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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Ask the Pastor

On Sunday, May 27, we will have a unique worship format. Do you have a favorite scripture? Or, a passage that you have questions about? Have questions about faith and life? About God? About Pastor Beth’s spiritual journey? Submit questions and passage to Pastor Beth by Monday, May 21 for inclusion in worship on the 27th. Pastor Beth will include as much as she can in the worship service, and all questions will receive a response in some format even if they cannot be included in worship. You can submit questions/scriptures in writing, in person, or via email: bethquick@gmail.com

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May newsletter

May 2018 newsletter

For upcoming calendar events, please visit the calendar tab.

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What’s next at First UMC?

On Sunday, May 20 we will celebrate our confirmands and welcome them as members of First UMC Gouverneur during the 11 AM worship time. Please join us! A reception will follow. Congratulations, confirmands!

Sunday school for children and adults – ages pre-K through adults meet 10 AM Sunday mornings.  Learn about Jesus and grow in faith.

Sparkling Saints Support Group -this women’s group meets monthly in Brown Chapel.  Next meeting, Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 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 eachother up and be grounded in God’s love and care.  Led by Danielle Atria.

SAFE SANCTUARIES -There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday, May 20 following worship. Grab a piece of cake and beverage at the confirmands reception and then head to Brown Chapel to watch the training DVD and spend time in discussion. The training will last 1 hour and satisfies the annual training requirement for all volunteers working with children, youth and vulnerable adults. Please contact the church office (315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.

Devotional Pilates – helps you care for your body and spirit.  Meets in Brown Chapel Saturday mornings at 9 AM for a time of reflection, prayer and Pilates.  Looking for more fitness opportunities?  Rip It meets Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays.  Contact Amber Ormasen for more information: amberormasen@gmail.com.

Invitation to the Old Testament – our spring Bible study is Invitation to the Old Testament, an 8 week study from the Disciple Bible curriculum.  Class begins on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 PM.  Please sign up in the church office (315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com) or on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary so that an appropriate number of books can be ordered.

Meet Jesus*Follow Jesus*Serve (with) Jesus

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).

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Sparkling Saints Support Group

This monthly group for women will start on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 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.
The next meeting of this group will be Tuesday, May 15, 7 PM in Brown Chapel.

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Save the Dates! VBS and Aldersgate

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.  More details to come.

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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Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center will host a week of camp Sunday, July 8 – Friday, July 13.  Watch the website for more information: http://aldersgateny.org/  Family Life Weekend will be Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15.  http://aldersgateny.org/join-us/event/4127

 

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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 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 9:15 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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