Upcoming events featuring FOOD!

Invite a friend or neighbor to enjoy a meal with you, or bring deliver one to someone who is shut-in.  Check the church Facebook page (First UMC Gouverneur) for updates on food/meal information.

Thursday, February 4 there will be a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner, serving will begin at 4:30 PM.  Adults $9/Children$4.  Take outs available.

Saturday, February 6, Pizza Sale, pick up 9 AM – 12 Noon.  Cheese or pepperoni pizza available, $7 for 1/$13 for 2.  Please call the church office, 315-287-2440, to place your order.  Assistance will be needed Friday evening, February 5 beginning at 6 PM to make the pizzas as well as Saturday morning.  Pizzas will also be available following morning worship on Sunday, February 7.

Valentines Day Dinner, February 14 with serving beginning at 5:30 PM. Menu: Chicken Parmesan, Stuffed Shells, Salad, Dessert and Beverage.  Children’s menu: Mac & Cheese, Meatballs, Dessert and Beverage.  Adult price: $10/meal, children eat FREE! Join us in house or take your dinner home to enjoy.  Reservations suggested, please call 315-287-2440 with your meal (adult/children) count.  It promises to be a lovely evening.

Save Thursday, March 17 for a corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the trimmings.  There will also be a children’s menu for this dinner.

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Living Generously study group

The Thursday evening study group will focus on Living Generously.  All are welcome to join the group, child care provided.  Gathering at 6:30 PM, concluding at 7:30 PM.  Video and discussion format, this study will last 5 weeks.  Topics include:

First – how has someone else’s generousity affected you? Does your heart take joy in an opportunity to honor God through giving?  What is God asking you to give?  Time? Money? Service?

Defense – when our hearts are aligned with God the Father, we respond by loving others and living generous lives.  What master do you serve? Money? Yourself? Status? Power?

Poor – becoming poor relationally is the key to loving your neighbor.  If you were to become more poor in spirit and live a generous lifestyle, who would be affected by that decision?  Spouse? Parents? Kids? Co-workers? Church? Neighbors?

Tower – God is a strong tower, from His tower we get a perspective and glimpse of God’s purpose.  How does that tower give you peace in your life?

Seedtime – are you playing it safe in your life, or are you taking risks with what God has entrusted to you? Where has God planted you (church, work, school, neighborhood, family) so you can start planting seeds?

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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 www.umcmarket.org.


When you use UMCMarket.org 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 www.umcmarket.org and Log in. It takes just a couple of minutes. Each time you shop online, first log into umcmarket.org, search for the retailer you want to shop online with, click their logo and start shopping. When you visit the retail site through the UMCmarket.org 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 UMCMarket.org. 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 www.umcmarket.org 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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“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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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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