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Open Doors Neighborhood Center opens its doors

A group sits around a table at the First United Church for a weekly discussion. A discussion group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the church and is lead by the churches minister.
A group sits around a table at the First United Church for a weekly discussion. A discussion group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the church and is lead by the churches minister.

by Nicole Reitz

The Open Doors Neighborhood Center of the First United Church of Fulton, located  at 33 S. Third St., is open Tuesday mornings for coffee and recreation.

“What first drove us to start this center was the fact that churches in Fulton, both Baptist and Presbyterians, were uniting,” said Carol Dexter, chairperson of the Open Doors Neighborhood Center board. “We needed to get used to each others religious set ups.”

The group needed to have more of a focus so a transformation group started and met for five years. Out of the transformation group, the Open Doors Neighborhood Center was created.

The center operates out of the First United Church. A year ago, it was given a $5,000 grant from the American Baptist Churches. The center is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

At 10 a.m., a discussion group is lead by the minister and typically draws between four and 11 people.

Allyn Sponable, a church member, said that the discussion isn’t a bible study, but more of an unstructured meeting where current events are talked about. In addition to the discussion group, the facility has three computers and a printer available for public use. A workshop on how to use Facebook is being considered.

A mahjongg group, comprised of eight people, play weekly. Also available are other board games Wii sports games and shuffleboard in the fellowship hall. A walking group also meets, but takes a break during the winter months. Instead, they knit and crochet.

“The center is a safe place for seniors to drop in,” said Dexter. “We want to let the community know that we are here and we’d love to have people come in. We’re always open for suggestions.”

Dexter said that the center tries to relate to the interests of those who participate. A cooking class was held in November. In September, there will be a meeting on trusts, wills, and planning for the future.

Newer movies are shown once a month on Sunday afternoons. The movie is free of charge and refreshments are available. The next movie shown will be a historical drama about the sixteenth president.

The center isn’t open to just seniors. The group is also reaching out to children and families in the community. Since the church separates the city’s Fifth and Sixth Wards, the center has been working with Granby and Fairgrieve elementary schools.

Last summer, the center housed an Arts Explosion, which included crafts, dance, art, music, creative writing and drama for children.

In December, the center held a Family Christmas Experience, which was attended by 30 children and their families, and included crafts, a story-time and pictures with Santa.

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Anti-bullying event at First United Church

Saturday, March 2, starting at 5 p.m. with a light supper, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.,, Fulton, will host a recently released movie on the issue of bullying.

Following the movie, a discussion will be held, concluding by 8 p.m. Featured guests will include Bill Lynch, superintendant of Fulton schools, and other administrators who will be able to speak about “Dignity for All Students,” an active effort to keep schools safe for all children and youth.

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward is also expected to attend along with other community representatives.

Copyright restrictions do not allow First United to publicize the title of the movie or the leading characters. Here, however, is a brief description from columnist Bob Mondello: “(This movie) is a wrenching, potentially transformative look at an epidemic of adolescent cruelty and adult paralysis in the nation’s public schools. (It) weaves together five different stories from different parts of America’s heartland. Two are about the grieving families of boys who’ve committed suicide – a 17 year-old in Georgia, and an 11 year-old in Oklahoma City. The rest are profiles of kids still toughing it out – a Mississippi teenager who has been jailed after pulling a gun on the kids who made her life a living hell, a lesbian high-schooler who is tormented not just by other students but by a teacher as well.”

There is no charge for the evening; donations for the meal will be accepted. Those attending are asked to RSVP by e-mailing prairieborn@aol.com or calling 592-2707 by Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Child care will be provided upon request. Parents are advised that this unrated film may not be suitable for children.

Local churches plan special Christmas Eve services

by Andrew Henderson

Area churches have planned special Christmas Eve services.

The Fulton Alliance Church will hold its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m.

There will be singing of Christmas carols, listening to the children’s choir, lighting the Advent wreath, and listening to a special Christmas message from Senior Pastor J. Spurling.   The service ends with the singing of “Silent Night” and lighting the candles throughout the congregation.

The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48, just south of the Fulton City line.

State St. United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Christmas eve services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Also, Wednesday mornings State Street United Methodist Church opens their doors to the homeless.

Coffee, donuts and fellowship are offered from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Christmas Eve worship will be held at 7 p.m. at the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

This traditional service of “Lessons, Carols & Candlelight” will include the Christmas story from Scripture, the singing of carols, and candlelight shared in a large circle at the close of the service.

The Chancel Choir, directed by Burton Phillips, will bring the anthem, “Jesu, My Son,” a Chilean lullaby carol translated and arranged by Mary E. Caldwell. Ella Hicks will be the soloist for the carol.

The United Voices Quartet will perform “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child,” a traditional spiritual arranged by Rollo Dilworth. Scripture readers will include Roxanne Seeber, Barbara Hubbard, and Alan De Line.

Children will light the Christ Candle within the Advent Wreath. Burton Phillips will sing “O Holy Night” during the offertory and he will also assist in German for the singing of “Silent Night.” Colleen Ingersoll will serve as the guest organist.

The Christmas Eve service at the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church will be held at 6 p.m. Mount Pleasant is a country church built in 1870 and is known for the brilliant stained glass windows surrounding the entire sanctuary.

Christmas Eve, the interior lights are dimmed and the windows are back-lit from outside, creating an atmosphere that one little boy described as “like being inside a Christmas ornament.”

The service will feature the congregational singing of many of the hymns and carols of the season as well as music by a number of musicians.

This year, instrumental numbers will be presented by Ron and Nancy Caravan, The Corbett Family (Ginny, Joe and Scott), and the singing trio of Burnetta Bennett, Brooke Dolbear and Ashlee Stupp.

Pastor David Grey will bring a brief meditation and the service will close with the singing of “Silent Night” accompanied by the Corbetts.

This year, an offering will be received for the work of the local chapter of the Salvation Army.

Christmas Eve services at Hannibal Methodist Church will be held at 7 p.m. The Methodist Churches of Granby and Martville will be sharing in this service.

Wayne Kellogg, a professional musician and a native of Hannibal, will be guest organist for the service.

God’s Vision Christian Church in Hannibal will host its candlelight Christmas Eve service and children’s pageant will be  5:30pm Monday. All welcome.

The Christmas Eve service at Southwest Oswego Methodist  Church will held at 6:30 p.m. The candlelight service will include Scripture, carols and special music.

The Minetto United Methodist Church will conduct its annual Christmas Eve Nativity Barn Service at 5 p.m. at the Greco Family Farm, 297 W. Fifth Street Rd.

Attendees are asked to dress warmly; a flashlight will also be useful.

The traditional Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve service will follow at 8 p.m. in the church sanctuary at State Route 48 and County Route 8 in the village of Minetto.

Little Utica United Methodist Church is holding a special candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m.

Rev. Betty Morey, Little Utica’s pastor, said she is looking forward to celebrating this joyous holiday.

“Christmas Eve is a wonderful time for families to join together in worship as we remember that Jesus is the reason for the season,” Morey said.

“We will be singing the familiar carols of Christmas and lighting our candles in celebration of the One who is the Light of the World. We invite everyone to join us in our time together.”

Morey is also the pastor at the Warners United Methodist Church and will be leading its Christmas Eve service starting at 6 p.m.

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.

The second annual “Holly Jolly Christmas Party” for adults will be hosted by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center of First United Church of Fulton Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. Allyn and Lucille Sponable will once again greet those attending the party.

‘Holly Jolly Christmas Party’ planned at First United Church

Holly Jolly Christmas
The second annual “Holly Jolly Christmas Party” for adults will be hosted by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center of First United Church of Fulton Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. Allyn (pictured) and his wife Lucille Sponable will once again greet those attending the party.

The second annual “Holly Jolly Christmas Party” for adults will be hosted by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center of First United Church of Fulton Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Snow Belters Barbershop Quartet from Oswego will be the featured entertainment. Additionally, old-fashioned Christmas songs will be sung, games of wit and wisdom will be played, and refreshments will be shared, including donated goodies from Cathy’s Cakes of downtown Fulton.

This event is open to the community and is offered free of charge.

The Open Doors Neighborhood Center was established by the First United Church of Fulton in order to build bridges of hospitality and friendship with the greater Fulton Community. Ever Tuesday morning, the center is open for coffee fellowship, table games, Wii, shuffleboard, a walking group, and other organized activities for older adults.

The next major activity will be the second annual Family Christmas Experience scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

This event will feature crafts, storytelling, fun Christmas songs, and refreshments. It is open to the community and is offered free of charge.

Those seeking more information may contact David Nethercott at 592-2707 or prairieborn@aol.com.

First United Church of Fulton to present outdoor movie

The 2011 family film “Dolphin Tale” will be featured at an outdoor movie event at Open Doors Neighborhood Center at First United Church of Fulton Friday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m. The movie is free.

The film will be shown on a screen outside in the parking lot of the church, which is located at 33 S. Third St.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the viewing. If it rains, the movie will be viewed inside.

The church and its Open Doors Neighborhood Center is showing the film with permission through CVLI. It is an opportunity for the community to have access to a free movie and enjoy the mild summer weather.

“We think this will be a fun evening,” said Pastor Rev. David Nethercott. “We do hope people will take advantage of a n opportunity for a free movie and a time of fellowship.”

Popcorn and beverages will be served.

“Dolphin Tale” is a 2011 family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith from screenplay by Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi and a book of the same name.

The film stars Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. The book and film are inspired by the true story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin that was rescued in December 2005 off the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter lost her tail after becoming entangled with a rope attached to a crab trap and was fitted with a prosthetic one.

The Open Doors Neighborhood Center, which has teams that focus on families as well as older adults, opened in October of 2011 in hopes of offering the community a safe place to gather to make friends and learn new things.

Carol Dexter, president of the center’s board, explained that the center continues to work with neighbors and school groups to find out the best ways to meet the needs of the neighborhood and community.

Summer Arts Explosion! to begin Tuesday

Summer Arts Explosion! at the Open Doors Neighborhood Center at First United Church of Fulton will be held Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26.

The event will provide opportunities for kids to learn new skills and make new friends.

“Our three day workshops are designed to give kids a chance to learn some new things and make friends,” Pastor David Nethercott. “We expect it to be a wonderful experience.”

Arts Explosion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening at the church, which is located at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

There is a small fee for the week but scholarships are available.

Children may register at the door. It is open to children ages 5-12.

The three days of workshops will feature hands-on training in drama, art, music, and creative writing. There are special activities for children ages five and six.

Summer Arts Explosion! is sponsored by the Children & Families team at the Open Doors Neighborhood Center and is aimed at children and families living in the city’s Fifth and Sixth wards, but is open to all children.

“When we began the Open Doors Neighborhood Center a year ago, our hope was programs to people who might not otherwise have access to them,” said Pastor Nethercott. “We believe the Arts Explosion does just that.”

ODNC will present an outdoor movie “Dolphin Tale” Friday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m. on the church lawn.  It is a free event.

First United Church of Fulton to hold art workshops for children

The Open Doors Neighborhood Center at First United Church of Fulton will present “Summer Arts Explosion!” — a three-day workshop for children ages 5-12 Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26.

The church is located at 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

The three days of workshops will run from 6 until 8 p.m. each evening and will feature hands-on training in drama, art, music, and creative writing.

There are special activities for children ages five and six.

On-site registration is welcome. Those seeking more information may call 592-2707.

Summer Arts Explosion! is sponsored by the Children & Families team at the Open Doors Neighborhood Center and is aimed at children and families living in the city’s Fifth and Sixth wards, but is open to all children.

“The three day workshops will have a day camp atmosphere for the children,” said Rev. David Nethercott, pastor of First United Church of Fulton. “The children will have several hands on opportunities to explore drama, music, and the arts in general in ways they may have never experienced it before.” There is a fee per child for the three-day event, but  scholarships are available.

The Open Doors Neighborhood Center, which has teams that focus on families as well as older adults, opened in October of 2011 in hopes of offering the community a safe place to gather

to make friends and learn new things.

Carol Dexter, president of the ODNC board, explained that the center continues to work with neighbors and school groups to find out the best ways to meet the needs of the neighborhood and community.

The center will present the outdoor movie, “Dolphin Tale,” Friday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m. on the church lawn. Admission to the movie is free.