Category Archives: Church

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.

Youth group wants to save children from slavery

The Cabin 3 Youth group of Gods Vision Christian Church in Hannibal and the Vintage Truth college age ministry held a 30-hour famine on Good Friday, April 18 in Hannibal to raise money and awareness for Agape International and World Vision Child sponsorship.

Many youth and adults stopped eating at 6 p.m. Thursday April 17 and did not eat again for 30 hours.

During this time the youth built cardboard houses to sleep in overnight. The youth also held a car wash and obtained sponsors to raise money for the charities.

Mission worker Jill Chatham from the Rochester area came to speak to the youth and share information about worldwide child slavery and trafficking.

Every country has some sort of child trafficking and every area of the United States also has child slavery and trafficking issues.

Chatham taught the youth about the reasons why youth get involved in slavery, why they get sold into slavery in poor countries and how American teens get lured into a lifestyle that is actually leading them and trapping them into slavery and trafficking.

Many countries have youth as young as six years old working 21 hours a day, peeling shrimp, sewing soccer balls and working as prostitutes.

Chatham also pointed out the many products that we as Americans use on a daily basis that most likely was grown by, prepared by or assembled by children, many slaves, many not able to return to their families.

Statistically one child is sold into slavery every 30 seconds and 35 percent are less than age 16. Officials estimate there are more than 27,000 slaves worldwide, half under the age of 18.

Agape International says they are ”fighting the ground war on sex trafficking in Cambodia. Our projects prevent, rescue, restore and reintegrate, impacting 10,000+ people a year.”

But Agape said this takes money and  that’s where groups like Cabin 3 come in. Every dollar given helps to change a life, restore a life.

This is the 10th year Cabin 3 has done a 30-hour famine, raising money for their sponsored child, “Ruth,” a little girl in Peru, as well as raising money for World Vision.

This is the third year Cabin 3 and Vintage Truth College group have raised money for Agape International.

The youth traveled to Buffalo, Tuesday April 29 to deliver the money they raised to Vintage at the Chapel at Cross point in Buffalo.

Anyone who would like to donate to either fund, or if you would like more information, call Erik at 564-6133 or go to www.cabin3ministries.org.

All area teens ages 10-18 are welcome to attend all Cabin 3 events and all older teens, college age and adults are welcome to come to Vintage Truth every Tuesday  at 8 p.m. at God’s Vision Christian Church at 326 Church St., Hannibal.

Cross walk held Good Friday in Fulton

The Rev. David Nethercott, left, pastor of First United Church in Fulton, bows his head in prayer as the Rev. Jerome Amaechi, assistant pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton, offers the opening prayers during the annual Cross Walk on Good Friday in Fulton. More than 35 people participated in the cross walk from Holy Trinity to First United Church and many took turns carrying the cross in remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was cruxified.
The Rev. David Nethercott, left, pastor of First United Church in Fulton, bows his head in prayer as the Rev. Jerome Amaechi, assistant pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fulton, offers the opening prayers during the annual Cross Walk on Good Friday in Fulton. More than 35 people participated in the cross walk from Holy Trinity to First United Church and many took turns carrying the cross in remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was crucified.

SOS Fest comes to Hannibal July 18, 19 and 20

The fourth annual SOS FEST (Save Our Students) three-day Christian music festival is planned for Rochester Street, Hannibal July 18, 19 and 20.

There will more than 15 bands sure to please all musical tastes. There will also be mission displays, food booths, crafts, art work, merchandise displays, workshops, free waterslides and on site camping.

Tickets are only $10 per day, Sunday free or a full-event pas for $25.

Go to www.itickets.com to obtain tickets.

Churches, youth groups, nonprofit organizations, booster club, Scout troops and more are welcome to have a free booth to raise money and awareness of your cause.

Call  Erik at 564-6133 for details. Space is limited.

Friday will be a night of Christian Rock starting at 6 p.m. with “The 7 Thunders” from Long Island followed by “Silversyde,” a female fronted band from Ohio.

Then Wes Aarum from the Chapel in Buffalo will deliver a powerful message. The night will be closed out with national recording artists “Seventh Day Slumber” from Texas.

Saturday starts with a time of worship at 10 a.m. with Kris Mays from Utica. There will be workshops on disaster relief, women’s issues, men’s groups, youth leader discussion, mission work, etc.

Music will begin at 3 p.m. with “The Sent Forth” from CNY, then “Second Story” from Fulton, “Against The Slate” from Pennsylvania, “Lights Of Day” from Ohio, “Riverside Confession” from Binghamton, “The Life Band” from Rome with Jonnie Nickles, speaker David Hayner, and from Belfast, Ireland, Bluetree will close out the night. (Bluetree wrote and recorded “God Of This City”, the number 1 Christian worship song in 2009!)

On Sunday, worship begins at 10 a.m. with The New Life Band from Herkimer with Hannibal’s own Adam on drums. Tthe message will be from Aaron from Blutree followed by a worship jam session.

At 3 p.m., Hannibal’s Concert in the Park will start with several bands including “The 10th Mountain Division” Army band from fort drum!

Light in the Darkness

“A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:   “Hosanna to the Son of David!  ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’  Hosanna in the highest!”   Matthew 21:8-9

Chuck Warnoc, a small church pastor and regular contributor to Outreach Magazine, in a message titled, “What Kind of King Did You Expect?,” wrote, “If Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was triumphal on Palm Sunday, what went wrong less than a week later?

Why did the crowds who adored Jesus on Sunday, turn on him by Friday of that week?” Both the title and the questions are thought-provoking.

This is especially so in this day when there are so many different ideas and images of just who Jesus really is. Paul implied early on that there would be those who would proclaim a gospel (s) different from the one revealed by Jesus.

Such a perverted gospels would, come from men emanating from the human heart which God long ago warned is, “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.”  (Jeremiah 17:9).

Such were the hearts of many in that crowd who greeted Jesus that day He rode into Jerusalem. It was the day we now call Palm Sunday, remembering the palm fronds and garments they used to pave His way.

They had their own idea who Jesus was and what He had come to do. And they were wrong.

A few days later, when they realized that Jesus was not who they had expected Him to be, many turned on Him and joined the crowds crying out for His crucifixion.

Not that their expectations did not seem reasonable to some degree. Certainly the Jewish people were right in their anticipation that a king would come from the line of David. Years before they had heard the rumors that this king had been born in Bethlehem.

And, after all, what do kings do but protect their people from their enemies?  In their case it was the occupying Roman forces.

What you might not know is that Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem that day was not the only one the people witnessed. Historians tell us that Pontius Pilate had come to Jerusalem that same day. He knew that the Passover Feast celebrated the deliverance of the Jews from their Egyptian oppressors. He was also aware of the rumors that a King and deliverer had been born of the Jews and there were rumors that Jesus was that king.

That, combined with the increased activity among the Zealots and others, caused Pilate to consider Jerusalem be at ‘Code Red’.

So, though his preferred headquarters was in Caesarea-by-the-Sea, he had traveled with a contingent of his finest military to Jerusalem just in case. On that day of two spectacular entries into Jerusalem, Pilate’s was a show of military might and strength while Jesus’ was meant to demonstrate just the opposite.

But back to the problem of the heart. All that threatening display of might and power on Pilate’s part, along with the heightened awareness that God was doing something spectacular caused many to believe that the deliverer, the Son of David, had come to dramatically overthrow the Roman oppressors and that meant the army which had just arrived.

Their desires for freedom and deliverance, fed by fertile imaginations led them to unbiblical expectations. Jesus was coming to show Rome who God’s people were!

Talk about anticipation and excitement! But a few days later they realized their mistake. Yet having made wrong assumptions, they did not blame themselves as they ought to have done, but rather turned on Jesus.

Oh, how he had let them down. He was, in many eyes, a fraud who had gotten their hopes sky high only to dash them to the ground and so,  “Crucify him!!”, they screamed.

What do you do when the Jesus you thought you knew doesn’t do for you as you expected? In your disappointment do you turn away from Him or do you in humility, recognize who it is who was wrong?

The true test of faith and those who prove they have it, are those who remain faithful and obedient even when the Savior disappoints. They recognize that the disappointment resulted not from His lack of love or ability, but from our own desires and expectations that distorted our image of who He is.

Pastor David M. Grey      

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church 

Pinwheels for Prevention of child abuse

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and as part of the “Cherish All Children” ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Fulton), the Child Advocacy Center has been designated to be the focus for contributions during the month. Art teacher Ben Jerred recruited his students from Volney and Lanigan elementary schools to create these beautifully decorated pinwheels. This “Pinwheel Garden” was planted to help raise awareness to our community of the various types of child abuse and the need for organizations such as he Child Advocacy Center of Fulton and Pulaski and its dedicated staff who work to keep our children safe and happy. Pictured (l to r) are: Dianne Klafehn, Sheri Bush, Margaret Nichols, Brittney Jerred, Alexandra Sorbello, Mary Jerred, and in front, Henry Jerred.

Easter egg hunt Saturday at Holy Trinity

The ninth grade Confirmation students of Holy Trinity Parish’s Faith Formation program are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the community on Saturday, April 19. The hunt starts at Noon at 309 Buffalo Street for children ages 3 - 8. The children are also invited to make special Easter crafts at 11:30 a.m. before the hunt. For more information contact Heidi Buda at 598-2118. Pictured with the Rev. John Canorro are children who attend Holy Trinity Parish.
The ninth grade Confirmation students of Holy Trinity Parish’s Faith Formation program are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the community on Saturday, April 19. The hunt starts at Noon at 309 Buffalo Street for children ages 3 – 8. The children are also invited to make special Easter crafts at 11:30 a.m. before the hunt. For more information contact Heidi Buda at 598-2118. Pictured with the Rev. John Canorro are children who attend Holy Trinity Parish.