Our worship service this Sunday is going to celebrate God’s good creation and invite us to reflect on our role in being good stewards of that creation. What better way to understand the connection between our faith and our care for the Earth than to have David Dumaresq–“Farmer Dave”, our Community Supported Agriculture provider–reflect with us on his journey from being a philosophy major at St. Anselm’s College to being a Peace Corps member working with Ecuadorian farmers, returning to the States and being invited by a farmer’s family to take over the farm (where Dave once worked) after the death of the farmer, to working as an advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, back to the States, later on with US AID to Ethiopia, establishing a CSA in Massachusetts, and so on and so on.
I had a wide ranging conversation with Dave last week, and it was remarkable how concepts such as answering the call, using one’s gifts, “coincidences” (“God’s way of remaining anonymous” as the saying goes), and being given a gift for a reason–all good, solid words we often use in church–came up. Add to that a strong sense that Dave has of being a good steward of the land and not abusing it provides lots of “food for thought”.
Our scriptures will be drawn from Psalm 8 and Psalm 104, as well as the Genesis account of the sixth day, where God gives Adam and Eve the responsibility for the earth: “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food… .I have given every green plant for food.”
So, Farmer Dave and Pastor Mike will have a dialogue during the Sermon time, and Dave will also be available at Fellowship Time for conversation and follow up questions. I hope you can join us on Sunday as we celebrate Earth Day (four days late) and commit ourselves to being good stewards of the precious gift we have been given.
Passion/Palm Sunday, March 29
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
10:30 a.m. Worship
In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
Youth will be confirmed. Children will share in a special activity.
Maundy Thursday, April 2
Remembering the Last Supper
“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment” (mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.
Family teaching supper about communion. Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament. Then they may remain for:
A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper — on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Communion is served around the communion table.
Good Friday, April 3
The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.
Easter Sunday, April 5
The Day of Resurrection
With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast. Coordinated by Mark and Cheryl Wells.
10:30 a.m. ALLELUIA!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music. This is the love that overcomes death!
No Sunday School – worship will be for the whole family. There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.
The new Board of Deacons met for the first time on Feb 4th. Kathleen Stegall was elected Moderator and Caitlin Rivet will continue as Coordinator.. The new deacons are Colette Greco (returning for a 2nd term), Linda McCusker and Jackulin David. Please see the attached list for the offices. The new board has been active already … making sure that the members of our congregation have been safe during these horrible winter storms.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING – 2015
Beth Denier Co-chair – Stewardship committee
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”
One Great Hour of Sharing offering for the Presbyterian Church, USA goes to support water and hunger projects, disaster relief and empowerment programs. Thanks to our gifts, people affected by disaster are helped to rebuild their lives and their communities. The ministries of the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People help individuals and communities to battle hunger, disease, unemployment and environmental problems.
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received on Palm Sunday. Our offering for
2014 was $1879.00. We would like to do better this year. The need is great both here in the United States and throughout the world. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Is It Spring Yet?
Are you sick of the cold and the snow? Here comes Farmer Dave to rescue us!
It has been a really tough Winter, so far. We have 90+ inches of snow on the ground. It will all eventually melt. While we are waiting, Farmer Dave will begin to give us a little taste of Spring, starting March 2. Farmer Dave has been working hard getting veggies ready for us. Look at that beautiful baby elegance mix. Soon you will be eating it! Pick-up times for spring are 4-6:30 pm. If you have not signed up yet, hurry! You don’t want to miss out on the tender baby vegetables that will soon be here. It’s not too late. For more information, see Jane or Amanda.
4th Annual Wine Tasting & Charity Auction
26 Cambridge Street
March 8, 2-5 pm
All proceeds to benefit People Helping People
The event will feature wine tasting, gourmet appetizers, live auctions and silent auctions. Auctioneer is Steve DiOrio (from Billerica). Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at Spencer Cleaners, 271 Cambridge St. and 240 Middlesex Turnpike; at A Whole Bunch of Flowers, 326 Cambridge St.; or by contacting Linda Roscoe, 781-273-2083.
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements, you will certainly recognize memorable hits of the Glenn Miller Orchestra including, “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”
Co-sponsored by Burlington Public Schools and the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, this is a concert for the entire family with no worries of lyrics that will make anyone uncomfortable.
This is music that has spanned the generations for generations and stands the test of time!
Tickets are now available for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and can be purchased online at BurlingtonTheatre.com, by phone at 781-A-FUN-TIC or at the door. Ticket prices are $20 for senior citizens and students, $25 for adults. All seats are reserved.
The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, an accessible venue, is located at Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington.
Dear BPC Family
Did you enjoy last night’s lovely Blue moon? Here are a few things to keep in mind this week:
Thursday evening, 7 pm “Meet the Author” Night with Edith Maxwell
A local mystery writer with food themes – to go beautifully with our Farmer Dave CSA program. Everyone’s invited – no charge, though donations will be accepted.
Friday evening, 7:30 pm Friday Night at the Movies – featuring Lilies of the Field
Sidney Poitier won best actor honors as a traveling handyman who meets up with a group of nuns who want to build a chapel in the desert. Free! Popcorn! Bring friends!
And for Sunday – worship at 9:30 am A “Talk Sermon”
Get a chance to hear other voices – and share yours. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of King’s march on Washington and I have a dream…
Prepare by reading Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Mark 13:11.
When have you been moved to speak for what seemed right?
When has someone else’s speaking up seemed Spirit-inspired?
When has the church spoken for what you believe was right, even at some risk?
What do you believe the church should be speaking up about today?
Hoping to see, and maybe hear, you then!
On Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7 P.M., Farmer Dave will be speaking at Burlington Presbyterian Church about the CSA program and about his foreign aid work in the Republic of Georgia.
Over the past year, Farmer Dave has been providing technical assistance to new greenhouse owners in Georgia. They were using natural hot springs to heat greenhouses in the winter months to grow vegetables. This would reduce the importation of these vegetables, thereby providing jobs, bringing wealth to the country, and providing a better, healthier food supply. Dave was surprised at how much he was able to help show them that by operating the greenhouses properly, you can maximize yields and reduce the occurrence of insects and diseases, making pesticides virtually unneeded.
For the third year running, Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, have teamed up to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington through a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers become shareholders of the farm for the season by paying for their share of the harvest upfront, and in return receive a share of freshly-harvested produce for 20 weeks from mid-June through late October. Shares will be conveniently boxed and ready for pick-up on Monday afternoons at Burlington Presbyterian Church. Every share includes generous portions of the season’s bounty, each in its due time, including summer favorites such as tomatoes and corn, cooking staples like onions, carrots and potatoes, as well as chefs’ picks like chard, beets, and other novelties to experiment with throughout the season. The CSA also offers a fruit share featuring raspberries, blueberries, melons, peaches, nectarines, and apples. Farmer Dave employs sustainable farming methods to ensure products that are healthy, nutritious, tasty and responsibly grown.
Farmer Dave’s (http://www.farmerdaves.net) is based in Dracut, MA. Farmer Dave Dumaresq grew up working on farms in Dracut. Through the Peace Corps and other agencies he has helped farmers in Ecuador, and other Latin American countries become more sustainable. In 1997 he returned to Dracut to farm. In 2006 Farmer Dave purchased and helped to preserve a 30 acre farm in Dracut that will remain as productive farmland for future generations. Farmer Dave is committed to growing high quality, healthy food that is good for the people who eat it, the workers who tend it, and land that provides it, year after year. In addition to serving the Burlington community, Farmer Dave’s offers CSA shares in Dracut, Tewksbury, Lawrence, Somerville, Gloucester, Beverly, Jamaica Plain, Malden, and Boston.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Makes Eating Locally Easy
Burlington Community Food Pantry to Benefit from Surplus
Burlington, MA, April 13, 2011 – Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, continue to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers become shareholders of the farm for the season by paying for their share of the harvest upfront, and in return will receive a share of freshly-harvested produce for 20 weeks from mid-June through late October. Shares will be conveniently boxed and ready for pick-up on Monday afternoons from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Burlington Presbyterian Church. Payment plans are available.
Every week, from mid June through October, CSA members will receive a share of fresh vegetables grown exclusively at Farmer Dave’s fields in Dracut and Tewksbury, available in small, regular, and “super-family” sizes to suit the produce needs of individuals to large families, vegetarians and omnivores. Every share includes generous portions of the season’s bounty, each in its due time, including summer favorites such as tomatoes and corn, cooking staples like onions, carrots and potatoes, as well as chefs’ picks like chard, beets, and other novelties to experiment with throughout the season. Farmer Dave employs sustainable farming methods to ensure products that are healthy, nutritious, tasty and responsibly grown.
The CSA also offers a fruit share featuring strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, melons, peaches and apples. The fruit is perfect for breakfast, a snack on-the-go, or a healthy dessert. Businesses will often purchase a fruit or vegetable share to split amongst the employees in the office or subsidize shares as a Health and Wellness benefit.
In an effort to relieve hunger in the Burlington area, Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s will donate surplus produce to the Burlington Community Food Pantry each week. In addition, Farmer Dave partners with Groundwork Lawrence to make CSA shares more accessible by accepting flexible payment plans, subsidizing the cost of shares for those needing financial assistance and accepting SNAP (EBT/Food Stamp) payments for CSA shares. These efforts are funded through donations to the Groundwork Share-a-Share program(tm) from CSA members, individuals, businesses, or non-profit organizations. Farmer Dave’s donates hundreds of pounds of produce to hunger relief organizations in the greater Lowell/Boston area every year.
For more information about 2011 CSA membership including pricing, payment plans, and more, contact Farmer Dave’s at (978) 349-1952 or visit http://www.farmerdaves.net to register. For more information about the Groundwork Share-A-Share Program(tm), or to make a donation, visit http://www.groundworklawrence.org/shareashare or contact Anna Rickards at (978) 974-0770.
Farmer Dave’s (http://www.farmerdaves.net) is based in Dracut, MA. Farmer Dave Dumaresq grew up working on farms in Dracut. Through the Peace Corps and other agencies he has helped farmers in Ecuador, and other Latin American countries become more sustainable. In 1997 he returned to Dracut to farm. In 2006 Farmer Dave purchased and helped to preserve a 30 acre farm in Dracut that will remain as productive farmland for future generations. Farmer Dave is committed to growing high-quality, healthy food that is good for the people who eat it, the workers who tend it, and land that provides it, year after year. In addition to serving the Burlington community, Farmer Dave’s offers CSA shares in Dracut, Tewksbury, Lawrence, Somerville, Gloucester, Beverly, Jamaica Plain, Malden, and Boston.
Burlington Presbyterian Church is located at 335 Cambridge Street in Burlington. In addition to partnering with Farmer Dave’s to offer CSA Shares, Burlington Presbyterian Church demonstrates a commitment to social justice by preparing and serving monthly dinners at the Dwelling Place in Woburn, regularly participating with the Burlington Community Food Pantry and People Helping People, and a yearly housing mission trip. Burlington Presbyterian Church uses fair-trade coffee for its weekly coffee hours through the Presbyterian Coffee Project, and uses environmentally-friendly alternatives to Styrofoam. Burlington Presbyterian also makes its parking lot available to weekly commuters as a park-and-ride location.
Bethany Bellingham, Farmer Dave’s
Anna Rickards, Groundwork Lawrence
Rod MacDonald, Burlington Presbyterian Church
Friday, March 11 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm
335 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803
Free movie night at the Burlington Presbyterian Church. We will start with refreshments at 6:30pm and plan to get the movie rolling by 7pm. The movie is about a guy in New York that decided to live for a year leaving no negative impact on the environment, and he dragged his wife and 2year old daughter with him. This is a link to the trailer http://www.noimpactdoc.com. I have heard that there is some strong language used, I think by the wife who go through periods of questioning why they are doing this. This event is co-sponsored with Farmer Dave in Dracut, who will be speaking about local community supported agriculture programs after the movie. So come join us!
Just a reminder that if you’ve signed up for a share of locally-grown, sustainable produce from Farm Dave, the first pick-up date is TODAY, June 14th, from 3:30 to 6:30 at Burlington Presbyterian Church (335 Cambridge Street in Burlington, MA). We’ll be having a bit of a festive day today to celebrate! Can’t wait to see you there!