December newsletter

Please click on the link below to view the December newsletter.


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Advent Activity nights

Mark the Wednesday evenings in early December on your calendar and join the Advent Activity nights. 

On December 2 the church will be decorated for Christmas.  Check the church Facebook page (First UMC Gouverneur) for up to date details on the schedule and activities.  All are welcome.  For more information please call the church office, 287-2440.


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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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Bundles of Care

We would like to complete this project soon, if you have a box or items to contribute please bring it to worship on Sunday or drop it by the church office.  Thank you for your support of this project and our community.

Bundles of Care

 Help fill shoeboxes with personal hygiene supplies. Items will be distributed at the Neighborhood Center.

 Here’s how you can help:

  1. Bring in extra shoe or boot boxes.
  2. Help wrap boxes with Christmas paper.
  3. Shop for hygiene products:


Hand and body soap


Safety razors

Toilet paper

Bubble bath

Expanding towels for children

Hair brush

Wash cloth/hand towel


Emory boards/nail clipper

Shaving Cream



Items may be specific to age or gender (young girl, teen boy, senior citizen)

  1. Pick a box in which to pack them.
  2. Place your box in the pile up front.



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Fall Harvest Bazaar

Thank you to all who helped to make this event a success!

Bazaar   Dates and Time:       November 6th and 7th      (Friday and Saturday)                         9am to 3pm both days







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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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“The Bridge” Conference news highlights

The complete Bridge contents can be found here:

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

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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