Week of March 19, 2023

A Special Note of Gratitude From All of Us At FCC:

  • Greg Beeman Thank You for organizing another amazing Open Mic night!
  • Joel Magnuson Thank You for providing hospitality for the open mic!
  • Sue Brown Thank You for you ministry of the Woman’s Fellowship Breakfast!
  • Mara Vijups Thank You for your floral ministry—your beautiful arrangements really light-up the altar!

Bible Study

Our next Bible Study will meet on March 22

Fellowship 6:45pm; Bible Study 7:00- 8:00pm

Text: John 11:1-45

Outreach Think-Tank

Saturday March 25th 2:00pm- 4:00pm

We’ll be reviewing 2022’s outreach efforts and planning 2023 outreach.  Everyone is welcome!

Music Notes: This morning’s anthem is the text to Psalm 23, also known as “The Lord’s My Shepherd”. The original composer was a Scottish hymn writer, religious minister and author who became known to his peers as Brother James (hence the title “Brother James’ Air”).

Mission Highlight
The Welcome Home Initiative:

First Congregational Church of St. Albans is a founding member of the Welcome Home Initiative (WH). WH provides people transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties of Vermont with new- home essentials (mop, broom, dishes, cleaners, trash can, pots & pans, etc.), personal items (shampoo, deodorant, etc.), and a full pantry, fridge, and freezer stock of foodThe Welcome Home Initiative is a collaboration among:

  • Franklin/Grand Isle CVOEO- Community Action
  • First Congregational Church of St Albans
  • Grace Episcopal Church, Sheldon
  • Sheldon Methodist Food Shelf
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton
  • Our local Girl Scout Troop
  • As well as other churches and businesses that have donated to the Initiative. 

WH works with local housing case workers from:

  • F/GI Community Action
  • Voices Against Violence
  • Samaritan House
  • Restorative Justice Center
  • Pathways

First Congregational Church functions as the fiscal agent, collection center and pick-up hub for the program.  WH serves on average 6-7 individuals/families to be housed a month.