May newsletter

Worship Notes for May
May 3rd – Communion, Acts 8:26-40
10th – Mother’s Day, Movers & Shakers
Acts 10:44-48
17th – End of Sunday School
24th – Kairos Prison Ministry, Pentecost
31st – Communion, Isaiah 6:1-8
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Prayer Meeting, Saturday
March 9th, 10:00 in Brown Chapel. All are welcome to attend or submit prayer requests (may be called to the office, 287-2440 or emailed to the office 1stumc@centralny.twcbc.com).

Prayer Partners through Easter Season
Dozens of eggs with our names changed hands on Easter morning, as folks volunteered to take on a prayer partner through the Easter Season. Are you remembering your egg buddy? It’s up to you if you want to let him/her know who you are. Easter runs all the way to Pentecost, May 24th.
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Sunday School (for children) Wraps Up May 17th

Make sure you get to Sunday School over the next couple of weeks, because we will be planning and preparing for the wrap of a yet another great year. Students, teachers and helpers will all be pitching in to lead worship for our last day, May 17th.
(The adult class will continue for a few more weeks, as they finish the book they’re using.)
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EVENTS AT ALDERSGATE CAMP AND RETREAT CENTER

Mother’s Day Brunch, starts @ 1:30 p.m.
http://aldersgateny.org/joinus/event/2945 Could we get a group together and carpool?

Aldersgate Work Day
Saturday, May 16th
Help be part of preparing Aldersgate for a summer of life changing ministry by volunteering at Aldersgate’s Spring Work Day! We’ll be cleaning, raking, painting, and all-around preparing for an absolutely incredible summer camp season.
Bring your family, friends, and a servant’s heart ready to work! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers and overnight accommodations can be arranged for a small fee. The Work Day starts at 9am and ends at 5pm.
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Safe Sanctuaries Training
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Omar United Methodist Church, Rte. 180, LaFargeville
9:00 a.m. – Noon (lunch to follow)
Trainers: Nancy Stanley and John Frary

All who work with any of our children’s ministries and have not attended a previous training session should plan to attend.
Register with Nancy Stanley, 654-2881 or email her at lakeandriverum@gmail.com
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Annual Conference Briefing Saturday, May 9th, Potsdam UMC 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Annual Conference, May 27-30 Syracuse NY
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Transitions in the Nursery
First, a huge THANKS to Libby Spinelli for her service to our nursery. She’s been there like a trooper making sure our children were safe and well attended. Due to other changes, Libby has resigned.
Marlene Smith remains as one of our regular nursery attendants, and is now joined by Gary Spicer. With the additional aid of Heather Travis, we will be able to continue to offer consistent, quality care.
(Did you know that one member underwrites the cost of our nursery? What a gift!)
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It’s That Time of Year Again. Time for the….HOUSEHOLD SALE!
The United Methodist Women are sponsoring their annual Household Sale on May 30th as a fundraiser to help support our church budget and mission projects. There will be all kinds of goodies to look through. Maybe you’ll find that perfect doo dad. Donations of items for the sale are needed. If possible, bring to the church after May 20th (please, no clothes or shoes). Most items are sold for a donation, but better items will be priced accordingly.

Volunteers Needed: Distributing advertising folders and flyers to local businesses.
Set up Friday, May 29 at 2:00 pm
Helping the day of the sale, May 30
Packing leftover items and clean-up
Let Laura Conklin, 276-4081, know if you are able to help…or just show up!
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Unit 2 will meet at 1 pm on Tuesday, May 5th. Please remember that it was agreed at the last meeting for members to bring a paper product for the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center to donate for their clients who are in need. Thank you to all who donated in March to our “Bakeless Bake Sale.”
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Peggy Cronk of Neighborhood Center Attends Unit 2

Gouverneur Neighborhood Center Director, Peggy Cronk, was a guest at the April Unit 2 meeting. She reported that use of the Center’s food pantry has increased 40%. Besides food, clients are assisted with personal care and household items. The Center depends on donations for these types of items. Donations of diapers and baby food also help families who may not qualify for WIC or just fall through the cracks of the benefit system. Use of the fax and copier are available to clients as a free service. Food Sense is a program provided by the Center and Peggy explained how this program works. Each month a unit of food can be purchased for $15.50 which then allows specials to be ordered. Food Sense purchases can be made with food stamps or cash and then are picked up on a designated day at the VFW.
The Summer Feeding Program helps families with school age children who receive food assistance while attending school to have a food program available in summer months. The Center provides employment services, help with budgeting, and family development. Peggy has seen many success stories where clients were helped by workshops like these.
As a result of Peggy’s presentation, Unit 2 voted to bring a paper product to each meeting such as toilet paper to be donated to the Center. It was requested that Peggy provide a list of the most needed items at the Center. Peggy was also asked to speak at the Sunday worship service on April 19 to help inform our congregation about the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center and its services and needs in the local community.
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Are You Saving SHOEBOXES?
One of our mission projects for Christmas will be filling shoeboxes with personal hygiene items. The Neighborhood Center will handle the distribution. First, we need to have shoeboxes! You can either bring in empty boxes or start saving – and filling now!
Items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, deodorant, body wash, razors, tampons, shampoo, wipes and shaving cream are always in demand. Fill a box for a child, man, woman or family. Other items always needed at the Neighborhood Center: Toilet paper and tissues, laundry detergent, dish soap and cleaners. The Thrift Store takes donations of clothes and small household items. Questions can go to 287-3370. Hours are 8-noon, 1-3.
There’s a green tub outside our office door to facilitate your donations.
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“WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS”
(A Message from the Finance Committee)
Sunday Laura gave a wonderful Children’s time sharing with the children (and us!) the truths about two important ‘Treasures of the Church” … that one was our Scriptures (the Holy Bible) and that the other treasure was each person in the church!
In addition to each person being a treasure in God’s Kingdom, we each have treasure to share with others as an expression of our faith. Where are you putting YOUR treasure? Have you thought about your involvement in your church? Have you taken time to understand what our church is about, where we are going as a Body of Christ, and how we plan to get there? Is it important enough to you to look to becoming more involved in helping our Church grow?
Maybe you’re the one that could help our Sunday school triple in size! There are so many ways each person can contribute. Perhaps God’s calling you to help in the Sunday school, or sing in the choir, or serve in worship, or help with the upkeep of the grounds of the church, or be the one who invites others into worship. Or, maybe, God’s calling you to reach out to the person sitting next to you in the pew. You never know who might be going through tough times and needs a friend to provide help or support. Think about it. Pray about it.
Share with Pastor Beth or someone in leadership how you’re hearing God call to your heart to serve. Our Church has meaning and purpose when we listen for God’s call and step out to serve others. That’s what it means to be a loving and caring Church. Can you imagine the impact we could make for our community … and for each other … if each person would step forward and say, “I Will Help”? Do you want to make a difference?
We are facing financial challenges as a church. Challenges are truly opportunities to serve and even grow stronger. God doesn’t call any one person to meet our financial needs. We are called as a congregation … as a Body of Christ each to do what they can, to be successful in meeting this challenge. Please pray about how God is calling you to contribute financially to the ministries of our church. For some it will mean giving more to the collection plate. For others, it will mean serving in a way that helps alleviate financial needs. Together we will be the church God wants us to be … a community of believers serving Jesus together.
God doesn’t ask to give our leftovers to support Kingdom work … the work of the church. We are called to share our first fruits. Please consider being generous with your finances in this sense. Yes … to help the church financially; more importantly, to help you grow spiritually. Become more Grinch-like … as when his heart grew three sizes! Jesus is calling you and me. Answer him out of the love He has shown you.

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21.
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Good News for We’ve Got Your Back
Planning and preparation for We’ve Got Your Back to School or “WGYB2S” are already underway. A letter was sent to Gouverneur businesses asking for financial support and we are getting a good response. A few hundred dollars has already come in, which will be a huge help in getting backpacks. We also have contacted makers of socks and underwear to see if they won’t pitch in with donations. Last year around 250 elementary children were helped. Please continue to share ideas.
Although we have to start early planning for WGYB2S, we want to be sure and celebrate those graduating and celebrating achievements as this school year draws to a close. Do you have grads and brags to share? Call or email the office with your scholar’s information.
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Thank-you’s:
Thank you for thinking of our students during your clothing service project. The winter clothing you provided went to children who needed them. We really appreciate it. May God bless you! From Mrs. Cummings @ St. James School

Thanks again from the Care Packages for Soldiers. The last shipment, sent in memory of Donny Horton, represents over 5000 packages sent to our service men and women.
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Spies? from Ogdensburg UMC
Friendly “spies” from the Ogdensburg church recently joined us for worship and to get some feedback on our recent growth in making disciples. Rather than a particular resource or program, we came around to attitude. That’s right, an ATTITUDE that welcomes all people, gives permission to try things, respects diversity and supports ministry with prayer – and a staffed nursery/child care!

A couple of their observations:
— the number of children/young families
— worship that had something for everyone
— genuine feel of hospitality and energy
— excitement with which we talked to them
— faith-based responses
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“The Bridge” Conference news highlights

The complete Bridge contents can be found here: http://www.unyumc.org/images/uploads/March_2015_-_UNY_Bulletin_Insert_the_Bridge_BW.pdf

Highlights include:
A new communications tool for local churches By Stephen J. Hustedt
You are holding in your hand a new communications tool designed for local churches to stay connected to each other and ministries taking place around the Upper New York Conference
and The United Methodist Church. This is a simple bulletin insert your local church has downloaded from the Conference website and run off copies of, but it’s also much more than that. It is a bridge to your ministry that takes place far beyond the doors of your local
church. That is the inspiration for the title.
The Bridge will tell stories of ministry, but it will also have bits of news and
information that will be useful to church members. It will be published in the first
and third weeks of every month. Notice will be sent to churches through UNY Notes when it is ready to be downloaded.
This new tool was created mostly as a result of feedback received around the needs at local churches. There is a strong desire for local churches to stay connected, but there is not always a lot of time for clergy and staff to integrate information into local church communication tools, like newsletters and bulletins, so it can be shared with the rest of the congregation. Conference electronic communications like the Weekly Digest, the
Conference website, and UNY Notes help, but not everyone has access, and there aren’t enough copies of communication tools like the Advocate to be shared by all. The need was clear, and the Bridge is an attempt at an answer. The hope is that it will support other
Conference Communications channels like the Weekly Digest and the Advocate by filling a hole that other channels cannot. It’s intended to be viewed in print and for there to be enough copies made for all local church members at a very low cost. Should a church not be able to afford to print off and photocopy issues of the Bridge, they are asked to contact
the Communications department so copies can be sent to them.
The Bridge will be available on the Conference website both in color and black & white versions. Graphically, it will remain simple so that copies can be made on a photocopier without concern for loss of quality. Tweaks to the format, design, and the creative process for the Bridge will continue to be made as more feedback is received. Please share your thoughts by sending them to stevehustedt@umyumc.org.

Rev. Gottschalk‐Fielding to assume role of executive assistant to Bishop Webb
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced that the Rev. Bill Gottschalk‐Fielding will assume the position of Executive Assistant to the Bishop, effective July 1. Rev. Gottschalk‐Fielding will continue his work as the Upper New York Conference Director of Connectional Ministries, in a move that combines two previously separate positions.
In discerning and creating this combined position, Bishop Webb looked at models from around the United Methodist connection, in consultation with current staff and episcopal colleagues. In the Northeastern Jurisdiction, both the West Virginia and New England
conferences have successfully combined the Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries roles.

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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 www.umcmarket.org.
UMCMarket.org

When you use UMCMarket.org 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 www.umcmarket.org and Log in. It takes just a couple of minutes. Each time you shop online, first log into umcmarket.org, search for the retailer you want to shop online with, click their logo and start shopping. When you visit the retail site through the UMCmarket.org 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 UMCMarket.org. 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 www.umcmarket.org 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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“Like” us on Facebook

Search for First UMC Gouverneur and “like” us on Facebook. Here you will find information about upcoming worship services and activities.

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Your giving impacts – where?

Visit the UMC Giving website (http://www.umcgiving.org/) to find out. Share with your fellow church members when you read something that resonates with you!

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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
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NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN!
UNIT SOAR – Sisters of Ruth
Our first meeting will be more like a Kick-off, Wednesday night at 6:30 pm… April 1st. Amber Ormasen will be introducing my visions of the unit: discuss the mission in regards to the Book of Ruth and give a summary of the story (handouts to be included); watch The Passion of Christ together with husbands- no children. Future Ideas for group: Intro/Find interest in courses, have guest speaker night to introduce different committee members and committee, tour of the church, discussion/ Education regarding membership/ tithing/church logistics/procedures, adult/couples game night (coffee and snack with Bible trivia/ charades), Fundraiser- 5k, Coffee fellowship, Car wash.
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Finance Committee Challenge
A Church which struggles can also be a Church which grows closer together. Whenever a challenge is to be won, everyone is needed. You are needed to help with this financial challenge. I believe Jesus has given this Church the gifts and talents needed to win.
As in past years we struggle for months to make the Church’s commitment to pay our Pastor, support our Ministries and make our Shared Ministries to our Conference. With the financial support of gracious members who step forward and give a portion of their yearly pledge in advance we are able to meet our commitments at the end of the year. But, we need to be able to meet these commitments monthly, not at the end of the year. Our Treasurer struggles every month with what can be paid.
We can do better than this. We can become a financially secure Church and be proud. We pledge during every Baptism that we will give our Gifts and Talents, have you been giving both. Are you giving your Gifts and using your Talents?
Do you have fund raising ideas, or can you help work on fund raisers? The Finance Committee is reaching out for Ideas and Workers. Please help us help you to become an active part in the financial stability of this Church we all love.
Please speak to anyone of the Finance Members to help with this Challenge.

Vicky Reed- Chairperson Mary Benware Jeanne Garner
Laura Conklin – Treasurer Phil McCarthy Nick Ormasen
Jim Norton Helen Harrington Donald & Glenda Schuessler
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DO YOU SHOP ONLINE? CHECK OUT THE UMCMARKET
Every store on UMCmarket pays a percentage of the purchased amount as a donation to the church. There is no additional cost or charge. Hundreds of our favorite online shopping sites take part. So, for shopping you are already doing, we will receive donations from the stores.
Sweet deal! Sign up is free and 1st UMC Gouverneur is already listed. Go to UMCmarket.org, click on the “get started” button to sign up either through your email or Facebook. Percentages average around 2-4% but some stores are much higher and/or offer specials. It’s never been so easy to help the church’s finances out!
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SPECIAL MEETING SHARES PROJECTS, PROGRAMS, & PRIORITIES
Members of the Council of Stewards, Finance Team, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the Board of Trustees and other interested members met for an evening of face to face updates on our current challenges, financial pressures, and immediate priorities. It was a very positive and forward looking discussion, with great sharing and listening demonstrated.

Among the info shared:
SPRC – keep our current pastor, get to a position to unfreeze salaries, educate.
Trustees – parsonage/housing, restroom renovations, stained glass, front sidewalk.
Finance – $15,500 deficit, pay pastor, stewardship education, online giving
Currently: average $6000/month in offerings; $14000/month expenses
There was great interest in having similar quarterly gatherings to touch base, discuss specific topics, have the pastor lead us through planning/visioning, etc. Younger, newer members are eager to be involved, support ministry, and their bring ideas even as they challenge us to join them in learning more about our faith, our church and our discipleship.
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CHURCH CAMPING SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER DON’T GET CAUGHT WITH NO WHERE TO GO THIS SUMMER!
There are several copies of the Upper New York Camping brochures in Fellowship Hall and available in the office. They list opportunities in the six camping locations we have across New York State. The closest is Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center. The programming there is changing drastically for this summer, so be sure to check the brochure for what and when camp is available.
We have a $75. And Go Policy….. you pay the $75.00 Registration fee and we pay the rest.
(THANKS to everyone who supported the Corned Beef Dinner for Camperships!)
The latest fundraising event is a Pizza sale, Saturday, April 18 pickup between 9 AM and 12 Noon in Fellowship Hall. Cheese or pepperoni pizzas available, $7 each or 2 for $13. Call the church office, 287-2440 to order or email the office 1stumc@centralny.twcbc.com. Assistance will be needed on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Please call the church office for more information.
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PRAYER MINISTRY EXPANDING – April 11 meeting in the Sanctuary
Here’s some of the latest developments in our ever growing prayer ministry:
• Monthly gathering on the 2nd Saturday, Brown Chapel, 10:00 am. Anyone interested is invited to gather for a short time of worship, group and silent prayer, sending of cards, and wherever else the Spirit takes us. If you can’t be at the Chapel, stop what you’re doing and join in prayer where you are.
• Easter Egg Prayer Partners – those who choose to participate will exchange names via plastic eggs and pray for that person through to Pentecost on May 24th.
• Ministry of the Month – You’re encouraged to always remember our various ministries and leaders in your prayers. Over the next several months we will lift up one ministry and its participants. This month: please keep the Kairos Ministry team in prayer. Kairos = God’s Special Time – the vision. . . .a community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment. . . .reaching all impacted by incarceration through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ.
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Bible Study Opportunity – Please join Judy Sibley and her amazing small group at Pine Grove in the dining hall on Thursday mornings from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for a reflective and connectional bible study through Judy’s tender, warm and welcoming leadership. This group of committed Christians are all-inclusive and non-judgmental no matter where your faith journey is. All you need is your bible and love of Jesus! All are welcome! (they let me come and asked me to come back! – Karen Lancto)
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Are you a reader? Spring and summer are just around the corner…I promise! Is anyone reading anything special this summer? It would be nice to share our summer reading ideas with each other. Please let Donna Boscoe (church secretary, 287-2440) know and if we ask real nice, maybe she can put a list together for us☺ (Karen Lancto)
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MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH @ ALDERSGATE (Plan ahead!)
Surprise Mom with a relaxing new location and treat her with a delicious brunch! Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center, on Pleasant Lake just south of Lowville, is again offering the perfect way to honor your mother – or someone who has been like a mother to you. Serving starts at 1:30 p.m. with a menu including breakfast delights, ham potatoes, fruits & salads, dessert and much more. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing info@aldersgateny.org or call 315-348-8833. Cost: Adults – $18. Over 65 – $15. Children 4 to 12 – $12. Under age 4 is free. Enjoy the beauty of one of our campgrounds.
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HOW ABOUT A WALL OF PICTURES AND/OR A PHOTO DIRECTORY?
We are growing by leaps and bounds (Yippee!) and it’s hard to keep up on who’s who and which child goes with which parent. And who are those folks we assume everybody knows, ‘cuz they’ve been here forever? After Easter, we are going to get going on a photo display to help you match names and faces. Please be ready with a recent pic of your crew…maybe in your Easter duds or doing one of your favorite activities. Pets allowed!
If you are creative with displays or have ideas for sharing this kind of information, we’d love to have you help out. Just let Pastor Beth or Donna Boscoe in on what you’re thinking.
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TWO MISSION OUTREACH PROJECTS GEARING UP EARLY
WGYB 2 SCHOOL (We’ve Got Your Back to School) planning is already underway, as we need to contact businesses for donations early in their ordering process. You may also want to be watching end of school year sales for the opportunity to pick up supplies. In addition to basic school supplies we are also going to be expanding into hygiene supplies: combs/brushes, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. We’ll even find a storage spot for you if needed. Check with Melissa Simione if you’d like to be more directly involved or have ideas. JoAnne Stowell is working with haircutters.

SHOEBOXES, SHOEBOXES, SHOEBOXES! One of our Christmas 2015 giving opportunities will be filling shoeboxes with practical gifts. Right now, we all need to start saving any “regular” sized shoe boxes (not giant boot boxes or tiny children’s boxes). A list of gift ideas will be coming so everyone can keep their eyes open for shopping opportunities.
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DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A LIBRARY?
That’s right, just around the corner from the offices and past the rest rooms. You can borrow books or videos at any time. For a small space, there’s a lot of variety: UMWomen’s reading program books, study and research materials, teen and children’s books, fiction, bible studies, tapes, and books covering a broad spectrum of religious themes. There are several items by Max Lucado, Billy Graham and Joyce Meyers as well as United Methodist authors and history.
We just ask that you bring back what you’ve borrowed so others can enjoy.
There is also a rack with more children’s books up in the sanctuary.
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Miscellaneous
Our NEWSLETTER DEADLINE for submission of articles is the Thursday immediately following the third Tuesday of each month.
PLANNING AN EVENT? Please – check with Donna Boscoe, our keeper of the calendar, to be sure the date and space you’ll be using are available. It gets busy!
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Aldersgate Work Day, May 16. Details: http://aldersgateny.org/join-us/event/2658
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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….
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WOMEN OF UNIT 2
Unit 2 will still be meeting the first Tuesday of the month as it has in the past, but the meeting time is 12:30 pm. Our new president is Sally Hayden. 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.
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PLEASE
Contact the office with your latest contact information, including birthdays, anniversaries, email, phone and mailing address.
Check our website:
www.gouverneurumc.org
Find us on Facebook (1st UMC Gouverneur) and please “Like” us!
Email: 1stumc@centralny.twcbc.com
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Top 3 Reasons to use UMCmarket for your online shopping.
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!
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CHOIR REHEARSALS – SUNDAYS @ 9:30 AM.
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.
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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.
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FELLOWSHIP FEAST – 2ND SUNDAY
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.
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RIP IT EXERCISE CLASSES
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.”
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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.
Remember: ALL PEOPLE ARE WELCOME HERE!

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United Methodist 101 and other Free Webinars

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

Upcoming webinars:

United Methodist 101 On-line Course

Lifelong United Methodist? New to United Methodism?

United Methodism 101 is designed for new church members and anyone else wanting to know more about our history, Structure, beliefs, Ministries and Challenges.You may be surprised at all there is to discover about our denomination! Click here for Registration ($9.99 fee)

Find more courses at this link: https://umctraining.org

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Committee on Native American Ministries

http://www.unyumc.org/pages/detail/1508 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 . . . fall retreats

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Camp & Retreat Ministries Newsletter

http://www.campsandretreats.org/

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? http://www.thereisgrace.com/why-your-kids-should-go-to-church-camp/

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