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Light In The Darkness: November 28, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” — James 5:14-16

Recently a very fit, active man in our church began to experience severe back pain. Though he sought medical help, nothing changed and the pain continued  for weeks.  He was getting very little sleep and his whole body was beginning to suffer and so he called for the elders of the church to pray over him. Sunday, Nov. 11, he came to the altar along with a half dozen elders. Among those elders was a man who had experienced much the same thing many years ago. I was a witness to both his painful condition at that time and to the healing the Lord provided when elders prayed for him. His back has remained healed since that time.

In the presence of the congregation, each elder anointed the man’s head with oil and prayed for healing. As we left the sanctuary, it was clear that he was not yet healed. However, during the next two days, many of the elders were greatly moved by the Holy Spirit to pray for this man. Such prayer was constantly being offered up. Two days after being anointed, all pain was gone. The man was completely healed and our faith was greatly encouraged.

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The annual holiday bazaar at the Bowen’s Corners United Methodist Church will be held Friday Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Beverly Hinshaw (left) and Jennie Saunders are among those church members preparing for the event.

Bowen’s Corner plans holiday bazaar

Bowen’s Corner
The annual holiday bazaar at the Bowen’s Corners United Methodist Church will be held Friday Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Beverly Hinshaw (left) and Jennie Saunders are among those church members preparing for the event.

Preparations are underway for the annual holiday bazaar at the Bowen’s Corners United Methodist Church.

It will be held Friday Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will feature crafts, a bake sale and candy sale, and a luncheon, which will be served throughout the day. Bazaar hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Handcrafted items created by members and friends of the church will include sewing projects, embroidery, crocheted and knitted items, Christmas ornaments, wood crafts and other items.

Many choices of home baked goods will be available along with a candy shop. Throughout the day, lunch will be served featuring homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, desserts and beverages.

Treasures from Granny’s Attic will include gently used Christmas decorations and holiday tableware items.

Members of ASA Circle are coordinating the event. There is no admission charge. Proceeds from this annual event are used to offset the expenses and programs of the church, which is located at 758 N.Y.S. Rte. 176, just west of Fulton.

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.