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.

May Crossroads

Mother’s Day Project

For the past few years, some of you have purchased cards to help support the Networkers Malaria Prevention Program. This program is now called the Healthy Women Healthy Families Mother’s Day Project. The project will support a variety of programs which address critical health needs of women and children in Africa, including:

For Women – obstetrical care, fistula surgery, cervical cancer screening, health education, and malaria prevention.

For Children – nutritional support, primary health care, immunizations, health screening, and malaria treatment.

See Beth Denier for cards or more information.

Deacons Corner
By now you should have received a letter about the auction, letting you know how you can help. Right now, the most important thing you can do to help is to donate items, or ask local merchants for donations. Donation slips need to be turned in by June 1st, but the sooner we receive them, the better! Items can be turned in beginning June 8th. The auction will be held on June 12th, and the proceeds will benefit our church and the Burlington Food Pantry. We hope to see everyone there.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Food Drive in March, either by donating food or by collecting and sorting the donations. We collected about nineteen boxes of food for the Burlington Food Pantry.

M.A.T.E. in View this Summer?
It’s time to start thinking about 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? It looks like our week will be July 25 – July 30. Experience welcome but not necessary. We stay in a dorm at the University of Maine in Farmington.

Project Bread’s 42nd Annual Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 2

With poverty and unemployment rising at unprecedented rates and 554,000 people across the state struggling to put food on the table, this year’s Walk for Hunger is more important than ever. Now is the time to step up and join the BPC team for the walk on Sunday, May 2. The 20 mile walk weaving through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Cambridge will include entertainment and free snacks and will help raise $4 million to fight hunger. Your pledges fund emergency food programs throughout the state (the Burlington Food Pantry is among the recipients) and provide food for families in settings such as schools, after school programs, summer programs, community health centers, hospitals, and home care organizations.

If you’re interested in walking with us, grab a brochure from the front hallway and start collecting pledges! Linda Roscoe is the team captain and can provide more information. Contact her at leeroscoe@comcast.net. The walk starts on the Boston Common between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. We have traditionally gathered in the church parking lot at

7:00 a.m. for the Blessing of the Feet with Rod. Each year there are some who walk the whole 20 miles and some of us who walk anywhere from the first checkpoint (3.5 miles) to the halfway point. At each checkpoint there are busses to take folks back to the Boston Common. For more information about Project Bread, call 617-723-5000 or visit http://www.projectbread.org/walk.

Dot & Fran Team MS Walk Update

We had a wonderful, sunny day at the walk in Concord. Our team of 8 walkers raised $1,900 and there is still time for folks to add a bit more to bring us up to our $2,000 goal. We all appreciate the support and contributions of church members, friends, and family.
All together, there were 326 walkers who raised $78,000 as of April 14th. The funds raised at this walk are vital in order for Walk MS at the Greater New England Chapter to raise 2.5 million this year.
The deadline for turning in all donations is

May 15, 2010. See Millie Wiegand or send your check to the Waltham MS office, marked for the Dot & Fran team. Address: National MS Society; 101A First Avenue, Suite 6; Waltham, MA 02451