Category Archives: Church

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.

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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.

Hope Fest 2013 grows from three-day event to eight-day celebration

What was planned as a three-day weekend outreach event turned out to be an eight-day celebration of God in the greater Fulton area.

Hope Fest 2013 was held at the Fulton War Memorial as scheduled June 7-9.

“But it did not stop there,” said John Palm, evangelist and leader of this outreach, which was presented by Christian churches throughout Oswego County and beyond. “Our steering committee felt that there was more being offered from God, so we kicked into high gear and kept Hope Fest going each evening through Friday, June 14.”

Attendance averaged around 300 during the initial three evenings. Guest speakers Norman “Jay” Foster, who is the Fulton Common Council president, and Andrew Henderson, managing editor of The Valley News, shared testimonies of how God has worked in their lives. They also urged those in attendance to pray for the local area and to seek God’s presence in their own lives.

Pastor Joe Palm, John Palm’s son, shared a message Friday evening, June 7. He provided the messages Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Special guest Pastor Julio Roque gave his testimony about God breaking through his experiences as a heroin addict and New York City gang member.

“So many lives were touched through the power of the Holy Spirit,” John Palm stated. “There are several stories of physical and mental healing that took place. We will be posting these, as well as photos and video clips, on the Hope Fest web site,, in the near future.”

“The vision for Hope Fest was to bring the message of hope, joy, love and peace to so many in our area who are suffering with burdens of addiction, sickness, unemployment, abuse, and despair,” said John’s wife, Mary Lou said. “With Jesus Christ alive and active in peoples’ hearts and lives, we saw countless lives changed in powerful ways that will surely bless our entire community!”

John and Mary Lou Palm were drawn to Oswego County in early 2012 after serving as missionaries to Australia.

“I was given a vision for ‘Oswego’ and we didn’t even know what or where ‘Oswego’ was,” John Palm said. “We looked it up on a map and we started writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area.”

The pastors from River of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God in Martville both wrote back to the Palms.

Before long, the couple journeyed around the world to upstate New York because the vision that God shared with them was one for revival – something that these two churches, as well as many others, have been praying for.

“We believe that revival is very close, and that it will be like nothing that has ever happened before in this area,” John Palm said. “Hope Fest 2013 helped prepare the minds and hearts of hundreds of people and we’re very excited to see what God does next!”

There is a prayer request form on the Hope Fest web site and people may continue submitting prayer requests and praise reports.

“We realize that sometimes a person is healed gradually from a physical condition or a mental problem, so we are keeping the web site open and active,” said Betsy Copps, director of marketing.

“We were so blessed to be able to present this event in Fulton,” said Laurie Ludlow, Hope Fest director. “We are grateful to the many churches, businesses and individuals who provided prayer, donations, and volunteer support. The staff at the War Memorial were absolutely wonderful. The shuttle bus drivers, the more than 100 volunteers, the musicians and the speakers all gave so much of their time, abilities, and prayers. We couldn’t have done this without them.”

Hope Fest 2013 may be over, but the committee is already praying for direction on what to do next. “My eyes and my heart are on the City of Oswego,” John Palm said. “We expect a mighty movement of God there, very soon. There may also be more Hope Fest events in Fulton and other communities around Central New York because nothing is impossible with God.”

Alliance church to hold summer day camp

Joanna Pribis and Jasmine Spurling take a wild ride to Fulton Alliance Church’s summer day camp on the “Colossal Coaster.” The amusement park-themed day camp will take place July 8-12.
Joanna Pribis and Jasmine Spurling take a wild ride to Fulton Alliance Church’s summer day camp on the “Colossal Coaster.” The amusement park-themed day camp will take place July 8-12.

Fulton Alliance Church will hold its annual summer day camp July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Colossal Coaster World” is a free Vacation Bible School program with an amusement park theme. It is open to all children in the Fulton area in grades K-7.

Doors open for registration and check-in at 8:30 a.m. with the worship rally starting at 9:00 a.m. This large group gathering includes music, singing, contests and a morning message. Parents are encouraged to stay for the worship rally.

After the rally, children move into small groups by grade level for continued hands-on learning, bible stories, games, music class, crafts, and snacks.

Older children entering grades 6 and 7 will join the energetic “VBX” class, taught by youth pastor Tyler Sant of Fulton Alliance and youth worker Cory Angeleri of Oswego Alliance Church.

A ladies bible study will be offered immediately following the morning rally and will include fellowship, crafts, activities, and study. There is child care available for those attending the Bible study.

”Colossal Coaster World” is a fun and safe place where children can make new friends and spend a week this summer. We hope that parents will take advantage of this opportunity for their children,” said Monica Hines-Stoutenger, day camp director.

Registration may be done online at Class size is limited.

The church is located at 1044 State Route 48.

Church to hold special service for Kimplands

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.
Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years. They have been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Rev. Mark and Lynne Kimpland have served the First United Methodist Church and the Fulton community for the last 18 years.

“Our time in Fulton has been a wonderful blessing full of opportunities, challenges and above all, it’s unlimited potential,” Rev. Kimpland said. “We will forever treasure the relationships, ministries and Fulton’s unique sense of community.”

Rev. Kimpland has been reappointed to the Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell and will begin his ministry July 1.

Lynne Kimpland has directed the children and youth ministries at FFUMC. Their two children, Matthew and Lacey, were very active in sports at G. Ray Bodley High School and currently are third grade teachers. Matthew Kimpland is teaching at Volney Elementary School and Lacey Kimpland is teaching at Johnson City Elementary School.

The Fulton First UMC is inviting the community to the Kimplands’ last worship service Sunday June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. A Farewell Come and Go Reception will be held after worship until 1 p.m.