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Reaching Out: Serving those who struggle with addiction
We’re blessed to have some church members who work directly with the addictions treatment unit at Gouverneur Hospital. In December, we donated some items for stockings to folks going through detox over the holidays, and we received word back that the patients were amazed that there were people who cared about them!
Addictions to drugs and alcohol affect all of us – because we have struggled, or we have watched a dear friend or family member struggle, or because we have seen the impact of addiction on our communities and schools. How do we respond?
Part of the answer is by making sure that people who feel unlovable know and trust that they are so dearly loved – by us, and by God. We share the love of Christ as we offer acts of service.
So, what will we do? After some brainstorming, we’ve developed a list of items that we can gather and deliver to folks going through treatment:
Shampoo and Conditioner
We think showering folks with homemade goodies will especially communicate our love and encouragement. Please consider making cookies or brownies/treats, perhaps wrapped in sets of 12-18 cookies, which we can include in the care packages we will put together. We will gather items to donate throughout the month of June to begin, and then assess our best plan for moving forward. You can bring items to the sanctuary on Sundays and leave them near the back table, or bring items to the church office. Thank you in advance for helping to share our love and God’s love with our friends in need.
June Worship Calendar
6/2/19 – Ascension Sunday – Acts 1:1-11. Sacrament of Holy Communion.
6/9/19 – Pentecost Sunday – Acts 2:1-12. Wear Red to worship!
6/16/19 – Trinity Sunday – The Holy Club – Scripture TBA. Sacrament of Holy Communion.
6/23/19 – Second Sunday after Pentecost – The Holy Club – Scripture TBA. Celebration of Graduates and Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
6/30/19 – Third Sunday after Pentecost – The Holy Club – Scripture TBA.
SUMMER WORSHIP in the chapel will begin Sunday July 7th at 10am.
Celebrating Our Graduates
We will celebrate high school and college/university graduates in worship on Sunday, June 23rd. If you are a graduate, or you have a graduate in your family who is part of our congregation, please contact the church office with name, school, and degree obtained. Then, plan on joining us in worship next month to celebrate!
New Weekly Email Newsletter
Did you know we have a new weekly email newsletter? We’re trying to better communicate all of the event we have happening at church, so that everyone is in the loop! If you haven’t yet been receiving the weekly email and you would like to, please contact the church office to share your email address with us.
Pastor Beth’s Open Hours
Pastor Beth has some “office hours” out in the community each month. Drop by to chat any time, stop in for a word of prayer, or sit and stay for lunch. Because of Oswegatchie Coffee’s closing, Open Hours are only once a month for the time being until a new location is determined. June Open Hours at Cambray Terrace will be on Wednesday, June 26th from 11am-2pm.Hope to see you there!
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants
Don’t forget – we have a great Mini-Grant program to help you fund your ministry idea. Have you thought of a great way to serve people in the community? Do you have a fantastic idea for a small group, or a program for children? Have you thought of a creative way of inviting and welcoming folks to church? We would love to set you free to put your idea into practice, and we have funds available to support your project. Check out the application included in this newsletter, and submit your great idea! Please check with Pastor Beth if you have any questions.
Supper and Study
Each week on Wednesdays at 6pm we’ll gather for a light meal and brief look at the upcoming scriptures for worship. Come and join the conversation. Each session will last about 60 minutes. All are welcome!
Flag Day Celebration – Strawberry Shortcake
On Sunday June 9th First UMC will be part of the festivities being held on the fairgrounds as part of the Flag Day celebration. We will have a table set up and will be selling Strawberry Shortcake. Stop by after church and say hello.
Cabot Cheese Sale
Our newest fundraiser for the church will be selling Cabot Cheese during the month of June. We are asking that you consider selling to your family, neighbors, and co-workers. You may pick up an order form from Dan Kingsley or any other member of the Finance Team. Forms are also available in the church office. We will start taking orders on June 2nd, Cheese pick up will be July 2nd in Fellowship Hall. This is a fundraiser is designed for everyone to participate. The family/person with the highest sales will receive a free product of their choice. Please have complete payment when you turn in your order forms. The last day to turn in your order will be June 18th.
Safe Sanctuary Training
Safe Sanctuary training is required yearly for ALL adults helping with our children, youth, and vulnerable adults. This applies to volunteers for Sunday School, Youth Group, Vacation Bible School, and We’ve Got Your Back to School. Our training will be offered at the church on June 9th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Please contact the office so that we may put your name on our list and prepare for your class.
Summer Camp Registration
There is still time to register for summer camp. You may pick up a brochure and registration form from the church office. Scholarship forms are also available. A quote from Aldersgate…..
“We’re really excited about our summer camp programs!Our offerings include programs for children and youth, ages 6-18, which vary in length from a couple of days to a week long. In addition to all of the “camp favorites” like swimming, arts and crafts, basketball, volleyball, and hiking, we offer tons of unique activities like experiencing the aquapark, woodworking, ice cream for breakfast, horseback riding and much more!”
Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center Open House
One of the best ways to feel at home is to visit ahead of time to run, play, create, explore, participate in activities, tour the facilities, meet the staff and learn more about us. Come, visit! On June 15th from 2pm-7pm. ALL are welcome – new and returning campers and families, retreat participants, alumni staff and campers, volunteers, friends, and neighbors, too! The event and activities are all FREE! Meal provided at cost. If you cannot join us, we are always happy to schedule a private tour – just give us a call! For further information or questions, please call the camp at 315-348-8833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Life Weekend at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center
Introduce your family to a Christian camping experience. Moms, dads, kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends are all welcome! Enjoy swimming, square dancing, an all-family softball game, special teen times, relaxing, activities for kids and adults alike and enjoyable fellowship time with other families. REGISTER and/or get additional information at
www.campsandretreats.org/2019, by calling 315-364-8756 or 315-348-8833, or by emailing email@example.com. Rev. Mike Weeden, Northern Flow District Superintendent, will be the speaker. Together we will consider “Finding and Restoring Rhythm and Balance to Your Life and Family”. 50% discount for first time families, church scholarship aid available.
VBS News – July 22 – 26 GiddyUp Junction
This month’s special offering envelopes are in support of Vacation Bible School. VBS is open to all children from 3 years old through 6th grade. Teens in grades 7 and up are welcome to come and join us as Teen helpers. There is never any charge to the children or their families to attend. There is however, a cost to put on the five day program. Money donated will help offset the cost of curriculum, program supplies, Craft materials and the lunch for everyone on Friday. VBS will be held at First UMC during the week of July 22nd-26th from 9am-12pm each day. If you would like to volunteer please contact Don Schuessler at 315-287-0746. Safe Sanctuary certification needs to be update yearly. Please see information in this newsletter. If your child is planning on coming pre-registration is available and very helpful in planning supplies.
We’ve Got Your Back (to school)
Although it is only June and most of us are not ready to start thinking about another school year, the team has begun to start planning for WGYB program. This year we will hand out supplies on Sunday August 18th. Last year we planned for 130 students and yet we ran out of back packs and supplies. Our turn out was greater than anticipated 65 family units with 170 children signed in. Obviously with that kind of response this community is still looking to us to supply relief from the burden of preparing for a new school year. This year our goal is to prepare for 200 students. Let’s keep this going.
We are always in need of back packs, ear buds, and socks/undies for kids. Back packs are a big ticket item but let’s remember the joy they bring to a student who may not the resources to have one. Ear buds have become a need for every student. Testing/learning is often on the computers so ear buds are a must now at school for students. We never have enough socks/undies for kids. If you can pick up a pack on sale you will be helping us a great deal.
We will still be handing out the basic school supplies however, the schools are trying to supply more of the basic items to allow parents a bit of relief. The bigger, more expensive items are what we really need help with. Keep in mind while you shop, we also hand out toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, shampoo, deodorant and bars of soap.
New this year, we also have a wish list on Amazon where you can directly order some of the school supplies we’re seeking and have them delivered to the church. We’re still populating our list as we get the supply lists from the schools, but you can already check it out and see some of the items we need.
To see our list, visit this link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2EANH09C3INFJ?ref_=wl_share
You will find more specific lists posted soon. In July our school bus will be in the hall for anyone to drop donations off. If you would like to drop off items before then please stop by the office. If you need us to shop for you, monetary donations are always welcome.