Collection for the Neighborhood Center

If you are able, please contribute toilet paper, feminine products, disposable razors, and soap for the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center for the next several weeks.  These are items that are rarely donated but much needed and can’t be purchased with SNAP benefits.  Donations can be brought on Sunday morning or anytime during the week (office hours 9AM – 1 PM, Monday – Friday).  You can find a collection box in the back of the sanctuary or items can be left in the office.

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November newsletter and calendar

November 2017 newsletter

November calendar

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New church email address

The church office has a new email address:  Please update your contact list.  Thank you.

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Disciple Fast Track Bible Study meets Wednesdays

DISCIPLE FAST TRACK – This fall, we will share in a congregation-wide Bible study called Disciple Fast Track. We’ll meet for 12 weeks, beginning on Wednesday, September 13th from 6:30pm-8pm. In this study, you’ll get an in-depth look at the whole New Testament. (We’ll do the same thing in the Spring with the Old Testament.) If you want to know more about the Bible, if you want to deepen your faith life, if you want to better equip yourself as a disciple and leader alongside your friends in faith, this study is for you! Please sign up by calling the church office, 315-287-2440.

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Sunday school, Sunday school – it’s time!

Sunday school is active and alive!  There are classes for Kindergarten – age 100!  Yes, kids, teens, adults; you are invited and encouraged to attend.  The nursery is staffed for children of Sunday school teachers, participants in the adult class as well as choir members.

Sunday school classes meet each week 10 – 10:45 AM. Registration is easy, please call the church office, 315-287-2440, for more information.

Grades K – 4 will be using the Holy Moly curriculum, Connect will be the curriculum for grade 5 and up.  The adult class will be led by Cadie Hockenbary, the study will center on the New Testament book of Hebrews.

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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 11/16/17 $192.05 had been collected from your donations, the Finance Committee projected $200 income on this line in 2017.  Can you help us out by donating?  We’ve love to best our 2016 amount!

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 9:15 through the conclusion of the 11 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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Contact information requested

The church secretary is working to collect up to date information for the church directory and mailing list.  Please complete the form available from the church office, call her with your information (315-287-2440), or print and complete the form found here.  Your participation is appreciated!  If you are not on the newsletter mailing list and would like to receive one, please call the office.

Directory information sheet

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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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Neighborhood Center Food $en$e

Neighborhood Center Food $en$e

A program of the Food Bank of Central New York

Food $en$e offers everyone the opportunity to stretch their food budget dollars by purchasing quality and delicious food units at a discount-not to mention the great specials available.

Everyone is eligible to purchase food from Food $en$e, including senior citizens, college students, singles, disabled, shut-ins, working and military families.

There are no income requirements! If you eat you can get Food $en$e!

Food $en$e is NOT a federal, state or local government program. It is NOT part of any social service agency or any religious organization.

It is not a hand out! Food $en$e is a Helping Hand!

How do you purchase food from Food $en$e ?

Register and pay in advance for your unit and/or specials at the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center. On Distribution Day you can easily sign up for the following month.

Pay $15.50 in cash or Food Stamps (EBT). More than one unit can be purchased. In addition to the basic food “unit”, special items are available for purchase also.

Pick up your food unit on a designated Thursday at The VFW, 100 W.Main St., Gouverneur. Bring your receipt with you. If you are unable to pick up your unit give the receipt to a friend or relative to pick it up for you.

Food must be picked up on time. Food not picked up on Distribution Day will be donated to the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center Food Pantry. There will be no refunds or credits on food not picked up.

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