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Church golf tourney set for Aug. 9

The First United Methodist Church of Fulton is sponsoring its fifth annual golf tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday Aug. 9 at the Emerald Crest Golf Course, Palermo.

The event will offer every participant food and prizes in addition to a round of golf.

The tourney is held each year for fun, fellowship and to raise money for the church’s ministries in this community.

For more information, call the church office at 592-7347.

Lockwood honored on retirement

Lockwood
Lockwood

On June 15, Janet Lockwood was honored upon her retirement after many years of dedicated service to Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.

Among her many activities, she was nursery director, a member of the Senowen Club, Birthday Circle and was church custodian for many years.

A reception was held in her honor after the Sunday June 15 workshop service.

FUMC Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church in Fulton is scheduled for Monday July 14 through Friday July 18 at the church on Route 176. Children ages 3 through those in sixth grade will gather for a weeklong “Beach Party,” with a bounce house, water slide, games, crafts and learning activities. Bible stories will relate to water. Children should come prepared to “get wet.” The Vacation Bible School is free. Registration is going on now by calling the church office at 592-7347. Teens can come to help out. Shown getting ready for the school are, in front left to right. Michael Gilbert, Bryce Noel, Hayden Masuch, Ashley Rupert, and Addison Holden. Standing: Debbie Munger, Al Mosier, Michelle Gilbert, Carolyn Mosier, Lisa and Henry Clark, Hank and Parker Clark, Brett Noel, Mike Weeden, Beth Holden, Andy Holden, Ellen Marshall, Mattie Burdick, Glenda Abbate, John Foster Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church in Fulton is scheduled for Monday July 14 through Friday July 18 at the church on Route 176. Children ages 3 through those in sixth grade will gather for a weeklong “Beach Party,” with a bounce house, water slide, games, crafts and learning activities. Bible stories will relate to water. Children should come prepared to “get wet.” The Vacation Bible School is free. Registration is going on now by calling the church office at 592-7347. Teens can come to help out. Shown getting ready for the school are, in front left to right. Michael Gilbert, Bryce Noel, Hayden Masuch, Ashley Rupert, and Addison Holden. Standing: Debbie Munger, Al Mosier, Michelle Gilbert, Carolyn Mosier, Lisa and Henry Clark, Hank and Parker Clark, Brett Noel, Mike Weeden, Beth Holden, Andy Holden, Ellen Marshall, Mattie Burdick, Glenda Abbate, John Foster
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Community spiritual event this weekend at Oswego First United Methodist Church

The Oswego First United Methodist Church invites the community to a weekend of music, food and spiritual revival at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 and at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 8.

 

There will be music by the FUMC Praise band, the FUMC Choir and refreshments. There will a picnic following the Sunday service on June 8. Come to one, two or all three parts of the event.

 

The speaker for the event will be the Rev. Timothy Kriebel, senior pastor at the Bethlehem UMC near West Chester, PA. Following college, Pastor Tim graduated magna cum laude from Wesley Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree in 1981; a year later he was ordained an elder in the Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.

 

Pastor Tim has served five churches during his career. His favorite pastoral activity is teaching, his favorite fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is joy, and his most fulfilling spiritual discipline is soaking prayer (ask him what it is!).

 

He likes sports but loves chocolate, he watches too much TV but also enjoys reading mystery, spy and thriller novels. His most fervent prayer is that the Holy Spirit would bring revival to the church he serves and that it would then spread to other churches and throughout the larger communities surrounding them!

Pastor Tim will speak on the Holy Spirit. Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • A Biblical Overview of the Person of the Holy Spirit and the Purpose of the Holy Spirit
  • The Fruit vs. the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • The Wesleyan theology and experience of the Holy Spirit
  • Baptism vs. the release of the Holy Spirit

For more information, call the First United Methodist Church at 343-6335.

The church is located at 7111 State Route 104 West across from Fruit Valley Vet Clinic.

 

 

Blessings in a Backpack program receives grant

Blessings in a Backpack program of Oswego-Fulton Lutheran-Episcopal Faith Partnership received a $5,000 challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

The money was awarded to the program based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs in the local area based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.

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State Street United Methodist Church begins public capital campaign

The Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of State Street United Methodist Church sings a hymn during Saturday's service kicking off the public capital campaign.
The Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan of State Street United Methodist Church sings a hymn during Saturday’s service kicking off the public capital campaign. At left is a tube showing how much money has been raised to date.

By Debra J. Groom

State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton has reached out many times to help people in the Fulton community.

Now, people in the Fulton community are being asked to help the church.

The historic brick building at South Fourth and Park streets is in need of a new roof and other repairs. On Saturday, church officials and the congregation kicked off a capital campaign to raise $250,000 with a service and celebration at the church.

Politicians and officials who use the church building spoke about what State Street church means to them and why keeping it open is so vital to Fulton.

“Two years ago this July, we came to this church,” said Nancy Fox, director of CNY Arts Center in Fulton. “We needed a home and they worked with us and helped us.”

The CNY Arts Center now runs a summer camp, children’s theater program, an afterschool drama club and other art events at the church. The center’s administrative offices also are in the church building, allowing it to use a space downtown on South First Street as the Arts in the HeART gallery.

“The church gave us a roof over our heads,” she said. “Now the church needs a roof.”

Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said State Street church holds a fond spot in his heart – nearly 46 years ago, he and his wife stood at the State Street church altar and exchanged marriage vows.

“This church is so willing to give – there is such a unique group here that has opened their hearts to youth,” he said. “And to have a place that is on the historic register makes it all worth it.”

Tom Moore, owner of Synergistic Martial Arts, said he ran a martial arts school in Syracuse for years, but wanted to open one in his hometown of Fulton. He had no idea how and where he would be able to do it.

“I called around to various places and State Street was the only one who called back and wanted to work with me,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to teach what I teach without State Street.”

“This church and other churches I the city are the foundation for everything that happens in this community,” said county Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr,. fondly remembering he took horn lessons in the church basement as a child. “This church is part of Fulton’s past – but we need this church to move to the future.”

To date, the church has raise about $165,000 of the $250,000 through donations and some grants.

And now it need help from the community.

“We have put an awful lot of work into this and we are just getting started,” said the Rev. Marion M. Moore-Colgan, pastor.

“A successful campaign will mike it possible for State Street UMC to replace the church’s badly eroded roof and make other essential repairs to this Fulton historic landmark,” said Barbara Camic, co-chair of the campaign with Mike Stafford.

Church officials announced Saturday State Street church has received a  $35,000 Sacred Sites Wilson Challenge Grant from the New York State Conservancy.

“We are thrilled to have received this wonderful,competitive grant,” Camic said. ”State Street will be required to match $20,000 of this grant over the next 12 months, but we are confident we can do just that.”

 The campaign also has two other special giving opportunities, made possible by longtime friend and generous supporter Bill Fivaz.

Fivaz will match 1:1 the first 10 gifts of $500 or more and fund a permanent plaque, to be placed in a prominent location in the church, that will list both the names of those who make gifts of $500 or more in honor of someone involved with State Street church or anyone a donor chooses.

Founded in 1890, State Street United Methodist Church has long played a prominent role in the Fulton community. In 2013, State Street was added to both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places in recognition of its architectural value.

Hannibal Historical Society sells church anniversary ornament

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the organization of the Methodist Church of Hannibal, the Hannibal Historical Society has released the HANNIBAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ornament, the latest in a series offered by the society. The pewter ornament is presented in a black pouch and features a red cord for hanging.  This photo shows the front and back of the ornament. Those wishing to purchase an ornament for $15 each should call Ann Mahaney at 564-5658.
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the organization of the Methodist Church of Hannibal, the Hannibal Historical Society has released the HANNIBAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ornament, the latest in a series offered by the society. The pewter ornament is presented in a black pouch and features a red cord for hanging. This photo shows the front and back of the ornament. Those wishing to purchase an ornament for $15 each should call Ann Mahaney at 564-5658.

SOS Fest brings in Bluetree

THE SOS FEST three-day music festival in Hannibal NY announces the band Bluetree, from Belfast, Ireland will be closing out day two of the festival, Saturday night July 19.

Bluetree will take the stage at the Hannibal Firemans Field from 8:30 to 10 p.m.  Bluetree gained worldwide fame with its number one Billboard hit, “God Of This City” in 2009.

The music of Bluetree is an experience. It may well be loud, bold and energetic, but it may also be soft and so quiet you can hear the heartbeat of the person beside you.

“Through all the noises and beats, all the melodies and harmonies, what they want you to experience is the overwhelming presence of God.” – StereoTruth.net

Aaron Boyd, the lead singer of Bluetree,  continues to travel the world not just recording, writing and performing music, but raising money and awareness to help prevent child trafficking, slavery and sexual exploitation.

Boyd is also scheduled to deliver the message Sunday morning at about 10:45 a.m. during day three of The SOS FEST.

There are 15 other bands set to play at the SOS FEST including “Seventh Day Slumber” from Texas and bands from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, New York City and across New York state.

There will also be free waterslides, mission displays, merchandise booths, food booths, workshops, etc.

Full times and band schedule can be found at www.cabin3ministries.org and tickets can be purchased for just $10 a day at www.itickets.com.

All profits go to local youth programs.

This is the 4th year of the SOS FEST, organized and sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group and Gods Vision Christian Church of Hannibal. All area churches have been invited to not only attend but to join in and help with this festival.

Other churches joining are The Another Level Youth Group in Fulton, New Life Church in Herkimer, The Life Church in Rome, The Chapel at Cross Point in Buffalo, Vintage Truth College Ministry in Buffalo and The American Baptist Men of NYS.

If other churches would like to get involved, call Erik at 564-6133. The festival begins July 18 at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday July 20 at noon.

Sunday afternoon music continues at 3 p.m. with Hannibal’s Concert In The Park, this year with The 10th Mountain Division Army Band.