Easter at the Presbyterian Church With Breakfast, Special Music

A fellowship breakfast open to all begins the day as the Presbyterian Church celebrates Easter this Sunday, March 31 2013. All members and friends are warmly invited, with no reservations necessary. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Mark and Cheryl Wells will be leading a team of volunteers in producing a plentiful meal.

At 10:30 a.m., with cheers of He is risen! and Alleluia! all will gather in the flower-filled sanctuary for the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Roderick MacDonald, will offer a brief message of faith on the theme, “Listen to Whom?”. Glorious music will express the joy of new life, featuring the Chancel Choir, Carillon (handbell) Choir, a brass quartet, congregational hymns including the traditional singing of “Lord of the Dance,” and concluding with choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

Children are a vital part of the church, and all ages will be welcome in the sanctuary for this family-friendly time of worship.

Other special observances for Holy Week include a Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion, which recalls Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. On Good Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., there is a vigil service, during which various parts of the Passion story of Jesus are read, and candles gradually extinguished until the sanctuary is in darkness. Time for quiet meditation and prayer follows each reading.

New and longtime friends from the community are invited to these events. The church is committed to welcoming the believing and the seeking, the questioning and the doubting, God’s children of every background and lifestyle.

The church is located at 335 Cambridge Street, at the intersection with Wilmington Road. For more information, call the church office at 781-272-9190 or email burlpres@aol.com. All are invited to visit the church’s website at http://www.burlingtonpres.org.

March 2013 Crossroads

Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church
Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, March 24
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
10:30 a.m. Worship

In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music,
and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Maundy Thursday, March 28
Remembering the Last Supper
“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment”
(mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

6:30 p.m.
Family teaching supper about communion 
Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.
Then they may remain for:

7:30 p.m.
A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper—
on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, March 29
The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Easter Sunday, March 3
The Day of Resurrection

9:00 a.m.
With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast.
Coordinated by Mark and Cheryl Wells.

10:30 a.m. ALLELUIA!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music. This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School – worship will be for the whole family. There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.


Deacons Corner

The new Board of Deacons met for the first time on Feb 6th. The new board has been active already with providing meals to a few of our ailing church members and activation of the prayer chain.

The Dwelling Place continues to serve those in need on the third Wednesday of each month. A special “thank you” to those who volunteer, especially Sally Morrison and Judy Brunner for preparing the food and Beth and Anne Denier for providing luscious desserts. We also thank all the other volunteers for making salads and serving the food to our guests. They truly appreciate our being there. In January, there were 11 guests served. In February, there were 19 served.

Welcome Back, Farmer Dave

Soon, Winter will be gone. A sure sign of this event is the return of Farmer Dave’s CSA. This year, we will be participating in the Spring share. Deliveries begin on March 18. Hurry and sign up so you don’t miss out on the freshest veggies and fruits of the season!!!!

A Teaching Supper about Communion:
Maundy Thursday, March 28, 6:30

The Christian Education Committee and Rod will again offer this opportunity for families with young children. There will be pizza and salad, and learning activities about the meaning and practice of the Lord’s Supper in our church. This annual event is planned primarily with elementary-age children in mind, but is open to families with children of all ages. All who come are welcome (but not obligated) to stay for the church’s Maundy Thursday communion service – which is typically briefer than most services, and is one of the times when we gather around the communion table for the sacrament.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order states “Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity.”

There will be a sign-up during coffee hour for interested families or you may call or email the church.

Crafter’s Night, March 15
Our “Warm Up America” crafter’s night was a big success! We will be meeting again Friday, March 15 at 7:00. Bring a square to finish or help us put them together. Don’t know how to make one? Come and learn! See the brochure on the church table.

Friday Night at the Movies
March 8, at 7:30
Our Feature Presentation this month is “Get Low” starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek.

One Great Hour of Sharing 2013

Over the years, the resources provided though the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, brought relief and joy to all corners of the world including here in the United States. Your generous gifts proved that our Burlington congregation, as well as other Presbyterian churches and many other denominations, care for people in their time of need. While each denomination allocates its gifts differently, all use their funds for ministries of disaster relief, refugee assistance, and development aid. In recent years Presbyterians have given about $8 million annually.

But need is increasing. Both within the United States and throughout the world, the gap between those who have enough and those who don’t continues to widen. Increased costs of living mean that this year’s dollar simply can’t do as much work as last year’s. The pinch many Americans feel is amplified many times over for those around the world who already spend most of their earnings on food.

Last year our congregation gave $1,610 to OGHS. As a challenge for this year, our goal is $2,000.
That would be equivalent to 40 tanks of gas at $50/fillup or 80 trips to a fast food restaurant at $25 for the family (if you’ve got coupons!). As you consider your offering this year, think of how every $5 or $10 can help feed or clothe or provide medication for someone in need.

The theme for this year’s OGHS offering is that SHARING BRINGS JOY. The guiding passage comes from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. In Paul’s letter, he reminds the early church of the importance of being generous and helping to supply the needs of others. He encouraged them in giving their gifts to those who were not even Christians and whom they did not even know. He ended his letter by saying that their giving would be seen as expressions of thanks to God.

The blessings of giving have not changed. When we recognize the God-given worth of each person around the globe, without regard to race, religion, or nationality, we know we have God’s blessing and approval. The monies distributed to the Presbyterian Hunger Project, Disaster Assistance, and self development of people, bring joy to the recipients, to us, and to God. As a result of your gifts and the gifts of other congregation, OGHS will continue to be a reminder that through the simple act of sharing, we are blessed and will experience God’s abundance in surprising ways.

Envelopes will be in the pews mid-March and the official offering will be collected on Palm Sunday. You can send in a gift at any time, however, marked OGHS. Thank you for your longtime support of this gift to others, as together we find that Sharing Brings Joy.

Millie Wiegand

What does it mean to be Presbyterian today?

More and more books related to our Presbyterian faith are available every day for e-readers. You do not need to own a Kindle or Nook to read them – there are easy ways to read them on your PC or phone. (Search either amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com for “free ereader application”.)

You can also download free copies of the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions from pcusa.org.

This is a partial list from Amazon to get you started. (The list is sorted by popularity in the Kindle store.) Check out your favorite eBook store and see what is there!

Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers: Exploring Christian Faith by Donald K. McKim (Jan 31, 2004)

(also available in church library)

On Being Presbyterian: Our Beliefs, Practices, And Stories by Sean Michael Lucas

Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction by Donald K. McKim (May 5, 2003)

(also available in church library)

To Be a Presbyterian by Louis B. Weeks (Jan 25, 2010)

How to Survive Being a Presbyterian!: A Merry Manual Celebrating the Funny Foibles of the Frozen Chosen by Bob Reed (Jan 16, 2001) .

(also available in church library)

A Sustainable Presbyterian Future: What’s Working and Why by Louis B. Weeks (Jun 21, 2012)

Presbyterians Being Reformed: Reflections on What the Church Needs Today by Robert H.Bullock Jr. and Clifton Kirkpatrick (Mar 20, 2006

Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, & Other Confused Presbyterians… by Ted V. Foote Jr. and P. Alex Thornburg (May 1, 2000)

April 2012 Crossroads

Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church
Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 1
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
10:30 a.m. Worship

In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Maundy Thursday, April 5
Remembering the Last Supper

“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment”
(mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

6:30 p.m.
Family teaching supper about communion
Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.
Then they may remain for:

7:30 p.m.
A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper — on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, April 6
The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion

It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Easter Sunday, April 8
The Day of Resurrection

9:00 a.m.
With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast.
Coordinated by Mark and Cheryl Wells.

10:30 a.m. ALLELUIA!
Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music.
This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School – worship will be for the whole family. There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.

News of our Church Family
Losses in church families…

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean Graham and family, following the death of her mother, Hazel Petrie, at the age of 96 on February 19; with Millie Wiegand and family – Millie’s mother, Connie Holmes, entered God’s peace on February 22; and with Bobbi and Ron Steeves and family, following the passing of Bobbi’s sister, Pat, on March 11, after her struggle with cancer.

Thanks be to God, for the love that is stronger than death.

Thanks…

To all those teachers, students, and other volunteers who helped to make our recent Walk Through Holy Week a memorable experience.

Hunger Walk’s coming…

Sunday, May 6 is the date! Let team captain Linda Roscoe know that you are interested in walking for Project Bread this year.

Deacons Corner

Thanks to everyone who ordered Easter flowers this year. The money we collected was sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Mission of Deeds.

The Food Pantry is requesting peanut butter and jelly, any flavor but grape. They also need beef soups. As usual, the official collection date will be the first Sunday of the month, but you can bring them anytime and leave them in the red tub outside the church office.

Clerk’s Corner
A message from Session

With a new year comes new changes. Rod and I have spoken about using Crossroads as a way to keep you, our congregation, informed of what Session has been up to and to take an opportunity to make announcements that might not show up elsewhere. Session has already been busy this year by establishing four goals: 1) Deepening our Faithful Relationships, 2) Engaging our Communities, 3) Ministering with Youth, and 4) Encouraging and Enabling Joyful Service. Our committee members may already be familiar with these goals, as they should be the focus of the activities taking place in and around our church.

This year marks our 50th Anniversary, and to that end, a special committee was formed last fall to make this event truly spectacular. Keep an eye out for your invitation if you have not already received it. We kick off the week after Easter with a series of speakers, recalling what the church was like during a particular decade in our history, starting April 15th with one of our charter members! Also on the agenda is a rockin’ 60s party with a live DJ spinning all the great songs from the 1960s on Saturday, April 28th. In May, we’ll have our big weekend celebration with an international dinner, special worship service, and reception.

The Response Team (part of our Safe Child program) for this year is almost in place and consists of Elder Brenda Flynn, Deacon Anne Denier, and Trustee Scott Davis. An alternate will be named soon.

Interested in a spiritual retreat day? Stay tuned! Discussions have opened surrounding the idea of a retreat this fall.

On behalf of Session, I’d like to express our deepest gratitude to those of you who work tirelessly on all of our committees, boards, and programs. Without you, our church would not be the thriving entity we have all grown to love.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan L. Kemen
Clerk of Session

One Great Hour of Sharing

There will be OGH envelopes in the pews before Palm Sunday. We hope you will join us on that day to participate in the procession. If you have children in church school, please have them return their fish banks that day or as soon as possible. To help Treasurer, Jim Brunner, keep accurate records, make sure your child’s name on the bank is legible.

One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help to fund Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People.

Beth Denier

Are you read to Rock and Roll?

Please join us Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for our Church’s first 50th anniversary function, a 1960’s dance. Music and entertainment will be provided by D.J., Dave Anthony (Fran’s son). There will also be screening of ’60’s TV shows such as Dragnet, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Star Trek and Andy Griffith for those who want to reminisce or experience the 60s. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up sheets will be in Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions/comments please contact Sue Hadsell at sehadsell@verizon.net.

Mother’s Day Project

Honor friends and family members with Mother’s Day cards in support of the Healthy Women Healthy Families Project. This project supports health education, disease prevention and care for women and children in Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Republic of South Sudan. To obtain cards or more information, check with Beth Denier.

Mission Giving

Missionary barrels and hands-on projects, such as rolled and knitted bandages, are no longer required. Fortunately, this is partly due to better facilities in our overseas mission hospitals and other programs. Due to high transportation costs, the Presbyterian Church (USA) encourages members to give money for those overseas projects. Often needed items can be purchased from sources nearer the project which saves shipping costs. Churches wishing to participate in hands-on projects are encouraged to find something closer to home. This might include school bags or health kits which can be used locally or sent to Church World Service.

The February 19, 2012 meditation in the devotional booklet, These Days, quoted a statistic from UNICEF to the effect that 22,000 children die each day from preventable causes. This includes access to safe water, nutritious food, and basic medical care. Not all of these children are from third world countries. Some live in our towns. How safe is the water supply in your town? Do your schools have a breakfast and/or lunch program for children from low income families? Is there a food bank? Are affordable medical facilities available? Find out and get involved.

Beth Denier

Walk through Holy Week

On Sunday, March 25, all worshipers at the Presbyterian Church will take a “walk through Holy Week” organized by the church’s Sunday School classes. Following a shortened worship service in the sanctuary, those present will be guided in groups through a number of stops in various locations around the church. There they will encounter various events of the last week of Jesus’ life, planned and presented by classes of all ages from kindergarten through adult. Included will be Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane (where Jesus prayed), the High Priest’s courtyard (where the disciple Peter denied knowing Jesus), the trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. This final stop will bring ‘walkers’ back to the sanctuary for the closing of the service, and all will go to enjoy a coffee hour.

Guests are warmly invited to worship and the Walk, which is intended to remind all ages of the Holy Week story. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. The church is committed to offering Christ’s hospitality to ‘the believing and the seeking, the questioning and the doubting, God’s children of every background and lifestyle.” It is located at 335 Cambridge Street, Burlington. For more information, call 781-272-9190 or email burlpres@aol.com.

March 2012 Crossroads

Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church
Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 1
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
10:30 a.m. Worship
In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Maundy Thursday, April 5
Remembering the Last Supper

“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment”
(mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

6:15 p.m.

Family teaching supper about communion. Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.
Then they may remain for:

7:30 p.m.

A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper— on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, April 6
The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Easter Sunday, April 8
The Day of Resurrection
9:00 a.m.

With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast.

10:30 a.m. ALLELUIA!

Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music.
This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School  worship will be for the whole family.
There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.

News of our Church Family
In memory and prayer…

Two memorial services took place in our sanctuary on Saturday, February 11.

One was for Harry Thomasian, who along with his wife, Betty, was one of the earliest members of our church in 1962. Though he had lived away from Burlington for a long time, it was good to gather with his family, and remember and give thanks.

The other was for Bill Piper, a member of our church for about 9 years. Bill and his wife, Rose Mary (an active Roman Catholic), moved to our area to be closer to their two daughters as he was encountering health issues. Though he wasn’t able to attend worship often, several members of the church came to be fond of the Pipers through visits with them.

Our prayers are with the families of both.

Service for Jay David…

A memorial service for Jay, who entered God’s peace on New Year’s Day while he and Sheila were visiting family in India, is planned for Saturday, March 24. For reasons of space, it will be held at Mt. Hope Church in Burlington. A definite time will be announced.

Crafts and fellowship…

Do you know about the new opportunity for anyone who enjoys any sort of crafts to gather for “work” and fellowship? It will be on the third Friday evenings of each month. See Jane McIninch (jane.mcininch@verizon.net) for more info.

Deacons Corner

Please welcome our new deacons, Colette Greco and Niloo Hennings. Many thanks to Annelies Rots for agreeing to stay on for one more year as our Deacon Moderator.

The Food Pantry is requesting toothbrushes, both adult and child size. As usual, the official collection date will be the first Sunday of the month, but you can bring them anytime and leave them in the red tub outside the church office.

One Great Hour of Sharing

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of eight denominations supporting this offering. Each denomination decides how the money will be used. In PC(USA), the offering is divided among three programs. Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receive 32% and the Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36%. The additional 4% is used for the Hunger Program’s work on homelessness and affordable housing.

During Lent, the children will receive the usual fish banks for their part of the offering and there will be envelopes in the pews. A Sharing Calendar will be available for those interested in a daily reminder of what our gifts can accomplish. For more information on this program, check http://www.pcusa.org/oghs. Our offering will be received on Palm Sunday, April 1.

Save the Date(s)!

The 50th Anniversary Planning Team announces the following events to celebrate BPC’s 50th Anniversary:

• Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Sixties Theme Party for all adults

• Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

International Potluck Dinner & food raffle-all ages

• Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Worship Celebration & Anniversary Reception

Put them on your calendar and plan to come.

Stay tuned for exciting details of all events to come. Please speak to one of us to help plan and/or work on one of these events: Judy Brunner, Sue Hadsell, Jen Dewar, Barbara & Steve Karanja, Susan Kemen, Marion McPhee, Colette Greco.

Revised Coffee Hour Schedule

The following is the revised schedule for hosting coffee hour from February through June. Please notice that I have made some changes because of the new roster of Elders and Deacons. There is an asterisk next to the dates where changes have been made. Please contact me if there is a problem with the date you are scheduled to host

Date Team

March 4 Session

March 11 Deacons

March 18 Amankwaa & Asantewaa

March 25* Stalker & Wells

April 1 Palm Sunday Session

April 8 Easter Breakfast
No Coffee Hour

April 15 Deacons

April 22* Adisho/Chapman & Ross

April 29* Clark, Marshall & McGilvray-Rivet

May 6 Session

May 13 Deacons – Mother’s Day

May 20 59th Anniversary Reception

May 27* Emma Sarpong & Esther Sarpong

June 3 Session

June 10 No Coffee

June 17 Dewar & Doubek

June 24 Anderson & Briggs

Thank you everyone.

Jennifer Dewar

Holy Week at Burlington Presbyterian Church

Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 17
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.

10:30 a.m. Worship
In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Maundy Thursday, April 21
“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment”
(mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

6:15 p.m. – Family teaching supper about communion -
Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.
Then they may remain for:

7:30 p.m. – A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper—
on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, April 22
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Easter Sunday, April 24

9:00 a.m. – With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our
annual Easter Breakfast, prepared by Mark and Cheryl Wells and friends.

10:30 a.m. – ALLELUIA!
Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music.
This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School – worship will be for the whole family.
There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.

Crossroads for March

Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church

Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, March 28
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
10:30 a.m. Worship

In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

3:00 p.m. Concert – “Seven Last Words”
Our choir plus guests will offer this dramatic musical presentation.

Maundy Thursday, April 1
“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment” (mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.
6:15 p.m. – Family teaching supper about communion – Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.

Then they may remain for:

7:30 p.m. – A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper— on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.

Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, April 2
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Great Vigil Saturday, April 3
A special experience is planned for all youth.

Easter Sunday, April 4
9:00 a.m. – With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast, prepared by Mark and Cheryl Wells and friends.

10:30 a.m. – ALLELUIA!
Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music. This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School – worship will be for the whole family.

There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.

One Great Hour Of Sharing
When the devastating earthquake hit Haiti recently, money from previous One Great Hour offerings helped to finance the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance personnel. For more than sixty years, this ecumenical program has provided funds to help those in need. Each denomination decides how its offering will be used. The Presbyterian Church (USA) uses the offering to help fund three different programs. Thirty-six percent goes to the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Self-Development of People each receive thirty-two percent.

The One Great Hour theme for 2010 is taken from Jesus’ last words to Simon Peter found in John 21:17 – “Do you love me? Feed my sheep.” Do you? Will you? Our offering will be received on March 28, Palm Sunday. Envelopes will be available in the pews and can be used at any time.

Seven Last Words
Palm Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Seven Last Words of Christ (Théodore Dubois) will be presented on Palm Sunday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. We will be joined by some singers from the United Church of Christ, Congregational. All singing voices are welcome. Rehearsals will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, at the end of the regular choir rehearsal for the next month or so. Please see Nancy Timmerman if you are interested in solo work or instrumental work in conjunction with this effort.

Maundy Thursday Teaching Supper about Communion
The Christian Education Committee is again planning for a Teaching Supper about Communion on Maundy Thursday. It will be on April 1, starting at 6:15. Families with children in grades 2-5 are especially encouraged to come, but supper will be open to all. There will be activities and conversation to help children understand the sacrament, and to support parents who may be deciding whether their children are ready to receive communion.

Then, for those families who choose, the Maundy Thursday service will offer an opportunity to experience communion at a special time and setting. The sacrament will be shared around the communion table, during the service which will begin at 7:30.

Watch for a signup list in church for families interested in attending.

Deacons Corner

The Deacons are planning to hold an auction this summer. The tentative date is Saturday, June 12th. As before, we will be having a combination of a silent auction and a live auction. Please start thinking about items you might like to contribute. It doesn’t have to be a physical item; consider giving your time or talent. Items could be a box of gently-used books, an offer to baby-sit for a few hours, or a gift of painting lessons. Be creative! If you are interested in being on the planning committee or helping with the event, please speak with any of the Deacons. We will need help with program design, advertising, collection of donations, putting together gift baskets, set up and clean up.

Help for Haiti: an Update

Our thanks to all who participated in the community-wide, interfaith event “Help for Haiti” on January 30. Our choir did an outstanding job! The free will offering, enhanced by some after-the-event giving, has totaled close to $5,000.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: More than $500,000 has been committed to specific projects.

PDA has helped establish 15 food and water distribution stations distribute 20,000 tents, and provided a $200,000 grant to Hospital Sainte Croix, among other things.

At this writing, we are eagerly awaiting the outcome of our Lenten Workshop on February 28 – at which we will be assembling Health Kits to send to Church World Service. Thanks to all who have helped to provide an abundance of items to go into the kits!

Our Mission Giving

Each year, a small sum is set apart in our annual budget for Directed Mission. In view of the great need for food and other necessities in the communities represented by our members, the Session voted to send the 2010 money to the Greater Boston Food Bank which helps to supply food to many communities, including Burlington.

In the Greater Boston Food Bank newsletter of February 3, 2010, there is a report on a recent study on Hunger in Massachusetts.

The number of people in Massachusetts who use a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter grew by 23 percent over the past four years to approximately 571,600 people, or about 9 percent of the state’s population.

The majority of these people, about 394,300, live in the 190 communities of eastern Massachusetts, where 8 percent of the population uses the emergency food network.

The results from the Hunger in Massachusetts 2010 study, and its regional counterpart, Hunger in Eastern Massachusetts 2010, show that the Commonwealth’s emergency food network is serving more people but is still not reaching everybody in need, despite the fact that the state’s food banks distributed 44.7 million pounds of food last year, a 30 percent increase since 2006.

The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes more than 31 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to nearly 600 member hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. For more information about the Greater Boston Food Bank, visit http://www.gbfb.org or call (617) 427-5200.

When you pledge and give regular offerings, you support his and our Shared Mission Giving, which is about 10% of our annual budget.

Annual MS Walk
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Are you feeling footloose and fancy free? Then join us in our annual participation in the MS Walk which we do in honor of friends and families. Our team is called the Dot and Fran Team, commemorating two wonderful former church members. This year’s walk is a 5K journey through the lovely historical Concord area on Sunday, April 11. It is sponsored by the National MS Society.

Managing MS is an ongoing process, beginning with the very first symptoms and continuing throughout the disease course. Those of us who don’t think about taking the next step (or only have an occasional arthritis “ouch”), can show our support by joining the walk. If you don’t have the date free or don’t like to walk, you can help us raise funds for this very worthwhile project. Research in MS is progressing at a remarkable rate, with more potential therapies in the pipeline than at any other time in history. The National MS Society is a driving force of MS research, supporting and stimulating world-class research into ways to prevent, better treat and cure this unpredictable disease of the brain and spinal cord.

Interested? Contact Millie Wiegand, team captain or Shirley Thornton, team member.

Thank you for the Choir Robes!

Grace and Peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to you and yours, Amen.

My name is Ugwa Oji originally from Nigeria now resident in Brockton MA. I am writing to thank you on behalf of my family and the Pastor and Parishioners of Ukwa Nkporo Presbyterian Church in Nigeria for the robes you donated to the young church.

I will arrange to ship them to my sister who is helping to plant the church. I can not find words good enough to express our appreciation. May I just say thank you and God bless. May the Lord enrich your ministries and enlarge your coast. I hope to meet you in the nearest future and express our gratitude in person.

Once more THANK YOU, Ugwa Oji

M.A.T.E. in View this Summer?

It’s time to start thinking about 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? It looks like our week will be July 25 – July 30. Experience welcome but not necessary. We stay in a dorm at the University of Maine in Farmington.

See Rod if interested, or for more details.

Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church

Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 5
10:30 a.m. Worship
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.

In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Maundy Thursday, April 9
“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment” (mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

6:15 p.m. – Family teaching supper about communion
7:30 p.m. – A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper— on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, April 10
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Easter Sunday, April 12

9:00 a.m. – With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast, prepared by Whitey Graham and friends.

10:30 a.m. – ALLELUIA!

Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music.

This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School – worship will be for the whole family.

There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.