February 2019 Crossroads

Ordination & Installation of Officers
Ordination and Installation of Officers will take place during worship on Sunday, February 10th, for our incoming Deacons, Ruling Elders and Trustees. Please make every effort to attend that Sunday if you are being installed to one of these offices.

Stewardship Report
At the Annual Meeting, Per Capita was explained. Each year the Presbytery of Boston requires member churches to pay a “Per Capita Apportionment” to support the mission and ministry of the Presbytery, Synod and the General Assembly. “Per Capita” means a certain amount to be given for each adult confirmed member of the church (children who are below confirmation age are not included.) This year’s Per Capita is $56. Two adult members in a household would each contribute $56; a family with two adult members, one confirmed youth and two younger siblings would be asked to contribute for only the three household residents who are church members. The Session invites you to use the Per Capita envelope in your envelope sets (if you use envelopes) or to use the Per Capita envelopes that can be found in the narthex. Please make checks out to the Presbyterian Church in Burlington. Every Per Capita payment received will free up money for use elsewhere in a very tight 2019 budget

Worship
It always takes many hands and voices and coordination for worship services to happen each Sunday, and creativity and participation to present the Tableaux and congregational candle lighting on Christmas Eve. Thanks to all worship assistants,
Communion servers and Brenda Flynn and her cast and crew.

In addition, during Sundays in Advent the following people graciously agreed to light a candle on the Advent wreath: Chuck and Barbara Anderson; Jay, Annelies & Adriana Araujo; Mark and Cheryl Wells; Selina Sarkodie, Christian, Bryce and Brendon Kankam.

A small group of worshippers attended the Longest Night service on December 19 appreciating the opportunity to have time to reflect, pray and sing together in the midst of the busy season.

On Sunday, December 30 Mark Vogel led a service of Lessons and Carols that gave us a chance to sing out and reflect again on the Christmas story.

Now we have entered Ordinary Time as we begin a new calendar year. Beginning on Sunday, January 13, there will be a Communion Servers sign-up sheet posted in Fellowship Hall. Elders and Deacons will have the opportunity to look at the whole year of communion services, check your calendars and sign up according to your availability. If everyone signs up for two or three Sundays we’ll have good coverage. Please check the sign-up sheet often.

For the time being, beginning in February, we will also post a sign-up sheet for weekly Worship Assistants and invite you to sign up to assist from time to time.

Trustees Report
The Board of Trustees wishes everyone a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2019. Looking back to 2018, the trustees accomplished a lot with several large undertakings and many small ones.

The restrooms were both renovated with the men’s room converted to a handicap, gender-neutral facility. The back hall was painted with four new doors installed. New windows were installed in both restrooms as well as the back classroom. A lease was signed for a new Xerox copier. The fire alarm system was inspected along with new batteries for the emergency lights. The defibrillator battery and pads were replaced. The radiators in Fellowship Hall were painted. The carpets in the Narthex and double classroom were cleaned and the hall floors and Fellowship Hall floor was cleaned and waxed. New shades were installed in the front classroom and Trina’s office. Many other small tasks were completed concerning lights, painting and heating concerns. Exterior issues were tended to with lawn care and tree removal. All the bushes were trimmed and the ramp was repaired with a partial paint job on the railings. The parking lot was striped after the front entrance to the lot was repaved.

As winter settles in, please be aware of turning the heat down and making sure all the windows and doors are locked when you leave the church.

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study is continuing with the Horizons study called “For Everything, A Season: A Study of the Liturgical Calendar”. All women of the church are invited to join us. We meet on Thursday mornings at 9:30. See Marylou Lynn if you have any questions.

Mission

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Clean Water fund! We collected a total of $200. Through the Presbyterian Giving catalog, we are ordering a rainwater catchment system ($75), a water filter ($50), and three jerry cans ($25 each) to provide clean water in communities around the world.

On February 3rd our youth will be participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring by collecting canned food and dollars during the worship service. All donations will go to the Burlington Food Pantry.
So Bring Your Can to Church on February 3rd!

Equal Exchange
Why pay more for coffee and tea by buying from Equal Exchange?

Equal Exchange trades fairly and directly with over 40 small farmer co-operatives to bring you organic and delicious coffee, chocolate, tea and more. Our partners receive pre-harvest credit and above-market prices for their crops. This helps them invest in social programs, farm renovations, education and other essential projects. This can help reduce poverty, improve the environment and safeguard humane working conditions.

Your support helps promote a more equitable, sustainable and democratic food system.
Please look for Equal Exchange products on sale during coffee hour next on Feb 10. Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, and Jun 9.

People Helping People

People Helping People (PHP) served 95 families with 208 children during this past holiday season. Thanks to BPC and others’ generosity, each child was provided with underwear, pajamas, a sweatshirt, 4 wishes worth up to $40 apiece as well as hats and gloves and books. Gift cards were given to 36 Burlington High School students and 76 gift cards were given to senior citizens. In addition, Market Basket gift cards were given to each family.

The next important PHP event is the wine tasting and auction to be held on Sunday, February 24 from 2 – 5 at the Cafe Escadrille restaurant in Burlington. This is the major fundraising event for PHP. Tickets will cost $50 and are limited to 150 people.

“Glory to God”
If you would like to dedicate a nameplate for a hymnal, the cost is $20 each. Checks may be made payable to the church with “hymnal bookplate” in memo. Checks can be left with the office or any choir member.

Lenten Study opportunities

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a forty day period of prayer, reflection, and repentance leading up to Holy Week and Easter Sunday. We will have an Ash Wednesday service on March 6th, at 7 PM in the sanctuary. For anyone who would like to come early, we will have a soup supper in the front classroom beginning at 6 pm. If you would like to bring bread or a soup to share, please let Pastor Trina know.

We will be offering a Lenten study on Thursday evenings throughout Lent, beginning on March 14 through April 11, at 7 PM meeting in the front classroom. For this 5-week series, we will use the curriculum Just Eating?, which was developed by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. As part of our focus on food justice this year, set by the mission and advocacy committee, and as a hunger action congregation of the PC(USA), this seemed like a good way to reflect on how food and faith are connected in so many ways.

The study uses scripture, prayer and stories from the local and global community to explore five key aspects of our relationship with food:
the health of our bodies
the challenge of hunger
the health of the earth that provides our food
the ways we use food to extend hospitality and enrich relationships
the opportunities for action, renewal and transformation in our eating practices-as individuals and as faith communities
Come and join us for one or more sessions! If you are interested, please let Pastor Trina know ahead of time so she can have enough copies of the curriculum available.

Another opportunity for personal devotion and study is the 2019 Lenten devotional produced by Presbyterians Today. This year’s theme is “Awakening to God’s Beauty” and the magazine-style booklet is printed with full-color images of God’s amazing creation. Accompanying scripture lessons from the book of Psalms and reflection questions are included for each day of Lent. If you would like a copy, please let Pastor Trina know by February 10. The price per copy goes down based on the number ordered.

Food Pantry Needs
We receive donations for the Food Pantry on the 1st Sunday of each month. The Food Pantry needs donations on a continuing basis. Please consider purchasing some 20 oz. dish detergent, individually wrapped bars of soap or bottles of shampoo. Your help is appreciated. Thank you!

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

OR

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.)