Worship at the Fairgrounds – September 23

This Sunday, September 23rd, we will have worship at the Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Ripathon and Pumpkin Festival. We will worship in the new Red Cattle Barn at 11am. There will be no worship at the church building. Seating will be provided, so you do not need to bring chairs. Please make sure to spread the word – all are welcome! Don’t forget to join us in the 5k walk/run (registration at 8:30am) that morning, or to plan on buying some Chicken BBQ afterwords and enjoying some fellowship time.

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Worship time changes!

Beginning Sunday, September 9 our worship will begin at 11AM in the sanctuary.  Hope to see you there!  Choir will rehearse at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary, all singers welcome.

Sunday school will begin on September 16.

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Ripathon – September 22 & 5K on Sptember 23

The 4th annual Ripathon will take place in conjunction with the Gouverneur Pumpkin Festival, September 22 and 23 at the Gouverneur Fairgrounds.

This fitness event celebrates health and wellness.  There will be a variety of certified instructors each leading a section of the Saturday morning event, from 10 AM – 12 Noon.  Please come and look for Piyo Candi Lynn, Yogalates with Nichole Kendall, Pound Fitness with Lori Fisher Sheffield, Tabatta with Margaret Hannan Rider. . . .and, yes, Rip It.  A certified massage therapist will also be on site, pay by the minute.

On Sunday a 5K Walk/Run sponsored by 4F Running from Potsdam.  Snokones, door prizes, t-shirts and lots of family fun!  If you are aware of vendors who support health and wellness and/or business sponsors, please contact Amber Ormasen.  amberormasen@gmail.com or via the church office, 315-287-2440.

Also on Sunday, September 23 we will gather for worship at the Fairgrounds at 11 AM.  Details forthcoming.

Ripathon 2018

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September newsletter

September newsletter

Please check the calendar section of this website to see the calendar listings.

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What’s next at First UMC?

Sunday School – begins September 16 at 10 AM.  On the first day we will complete registration forms, create a craft or two and share in a light breakfast.  All parents/guardians must complete a registration form for students.  On September 23 we will take a break to worship at 11 AM at the Fairgrounds, we hope you will consider completing the 5K which begins at 9 AM that day.  Regular classes will begin on September 30, 10 AM. We’ve got a great group of teachers, classes for Kindergarten students – Adults.  Child care is available during Sunday school, for parents who wish to attend the Adult Class or sing in Choir.  Please join the group!  2018-19 SS:Youth Reg.

Sparkling Saints Support Group -this women’s group meets monthly in Brown Chapel.  Next meeting, Thursday,  September 27, 6 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.

Youth in grades 6 – 12 are invited to gather on Sunday, October 21, time TBA.   We plan to meet monthly to spend some time playing games, getting to know each other, learning about following Jesus, and making some plans for the year ahead.  Please let Pastor Beth know if you plan to attend (315-287-2440).  Ice cream social on the 16th! For students in grades 6 – 12.

Devotional Pilates – helps you care for your body and spirit.  Meeting time TBA.  Looking for more fitness opportunities?  Rip It meets Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays.  Contact Amber Ormasen for more information: amberormasen@gmail.com.

Meet Jesus*Follow Jesus*Serve (with) Jesus

Neighborhood Center Volunteer Opportunity – the Neighborhood Center is looking for volunteers every other Wednesday morning to help unload the Food Bank truck.  Can you help?  Please contact the church office (315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping.  The next delivery is Wednesday, September 26.

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).

Congratulations to our college and high school graduates.  They were honored June 17 during the morning worship.  We wish them the best in their future endeavors!

Congratulations to our confirmands! Welcome to First UMC Gouverneur!

                                          

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Sparkling Saints Support Group

This women’s group meets every third week.  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 Thursday, September 27.  The group will be studying the book Keep It Shut.  For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440 or firstumcgouverneur@gmail.com.

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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 8/29/18 $130.80 has been contributed from cans and bottles redemption. It’s quick and easy!  We’re running behind our budgeted target – can you help us out?

In 2017 $215.90 was received by the church from your donations. 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 9:45 through the conclusion of the 10 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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