Category Archives: Church

Little Utica UMC to serve dinner

The Little Utica United Methodist Church is having a chicken and biscuit dinner starting at 4 p.m. Sept. 7.

The dinner will continue until it is sold out. Dinner includes roasted chicken, homemade biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots and a choice of dessert and beverage.

Patrons may eat in one of the dining rooms or enjoy a take-out meal.

Proceeds from the dinner are used to extend the mission and ministry of the church.

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.

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

Worship by the river for Labor Day

Fulton’s downtown gazebo will once again be the setting for a Labor Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1.

Three congregations (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, State Street United Methodist Church and First United Church of Fulton) will gather to host the outdoor service, which will include communion and a food offering for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The Rev. Anne Wichelns, new to the shared pastorate of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, will bring the message.

A combined choir, directed by Cindy MacDougall, will rehearse the anthem at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Marion M. Moore-Colgan, pastor of State Street United Methodist Church, will give primary leadership in the serving of communion. Communion is open to all who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

The Rev. David Nethercott, pastor of First United Church of Fulton, also will assist in the leadership of the service.

Each congregation is an active member of the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches, which hosts a number of shared events each year, including the 27th annual Fulton CROP WALK scheduled for Oct. 6.

Coffee, cookies and cold drinks will be served following the service. Members of the three hosting congregations are asked to bring cookies to share.

It is recommended that those attending the service bring their own lawn chair.  In case of inclement weather, the service will take place at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

For further information, and for issues related to weather conditions on Sept. 1, contact the Rev. David Nethercott at the church at 592-2707, cellphone at 415-2408 or by email at

Church sewing bee mission clothes Appalachian girls

By Ashley M. Casey

Members of the North Volney United Methodist Church gathered for a sewing bee Aug. 15 to turn donated pillowcases into dresses for impoverished girls in the Appalachian region of the U.S. More than a dozen participants came together to create about 30 dresses.

Appalachia is the southern portion of the Appalachian Mountains, spanning 13 states in the Eastern U.S. The per capita income in Appalachia is 18 percent lower than the national average. The poverty rate is 16.1 percent in Appalachia, nearly two percentage points higher than the national rate.

The North Volney United Methodist Church is partnering with Christian charity Hope 4 Women International to send the dresses to Appalachian girls in need. Beverly Beck was the coordinator, who heard of pillowcase dresses and found H4WI through an Internet search.

To read the rest of this story, pick up the print version of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Booths available at All Saints fest; All Saints menu

All Saints Episcopal Church is hosting a festival 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 and noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 10.

This is a change of dates from the ones previously listed in August.

A garage sale will be included Sept. 10.  All events will take place at Academy and South First streets in Fulton.

The festival will include pulled pork sandwiches, jams and preserves, along with baked goods. Farm-fresh maple syrup, honey and eggs also will be featured along with demonstrations. Rides and/or bouncy houses will be available to entertain the young, along with various games.

Church members are reaching out to all churches and service organizations in the area to give them the opportunity to join the festival. Booths are available for arts, crafts, food, entertaining children, information and more.

Proceeds from booth rentals will be put toward church programs and outreach, including the Tuesday Night Free Community Dinner, which has served thousands of free dinners to Fultonians since 2009.

Feel free to spread the word of this program for those who are in need of a warm meal. Tell them to drop in on Tuesdays between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. for dinner.

To reserve booth space or for details, call Sonja Shoen-Delong at 378-3744, Marilou Santoro at 343-0172 or Lynn Bullard at 598-9535.

Tuesday night All Saints’ menu

Here is the menu for August and September for the All Saints Episcopal Church Tuesday night free community dinners:

  • Aug. 13: Fritatta with sausage, green beans
  • Aug. 20: Egg salad sandwich, pasta salad, applesauce
  • Aug. 27: Hamburgers and macaroni salad
  • Sept. 3: Soup, toasted cheese sandwich, salad
  • Sept. 10: Chicken and biscuits, vegetable
  • Sept. 17: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad
  • Sept. 24: Cheeseburger casserole, green beans, pasta salad.

The menus are subject to change.

Feel free to inform others who are need of a warm meal about the program. Drop in between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays for dinner.

St. Stephen fest set Aug. 11

St. Stephen’s Church in Oswego is holding its annual Parish Festival Aug. 11.

The festivities will begin at noon and last until 7 p.m. on the church grounds at 140 Niagara St. The event will take place rain or shine.

Traditional Polish foods, including kielbasa, glombki and three varieties of pierogi, will be available starting at noon. Picnic foods and light and adult refreshments also will be available.

A variety of games of skill and chance will take place for young and old alike. Highlights include the famous “Baked Goods” booth, which offers far more than the usual cakes and the popular “Beautiful Baskets” raffle, which consists of chances to win themed baskets. Lots of activities are planned for children to enjoy.

Music continues to be a special part of the St. Stephen’s Parish Festival, and this year DJ Bob Hagney will be spinning the tunes from noon until 2 p.m.

Live music provided by The New Direction from Buffalo will follow. The New Direction will play polkas and other popular tunes until 6 p.m.

North Volney UMC to hold car show

The North Volney Methodist Church will hold a classic car show Aug. 3  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds with free admission.

Registration for car owners starts at 10:30 a.m.; there is an entry fee for car owners.

Those attending the show will have the chance to vote on their favorite car and be eligible to win a door prize.

In addition, there will be music, a bake sale to satisfy your sweet tooth, as well as food and drinks available for those who get hungry.

Those seeking more information may call Beverly at 593-6825.

The North Volney Methodist Church is located on the corners of Co. Routes 4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.