Soup and Communion

Come together each Wednesday during Lent for a meal of soup and bread and a short study on the meaning of communion (including sharing in communion).  Wednesdays at 6 PM beginning March 8.

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Ash Wednesday worship, March 1, 7 PM

The season of Lent begins Wednesday, March 1.  We will gather in Brown Chapel for worship at 7 PM.  Begin your Lenten journey here with the first in a series of “Encounters with Jesus”.  Please plan to attend this worship time, a special way to begin the 40 season of preparation that leads us to the joy of Easter.  Childcare will be available in the nursery.For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440.

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World Day of Prayer, March 3, 4 PM

Please join the group in Brown Chapel, handicapped accessible via the “new” addition to First UMC, Gouverneur.  This year the service will focus on the theme “Am I being unfair to you?”  Join with friends from area churches in celebrating in worship together. For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440.

World Day of Prayer (WDP) is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women of many faith
traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service. The 2016 World Day of Prayer service will begin at the first sunrise on March 3, 2017, in the Pacific region and, following the Earth’s orbit, will spread around the world.

For 2017, the women of the Philippines invite us to consider these words: “Am I being unfair to you?” The women of the Philippines share their stories of intergenerational wisdom, traditions, and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance. We will learn of a cultural practice called dagyaw, which is a communal way of laboring on neighbors’ farms and sharing the harvest among all. It is a way to build and sustain a community. The theme for 2017 is taken from Matthew 20:1–16, the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. While Jesus sees nothing wrong in giving generously, the workers react differently and feel entitled to receive more. As we listen to the women of the Philippines throughout the worship service, we are called to confess, to take responsibility, and to answer God’s call for justice.

WDP’s motto, “Informed prayer leads to prayerful action,”
affirms that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence. As we observe WDP 2017, millions of God’s people suffer from violence, exploitation, the effects of a global economic crisis, and the hardships of emigration. We encourage you to begin thinking about actions that you can take to further expand God’s kingdom. Throughout the service, the women of WDP Philippines invite us to accept Jesus’ infinite blessing and exhort us to receive others into the kingdom of God. Let us walk in faith and prayerful action!

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February newsletter

February 2017 newsletter

February 2017 calendar    You can also find the calendar link on the pull-down menu below the church picture header.

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Vacation Bible School 2017

SAVE THE DATES!  July 17 – 21  Please mark your calendar now!

This site will be updated as more information becomes available.

For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440.

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Take a coat – give a coat

Do you have coats, vests, sweaters that no longer fit or you haven’t worn in ages?  How about donating to our We’ve Got Your Back in the Cold jacket rack?  The portable rack in the lower hallway near Fellowship Hall is for give-a-way coats and jackets.  Take one, give one – whichever works for you.

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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. In 2016 almost $200 has been received by the church from your donations. Thank you!

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Nursery care available

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is please to announce that the church nursery is  open on Sunday mornings.  JoAnne Crandall and Lori Chambers are Nursery Coordinators, please stop by the nursery and introduce yourself and welcome them.  The nursery is open from 9:30 AM through the conclusion of the 11 AM worship.

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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.

Information update

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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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