Golf tournament – September 10

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Information for the 2016 Golf Tournament:

September 10, Gouverneur Country Club, 1 PM start time, $50/person to golf includes dinner.

Please complete the form above to register a team (or individual), become a Sponsor, donate a prize, donate an item for the silent auction, a bake sale item, make a monetary donation and/or reserve a spot for the buffet dinner which will begin at 4 PM.  Forms will be available from the church office, Rip It members, or downloaded from the First UMC Gouverneur Facebook page.

This promises to be great fun!  Pictures of silent auction items and prizes will be posted (as able) on the church Facebook event page.


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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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We’ve Got Your Back to School

The annual We’ve Got Your Back to School distribution will take place on Sunday, August 14 from 1 – 3 PM.  This event is a blessing to those families who are in need of school supplies but also to those who are able to contribute the supplies and volunteers who “work” the event.

How can you help?  There is a sign up sheet in the hallway near the Library, please indicate if you can be present to assist on August 14.  If you can’t be physically present, please keep this event in your prayers as well as the families and their children who will come.  Invite your friends and neighbors to come if they need school supplies.  If you know a hairdresser willing to give haircuts (coupons will be given out on August 14) please put them in contact with the church office, 315-287-2440 or

Supplies needed: 1 subject notebooks, composition notebooks, wide ruled paper, steno notebooks, folders, 2 inch 3 ring binders, pencils, red & blue pens, pencil boxes or pouches, 6 or 24 pack of crayons, highlighters, blunt tip scissors, erasers (pencil top and chunk), fine point dry erase markers, dry erasers, glue sticks, colored pencils, index cards, ear buds, 4 x 4 post-its, binder/tab dividers.  Also: underwear and socks (children Kindergarten – 8th grade sizes), toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs and hairbrushes.

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Help wanted

Pastor Beth Quick is looking for helpers to operate the PowerPoint during worship.  It’s very easy to do, and just requires you to follow closely during worship.  If you would be willing to help, please let her know (315-287-2440).

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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 available in July and August.  If none of the times listed work for you, just let her know (315-287-2440).  More times will be offered in the fall.

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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.
4. God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
5. Love the sinner, hate the sin.
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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Bundles of Care Collection – July update

July 7 update: thank you to all who supported this endeavor!  A total of 244 personal care items were contributed.  Peggy Cronk, Neighborhood Center Director, indicated that they came at a time when the Center was low on the supply of these items.  A reminder that there is a tote located outside the church office door, non-perishable food items and personal care items can be deposited there at any time and are most appreciated.


One 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.

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2016 Vacation Bible School


Thank you to all who helped to make Vacation Bible School 2016 great!  Teachers, helpers, cleaners, cookie bakers, drivers. . . .the list goes on.  Jesus gives us: HOPE, COURAGE, DIRECTION, LOVE, and POWER!  Good lessons for each of us.  The offering final tally is not yet available – but over $400 was collected to send to Nicaragua to help feed those with food insecurity.  Thank you again!


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Saying “Farewell” and “Welcome”

Excellent advice as we journey through this time of transition.

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Pastoral transition effective July 1

On May 1 it was announced that Rev. Beth Benham is being appointed to 2 churches in Binghamton effective July 1. Our church has enjoyed her ministry among us and with us, her encouragement and caring, we will miss her but wish her well as she moves south and leads in a different setting.

May 29th it was announced that Rev. Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Quick has been appointed to First UMC effective July 1. She has been pastoring the Apple Valley UMC south of Syracuse. She grew up in the Westernville/Rome, NY area, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and Drew Theological School as well as the Methodist Theological School. Rev. Quick is passionate about justice issues, especially related to food justice and poverty concerns; loves music and theater. John 10:10 is a favorite verse, “I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly.” We welcome (new) Pastor Beth and pray for God’s blessings on your ministry with and to us. Please keep both Pastor Beth’s in your prayers as they transition along with the church members who say “Farewell” and “Welcome”.

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