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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September newsletter

News Sept. 2016

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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 September 21 please read I Corinthians chapters 3 – 6.

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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).

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Golf tournament – September 10

Thank you to all the individuals, groups and businesses who supported the golf tournament.  It was a great day!  Final calculations are still being done before a report will be given.  There is every reason to believe the total surpassed the 2015 golf tournament total of $5000.00.  Again, thank you!


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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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Summer Book Study

Pastor Beth Quick will be leading a 6 week study this summer of Adam Hamilton’s new book Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say.  Starting Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 PM.  Please sign up (315-287-2440 or if you plan to attend so that books can be ordered.

More about the book: True or false:
1. Everything happens for a reason.
2. God helps those who help themselves.
3. God won’t give you more than you can handle. (August 18)
4. God said it, I believe it, that settles it. (August 25)
5. Love the sinner, hate the sin. (September 1)
All true? Not so fast. We’ve heard these phrases all of our lives, but in Adam Hamilton’s new book, Half Truths, you’ll learn that although they capture some element of truth, when compared to the wisdom found in Scripture, they’re really just popular sayings.

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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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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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