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Page updated 30 September 2022; Burlington Presbyterian Church

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THIS WEEK AT BPC

October 02 – 08

During this Season of Peace, leading up to World Communion Sunday this week, let us take comfort in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
For you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace.

Go out in joy.

When we look around our world these days, it is sometimes hard to feel joyful. Yet joy inherently embraces optimism. Joy is the companion of faith and hope. In our polarized world torn by war, famine, and marginalization of the poor and disenfranchised, we are in desperate need of joyful and brave people who are willing to ask the hard questions and live the difficult solutions that make peace possible.

Be led forth in peace.

Through the Peace & Global Witness Offering, we connect with each other, as the Church, together, to confront systems of injustice and promote reconciliation in places around the world and right here at home. Whenever the church gathers for worship, we are assured of Christ’s peace. We celebrate that we are connected, we are loved and we are not alone. We worship together and are fed from Scripture and at Christ’s table of peace.
After the feast God has prepared for us, we are sent out carrying the joy rekindled in worship and challenged to take the peace of Christ into our world. No matter how large or small the world we inhabit, the joy of God’s presence empowers us to live joyfully within our communities and to bring peace to all around us.
One person, one situation, one step at a time.

The message this Sunday will be delivered by the Rev. Nta William Nche, International Peacemaker from Cameroon. He will be sharing on the theme, “Children of Peace.” We will also receive the special offering for Peace and Global Witness, and share in Communion with our siblings in Christ around the world. Please join us for this special service, either online or in person, at 10:30 AM this Sunday! If you are worshiping from home, please remember to prepare your communion elements ahead of time, so that you can partake with us during worship. 

This Week’s Scripture Readings:

Isaiah 55:6-13
Matthew 5:1-12

Worship is in-person in the sanctuary and online via Zoom
Sunday 10:30 – 11:40 am


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pumpkin Patch Volunteers Needed

St. Marks’s Episcopal Church, 10 Saint Marks Road, Burlington will hold their ninth annual Pumpkin Patch event during the month of October. Our church, along with many other churches and civic organizations, has been asked to help with the selling of pumpkins during the month. The patch opens at 12 noon and closes at 7 pm. Our staffing dates are Friday, October 7th and Friday, October 21st. We need volunteers to sign up for two hours or more on each day. The hours are 12-2, 2-4 and 4-7 pm.

A percentage of the sale proceeds go to support People Helping People. Please speak to our church coordinator, Ken Dewar, if you have any questions (508-574-1114) or e-mail to krdewar@verizon.net if you can help out on either day. 

Thanks for helping our church’s mission opportunities in the community.

Hurricane Ian and Disaster Relief

Within the last few days, PDA has reached out to presbyteries in Ian’s path in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as well as to partners in Cuba, where Ian made landfall early Tuesday as a Category 3 hurricane. The hurricane plunged the island into darkness, partially due to power being turned off ahead of the storm to prevent electrocutions and fires. 

We join together to lift our prayers for those who have already been impacted by Ian and those about to be impacted. As people of faith, we stand ready to partner with presbyteries, congregations and communities to meet the immediate and long-term needs.

You can help the church stand in the GAP (Give, Act, Pray) by supporting PDA’s hurricane and typhoon disaster relief fund. These funds are directed to the areas where there is most need, both for immediate and long-term relief and recovery efforts. You can give directly through PDA here: 

FAITH FORMATION

Classes for children and youth are in recess while we continue to work our way out of the COVID pandemic.

New England GLOW

Youth Group: Regular Sunday evening youth group meetings are in recess while we continue to work our way out of the COVID pandemic.

Confirmation Class: Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church and New England GLOW have teamed up to offer a Joint Confirmation class again this year! We will be using the “Commissioned to Change the World: Confirmation for the Matthew 25 Congregation” curriculum. Joint confirmation class will begin with an in person half day retreat on October 22 (location TBD), followed by 4 weekly one hour zoom sessions. Then we will spend 5-6 months completing a Faith in Action program with mentors from home congregations/communities. During this time we will complete 8 mentor/large group sessions and monthly whole group zoom check ins. We will conclude our confirmation journey with a final in person session in May. This class is open to any youth age 13 and up who would like to participate. Leadership will be shared across participating church communities. We are still working out the details so keep an eye out for updates! Click here to register. Registration deadline is Friday, October 7 2022.

Join us on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 PM on Zoom for an information session. 

Topic: NE GLOW Joint Confirmation Information Session
Time: Oct 5, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81800367580?pwd=WkZkU0xCVk9HcUdVZlBBNHJMRHBIdz09
Meeting ID: 818 0036 7580
Passcode: 930295

Camp Wilmot 5K

Camp Wilmot invites friends in the Boston area to join in their 4th Annual Fundraising Fall 5k on Saturday October 15th! The event centers around a fun run/walk which goes off at 11am and winds around the beautiful dirt roads that surround Camp! Immediately following the race, stick around for a potluck lunch and time to enjoy boating, the ropes course, archery, a bake sale and more! Some folks opt to come up Friday night for s’mores and a taste of camp fun before the race the next day, and we still have beds available! You can also sign up to do a virtual walk, wherever you live, if you are unable to travel up to NH for the event itself. The 5k is the main fundraising event of the year for Camp, and the money we raise lets us welcome children on scholarship and provide necessities like sneakers and insoles to campers who arrive without them. Folks who are interested can reach out to campwilmotdirector@gmail.com for more information or find details and registration on their website