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United Church of Hinesburg
P.O. Box 39
Hinesburg, VT 05461
Pastor: Rev. Jared Hamilton
Pastor’s Email: [email protected]
Church Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00am – Noon
Office Contacts: 482-3352 / [email protected]
Please help keep our records current by contacting the UCH Office with changes to your e-mail or mailing address. Thank you!
Pastor’s Message:
Room for Humor
One morning in Sunday school when I was little I asked the question “Did Jesus ever laugh?” My teacher at the time, Uncle
Steve as all of us kids called him, replied, “Well, it doesn’t say that Jesus laughed in the Bible so we don’t know.” Needless
to say, Uncle Steve’s literal reading of Scripture was not what I was hoping for. I was hoping for a Jesus that laughed like me
and wasn’t as serious as all the very religious people I knew.
Humor is an important aspect of life and the journey of faith. For some it offers consolation:
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console
him for what he is.
- Francis Bacon
For others it provides a means of survival:
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby
But one of the difficulties with humor is that it can feel irreverent. Perhaps for this reason, humor has not always entered
into the realm of faith - the place where reverence is taken very seriously.
As we approach the cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Easter Sunday it seems that we are entering an especially
serious time. After all, this is the story about the trial and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This is a terrible story - a story only
overshadowed in our Gospels by the victorious resurrection three days later. Surely there is no humor to be found in this
difficult story.
But perhaps humor can speak to truth in ways that other expressions cannot. Humor can even speak to difficult truths in
profound ways. When comedian Jim Gaffigan was asked about the birth of his fourth child he said:
You want to know what it's like having a fourth kid?
Imagine you're drowning.
Then someone hands you a baby.
What does this say about the difficulty of parenting? It sometimes feels this way for me with two children, much less four.
Does your faith have room for humor? Is it okay to laugh with the parts of faith that don’t make sense or are too difficult to
understand with a straight face? If this is the case, then this is the season for a little laughter. Jesus died and was risen
again. This truth of our faith is the most difficult of all.
May you find consolation, survival and a Jesus who smiled during this most holy of seasons.
Pastor Jared
Spiritual Formation
Because of a snowstorm we cancelled the March 12, 2014 Lenten Vesper Service. This means we were unable
to reflect on one of Jesus’ last words from the cross. Below is a condensed version of the second word from
Luke 23:43:
“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Jesus is strangely silent on the cross while the two criminals hanging on either side of him debate his
identity. Jesus only speaks when the “good” criminal turns to Jesus and says, “Jesus, remember me when you
come into your kingdom.” In all the gospels he is one of the few who dare to speak to Christ, calling him by his
name, “Jesus.”
Jesus replies, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
There is something in all of us that calls out “Remember me.” But it is so difficult to remember. The act
of remembering is a slow act. It requires space and time -- things that are hard for us to cultivate. In our
quickly moving lives the story of Jesus asks us to slow down and remember.
It’s interesting that the criminal’s request, “Remember me” - is a dying man’s request to another dying
man. And yet the dying Jesus gives a promise - there is a home for him in paradise. It’s a still moment. Jesus
has promised a new home. In remembering the cross perhaps we can give it a home in our hearts. And when
our own time comes and we turn to our God with a simple request, “Remember me,” we can rest assured
because we know our God will remember us, and in God’s remembering, we too will find our way home.
Adult Study /Spiritual Formation:
Practicing God-talk for April 27th
Practicing God-talk using an interview with Brian McLaren, a widely sought Christian speaker, from "On Being”
with Krista Tippett on NPR (3/13/14). Asked how his image of God has evolved across the years, McLaren cites
a Muslim’s call to reflect on God’s beauty. Listen to the interview or read the transcript at
http://www.onbeing.org/program/brian-mclaren-the-equation-of-change/6175 or access the podcast on your
iPad or cell phone at (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brian-mclaren-equationchange/id150892556?i=277780584&mt=2) In the Bible, reflect on Luke 9:50: “But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not
stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.’” Get a copy of the transcript on the table at the door as you
leave the sanctuary on 4/20 or 4/27. If possible, during coffee hour on 4/27, bring your snacks to Classroom 1 for
about 20 or so minutes of discussion of this topic.
Worship News
Lent is upon us. Pastor Jared suggested to us one Sunday recently that instead of
“giving up” something for Lent, we increase or add something. Doing extra reading
is always good. Finding time to accomplish this is a challenge, isn’t it? However,
how fruitful it can become! It is good for the health in so many ways. When you
read something really interesting, share it with someone. “It only takes a spark to
get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing. That’s how
it is with God’s love.” (from Pass It On – Hymn number 572). Good advice for
everyday living, don’t you agree?
Worship Committee:
Sandy White & Judy
Parker, Co-Chairs;
Emma Mead, Ellen
Phelps, Barbara
Forauer, Rufus Patrick.
Your Worship Committee
Lenten Vesper Services Continue
At the United Church of Hinesburg, Vespers is the traditional service for afternoon and evening prayer. It consists of
selected Psalms and hymns, a scripture reading, a brief reflection, a time for prayer and communion.
During the season of Lent we will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm to reflect upon Christ’s passion. This year at UCH
the reflections are focusing on the seven last things Christ said from the cross. The remaining services are:
April 2, 2014 - “I am thirsty.”
April 9, 2014 - “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands.”
April 17, 2014 (Maundy Thursday) - “It is finished.”
The service usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. If you have any questions or would like to participate in the service as
reader, musician or offer a reflection, please contact Pastor Jared.
Special Easter offering
We invite you to celebrate Easter with an additional contribution
to the United Church. Easter offering envelopes will be available
Sunday mornings through Easter and in mailed copies of this
newsletter. If you receive this newsletter via email and would
like an envelope, contact Heather Roberts in the Church office ([email protected] or 482-3352).
Easter Memorial Flowers
If you would like to purchase a spring plant (lily, tulip or daffodil) for Easter, please
fill out the form in the Sunday bulletins in the weeks prior to Palm Sunday and put it in the collection plate. The suggested donation is $7. Please make checks
payable to United Church of Hinesburg with "flowers" written on the memo line. The
information needed is: your name, phone number and name(s) of the memory person(s).
You may also send the information and a check to United Church of Hinesburg, PO Box
39, Hinesburg, VT 05461. You are welcome to take a plant home after Easter Service.
April Worship Schedule:
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Lenten Vesper Service – 7PM
Reflection: “I Am Thirsty.”
Sunday, April 6, 2014 – Communion
Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:38-44
“Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Dry Bones”
“For the Beauty of the Earth”
“Become to Us the Living Bread”
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – Lenten Vesper Service – 7PM
Reflection: “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands.”
Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday
Psalm 118:1-2,19-29; Matthew 21:1-11
“All that Hope can Mean”
“Lord of the Dance”
#216 (NCH)
“All Glory, Laud and Honor”
“I Stand Amazed in the Presence”
Thursday, April 17 , 2014 – Maundy Thursday – Service of Tenebrae – 7PM
Reflection: “It is finished.”
Friday, April 18 , 2014 – Good Friday – Ecumenical Service at St. Jude’s – 3PM
Sunday, April 20 , 2014 – Easter Sunday 6:30AM and 10AM
Jeremiah 31:1-6; Matthew 28:1-10
“Resolution or Transformation?”
“Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
“Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service”
“Up from the Grave He Arose”
Sunday, April 27, 2014
1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
“Can We Trust What We See?”
“Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”
“He Lives”
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Maundy Thursday meal at 6PM
We will share a simple meal of bread, soup, cheese and fruit in the Parish Hall
prior to the Maundy Thursday service.
Christian Education News
Christian Education Committee:
Eileen Ashe, Chair; Heather Roberts, CE Coordinator; Howdy Russell, Dianne Hall,
Jennifer Lian, Renate Parke, Grace Farley, Dot Blanck and Alice Cobb
On April 6th, youth who participated in the Communion Education class will do a short
presentation during the worship service. The other Sunday School classes (with the
exception of nursery) will remain in church for the duration of the service. The children will
perform “Spirit of the Living God” which they have been practicing for several weeks.
On Palm Sunday, April 13th, the children will process with palms singing “Hail the King Who Comes A-Riding” and
will then go to the Parish Hall to complete and deliver Easter Baskets to shut-ins from our church community.
Please have them dress appropriately for the weather as we plan to walk to Kelley’s Field and Lyman Meadow.
Please note that there is no Sunday School on April 20 th or April 27th because of school vacation week. Nursery
care will be available.
Church Council News
2014 Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting was held on February 9th. We looked back at 2013, receiving the December 31st Treasurer’s Report and
year-end reports from Committees and Ministry Teams, which are available for download from the church website. We
celebrated our 2013 accomplishments, the most significant being the calling of Pastor Jared, and we celebrated ending the
year with a small, but positive balance.
Looking ahead to 2014 the membership approved a set of goals brought forward by the Church Council, the 2014 budget,
and the 2014 lay leadership slate. A narrative version of the budget is available on the church website. If you would like
more specific information, please contact me.
Our 2014 goals, which will support our church’s ministry goals by providing a solid organizational foundation, are:
Develop and implement a Safe Church Policy
Revise our church bylaws
Raise up Stewardship as an important focus for our church
End 2014 without an income and expense gap
Ensure investment strategy is appropriate and yielding beneficial results
Pastor Jared, on behalf of the Nominating Committee, thanked everyone who stepped up to serve on committees and as
leaders in 2014. There are still some openings including a Co-chair for the Christian Education Committee, Chair of
Stewardship and Finance, a Trustee, a Lay Member of New England Conference (UMC) and a Lay Delegate to the American
Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire. Please see Pastor Jared if you are interested in any of these
opportunities to serve our church.
Many thanks to all who attended the meeting.
Yvonne Whitaker, Church Council Chair
Justice & Witness Committee News
Annual Hearts for Hunger
5K/1K Fun Run & Walk Event
May 31st
Justice & Witness
Committee: Lori
McKenna, Chair; Sue
Barden, Melissa Loretan,
Barbara Forauer, Karen
Farnsworth, Penny Grant,
Kristi Johnson, Meaghan
McKenna and Nicole Utter.
Hosted by the Justice & Witness Committee, this event is the Church’s largest mission project
of the year. The Hearts for Hunger event, in it’s second year, is a fundraiser for the Vermont
Foodbank’s Backpack Program, which directly impacts our local community. This nationally
recognized program of Feeding America is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at
times when other resources, like school breakfast and lunch, are not available, such as
weekends and school vacations. For more information on this program, I encourage you to
visit: http://www.vtfoodbank.org/OurPrograms/YouthPrograms/BackPackProgram.aspx
Last year we were able to donate almost $3,500 to the Vermont Foodbank – This
equates to 700 backpacks that our Church alone was able to fill for hungry children
in the state
Each $5 donation can fill one backpack!
There are many ways that you can participate in this fundraising event:
Run or walk on May 31
Volunteer on event day (see Meaghan McKenna for more details)
Donate an item (or gift card) to be used as a prize on event day
Sponsor a runner or walker
Make a donation in Church by putting money in an envelope addressed as
"Hearts for Hunger"
o Bake cookies for race day
We hope that you will consider joining us again this year on Saturday, May 31! Please find
more information, as well as the link to the registration website, here:
For those interested in supporting the event in other ways, please email Meaghan at:
[email protected]
We hope to see you there! Thank you for helping us spread the word about this exciting and
meaningful community event!
April 2014 Happenings at UCH
{All meetings/events are held in Osborne Parish House unless otherwise noted.}
Monday nights
Wednesday nights
Every other Tues night
Most Fridays
Tuesday, April 1
Tuesday, April 1
Wednesday, April 2
Saturday, April 5
Sunday, April 6
Wednesday, April 9
Tuesday, April 15
Wednesday, April 16
Thursday, April 17
Friday, April 18
Friday, April 18
Friday, April 25
Sunday, April 27
Tuesday, April 29
Parish House reserved by private group
Boy Scout Meetings
Cub Scout Meetings
Hinesburg Senior Meal site/WIC
Membership Care Committee meeting
Staff Parish Committee meeting
Lenten Vesper service in the sanctuary
Auxiliary meeting
Justice & Witness Committee meeting
Lenten Vesper service in the sanctuary
Worship Committee meeting
Christian Education Committee meeting
Lenten Vesper service in the sanctuary (dinner at 6)
April newsletter deadline
Ecumenical Good Friday Service at St. Jude’s
FREE Community meal
Practicing God-talk
Church Council meeting
1. Peas of mind
2. Peas of heart
3. Peas of soul
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for worship services
3. Turnip to help one another
1. Thyme for God
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.
There is much fruit in your garden because you reap
what you sow.
Weekend Family Bereavement Camp
May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014 at YMCA Camp Abnaki in
North Hero, VT
For families with children who have experienced the
death of a loved one.
Camp Knock Knock is a program of the Visiting Nurse
Association of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties.
For more information or to register call Ally Parker, CKK
Director, at 802-860-4499 x3405
April 2014
April Birthdays & Anniversaries
Phil Pouech
Connor Brien
Steve Utter
Reggie Robinson
Taylor Danforth
Ellen Dooley
David Newton
Meg Patrick
Jacob Ashe
Jonah Hay
Amelie Lepple
Yvonne & Tod Whitaker
Gary Carpenter
Ella O’Neil
Trinka Parker
Jessica Utter
Anita (Sam) & Jim Collins
Marie Eddy
Ed Sengle
Rick Garey
Eleonora Cudney
Mike & Linda Quinn
Lana Benoit Ouimet
James Dunshee
Randy Warren
Carolyn Wood
Daniel & Valerie Spadaccini
Kevin Francis
Brian Hanlon
Gregory & Nancy Waples
Damara Warren
April 6th
Greeters: Baker family
Ushers: Katie & Jacob Ashe
Reader: Sarah Johnson
April 13th
Greeters: Miller family
Ushers: Mary Eddy Stewart & Paul Eddy
Reader: Mary Eddy Stewart
April 20th
Greeters: Amy & Graycie Elkins
Ushers: Peg & Jeff Pratt
Reader: Howdy Russell
April 27th
Greeter: Paul Emmons
Ushers: Paul Emmons & Ellen Phelps
Reader: Sharonlee Trefry
April Coffee Hour Hosts—
Chairs: Sally Mead & Laurie Place
Michelle Fischer
Rhonda Ploof
Nancy Goddard
Alice Cobb
Heidi Simkins
Thank you for your service!
It’s Your Day, Celebrate!
If you don’t see your birthday or anniversary listed,
please call the Church Office so we may include you!
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