News of our Church Family
MATE a success…
Candy McLaughlin, Rob Greco, Anne Denier (our wonderful cook) and Rod MacDonald joined 24 other folks from 4 other congregations – including from the UCC church in Vermont now pastored by Judi Horgan (former BPC member) – as a very diverse team doing housing rehab for Mission at the Eastward, July 25-30. It was a very positive and rewarding week, and the team thanks all the BPC members who contributed kitchen supplies and funds for our effort!
Our Community Supported Agriculture program climbed to 75 members during summer. Farmer Dave’s farmshares pickups continue on Monday afternoons.
Fellowship Hall Make-over
As you may have noticed, there have been big changes to our Fellowship Hall and hallway. Thanks to a very generous donation from the Nurturing Nest Preschool, we were able to provide new window treatments, paint and stain to update the look of our wonderful gathering place.
We hope that, if you haven’t already, you will soon have a chance to enjoy our new Heaven on Earth (that’s the actual name of the paint color!).
In I Corinthians 12:12-27, Paul compares the church to the human body. Each part of the body has its own special function and each is important to the entire body.
In our mobile society, church members come and go with great frequency. This often creates a gap which needs to be filled. As we approach the time for the annual stewardship campaign, please take time to consider what role you are being called to play. Can you be a church school teacher, a deacon, an elder, or a worship assistant? Do your talents include making needed repairs or in landscaping? Are you being called to increase your pledge to help with the budget deficit? Just as every part of the body must do its job if the body is to be healthy and able to function, so each member of the congregation needs to be involved if the church is to remain healthy and viable here in Burlington.
The Peacemaking Offering is the last of the four church-wide special offerings. This offering was created by the General Assembly thirty years ago to support the work of peace at all levels of the Presbyterian Church, USA. Half of the offering is shared by congregations, presbyteries, and synods. The remainder helps the national church develop resources, events, and programs to assist the church in responding to Christ’s call to be peacemakers.
In recent years, our share of the offering has been used to help provide scholarships to local high school students who have best demonstrated peacemaking during their high school years. In 2010, two scholarships were awarded to Brinda Patel and Adrianna Merrill.
The Peacemaking Offering will be received on October 3, World Communion Sunday. More information will be available through bulletin inserts during September. Please support this special offering and, most of all, be peacemakers in our troubled world.
Yes, there will be a yard sale but the venue will be a little different. It will be held September 18, at 13 Lido Lane in Bedford. So bag up and box up that great stuff you just can’t use or don’t have room for and get it to the Brunner’s. The proceeds will go toward paying off the organ. 10% will go to our mission fund.
Obviously I will need help. I will need people to bring tables from the church and people to put items out and to help with pricing etc.
The same rules as a yard sale at Church will apply.
All items should be clean.
If an item is not working it needs to be noted with what the problem is.
No exercise equipment.
Text books must have been published within the last 5 years.
Look for a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
Arts and Crafts Fair
There will be an Arts and Craft Fair at our church, October 23. We are in the process of getting crafters who would like to display and sell their art. We need people to help set up and take down tables and set up for Sunday school. Most everything in Fellowship Hall will have to be moved out. Set up will take place on Friday afternoon and early evening.
This fund raiser is being coordinated by Jane McIninch and Judy Brunner. The proceeds will go to the general fund, 10% will go into our mission fund.
See either Jane or Judy if you want to help.