instead of together) on Sunday August 28th. There will be no church on Sunday the 28th.

    We look forward to seeing you at 9:30 am on Sunday September 4th. We resume our regular 10:30 am start time on September 11th!

    Stay safe and God bless!

    BPC Session

    Things We Can’t Measure

    We’re in the middle of a week of solid gloom – rain, fog, mist, more rain. I know that by the time you read this, we may be basking in warm sunshine. But for now, there is this sense of a closed-in, uninspired heaviness around.

    Yet the appearance is not the reality. The spring is still bursting out around us. I think about how, not long ago, the little garden in the church atrium was buried in mountains of snow; and beneath were last year’s new plantings, looking lifeless. Now, each day I come in to work, I see those plants gaining more and more color, blossoming, going through an amazing transformation.

    We are people of the resurrection. We often criticize ourselves for leaving behind the Easter proclamation soon after one particular day. But the truth is more profound than something we keep or fail to keep…it is part of the life of creation itself. We are invited into amazement at what nature is doing around us. Beyond all human attempts to measure, to analyze, to develop and pave over, the world is an amazing place.

    Life is so much bigger than our thoughts, our feelings, and our often closed-in reality. When we permit ourselves to really take this in and awaken us, we start to rise up and meet it with our own living.

    We can begin to understand what the poet Wendell Berry is getting at (and I thank my colleague Elizabeth King at the UCC, Congregational for reminding me of these lines in that church’s newsletter):

    So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute.
    Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing.
    Take all that you have and be poor.
    Love someone who does not deserve it.
    Ask the questions that have no answers.
    Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
    Put your faith in the two inches of humus
    that will build under the trees every thousand years.
    Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable.
    Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts.
    Practice resurrection.