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Rev. J. Jeffrey Spurling has accepted the position to serve as senior pastor at the Fulton Alliance Church. Spurling is pictured with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Jeffrey, 8, and Jasmine, 5.

New pastor named at Fulton Alliance

Rev. J. Jeffrey Spurling has accepted the position to serve as senior pastor at the Fulton Alliance Church. Spurling is pictured with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Jeffrey, 8, and Jasmine, 5.

Rev. J. Jeffrey Spurling has accepted the position to serve as senior pastor at the Fulton Alliance Church.

Spurling and his wife, Karen, and their two children, Jeffrey, 8, and Jasmine, 5, plan are settling into the South Pollard parsonage in time to emcee the church’s summer Day Camp. His preaching schedule begins July 29.

Having graduated from Nyack College and obtaining his master’s degree at Columbia Bible College, he pastored the Neighborhood Church in Gainesville, Fla., served as C&MA International Worker,  and served four years as administrative pastor with the International Church in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The past two years he has been on staff with Nyack and Houghton Colleges.

In addition to delivering Biblical life application preaching, he has a “passion for leadership development, small group ministries, mentoring, and community outreach,” church officials said.

Spurling is the eighth pastor of Fulton Alliance  Church following Rev. Dr. Marc Haynes (1997-2011), Rev. John Soper (1992 – 1996), Rev. Glenn Thomas (1983 -1992),  Rev. John Fogal (1971-1982), Rev. George Hall (1966-1970), Rev. James Walls (1960-1966), and Rev. George Richter (1955-1959).

The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48, Fulton, just south of the city line.

Light In The Darkness: July 11, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” — Joshua 24:15

One of the most important things you will do in life is to learn which things you can control and which things you cannot and then to consistently choose to address those that you can from the perspective of the Lord’s precepts.  Life is made up of choices, in fact, that’s what life is — a constant series of choices we make that lead us in one direction or another and those choices in turn, mold us. Choosing the right things will always mean saying “no” to  something else.

This is true in the physical world around us and it is true in the spiritual realm. Every day we choose for ourselves whom we will serve…light or darkness, sin or righteousness, life or death, heaven or hell. We are constantly choosing between the two.

Ray Pritchard, president of Keep Believing Ministries, says, “The life of faith is a journey with God that begins the moment we trust Christ. It is  about learning to give up control of those things we never really controlled in the first place.”

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Light In The Darkness: July 5, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm! God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne.” — Psalm 47:6-8

In anticipation of our Independence Day celebration in 2012, I found myself wondering what hymns and songs were popular or at least in their infancy in 1776.

What did our Christian forefathers who forged ‘one nation under God’ sing in church? We know that many were believers and that their faith in the God of Scriptures greatly influenced their thoughts and decisions as well as the laws they passed which closely follow the precepts of scripture. They attended church and not a few were pastors. Here is what I found.

One of the popular hymns of the day in the American colonies (especially within the Methodist movement) was Charles Wesley’s hymn, “And Can it Be.”

Mr. Wesley wrote the words to this powerful hymn in 1738. He sang it with his brother John  shortly after John’s “Aldersgate experience.” It was first published in 1738 subtitled,  “Free Grace.”

It was widely sung in churches at the time of the Revolution as it still is today. Each line expresses the awe the believer feels at the realization that God would choose to love us. “Died He for me? Who caused His pain. For me? Who Him to death pursued?”  How can it be?

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Carol Fisher to perform at St. Mary’s Bazaar in Oswego

The musical stylings of Carol Fisher will kick off St. Mary of the Assumption’s annual Parish Bazaar with a performance Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Fisher, a singer and songwriter, will be performing a variety of songs from her nine albums, including her latest album, “Singing the Psalms!”

In addition to her music ministry, Fisher hosts a daily talk show on a Christian radio that is heard throughout Central New York on 103.9 FM, 98.1 FM, 95.3 FM as well as on line at www.CatholicFamilyRadio.org.

“Music is a big part of our ministry,” said Fisher. “By putting prayers, scriptures and the beautiful truths of our Catholic Faith in joyful songs, along with secular music but with positive messages of faith and family.”

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Fulton Alliance Church’s vacation Bible school is cleared for takeoff! The church will hold its aviation-themed vacation Bible school July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fulton Alliance Church to hold aviation Vaction Bible School

Fulton Alliance Church’s vacation Bible school is cleared for takeoff! The church will hold its aviation-themed vacation Bible school July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fulton Alliance Church’s vacation Bible school is cleared for takeoff!

“We will take flight and watch amazing things happen as kids encounter God like never before, all against the backdrop of some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders,” a church spokesperson said. “All children entering kindergarten through youth entering seventh grade are encouraged to attend this year’s free Vacation Bible School.”

The VBS will be held July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration and seating will begin daily at 8:30 a.m. with Worship Rally taking off at 9 a.m.

Children will gather together in the Aviation Wonders Hangar for singing, contests and a morning message.  Parents may stay for Worship Rally.

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Light In The Darkness: June 13, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel  without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” — Philippians 1:27-28a

The admonition to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ is always timely for followers of Jesus.

Adam Clarke, a British Methodist pastor and scholar who lived from 1762–1832, wrote a Bible commentary that has served the church well for nearly two centuries. He understood  nuance and the cultural meaning of phrases used by the New Testament writers. He knew how the original readers understood certain words and phrases which we do not. He brings out a meaning in this passage that should lift our spirits on wings of joy. It also serves as an important reminder as we struggle to understand our dual citizenship as Americans and as Citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Pastor Clarke writes, “The apostle considers the Church at Philippi as a free or imperial city, possessing great honors, dignities, and privileges in the Kingdom of Heaven and he exhorts the believers there to act, worthy of those honors and privileges they possess as free inhabitants of Christ’s imperial city, the Church.”

Thus, a lifestyle worthy of the gospel of Christ is one worthy of a child of the King.

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All Saints church to celebrate 175 years

All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton will be holding a service to rededicate its ministry and commitment to serve the broader community of Fulton June 3.

All Saints Church, originally known as Zion Episcopal Church (1837-1928) is currently celebrating its 175th year of existence.

The rededication service of worship will begin at 9 a.m. June 3 lead by Bishop Gladstone (Skip) Adams III, Celebrant. The Reverend Harold Avery, current interim priest, and Reverend Jeffrey Knox, former rector, will also lead portions of the service.

The congregation is not only celebrating its 175th anniversary of its parish existence, but the 60th anniversary of Rev. Avery’s ordination to the priesthood.

A reception will follow the worship service in the parish hall.

This event is open to the public. The parish will continue to host other events this through the end of this calendar year to celebrate its anniversary.

National evangelist Daniel Shayesteh to visit Fulton church

What in the world is happening in the Muslim world, how is it affecting America and what is the Christian response?

Dr. Daniel Shayesteh, an Iranian immigrant and director of the inter-denominational organization, “Exodus from Darkness,” is a national evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance,

He will be speaking at Fulton Alliance Church May 18-20.

Shayesteh was deeply involved in the Iranian Fundamentalist Revolution in 1979 as a leading Muslim political leader and teacher of Islam. He was converted to Christianity after escaping to Turkey, having fallen out of favor with Khomeini’s political group.

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