Understanding Race and Racism with the Rev. Rodney Patterson

UNDERSTANDING RACE AND RACISM:

THE FAITH COMMUNITIES’ RESPONSE

with the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church

and their Founding Minister:

The Rev. Rodney Patterson

The subject of racism is alive and well in the land and remains a topic of major consideration, even 40 years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. As we move into the season of celebrating Dr. King Jr.’s life and legacy, we are very fortunate to have the Rev. Rodney Patterson inviting us to join him in a 4-Part dialogue about how faith communities can most effectively respond in order to change the national conversation.

Using his new book Trumping the Race Card: A National Agenda Moving beyond Race and Racism, the Rev. Patterson will lead four seminars that outline the historical outlines of race and racism and the strategies we can use to overcome it.

  The four sessions will occur on the evenings of:

  • January 15th, February 6th, March 5th and April 3rd at 6:00 p.m.
  • Understanding Race and Racism: The Faith Communities’ Response is a collaborative program with members of the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church
  • Please sign-up in the Church Office – or by emailing [email protected]

We are very fortunate to have Rev. Patterson with us and hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity!

       

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I & Thou: Creating Sacred Relationships – Sermon Series & Discussion Groups

I & Thou:

Creating Sacred Relationships

January 26 – February 23:

Sermon Series

Discussion Group Opportunity

         Based on a sermon and study series originally crafted by the Rev. Adam Hamilton, “I & Thou” is designed to help us engage one another in conversation about how the lessons and stories of our faith can teach us about the most important relationships of our lives.

Using both scripture and scholarship, I hope “I & Thou” helps you delve into one of humanity’s deepest mysteries – that we are made in and for relationship.  And discipleship, like faith – and life itself – is born from awe, from encounter.

Attend worship on Sunday, and then enjoy this journey in free-form discussion with a small group (whenever your small group decides to meet throughout the week) and discover the power of faith in relationship.

To sign up to host a small group, or to indicate your interest in participating in a group, email Caroline: [email protected].                 – The Rev. Elissa Johnk

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Epiphany Sunday – January 5 at 8 & 10 a.m.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5  –  “Epiphany”

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”    – Matthew 2: 1-2

We’ll celebrate the arrival of the Magi at the manger during “Epiphany Worship Services” at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 5.

The 10 a.m. service will include K-5 Church School, Middle, and High School youth meetings (starting at 10 a.m.) before all ages gather in the Sanctuary for the “in person” arrival of the wise ones, followed by Communion.

Both worship services will include Communion – for all ages – with gluten free bread and un-fermented grape juice.

The Nursery/Toddler/Pre-School room will be open at 9:50 on the 5th for our youngest children.  All ages are invited to be in the Sanctuary for the re-telling of the great story of Epiphany.

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Star Sunday with VT Folk Artist Patti Casey – January 12

Star Sunday – January 12 – worship services at 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

  • Get your star for next year—where will it lead you?
  • Don’t know what this is all about?  You’re in for a treat!
  • Our new minister, the Rev. Elissa Johnk will lead this innovative, joyful worship for all ages.
  • Vermont folk artist and singer, songwriter Patti Casey will be our special guest, leading music, during the 10 a.m. – January 12 – “Star Sunday” multi-generational worship service.
    • The nursery/toddler room will be open and staffed from 9:50 through the worship service.
  • There will be an 8 a.m. worship service on Sunday January 12.

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We are Hiring!

WE ARE HIRING!
WE ARE SEARCHING for:
– An OFFICE MANAGER: This position has been filled.
– A DIRECTOR of CREATIVE MINISTRIES:
Please use this LINK to learn more about this full-time staff opening at First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington.
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Advent, Christmas & Epiphany at FCCB – All are Invited!

2019 ADVENT & CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES

The Rev. Elissa Johnk invites the congregation to invite family, friends, neighbors and the wider community to participate in Advent, Christmas and Epiphany at “First Church” – all are welcome and invited!

All are welcome and invited to all worship services at First Congregational Church of Burlington – an Open & AffirmingCongregation – of the United Church of Christ.
The Second Sunday of Advent – “Peace” 
Sunday, December 8 at 8 am & 10am with Janet Green, cello.
The Rev. Elissa Johnk’s sermon will focus on “Peace.”  All children and youth are invited to rehearse for next Sunday’s (December 15 at 10am) Christmas Pageant.
The Third Sunday of Advent – “Joy”
The Christmas Pageant! Sunday, December 15 at 10am: Young musicians, a timeless story of hope with costumes and carols aplenty. Followed by a reception with sweets and treats for all and our Annual Christmas Wrap.
     – The Annual Christmas Wrap, Sunday, December 15 at 11am: After the pageant, stay for cookies and punch and quickly wrap hundreds of simple, practical gifts for local children and adults!
The Fourth Sunday of Advent – “Love”
  • Blue Christmas: Sunday, December 22 at 8am. The holidays aren’t always joyful. This service, with Simon Jorgenson on Blues guitar, is a sacred space for people living through challenging times, seeking healing and hope.
  • Christmas Sunday: Sunday, December 22 at 10am. Celebrate with love and joy the coming birth of the Christ-child.  Followed by a special Christmas Reception for all!
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services:
Tuesday, December 24. Childcare available at 4 and 7:30.
 4:00pm Family Service of Lessons and Carols  
 with the Children’s & Youth Choirs,
the Austin Chimers & the Hobbs Family brass

7:30pm Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols

           with the Bell Choir, Sanctuary Choir & Strings
 
10:00pm Intimate Service of Lessons and Carols
with the Sanctuary Choir & Harp

 

12 days of Christmas! Sunday December 29 at 10am: Did you know Christmas lasts 12 days? Come celebrate with favorite stories and carols during this multi-generational worship. Our Worship Team is gathering “favorite Christmas stories” to compile and share. To participate, email Wendy Scully, [email protected], by Dec. 26 and in a few sentences describe a favorite Christmas memory. (One worship service this Sunday.)

The Star Service: Sunday, January 12.  Get your star for next year—where will it lead you? Don’t know what this is all about?  You’re in for a treat!  Vermont folk artist and singer songwriter Patti Casey will be our special guest, leading music during the January 12 “Star Worship Service” at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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Use this LINK for the full detail of Advent through Epiphany worship services, happenings, missions, ways to connect and offerings
at First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington!


 

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2019: Share Christmas and Christmas Poinsettia & Christmas Mission Offerings

2019 is the 31st Year of Share Christmas!
    A meaningful – thirty-one year – First Church tradition, Share Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to help local families during the holidays. Share Christmas sponsors provide Christmas dinner groceries and/or gifts to families – or funds for others to purchase food or practical gifts.
Learn more about SHARE CHRISTMAS and connect to the sign-up form which is also available at church in the Sunday Order of Worship and on the Midway Bulletin Board.
Questions? Need more information?  Please sign up as soon as possible if you are  purchasing food and/or gifts. Financial contributions to Share Christmas are needed and welcome through December. Thank you!

Christmas Poinsettia & Christmas Mission Offering:  All are invited to donate poinsettias to decorate the church during Advent and Christmas and/or to give a donation to the Christmas Mission Offering for VIA – Vermont Interfaith Action!

LINK to 2019 Poinsettia & Christmas Mission Offering Donation Form

In Memory of/In Honor of: Gifts to the Christmas Mission Offering for VIA – Vermont Interfaith Action, and donations for poinsettias, may be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone special to you. Please be sure to note your choice on the form (linked above). Gifts and remembrances will be listed in both the Blue Christmas (8 a.m.) and the Christmas Sunday (10 a.m.) Orders of Worship on Sunday December 22.

By December 17: Please submit donations by December 17. Gifts can be made online, (scroll down in the giving options to find the Christmas Mission or Christmas Poinsettias Offerings)  with cash, or by check made payable to the First Congregational Church, MEMO: Christmas Mission &/or Christmas Poinsettias.         Giving Online? Please be sure to email us at: [email protected] – to detail your dedication(s) and to let us know that you gave online. Thank you!

Poinsettias: After decorating our Sanctuary for Advent and Christmas, many of the donated poinsettias are delivered to home-bound church members after the holiday worship services.

 

 

Christmas Mission Offerings: Donations to the Christmas Mission offering will be dedicated in support of: Vermont Interfaith Action. VIA’s mission is: “to create solutions to systemic issues that prevent our most   vulnerable citizens from enjoying the quality of life God intends for us all.”   Our Outreach Team invites you to support this important work with a donation to our “Christmas Mission Offering” in December.  Learn more about VIA at: viavt.org

Thank you!

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Share Christmas 2019

2019 is the 31st Year of Share Christmas!
    A meaningful – thirty-one year – First Church tradition, Share Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to help local families during the holidays. Share Christmas sponsors provide Christmas dinner groceries and/or gifts to families – or funds for others to purchase food or practical gifts.
Learn more about SHARE CHRISTMAS and connect to the sign-up form which is also available at church in the Sunday Order of Worship and on the Midway Bulletin Board.
Questions? Need more information?  Please sign up as soon as possible if you are  purchasing food and/or gifts. Financial contributions to Share Christmas are needed and welcome through December. Thank you!
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Town Hall Meeting on 11/24/19

A FESTIVE “FIRST CHURCH” TOWN HALL MEETING
on THANKSGIVING SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 24 at 11 a.m.
– The entire congregation is invited to gather for a meeting with the Rev. Elissa Johnk, our Trustees and Executive Team, following the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday November 24 in the Dining Room on “Thanksgiving Sunday”!
– Our Executive Committee and Trustees are planning an engaging agenda to get everyone up to date with matters related to budget, building and our various, vibrant missions and ministries.
– Please plan to be present for this opportunity to be in community – to welcome Elissa back to her ministry with us – to hear updates about, and discuss, the latest happenings and plans at First Church!
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It’s Time to Order Christmas Wreaths & Garlands!

It’s Time to Order Christmas Wreaths & Garlands – a fundraiser that supports our Middle & High School Youth Programs including our 2020 YETS Trip!

     Thank you for supporting our programs for middle and high school youth by ordering Christmas wreaths and garlands!   Throughout November, our High School Youth students will be taking orders for Vermont-made Christmas wreaths to raise funds in support of both middle and high school youth programs at church and their 2020 YETS Trip (Youth Experience in Travel and Service).
Wreath & Garland Order Forms are available ONLINE and at the Church.
–  Orders for wreaths to be delivered to family and friends by mail order, need to be in (at the Church Office or by email to Karen Bushey) by Sunday, November 17.

–  Wreath and garland orders are requested as soon as possible or by November 24.
Wreaths will be available for pick up at Church on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. 
    
Thank you!
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