Category Archives: Church

First United Church of Fulton celebrates 16 years

First United Church of Fulton, 33 South Third Street, Fulton will celebrate 16 years of united and uniting congregational life Sunday, Oct. 6.

Oct. 6 also marks the 16th anniversary of the Rev. David Nethercott’s  ministry in Fulton.

Nethercott will offer the sermon.  Communion will be shared, as is the custom, on the first Sunday of the month.

The peace offering for worldwide mission will also be received.

Following the service a birthday cake will be served to everyone in the fellowship time.  Everyone is welcome.

At 10 a.m. Oct. 12, David Mirabito who is with MetLife Financial

Services, will meet with older adults to discuss “Mistakes to Avoid: Financial Advice for Older Adults.”

Refreshments will be served.  This informal dialogue is offered by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center, an arm of First United Church dedicated to serving the needs

of the larger Fulton community.

First United Church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the Presbyterian

Church (USA).  The congregation is active in the greater Fulton community through the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches.

The facility offers hearing assistance and is accessible to those who are physically handicapped.

For more information, contact the Rev. David Nethercott at First United Church at 592-2707 or prairieborn@aol.com

Three bands on nationwide tour perform Oct. 6 in Fulton

National recording artists, “Seventh Day Slumber”, “Manic Drive” and “Submission Red” along with speaker Joseph Rojas will all be playing a concert at the Lakeview Manor at 723 West Broadway in Fulton, at 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

The bands are on a nationwide tour called The Small Town America Tour, raising money for an organization called “The Child Fund.”

All ages will enjoy this night of modern Christian music in various styles, rock, pop and power worship. This will be a powerful night as Joseph Rojas will share his personal testimony which is sure to touch many who attend.

Churches and youth groups are encouraged to attend and invite others to attend as well.

Tickets are available at www.itickets.com or at the door. Group rates are available. Details can be found at www.cabin3ministries.org

Faith United Church in Oswego unveils murals

By Ashley M. Casey

Instead of the usual processional out into the lobby for coffee, members of the flock of Faith United Church in Oswego filed into the children’s Sunday school wing to celebrate eight murals painted by a churchgoer.

The Rev. Roger Martin led a prayer to bless the rich paintings that depicted various scenes in the life of Jesus.

“We ask your blessing, O Lord, on these images of stories we have known for years and yet now perceive in new ways,” the congregation read. “May they stir our minds, both young and old, to see your Words in a new light.”

Barb Sheldon of Oswego, who has taught art at Mexico High School for 28 years, painted the murals over a period of about eight years. Students in Faith United’s Sunday school assisted in painting the doors and lettering the titles and Bible verses. Her husband, Craig, worked on the borders of the murals.

“One Sunday, people were talking about gifts they could give to the church,” Sheldon recalled of the project’s origins. She said that the original concept was to guide Sunday school students in creating the murals so they could better understand Bible stories, but it evolved into something more for her.

Sheldon said that she and her husband, Craig, adopted two daughters from China: Hannah, now 14, and Libby, now 10. After the passing of her own parents, Sheldon reflected on the legacy she wanted to leave her own daughters.

“I just thought about (my mother) and what she’d taught me. Even though she wasn’t around, she was there,” Sheldon said. “I wanted to leave it to Hannah and Libby.”

The other children of the congregation were on Sheldon’s mind too. Ever the perfectionist, she had to set aside her ideas about continually tweaking the murals.

“When I look at these walls, I see it’s for the kids. I see things I want to change, but I let it go,” she said. “It is for God and it’s not about me.”

Sheldon sought the advice of pastor Martin and other church members on which verses to depict.

“The first one she did was the manger scene, which is traditional,” Martin said. He said his favorite was “Stilling the Storm,” the smallest of the murals.

“It’s on its own little side of the door by itself. It’s a wonderful place to get kids to focus in on,” he said.

Martin called the process of watching Sheldon’s work interesting.

“Oftentimes, Barb will be in worship and all of a sudden she’ll just sneak out (to paint),” he said. “It’s wonderful to behold.”

Both Martin and Sheldon recounted the story that Pat Sivers, a petite churchgoer, requested the story of Jesus visiting Zaccheus, a similarly diminutive person. Sheldon included a small goldfinch in her painting to represent Sivers.

Sheldon said her favorite mural is the one that depicts Jesus’ baptism.

“It’s all from here,” she said, tapping her head. She said the other murals were inspired in part by depictions from other artists. “I didn’t take bits from things I’d seen. I like how he’s reflected in the water.”

She included a basket of fish and a basket of bread in this painting as an allusion to Jesus’ other stories. “I put those things there so they could share with the kids and teach them how Jesus provides,” she said.

As for future murals, Sheldon is taking a break. She and the children are currently working on a depiction of Noah’s ark for one of the classrooms, but she has slowed work on that because she wanted to take a different direction with it.

“At this point, she really needs to have an opportunity to stop for a bit, take a step back and have a look-see,” Martin said. He expressed a desire for more murals in the future, however. “Our Sunday school is beginning to grow. I’m hoping that someone will say, ‘Barb, we need a picture of this to reinforce this idea.’”

As for Sheldon, she said she is grateful that her faith has helped her throughout the hardships in her life. She hopes her paintings inspires the same in those who see them.

“They’re not the Sistine Chapel, but hopefully somebody can learn from them.”

Faith United Church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America and the United Church of Christ. It is located at 12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive in Oswego. For more information, visit faithunitedoswego.com.

List of murals:

Manger – Matthew 8:23-27

Jesus in the Temple – Luke 2:41-50

Baptism – Luke 3:21-22

Stilling the Storm – Matthew 8:23-27

Good Shepherd – Luke 15:3-7

We Are Blessed, a silhouette of Jesus

Zaccheus and Jesus – Luke 19:1-10

The Names of God

Church to show new movie

On one Sunday each month, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., continues to show, free of charge, full-length movies.

Many are newly released. At 2 p.m. Sept. 15 the church will show a movie well suited to older adults. Families also are welcome to this PG rated flick. Popcorn and soda are provided free of charge.

Copyright restrictions do not allow First United to publicize the title of the movie or the leading characters.

It is a prequel to the classic movie based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. It begins in the Midwest in black-and-white and then falls to a “Technicholor Neverland” in the eye of a twister.

In this place of garish, unnatural wonders and exotic fauna the bewildered magician is swept off his feet by not one, but three magnificent witches.

For further information, contact the Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707 or prairieborn@aol.com.

All Saints festival Sept. 13

 

All Saints Episcopal Church in Fulton will host a festival with food, handmade crafts, wooden items, jewelry, baked goods, canned goods, face painting and children’s amusements.

The festival will open 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the church, on South First and Academy streets, and continue with a garage sale at 8 a.m. Sept. 14, booths at 10 a.m. and a rodeo at noon.

Proceeds benefit the church missions, including the free Tuesday night dinner.

Little Utica church offers free luncheon for area seniors

Little Utica United Methodist Church will be holding a free senior luncheon in the church parlor for people in the community age 55 and older from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 11.

This will be an opportunity for community members to have lunch and socialize with their neighbors.

The menu will include baked ziti, macaroni and cheese, Italian bread, tossed salad and gelatin salad. Punch, milk, tea and coffee, along with a variety of desserts, also will be served.

The next lunch is noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 9.

The church is located on Lamson Road, heading west off Route 48, just past the intersection of Lamson Road and East Mud Lake Road.

For more information, call the church at 678-2270 or visit the church’s website at littleuticaumc.org

All Saints hosts Blessing of the Backpacks Sept. 1, 8

The “Blessing of the Backpacks” will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, South First and Academy streets, Fulton, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 immediately following the 9 a.m. service.

Each backpack will hold the physical tools for learning. However, hidden among those tools are a lot of hopes and dreams of and for that student.

The hope that the year will be full of promise and fresh starts.

The hope that friendships with classmates and colleagues will be strong.

The hope that there will be mutual respect for each student and educator.

The hope that the student will feel safe.

The hope that there will be challenges to call upon his or her best efforts and enough accomplishments to satisfy and delight him or her.

The hope he or she grows in knowledge and becomes a lifelong learner.

All students in the community are invited to bring their backpacks for a blessing as they begin a new school year.

All Saints Sunday school resumes Sept. 8

The Sunday School at All Saints Episcopal Church, South First and Academy streets, Fulton, will resume Sept. 8.

The program will start with children of all ages gathering together in the parish house from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to embrace a program entitled Taste the Bread, which will explore the sacraments.

Children in the Episcopal church have been receiving communion at whatever age deemed appropriate to their parents.

A four-week program, Taste the Bread, is based on understanding Bible verses; understanding words heard in church and developing faith.

This will be accomplished through storytelling, remembering games, crafts (stoles, clay) and breadmaking, along with other multi-sensory lessons. All Saints will present the program in four Sunday morning segments.

On Oct. 6 the church school will meet and divide into elementary, intermediate and high school classes  immediately following church. Nursery is offered each week during worship.

For more information, contact the church office at 592-2102 and leave a message. Someone will return the call.