Showing posts with label Barton United Church. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Zacchaeus: 2011 Vacation Bible School

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In July, we had Vacation Bible School at the Barton United (UCC & UMC) Church. I was the teller and discussion leader of the story of Zacchaeus who hid in a tree when Jesus visited his town. I worked with the older children. We had quite a discussion about making choices and our faith:

Luke 19: 3-13

[Zacchaeus] was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’

As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. So he said, ‘A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds,* and said to them, “Do business with these until I come back.”

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Anne's bulletin board for an activity

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The tree that Zacchaeus sat in

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Snack time behind the church under the ash tree next to Crystal Lake Outlet

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Pastor Evelyn gives a puppet show

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Agrimony was in bloom behind the church

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We sat on the beach of Crystal Lake, at Pageant Park, as the children swam and played

We are all looking forward to our next Vacation Bible School!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Stained Glass of Barton (Vermont) United Church Part I

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My favorite window in the church.
The Twenty-third Psalm

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Unknown symbolism.

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Jesus ascends into Heaven.

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Is this the original Tiffany window . . .

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. . . or is this?

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Again, I don't know the parable behind this window.

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Mary and Joseph present Jesus at the temple when he was 12.


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mallards on Crystal Lake Outlet

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The annual church meeting was on January 30 this year, so I stayed late from church and wandered about outside with my camera until the meeting started. The church abuts the Crystal Lake outlet, just about where it flows into the Barton River. The water was clear of ice and there was a healthy flock of mallards swimming about and yakking to each other. It was nice to see them in the middle of winter.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Vacation Bible School Part 3: The Ducks

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I'm glad that it is October for only one reason: Crystal Lake State Park is closed. The reason I'm glad about this is simply because I am confessing that we fed the ducks. The park rangers are gone now and won't harangue us! There were two duck families at the beach on the day that we went for Vacation Bible School. They were so engaging (even though the mother ducks tried to prevent their ducklings from mingling with people!) that we couldn’t resist feeding them. The mother ducks would also yap at each other and would nip another mom's duckling if it tried to join her brood or eat her duckling's food. These are my favorite duck photographs of the day.

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Vacation Bible School Part 2: The Seagulls

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There are no photographs of children swimming and playing at Crystal Lake State Park. I was so busy photographing ducks and seagulls and talking to all of the other women there (after moving back to Barton and being recently married) that I'm afraid I neglected my duties of archiving the children's fun. The cookout was fantastic. The minister's husband and some others cooked the hot dogs and hamburgers, and they were perfect!

I tried to get seagulls soaring and diving about us. I got a couple of good shots and a couple of bad ones. The worst ones you will never see!

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The photo above is not photographically good but it shows enough of how a seagull swoops and changes course in midair. Her legs are set out in front of her while her wings are forced back so that she can brake and change direction. I am fascinated with this photograph.

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The photo above is my favorite of the bunch. The gull is actually above us but you can see Hardscrabble Mountain behind him on the right. Hardscrabble is at the far southern end of the lake in Sheffield. It is the site of the wind farm that has just begun construction after years of legal fights trying to prevent development of the ridge line.

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I hope we return to the lake for Vacation Bible School next year. I need more seagull photography practice!


July Vacation Bible School Part 1

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Vacation Bible School was only one day, in July, this year. It worked out very well. I was given "the older kids" for instruction and crafts — the first through third grades! I haven't taught children that young for so long that it was a wonderful treat. The theme this year was Jonah and the Whale. It was a perfect theme for a hot day. We spent half of the day at Crystal Lake State Park in the water. In the photograph above the children are learning a song about Jonah. You can see the whale and Jonah's ship that M. made for us. D. is teaching them the song.

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And here is Jonah, above! He told the children his story and they were enthralled with his ordeal. You can see how much fun the children had as they acted out Jonah's story — it was one of the highlights of the day! Everyone wanted to be Jonah so they could be spit out by the whale.

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We had arts and crafts after that. We made beach bags, sea shell picture frames, octopus mobiles and lots of other fun things. We also had puzzles, word searches and readings of Jonah's story from the Bible. You can see Catgirl above as she designed her beach bag before we went to the beach. Below you can see her creation:

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Meanwhile, in the preschool room, the littler kids were doing their crafts. Ironman is wearing the orange shirt:

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Another mother, R., took the kids outside for some running around games, giving us older moms a break!

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We closed the morning with more singing that we acted out. Below, D is teaching them a new song and it required feet stomping and clapping!

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We were starving by lunch time, but we had to go to the park for our picnic at the lake. It was a wonderful morning and I hope to help out next year, too. I just hope it is cooler out!


Thursday, June 03, 2010

A Women's Retreat: The Seasons of Our Lives

On Saturday, May 22, the Women's Fellowship at church held another wonderful Women's Retreat. It was held at Lakeside Haven B&B in Glover, on Shadow Lake. This is the third retreat I have attended and now that I'm back in Vermont I look forward to attending more. The retreats give you a day of tranquility, worship, study and discussion.

The theme for this retreat was "The Seasons of Our Lives," based on the book The Circle Of Life: The Heart's Journey Through The Seasons. I haven’t read it yet, but our pastor recommends it, and her recommendations are excellent. We have four seasons in our lives just as Nature has four seasons in hers. We discussed the significance and meaning of each season for each of us individually. Our pastor provided music for meditation and beautiful journals for journaling and we shared poetry and readings from the book all through the day.

We each contributed something we cooked for lunch. After lunch, we crafted the seasons of our hearts. I choose summer. The retreat was exactly one week before my wedding and the calm and contentment I felt was something that I wanted to convey in my craft. I wanted the warmth of the summer, the symbolic power of a circle and the connection to sunflowers in my creation. My last craft for another retreat featured triangles which, the pastor said, illustrated my connection to the Trinity. During the crafting session, I walked outside to gather my thoughts and photographed the grape hyacinth and the dying tulip that I have published here. I may not be too talented with art, but I was pleased with what I created (below), even though I used way too much glue. The other women created beautiful, strong expressions of the other seasons. I wish I could share them with you here.

We ended the day as we began it: with worship but now followed by a long goodbye session. It was a wonderful, spiritual day. Our pastor is planning many more and I am looking forward to them. I urge you to attend the retreats offered at your church. If there aren’t any, suggest them to your Women’s Fellowship group.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Cats Tuesday: Buddy's New Prey

I caught Buddy on top of the TV trying to "kill" my little yellow duckie that I got a few years ago at the Mother Daughter Potluck at church. The cats are only going out for a few hours at a time now and stay in every single night. Their normal wild prey is gone, so they are reduced to killing toys in the house.

Gattina is in Egypt this week and next, so I am proudly hosting Cats on Tuesday. My apologies for not visiting all of you last week. I simply didn't have the energy because of this awful cold I caught. I have recovered and am back! Please enter your link and visit all the COT participants below. Have a great week!

HALP! Holy Cat photos are needed for my weekly cat blogging post: LOLCat Bible Sunday Lectionary Readings. If your cat is without sin, has a visible halo or any other mark of holiness or worthines, please send me her/his photo as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Overheard and Overeaten

The reason there were so many state troopers and sheriffs in town yesterday was because they caught some nefarious drug dealers in the area of the yarn store (which is exactly where I was pulled over yesterday). I also heard that there were drug-sniffing dogs working around there.

The old Jennie Bean's restaurant is now The Parson's Corner (because it used to be the parsonage) and is opening tomorrow morning at 5 AM. That's good. Now I can eat in town again and not in Coventry. Martha's Diner is wonderful but is too far away. And the Busy Bee in Glover has new owners and is closed for renovations. I just hope this new place in Barton is as good as Jennie's. I wonder who they will hire and I hope it is the women who used to work there. I heard that the owners are most likely from New York because of the amount of money they are spending trying to make the place look "New Englandy." The sign says "Hearty New England Dining" or "Food" or something. I'll go this weekend (they close on Tuesdays of all days) and let you know how they are.

These things were overheard and discussed thoroughly at the Mother-Daughter Banquet in Barton tonight. Amy made a devil's food cake with a white frosting. She bakes from scratch and her cakes always go first. But tonight I snuck out with her cake while it still had three pieces left. Catherine was pretty upset about that, I heard. Amy told Catherine to come to the house and wrestle me for a piece. Entertainment tonight was a lady magician from Littleton. She was very good and I sat close enough to see how a couple of her tricks worked.

Statcounter told me that somebody at my mortgage company was on my recipe blog last week. I got totally paranoid thinking they had searched me out. But then I looked at where they came from: Google: a search for "chocolate lava cake." They looked at the King Arthur recipe I have there!

Phone message: the soup/bread class at King Arthur's on Saturday was cancelled because only two signed up. That's pretty disappointing. But at least now I will get my $80 back and I need it badly!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Photo Hunters: Soft

I can't explain why this is soft to me. But Mother-Daughter Night with the Women's Fellowship at church, held every April, is softness for me. Amelia and I have gone at least three times. She is my middle daughter and lives in Vermont. It's always a potluck supper and I fret for weeks about what we are going to bring (since I don't cook very well). But Amy always comes up with good and easy ideas that are the first dish to be finished.

Every woman got one of these tiny Beanie Baby type ducks on the first supper we went to. We had a Mary Kay party after the potluck. We were nearly on the floor laughing at each other with the things we were doing with the makeup! This duck has a special place in my heart. One day I will proudly have all three daughters at that dinner with me!

To make the image softer I used picnik (a free online photo editor) and GIMP. I don't know what I'm doing with either app, so I just kept clicking buttons until I had something I liked! I'm looking forward to seeing what other ideas people have for "soft"! Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful and peaceful week!


Monday, February 05, 2007


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What a good day: so many blessings after an awful weekend!

At the Parish Council meeting tonight, Evelyn told us she has decided to stay on as pastor! Finally I will have a new friend and I am so excited about it. I can rebuild after the loss of M as pastor two years ago. It was a huge loss to me when he left.

Today I decided that I will get a dog: a Cavalier. Amy has told me how they are the breed I need. They prefer sleep to motion, are small, companionable, and wonderful to cats. I will be looking now so that I can have my puppy as soon as school gets out. When I return to school in the fall, Amy can help at the kennel with daycare and extended care if I need it.

The future is becoming bright with new relationships to develop and new loves to look forward to. The cats should not mind a dog at all. They have had dogs before and have trained them well. Just think: somebody to walk in the woods with and somebody to watch over things here. There will be obedience classes and all sorts of things to do with my dog. My Dog! I have thought of this possibility for five years and now I will have My Dog!

Should I get a boy dog or girl? What about the name? What dog furniture and toys and food will I need? The photo above is of a Cavalier enjoying the outdoors. What a wonderful photo! So many wonderful adventures to look forward to!



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