Save the date – Thursday, June 23

Please save this date on your calendar for a Farewell Celebration for Pastor Beth.  Details forthcoming.  If you would like to assist with this event please contact Amber Ormasen via the church office, 315-287-2440.

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Pastor Beth is on the move. . . .

Staff-Parish Relations Committee Announces Pastor Beth will be Moving!

 On behalf of Bishop Webb, our SPRC Chair, Amber Ormasen, has announced that as of July 1, the Rev. Beth Benham will be assuming pastoral duties for the Tabernacle and Centenary -Chenango Street UMCs in Binghamton NY. Her last Sunday with us will be June 26th. As Annual Conference and a vacation were already on the calendar, the time will be flying by quickly. Information regarding a farewell with be forthcoming.

In the meantime, the committee continues to work with our Superintendent, Beckie Sweet, to receive a new pastor. While the move is a surprise to everyone, including Pastor Beth, it is the way our itinerant appointment system works. Pastors agree to go where they are needed and the Bishop/Superintendents do their best to find a good match of church and clergy. Please keep everyone involved in your prayers during this transition time.

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June newsletter

6:16 newsletter

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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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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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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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“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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