Category Archives: Church

Light In The Darkness: November 21, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” — James 4:7-9

James issues this call to all believers, reminding us that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven we must strive to be rid of all vestiges of our old life in the world.

We have been born into a family headed by a holy Father and are expected to grow into sons and daughters whose character is the same. It is the essential family trait we are to desire and actively seek. We are called to be holy for He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).  In order to do this, James says, we must first humble ourselves before God and then to resist the devil. How often instead do we find ourselves resisting Father, and yielding to the enemy?

Without this humbling of ourselves before God and personal effort to resist the temptations and snares of the enemy there can be no victorious life. But He has promised that if we will approach Him humbly, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, we will find Him coming to meet us.

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Light In The Darkness: November 14, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“They have rejected me as their king” — 1 Samuel 8

In this passage, we read where Israel rejected the priestly judges God had appointed to rule over them, demanding instead, a king, “such as all the other nations have.” Samuel was greatly disturbed over this and took it to the Lord. The Lord, however, said to Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king…Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”

Samuel did so, but the people would not listen. Therefore, God’s judgment fell upon the wayward nation through the simple expedient of giving them exactly what they demanded. Saul, who was very attractive to them and for whom they clamored, was appointed king. Their chastisement would come through the man they both wanted and deserved. I see a strong parallel in our nation today. God, through the wisdom and faithful obedience of our Founding Fathers, gave us a form of government that recognized both the frailties of man and the immutable laws of God.

Our founding documents, governing structures and statutes were steeped in the principles and precepts of the Word of God and for nearly two centuries our nation operated under their rule.

In recent decades, however, an increasing number of Americans, including our national leaders, began to reject those laws and structures. In reality, they have rejected God and His right to rule over us through the government He gave. Perhaps the culminating act of rebellion has been the tendency in recent years by those who vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” to govern and pass judgments with total disregard for that Constitution.

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Light In The Darkness: October 24, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

The upcoming election could truly be the most momentous in our history. There is no question that we are at a critical point in American history and as caring Americans we ought to be concerned. At the same time, all the kingdoms of this world, good and bad, are passing. The only kingdom that will matter for all eternity is the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the only kingdom we are to pray will come in fullness.

Yet, many who call themselves Christians are confused regarding their citizenship. The most recent “Ekklesia Digest E-Newsletter” opened with the heading “Kingdom Confusion?” and went on to ask, “How do you see the progress of God’s Kingdom in America’s near future? In light of the nation drawing nearer to a fiscal cliff, the appearing of war clouds on the horizon abroad, and the teetering toward cultural acceptance of immoral lifestyles, which trajectory would you say God’s righteous rule is moving? Is its light drawing back into inconspicuous shadows or do we detect the rays of dawn on the horizon?”

There followed a series of articles, each of which was written to remind us that the Kingdom of God and its advancement on earth does not depend upon the success or failure of any of the worlds’ kingdoms, even ours. In fact, the Kingdom of God is often advanced most during times of great difficulty and hardship within those nations.

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Church plans ‘Wesley Heritage Tour’

Little Utica United Methodist Church will be hosting a Wesley Heritage Tour Information Night Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

In London, travelers will see Buckingham Palace, visit Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.  There will be a lecture at City Road Chapel, the site of John Wesley’s home and grave. The tour will then travel to Bristol, Bath, Worcester, Gloucester, Birmingham, Coventry, Epworth, Stafford and Oxford.

Educational Opportunity tour host, Donald Day, said this will be a nine-day adventure and has two departure dates: July 9 or November 11.

Little Utica United Methodist Church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.

Those seeking more information may contact Day at 598-6327 or by email at dday1@twcny.rr.com.

Light In The Darkness: October 17, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today;  the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you.” – Deut. 11:26-28

I sometimes wish that I could preach only about wonderful, joyous and heavenly things, but what is occurring in our nation does not permit me to do so.

When one is standing in a burning home surrounded by loved ones is not the time to comment on the beautiful décor.

If you do not agree that God’s judgment is upon our nation, then read no further.

I believe that it is and as a pastor, I am among the watchmen who must sound a warning. Ezekiel 33 is clear.

“When…the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. If those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm…he is responsible for their captivity. As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel (America)! Why should you die?”

The upcoming election is very, very important and I hope that you will vote in a wise and informed way for the candidate you believe will be best for our nation — the one who seems to offer the wisest course of action in our present situation.

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Pictured is the view of the drive-through line at a previous Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church. The scene will be repeated Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Minetto United Methodist Church to hold annual Harvest Turkey Dinner

Minetto United Methodist Church
Pictured is the view of the drive-through line at a previous Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church. The scene will be repeated Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Turkey will highlight the menu at the annual Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Customers who prefer to eat at home can go inside for carry-out service or use the drive-thru take-out line. They just pull into the parking lot from Empire Avenue and give their order to an attendant who radios it inside. Then they drive forward, where more attendants collect payment, deliver the order to the car, and send them on their way.

Those who prefer to eat at the church, may go inside and eat in the dining room.

The traditional home-cooked dinner includes roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, and homemade pie.

The church is located at the corner of state route 48 and county route 8 in the village of Minetto, and the building is handicapped accessible.

This year’s dinner will use 32 turkeys weighing over 700 pounds, 320 pounds of potatoes, 260 pounds of squash, and over 125 homemade pies. Planning and conducting the dinner will involve more than 110 individuals of the congregation and community, from about 100 households.

“We look forward to seeing long-time friends and new customers as well. Our dinner has become an autumn tradition well-loved by the people of our community and church,” said Pastor Chuck Forbes.

The church has been conducting an annual Harvest Dinner for many years. Last year, 435 out of 879 meals were delivered to 165 vehicles in the drive-thru line, 22 percent were served in our dining room, 28 percent were carried away by people who came inside the building, and the remaining 49 percent were served via the drive-thru.

The church holds its harvest turkey dinner each fall to supplement support of its ministries in Minetto and around the world.

The people of the church also support a number of outreach efforts within our community. Included are monthly gifts of non-perishable foods to the Oswego County Salvation Army, a recent collection of school supplies for the Minetto Elementary School, monthly free dinners, contributions of food-stamp ineligible necessities to the Helping Hands Cupboard at Fulton State Street UMC and assistance with the Oswego County Opportunities house vegetable garden.

Worship services are at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning and visitors are always welcome.

More information about the church can be found at www.minettoumc.org.

Light In The Darkness: October 10, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” – 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

As many of you know, the Alliance Defending Freedom declared Oct. 7 as “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” They urged pastors to use their pulpits on that day to either promote or denigrate specific political candidates, political parties and/or policies. Such preaching would be in direct violation of the IRS ruling  prohibiting non-profit organizations (including churches) who elect 501(c)(3) status) from such involvement.  Their purpose was to provoke the IRS to action so that the matter may be tested in court.

I cannot agree with them. I have been called to preach the Word of the Living God and have no business addressing politics from the pulpit in any case. The fact is that I am already absolutely free to preach everything the scriptures present…without restriction. Someone in power may object to some aspect of the truth and throw me in jail, but that does not limit my freedom to preach! That is God-given.

It is my personal opinion that if the IRS does take up this gauntlet thrown down by pastors, the results will be far different from what is desired and perhaps even disastrous to the church as a whole. We have no legitimate reason to believe that a majority on the Supreme Court care at all for what the Constitution says…an important requirement if they are to overrule the IRS in the first place.

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The Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches is hosting its 26th CROP Walk Oct. 14th for Church World Service. Pictured at the Fulton CROP Walk recruiter’s rally held recently are, from left, Lois Mirabito, Sharon Foster, Faye Besau, Kathy DeMott, Martha Swick, Carole Lescarbeau and Nancy Allen.

Annual CROP Walk set for Oct. 14

The Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches is hosting its 26th CROP Walk Oct. 14th for Church World Service. Pictured at the Fulton CROP Walk recruiter’s rally held recently are, from left, Lois Mirabito, Sharon Foster, Faye Besau, Kathy DeMott, Martha Swick, Carole Lescarbeau and Nancy Allen.

The Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches is hosting its 26th CROP Walk Oct. 14th for Church World Service.

Church World Service is a relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations and has partnerships in more than 80 countries.

Its mission puts faith into action by serving those in immediate need and by addressing the root causes of their suffering, poverty and injustice.

This year, the Fulton Walk will begin with registration at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Municipal Building on South Second Street and offer two choices for their walk. The Golden Mile and 5 K walks will both start off together and will be entirely on the east side of the city to avoid bridge construction and congestion.

Monies raised will be split with Church World Service and with local food programs.

Twenty-five percent of the monies raised will be shared among SNAP and four area food pantries: Believer’s Chapel, Oswego County Catholic Charities, Dexterville Community Services and the Salvation Army.

Anyone interested in walking or helping sponsor a walker may contact their local church recruiter or Lois Mirabito, chair of the Fulton CROP Walk Committee, at 593-2731.