Light in the Darkness: July 3, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!

Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!

Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp!

Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!

Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”  – Psalm 150

In a recent column, I stated that I have always been intrigued with this Psalm in light of the differences of opinion regarding various types of music and instruments consider “permissible” in a worship service.

Because it is clear that the instruments listed here cover the whole gamut of instrumental types, I have strived to understand why so many Christians I know (myself included) struggle with certain instruments in worship.

I have conclude that there are two major reasons we struggle to accept instruments God has approved.

The first is our past experience with various instruments or types of music. When we hear them, they immediately bring to the forefront the past associated with that instrument and we find ourselves unable to worship with that particular instrument or style of music.

I know that for several years as a new believer I could not worship or center my attention upon the Lord with any music in which drum brushes were used.

The sound brought back associations with a night club I had visited and all the godless lifestyle present in that place.

It was personal. It had nothing to do with the amoral drum brush nor was my inability and indictment against the Christian group using them.  I simply could not worship because of the baggage I personally carried with me.

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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.”

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Allyson Reynolds and Autumn Warring enjoy art projects at Arty Camp last summer. The CNY Arts Center’s Arty Day Camp this year will be held July 15-19. Scholarships are available.
Allyson Reynolds and Autumn Warring enjoy art projects at Arty Camp last summer. The CNY Arts Center’s Arty Day Camp this year will be held July 15-19. Scholarships are available.

Save the dates for these exciting summer time happenings:

Story Time Art for four to seven year olds continues Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. July 9 with Kendra Matott. Each week children will listen to a story then create an art project inspired by the story.

The class will read “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and help children imagine and see what they can make with a magic purple crayon! More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at

Leslie Paice will start a six week series with Introductory Stained Glass. It will meet Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29 for ages 16 and up from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Make a stained glass panel using the leaded method…be introduced to copper foil method, learn glass selection, cutting, grinding, soldering, framing, and hanging and patina techniques. Some patterns provided or help adapting your custom design.

Open Studio debuts at the center July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcomed to join other artists to practice life drawing/painting from still life. Chat with friends and just have fun! We’ll go outside some days (weather permitting). Bring your own materials or use some of ours. Artist facilitator will be on site. Artists can get practice drawing/painting from life and go home with a finished work. Come early, stay late!

Writer’s Café July 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. is free and open to all writers to come and share their work. Contact Jim Farfaglia at 402-2297 or to share your work.

Kids have lots to choose from next week with Arty Day Camp, July 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. With scholarship money available, no child should miss out. Choose from art, writing, dance or theatre, enjoy lunch and group art projects in the afternoons. Please register at

Writers on the Road July 20 is a one day class for all writers to explore how artwork can inspire and prompt their work. The program will take place at CNY Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for fall shows

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its October and November productions of “The Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds and Dracula” and Bettine Manktelow’s comic murder mystery “Curtain Up On Murder.”

The joint auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

No preparation is necessary. Auditioners will be asked to read scenes from the scripts. Both productions will play on FCT’s Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity.

Directed by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, “War of the Worlds” is a staged recreation of the Mercury Theatre’s 1938 terror broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic.

The radio play, written by Howard Koch, relocated the invasion from London to the New York metropolitan area, leaving millions of listeners convinced that America was under siege by a vanguard from Mars.

The production, which will feature live sound effects and music, will play for one performance only, Oct. 30, the 75th anniversary of the original broadcast.

Coupled with the classic Koch script, the evening will feature as a second act John Houseman’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which debuted the Mercury Theatre’s radio anthology series on CBS July 11, 1938.

White is looking for a versatile cast of seven men and two women to recreate the Mercury Theatre On The Air.

All 18 roles in both plays, with the exception of Orson Welles and Professor Pierson, are open, including the roles of Dracula, VanHelsing, Seward, Harker, Lucy, and Mina.

“Curtain Up On Murder,” directed by M. Marie Beebe, tells the deadly comic tale of an amateur dramatic company are rehearsing a thriller in a theatre at the end of a Pier when they find they are locked in and gradually the members are being killed off.

Is it one of their numbers or is there somebody else locked in the empty theatre who will not stop till they are all dead?

The murder mystery, which will wrap up FCT’s 23rd anniversary season, will run Nov. 9, 10, 16, and 17. The production calls for a cast of five women and three men. All roles in the production, except for Ginny, are open and will be auditioned.

Those seeking more information may contact Fulton Community Theatre via e-mail at

Robbie Bellinger scores first career modified win at Fulton

Robbie Bellinger scores first career modified win at Fulton looked to have a Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature win well in hand June 15 until lapped traffic came into play.

On that night, Ryan Phelps was able to run down and pass Bellinger on lap 28 of the 35-lap main and go onto the win.

This past Saturday night, he wasn’t going to let that happen again. Bellinger saw his lead disappear with three laps to go with a caution period that put some heavy hitters right with him for the restart and race to the checkers.

When the green came back out, Bellinger outran 26 time Fulton Speedway feature winner Billy Decker to the checkers. For Robbie Bellinger it was his first career win at Fulton.

Other winners on RFH’s Hideaway Night were, Dave Emmons, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Model; Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Joe Isabell, Mod Lites; and Tim Dunn, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. and Bellinger led the 800 horse power Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds down to the green with Bellinger grabbing the early advantage in the 35-lap feature.

With 10 laps complete, Bellinger and Sears ran within a car length of each other with Jim Witko alone in third. Behind the top-three, you could of thrown a blanket over Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Chad Phelps and Billy Decker as they used every inch of the speedway fighting for fourth through seventh.

On lap 15, Bellinger and Sears still occupied the top-two spots as Witko started closing the gap on the top-two. Decker who started ninth and Wight showed in the top five.

With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bellinger, still hugged the bottom of the speedway opening about a ten-car length lead over Witko who moved into second two-laps before. Sears, Decker and Wight were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Witko was still chasing Bellinger as the laps clicked off the lap counter towards the finish.

Decker ran alone in third as he tried to close the gap on the top-two, with Wight and Sears running fourth and fifth.

The last thing Bellinger wanted to see was a caution, and that happened on lap 32 for a slowing car. This put some heavy hitters right with Bellinger setting up a three-lap dash for the cash. When the green came back out,

Bellinger took off as Decker went to the top of the speedway moving into second and setting his sights on Bellinger. Bellinger didn’t flinch, hitting his marks and cruising the first under the checkers for his first career Fulton Speedway big block modified win. Billy Decker, Larry Wight , Jim Witko and Ryan Phelps finished second through fifth.

After doing the roof dance on his Thompson Road Tavern/Black-River Vending Services/JR U-Store/Westward Painting Co./No. 8R/ Bicknell, Bellinger talked about his big win.

“It’s been a long time here,” getting to victory lane,” he said. “We would be good early and seem to fade at the end. We were close the last time we were here.”

In the wild 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Dave Emmons led every lap but his first ever win was anything but easy.

Emmons was able to hold off different drivers till points leader Beth Schneider came into play when she took over second after coming from deep in the field on lap 13.

After dogging Emmons for six-laps Schneider moved to the top of the speedway on the last lap in an effort to get by the leader. Going down the back straight and into turn-three the pair were dead even setting up a drag race to the finish.

Exiting turn-four, Emmons slid off the bottom and up the track getting into Schneider as she made contact with the wall and somehow kept control of her car that allowed Emmons to be first under the checkers by a mere .083 of a second at the checkers over Schneider. Gregg Kimball, Ron Davis III and Kyle Fink came home third through fifth.

Emmons motor was taken for inspection and the results of that inspection will be on the Fulton Speedway web site when completed.

Rick Miller is now on a hot streak as he won his third straight NAPA Late Model feature. Miller took the lead from Alan Fink on a lap 4 restart and never looked back out distancing Dale Caswell at the end of 20 laps.

Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley and Aron Backus, who only has a few starts ever in a Late Model finished third through fifth.

In the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Jeremy Dygert picked up the victory over points leader Gary Hoppins. Wade Chrisman, Hilary Ward and James Carlson came home third through fifth.

Joe Isabell grabbed the lead on lap 2 behind the wheel of his Scott Bloomquist designed Mod Lite and never looked back in his 15 lap victory. Alan Fink, Justin Williams, Rick Demo and Jeremy Isabell chased Isabell across the line.

Tim Dunn made a rare appearance in the Four Cylinder Stocks pay off. Dunn took the lead from defending track champion Skip DeGroff on lap 6.

Once out front, Dunn had to hold off late challenges from Kyle Young who was making his first start at Fulton.

Reapportionment plan decision will not be appealed

by Andrew Henderson

The legal challenge to the reapportionment plan approved by the Oswego County Legislature is being put on hold for now, according to Legislator Dan Farfaglia.

Oswego County Court Judge Norman Seiter recently dismissed the reapportionment lawsuit filed against the county. There was talk of an appeal, but that’s been put on hold.

“After careful thought and consideration, we are not appealing Mr. Seiter’s decision because of timing issues,” said Farfaglia, who was one of the 11 plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “But we are not done fighting this very questionable scheme. We are simply putting our efforts on hold and intend resume the legal battle to rectify this travesty later this year.

Every decade after the U.S. census is completed, most legislative bodies in this nation have to alter district lines so that they represent an approximately equal number of people per district.

“There are also a set of laws in place to guide this process, like not splitting towns and communities unnecessarily,” said Farfaglia. “These laws are not optional. The majority party members of the county legislature have ignored most of the rules in place in order to produce a politically-motivated plan that benefits no one but themselves.”

Farfaglia said that country residents will have to “tolerate the borders of many county legislative districts, which unnecessarily splits communities” for one term.

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Safe Haven Museum to be site of 2014 Ride to Remember

The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center, located in Oswego, has announced that it has been chosen as the host site of the 2014 Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance Ride To Remember.

The Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance is an umbrella organization consisting of 44 clubs worldwide and has over 8,000 members.

Each year, a site is chosen for the annual Ride to Remember to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and to raise money for organizations that support and promote Holocaust education and awareness.

The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is dedicated to keeping alive the stories of the 982 refugees from World War II who were allowed into the United States as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to escape the horrors of the Holocaust.

These refugees were housed at Fort Ontario in Oswego from August 1944 until February 1946.

“Safe Haven tells a very unique story as this shelter was the only one of its kind in the United States,” said Judy Coe-Rapaport, president of Safe Haven’s board of directors. “We are proud and honored to be chosen by the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance for this memorable event.”

The Ride to Remember event will take place June 19-21 of 2014. This year, the event took place in Orange County, California and in Toronto, Canada in 2012. In the last nine years, the organization has raised over $400,000 for Holocaust awareness.

In conjunction with the Ride to Remember event, the museum will also be commemorating the 70th reunion of refugees and their families.

It will be the first time some of these people will have visited Oswego since leaving in 1946.

“We want the story told and how nice to celebrate 70 years with survivors and their families who were lucky enough to come to Oswego,” said Betsy Ahrens, president of the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance.


Fulton CYO gets ready for Summer Recreation Program

Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.
Participants in last year’s Catholic Charities’ CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program enjoyed a visit by Education Coordinator Ashlea Vilello of Rosamond Gifford Zoo, who is holding a Honduran Milk Snake. The visit was one of the many presentations and activities offered through the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, which begins this year Monday, July 8.

The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County will begin Monday, July 8 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 23.

The Summer Drop-in Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children in grades 2-8 in Oswego County and is held Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration Forms can be picked up at the CYO or Main Office of Catholic Charities of Oswego County at the same address Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children enjoy a variety of special events and activities designed to aid them in learning good sportsmanship, how to work as a team, positive interaction with peers and staff, and meeting and making new friends.

Plus, each day the youth engage in structured and non-structured activities that will help them grow both physically and mentally.

Children may attend the CYO Summer Drop-in recreation Program, daily or weekly if they choose too.

Activities in the CYO Summer Drop-in Program include daily recreational activities, special presentations and awareness groups, arts and crafts, and more.

According to CYO Coordinator George Timmins, the CYO Summer Drop-In Recreation Program will have something for all ages and offers youth a wide variety of recreational and educational activities, including themed weeks, tennis instruction courtesy of the USTA Tennis Association, a week with the Girl Scouts, a presentation from the Roseamond Gifford Zoo to be held at the Fulton War Memorial, and other special events at the War Memorial.

Additionally youth will have access to the CYO game room that includes X-Box, Wii games, billiards, basketball, ping pong, foosball, along with other fun activities.

The CYO’s trained staff supervises all activities and assists all participants as needed to ensure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and emotional development.

Children receive a free breakfast and lunch daily through the USDA Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Oswego County Opportunities or they can bring their own if they wish to.

Those wishing to receive breakfast or lunch are encouraged to confirm the day before that they will be attending the summer program.

Breakfast will be served 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served noon to 12:45 p.m.

Those seeking more information on the program may call Timmins at 598-3980, ext 254. 

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