“Sunday School, it’s a thing!”


9:30 am – 10:30 am

A snack will be provided between then and the start of worship.  All children, UPK through Jr. High are welcome. Older teenagers can be crewmates with our adult volunteers! There’s also a nursery for the little ones. Our first round of activities is centered on “How the Bible Came to Be.”  Parents there also is an Adult Class studying the Gospel of Luke. There will be several new faces teaching and helping, along with some very familiar ones.  Make plans now to start the fall of in style.

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Mark Your Calendar and News

Sept. 19th


Check with Melissa Simione to help.


Sept. 27th

Our District Superintendent, The Rev. Rebekah Sweet will be preaching here


November 5th, 6:30 p.m

Annual Church Conference 


Dec. 1st

Bishop Mark Webb will be visiting our Northern Flow District on Dec. 1st.   He will meet with any interested laypersons that evening…. right here at Gouverneur First!



Letters have been handed out or mailed to everyone we have listed as currently serving in some capacity within the life of the church. You’ve been asked to indicate a “yes” or “no” as to whether or not you would like to continue in that position, take a break or change to another area of service/leadership. Please get those back ASAP…and thanks to all those who have already got their paper back to the office.




Parents: please let us know a mailing address for your college student. If somethings like a church newsletter can be a welcome sight in the old mailbox!




This season’s work is coming down the homestretch at the parsonage, 32 Barnes St.

Over the summer the roof has been completely repaired, three rooms and the front hallway sheet rocked & painted, and a new floor put down in the kitchen.  Cleaning, some minor fix-its, and hook up of utilities remain before Pastor Beth and Wildfire move into town!

375-4108 is the Black Lake house and will cease to be in use very soon.
322-1578 is Beth’s cell phone.

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Wednesdays, Sept 30 – November 4   (6 weeks)
Dinner 5:30 p.m., Study at 6:15

Child Care Provided, Headed Home by 7:45

…Hamilton succeeds…interweaving of personal testimony and ministry insights provides important lessons for Christian disciples today…” 

Called to Follow Christ
Called to Go
Called to Suffer
Called to Love
Called to Give
Called to be Faithful

Each session starts with a 12-18 minute dvd presentation and then we’ll have group discussion.  A student book is available, but not required. Copies are available via the office at $10. or you can order your own or get it electronically. It is The Call, by Adam Hamilton.

Please let Pastor Beth know if you’d be interested in leading a discussion group. Materials will be provided.

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To the Sunday School Children and Staff
Thank you for the offerings you have taken and the Noisy Can offerings. It is wonderful the thoughtfulness, caring and hard work you have done for Baby Vivian. You are all in our hearts.
Thank you,
Dale & Shelly Cronk Jr. and Vivian and Isbell, Dale & Peggy Cronk Family


To the Children of First United Methodist Church,
Thank you for your donation to Rettsyndrome.org made in honor of Tiffany Janack. Thanks to the support of donors like you we have been able to provide funding for two human clinical trials testing medicines…  Also launched a groundbreaking initiative called the Scout Program, with the goal of accelerating screening of drugs….Thank you for your support and generosity. Your help is hope for everyone affected by Rett syndrome!
God Bless!   Rajat R. Shah and Melissa F.


Dear Friends
On behalf of the Norther Flow District Committee on Ordained Ministry, I am writing to express our gratitude for your offering of your building facilities to us during the past year. The meeting room has always been ready and waiting for us when we arrive, and we are greeted with smiles from each of you. The addition of coffee and its accompaniments is more than welcome! We do appreciate all that you do to support the work of the district committee, the district as a whole and the Upper New York Conference. Thanks,  Sylvia Reimer


Recently Vicky Reed introduced an angel seeking some extra, special support to help us meet a few bills. THANKS to everyone that is helping to answer the question, “Are there angels among us?” All but two of the special request have been taken!

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United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

Malone Centenary UMC, 345 Main Street, Malone, NY

The gathering for the meeting starts at 4 pm Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 and on Saturday, October 3, the gathering is from 8 am – 9 am. Meeting will be at 9:15 am. The cost is $25 for both days and $15 for a single day. Persons are responsible for their own overnight accommodations.

If you would like a registration form for this meeting please contact Hazel Finley at 287-2373 or Laura Conklin at 287

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Northern Flow District United Methodist Women Meet

The UMW Fall District meeting is at DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church September 26 with the gathering at  9 am and the meeting at 9:30 am and ending by 1:30 pm.  Dr. Rev. Nancy Hale will speak on sharpening our action and sensitivity related to persons with a disability.

Laurel O’Connor will give a Social Action talk on the Conference mission project, Africa 360.  Reservations for lunch ($7.00) and child care (free) to Marj Frary by Sept. 19 at call 315-347-3016.  There will be carpooling from Gouverneur.  If you need a ride or would like to car pool let Laura Conklin know at 287-2857.

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United Methodist Women Meet on September 23

At 7 pm, September 23, the local General United Methodist Women will meet in Brown Chapel with Vicky Reed, chairing, to discuss and finalize plans for the Annual Fall Bazaar.  Please join the discussion about the new ideas and plans for this year’s Bazaar.  It will be held on Friday, November 6, 9 am to 3 pm, with the traditional soup and sandwich luncheon and quarts of soup for sale. On Saturday, November 7, there will be activities for children and hot dogs and hamburgers served.  The hours for Saturday are 9 am to 3 pm, also.

Outside vendors are being invited again and the local units will have their tables with baked goods, crafts, gently used items, and Christmas crafts.

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Golf Tournament – Save the Date!

The church will hold a golf tournament at the Gouverneur Country Club on Saturday, September 12. Please save the date and invite your fellow golfers (or duffers!) to join you on that date. More details coming. Look for great golf, great fellowship, great food, great silent auction – an all around GREAT time!

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June newsletter (excerpts)

NOTE: Starting July 5th summer worship will be at 10:00 a.m. in the air-conditioned Brown Chapel!


Sunday School

We’ve had another amazing year of Sunday School! We have been blessed to have interacted with 31 students, 1 teen assistant, 1 photographer/store manager, 3 teacher’s assistants and 2 teachers . We’ve learned lessons of love, obedience and faith through bible lessons and scripture, but also with just good old-fashioned conversation and sharing. We have a very special group and I am going to miss them more than they know. I pray that everyone has a blessed and safe summer and that God protects them, keeps them safe and shows them His amazing love!



Megan Barr

Charles Dann

Emily Farrell

Lauren Infield

Nick Melillo

Nikolaus Simione

May God guide your paths and your journey into the future!



We have been confronted by some tough decisions regarding our parsonage (32 Barnes St.) and the provision of housing for our pastor. The trustees have considered our options:

• extent and cost of needed repairs,

• looking into a different location,

• going with a housing allowance so we don’t maintain a building,

and, of course, funding sources and financial impact.

At this time, staying with the current house is looking the best, with repairs to the roof as the top priority. Then repairs to windows, walls, flooring, painting, etc can take place.

Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer before Pastor Beth can live in town!


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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“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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