Midweek Update: 5th Sunday of Easter

Dear friends in Christ,
I hope you’re all doing well and getting a chance to appreciate some lovely spring weather. We have a number of things going on in the church:

Upcoming Memorial Service
John Spain: Saturday 6/11 @ 10am.Please note the service is at 10. I sent out the wrong time last week.

Vacation Bible School Registration is Open!Vacation Bible School is June 27th through July 1st. It’s open to grades K-5. I’ve attached the flyer with a bit more info. Registration can be found here: https://middleburycc.breezechms.com/form/VBS2022
For more information contact our Faith Formation Coordinator Valerie Beard: vbeard@middleburyucc.org

Strawberry Festival 2022: Sunday, June 5th
We’re looking forward to Strawberry Festival this year. Thank you to Janine SW for being our festival chair. I know she’s working on gathering volunteers, so if you’re available on Saturday 6/4 or Sunday 6/5, let Janine know or let me know, and I’ll point you to Janine. More details will be coming soon as we get everything sorted!I’ve also created a Facebook event to help get the word out, so if you’re on Facebook, here it is: https://fb.me/e/1yRXuM3sn

May Mission Project: Diaper DriveWe’re collecting diapers through June 5th to lend a hand to parents in need in our area. Diapers can be brought to worship and left on the Multiplication Table, or you can drop them off at the Church Office from 9-3.

General Comments
On Sunday, we will have a guest preacher join us for worship, our Area Conference Minister, the Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba. Michael is the staff person from our conference, the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ, who assists churches in our region and helps connect us with conference resources. Michael was our Area Conference Minister a couple conference staff configurations ago, so some of you have already met him. Part of his job is visiting and preaching in churches in his region to build connections and relationships, so I’m glad Michael will be joining us this week.
The beautiful weather has me thinking of this poem by E.E. Cummings, and I wanted to share it with you as my parting thought for today:

“i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)”
See you Sunday in person or online.

Pastor Katrina