Bundles of Care Collection

SantaShoebox-SureTravel-CTICC-02One of the shelves often empty at the Gouverneur Neighborhood Center is the one that stores personal hygiene items. Please consider putting together a shoebox size package and dropping it off at the First UMC Gouverneur. Item suggestions: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, nail clippers, shampoo, soap or shower gel, toilet paper, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, bandaids, razors. . . .you’ve got the idea. Please mark on the outside of the box whether it is for a male or female, and approximate age grouping. Single items are also welcome. The church would like to complete this project by Sunday, June 12.

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Cinco de Mayo dinner – May 5!


May 5, 4:30 – 7 PM   Cinco De Mayo dinner

Menu: Taco bar- soft/ hard shell Turkey burger and ground beef Assorted Toppings Homemade salsa/ guacamole Rice and beans Chicken enchiladas Margarita Cake and specialty cookies Coffee/ milk/ lemonade/ water Take-outs will be available.

For more information please call the church office, 315-287-2440.

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April Newsletter

April 2016 newsletter

For specific events and times please visit the Calendar portion of the website.

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Northern Flow District United Methodist Women Spring Meeting

The spring District meeting of the UMW will be at the Sandy Creek UMC on May 7.  The Gathering is 9 am to 9:30 am.  The meeting’s theme is Growing in Blessedness and Amber Ormasen will be our speaker sharing her thoughts and ideas on Reaching Younger Women.  The Program begins at 9:30 am with lunch at 12:30 pm and leaving for home at 1:30 pm.  It is a blessing in itself to attend these meetings and see old and new friends from the District.  Car pooling will be available, if needed.  Please let  the UMW contact person at our church, Laura Conklin, know if you plan to attend so reservations can be made by May 1st.

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United Methodist Women Sponsoring Household Sale May 28

The United Methodist Women will be sponsoring their annual Household Sale on May 28 9 am to 1:30 pm.  The emphasis of the sale are items such as sheets, blankets, towels, pots and pans, dishes, flatware, small appliances, cookbooks, and other types of housewares.  We won’t be selling clothes or shoes at this sale.  If you are cleaning out this spring, keep the sale in mind and donate some items to help raise money for the local unit of the UMW which supports missions and our local church budget.  Set up for the sale will be at 3 pm on Friday, May 27th.  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Conklin at 287-2857 or via Facebook.

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2016 Vacation Bible School

Please save the dates June 27 – July 1 for our annual Vacation Bible School adventure!  We will again share the leadership with St. James Church and School, meeting in St. James School on South Gordon Street.  Please contact Don Schuessler (287-0746) or Clara Cummings (287-0130) if you would like to help in any way.

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Mere Christianity – upcoming book study


Mere Christianity, from Don Schuessler

What’s at the center of faith? How is the Christian faith different than other faiths? Do I understand what I mean when I say, “I’m a Christian”? Is there a source of strength for my life because of this Jesus of whom I’ve heard?

It was 1941. Britain was under siege. Every night London was assaulted with a seemingly unending barrage of bombers. At such a time as this, a layman in England, a medieval scholar who had only recently embraced the Christian faith, began to present a series of radio talks seeking to share an understanding of what it really meant to be a Christian, and of what relevance that could be to one’s life.

After the war, C.S. Lewis brought that series into a book that has been a best-seller ever since. “Mere Christianity” has helped millions of people come to a better understanding of who they are and how they fit into the universe as a child of God.

We will begin a study group to read through and learn from this book. Each session will be on Wednesday evening, beginning March 30, 2016. We will open at 6:45 PM and finish by 8:15 PM. The books are available now if you would like to jump into what Lewis has to share with you! They can be picked up in the church office. There is no charge. We will also have a study guide and a video series to help us move through the material over the 8 sessions. All adults are welcome. If you would use nursery care for young ones, please let us know and we will arrange it.

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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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