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Hope Fest 2013 grows from three-day event to eight-day celebration

What was planned as a three-day weekend outreach event turned out to be an eight-day celebration of God in the greater Fulton area.

Hope Fest 2013 was held at the Fulton War Memorial as scheduled June 7-9.

“But it did not stop there,” said John Palm, evangelist and leader of this outreach, which was presented by Christian churches throughout Oswego County and beyond. “Our steering committee felt that there was more being offered from God, so we kicked into high gear and kept Hope Fest going each evening through Friday, June 14.”

Attendance averaged around 300 during the initial three evenings. Guest speakers Norman “Jay” Foster, who is the Fulton Common Council president, and Andrew Henderson, managing editor of The Valley News, shared testimonies of how God has worked in their lives. They also urged those in attendance to pray for the local area and to seek God’s presence in their own lives.

Pastor Joe Palm, John Palm’s son, shared a message Friday evening, June 7. He provided the messages Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Special guest Pastor Julio Roque gave his testimony about God breaking through his experiences as a heroin addict and New York City gang member.

“So many lives were touched through the power of the Holy Spirit,” John Palm stated. “There are several stories of physical and mental healing that took place. We will be posting these, as well as photos and video clips, on the Hope Fest web site, www.hopefest2013.com, in the near future.”

“The vision for Hope Fest was to bring the message of hope, joy, love and peace to so many in our area who are suffering with burdens of addiction, sickness, unemployment, abuse, and despair,” said John’s wife, Mary Lou said. “With Jesus Christ alive and active in peoples’ hearts and lives, we saw countless lives changed in powerful ways that will surely bless our entire community!”

John and Mary Lou Palm were drawn to Oswego County in early 2012 after serving as missionaries to Australia.

“I was given a vision for ‘Oswego’ and we didn’t even know what or where ‘Oswego’ was,” John Palm said. “We looked it up on a map and we started writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area.”

The pastors from River of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God in Martville both wrote back to the Palms.

Before long, the couple journeyed around the world to upstate New York because the vision that God shared with them was one for revival – something that these two churches, as well as many others, have been praying for.

“We believe that revival is very close, and that it will be like nothing that has ever happened before in this area,” John Palm said. “Hope Fest 2013 helped prepare the minds and hearts of hundreds of people and we’re very excited to see what God does next!”

There is a prayer request form on the Hope Fest web site and people may continue submitting prayer requests and praise reports.

“We realize that sometimes a person is healed gradually from a physical condition or a mental problem, so we are keeping the web site open and active,” said Betsy Copps, director of marketing.

“We were so blessed to be able to present this event in Fulton,” said Laurie Ludlow, Hope Fest director. “We are grateful to the many churches, businesses and individuals who provided prayer, donations, and volunteer support. The staff at the War Memorial were absolutely wonderful. The shuttle bus drivers, the more than 100 volunteers, the musicians and the speakers all gave so much of their time, abilities, and prayers. We couldn’t have done this without them.”

Hope Fest 2013 may be over, but the committee is already praying for direction on what to do next. “My eyes and my heart are on the City of Oswego,” John Palm said. “We expect a mighty movement of God there, very soon. There may also be more Hope Fest events in Fulton and other communities around Central New York because nothing is impossible with God.”

Alliance church to hold summer day camp

Joanna Pribis and Jasmine Spurling take a wild ride to Fulton Alliance Church’s summer day camp on the “Colossal Coaster.” The amusement park-themed day camp will take place July 8-12.
Joanna Pribis and Jasmine Spurling take a wild ride to Fulton Alliance Church’s summer day camp on the “Colossal Coaster.” The amusement park-themed day camp will take place July 8-12.

Fulton Alliance Church will hold its annual summer day camp July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Colossal Coaster World” is a free Vacation Bible School program with an amusement park theme. It is open to all children in the Fulton area in grades K-7.

Doors open for registration and check-in at 8:30 a.m. with the worship rally starting at 9:00 a.m. This large group gathering includes music, singing, contests and a morning message. Parents are encouraged to stay for the worship rally.

After the rally, children move into small groups by grade level for continued hands-on learning, bible stories, games, music class, crafts, and snacks.

Older children entering grades 6 and 7 will join the energetic “VBX” class, taught by youth pastor Tyler Sant of Fulton Alliance and youth worker Cory Angeleri of Oswego Alliance Church.

A ladies bible study will be offered immediately following the morning rally and will include fellowship, crafts, activities, and study. There is child care available for those attending the Bible study.

”Colossal Coaster World” is a fun and safe place where children can make new friends and spend a week this summer. We hope that parents will take advantage of this opportunity for their children,” said Monica Hines-Stoutenger, day camp director.

Registration may be done online at www.fultonalliance.org. Class size is limited.

The church is located at 1044 State Route 48.

Church to hold special service for Kimplands

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.
Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years.

“Our time in Fulton has been a wonderful blessing full of opportunities, challenges and above all, it’s unlimited potential,” Rev. Kimpland said. “We will forever treasure the relationships, ministries and Fulton’s unique sense of community.”

Rev. Kimpland has been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Lynne Kimpland has directed the children and youth ministries at FFUMC. Their two children, Matthew and Lacey, were very active in sports at G. Ray Bodley High School and currently are third grade teachers. Matthew Kimpland is teaching at Volney Elementary School and Lacey Kimpland is teaching at Johnson City Elementary School.

The Fulton First UMC is inviting the community to the Kimplands’ last worship service Sunday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. A Farewell Come and Go Reception will be held after worship until 1 p.m.

Hope Fest comes to Fulton War Memorial June 7-9

A special event is coming to the Fulton War Memorial June 7, 8 and 9.

Hope Fest is an outreach presented by Christian churches throughout Oswego County that have come together in unity to provide opportunities for people to hear and see the gospel through music, messages, prayer and personal stories.

“The vision for Hope Fest is to bring the message of hope, joy, love and peace to so many in our area who are suffering with burdens of addiction, sickness, unemployment, abuse, and despair,” said John Palm, one of the founders of Hope Fest. “With Jesus Christ alive and active in peoples’ hearts and lives, we’ll see lives changed in powerful ways that will bless our entire community.”

Doors open nightly at 5 p.m. and the event gets under way at 7 pm.

Palm and his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou, were drawn to Oswego County in early 2012 after serving as missionaries to Australia.

“I was given a vision for ‘Oswego’ and we didn’t even know what or where ‘Oswego’ was,” Palm said. “We looked it up on a map, and we started writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area.”

The pastors from River of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God in Martville both wrote back to the Palms.

Before long, the couple journeyed around the world to upstate New York because the vision that God shared with them was one for revival – something that these two churches as well as many others, have been praying for.

“We believe that revival is very close, and that it will be like nothing that has ever happened before in this area,” Palm said. “We’re very excited and we want to share what God has done already in so many lives.”

Palm will be the evangelist for two nights during Hope Fest, and his son, Joe Palm, who is a church pastor in Orlando, Fla., will fill that role on the remaining evening.

The other guest speaker is Julio Roque, former drug addict and gang member who now pastors Lighthouse Christian Center in Baltimore, Md, which is the Palms’ home church.

“There will be live music each night featuring worship bands from around Central New York,” according to Laurie Ludlow, event director for Hope Fest.

Also, shuttle bus service will be provided within the City of Fulton during each night of Hope Fest.

Those interested may check the event’s web site at www.hopefest2013.com for the schedule of stops and times, as well as more information about the event in general.

People who are seeking prayer for special needs, such as physical healing, restoration of broken relationships, freedom from addictions, will have the opportunity to receive prayer each night of Hope Fest, Palm stated.

“Mary Lou and I have seen many miraculous healings in our 40 years of ministry,” he noted. “We fully believe and expect to see more of them during Hope Fest.”

Local residents will be sharing personal testimonies during this event including Andy Henderson, who has been managing editor of The Valley News in Fulton for the past 13 years; and Norman “Jay” Foster, Fifth Ward councilor for the City of Fulton.

“We are very blessed to be able to present this event in Fulton,” Ludlow stated. “We are grateful to the many churches, businesses and individuals who are providing prayer, donations, and volunteer support. We look forward to seeing the Fulton War Memorial filled to overflowing each night of Hope Fest 2013.”

Hope Fest 2013 is a free community event being presented by the Fulton Evangelism Committee under the financial oversight of River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Light In The Darkness: April 3, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” – John 14:1-3

We have mourned through what we now call, Good Friday, though it was anything but that for those who watched Jesus suffer and die on the cross. And we have celebrated His resurrection, though undoubtedly without the same level of incredulous emotion experienced by those who witnessed that day.

Nevertheless, we are among those of whom Jesus said, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29).

He told his disciples that “many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:17). There are many who would like to have been there during those dark and then wonderful days but there is much to be said for coming after, as well.

We have the testimony of those who witnessed those momentous events first hand and benefit from all their experiences. Furthermore, Jesus calls those of us who would come after and believe their testimony, “blessed.”

In scripture the word, blessed, means to be “happy, fortunate, and to be envied” (Amplified Bible). That is you, dear believer. Oh, the pagans do not consider you to be happy or fortunate and they certainly do not envy you, but who are they to know?

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Light in the Darkness: March 27, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? – James 2:14

God instructed Moses to cast a bronze serpent and raise it high above the camp so that anyone bitten by a poisonous snake could stare at it and be healed.

He gave Noah a specific blueprint and told him to build an ark. He laid out a strange battle plan for Joshua to take Jericho and He told Gideon to pare his army down to a mere 300 men before going into battle.

Can you imagine any of those men responding, “Thank you, Lord. I believe you. I have faith in you” and not doing just as God had instructed? Of course not.

True faith has always been accompanied by obedience. This is precisely what James means in the above verse. Faith that is not accompanied by obedience is not faith at all. James says that there is no life, it is dead.

The problem many have with this statement in James stems from misunderstanding the word, works. Martin Luther, coming from a ‘works for salvation’ background was so thrown by the word that he concluded the book of James did not even belong in the Canon of scripture. Many have been confused about this ever since.

After all, are we not told in Ephesians that we are saved by grace and “not by works”?  So, are works important or aren’t they?

The answer is simple when we understand that the writer of the Ephesians and James are talking about two different kinds of works, or more accurately, works which stem from two different motivations within us.

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Fulton Cross Walk to be held

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The Fulton Good Friday Cross Walk will be held Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton. Rev. Mark Kimpland will lead in the opening of the walk. Walkers will take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the City of Fulton.

The Fulton Good Friday Cross Walk will be held Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Rev. Mark Kimpland will lead in the opening of the walk. Walkers will take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the City of Fulton.

A total of ten stations of the cross will be observed.  Each station will include scripture, prayer and the singing of a hymn.

The cross walk will conclude about noon at its final destination, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

Everyone who has taken part in the walk and has provided assistance to walkers will be welcomed to a soup and bread lunch provided by the board of deacons of First United Church. There is no cost for the luncheon.

The Cross Walk is sponsored annually by the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches. It is comprised of those member congregations who support ecumenical programs that include the annual Michaud Memorial Service, the Community Thanksgiving Worship service, and the annual CROP WALK, which raises funds for world hunger, and for local food pantries.

Those seeking further information may call Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707.

Churches plan Easter services

by Andrew Henderson

Local churches are planning their Passion Week and Easter services.

State Street United Methodist Church will be holding several services.

A Palm Sunday service will be held tomorrow, March 24 at 11 a.m.

From March 25 through March 27, there will be prayer and praise services at 7 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, there will be a traditional Tenebrae service with communion and an optional foot washing at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Methodist church.

March 30 at 7 p.m., there will be a prayer and praise service.

March 31, the Easter service will be at 11 a.m.

The congregation at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church will be holding a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. March 29.

“We will gather to remember the terrible sacrifice that was required in order to secure our redemption,” said Pastor David Grey. “For those who lived through that day it was a day of fear, of great disappointment and of unspeakable horror. We today call that Friday, “good” only in hindsight, because we know what was accomplished on that day.”

The church will also hold an Easter Sunrise Service March 31 at 7 a.m.

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