April 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
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.

Tuesday. April 15th, 9:30-Noon
All ages: elementary right thru adults!

That’s right…. Luke and Beckie Wachob are coming from Camp Aldersgate for a morning of stories, songs, crafts, hotdogs, s’mores and ???
It’s part of our WGYB – We’ve Got Your Back outreach. Any and all kids and teens from the community are being invited to a morning of fun during the Holy Week vacation from school. Of course we’ll need some adult helpers too! So, if you play guitar, like to do crafts, can lead games or know your way around the kitchen – or campfire – sign up to join the WGYB “staff.”
$75. AND GO
Have you got your registration in for camp?
There’s been a little confusion, but this year it’s $75 and go. The camper pays the registration fee and we will do the rest. Brochures are available in the office or check online at unyumc.org. Get camping!

April 6 – Broken Justice concludes the Lenten series. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, Communion
Wear a cross/bring a cross to worship

April 13 – Palm Sunday. We will start with “Hosannas” and palms, hear from our elementary classes, and end by stripping the church in preparation for events to follow later in the week. Matthew 21:1-11, Ps. 118.

Holy Thursday, April 17 – 7:00 p.m. Join Jesus in the chapel for the last supper. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Holy Friday, April 18 – 7:00 p.m. We turn to John 18:1-10:42 to hear Jesus speak from the cross.

Easter Sunrise – 7:00 a.m. @ Hurlbut farm, N. Gouverneur (Rock Island, past church, cars parked along road on hilltop!). Includes communion.
(BREAKFAST – 8:00 a.m. at the N.Gouv church!)

Easter, April 20 – It will be a triumphant celebration of resurrection with special music and our dancers.
Matthew 28:1-10 Meeting Christ a little further down the road.

April 27 – Worship will be led by our lay speakers, as the pastor heads west with her mom!
THANKS to everyone that signed up to help with one of the many jobs that help worship go smoothly. In fact so many volunteered it might take a while to get to everyone. That’s our bag of dynamite!

T0: 1st UMC Members and Add Hope Committee,
Thank you for your recent donations to the Neighborhood Center. Your kindness does not go unnoticed and will help us serve those in need in our community. Your support will enable us in our mission to encourage and assist individuals and families to attain self-reliance, dignity, and self-sufficiency through education, guidance and services.

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March newsletter

From the Pastor:
For years there has been ongoing talk about getting a projection system for the sanctuary. After all that talk and wishing, the Council of Stewards has agreed to move forward on a specific proposal; working with Northern Music & Video out of Potsdam. Final details are being worked out and the installation ought to begin soon.
Sight and sound are increasingly part of our experience, and unlimited resources become available to augment not only our worship experience, but also other activities – such as workshops, district meetings, etc. Many of you have had positive feedback on our worship in the chapel, where some of this technology has been utilized. Our older members have appreciated improved ability to see, to not hold heavy books, and thus to participate more fully. They’re joined by other generations, who discover expanded meaning in the liturgy through the use of sight and sound.
We know there will be some “adjusting” to do as the appearance of the sanctuary changes slightly. There will be monitors on either side, about where the banners now hang. The Canton UMC has a similar set up and some of us had opportunity to check it out when Bishop Webb visited the district last fall. It worked great! No more messing with portable screens, extension cords, or folks having to change seats to see. No more NOT showing pictures or videos because it’s just too hard to figure out how.
As one member of the Council of Stewards said, this is a major step in the life of the church. We are moving into a new era of not just embracing technology for the additions it offers, but we are trying to keep the worship and activity of this congregation relevant to today’s world. Or as another said, “We’ve been talking about this forever. It’s time!”
So how are we paying for it? Both Add Hope and the Memorial Committee are in the process of considering generous portions of the cost. We also trust that many of you will consider making a special donation to this project. (Checks: 1st UMC, memo: projector) Our final bail out, IF needed, will be to take from one of the endowments we are privileged to enjoy. Yet, if everyone pitches in even a little extra we shouldn’t have to go there. Won’t you join me in embracing this stride forward with open minds and open hearts.
Liturgical Dance Our Liturgical Dancers were great on Christmas Eve. They are starting to prepare for an Easter presentation so it’s the perfect time to get to rehearsals. All children and teens (boys & girls) are welcome to practice on Sundays after worship.
There has been a request for a daytime bible study to include childcare services. If there is enough interest for childcare, we need to know as soon as possible to make the necessary arrangements. Please contact Sheri at the church office at 287-2440 or let me or Pastor Beth know. We would like to start within a few weeks. Karen Lancto
World Day of Prayer 2014
World Day of Prayer will be observed on March 7th, at the Richville United Church at 11 a.m. A light lunch will be served after the service. The service is “Streams in the Desert” prepared by WDP in Egypt. This is a wonderful opportunity to worship and meet the local ecumenical church community.
Lent potluck and program.
Starting on March 12th you can enjoy a potluck dinner and visit the Holy Lands right from the comfort of Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share @ 6:00 p.m. Around 6:45 we’ll move into a DVD visit to various sights and scripture relating to Jesus’ last twenty four hours. Author and pastor Adam Hamilton has prepared the study materials entitled 24 Hours that Changed the World.
Note: our Sunday School classes will also be using these materials during Lent. And, we will return to the Wesleyan Way study after Easter.
In March, the Neighborhood Center could use canned vegetables, fruits and proteins (beans, tuna, chicken, etc.) We say a LARGE increase in the number of households using the Pantry during January. Thanks for your donations.
(There is a donation bin outside the office & items can left by the guest book in the sanctuary.)
Our district Superintendent, Rebekah Sweet, has sent a letter of thanking both Gouverneur and North Gouverneur UMCs for our 100% payment of Ministry Shares in 2013. “With one voice united as we serve Christ…”
In addition to our Sanctuary Projector Project (the SPP!) we are also observing one of the denomination’s special offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing. As the enclosed envelope and information shares, this is the giving that greatly supports UMCOR – the United Methodist Committee on Relief. When natural and human-made disasters occur we are often one of the first relief agencies on site. As noted on the envelope, you can also go online to make a donation. Thanks for caring.
We sure have an excited, curious, and ever-growing group of children taking part in worship. Maybe you have an idea for an object lesson – or at least an object?
If you’d like to try and stump or inspire the pastor all you need to do is bring an item to be used and passed out in her time with children. Keep your eyes open – at the dollar store, out in nature, around the house – and see what might lend itself to an object lesson for 20-24 children. (Please keep health concerns and allergies in mind. If a perishable item, clear it ahead of time. Thanks.)

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Methodist Men’s Retreat at Aldersgate

All men are invited to the Men’s Retreat at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, Greig, NY April 25 – 27. The theme will be “Fisher’s of Men”. More information will be forthcoming. Check: http://www.uppernyumm.org/

This years UMM gathering will be April 25th-27th and we have invited pastor Lynn Lockwood to show us how to to be “Fishers of Men”. We have also invited Christian singer & song writer Ben Horrervoetts. Corrections officer for 28 years he brings a musical message of Hope through Christ. Further info regarding the event content and registration is available on our conference website uppernyumm.org. Thanks to all our keynote speakers over the past 8 years for making the UMM gathering a “spiritual experience”.


David Evans
44 Blackburn Ct.
New Hartford, NY 13413

Please feel free to call in your registration!

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Free Webinars

Visit the www.gbod.org website for more information. Webinars are available in many topics.

Registration now through March 10 for new online courses: http://view.esp.umcom.org/?j=fefc1d70716600&m=fe9412727760077a76&ls=fe2916767c660579701075&l=ff65107675&s=fe591374716603797011&jb=ffc71c&ju=fe8c16757c66027b70&r=0

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March worship notes

March 2 – Broken Hearts, Joel 2:12-14 Communion, Birthday Bash for March

Ash Wednesday – March 5th, 7 p.m., Chapel

March 9 – Broken Vessels are Cracked Pots, Mark 4:1-9, Fellowship Feast, Girl Scout Sunday

March 16 – Broken Bread, John 6:48-58, Communion

March 23 – Broken Trust – with a kiss, Matthew 26:14-25

March 30 – Broken Promises – hearing roosters? Matthew 26:69-75. Do you have a large (12” +) rooster statue we can borrow?

April 6 – Broken Justice – fixed to a cross,
2 Corinthians 5:20-21, Communion, Birthday Bash for April, Wear a cross to worship!

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Fall Adirondack Get-Away

October 3 – 5

Come enjoy the beauty of autumn at Aldersgate amid the tall pines, quiet lakes, and breathtaking scenic paths. Whether experiencing the stillness of a cabin nestled in the woods, taking a quiet walk down to the lake, or sitting in one of the outdoor chapels, this is the perfect place to find rest and renewal. Some activities will include enjoying an Adirondack storyteller, a popular bluegrass band, guided nature hikes, and renewing fellowship and worship. Join us for a weekend you will remember for a lifetime! (Adults Only)

For information on how to register, contact us: 315-348-8833 or info@aldersgateny.org or http://aldersgateny.org/index.php/join-us/all-events

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AdironDog Retreat

September 5 – 7

Take your best friend on an unforgettable 3-day weekend retreat to the beautiful Adirondack Bark… err Park. Enjoy the company of other dogs and dog lovers, celebrate the full expression of your pet’s personality, and embrace the sacred nature of your bond with your dog. Activities will include wilderness hikes, lots of open space for play time, homemade dog-treat baking, specialized guest speakers, a pet blessing, and dog grooming by appointment. Sign up soon, space is limited!

For well-socialized dogs with up-to-date vaccinations.

For more information and how to register, contact us: 315-348-8833 or info@aldersgateny.org or http://aldersgateny.org/index.php/join-us/all-events

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Quilt by Faith

March 27 – 30 at Casowasco

Quilters understand with every stitch how scraps of fabric can come together to make something wonderfully new and striking with a little time, imagination, and love.

The Quilt by Faith Retreat is a weekend dedicated to providing women a quiet space away from daily routines to work on favorite quilting projects, connect with other quilters of faith, and invest in their relationship with God. This weekend will include a trip to a local quilt shop, a visit from a massage therapist, a service project, and studying some amazing women of the Bible. This spring retreat features plenty of time to work on projects you have hoped to begin or some of your UFOs (quilter’s term for “Unfinished Objects”). All levels of quilting experience are welcome. Come for two or three nights, or as a commuter.

Ages 16+

March 27-30, 2014

Register online or download the Quilt by Faith Registration Form


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Committee on Native American Ministries

The Upper New York Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) plans District training events. The Northern Flow District events will be held April 26 (location, southern part of the District TBA) and on May 3 in Massena, First UMC.

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. These 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.

Local church representatives to CONAM, pastors, UMW members, lay leaders and all interested persons are invited to spend a few hours with Native Americans hearing stories and building friendships.

Registration for the sessions will be handled through each district office. Watch the Conference website (unyumc.org) for more details as the dates approach.

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Youth gathering

Join youth from across the Upper New York Conference on April 4-6, 2014 at the Liverpool Holiday Inn for UP!WORD, an opportunity for youth to adventure with God through a variety of music and worship experiences, and to make new friendships. UP!WORD will welcome Stellar Kart, a Christian pop punk band from Phoenix. This year’s theme is Called to Catch Fire: An Adventure with God. Check the unyumc.org website for additional details.

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