Spring Cleaning Is May 20

Join us for Spring cleaning on Saturday, May 20. We will begin at 9:00 a.m., and we usually finish up around noon. With more helping hands, we can get more done. Let’s welcome spring in Vermont with a sparkling church.

You Can Help a Family in Kenya

What if your family only had the filthy water to drink from a river or stream? What if your children were sick all the time and couldn’t attend school? What if you were so ill that you could not go to work?

What if your child died from a water-borne disease? What if you died?

Clean Water Can Be Easy and Inexpensive With Your Help
Millions of people around the world face these dire conditions every day. The wonderful thing is that we can help them have clean water with a very simple and relatively inexpensive device. This device will filter the water for an entire household for 10 years. This device costs only $40. Imagine that!

On Sunday, Dec. 11, Bob and Holly Stockett of Touched by Love International, a Christian nonprofit organization, stopped by Williamstown Lutheran Church to demonstrate this extraordinary device, the UZima Filter, that can potentially help millions of people vastly improve their quality of life. The Stockett’s friends, Bill and Chat, who came up with the idea of the water filter, showed us how the device works with only two large buckets—no electricity needed, no replacement filters, just a simple concept based on the kidney dialysis machine.

The Message about the Saving Love of Christ
Currently, Touchkenyan-boyed by Love International is helping families in Kenya with these filters, and they are appealing to their fellow Christians to help. Once the organization can get into a village with the water filters, the villagers ask them why they would do this for them, and then they can begin telling them about the saving love of Christ. First, it’s demonstrated; then it’s told to them in words.

How You Can Help
If you would like to help, you may send your donation to:

Touched by Love International

c/o Holly Stockett

317 Beckley Hill Road

Barre, VT 05641

Thank you to Michael Schumacher (senior and junior) for introducing this organization to us. If you would like to learn more,  you may visit these websites:

Touched by Love International at http://touchedbyloveinternational.com/index.html
UZima Water Filter http://uzimafilters.org/

They also are on Facebook.

More Items Needed for Operation Christmas Child

If you didn’t see the email from Kathy L. about items needed for Operation Christmas Child, here it is:

Thank you to all who donated items for Operation Christmas Child and thank you to all who donated items for Operation Christmas Child and stayed after church today to pack the boxes. It is amazing how much was donated!!!

We still have a few weeks left and the need is for boys ages 2-4 and 10-14. Here is a list of the items needed to complete our 2016 Operation Christmas Child mission:

Boys flip flops
Boys socks and gloves/mittens/hats
note books
coloring books
boy stuff animals
match box cars
blow up soccer balls
toys for boys
tools for older boys: small hammers, tape measures, screwdrivers, nails/bolts, etc
pencils/color pencils
wash clothes
fishing tackle

Think outside of the box for WOW items that young boys would love to receive.

The need for younger and older boys is great, and of course we won’t turn away anything items you pick up for girls . 🙂

If you would like to donate a check for shipping , please make the check payable to Samaritans Purse. The cost to ship each box is $7.00. Wendy is collecting the checks.

Feel free to pass this information along to others. Thank you!


Easter Breakfast Sign-Up

Here is the sign-up list for Easter breakfast:

Russ and Judy: Bacon

John and Barb: Casserole, sweet bread, fruit

Jayne: French toast casserole

Kim: Egg and cheese casserole

Ellie: Fruit salad

Scott and Stacie: Quiche

Ture: Egg bake

Mike: Bacon

Beverly: Casserole

Kathy: Casserole

Sarah and Matt: Casserole

Lynette: Fruit salad, Spanish frittata


Lenten Schedule

As we are now in Lent, please note the Lent and Holy Week worship schedule:

All evening services begin at 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10

Lenten Services, Feb. 17 & 24 (light supper at 6:00 p.m.)

Lenten Services, March 2, 9 & 16 (light supper at 6:00 p.m.)

Palm Sunday, March 20, 10:15 a.m.

Maunday Thursday, March 24

Good Friday, March 25

Easter Worship, March 27, 10:15 a.m.


Youth Christmas Programs

To add to our Advent and Christmas joy, we will feature the talents of our young people during worship services on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.

Dec. 13: Sophie will play a Christmas hymn on her keyboard, and Ellie will display her Christmas art.

Dec. 20: All youth will participate in the Christmas play, and Hazel will sing a Christian song with accompanying vocals from Wendy and Elizabeth L.

We will see you there!