Today, in a special congregational meeting, the Presbyterian Church in Burlington, by the unanimous decision of all members there assembled, voted to extend a call to Rev. Trina Portillo to be our new pastor. Everyone welcome our Pastor elect, Trina! Special thanks to Rev. Jane Wilson who acted as guest moderator, and a HUGE thank you to the Pastor Nominating Committee.
A Family Tradition with Crèche, Carols and Candlelight
Sunday, December 24 7:00 p.m.
There will be nativity tableaux vivants (or living scenes) featuring young folks in the roles of Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds and wise men. Choir and congregation will join in many carols. The service will end with a spreading of candlelight throughout the sanctuary. Pastor Trina will give a brief message. The Christmas Joy Offering will be received. This service is a wonderful way to introduce friends and neighbors to the church – and maybe to make a difference in their lives.
Pastor Trina mentioned in her sermon today a sculpture at the UN of a gun twisted into a knot. We were at the UN two weeks ago and took a picture of the sculpture (commissioned by Yoko Ono for John Lennon; originally displayed in Central Park):
The Burlington Interfaith Clergy, together with State Representative Ken Gordon, will host a vigil Sunday June 19 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on the Burlington town common in memory of the innocent lives that were lost in the senseless and unprovoked attack in Orlando this week. The entire community is welcome to gather as we pay tribute and remember the victims of the tragedy. We stand in solidarity with all who mourn in the spirit of caring and concern.
All, we’ll be having services per normal despite the unseasonable weather. I’ve been out driving the streets of Burlington this morning and, for the most part, they are in good shape. 3A in particular is fine. Weather reports seem to indicate that the storm is moving through faster than predicted and the snow done before 10am.
However, give yourself some extra time this morning, drive safe, and use your best judgement. If you don’t feel safe coming to church, please stay at home. The wind maybe a more serious hazard than the snow as it may deposit branches in the road.
We learned on Sunday that our beloved friend Steve Ross died unexpectedly Friday morning, to our great grief and loss.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, December 17th from 5 PM – 8 PM at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home at 43 Winn St. in Burlington. Memorial Service will be Saturday, December 19 at 11 AM at Burlington Presbyterian Church at 335 Cambridge St. in Burlington.