Page updated 27 June 2022; Burlington Presbyterian Church
THIS WEEK AT BPC
June 26 – July 02
Summer is officially upon us here in the northern hemisphere! While much of our country has been stricken by extreme heat, wildfires, and flooding, we have been quite fortunate here in our little corner of New England, able to enjoy seasonably warm temperatures, sunshine, and the occasional rainfall. All of these ingredients are necessary to help the gardens and crops grow and develop their fruits for us to enjoy as the season progresses. Right now, we are in strawberry season — one of my absolute favorite fruits! There is nothing like a fresh, ripe, vine-sweetened strawberry — Yum!
Our Scripture lesson this week reminds us of different kinds of fruit — the fruit of the Spirit to be specific. Paul lists them: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Like the fruit that we eat, these fruits also must be nurtured and developed over time, cultivated in the soil of our lives and faith community. What are some of the ways that you have been nurtured in developing these fruits? How can we strengthen and support one another in our continued growth?
Join us in worship this Sunday to explore these and more questions together, in the sanctuary or online!
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Pastor’s Study Leave
Pastor Trina will be away over the 4th of July weekend, and then on Study Leave in Pittsburgh from July 10 – July 22. Pastor Ed Koonz, interim pastor of the Burlington UCC, is available for any pastoral care needs that may arise in her absence. Please contact Kathleen Stegall in the church office or home phone, or MaryLou Lynn at her home phone, to be connected with Rev. Koonz.
Joint Worship Service with UCC – July 3rd
On Sunday, July 3rd, we will worship with the Burlington UCC at their church, or online. Their service begins at 10:00 in the summer, please note the different start time! We will host the UCC at our church on August 7th.
Free Community Dinner
June 29, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
We are opening our doors to welcome anyone in the Burlington area to come and enjoy a free meal around the table and get to know their neighbors a little better. This is a team effort — as we all know, many hands make light work! We need volunteers to help with preparing food, hosting, serving, and set up and clean up. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may put “community dinners” in the memo line of your check, or in the note for online donations. Use the button below to volunteer:
Contact Mark Vogel, Linda Roscoe, Trina Portillo, or Susan McGilvray-Rivet, with any questions. Please help us spread the word and invite others to join you!
4th of July Parade
A Volunteer is needed for the morning of the 4th of July. Our parking lot will once again be the staging area for the Town of Burlington’s 4th of July parade. We need one or two people who can open up the church at 8:00 Monday morning, and close up after the parade sets off around 11:00. We are offering hospitality to the community by opening the building for use of the restrooms. If you are able to stay for all, or part of that time, please contact Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know when you can volunteer! Ideal opportunity for people who live close by the church.
Burlington POWIR – Afghan Refugees
The local team supporting two Afghan refugees, recently resettled in the Woburn area, are looking for additional community volunteers over the summer months. Transportation support is a particular need, as they are not yet able to obtain a drivers license and their own means of transportation. Aziz needs a ride to and from work at WestRock in Wakefield just off the Salem Street exit of 95. WestRock is a corrugated cardboard container manufacturer. The group drives him from his home in Woburn (by the Dave and Buster’s) to work at 2:15 pm and back home at 11:00 pm. If you are able to sign up for a shift to either bring him to or from work, please contact Linda Roscoe and she will get you in touch with the POWIR group transportation coordinators.
Classes for children and youth are in recess for the summer.
Sunday evening youth group meetings are in recess for the summer.
Come enjoy a summer full of laughter, love, friendship, and connecting with God. This year we will be running Family Camp from July 1st-5th. Family Camp is open to all ages and groups and will include a celebration of camp’s 60th Anniversary! Our Youth Camps, which are open to campers ages 8-16, will be from July 10th-16th and July 17th-23rd. Our Adventure Camp, which is open to campers ages 13-16, will be from July 24th-30th. To learn more about our summer camps and to register as a camper or apply to a staff position, visit www.campwilmot.org. Feel free to reach out to this summer’s Director Team- Ben Lowry, James Carney, and Lizzy Elsner at email@example.com with any questions.