May 2011 Crossroads

Thanks to Wonderful Volunteers!

To the Christian Education Committee and others for our Lent Event on April 3, which produced over 80 Hygiene Kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and paper cranes as part of our church’s contribution to “Hearts and Hands for Japan.”

To those who helped with and attended “Hearts and Hands” at St. Malachy Church on April 9. The Red Cross benefited by more than $800 and our paper crane mobile is making the rounds of congregations (we hosted it on Palm Sunday) before the cranes are sent to Japan.

To workers on our Clean-Up Day, April 16, who did a great job on a cold and windy morning sprucing up our winter-battered property.

And of course, to the many who helped make this year’s Holy Week a meaningful occasion – worship leaders and readers, musicians, breakfast hosts, Deacon flower arrangers, and more.

It’s good to be part of such an active church family!

Deacons Corner

On May 1st, we will be collecting canned vegetables for the Burlington Food Pantry.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the International Dinner last month. In addition to enjoying some delicious food, we raised approximately $236.00. The money will help pay for the cost of snow removal this past winter.

We would also like to thank everyone who contributed money or purchased flowers for Maundy Thursday and Easter. The money raised will go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, for relief work in Japan and Haiti.

The Confession of Belhar

A Special Learning Opportunity

Join our adult group on Sundays, May 8 and
May 15, 9:15 a.m., for an important exploration. This confession of faith from South Africa could become a new addition to the PCUSA Book of Confessions if approved by enough presbyteries this year (Boston Presbytery will vote on May 23). It is a strong statement of both God’s sovereignty and the struggle toward racial justice.

This is also a good occasion for understanding the significance of our confessions, and how a particular one become part of our constitution.

The presbytery will also be offering two chances to hear presentations and discuss Belhar  on Saturday, May 7 and Monday, May 9. See Rod for more info.

“Final Affairs” Fair
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Church, Burlington

Our church is part of sponsoring this community event. It is to help us all think about end-of-life issues and planning, medical care, advance directives, wills and estates, funeral planning, and more… things important to us all!

Healthy Women Healthy Families
Mother’s Day Project

Mother’s Day cards will be available to support this program. The program began as a malaria prevention project in Africa. It has now been expanded to include health screenings and immunizations for children, prenatal and obstetrical care, children’s nutrition programs, fistula surgery, primary care for children, cervical cancer screening and family health education.

Help Wanted
By People Helping People

On Saturday, May 14th the Post Office will hold their annual Food Drive. The food is collected throughout the day by the Mail Carriers and then delivered to St. Margaret’s CCD Building where it is sorted. The following week it will be delivered to the Food Pantry.

This is a huge project and a lot of help is needed to receive in the food & sort it on Saturday afternoon, May 14th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday May 21 from 8:45 a.m. – noon (or so). Folks who can lift 40-50 lbs. are also needed. Couple-hour shifts available! This is a great way to help your community. If you are interested contact Linda Roscoe, or see the sign up on the bulletin board.

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.

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