Here is a great opportunity to obtain a wonderful new piece of outdoor furniture, AND support the wonderful ministry of Rock Point Summer Camp. This Adirondack Chair was built from locally sourced pine by Rock Point Summer Camp campers and painted by RPSC counselor Hannah Foote, college junior, and environmental educator and artist. 100% proceeds will go to support camper scholarships. 50% of RPSC campers receive partial or full scholarship.
You will be asked to set up an account in Bidding Owl in order to bid. This does not require you provide a credit card number. We will ask the winner to submit a check as payment. If outside Vermont, winner will be responsible for shipping costs. If winner is in Vermont, we will arrange for pickup or delivery.
About the project:
The organization Girls at Work joined Rock Point Summer Camp Campers and Counselors this summer for an exciting project. Ten girls, ages 7-10, worked in teams to build successfully five Adirondack chairs under the guidance and support of Girls at Work. They learned how to safely use power tools, wood working skills and team work.
At the closing debrief circle, the campers all sat in the chairs they built. The leader asked each girl, “What happened for you today?” They answered:
“I used a lot of power tools today that I’ve never used before today. When I saw that power saw I kind of freaked out. But when I was using it, I wasn’t freaked out any more. I’m proud of myself!”
“I built an awesome chair today.”
“I learned I am able to build a chair. I learned that whatever a boy says I can’t make, I know it’s not true.”
It is with great delight that we announce the Reverend Dr. Frederick Moser has accepted our call to be the new rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne. In our Office of Transition Ministry Community Portfolio, we stated: Future leaders of Trinity will have a gift for conveying God’s love. They will model joy in worshipping God and desire to continue in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. They will draw from their knowledge of Scripture and a well-established prayer life, and their presence will be pastoral: available and seeking connection with others. Trinity parishioners will look to leaders with integrity, who welcome everyone into our worshipping community. Trinity’s Ministry Discernment Committee, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has been led to a priest who is equipped with such gifts. Fred’s call was issued on the unanimous vote of the vestry.
Fred’s most recent roles have been as rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland, MA, where he served for the past 21 years, Field Education Supervisor for Harvard Divinity School, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and Convener for the Wayland Interfaith Clergy Association. He has spent time in Israel, Palestine, Turkey, and Europe as a pilgrim, student, and traveler. Fred has also served as Chaplain at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Associate Rector at St. Mary’s Church in Manchester, CT, and Teacher of Religious Studies for middle and high school students at Trinity School in NYC. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Connecticut College. Fred was ordained in 1982.
The Funding Our Mission Task Force will meet for the first time this coming Saturday, November 14.
One of the recommendations coming out of the year-long "Becoming More Missional" consultation Bishop Ely initiated prior to his 2014 sabbatical was the formation of a Funding Our Mission Task Force. Because there are so many interrelated aspects that contribute to the funding of our church-wide mission and there are a myriad of options about what to do with each, Bishop Ely recommended calling together a broadly-representative group to take a comprehensive look and to offer detailed recommendations in this area of our common life and help chart our financial future purposefully.
The following comes to us from Betsy Hardy, coordinator, VT Interfaith Power and Light. Bishop Ely invites Vermont parishes to take part in this bell ringing on November 29.
The Conference of Parties (COP) 21 will begin in Paris at the end of this month - a time when representatives of most nations of the world will come together to negotiate a climate change agreement. We hope a strong and binding treaty will be the result of these meetings. For the sake of God's creation, a strong treaty is needed! Pope Francis has done much, with his encyclical Laudato Si', in speeches he gave during his visit here in September, and in other ways, to encourage a strong, binding treaty. Other faith leaders have also spoken out in support.
Many people of faith want to show solidarity with Pope Francis and the other leaders who have been advocating for a strong treaty. Various actions are being organized in Vermont, across the country, and throughout the world. Many faith communities will ring bells and play carillons on Nov. 29, the day before the meetings begin, to send messages of hope to world leaders at COP 21. They recommend ringing the bells for 5 to 10 minutes sometime during the hour 11 am - noon on that Sunday, though of course other times are possible.
Watch video of Bishop Ely's address, or read the text below:
We gather this weekend in the power of the Holy Spirit as members of a community of Christian disciples, part of the “Jesus Movement,” (thank you Bishop Curry!) known as the Episcopal Church in Vermont. This identity is part of our missional DNA, and has been from the very beginning, even before that first Convention of the Episcopal Church in Vermont held in Arlington in 1790, the 225th anniversary of which we remember and celebrate at this Convention.
We have been changing, adapting, innovating and improvising since those colonial times. Churches have opened, closed, re-opened, moved, merged and through it all the spirit of the people of the Episcopal Church in Vermont has remained faithful and resilient. Every time we have felt the Spirit moving in our hearts we have prayed and done our best to respond to God’s missional invitation.
Watch "On the Threshold: Baptismal Life in the 21st Century," a forum from the Rev Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies.
Dear friends in the Episcopal Church in Vermont,
We write today to ask you to participate in an exciting project: The Episcopal Asset Map, a national grassroots effort to map and catalog our many ministries and gifts. The hope is for this map to eventually include all assets of the Episcopal Church worldwide. As a participating diocese, it is now time for us to fill in our map! In keeping with our focus on Becoming More Missional, this map will serve as a resource for all of us to stay connected and learn from one another. It will also be a way to easily see how we are involved with our communities, and identify new and exciting ways we might exist in the neighborhood.
Here is a short video explaining how the map works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i0Mck-83g0&feature=youtu.be
We are asking each one of our congregations to fill out a survey that will ensure the map is complete. We ask that this be completed by December 31, 2015.
Friday, December 4 at 5:00PM through Saturday, December 5 at 5:00PM
Bishop Booth Conference Center Rock Point
Retreat Leader: Ann Cooper
Chaplain: The Rev. Scott B. Neal
Music Director: Chris Wesolowski
Save the date! Bishop Ely will be participating in the following event:
PRAYER, REMEMBRANCE, CONTEMPLATION AND ACTION. PEOPLE OF FAITH JOINING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM.
A Gun Violence Prevention Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington.
An enthusiastic planning team has been formed consisting of members from ten individual faith communities in Chittenden County. They include, Ascension Lutheran Church, the Baha’i’ faith, three separate Episcopal churches (including All Saints, South Burlington, St. Andrew's Colchester, and Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington), the First Baptist Church of Burlington, the Sisters of Mercy, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, the Williston Federated Church and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. Others continue to be engaged as word gets out.
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