First Church this Week

Welcome to First Congregational UCC of Burlington

To RSVP on Sunday – drop by the Church Office after worship.
Otherwise – RSVP by email to [email protected] or call 802.862.5010 ext. 4 and leave a message.

CLICK HERE to read Director of Congregational Life Ava Bilton’s letter about the Summer Bucket List project… there are many ways to get involved – to do good together at First Church and in the community this summer. Step in and make connections – invite a friend to participate with you – find what works for you and enjoy summer together!

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‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ on Jazz Sunday:  Ava Bilton, Director of Congregational Life, and vocalist extraordinaire, introduced the “Time of Unburdening” during the June 9 Jazz Sunday worship service with faithful words of prayer and one of the great jazz classics – “Ain’t Misbehavin.”    CLICK HERE  – for a real treat and watch a 2+minute recording.

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You are invited to worship in person at First Church at 10am on Sundays in our beautiful Sanctuary at 38 South Winooski Avenue in Burlington OR via the live-stream (or later recording) on the FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel. Fellowship time follows worship at First Church.

The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister

Worshiping virtually?  The link to the Sunday 10am worship live-stream (and later recording) will be posted here:

Worship is live-streamed (and the recording is available later) on the FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel.  The Order of Worship, Announcements, etc. for Sunday’s worship are updated prior to the worship service weekly and are posted here:

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UPCOMING:

You are invited to Peace Camp!

Do you know that Peace Camp is… four July evenings – multi-generational – College Street UCC & First Church UCC/BTV together – fun – faithful – great food – musical – full of story-telling – inspiring leadership – fun activities – groups for each age level – the Rev. Ken White & the Rev. Elissa Johnk will lead the adult program – contemporary – & not to be missed!
  • CLICK HERE to register as a PARTICIPANT (All ages)
  • CLICK HERE to learn more & register as a VOLUNTEER
  • Paper forms will also be available at the church

CLICK HERE to register as a VOLUNTEER
CLICK HERE to register as a PARTICIPANT (All ages)
Paper forms will also be available at the church

SAVE Monday July 8th – Thursday July 11th for PEACE CAMP 2024

  • Peace Camp – a truly joyful multi-generational experience – will run from July 8 thru 11, 2024 (5 to 7:30pm) and will be a collaborative event with the College Street Congregational Church.  Dinner is included each evening – and activities are organized by age group from the adult group with the Rev. Elissa Johnk and the Rev. Ken White to groups for youth, older and younger elementary and nursery & preschool.
  • Registration and volunteer information will be available soon – meanwhile mark your calendar and plan to participate!
  • CLICK HERE for a quick video glimpse of a “closing campfire” from July 2023.

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CLICK HERE to connect to information about participating in 2024!

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Monday June 17 at 5:30pm – Annual Women’s Book Group Pot-Luck & Book Pitch Gathering – for details including off-site location information – please contact Book Group Coordinator Janice Clements by email: [email protected]

 

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Bring a chair, breakfast and beverage and enjoy some good company the Burlington waterfront (at the north end near the Coast Guard Station) – RSVP NOT needed.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about our two weekly Bible Studies and our June 2024 “Good Grief” Groups.

  • The Thursday Bible Study Zoom link is posted on the front page of this website every Thursday morning.

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RSVP to Lucy Samara, Communications Coordinator

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This is an open creative community hosted by the church, who will meet weekly.
Coffee provided, craft supplies are up to you!  Questions? Contact Ava – [email protected]

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Each month the Climate Justice team offers articles under the Climate Corner to share ideas about what we can do to help preserve this beautiful world and the life on it that we’ve inherited.

It’s spring and our thoughts are looking forward to lush lawns and bounteous gardens.  The members of the Climate Justice team have looked into how these hopes can be realized without negative impacts on the environment.

Here are a few suggestions regarding lawn fertilizers from our Chittenden County Planning Commission:
https://rethinkrunoff.orgDo your best to keep the fertilizer on your lawn and don’t over fertilize.  As the saying goes, too much of a good thing is too much. Runoff from farms is the largest source of excess nutrients but, runoff from lawns with too much fertilizer is a part of the problem = too much nutrition for the lake.  These nutrients cause cyanobacteria and algae blooms, nursing the growth of “no swimming” signs at beaches instead of growing vegetables and they generally spoil everyone’s enjoyment of the lake. Even moderate rainfall can cause runoff to streets adding to storm water and eventually reaching, and damaging, Lake Champlain water quality.

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Looking ahead to July… SAVE THESE DATES for PEACE CAMP 2024:

Mon. July 8th – Thurs. July 11th

  • Peace Camp – a truly joyful multi-generational experience – will run from July 8 thru 11, 2024 (5 to 7:30pm) and will be a collaborative event with the College Street Congregational Church.  Dinner is included each evening – and activities are organized by age group from the adult group with the Rev. Elissa Johnk and the Rev. Ken White to groups for youth, older and younger elementary and nursery & preschool.
  • Registration and volunteer information will be available soon – meanwhile mark your calendar and plan to participate!
  • CLICK HERE for a quick video glimpse of a “closing campfire” from July 2023.

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Learn about the First Church Elmwood Community Snack Project HERE

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Our FirstChurchBTV Outreach Team invites volunteers to donate meals for youth at Outright Vermont gatherings. Want to know more?  Please contact Outreach Team member Louise Brewster at [email protected] for details and potential dates.

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Sunday Faith Formation Programs for Children &
Youth Program for Middle & High School Youth

  • Kidz Lab – our Sunday Church School for grades K through 6 – begins anew officially on Sunday September 17 during the 10am worship service.
  • Our Nursery/Toddler and PreSchool room open at 9:50 every Sunday morning.
  • REGISTER NOW: Parents/Guardians are asked to complete an online “Faith Formation Registration” for each child/youth participating in the 2023-2024 year.  Use this LINK for the online form.
  • Kids Lab/Church School Questions? Contact Director of Faith Formation, Hilah Clarke

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Youth Programs – a Burlington UCC Collaboration:  The College Street Church & First Congregational Church UCC

YOUTH PROGRAMS: Our successful Youth Program collaboration with the College Street Church will continue for the 2023-2024 year.  For details contact Director of Faith Formation, Hilah Clarke. make sure that you subscribe to our Church Newsletter.

  • REGISTER NOW: Parents/Guardians are asked to complete an online “Faith Formation Registration” for each child/youth participating in the 2023-2024 year.  Use this LINK for the online form.
  • YOUTH GROUP: Every Wednesday 6-8pm youth grades 6th-12th, joint with College Street Congregational Church, gather for fun, food, and faith related activities like “Messy Olympics” and “Penumbra Treasure Hunt.” In March, we will be meeting at College Street Church – in April at First Church.
  • Families with middle and high school youth are encouraged to contact Hilah Clarke, Director of Faith Formation to be added to the e-list for youth program updates.

In June 2023, nine middle and high school youth, our Lead Minister, the Rev. Elissa Johnk; the Rev. Ken White, Minister at College Street Church; and our shared (First Church & College Street) Youth Leader, Jason Vanderlaan, had a meaningful mission experience serving with HOME,Inc. in Orland, Maine. Our group served in a variety of ways including painting the home in these photos!  Our trip leaders and youth are thankful for your support and prayers.

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MEAL TRAIN: A GREAT NEW VEHICLE for First Church!
Our PIPC – Partners In Pastoral Care – Team and affiliated volunteers known as: “Friends at First” have been busy in the ministry of providing meals for many years.  In collaboration with our clergy, PIPC coordinates meal deliveries within our church community in response to various times of need.  Interested in participating in an upcoming Meal Train? Contact PIPC Chair: Janice Clements at [email protected]

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NAME TAGS help BUILD COMMUNITY We’ve rolled out new, magnetic name tags!  Please use this LINK  to request a name tag  – let us know your specific name request (nickname, pronouns, etc.). Thank you

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ZOOMING: We are hosting regular and periodic gatherings using the platform “Zoom”.  You should be able to join a meeting simply by clicking on the link provided, and following the instructions.  You can also call in using the numbers listed below each event.  For more detailed instructions on how Zoom works, CLICK HERE.

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OUR PODCAST: FIRST CHURCH PHONIC
CLICK HERE for First Church Phonic  – https://anchor.fm/firstchurchbtv- offering you the opportunity to listen to:
– Sermons
– Spirit Seekers Interviews – including recent Spirit Seeker guests: Helen Head, Becky Levasseur, Richard Gagne, Hilah Clarke and Carlanne Herzog!  Listen online on HERE.

 

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    • OUR THRIFT STORE – THE POSSIBILITY SHOP is OPEN: The Possibility Shop is open – 10am-3pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
    • DONATIONS: Please bring Possibility Shop donations to First Church any time between 10am and 3pm – Tuesday though Friday.  Clean clothing and household items in good  condition are always needed.
    • ESPECIALLY NEEDED NOW:  Fall and winter clothing in excellent condition for all ages.
    • VOLUNTEERS INVITED: On open days (Wed. & Fri., 10-3); on weekdays when the shop is closed (Tues. & Thurs.); &/or projects at home.
      • Greet customers in the midway (near Church Office), count those entering and exiting, keeping the number within the allotted safe amount… a great opportunity for readers and knitters!
      • Assist with the financial aspects of the shop, @two to three hours per month.
      • Handle and help sell older, valuable items that are donated to the shop.
      • Questions?  call Karan Dewar 802-922-3821 or Brenda Fraser 802-862-4747.  Thank you.
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