All Saints Sunday

On Sunday, November 6, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday, remembering our loved ones who have died in the preceding year.  If you have a loved one you would like lifted up in worship, please turn in their name (s) to the church office by Sunday, October 30.  You may call the church office, 315-287-2440 or email

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Fall Bazaar – November 4 and 5

For over 50 years the women of the First United Methodist Church have held a Fall Bazaar, sharing faith and handmade items, from food to mittens, raising money to support Missions throughout the World.

The women  of the church work all year to prepare for this event and they will be ready for our arrival.

This year the bazaar will be held November 4 and 5 from 9 AM to 3 PM each day.  Items for sale will include: homemade candies, popcorn balls, fudge, donuts, cookies, pies, cakes, aprons, runners, jewelry, gloves, mittens, cards, knitted goods, Rada Cutlery, washcloths, books and a this-and-that table.  Our famous soup will be served on Friday; hot dogs and hamburgers on Saturday.

This year Face Painting will be available for children on Saturday, Santa will be waiting in the Christmas shoppe.  Parents, please bring your camera to take your childs’ picture.

Crafters will be available.  For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440.

Items needed: homemade candy, knitted items, baked goods, plants, gently used items, jewelry, woodworking items.

Soup ingredients needed: 26 lb. stew beef, 12 quarts tomatoes, 11 2 lb. containers of beef broth, 5 lb. carrots, 10 lb. celery, 10 lb. onions, 2 #10 cans green beans, 8 lb. potatoes.  If you can supply any of the items listed above please contact Melissa Simione, 315-535-4151.

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Returnable cans and bottles

Are you doing your fall cleaning? Do you have bottles and cans to return? It is easy to drop off your cans/bottles at the Trackside Bottle Redemption Center (off Factory Street, across Route 11 from Price Chopper). 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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October newsletter


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Nursery care available

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is please to announce that the church nursery is once again open on Sunday mornings.  JoAnne Crandall and Lori Chambers have been hired as Nursery Coordinators, please stop by the nursery and introduce yourself and welcome them.

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Fall Lay Servant Classes

FALL LAY SERVANT CLASSES – Lay Servant classes are great ways to grow your faith and expand your leadership skills. Disciples are equipped for ministry!  See the church office (315-287-2440) to register for a class. Materials range from $3-11. Assistance available if needed.

Basic Course – Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, 9/13-10/18, at Colton UMC

Advanced Courses –

Justice in Every Day Life – Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, 9/13-10/18, at Colton UMC


From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon – Saturdays, 10am-4pm, 10/15, 10/29, & 11/12, at Sandy Creek UMC

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Fall Bible Study

SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER BIBLE STUDY – Pastor Beth will begin a new Bible Study this fall, corresponding with our September worship focus, “Church Can Happen Anywhere.” We’ll meet on Wednesdays at 7pm, beginning on September 14th. Bring a Bible and a pen/notebook if you like to take notes. If you need a Bible, let Pastor Beth know.  For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440.


For October 19 please read II Corinthians 4 – 7.

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Chat with Pastor Beth

Pastor Beth Quick would love to get to know you and your loved ones.  Sign up to drop by the office to chat, to go out to lunch, or to have her over for a visit.  Check out the schedule outside her office door, dates are currently available.  If none of the times listed work for you, just let her know (315-287-2440).

Pastor Beth takes Mondays as her Sabbath day, she will not be in the office most Mondays.  Generally she is in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.  Friday is for visitation and worship preparation.  If you would like to meet with Pastor Beth, you can call the office anytime to make a plan to see her or contact her via phone or email.  Her email address is:

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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, or print and complete the form found here.  Your participation is appreciated!

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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