A Way Forward – Decision Time
The Commission (a Special Session of the General Conference) reviewed a wide variety of petitions presented as legislation to previous General Conferences regarding human sexuality and examined how other faith communities and denominations are responding or have responded to the question of inclusion of LGBTQ persons. Today, our Bishop will share the last video of a series, discussing different scenarios that the Special General Conference will debate when they meet 2/23-26. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Glen.
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service – 3/6
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday worship service will be March 7th at 7:00 pm, at Elbridge Community Church. Ash Wednesday is the start of the Lenten journey of forty weekdays that takes the church to the eve of Easter. We acknowledge and embrace our mortality through the imposition of ashes as a sign of our acknowledgment and repentance. We confess and turn away from our sinfulness through confession and pardon. These two actions – embracing our mortality and acknowledging and turning from our sin – are the heart of this service.
Lenten Coin Calendar
During Lent, many of us are reminded once again to examine our lifestyles and ask, “What can we do for others?” Lent is a good time to commit to giving money to a project that helps those in need. One way to make a difference and involve the entire family is to collect coins during the Lenten season, then donate what has been collected to support the Zimmerman family – our Missionaries. Calendars are on the back tables in the Sanctuary.
Corned Beef Dinner – 3/10
Mark your calendars and tell your friends… Another delicious JUMC dinner is Saturday, March 10 at 5:00 PM. Corned beef (with cabbage, carrots and potatoes), fruit cups and dessert will be served. Please sign up to “work” or come and support those that are, by eating.
The JEACB Outhouse has Arrived
Outhouse? This traveling outhouse (in Whitmore Lounge) is exclusively for donations of paper goods: tissues, toilet paper, paper towels and napkins, for the local food pantry. Please pick up a little something extra for those in need when shopping for yourself.
Early Response Team Training – 5/11
Mark the date! Reserve the time! People recovering from the hurricane disaster areas in North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, St. Croix, Puerto Rica and our own state need us, now and in the future, to volunteer our love, skills and time to help tear out, clean, and then rebuild their homes.
If you have a heart for helping those who have lost hope, have little support from family or friends, and are primarily older and not able to clean up or rebuild on their own, then we have a new mission action for you!
Our Upper New York United Methodist Conference together with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) train, deploy, and support volunteers to respond to natural disaster areas, knowing the proper way to work with survivors, to work as a team of 7 to 14, and be prepared with appropriate tools, materials, and personal protective equipment. Our mission as Early Response Teams (ERTs) is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster to those who are hurting. Teams are deployed only upon invitation, when the local officials are prepared to house us, and we typically work only for 3 days on-site, not including travel time. Training includes protocols, our organization and communication processes, background checks, and an UMCOR photo ID badge.
If you are interested in this mission (many of us are newly retired) and looking for a meaningful opportunity to serve Jesus, we have scheduled a new training class to be held at the Conference Center in Liverpool, on Saturday, May 11. This is an 8 hr. class with conversation, pictures, hands-on practice, and designed to keep your interest at a high level. You will be meeting and interacting with folks who have similar interests for missions, and might even develop new friendships.
More information and online registration to be found at http://bit.ly/LiverpoolERTMay19.
Please register early and mark it on your calendar!
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