Book Studies

Join us for one of our two book studies starting in January.

Sunday evenings, 6 PM, beginning January 15  A Disciple’s Path is geared to those who are new attenders or newer members of the church, those wishing to make a reaffirmation of faith.  7 weeks.  Books for this course are $15, assistance is available if needed.

Thursday evenings, 7 PM, beginning January 12 Dare to Dream: Creating a God-Sized Mission Statement for Your Life geared toward those looking for the next step in following Jesus.  6 weeks.  Books for this course are $11, assistance is available if needed.

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January newsletter

Jan 2017 newsletter

Lay Leadership Report 2017

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January sermon series

Starting January 8: How Do You Measure Your Life?  For more information please contact the church office, 315-287-2440.

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Take a coat – give a coat

Do you have coats, vests, sweaters that no longer fit or you haven’t worn in ages?  How about donating to our We’ve Got Your Back in the Cold jacket rack?  The portable rack in the lower hallway near Fellowship Hall is for give-a-way coats and jackets.  Take one, give one – whichever works for you.

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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. In 2016 almost $200 has been received by the church from your donations. Thank you!

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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.  The nursery is open from 9:30 AM through the conclusion of the 11 AM worship.

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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 (315-287-2440), or print and complete the form found here.  Your participation is appreciated!  If you are not on the newsletter mailing list and would like to receive one, please call the office.

Information update

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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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