Internet security for your family

The United Methodist Communications shares the following advice. . . .

By Gavin Richardson

The Internet is a vast ocean of information and people. It is easy to find oneself in a trouble spot on the web. What are the best options for a church to protect its congregation and visitors from exposing themselves or others to damaging images and information on the web? Within your home, what are some options to protect your children from stumbling into the wrong corner of the web?

Here are a few software programs specifically developed to protect people from finding their way to the wrong places and connecting with the wrong people on the web.

NOTE: These reviews are not an endorsement of one product over another. We are highlighting some of the unique features of each product and why a product could be considered for your church or family’s Internet protection. Products like these change frequently, and new products appear often. Figure out what your needs are, and then use this as a guide to evaluate software options to determine the best fit for your circumstances.

K9 Web Protection has some neat features for a free software download. K9 performs many of the standard site blocks, scheduled time restrictions, category blocks, a safe search function (only shows approved search results), spy ware/malware protections and more. In addition, it has features that would be great for a parent or church lab network administrator. It has override password options as well as reports to monitor activities. K9 is available on iPhone/iPad and Android operating systems as well as Mac- and Windows-based computers. The price is great — free — as they will give you a license code for a single machine download. If you like the product and want to install it on more machines, you can purchase a multi-license option.

Webroot and its Secure Anywhere product for the home is a great option for the person with multiple devices who wants protection from inappropriate web finds and from incoming attacks and identity theft. If you have a lot of work or personal information online, consider this option. For $60, you get a complete Internet security package that will work across five devices together. The unique perks for Webroot include a data-storage option, network monitor and online activity trace eliminator. Webroot works on both Mac and Windows platforms as well as on most mobile operating systems.

NetNanny is another popular, family-directed Internet software option. It provides many of the same basic features as K9 Web Protection. The language blocker will switch out a foul-language word (in a comment on Facebook or YouTube) with a string of gibberish characters. NetNanny will also record all activity on the device and have it available for review for the following 24 hours. If something happened to a family member and you were curious about his or her last day of correspondence, you can look through the recordings. NetNanny’s pricing structure can get complicated with different products for each operating system. It has a Family Protection Pass that gives 10 licenses for $80, but those licenses do not work on Windows XP or iOS (iPhone/iPad) systems. This, however, could be a plus to customize your needs versus the larger license package that other companies provide. The NetNanny blog offers good content on security issues with children and teenagers.

SafeEyes is one of many security options from McAfee. The neatest aspect about SafeEyes is its design for the family. McAfee also has business options that can work for a church computer lab. You will probably want features similar to those of SafeEyes, which allows you to block/monitor social activity on platforms that can give access to people or images you do not want to see. From online videos and games to instant messaging, music and more, they have options to protect your family. Similar to other software options, these can send reports of activity over the network. McAfee’s pricing structure puts it on the higher end pricewise. You can get set up for $50 to $70 (or more depending on your products), but the costs are subscription-based, so you will pay the same amount each year. If you do not maintain your subscription, your software will stop updating and become more of a drag on your computer than a help. SafeEyes and most other McAfee software has a free download option letting you try it before purchasing. You can have more confidence moving forward from there.

Qustodio is a solid option to use for protecting your children and monitoring their activity across computers and platforms. A unique feature is the option for reports on with whom and how much your child is text messaging. Because of their focus on mobile protection, they can also track your child’s activity in real time. The interface for setting up individual users and their safety settings is friendly to navigate. Qustodio also gives detailed social media reports. If you want to know how long you, or a child, was on a social media website, that can be reported as well. Pricing is on a yearly subscription basis and in the same range as McAfee. Qustodio is different from McAfee as it offers a slightly larger package (five devices versus three devices) for similarly-priced options. Their school packages could be used for church computer labs.

BrowseControl is designed for business. If you operate a computer lab at the church, this could be a solid option. It has options for banning specific websites as well as keyword/category bans for sites you might not know need to be banned. You can also block any file downloads (or at least download and then run), which can help protect a network from virus or malware infections. If you know you want to allow your older kids access to certain websites while blocking younger ones, BrowseControl has a scheduling option for blocking sites. You can also set up different permissions for each user on the network. If you are unsure how to get this installed on all your computers, there is a remote install option. The pricing starts at $79 for a single user. The pricing structure for multiple computers and license needs is clear. BrowseControl also offers a free 21-day trial period.

InternetLock is a cost-effective solution for the home computer owner who wants many customized parameters for Internet security. For $29.95, you can password protect, schedule block, define user restrictions and more for your home computer. They also offer a fully functioning free trial to use without a time limit. Only after InternetLock has proven worthwhile for your needs are you asked to pay for it. You will see a reminder-to-pay button until you get a registration code/license. One limitation with InternetLock is that it is currently only for the Windows operating system.

Barracuda Network’s price puts it beyond many church budgets. However, when it comes to security, you will not find much better. The question is whether you need that much security. If you have a problem with Internet security, a large network of computers or want to monitor a wireless network for a big congregation, Barracuda might be the option to consider. Detailed reporting, tons of security features and options, and a dedicated support team are just a few options that set them apart from stand-alone installed software.

The particular software platform you choose to protect your congregation and/or family does not matter a great deal. What does matter is that you are doing something to protect the people that God has entrusted to your care. Take some time to invest in protection for those whom you love and care.


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Shopping and helping First UMC

While preparing for purchasing school supplies…or for the change in the seasons…doing some home remodeling…or planning late summer or fall travel…doing some early holiday shopping…or you just love to shop online… There is a way to shop online for your needs and benefit your local church or other UM organization. Shop

When you use to shop, a percentage of your purchase (donated by the retailer) – combined with the purchases of other members of your congregation – are donated back to your church. You can select your local United Methodist Church as the recipient of your donation, or you can select from a long list of other United Methodist related organizations like the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCor), The Advance, JustPeace, MARCHA, among many, many others.

Not a current user? Go to and Log in. It takes just a couple of minutes. Each time you shop online, first log into, search for the retailer you want to shop online with, click their logo and start shopping. When you visit the retail site through the portal, your total spending is accumulated for your church and when the total donations reach $100+ your church will get a check.

Now, what about the donation? The donations are processed by the support staff at Once your total donations (generated from a percent of purchases) equal or surpass $100, your church or other organization you designate will receive a check. And then, as you make more purchases throughout the year, the process is repeated. Everyone benefits – you conveniently shop online as you have always done and the church or other UM organization you want to help receives monies for ministries to do the things throughout the connection that make us United Methodists.

Be sure to share with family and friends. The more shopping that is done through this portal, the more assistance is given throughout the United Methodist connection to support the global ministries of the connectional United Methodist Church.

Note: Este comunicado de prensa está disponible en español.

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February newsletter

The Cornerstone
A newsletter for and by the people called United Methodist in Gouverneur and North Gouverneur.
34 Grove Street, Gouverneur NY 13646 315-287-2440
Feb. 8 – Boy Scout Sunday
Mark 1:29-39
Feb. 15 – Transfiguration Sunday
Mark 9:2-9, 2 Kings 2:1-12
Feb. 18 – Ash Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 22 – 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10
Monday evenings, eat @ 5:30,
Video & discussion, 6 -7:30
Child care is provided.
Who wrote it?
Is it always correct?
Why did some gospels get left out?
Who decided 66 books? Contradictions? What version?

Potluck at 5:30 pm.
Study and discussion follow.
Child care provided.
This month’s newsletter giving option is for our Senior Luncheon. Each Friday we either serve or deliver approximately 100 hot meals to older adults in Gouverneur. Your donations would help cover grocery and paper product costs.

We will also have Lenten coin folders available for those who would like to observe the Lenten practice of giving a daily amount to benefit mission. Our giving will be split between the Neighbor-hood Center here in town, and mission projects funded via our giving to the annual conference.
Feb. 20 & 21st
Take and bake pizzas (cheese or pepperoni)
will be assembled and sold to benefit our Campership Fund.
Oooops, we missed our full payment of conference responsibilities by one month!
While it won’t be credited to 2014, that payment will be made!
Our budget for 2015 is just over $173,000.
The amount actually “spent” in 2014 was slightly under $166,000.
Over the next months we’ll give you some info on what’s in the budget and how we’re doing!
Are you organized? Do you follow through on your responsibilities? Are you looking for a way to help out at church? Do you a “do it” and move on kind of project?

With many new individuals and families in the congregation it may be time for a photo directory. While the company does lots of the work, and Donna has many addresses, etc. there still needs to be someone to “take charge.” If you think that someone is you, please speak to Pastor Beth to see what actually is involved, discuss time frame, and perhaps even get the camera rolling.

Do you like the idea of an updated photo directory? It’s the classic get your picture taken, have options if you want to purchase additional prints, and we get directories with member photos, contact info, etc.
Rev. Beth….thank you for the beautiful service in honor of my Father. It was comforting at such a difficult time. I think he is smiling down at us.
Paula & Bill Aungst

To Glenda Schuessler for maintaining our website. Over 10,500 visits have been made to www.gouverneur
(If you have ideas for the website or our Facebook page, please let Glenda know.)

To Gale Ferguson for a donation of envelopes – lots and lots of envelopes!

BIG THANKS to Tina Kingsley for feeding each Monday night at Methodism 101. Yummy!
A CANTATA FOR HOLY WEEK “The Shadow of the Cross”
Rehearsals begin Sunday, 2/22 @ 4:00 p.m. here at 1st UMC
The start of the monthly Council of Stewards meeting will be designated a special charge
conference for the purpose of changing the original designation of the Dorothy Coates
bequests. Originally this money was accepted and designated for the organ repairs. However,
due to the generous gift of John Halford, that cost was fully covered. The new motion most
likely be to put the Coates monies toward repairs to the stained glass windows.

Members of the Council of Stewards have voice and vote at a charge conference.
Women’s Chocolate Getawayl – March 6-8
Quilt by Faith – March 26-29
Visit the website: wwwcasowascoorg for details.
*Casowasco is one of our United Methodist Camps, located just south of Auburn NY
United Methodist Men’s Retreat @ Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, Brantingham, NY
April 17 – 18, details coming.
There will be an organizational meeting at Rock Island Assembly of God church , February 6th, at 1:00 pm for women interested in participating and learning about Word Day of Prayer (WDO).
The Assembly of God women will be hosting this year’s event for all women of faith in the area. The service this year is written by the WDP committee in Jamaica. It’s a wonderful way for women of faith to meet, worship and learn together.

Actual service event: March 6th at 7:00 p.m. Rock Island Assembly of God. If you’d like to know more about the service talk to Hazel Finley or Judy Sibley.
Our teenagers have started getting together for fellowship and community building. After some pizza and swapping of ideas it’s been decided to take on fun, active and helpful get-togethers.
Friday, 2/6 @ 6:00 they’ll be sledding at Hopper Hill.
The Simiones and DeAnna Hadfield are the adult leaders.
Did you know we have an account at the bottle return at Trackside Plaza? Take your bottles and cans there, and make a donation to the church for the amount of your returns Simple….
Unit 2 will still be meeting the first Tuesday of the month as it has in the past, but the meeting time has been changed to 12:30 pm. Our new president was elected in January, Sally Hayden.
Many thanks to the outgoing president, Alice Weldon, who has been Unit 2 president for many years. As it states in the United Methodist Women Purpose: we are a supportive fellowship of women, and our other Unit 2 officers and members hope to be a support for Sally in her endeavors as our new president.
A HUGE debt of gratitude to everyone who, in some way, contributed to our overall financial picture in 2014. There were times when it looked insurmountable, but as we come down to the end of the calendar year here’s the latest report:
ALL 2014 fiscal obligations will be met!

Our 2015 Budget has been finalized, coming in at $173,045. That’s a decrease of nearly $7000 from the 2014 budget and closer to actual expenses.

The budget is broken down into these categories:
Staff Compensation
Office Expenses
Utilities, Insurance, Maintenance
Contact the office with your latest contact information, including birthdays, anniversaries, email, phone and mailing address.
Check our website:
Find us on Facebook (1st UMC Gouverneur) and please “Like” us!
Top 3 Reasons to use UMCmarket for your online shopping.
Spend more time with your family. December is a time of hustle and bustle. By doing your shopping online this year, you can stay snuggled and warm and spend more time with your family!
Give more than a gift this year. It feels great to give thoughtful gifts to those we love during the holidays. By shopping through UMCmarket, you can also give to your ministry helping you fulfill God’s mission this holiday season.
Save money with online deals. You can shop an abundance of online deals and sales through your favorite stores. With hundreds of stores to choose from, there is something for everyone!
Check out UMCMarket for links to online shopping at most popular sights. You can choose any UM church, school, etc to receive the designated percentage of your purchase, but we hope you’ll choose Gouverneur or North Gouverneur!
New Directory and Mailing list – Please call the church office (287-2440) to update your information in lieu of printing this form.
Please help: Donna is trying to update the directory, and mailing list. There are a lot of new people, folks who have moved, and those who have changed their information.
EVERYONE — Please fill out the following and bring it back or send it back to the office. If you know
anyone who would like to get a newsletter please send in their name and address as well.
Please Print.
Phone Number(s):___________________________________
Do you get a newsletter ______yes ______no
Would you like a newsletter ______yes ______no
Family members and birthdays:
Alice Weldon Receives 2013 UMW Special Mission Recognition
A beloved member of our church, Alice Weldon, has received the United Methodist Women Special Mission Recognition pin and certificate for 2013. She was recognized at the UMW District Meeting last May as one of the recipients in the Northern Flow District.

Alice has been a UMW member, past co-leader of the General UMW, current President of Unit 2 of the UMW, soprano in the church choir, and in past years, Certified Lay Speaker, and Lay Leader. She has written biographies in the church newsletter of church members such as Luella Whitton, Irma Fredenburg, Jim and Aileen Brown, Helen Love, and Faye Lockwood. Many of us in church have received one of Alice’s kind, caring cards and handwritten notes of Christian thoughtfulness and encouragement. She has spent many years in learning and teaching Scripture in devotions, Bible studies, as a past Release Time teacher, and her example to all of us at the church. She has been involved with the Home Communion Ministry to shut-ins and ill members.

She and her husband, Douglas, worked together for many years on the family farm and raised their children, Larry, Steve, Diane, Danny, and Teresa during those years of hard work. Alice, also, went to school while raising her family and became an LPN working for E.J. Noble Hospital, Public Health, and private duty nursing. She is a member of the Gouverneur Garden Club and past officer and currently on the Nominating Committee.

Alice grew up in Oxbow, NY, the daughter of Randolph and Beulah Youngs who had a farm and large family to help with all the hard work of farming in those days, too. She and Douglas now have a large extended family of their own of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

When told that she had received the Special Mission Recognition, Alice stated that there are others more deserving of the award, but most would agree that she is a deserving recipient of this honor by the General UMW of the First United Methodist Church.
e-Giving is coming to First UMC! Don’t panic, thinking you now have to give your offering online. This is just an option for those who conduct most of their business via the internet. The new program will give those that choose a way to set up their giving to the church electronically. Others can continue to give with cash or checks as you are now. Not only will this option help some of us to give regularly and consistently, it will also give our treasurer an even better of idea of expected monthly income. More details will be coming soon. Thanks for considering it.
Our choir is open to all interested persons. Why not add your voice to the mix? It’s a lot of fun and adds so much to our worship.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK – First United Methodist Gouverneur has a page. Please invite your friends to like us to! Thanks. Posting is done by the Pastor and our IT Geek – Glenda Schuessler!
Faye S. Hopper Scholarship Award by Glenda Schuessler
The scholarship was established to honor our own Faye Hopper and her commitment to musical excellence in our church and community. Mrs. Hopper served as our organist for 62 years prior to her retirement December, 2007.

A $500.00 scholarship is awarded each year to a senior graduating from Gouverneur High School. The student honored has demonstrated a commitment to musical excellence and has shared this gift with the school and community.

Donations from church members, family and friends of Mrs. Hopper enabled the church to establish the fund which has been invested by the Board of Trustees; the interest accrued results in the award each year. This year the committee was able to award two $500.00 scholarships, recipients were Bridget Hall and Dan Kalina.
Previous recipients are Elizabeth Girard (2013), Nick
Leonard (2012), Taylor Gale (2011), Chelsea Erdman (2010),
Joe Schuessler (2009) and Christopher Dixon (2008).

Thank you to Faye as she continues to share her gift of music by
accompanying our choir and serving as substitute organist.
We have a pot-luck “feast” on the second Sunday of each month.
If you can, why not whip up one of your favorites to share.
Amber Ormasen is making exercise fun with her frequent Rip It classes held here at the church. It doesn’t have to cost you anything to get that heartbeat going, find your muscles and enjoy lots of laughter Everyone is welcome…. men, women, teens.
“I’m not training for a 5K. I’m not preparing for a competition. I’m not trying to set a new record. I’m not trying to impress you. I’m saving my life.”
From the Pastor:
Grace and Peace in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am just writing a short note to thank you for your faithful support of the ministries here at First United Methodist. Because of your tithe or gift we are able to reach out to our neighbors here in the community and, through the denomination, we are touching lives all around the globe.
➢ a child feels loved and welcomed in Sunday School or dance…
➢ a family in the community receives food, fuel oil, a warm coat…
➢ mourners celebrate the life of a loved one at a personalized funeral…
➢ Scouts, 4-H, special needs persons, dieters have a place to meet…
➢ worship lifts our spirits and challenges our daily living…
➢ the resource center provides free materials for our study groups…
➢ engineers, educators, doctors venture across national boundaries…
➢ people of faith take a stand in the face of injustice and prejudice…
➢ families, teens and children encounter God via one of the camp programs…
➢ men and women have a place to ask questions, disagree, learn about themselves and Christ…
➢ a hot meal is shared along with table conversation….
➢ a family, new to the community, finds a place to belong with fellow Christians…
➢ a soldier in Afghanistan receives a box of breakfast goodies and prayers for safety…

While we might be tempted to think in terms of budgets and bills, your financial support of this church is all about ministry – providing a place, a pastor, a program, a people – that touches lives and makes a difference in the world.
If you pledge and support this ministry on a regular basis: THANK YOU!
If you would like to be listed as one of those who makes an upfront and consistent gift to First UMC: JUST START DOING IT! AND THANK YOU!
If your giving potential is extremely limited: THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU CAN!
To everyone: let us continue to rejoice together as we are the body of Christ through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to the world.

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United Methodist 101 and other Free Webinars

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Upcoming webinars:

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Committee on Native American Ministries Information regarding the Committee on Native American Ministries.

The journey toward Repentance and Healing of Relationships with Indigenous Persons continues in Upper New York with a series of District Learning Sessions hosted by the Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM).

Upper New York has a rich heritage and presence of Native Americans. District Learning Sessions are an opportunity for listening, learning and building relationships with Native Americans and learning how to use the Act of Repentance DVD in local churches.

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Summer camp . . . spring retreats

2014 summer camp is history. For new information please check the website: or call Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center at 315-348-8833.

2015 summer camp brochures should be in the mail early in January.

Women’s Chocolate Getaway – March 6-8
Quilt by Faith – March 26-29

Visit the website: for details.
*Casowasco is one of our United Methodist Camps, located just south of Auburn NY

United Methodist Men’s Retreat @ Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center, Greig, NY
April 17 – 18 Details will be found here:

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Camp & Retreat Ministries Newsletter

Click on the link for the latest from Camps and Retreat Ministries. Check out retreats and summer camp listings.

Why should your child attend church camp?

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