Church picnic – Sunday, July 22

Please join us for a picnic at Ron and Dede’s camp on Mansion Grounds Road, Sylvia Lake, Sunday, July 22 at 3 PM.  Dinner will be at 5 PM, please bring a dish to pass, meat will be provided.  This is a great time for swimming, boating and fellowship.  Questions?  Please call the church office 315-287-2440 or email firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com.

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We’ve Got Your Back (to school)

On Sunday, August 19, 1 – 3:00 PM we will be giving out school supplies.  You are welcome to stop in with the list of items your child(ren) will need.  Please enter the door nearest Key Bank.

We’ve Got Your Back (to school) was begun to ease the burden of parents with the cost of school supplies and to assist students to have a great start to the school year.  The list of items needed has varied from year to year.  If you can help by donating supplies, donating money to purchase supplies or volunteer at the event – please contact the church office (315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com).

Items needed for this year:

Backpacks                                    zippered pencil pouches                                pencils

pencil/crayon boxes                  colored pencils                                                  ear buds

highlighters                                 dry erase markers (fine tip and bold)          wide ruled paper

blunt tip scissors                       single subject notebooks                                composition books

children’s underwear               hand sanitizer                                                   deodorant

shampoo                                     tissues                                                                 bar soap

children’s socks

These items may be dropped off at the church during office hours (9AM – 1 PM) or on Sunday mornings.  Your assistance is truly appreciated!

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Book study – A Crazy Holy Grace

Each of us experiences pain. Though time really does help to heal wounds, nothing can erase our memories. A Crazy, Holy Grace is a collection of essays by Frederick Buechner, a Presbyterian clergy from Vermont. In his writings Buechner shares of his struggles to come to grips with the nature of pain, grief and grace in the years since the suicide of his father when Buechner was a young boy.

On four Monday evenings this summer (two in July, 7/16 & 7/23; and two in August, 8/13 & 8/20) we will discuss our understandings of his writings at the home of Don & Glenda Schuessler (129 Rowley ), meeting from 7 – 8:30 PM. There will be a short video as part of each session. Each person will have a copy of the book and a study guide. These can be picked up in the church office. Participants are encouraged to read the book and study guide materials before each session. The goal of the study is to help us deal with pain in Christian ways that are attentive to both the realities of human emotional suffering and the hope of the Gospel. Please pray about setting aside 4 evenings this summer to wrestle with these ideas with brothers and sisters in Christ. For more information, please contact Don Schuessler, 315-287-0746.

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July August newsletter

July August newsletter

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Summer worship – 10 AM – Brown Chapel

Our summer worship will be at 10 AM in Brown Chapel beginning July 1.  Nursery is available.  For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440.

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Vacation Bible School 2018 (VBS)

Please register your child(ren) for VBS using the document found here: VBS 2018 Registration The printed forms are also available at the First United Methodist Church office, 34 Grove Street (office hours 9 AM – 1 PM) and at St. James School, 20 South Gordon St. It will be helpful if you are able to complete these as soon as possible and return them to one of the offices.

Ecumenical Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be in cooperation with St. James again this year, they will host at the school at 20 S.Gordon Street. June 25 – 29, 9 AM – 12 Noon.

God’s Word is our “trail map”.
Students pretend to get into a boat with Peter and to walk along with Jesus as He shows love and forgiveness to the people He meets. Peter often failed, but Jesus forgave him. Peter even lied and said he didn’t know Jesus! Now that’s a big failure. But God’s forgiveness is bigger. Many times we are just like Peter – failing, sinning, and needing forgiveness. God wants to forgive and restore us with just as much love as when He forgave Peter.

Day 1 – Jesus’ invitation – Peter follows Jesus. Luke 5:1-11

Day 2 – Jesus’ love and forgiveness – Jesus shows His love and forgiveness. Luke 18:15

Day 3 – Human failure – Peter fails Jesus. Matthew 26:30-56

Day 4 – God’s Undying Love – Peter denies, but Jesus forgives. Luke 22:54-62

Day 5 – Love and Forgiveness – Peter discovers God’s forever forgiveness. Mark 16:1-7

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What’s next at First UMC?

Sparkling Saints Support Group -this women’s group meets monthly in Brown Chapel.  Next meeting, Thursday, August 2 at 6:00 PM.  Do you have burdens that you carry with you daily?  Are you seeking healing through a connection with God and support from friends in faith?  Come and talk with other women to lift each other up and be grounded in God’s love and care.  Led by Danielle Atria.

Devotional Pilates – helps you care for your body and spirit.  Meets in Brown Chapel Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM for a time of reflection, prayer and Pilates.  Looking for more fitness opportunities?  Rip It meets Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays. Also Wednesday evenings at the track (Gouverneur Fairgrounds) at 7:30 PM.  Contact Amber Ormasen for more information: amberormasen@gmail.com.

Meet Jesus*Follow Jesus*Serve (with) Jesus

A Way Forward conversation – Tuesday, July 17 at 6 PM.  Check out Pastor Beth’s newsletter article in the July August newsletter (post on this website) to learn more about our denominations conversation about A Way Forward related to LGBT inclusion and the church.  Join for discussion  to hear about proposed changed in The United Methodist Church.

Picnic at the Lake – at Ron McDougall and Dede Scozzafava’s camp on Sylvia Lake, Mansion Grounds Road.  Sunday, July 20, 3 PM.  Bring a dish to pass, meat will be provided.  Great time for swimming, boating and fellowship.

We’ve Got Your Back (to school) –  Sunday, August 19, 1 – 3:00 PM we will be giving out school supplies.  You are welcome to stop in with the list of items your child(ren) will need.  Please enter the door nearest Key Bank.

We’ve Got Your Back (to school) was begun to ease the burden of parents with the cost of school supplies and to assist students to have a great start to the school year.  The list of items needed has varied from year to year.  If you can help by donating supplies, donating money to purchase supplies or volunteer at the event – please contact the church office (315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com).

Items needed for this year:

Backpacks                                    zippered pencil pouches                                pencils

pencil/crayon boxes                  colored pencils                                                  ear buds

highlighters                                 dry erase markers (fine tip and bold)          wide ruled paper

blunt tip scissors                       single subject notebooks                                composition books

children’s underwear               hand sanitizer                                                   deodorant

shampoo                                     tissues                                                                 bar soap

children’s socks                        Thank you for your help!

Friday Lunch – on Friday each week a team prepares and serves a home cooked meal to the senior citizens of our community. Meals can be consumed in Fellowship Hall (noon) or can be delivered to locations in town. Assistance is always needed – from dishwashers to delivery persons. If you would like more information about volunteering your time or would like a lunch please call the church office (315-287-2440).

Congratulations to our college and high school graduates.  They were honored June 17 during the morning worship.  We wish them the best in their future endeavors!

Congratulations to our confirmands! Welcome to First UMC Gouverneur!

                                          

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Sparkling Saints Support Group

This women’s group meets every third week.  Do you have burdens that you carry with you daily?  Are you seeking healing through a connection with God and support from friends in faith?  Come and talk with other women to lift each other up and be grounded in God’s love and care.  Led by Danielle Atria.  The next meeting of this group will be Thursday, August 2, 6 PM in Brown Chapel.  The group will be studying the book Keep It Shut.  For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com.

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Returnable cans and bottles

Do you have bottles and cans to return? It is easy to drop off your cans/bottles at the  Bottle Redemption Center, 470 East Main Street, Gouverneur. Please tell them you would like the First UMC Gouverneur to receive the proceeds of your donation.

As of 4/30/17 $72.20 has been contributed from cans and bottles redemption. It’s quick and easy!

As of 12/31/17 $215.90 was received for 2-17. Thank you!

In 2016 over $225  was received by the church from your donations. Thank you!

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Nursery care available

The church nursery is open on Sunday mornings.  JoAnne Crandall is our Nursery Coordinator, the staff includes Lori Chambers, Mandi Dake and Tara Barbarito.   The nursery is open from 9:45 through the conclusion of the 10 AM worship time.  You will be asked to sign your child in and out, leaving any special instructions with the workers of the day.  Our staff has been “Safe Sanctuary” trained and background checked, we are grateful for their ministry with our children.

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