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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.

Pictured is the view of the drive-through line at a previous Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church. The scene will be repeated Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Minetto United Methodist Church to hold annual Harvest Turkey Dinner

Minetto United Methodist Church
Pictured is the view of the drive-through line at a previous Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church. The scene will be repeated Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Turkey will highlight the menu at the annual Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Customers who prefer to eat at home can go inside for carry-out service or use the drive-thru take-out line. They just pull into the parking lot from Empire Avenue and give their order to an attendant who radios it inside. Then they drive forward, where more attendants collect payment, deliver the order to the car, and send them on their way.

Those who prefer to eat at the church, may go inside and eat in the dining room.

The traditional home-cooked dinner includes roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, and homemade pie.

The church is located at the corner of state route 48 and county route 8 in the village of Minetto, and the building is handicapped accessible.

This year’s dinner will use 32 turkeys weighing over 700 pounds, 320 pounds of potatoes, 260 pounds of squash, and over 125 homemade pies. Planning and conducting the dinner will involve more than 110 individuals of the congregation and community, from about 100 households.

“We look forward to seeing long-time friends and new customers as well. Our dinner has become an autumn tradition well-loved by the people of our community and church,” said Pastor Chuck Forbes.

The church has been conducting an annual Harvest Dinner for many years. Last year, 435 out of 879 meals were delivered to 165 vehicles in the drive-thru line, 22 percent were served in our dining room, 28 percent were carried away by people who came inside the building, and the remaining 49 percent were served via the drive-thru.

The church holds its harvest turkey dinner each fall to supplement support of its ministries in Minetto and around the world.

The people of the church also support a number of outreach efforts within our community. Included are monthly gifts of non-perishable foods to the Oswego County Salvation Army, a recent collection of school supplies for the Minetto Elementary School, monthly free dinners, contributions of food-stamp ineligible necessities to the Helping Hands Cupboard at Fulton State Street UMC and assistance with the Oswego County Opportunities house vegetable garden.

Worship services are at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning and visitors are always welcome.

More information about the church can be found at www.minettoumc.org.

Minetto UMC at Magic in Minetto Saturday

This year’s edition of Magic in Minetto, to be held in River View Park Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include several contributions of Minetto United Methodist Church people.

William Martin, R.N., has worked with Ellen Lazarek, collaboration manager of health education, and Shannon Ensley, senior health educator for the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, both of Oswego County Opportunities, to plan a health fair.

It will be located inside the Minetto Town Hall and will offer a variety of health and wellness educational materials as well as free blood pressure screening.

The Minetto Monkeys 4-H Club, under the leadership of Jennifer Reese, will be conducting a carnival at the Methodist Church to raise funds for the Congenital Neutrapena Association.

There will be a variety of games and activities for young people including the making of root beer floats with ingredients provided by Stewarts. The club members range in age from four to 12.

Several members of the church will be staffing a food booth in the park offering hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, coneys, sausages, chips, bottled water and sodas. The sandwiches may be had with toppings of sauerkraut, onions and peppers, or Texas hot sauce. Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or as long as supplies last.

Others from the church have been involved in the planning of Magic in Minetto and will be at the event to work with crafts and other amusements.