MACEDON CENTER

Pastor:  The Reverend Kimberly Ferrel,

585-236-3245

Office Hours: Monday – Tuesday 9:30- Noon

Church Secretary: Nancy Quigley, mcspumc@rochester.twcbc.com

315-986-2306

Office Hours:  M-W-F: 9:00am-1:00pm, T-TH: 9:00am-3:00pm.

March 2019

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

Lent is all too quickly upon us. During the 40 days of Lent (not counting Sundays), we remember that Jesus went into the desert and wrestled with temptation. According to our United Methodist Book of Worship, “Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means spring.” Lent is a time of new birth and preparation, of planting and planning for the future.

Lent invites us to hope. When Lent begins, we know that Easter is coming. We have been waiting for spring to arrive. As of this writing, it is a cold and snowy day, and historically, we know that March can be a cold and snowy month. We wait for spring in other ways. We wait for health to return. We await hopeful news. Sometimes, it feels as if the cold, dark winter will never end. As of this writing, General Conference in our UMC is in its final day in St. Louis, and sometimes, spring feels like it will never come. And yet, spring still comes. Spring will come.

In the song, Hymn of Promise, written by Natalie Sleeth, it says, “In the bulb, there is a flower, in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”

As we enter this season of Lent, we trust that spring will come. In the season of preparation, of spring and Lent, we work and prepare for what is to come, Resurrection. One of the ways in which we do that is by gathering together to study. Our study around the text, “Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week.” Each week, we will study one of the risks that Jesus took and invites us to follow: Risking reputation, risking righteous anger, risking challenge, risking rejection, risking the loss of friends, and risking temptation. We will watch a short video featuring Amy-Jill Levine, author and teacher, who will invite us to look deeply at the events of Holy Week and how they might impact our lives, even when we sit in the wintery seasons of our lives and seek out spring. Levin describes herself as a “…Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox.” She will help us see the text in perhaps a different way than we normally see.

Like last year, this series will be offered twice, on Sundays at 12:00PM at South Perinton beginning March 10 and on Wednesday evenings at 7:00PM at Macedon Center beginning March 13. Like last year, if you attend the Macedon Center study, you will be encouraged to take a week to facilitate the conversation. There is a part and a place for each of us. I encourage you to come and join us for a time of fellowship, study, and prayers as we work and wait for Christ’s resurrection to come. It is coming little by little through each of us until that day when Christ comes and all is turned away.

Let us enter Lent with hopeful expectation.

It is my honor and joy to be along on this journey of faith with you.

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision:  To be a place where ALL people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.

THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL PRACTICE at Mac. Ctr. UMC. New ringers are always welcome – even if you have no musical experience, you can learn to play bells! See Kathy Courtney, if you have any questions.

 The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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SAT., MAR. 2: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

SUN., MAR. 3: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.  Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., MAR. 5: 6-8 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at Mac. Ctr. UMC.

WED., MAR. 6: ASH WEDNESDAY7:00 PM, Combined Worship Service will be at the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., MAR. 10: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS

TUES., MAR. 12: 6:30 PM, FINANCE Committee Meeting prior to Church Council Meeting.

7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., MAR. 13: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., MAR. 17:  Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall at Mac. Ctr. UMC.

TUES., MAR. 19: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:00-8:00 PM, GIRL SCOUT Mtg. at Macedon Center UMC.

7:00 PM, LUMBERJACK Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Fire Hall.

FRI., MAR. 22: 5 – 7:00 PM, FOODLINK TRUCK at Cross Creek Church, Canandaigua Rd., Gananda. Volunteers Needed!

SUN., MAR. 24:  4th SundayFOOD DONATION SUNDAY!  Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

SAT., MAR. 30: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

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Macedon Center UMC Votes to Become a Reconciling Congregation!

 On Sunday January 27th, we voted to become a Reconciling Congregation! This explicit welcome is necessary because our United Methodist Church holds official policies that exclude LGBTQ people from the full life of the Church. With this vote we show the world who we are – a congregation that welcome’s ALL God’s children to worship in love and equality.

Our Welcoming Statement:

Following Christ’s command to love one another and our own vision to be a place where ALL people are fed and God’s love shines, Macedon Center United Methodist Church recognizes that ALL people are of sacred worth, as we seek to be a fully inclusive church. As we journey toward reconciliation, we proclaim this welcome to ALL God’s people, especially those who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination in the church and in society. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.

Jesus said let the children come to me and do not hinder them. In that light, celebrating the diversity of God’s creation, we respect and welcome ALL God’s children – young and old, rich and poor. We invite God’s children of all ethnic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. We share God’s love with God’s children of all genders, mental & physical abilities and marital status. We open the doors of the church to God’s children of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. We open our hearts to families of any structure or immigration status. With open hearts, open minds, and open doors, we share God’s love with the world.

To that end, Macedon Center United Methodist Church commits to the reconciliation of ALL persons as children of God and affirms that we are a Reconciling Community.

To learn more about Reconciling Ministries or to become a Reconciling Individual visit www.rmnetowrk.org

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 77 Country Corner Lane, Fairport, NY  Presents A Three Part Sunday Lenten Series  All Are Welcome!

 SUN., MAR. 10: 11:15 AM, “Introduction To Judaism” Rabbi David Abrahams Congregation Etz Chaim

SUN., MAR. 17: 11:15 AM, “Introduction To Islam” Dr. Abdur Rauf Bawany Islamic Center

SUN., MAR. 24: 5:00 PM Simple, “Christianity, Islam, Judaism. What Roots Do We Share? What Differences Do We Have? What Are The Implications For Our World Today?

Meal (Donations Welcome). 6:00 PM, Panel Discussion: Speakers: Dr. Muhammad Shafiq – Director, Hicky Center for Interfaith Studies Nazareth College; Bishop Prince Singh – Episcopal Diocese of Rochester; Rabbi Peter Stein – Temple B’rith Kodesh

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FRI., MAR. 22: 5 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center FOODLINK Mobile Truck will be held at the Cross Creek Church on Canandaigua Rd. in Gananda.

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 Sweet Charity Resale Boutique & Shop Needs Donations

Advent House, Perinton’s home for the dying, operates a ReSale Boutique, Sweet Charity, located at 650 Whitney Road in Fairport. Sweet Charity’s success is dependent on your year-round generosity as we strive to provide a consistent source of income for Advent House, allowing it to remain a fee-free place of peace and comfort for residents and their families. Sweet Charity is in need of your donations of quality couches, loveseats, upholstered chairs, coffee tables, side and end tables, dressers, queen size headboards, dining rooms and kitchen tables with chairs, small appliances and kitchen items, home décor and jewelry. Pick up & delivery service offered for furniture! We also invite you to shop Weds-Sat. 10 am-4pm, donations are accepted until 3 pm those days. Visit our Facebook page Sweet Charity Fairport for additional information, email sweetcharityfairport@gmail.com or call (585) 364-0317 during open hours, with questions. Advent House thanks you for your continued generosity!

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 2019 Summer Camp & Retreats

Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 2019 Summer Camp & Retreat programs. CRM is pleased to offer a wide variety of programs, including classic favorites and new adventures. All of our programs offer opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal, and diverse styles of meaningful worship experiences. This year during our large and small group times, we will learn how God calls us to be Agents of Change in our communities, and how we can transform those communities through generosity, compassion, inclusion, justice, and forgiveness.

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 February 2019

Pastoral letter: 

Dear Friends,

I recently came across a newsletter article written by Rev. Andrea Beyer. What struck me was her suggestion that many churches around the connection have the same newsletter article at this point in our denomination’s history. It is my hope that we can be united at least in prayer for each other and our world and in our trust that God is with us. She wrote.

As we enter February, we are approaching the time of the specially called United Methodist General Conference. This is a time of tension in the church, a time when what our future will look like is in question, and no one this side of heaven has the answers. This is a time of uncertainty. A time when feelings get heated, and opinions are thrown about – sometimes even hurled as weapons against one another.

I pray every day for the future of the church – no matter what decisions the general conference comes to. I pray every day for each of you, that you would know the love of Christ, and share that love with your neighbors. I pray every day for everyone in our community, that they would know the love of Christ through our church, our people, and all that we say and do, no matter what.

I know that God is with us in all moments, when we agree, and when we disagree. I prayer that we can learn to disagree with love towards each other. I pray that we will not use our opinions or our words to wound one another, but instead will use them to heal and to build up the kingdom of God, here on earth.

No matter the outcomes, we are still brothers and sisters in Christ, together. We need one another, with all our similarities, and all our differences.

Will you please pray with me?

Pastor Andrea

I am praying for you during these days, and I trust that you are praying for me. Let us pray that God will continue to use us and our church to share be God’s light, to share God’s love.

Joy and peace,

 Pastor Kim

Our Vision:  To be a place where ALL people are fed and God’s love shines.”

 

SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.

THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL PRACTICE at Mac. Ctr. UMC. New ringers are always welcome – even if you have no musical experience, you can learn to play bells! See Kathy Courtney, if you have any questions.

 The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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SAT., FEB. 2: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

SUN., FEB. 3: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

 TUES., FEB. 5: 6-8 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at Mac. Ctr. UMC.

SUN., FEB. 10: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

 TUES., FEB. 12: 6:30 PM, FINANCE Committee Meeting prior to Church Council Meeting.

7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., FEB. 13: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

TUES., FEB. 14:  VALENTINE’S DAY!

FRI., FEB. 15: 5 – 7:00 PM, FOODLINK TRUCK at Cross Creek Church, Canandaigua Rd., Gananda. Volunteers Needed!

SAT., FEB. 16: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

MON., FEB. 18PRESIDENT’S DAY           

SUN., FEB. 17:  Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall at Mac. Ctr. UMC.

TUES., FEB. 19: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

SUN., FEB. 24:  4th SundayFOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

NOTE: February will be Church World Service BLANKET Month.  $5.00 per blanket. We “Outdid” ourselves last year – Let’s see if we can top that!  Blankets go all over the world to help those in emergencies. Can you imagine NOT having a blanket in this weather.

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  A LETTER of THANKS has been received from Gateway Longview.  We cannot thank you enough for supporting the vital needs of thousands of children and families in Western NY by investing in services that touch the hearts and homes of all who enter our care. Your recent gift of $699.00 to our Foundation directly protects, enriches, and gives hope to each child and family we serve. Your contribution embodies the realiza-tion that when we work together, everyone achieves more.  This was the offering from the Christmas Eve Service.

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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL VALENTINE FUNDRAISER

to support the

WILLIAMSON COME-UNITY CENTER

At 4170 E. Main St., Williamson.

Call (315) 589-8105 for more information.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

EAT IN OR TAKE OUT

ALL FOR $7.00 A TICKET

 

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Sweet Charity Resale Boutique & Shop Needs Donations

Advent House, Perinton’s home for the dying, operates a ReSale Boutique, Sweet Charity, located at 650 Whitney Road in Fairport. Sweet Charity’s success is dependent on your year-round generosity as we strive to provide a consistent source of income for Advent House, allowing it to remain a fee-free place of peace and comfort for residents and their families. Sweet Charity is in need of your donations of quality couches, loveseats, upholstered chairs, coffee tables, side and end tables, dressers, queen size headboards, dining rooms and kitchen tables with chairs, small appliances and kitchen items, home décor and jewelry. Pick up & delivery service offered for furniture! We also invite you to shop Weds-Sat. 10 am-4pm, donations are accepted until 3 pm those days. Visit our Facebook page Sweet Charity Fairport for additional information, email sweetcharityfairport@gmail.com or call (585) 364-0317 during open hours, with questions. Advent House thanks you for your continued generosity!

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2019 Summer Camp & Retreats

Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 2019 Summer Camp & Retreat programs. CRM is pleased to offer a wide variety of programs, including classic favorites and new adventures. All of our programs offer opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal, and diverse styles of meaningful worship experiences. This year during our large and small group times, we will learn how God calls us to be Agents of Change in our communities, and how we can transform those communities through generosity, compassion, inclusion, justice, and forgiveness.

 

 January 2019

Pastoral letter:  

Dear Friends,

Here we are, a new year upon us. New years can encourage us to remember that fresh starts are always possible. In what areas of your life do you need a fresh start? Is there a relationship that brings you regrets that could use some new life? Where do new beginnings need to come for you?

This is a day of new beginnings,

time to remember, and move on,

time to believe what love is bringing,

laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

Trusting in the new life found in the grace of God, what pain or regrets might you put down in the presence of God and set your eyes and heart towards healing and hope?

For by the life and death of Jesus,

love’s mighty Spirit, now as then,

can make for us a world of difference

as faith and hope are born again.

Trusting in the birth of faith and hope within you. In what ways might you let Love infuse your heart and life in order that God might make a world of difference in your own life?

Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,

step from the past, and leave behind

our disappointment, guilt and grieving,

seeking new paths, and sure to find.

Experiencing the courage of the Spirit that empowers you, what new paths might the Spirit be dreaming within you as you look towards the future?

Christ is alive, and goes before us

to show and share what love can do.

This is a day of new beginnings;

our God is making all things new.

Love is among us, within us, and around us. God is in the creation business, making all things new even for each of us. The Scripture reminds us, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are made new even today.

Blessings of joy and peace as you celebrate the new year and anticipate how God might work among, around, and through you in the days and weeks to come!

Pastor Kim

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 SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.

THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL PRACTICE at Mac. Ctr. UMC. New ringers are always welcome – even if you have no musical experience, you can learn to play bells! See Kathy Courtney, if you have any questions.

The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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TUES., JAN. 1: A HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR to each and everyone!

SAT., JAN. 5: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

SUN., JAN. 6: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., JAN. 8:  6:30 PM, FINANCE Committee Meeting prior to Church Council Meeting.

7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., JAN. 9: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., JAN. 13: Please join us at our 9:30 worship on Sunday, January 13th when we welcome guest speaker J.J. Warren.  J.J. is a senior at Sarah Lawrence College, a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, a delegate to General Conference and he calls Penn Yan UMC home. (And loves mint chip sundaes!) He will be sharing a message “Choosing Light” and will address the special General Conference being held in February. Following the service please join us for our monthly brunch and take the opportunity to speak with J.J.

SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., JAN. 15: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

FRI., JAN. 18: 5 – 7:00 PM, FOODLINK TRUCK at Cross Creek Church, Canandaigua Rd., Gananda. Volunteers Needed!

SUN., JAN. 20:  HUMAN RELATIONS DAY (Special Offering taken)

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

SAT., JAN. 26: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at

585-223-8544.

SUN., JAN. 27:  4th SundayFOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

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A LETTER of THANKS – has been received for your support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Your gift of $60.00 from the Macedon Center UMC is supporting programs that fight hunger and poverty, assist the displaced, and respond to disaster.  Thank you for joining with us to “Be Hope” to those who desperately need it.

SAT., JAN. 5: 5 – 6:00 PM will be the Welcoming Taskforce final movie and discussion in our series – “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric”, A 2017 documentary film about gender identity, produced by Katie Couric, National Geographic, and World of Wonder. Pizza will be provided. Everyone is welcome to join in this very important discussion.

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 SAT., JAN. 12: 3:00 PM, FINGER LAKES BRONZE HANDBELL CHOIR presents their winter concerts “Name That Genre” at the Macedon Public Library (30 Main Street, Macedon) and SUN., JAN. 13th in the Chapel at the Spa Apartments (11 East Main Street, Clifton Springs) at 3:00 PM. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Saturday’s concert is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Macedon Public Library and at Sunday’s concert we will accept a free will offering to support our music.

 

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 FRI., JAN. 18: 5 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center FOODLINK Mobile Truck will be held at the Cross Creek Church on Canandaigua Rd. in Gananda.

 

 

November 2018

 

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

We have once again entered the holiday season, a time to reflect on all that we have been given. I recently came across a meme on face book that said, “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday?” This is a helpful reminder to be thankful for all the good that we have been given in our lives. Each person in our life that brings us more joy or encourages us to be better people is a gift to us.

This life is a precious gift. You are a precious gift. The scripture reminds us, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works that I know very well” (Psalm 139:14). In what ways might we shift our thinking away from all that we wish would be different in our lives to being thankful for everything that we have been given? There is much in our lives and in our world that needs to change, and God has given us tools to do the work. Thankfulness does not gloss over the problems. Remembering what we have been given and being thankful for it can empower us to work for those who do not have what we have. Being thankful reminds us that we do not have all that we have because of who we are; thankfulness can remind us that others deserve what we have been given as well. Others deserve a warm meal, a warm home, a voice to be heard, caring friends, safety, hope for the future, to know God’s love in their lives, and so much more. Mark A. Miller wrote the song Amazing Abundance, some of whose lyrics are below.

Amazing abundance poured out on this land,
The mark of your gracious and generous hand,
Your blessing is richest on those who will give
With joy and thanksgiving so others may live.
Praise God for the nations, O help us to see
the whole world is yours, Lord, and yearns to be free!
C2003 Abingdon Press, admin. By The Copyright Company

We are privileged as children of God. God calls us to live out our thankfulness by sharing the light of Christ with those who need it, by sharing what we have been given to those who have less than us, to share our gifts, both spiritual and material, with those around us. Dag Hammarskjold wrote, “For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, yes!”

May we live out our lives with generosity and thanksgiving!

Blessings,

Pastor Kim

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.

THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL PRACTICE at Mac. Ctr. UMC. New ringers are always welcome – even if you have no musical experience, you can learn to play bells! See Kathy Courtney, if you have any questions.

The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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SAT., NOV. 3: COMMUNION SATURDAY will be celebrated during worship.

SUN., NOV. 4: ALL SAINTS DAY/COMMUNION SUNDAY will be celebrated during worship.

TUES., NOV.6: 4:00PM – ‘Til Gone, ELECTION DAY HAM DINNER at the Macedon Center UMC. Adults $10; Child (12 & Under) $5.00. Take Outs Available!

SAT., NOV. 10: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at
585-223-8544.

SUN., NOV. 11: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!
10:45 AM, WELCOMING TASKFORCE Meeting in the Sanctuary.

TUES., NOV. 13: 6:30 PM, FINANCE Committee Meeting prior to Church Council Meeting.
7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., NOV. 14: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

FRI., NOV. 16: 5 – 7:00 PM, FOODLINK TRUCK at Cross Creek Church, Canandaigua Rd., Gananda. Volunteers Needed!
Sun., NOV. 18 – 10:45 AM – Join Welcoming Taskforce as we present the next film and discussion in our journey toward becoming a Reconciling Congregation “An Act of Love” A 2015 documentary about the trials that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his gay son. A Father. A Church. A Movement.
Like many other Christian denominations around the world, the United Methodist Church is at a crossroads. The debate over same-sex marriage has reached a point where it threatens to irreparably divide the Church.
An Act of Love tells the story of an unwitting advocate in the fight for equal rights within the Church, Rev. Frank Schaefer, who had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. Will Rev. Schaefer’s trial be the final breaking point for the Church? Or will his story be the final chapter in the long struggle for LGBTQ equality within the UMC?
We’ll be serving bagels and juice during the movie. Please let us know if you need childcare for the film.

TUES., NOV. 20: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

THURS., NOV. 22: THANKSGIVING DAY!

SUN., NOV. 25: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.
UNITED METHODIST STUDENT DAY (Special Offering taken)

TUES., NOV. 27: 7:00 PM, ANNUAL CHARGE CONFERENCE at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is urged to attend.

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From the Welcoming Taskforce – The Special Session of the General Church Conference is fast approaching in February 2019. The 32 member Commission On The Way Forward was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church. Please take a little time to familiarize with the report as the results of the vote at the General Conference could have far-reaching effects on the UMC. You can find the report on the church’s website www.umc.org (under the “Who We Are” tab there is a section for the General Conference 2019)

The Welcoming Taskforce in preparation for this vote, created a survey to get the temperature of our congregation and our feelings on becoming a Reconciling Congregation. And the results are in – and with 84% of the respondents saying we should become a Reconciling Congregation we would like to take some time over the next few months to have informational meetings and discussions on the topic. We want to continue the discussion and answer questions on the topic. So please save the following dates for a series of videos to spark that discussion. All events will of course include food – complete details to follow prior to each event.

Sun. Nov. 18 – 10:45 am – Join us for bagels as we watch “An Act of Love.”  A 2015 documentary about the trial that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his gay son.  A Father.   A Church.  A Movement.
Sat., Jan. 5 – 6:00 pm – “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” A 2017 documentary film about gender identity, produced by Katie Couric, National Geographic, and World of Wonder.

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Genesee Valley District Lay Servant Ministries Committee presents
The Fall Training Retreat featuring the opportunity to take
The Basic Lay Servant Course or Advanced Course “Polity”
Or
Advanced Course “Equipping Yourself for Spiritual Care Visitations”
Or
Advanced Course “Leading/Planning Worship”

November 2, 3, 4, 2018
(Ten hours required for course credit. That will include attendance and
participation in Sunday worship
at
Asbury Camp & Retreat Center
16 Lakeside Avenue, Silver Lake, NY 14549
Office 585-237-5262

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018,
South Perinton UM Church ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER
Servings: 4:30 seats available – Adults $14.00; Children 10 & Under $7.00
NOTE: Tickets are to be paid for in ADVANCE! NO REFUND!
Make checks payable to the South Perinton UMW
291 Wilkinson Rd., Fairport, NY 14450
Handicap Accessible
PLEASE call 585-223-2894 for your RESERVATIONS.
TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE by RESERVATIONS Also!

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TUES., NOV. 6: 4:00PM – ‘Til Gone, ELECTION DAY HAM DINNER at the Macedon Center UMC. Adults $10.00; Child (12 & Under) $5.00. Take Outs Available!

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TUES., NOV. 27: 7:00 PM, ANNUAL CHARGE CONFERENCE
at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is urged to attend.

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SUN., DEC. 2: 1st SUNDAY IN ADVENT

 

October 2018

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

It started out with a sandwich. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of Karen Olson, the founder of family Promise. On her way to work, Olson saw a woman out on the street. There Olson met Millie, a woman who was homeless, who, more than a sandwich, wanted to be heard. There, Olson began to learn about the complexity of poverty. After some time of delivering sandwiches to those who were in need, Olson decided to do more, and in 1986, the first network was started.

Over 30 years later, the problem of poverty and homelessness has not ended. More and more people are working full time jobs and still do not have enough money to afford rent, much less medication, insurance, and save for the future. Sunnie Lain, the director of St. Vincent DePaul food pantry in Dayton, Ohio, said that the majority of her clients work. “People who are coming are people who will probably never recover from the great recession (in 2008). We have families watering down soup and moms trying to make a box of macaroni and cheese last for two days. We visit homes with no food in the cupboard at all. There is nothing.” This problem is not only in Dayton, Ohio, but right here in our area.

The problem of poverty can feel overwhelming. After all, Jesus said that the poor will always be with us. We have the opportunity to make a difference. Family Promise of Wayne County will begin hosting families who are homeless, and we have the opportunity to help. Macedon Center UMC has agreed to be a support congregation, and South Perinton is encouraged to be a part of it as well! Opportunities for service abound: washing sheets, preparing food, buying food for lunches, helping students with their homework, playing games, enjoying a meal with the guests, donating needed supplies. There are a lot of jobs, yes, and each of us is invited to do our part. Next month will be the first time that our partner congregation, Walworth UMC, will host families, and you will hear more about this as their week becomes close.

Jesus told a parable about the end of time, and how we will be judged according to how we show mercy: The righteous will say, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ We have yet another opportunity to serve Christ in our midst. In what ways might you respond to Christ’s leading?

Blessings,

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where ALL people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.

THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL PRACTICE at Mac. Ctr. UMC.

The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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FRI., OCT. 5: 5 – 7:00 PM, FOODLINK TRUCK at the South Perinton UMC. Volunteers Needed!

SAT., OCT. 6: WORLD COMMUNION SATURDAY will be celebrated during worship. Special Offering taken.

SUN., OCT. 7: WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY will be celebrated during worship. Special Offering taken.

MON. OCT. 8: COLUMBUS DAY

TUES., OCT. 9: 6:30 PM, FINANCE Committee Meeting prior to Church Council Meeting.
7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., OCT. 10: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

WED., OCT. 10 & WED., OCT. 24: 7:00 PM, COMING SOON… a two session workshop “Active Listening: a Strategy for Building Relationships.” In the Macedon Center UMC Fellowship Hall. Please see Mary Miller with questions.

THURS., OCT. 11: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL PRACTICE – New ringers are always welcome – even if you have no musical experience, you can learn to play bells! See Kathy Courtney, if you have any questions.

SUN., OCT. 14: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share!
Or just come join the fellowship!
MON., OCT. 15 – 26: Nancy will be out of the church office on vacation!

TUES., OCT. 16: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

SAT., OCT. 20: 2:30 PM, WEDDING at the Macedon Center UMC.

SAT., OCT. 20: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or
call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., OCT. 21: 10:45 AM. “For the Bible Tells Me So” 2007 American documentary about homosexuality and its perceived conflict with Christianity, as well as various interpretations of what the Bible says about same-sex sexuality.

FRI., OCT. 26: 5:00 PM, FOODLINK at the Macedon Center UMC. Vol. Needed.
** PLEASE have NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER articles in the church office.

SUN., OCT. 28: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

************************************************************************From the Welcoming Taskforce – The Special Session of the General Church Conference is fast approaching in February 2019. The 32 member Commission On The Way Forward was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church. Please take a little time to familiarize with the report as the results of the vote at the General Conference could have far-reaching effects on the UMC. You can find the report on the church’s website www.umc.org (under the “Who We Are” tab there is a section for the General Conference 2019)

The Welcoming Taskforce in preparation for this vote, created a survey to get the temperature of our congregation and our feelings on becoming a Reconciling Congregation. And the results are in – and with 84% of the respondents saying we should become a Reconciling Congregation we would like to take some time over the next few months to have informational meetings and discussions on the topic. We want to continue the discussion and answer questions on the topic. So please save the following dates for a series of videos to spark that discussion. All events will of course include food – complete details to follow prior to each event.

Sun., Oct. 21 – 10:45 am – “For the Bible Tells Me So” 2007 American documentary about homosexuality and its perceived conflict with Christianity, as well as various inter-
pretations of what the Bible says about same-sex sexuality.

Sun., Nov. 18 – 10:45 am – “An Act of Love” A 2015 documentary about the trials that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his gay son.

Sat., Jan. 5 – 6:00 pm – “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” A 2017 documentary film about gender identity, produced by Katie Couric, National Geographic, and World of Wonder.

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Genesee Valley District Lay Servant Ministries Committee presents
The Fall Training Retreat featuring the opportunity to take
The Basic Lay Servant Course or Advanced Course “Polity”
Or
Advanced Course “Equipping Yourself for Spiritual Care Visitations”
Or
Advanced Course “Leading/Planning Worship”

November 2, 3, 4, 2018
(Ten hours required for course credit. That will include attendance and
participation in Sunday worship
at
Asbury Camp & Retreat Center
16 Lakeside Avenue, Silver Lake, NY 14549
Office 585-237-5262

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LOOKING AHEAD – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018,
South Perinton UM Church ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER
Servings: 4:30 and 6:00 PM – Adults $14.00; Children 10 & Under $7.00
NOTE: Tickets are to be paid for in ADVANCE! NO REFUND!
Make checks payable to the South Perinton UMW
291 Wilkinson Rd., Fairport, NY 14450
Handicap Accessible
PLEASE call 585-223-2894 for your RESERVATIONS after October 9th.
TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE by RESERVATIONS Also!

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Wayne County Action Program, Inc.
Helping people…Changing lives.
Looking for Volunteers – They manage the Volunteer Transportation Corps. The Corps is made up of senior volunteers (55+) who generously provide rides for medical needs for other seniors who need them!
We always try to match people with a neighbor or someone close by to provide a ride. We cannot offer rides for people who use wheelchairs. Through a partnership with Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth we are able to reimburse mileage for medical transport at 54.5 cents per mile. Full training is provided!
Any person who would like to learn more, or may be willing to provide this important service, may contact Brian Dean at (315) 665-0131 x270 or email at RSVP.vtc@waynecap.org.

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Sweet Charity Resale Boutique & Shop Needs Donations
Advent House, Fairport’s comfort care home for over twenty five years, now has a volunteer-run resale store, Sweet Charity, 650 Whitney Rd., Fairport. Sweet Charity welcomes your year round generosity as we strive to provide a consistent source of income for Advent House, allowing it to remain a fee-free place of peace and comfort for residents and their families. We are in need of your donations of quality couches, loveseats, coffee tables, side and end tables, dressers, queen size headboards, buffets, dining room table with chairs, kitchen tables, small appliances and
kitchen items, home décor and jewelry. Pick up may be arranged! We also invite you to shop Weds.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. donations are accepted until 3 p.m. those days. Visit our Facebook page Sweet Charity Fairport for additional information, email sweetcharityfairport@gmail.com or call (585) 364-0317 during open hours, with questions. Advent House thanks you for your generosity!

 

August 2018

Pastoral Letter:

Dear friends,

I hope that you are well and you are enjoying this beautiful, hot summer! It is difficult for me to believe just how busy this summer has been and how fast the days are moving! Perhaps, you have felt the same way. Recently, a friend of mine posted on Facebook about her first pumpkin spice coffee. She called it “…a little taste of Heavenly Fall in the middle of Summer.” What a joy it is to be able to get a taste of the seasons throughout the year. It reminded me, however, that often we live our lives in this way. We live in anticipation for the next good thing in front of us, sometimes missing the joy of that very moment.

Life is a gift. Each moment is a gift from God, moments to be cherished. Each and every moment or day is certainly not always easy or fun, certainly, but each and every moment is a gift from God. When we remind ourselves of this, we might begin to see each moment as holy. Psalm 114 reminds us, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has given us this day. Because it is a gift from God, this day is holy, steeped in the presence of God. Each interaction that we have with others, is an offer to discover the Holy within, around, and among us.

The lyrics of Holy Ground, by Geron Davis, remind me of the holiness of this moment.
We are standing on holy ground,
And I know that there are angels all around.
Let us praise Jesus now.
We are standing in His presence on holy ground!

Jesus, in Matthew 6, said to his disciples and to us, that reminder to not worry about tomorrow: “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteous-
ness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

We do not know what tomorrow will bring. God has given us this day. In what ways might we find the Holy all around us and find God’s joy within us today?

May the joy of the Lord be your strength!
Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where ALL people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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SUN., AUG. 5: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

WED., AUG. 8: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SAT., AUG. 11: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or
call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SAT., AUG. 11: 5:00 PM, Save the date-Guest Preacher :

Please join us in the Macedon Center UMC Fellowship Hall at the 5 p.m. Saturday, August 11th service when J.J. Warren will be the guest preacher. J.J. is currently in the process of ordination within the United Methodist Church as a certified candidate. He has worked at Ardsley United Methodist Church in the NY conference as the Director of Children’s Ministries, and has served as the Spiritual Life Coordinator at Casowasco United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center. J.J. is a senior at Sarah Lawrence College where he studies Religion and Creative Writing; he also leads the campus ministry. This past year, he studied Biblical Hebrew and theology at Oxford University, England. He represented our UNY Conference as a delegate to General Conference last May, and will return as a delegate to the special General Conference in 2019. J.J. enjoys long walks on the beach and mint sundaes with hot fudge. Stay connected with his ministry at jjwarren.org.
There will be a Meet and Greet after the service. We will have pizza, as well as other finger foods and drinks.
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SUN., AUG. 12: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share!
Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., AUG. 14: 6:30 PM, FINANCE Committee Meeting prior to Church Council Meeting.
7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

SUN., AUG. 19: Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., AUG. 21: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

SUN., AUG. 26: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

MON., AUG. 27: 6:00-8:00 PM, MACEDON CENTER UM CHURCH FAMILY PICNIC
Come join us for an evening of fun for the whole family!
WHERE: Ginegaw Park Pavilion (Rain or Shine)
WHO: ALL ARE WELCOME! Children: Free; Adults: Suggested $2 donation per adult
WHAT TO BRING: A dish to pass. (Please no tree nuts or peanuts)
Hamburgers, hotdogs, table service and beverages will be provided.
We hope to see you there!

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Calling all Adventurers!! Who’s ready for an outrageous experience this summer??? Shipwrecked is the Vacation Bible School where kids & adults learn that JESUS RESCUES!! It’s going to be an amazing adventure that will help kids (and adults) begin or deepen their faith by discovering that Jesus cares about them personally & rescues in life’s toughest circumstances.

Don’t be left out!! Shipwrecked begins on August 6th – August 10th, from 9am- 11:30am at the Western Presbyterian Church in Fellowship Hall. Get ready for a week full of fun, incredible music, and a relaxing island-getaway setting that all come together
to point kids to Jesus!

***FREE LUNCH SERVED EVERYDAY***

For a registration form, call 315-597-9171 or contact Cim McFarlane at cgunkle1@rochester.rr.com

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FRI., AUG. 17: 5:00 PM, Macedon Center United Methodist Church will hold the next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, at the Macedon Center UMC. (Help will be needed) Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes.

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Wayne County Action Program, Inc.
Helping people…Changing lives.
Looking for Volunteers – They manage the Volunteer Transportation Corps. The Corps is made up of senior volunteers (55+) who generously provide rides for medical needs for other seniors who need them!
We always try to match people with a neighbor or someone close by to provide a ride. We cannot offer rides for people who use wheelchairs. Through a partnership with Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth we are able to reimburse mileage for medical transport at 54.5 cents per mile. Full training is provided!
Any person who would like to learn more, or may be willing to provide this important service, may contact Brian Dean at (315) 665-0131 x270 or email at RSVP.vtc@waynecap.org.

 

July 2018

Pastoral letter: Dear Friends,

Carter Heyward wrote,

Holy God, we have left undone those things
which we ought to have done,
and we have done those things
which we ought not to have done.

Yet, by thy grace, there is health in us!

In thy mystery, carry us on.
As we bring unity and joy, humble us.
As we bring division and pain, forgive us.
In our struggling, strengthen us.
In our stumbling, lift us.
When we weep, comfort us.
When we laugh, enjoy us. Amen

I came across this prayer recently and was moved by it. Perhaps, you might find meaning in it as well. Along with some conversation with others, reading this and many prayers reminded me of the power of learning. What joy it was to gather together in Lent to learn. It is my hope that we might find a time to connect in this way, perhaps on a weekday morning. It is my goal to begin studying together this Fall. The regularity of these gathers will depend on the goals and desires of the group.

I pray that each of you are able to take some time to rest and reflect this summer, and to get outside and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. May we find time of rest, renewal, and refreshment. The Spirit of God is around us! As Folliot Pierpoint reminds us, “For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.”

May we find God’s praise on our lips and in our hearts in prayer, in study and fellowship, and in the rest and refreshment of these summer months.
Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where ALL people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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SUN., JULY 1: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

SUN., JULY 8: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share!
Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., JULY 10: 6:30 PM, FINANCE Committee Meeting prior to Church Council Meeting.
7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., JULY 11: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., JULY 15: Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., JULY 17: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

SAT., JULY 21: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or
call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SAT., JULY 21: Serving 4:00 until gone. PULLED-PORK DINNER at the Macedon Center Ch.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (5 and under). The meal includes pulled-pork on a roll, corn, baked beans, watermelon, corn bread and a giant cookie.

SUN., JULY 22: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

 

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JULY/SEPT.: NO Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution at the South Perinton UMC.

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FRI., AUG. 17: 5:00 PM, Macedon Center United Methodist Church will hold the next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, at the Macedon Center UMC. (Help will be needed) Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes.

 

June 2018

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

The summer weather has finally arrived! It seemed in the past as if summer was a time for a more relaxed time, when things slowed down. Perhaps, this was never the case. The frenzy of busy-ness follows us often from the moment we wake up until the moment we collapse in bed at night. We wish life would not be like this, but we do not know how to make the treadmill stop.

There must be a better way! And there is. As Jesus said, “come to me, all you who are tired from carrying your heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” This summer, if a multitude of activities beckons you, practice the spiritual discipline of rest. Stop, make time to break from the flurry of activity. Our culture teaches us to find our identity based upon our activities. Find your identity, instead, by BEING in the presence of God. Julian of Norwich once wrote.

We seek rest where there is no rest, and therefore are uneasy.
God is the True Rest who wants to be known.
God finds pleasure in being our true resting place.
God is everything that is good,
And the goodness that everything possesses is God.
God wants us to allow ourselves to see God continually.
For God wants to be seen and wants to be sought.
God wants to be awaited and wants to be trusted.

So…take a walk outside…take time to smell the roses…sit on your porch…relax! Spend some time by the still, quiet waters about which the Psalmist spoke. I pray that you will take time and simply be in the presence of God this summer. May this summer bring you rest and refreshment, and much joy!

We may not be able to find peace and quiet around us, but I pray that we may find rest and God’s peace within our spirits in order that we may tackle all that we need to do in our lives. May God’s blessings of joy, peace, and Sabbath rest encourage you during these days!

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where ALL people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

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FRI., JUNE 1: 5:00 PM, FOODLINK MOBILE TRUCK distribution at the South Perinton UMC. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

SAT,, JUNE 2: 5:00 PM, Worship Service at the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., JUNE 3: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.
10:45 AM, WELCOMING TASKFORCE Meeting in the Sanctuary.

TUES., JUNE 5: 6:30 PM, TRUSTEES Meeting in the Teen Room at MCUMC.

SAT., JUNE 9: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.

SUN., JUNE 10: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share!
Or just come join the fellowship!
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

TUES., JUNE 12: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., JUNE 13: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., JUNE 17: FATHER’S DAY
SUNDAY SCHOOL will meet one final time on Father’s Day.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., JUNE 19: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.
WED., JUNE 20: 7:00 PM, Discussion on the book 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say by Dr. Maura Cullen in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.
Contact Fay Jefferson for more information.

FRI., JUNE 22: 5:00 PM, FOODLINK MOBILE TRUCK will be at the Macedon Center UMC. VOLUNTEERS Needed.

SAT., JUNE 23: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com

SUN., JUNE 24: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

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PULLED-PORK DINNER- Sat., July 21, 2018 Serving 4:00 until gone.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (5 and under). The meal includes pulled-pork on a roll, corn, baked beans, watermelon, corn bread and a giant cookie.

Volunteers needed. Please see the sign-up sheet at church.

We need help to publicize this event. Invite your friends and neighbors. If you are willing to contact local newspapers, please let me know. There is also a flier included in the newsletter.

Contact Jill Escriva for more information (315) 690-9449.

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FRI., JUNE 1: 5:00 PM, South Perinton United Methodist Church will hold the next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution at the South Perinton UMC. (Help will be needed). Helpers, please be at the church between 3:30-4 PM. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID.Food will be distributed on a first come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes.

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FRI., JUNE 22: 5:00 PM, Macedon Center United Methodist Church will hold the next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, at the Macedon Center UMC. (Help will be needed) Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes.

 

May 2018

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

One spring morning, I was sitting outside putting together a tricycle. It was finally a beautiful morning, and I was able to enjoy the sunshine and keep the kids out of the way to finish my project. At times, it was an exercise in frustration as I screwed bolts, and then would need to unscrew them. I had the instructions right on the ground next to me, and I still made plenty of mistakes. It took me longer to finish it than I had hoped or expected, but with time and patience, it was finally finished. The best part of the entire experience was sitting in the sunshine. The long awaited spring had finally arrived.

Our Christian journey can be like that. We make mistakes; we might need to correct situations. We might not feel up to certain tasks that are before us. As a people of faith, we are invited to follow God and share our understanding of God. On May 20, we will celebrate Pentecost, when the disciples received the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 records the story of the disciples speaking in such a way that foreigners heard the story of Jesus in their own language. The disciples spoke with power and authority, not fearing what others might think. Do you think that they might have worried about making mistakes? Perhaps. We want to do our best and pattern our lives after the life of Jesus. We desire that all would know the message of forgiveness and hope that we have received so that today, they might know the freedom and grace God’s love brings. We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit just like the first disciples so that we, too, can follow Jesus’ call upon our lives wherever it leads.

There is a hymn in our small hymnbook called “The Summons,” by John Bell. It reminds us that this life of faith is an invitation to follow Jesus and to live like him. Much as we wish, we do not have instructions for exactly how to live out our faith journey. Even when we make mistakes and need to begin again, we are invited to follow Christ’s invitation in our lives.

Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown
in you and you in me?

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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SAT,, MAY 5: 5:00 PM, HOLY COMMUNION celebrated during Worship Service at
the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., MAY 6: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.
Flight BAPTISM during worship service.
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

TUES., MAY 8: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.
6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the
Macedon Center Church.

WED., MAY 9: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.
BRING an item for others to try to identify.

SUN., MAY 13: MOTHER’S DAY
This Sunday will be the last day of Weekly Sunday School for the Summer months.
We will meet one final time on Father’s Day.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., MAY 15: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

SAT., MAY 19: 9:00 AM, The Trustees have set up a WORK DAY at the Macedon Center UMC. HELP NEEDED – remember many hands make light work.

SUN., MAY 20: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share!
Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., MAY 22: 6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the
Macedon Center Church.

SAT., MAY 26: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or
call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., MAY 27: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

MON., MAY 28: MEMORIAL DAY

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REMINDER: CHURCH CAMPING SEASON will be here soon. Day at Camp/Open Houses make for a great church, family, or Sunday School outing and give families a chance to meet staff and experience some fun camp activities. There are 5 Camps to choose from, visit their web site – www.campsandretreats.org where you will find links to each camp & retreat centers with searchable program offerings.
Look at the Summer Camp Booklets in the Church Vestibule for more information.
NOTE: Campers planning to attend camp this year should register before May 1 to take advantage of the discounts offered.

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SAT., MAY 5th, 2018 South Perinton UMC
ANNUAL BBQ PULLED PORK DINNER
4:30 PM ‘Til Gone – No Reservations Needed
Serving Buffet Style: Adults $11; Child (12 & Under) $5; Under 3 Free
TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE!

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SHOES For SERVICE

The Western NY United Methodist Men will be collecting SHOES
up to May 15th.
They will accept all kinds of shoes (boots, flip flops, kid’s shoes, men’s and women’s shoes) Slightly used Shoes* will go to missions and small businesses in developing nations. *No holes or tears.
Money paid by www.funds2orgs.com is based on the weight of shoes. Funds will be distributed to: Veterans Outreach Center serving Rochester and 14 western counties. Also, funds for EndHunger.org Society of St. Andrew gleaning food to feed America’s Hungry. There will be a box in each church for the SHOE collection.

Instructions for collection: Rubber band Shoe pair or tie together
Please only clean new or used shoes that you would give to someone you knew to wear.

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UMC Disaster Recovery Training – Once again we are offering an Early Response Team (ERT) disaster recovery training class, this time it is on Saturday, May 12 at the Clifton Springs UMC, Clifton Springs, NY. Would folks like to be trained to actually go to places affected by natural disasters in order to help? Would you like to be “the Hands and Feet of Jesus”?

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a training program called Early Response Teams which prepares folks to work in disaster sites such as Puerto Rico and Florida, as well as in our own communities, knowing what to do and how to do the work safely, being self sufficient and self sustaining so as not to place any additional burdens on the devastated community.

Class members will receive and ERT manual, training, hands-on practice placing a tarp on a portable roof, discussions of what to say and what not to say to survivors, what tools and equipment to use, how to clean out a flooded house, what personal protective equipment is needed, as well as coffee, snacks and lunch, a Safe Sanctuaries background check, and an UMCOR photo ID badge all for just $25.00. People from other denominations are welcome to attend. Please register for the class online at http://bit.ly/ERTcs. Be sure to fill out all spaces and choose which of two classes you are taking, the Basic ERT for untrained folks, or the Recertification class for those whose UMCOR badge has expired. For questions, contact Donna Cullen at unyvim@unyumc.org.

Requirements are only that one be 18 or over, of average physical fitness, able to carry a bucket of water up a set of stairs, available on short notice (many of us are retired), and willing to be a team player, taking directions from an experienced team leader.
A typical ERT trip includes travel time and 3 days on-site of actual disaster response, then home again. Trained volunteers are desperately needed throughout the country, so please register now.

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SAT., MAY 19th: 3:00 PM, FINGER LAKES BRONZE HANDBELL CHOIR proudly presents “Technical Difficulties” (Location to be announced, check our Facebook page!) and
SUN., MAY 20th: 3:00 PM at the Clifton Springs Library, Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs.
Both concerts are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted to support our music.

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Dear Friends,
This is a note of thanks to you for your continued support from Craft Bits & Pieces, the fund-raising store of the Fairport/Perinton Senior Living Council, Inc.

The revenue earned from the resale of your generous donations of craft supplies, home décor items, jewelry, fabrics, yarns, glassware and dishes make it possible for our older Fairport and Perinton residents to benefit from the Care Connections and Transportation Programs offered by Senior Options For Independence (SOFI). These programs make it possible for 100s of local seniors to live rich full lives independently in their own homes.

Fairport is blessed to have many fine charities benefiting our community. As you spring clean, down-size, or if you have 4 hours each week to volunteer, please think of Craft Bits & Pieces at 138 Village Landing. A list of items we accept and a volunteer (cont’d) application are on our website at www.craftbitsandpieces.com. Or call us at 585-377-6460. If you are a crafter, we have what you need at very low prices. Be sure to shop us before the big box stores.

We couldn’t do what we do without people like you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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FRI., JUNE 1: 5:00 PM, South Perinton United Methodist Church will hold the next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, at the South Perinton UMC. (Help will be needed) Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes.

April 2018

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,
Happy Easter! I hope and pray that you celebrated well the Risen Christ! It is a blessing to remember that no matter how big problems feel, no matter the forces against us, no matter when it seems as if injustice will have the last word, God has the last word in Jesus’ resurrection! If Jesus can rise from the dead, all things are possible. We continue in the season of Easter for 6 weeks, until the day of Pentecost, on Sunday, May 20. While Christmas lasts for 12 days, Easter is celebrated for 50 days. The celebration of Easter continues each Sunday as we never forget that Jesus rose from the dead!

One song that I have been singing as the birds start to chirp and signs of spring’s warmth and beauty start to show themselves as the sun’s rays cover the grass is “Morning Has Broken”.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight
Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning
God’s recreation of the new day

One of my favorite lines is in the last verse. “Praise with elation, praise every morning, God’s recreation of the new day. How do you sing that line? Is it God’s re-creation, or recreation (like a recreation center)? God creates each day a new every day, and I also believe that God delights in creating. I believe that God created everything, however it happened, because God wanted to create. God delighted in creating everything, including us. God invites us to become co-creators with God, delighting in helping birth life where there might have only been death. When we participate in God’s acts of creation, God delights in us and our world, and we bring about signs of resurrection. Easter continues!

Every day to us is Easter, with its Resurrection song. When in trouble move the faster to our God who rights the wrong. Alleluia! Alleluia! See the power of heavenly throngs!
“Easter people Raise Your Voices” (United Methodist Hymnal #304)

Christ is Risen… He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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SUN., APR. 1: 6:45 AM, EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE outside (dress accordingly) at the Farmington Friends Church.
11:00 AM, EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP at the Macedon Center UMC.

WED., APR. 4: 7:00 PM, DIVERSITY TEAM Mtg. in the Fellowship Hall.

FRI., APR. 6: Winter location! 5:00 PM until gone, Macedon Center United Methodist Church will hold its next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, in conjunction with Cross Creek Church. Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes.

SAT,, APR. 7: 5:00 PM, HOLY COMMUNION celebrated during Worship Service at
the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., APR. 8: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during worship.
SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship.
Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.
10:45 AM, WELCOMING TEAM Mtg. in the Sanctuary.

TUES., APR. 10: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., APR. 11: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., APR. 15: Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., APR. 17: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.
6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the
Macedon Center Church.
7:00 PM, TRUSTEES Meeting at MC Church.

SUN., APR. 22: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

SAT., APR. 28: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or
call Sue at 585-223-8544.

 

 

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FRI., APR. 6: 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center FOODLINK MOBILE TRUCK will be at the Cross Creek Church on Canandaigua Road North in Gananda. Help will be needed.

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DERRENBACHER SCHOLARSHIP application is now available in the church newsletter. Full-time college students with a connection to MCSPUMC and the local church community are eligible to apply. The student must attend a school with a current or historic religious affiliation. The deadline for application is April 30, 2018. Please contact Jill Escriva (315-690-9449) if you have any questions.

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REMINDER: CHURCH CAMPING SEASON will be here soon. Day at Camp/Open Houses make for a great church, family, or Sunday School outing and give families a chance to meet staff and experience some fun camp activities. There are 5 Camps to choose from, visit their web site – www.campsandretreats.org where you will find links to each camp & retreat centers with searchable program offerings.
Looks at the Summer Camp Booklets in the Vestibule for more information.
NOTE: Campers planning to attend camp this year should register before May 1 to take advantage of the discounts offered.

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MARK THE CALENDAR: Saturday, May 5th, 2018,
South Perinton UMC BBQ PULLED PORK DINNER
Time: 4:30 till Gone! No Reservations Needed
Serving buffet style: Adults $11.00; Child (12 & Under) $5.00; Under 3 Free
TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE!

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UMC Disaster Recovery Training – Once again we are offering an Early Response Team (ERT) disaster recovery training class, this time it is on May 12 at the Clifton Springs UMC, Clifton Springs, NY. Would folks like to be trained to actually go to places affected by natural disasters in order to help? Would you like to be “the Hands and Feet of Jesus”?

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a training program called Early Response Teams which prepares folks to work in disaster sites such as Puerto Rico and Florida, as well as in our own communities, knowing what to do and how to do the work safely, being self sufficient and self sustaining so as not to place any additional burdens on the devastated community.

Class members will receive and ERT manual, training, hands-on practice placing a tarp on a portable roof, discussions of what to say and what not to say to survivors, what tools and equipment to use, how to clean out a flooded house, what personal protective equipment is needed, as well as coffee, snacks and lunch, a Safe Sanctuaries background check, and an UMCOR photo ID badge all for just $25.00. People from other denominations are welcome to attend. Please register for the class online at http://bit.ly/ERTcs. Be sure to fill out all spaces and choose which of two classes you are taking, the Basic ERT for untrained folks, or the Recertification class for those whose UMCOR badge has expired. For questions, contact Donna Cullen at unyvim@unyumc.org.

Requirements are only that one be 18 or over, of average physical fitness, able to carry a bucket of water up a set of stairs, available on short notice (many of us are retired), and willing to be a team player, taking directions from an experienced team leader.
A typical ERT trip includes travel time and 3 days on-site of actual disaster response, then home again. Trained volunteers are desperately needed throughout the country, so please register now.

 

 

                                                                            March 2018

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

We continue in this season of Lent. We are invited to reflect upon our lives as we prepare to celebrate the days of Holy Week, especially the three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. The early church did not believe in giving up anything for Lent, but spent the time studying and preparing new Christians for baptism that would occur at the Easter Vigil service that occurs sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday. While we do not practice baptisms only at that time of year anymore, it is a time for us to remember how Jesus dedicated himself to God’s purpose for his life and for us to rededicate ourselves to following God’s will for our lives to the best of our abilities.

As we prepare to celebrate Holy week at the end of this month, we are once again encouraged to look inward. Am I making time for the Spirit of God to enter my life each day? What causes me to stumble? For what sin in my life do I need forgiveness and healing? Where do I see God moving in my life today? In what ways am I letting God use me to minister to our world in need? John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, encouraged Christians to reflect upon their lives and turn again to God each day. He penned a number of hymns to encourage us to grow deeper in love with God and with our neighbor.

“O Let Me Turn Again and Live”
O ‘tis enough, my God, my God!
Here let me give my wanderings o’er;
No longer trample on thy blood,
And grieve thy gentleness no more;
No more thy lingering anger move,
Or sin against thy light and love.

O Lord, if mercy is with thee,
Now let it all on me be shown;
On me, the chief of sinners, me,
Who humbly for thy mercy groan;
Me to thy Father’s grace restore,
Nor let me ever grieve thee more!

Fountain of unexhausted love,
Of infinite compassions, hear;
My Savior and my Prince above,
Once more in my behalf appear;
Repentance, faith, and pardon give,
O let me turn again and live!

I pray that you will make time during this Lenten season to reflect upon your walk with the Lord. Please join us on Maundy Thursday at Macedon Center at 7:00PM where we will hear the story of the Lord’s Passion and reflect on our own need for God’s grace. Then, on Friday we will visit some stations of the Cross, also at Macedon UMC. Worship on Saturday at 5:00PM as we wait with Jesus’ disciples as Jesus remained silent in the tomb. Then, we will celebrate joyfully at 6:45AM at Farmington Friends Church on Easter Sunday. Be sure to dress for the weather as we will celebrate the risen Christ outside! Then, be sure to join us at church at 9:30AM and 11:00AM for Easter services. God will bless these times.

By God’s grace, may we turn again and live!

Pastor Kim

 

Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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*ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE the month of MARCH. The Macedon Center Church will be collecting money for (Church World Service) CWS Blanket Drive. The blankets are $5.00 each. Make checks payable to the Macedon Center UMC, memo Blanket Drive. The blankets are distributed to places where there has been a disaster of any sort all over the world and the United States. Let’s see if we can top last years figure!

SAT,, MAR. 3: 5:00 PM, HOLY COMMUNION celebrated during Worship Service at
the Macedon Center UMC. 5:00 PM Worship will be in the Sanctuary.
4:00-8:00 PM, A Benefit Fundraiser (Spaghetti Dinner) will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

SUN., MAR. 4: 3rd SUNDAY IN LENT – HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., MAR. 6: 6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.

WED., MAR. 7: 6:45 PM, LENTEN BIBLE STUDY at Macedon Center UMC.

FRI., MAR. 9: Winter location! 5:00 PM until gone, Macedon Center United Methodist Church will hold its next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, in conjunction with Cross Creek Church. Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes. Cross Creek Gananda Campus, 3259 Canandaigua Rd., Macedon.

SAT., MAR. 10: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or
call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., MAR. 11: 4th SUNDAY IN LENT – SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship! GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.
UMCOR Sunday (Special Offering taken) / DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME Begins

TUES., MAR. 13: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Ch.

WED., MAR. 14: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.
6:45 PM, LENTEN BIBLE STUDY at the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., MAR. 18: 5th SUNDAY IN LENT – Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., MAR. 20: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the
Macedon Center Church.

WED., MAR. 21: 6:45 P.M. LENTEN BIBLE STUDY at the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., MAR. 25: PASSION / PALM SUNDAY
FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

WED., MAR. 28: 6:45 P.M., LENTEN BIBLE STUDY at the Macedon Center UMC.

THURS., MAR. 29: 7:00 PM, Combined MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE at the Macedon Center UMC.

FRI., MAR. 30: GOOD FRIDAY – WALK WITH CHRIST at the Macedon Center UMC.  We cordially invite any and all to participate. Our invitation is for everyone, big,little,tall,short, etc. Please feel free to invite your friends, co-workers, neighbors and family. The Walk with Christ is an event where we simulate walking with Christ during the last hours of his earthly life.

SAT., MAR. 31: 5:00 PM, HOLY SATURDAY Worship at Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., APR.1: 6:45AM, EASTER SUNDAY / SUNRISE SERVICE outside at the Farmington Friends Church.
EASTER SUNDAY Worship – 9:30AM at Macedon Center UMC
11:00AM at South Perinton UMC
SOUTH PERINTON UMC

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A Letter of THANKS was received from Global Ministries UMCOR for the Macedon Center Church’s gift of $100. It is supporting programs that fight hunger and poverty, assist the displaced, and respond to disasters.

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A Letter of THANKS was received from Gateway Longview for the gift of $464 that the Macedon Center Church collected at the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in December.

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DO YOU LIKE TO SING????

The Canaltown Chorale will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:45 PM with registration for the new season. Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM in the lower level of the First United Methodist Church located on the corner of Church and Main Street in Palmyra. Auditions are not required but some choral experience is helpful. Tenor and bass voices are especially needed but all are welcome! Anyone interested in joining the chorale is invited to attend the March rehearsals. A registration fee is required.

The Chorale performs two concert groupings per year. These include holiday concerts in December a Pops concert in June. The Chorale also performs for community activities and at area nursing homes throughout the year. For more information, please contact Pam Marsteiner, General Manager, at 315-946-9085, Debbie Holloway at 585-752-6891 or go to the Canaltown Chorale page on Facebook.

 

 

February 2018

Pastoral letter:

As of this writing, it feels as if spring might soon arrive: the sun has been shining, the snow melting, even the birds have begun their song. It has felt to me much more like late March rather than late January. And yet, I know, we still more than likely have plenty of winter to experience. As much as I would like to quickly enter the spring and summer seasons, these months have opportunities for growth for our environment. We need February (and March) to experience the beauty of April.

We are an Easter people. It would be all too easy for us to skip over the difficulties in Jesus’ life and focus instead on the beauty and joy of Easter. Instead, we are invited to journey through the time of Lent, the season of waiting and reflection as we watch with Jesus all that he experienced.

To that end, we will take time, beginning February 21 and ending March 28, each Wednesday evening at 7:00PM at Macedon Center and beginning February 18 and ending March 25, each Sunday after church at South Perinton to study the Scriptures together. We will be utilizing a video based Bible study call “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus,” by Adam Hamilton. Each week, Hamilton will take us to the Holy Land, where we can imagine ourselves walking where Jesus walked. Hamilton’s hope is that we will explore the life, meaning, and ministry of Jesus Christ. I hope that you can attend each of the 6 sessions, but these are stand alone sessions, so if you are not able to attend all six, we hope that you will participate in as many as you are able. You are invited to bring a Bible and an open heart as we learn together. You will also soon see a sign up sheet to bring a snack to share at Macedon Center beginning at 6:45PM. Please, refrain from using nuts in your snacks.

We will discuss together baptism while viewing the Jordan River and reflect on Jesus’ healing ministry at Capernaum. We will imagine being a hearer of Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom of God in the mountains and remember how Jesus calmed the storms and view the Sea of Galilee; we will discuss Jesus’ ministry with sinners, outcasts, and the poor in Samaria. Finally, we will remember Jesus’ final week as we enter Jerusalem. This is a time to slow down, reflect with Jesus, and grow in our faith.

If you would like the book that goes along with the video each week, you may purchase it online. It is called “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.” If you cannot find it, please let Nancy in the church office or me know, and we will purchase it for you. The cost is about $10.00. If cost is prohibitive, please let Kim know. She would be glad to order the book for you. There is also a devotional called The Way: 40 Days of Reflection: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus if you would like to delve deeper into this study.

I pray that this season of Lent might be a meaningful time for you are you grow in God’s grace and love!

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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FRI. FEB. 2: Winter location! 5:00 PM until gone, Macedon Center United Methodist Church will hold its next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, in conjunction with Cross Creek Church. Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes. Cross Creek Gananda Campus, 3259 Canandaigua Rd., Macedon.

SAT,, FEB. 3: 5:00 PM, HOLY COMMUNION celebrated during Worship Service at
the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., FEB. 4: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

TUES., FEB. 6: 6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., FEB. 11: BOY SCOUT SUNDAY
SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., FEB. 13: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Church.

WED., FEB. 14: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.
7:00 PM, Combined ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE at the South Perinton UMC.
VALENTINE’S DAY!

SUN., FEB. 18: 1st SUNDAY IN LENT
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

MON.-FRI., FEB. 19-23rd: Nancy will be out of the office.

TUES., FEB. 20: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

WED., Feb. 21: 6:45 PM, LENTEN BIBLE STUDY at Macedon Center UMC.

SAT., FEB. 24: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., FEB. 25: FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

WED., FEB. 28: 6:45 PM, LENTEN BIBLE STUDY at Macedon Center UMC.

 

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SAT., FEB. 3: 4:00 PM, TURKEY and BISCUIT DINNER at the Port Gibson UMC, Greig St., Port Gibson. Adults $8.50; Sr. Citizens $8.00; Children (5-12) $4.00; Children under 5 Free. Tickets available at the door.

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SAT., FEB. 10: 4:00-7:00 PM, SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL VALENTINE FUNDRAISER to support the Williamson Come-Unity Center. EAT IN or TAKE OUT. Delicious home-made meatballs! $7.00 at ticket – available at Common Cents Thrift Shoppe/Center, 4170 E. Main St., Williamson. Advance preferred, but available at door. Call 315-589-8105 for more information.

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SAT., FEB. 10: 4:00-7:00 PM, CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER (Family Style) at the Walworth UMC, 3679 Main St., Walworth.
Adults $10; Ages 5-12 $5; Under age 5 Free. TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE
Menu Also Includes: Chicken & Biscuits, Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Dessert.

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TUES., FEB 13: 5:30-6:30 PM, SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER at the Macedon Center UMC. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

January 2018

Pastoral letter:
Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas! It may be January, but we continue in the Christmas season when we remember that we still anticipate Christ’s return and we celebrate Christ’s birth in our hearts each and every day. In that spirit, I want to share a poem with you that has spoken to me during this season.

Christmas Comes
by Ann Weems
Christmas comes every time we see God in other persons.
The human and the holy meet in Bethlehem
or in Times Square,
for Christmas comes like a golden storm on its way
to Jerusalem—
determinedly, inevitable…
Even now it comes
in the face of hatred and warring—
no atrocity too terrible to stop it,
no Herod strong enough,
no hurt deep enough,
no disaster shattering enough.
For someone on earth will see the star,
someone will hear the angel voices,
someone will run to Bethlehem,
someone will know peace and goodwill:
The Christ will be born!

May it be so with us!

Blessings of joy and peace as you celebrate the new year and anticipate how God might work among, around, and through us in the days and weeks to come!

Pastor Kim
From Kneeling in Bethlehem. ©1987 Ann Weems. Used by permission of Westminster John Knox Press.

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Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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MON., JAN. 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

FRI. JAN. 5: Winter location! 5:00 PM until gone, Macedon Center United Methodist Church will hold its next Foodlink Mobile Pantry distribution, in conjunction with Cross Creek Church. Like a market on wheels, Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to communities in need. Anyone over 18 is able to accept food. There are no income requirements, and you do not have to present ID. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at this rain or shine event. If you cannot attend but are in need, a proxy can get food in your place. Please bring your own bags and/or boxes. Cross Creek Gananda Campus, 3259 Canandaigua Rd., Macedon.

SAT,, JAN. 6: 5:00 PM, HOLY COMMUNION celebrated during Worship Service at
the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., JAN. 7: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.
10:45 AM, Welcoming/RECONCILING TEAM MEETING at Mac. Ctr. Church.
NOTE: We are beginning the process of building an inclusive church and becoming a welcoming congregation. The Welcoming/Reconciling Ministries Team will be meeting the first Sunday of every month at 10:45 AM. In the spirit of the goal, “all are welcome” to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Courtney or Fay Jefferson.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., JAN. 9: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Church.

WED., JAN. 10: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., JAN. 14: HUMAN RELATIONS DAY – (Special Offering taken)
SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

MON., JAN. 15: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Birthday!

TUES., JAN. 16: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

SAT., JAN. 20: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15 for each Day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., JAN. 21: Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us!

MON., JAN 22: 7:00 PM, WALK WITH CHRIST at the Macedon Center UMC.

TUES., JAN. 23: 6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., JAN. 28: FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

A LETTER of THANKS has been received from Global Ministries UMCOR for the Macedon Center Church recent gift of $575.00. This gift is supporting programs that fight hunger and poverty, assist the displaced, and respond to disasters. The Advance enables United Methodists to partner with one another in mission and ministry around the world. Thank you for joining with us to “Be Hope” to those who desperately need it.

 

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SUN., JAN. 14: 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Stop the Stigma ROC presents REAL TALK WITH TEENS an event that allows for open and personal discussion about mental health and suicide. @ FairPour Café in the village of Fairport.
*moderated by a NAMI representative. Stop the Stigma ROC is a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Perinton, Inc.

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SAT., JAN. 20: 3:00 PM, Finger Lakes Bronze Handbell Choir Presents CHIME IN at the Macedon Public Library, 30 West Main Street, Macedon.
*Funding by a grant from The Friends of the Macedon Public Library*
SUN., JAN. 21: 2:00 PM, The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, 24 Park Place, Geneva.
*A free-will offering will be taken to support our music”
Both concerts are free and open to the public.

 

 

December 2017

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

Recently, I was participating in story hour at the library with my children. It is such a joy to see children singing and dancing, participating, and learning together. We are truly blessed to have children and youth in both churches. It was fun seeing the parents and grandparents singing, even dancing along to the music and listening to some stories. The church is not the church unless we are all there. Each of us is important, whether we were just born yesterday or whether we remember the last century and days gone by.

As we were all sitting together, the leader, Jason Poole, wrote a song with these words: “forgive me, I’ll forgive you; it’s the most that we can do. Loving one another’s not so bad. Just reach out, take a hand, we can save the world… “We’re all trying to do our best, everyone needs peace and rest and to know that we don’t have to hide. So reach out and take a hand. We can change the world.” Love will save us, if we let it in.” This is the good news that which we can share at Christmas. In the midst of all that is going on in our world, we have hope that the perfect love who came in the form of God with us, Emmanuel, will save us when we let him in. As Scripture reminds us, perfect love casts out all fear. Our Christian faith encourages trust and connection with those around us because God’s love made known to us in Christ Jesus will save us.

As we were out playing in the children’s area after story hour, a young boy came skipping into the room singing, “love will save us/ love will save us/ love will save us, if we let it in.” I saw God’s Kingdom being built before my eyes. Do you believe that God’s love can truly save us and our world? In Jesus’ day, there was pain, fear, and suffering, just like in today’s world. The hope and peace of Christmas come when we believe that love will save us if we let it in. (Cont’d)

I hope and pray that you are able to take some time during this Advent and Christmas season to truly enjoy those around you and the love of Christ that surrounds you.

Good news…great joy…for all people!

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Kim

MACEDON CENTER UMC

Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.
The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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FRI. DEC. 1: 5 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center FOODLINK Mobile Truck will be held at the Cross Creek Church in Gananda on Canandaigua Road North.

SAT., DEC. 2: 9:00 AM til gone, HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE at the South Perinton UM Church. Looking for a Holiday gift of cookies for friends or neighbors?
HOMEMADE COOKIES at $9.00 a lb.
5:00 PM, HOLY COMMUNION celebrated during Worship Service at Mac. Ctr.

SUN., DEC. 3: 2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT – HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.
10:45 AM, Welcoming/RECONCILING TEAM MEETING at Mac. Ctr. Church.
NOTE: We are beginning the process of building an inclusive church and becoming a welcoming congregation. The Welcoming/Reconciling Ministries Team will be meeting the first Sunday of every month at 10:45 AM. In the spirit of the goal, “all are welcome” to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Courtney or Fay Jefferson.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

WED., DEC. 5: 6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Mtg. at Mac. Ctr. UM Church.

SUN., DEC. 10: 3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT – SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.
SUN., DEC. 10: 6:00 PM, CHRIS WILSON CHRISTMAS CONCERT at the South Perinton UM Church.
Light refreshments-Suggested donation $10, students & under 19 free.

TUES., DEC. 12: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. UM Church.

WED., DEC. 13: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., DEC. 17: 4th SUNDAY of ADVENT – CHRISTMAS PAGEANT during worship service.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.
Please join us!

TUES., DEC. 19: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.
6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.

SUN., DEC. 24: 11:00 AM, CHRISTMAS EVE DAY – COMBINED WORSHIP Service at South Perinton UMC.
4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUN.
4:00 PM, CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE at Macedon Center UM Church. If you prefer a later time,
5:30 PM, CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE will be held at the South Perinton UM Church.

MON., DEC. 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS to each and everyone!

SUN., DEC. 31: 1st SUNDAY after CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S EVE
A Happy and Healthy New Year to each and everyone!

 

A BIG NOTE OF THANKS to the people of the Macedon Center Church that helped at the South Perinton Church Turkey Dinner. It was greatly appreciated.

 

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SUN., DEC. 3: 4:00 PM, ADVENT CHORAL FESTIVAL at the Western Presbyterian Church in Palmyra, has been CANCELLED!

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SAT., DEC. 9: 7:00 PM, & SUN., DEC. 10: 3:00 PM, A 36-voice choir will present The Song Heard ‘Round the World, a program of choral, organ, and handbell music for Advent and Christmas. Both performances will take place at the Fairport Un. Methodist Church. There will be a freewill offering following each presentation.
Childcare provided! Church is handicap accessible! All are welcome!

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SUN., DEC. 10: 6:00 PM, CHRIS WILSON CHRISTMAS CONCERT at the South Perinton UM Church. A powerful and prayerful performance that leaves you fulfilled and refreshed. An often emotional and humorous story-telling style.
Come and enjoy! Light refreshments-Suggested donation $10, student & under free.

November 2017

Pastoral letter:

We have been having a beautiful autumn! The sun has shined on many days, the crisp, early mornings have turned into warm afternoons, and the leaves are turning into different hues. I hope that you take some time to enjoy this beautiful season. It is on days like these that I am so thankful to live in a place with four seasons. Come March, I might have a different response to the weather!

I recently came across this statement. “Fall gives us a great reminder of how beautiful it is to let things go.” We know that if the leaves did not fall, there would never be any room for growth. Andy Raab said, “Trees are an investment in the future. You don’t see the results of the tree plantings until decades later, hopefully 50-years later.” We also know that if the trees held on to their leaves, branches would quickly fall down under the weight of the leaves and the snow. Perhaps, you remember the October snowstorm in Buffalo a 11 years back, named “October Surprise.” Two feet of snow is not really a big deal in January, but that October, it caused unprecedented amount of damage to trees, homes, and electricity.

We are also entering the holiday season. This is a time of busyness that is full of family traditions. We want our homes to be just right and everyone to have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. We want our families to create memories that will last a lifetime. Sometimes, we create a lot of stress for ourselves! How will we find beauty and joy in all that is to come? Can we focus on the blessings in our lives in the midst of the difficulties? Each Sunday we sing:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.

When we focus on the goodness and grace that is around us, the love of God that surrounds us, the strength of God that supports us, we can let go of the negativity, the fears, the doubts, the regrets that are within us. When we let go of all of this, growth can occur. It may not seem like much in the short term, but over the course of the lifetime, God can make great changes within us. Philippians 1:6 reminds us, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.”

Focusing on the goodness of God and the love of Christ, may we let go of all that holds us back, trusting that God has work for each and everyone one of us to complete.

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service. The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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FRI., NOV. 3: 1:00 – 5 PM, PIE BAKING will be held at the Macedon Center UMC.
Get your orders in soon!

SAT., NOV. 4: 9 AM – NOON, PIE SALE pick up at Mac. Ctr. Church.
5:00 PM, HOLY COMMUNION celebrated during Worship Service at Mac. Ctr.

SUN., NOV. 5: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ends! ALL SAINTS SUNDAY!
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.
10:45 AM, RECONCILING MINISTRIES TEAM MEETING at Mac. Ctr. Church.
NOTE: We are beginning the process of building an inclusive church and becoming a welcoming congregation. The Reconciling Ministries Team will be meeting the first Sunday of every month at 10:45 AM. In the spirit of the goal, “all are welcome” to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Courtney or Fay Jefferson.

TUES., NOV. 7: ELECTION DAY! Get out and vote!
4:00 PM – ‘til gone, ELECTION DAY HAM DINNER at the Macedon Center UMC Adults $10.00; Children 12 & Under $5.00 – TAKE-OUTS AVAILABLE

WED., NOV. 8: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SAT., NOV. 11: South Perinton Church TURKEY DINNER call 315-986-2306 for reservations. Serving 4:00 PM; 6:30 PM; Take-Outs Available by reservations.
Adults $12.00; Children (10 & Under) $6.00
SUN., NOV. 12: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

TUES., NOV. 14: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

TUES., NOV. 21: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.
6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.

THURS., NOV. 23: THANKSGIVING DAY

SUN., NOV. 26: 1st SUNDAY IN ADVENT
4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY
UNITED METHODIST STUDENT DAY (Special Offering taken)

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st: 5 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center FOODLINK Mobile Truck will be held at the Cross Creek Church in Gananda on Canandaigua Road North.

 

 

THANK YOU to everyone who donated items for the District Youth Event at Long Acres. We served 82 youth and their group leaders a picnic dinner after they had fun exploring the Corn Maze. A special thanks goes to Jill Escriva for organizing the donations at MC and to Mary Smith, Karen Yorks, Suzanne Airy, Addelyn Place, Ed Schaner, Nancy Quigley and Mary Kay DeSeyn who volunteered their time to help set up, serve and clean up. The kids and the leaders were all very appreciative of the food and kindness Macedon Center, South Perinton and Walworth showed them.

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SAT., NOV. 4: Yellow Steeple Apple Pies Holiday Pie Sale
at the Macedon Center UMC.
Pies are to be pre-ordered if possible – Delicious Crumb-topped apple pies,
Available freshly baked or frozen – 10” pies for $12.00
Pickup: Sat., Nov. 4th, 9:00 AM until Noon

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SAT., NOV. 4: Port Gibson UMC Annual TURKEY DINNER
at the Port Gibson Fire Hall. Serving starts at 4:00 PM –
Tickets: Advance Sale $10.50; At the door $11.00; Children (5-12) $6.00; Under 5 Free. For information or tickets call: Dawn 315-277-0700 or Nancy 315-597-2269.

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TUES., NOV. 7: ELECTION DAY HAM DINNER at the Macedon Center UMC
Serving 4:00 PM ‘Til Gone
Adults $10.00; Children (12 & Under) $5.00
Take-Out Meals Available!

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SAT., NOV. 11: South Perinton UMC Annual TURKEY DINNER
Call for RESERVATIONS – they go fast (315-986-2306)
Servings: 4:00, 5:15, and 6:30 PM
TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE by RESERVATIONS ONLY!
Adults $12.00; Children (10 & Under) $6.00

 

 

October 2017

Pastoral letter:

Do you remember any of your halloween costumes? What fun it can be to watch children, all dressed up, moving from place to place, basking in the joy and excitement of the evening. They put on their costumes and imagine themselves as someone (or something!) else.

Dressing up and pretending to be something else is not simply for children We all, from time to time, wear masks. The masks that we put on are those that we use to try to hide our true selves from the world. We act like we have our life put together. For those of you on Facebook, you know that Facebook is not an accurate reflection of the highs and lows that makeup the normalcy of life. We want to project our best selves to the outside world. We wear plenty of masks.

All too often, we do not get to the heart of what is going on in our lives. It shows when people from foreign countries come visit the United States, not because of any language barrier, but because when they are given the common greeting, “Hi! How are you!” the travelers might answer truthfully, instead of responding, “good, thanks, how are you?”

One of the gifts of the church is that we do not have to wear all of our masks within the community of faith. As many have said, the church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for the broken. The church is not simply a building for sick people to come and leave when they are well. We come find healing for our spirits or for the broken places in the world. We gather to practice being the church and building the Kingdom of God. We gather to hear the Good News once again so that we can live that Good News to everyone around us. We are invited to be a place of trust, knowing that those who we see each week want to know our true selves. The church is the body of Christ, so we, the people, are the church, the people who bring about Christ’s healing in the world. We do this when we are authentic people, risking taking off the masks that we use to hid ourselves from those around us.

And of course, we all enjoy the treats that come with the occasion of being the church. Yes, we have delicious food treats, but the treats of hospitality, care, love, and friend-
ship are much more delightful and long lasting. (Cont’d)

But most importantly, if we do not feel that we can be honest with anyone else, we can be honest with God. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not worry about anything, but in every-
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” God knows who we are, so we do not have to hide ourselves from God. We have the opportunity to be honest with God and share our truest selves with our Creator.

I hope that you enjoy seeing the costumes of those among us. May we free ourselves from the masks that we wear and receive the gifts of God offered among us.

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service. The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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SUN., OCT. 1: WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY will be celebrated during the worship service. (Special Offering will be taken)
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

SUN., OCT. 8: SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship! Patchett Baptism during the worship service.
FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.
CLERGY APPRECIATION DAY

TUES., OCT. 10: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

WED., OCT. 11: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

FRI., OCT. 13: 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center UM Church will hold its next FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution. Like a supermarket on wheels, Mobile Pantry will bring a truck of perishable food that we will distribute to people in need. We are promoting the vent in a variety of ways, and hope to serve many in our community.

SUN., Oct. 15: Reconciling Ministry Network (RMN) Process Coaches Jami & Diana Breedlove-Crouch will worship with us in our 9:30 a.m. service. They will also stay for our hospitality hour following worship and be available for 1-1 conversations as well as Q & A session in which they will explain what RMN is and how it functions. (Jami & Diana are members of St. Paul’s UMC, Ithaca.)

TUES., OCT. 17: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.
6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.

SAT., OCT. 21: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., OCT. 22: 11:00 AM, Combined (MC & SP) WORSHIP SERVICE followed with a COMBINED CHARGE CONFERENCE at the Macedon Center UMC.
All members of the churches are to attend.
4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY

SAT., OCT. 28: 9:00 AM – Noon, We will be baking apple pies at the Macedon Ctr. UMC.

TUES., OCT. 31: 5:00 – 6:30 PM, HALLOWEEN TRUNK or TREAT – Safe treats, favors & games. Located in the parking lot of the Macedon Center UMChurch, 1160 Macedon Center Road (church with the Yellow Steeple). Come and share in the fun! For more information call: 315/986-2306.

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Yellow Steeple Apple Pies – Help Needed
We will be baking pies on Saturday, October 28th, from 9:00 until noon. We will bake pies again on Friday, November 3rd, from 1:00 until 5:00. There are jobs available for both novice and experienced bakers. Jobs include measuring, mixing and rolling. Please come for the work and fellowship.
We also need help taking pie orders. You may us the order form in the church newsletter or call the church office to place an order. Pies will be available for pick-up on November 4th, from 9:00 until noon. Pre-ordering is suggested since we usually sell out.

 

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CALLING ALL GENESEE VALLEY DISTRICT YOUTH!

Come join us for the Corn Maze Fall Youth Event on Saturday, October 14th
from 2 – 6:30 PM.
All youth in grades 7 -12 from the Genesee Valley District are invited to join in the fun. The cost is $10 per person and includes admission to the maze, fellowship and food.
If you are interested in attending please let Dawn Knapp or Nancy Quigley know
by October 10th.

 

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                                                                                  September 2017
Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

A few years ago, I met one of my husband’s friends named Richard. Richard lives and works in a place named Micronesia. Before I had met Richard, I had never heard of the Island country. Micronesia is a set of Islands filled with poverty, and Richard is doing his best to work with the Micronesian government to make the schools better. For instance, on one remote island, the school library is a room with a few books in it. Hearing his stories during the few times he has returned home saddens me. When I was growing up, going to school was normal, a right. Sometimes, education did not feel like a privilege at all! I did not know how lucky that I was to freely attend school. I still do not know just how many children around the world do not have the privilege to attend school. I, like so many around me, have been blessed with much privilege.

Because I have so much and those around me do not, God starts once again moving with me, what can I do? There are so many problems around the world; it can be overwhelming to think of them. We wonder what difference that we can really make in the face of multiple issues in our individual lives and throughout the world. If we have turned on the news recently, we have seen the devastation from the Hurricane and flooding in Texas, the mudslide in Sierra Leone, the flooding in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, the forest fires in Portugal, and many more. This does not include the human made violence that occurs near and far from us on a daily basis. It is overwhelming to see the needs around us. What can we do?

Please pray. Pray for the people who are affected by these problems. Pray for the people who will help them. Pray for the children whose families are displaced. Prayer is an important resource for us. Prayer not only encourages those who are hurting because they know that there are many around the world who care about them and their needs, but prayer also encourages us to act. A prayer that I found recently that we might pray:

 

O Lord, I don’t want to be a spectator,
A tour passenger looking out upon the real world,
An audience to poverty and want and homelessness.

Lord, involve me—call me—
implicate me—commit me—
Lord—help me to step off of the bus. Freda Rajotte

If you would like to give financially to help those in need, please consider giving to The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). We can work together to make cleaning kits that help those around the world recover after natural disasters. We can give to UMCOR to help natural disasters in the United States and globally. Each dollar that we give goes directly to those in need. When we will receive a special offering for UMCOR Sunday in March of 2018, those gifts go to support the mission of the organization in order that all monies given in times of need go to those needs. What can we give of ourselves to help others?

Jesus said, “The poor you would always have with you.” Jesus also said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Let us prayerfully consider what God might be calling us to do in response to the needs of those around the world.

Blessings,

Pastor Kim

 

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Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service. The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
It’s time to ring in the fall, and what better way than by coming to Handbell Practice! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays at 7:15 and will start on September 21st. Everyone in 6th grade to age 101 are welcome to join us. You don’t have to be able to read music (it helps but it’s not required) you just need the willingness to learn, the ability to count to 4, able to pick up the bells and can tell the difference between pink and blue, then I can teach you to play. Any question contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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SUN., SEPT. 3: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

MON., SEPT. 4: LABOR DAY Office will be closed.

SAT. & SUN., SEPT. 9-10: LUMBERJACK FESTIVAL at the Macedon Center Firemen’s Field across from the Macedon Center UM Church.
Gates Open both dates at 8:00 AM – Fun for the whole family!

SUN., SEPT. 10: FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

TUES., SEPT. 12: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

WED., SEPT. 13: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., SEPT. 17: SUNDAY SCHOOL starts at the Macedon Center UMC following the Children’s Moment.
SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

 

TUES., SEPT. 19: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

TUES., SEPT. 19: 6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Macedon Center UMC.

**THURS., SEPT. 21: 7:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice will start at Macedon Center Ch. (Read article at top of Macedon Center THURSDAYS)

SAT., SEPT. 23: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., SEPT. 24: 4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

FRI., SEPT. 29: 5:00-7:00 PM, Macedon Center will hold its next FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution. Like a supermarket on wheels, Mobile Pantry will bring a truck of perishable food that we will distribute to people in need. We are promoting the vent in a variety of ways, and hope to serve many in our community.

 

A LETTER OF THANKS has been received from the Global Ministries UMCOR for the gift of $25.00 sent from the Macedon Center UMC in July.

 

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE: The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed. We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church. Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex. Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed. Food items are needed especially cereal. The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped. If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver. Thanks for your help.

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Macedon Center Community
LUMBERJACK FESTIVAL
SAT., & SUN., SEPT. 9-10:

SAT., 7 – 11 AM – Lumberjack Breakfast at the Mac. Center Fire Hall

8:00 AM – Gates open for the Festival

9 AM – 5 PM – Amateur Lumberjack Competition

5 PM – NEW! Tug-of-War Competition

5:45 PM – Awards Presentation

NYS LUMBERJACK PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION

SUN., 8 AM – 12 PM – Lumberjack Breakfast at the Mac. Center Fire Hall

8:00 AM – Gates open for the Festival

10 AM – Professional Lumberjack Competition

5 PM – Team Relay Finals

Daily Admission to Grounds – 5 & under FREE; 6-14 $1.00; Adults $3.00;
Sr. Citizens $2.00.
Rain or Shine – Food & Beverages Available – NO COOLERS

 

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FRI., SEPT. 29: 5:00 – 7:00 PM, South Perinton Church will hold its next FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution. Like a supermarket on wheels, Mobile Pantry will bring a truck of perishable food that we will distribute to people in need. We are promoting the vent in a variety of ways, and hope to serve many in our community.
Help will be needed to make this successful:

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**NOTICE: There is a date change in October for the next Macedon Center FOODLINK Distribution. It will be Friday, October 13th!

 August 2017

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

August is a time of transition, a month of waiting and anticipation. We still have plenty of summer left, but we are already planning for the busy autumn to come. We gear up for school that will be starting next month but we’re not quite ready for summer to be over. Waiting in these times can be difficult. May be, we are ready for the next change to occur, or maybe, we wish things would stay the same. Waiting can bring us frustration or anxiety. Waiting, however, is a gift. In times of waiting, we can find rest and renewal. It gives us the opportunity to slow down and reflect upon the presence of God that is already around us that we might have missed when we were moving too quickly.

I came across this prayer nearly 20 years ago, and it is as relevant to me today as it was then. It reminds me of the gift of time and opportunities that God gives us each day.

You keep us waiting.

You, the God of all time,

Want us to wait for the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we must go,

Who will be with us, and what we must do.

So, thank you…for the waiting time.

 

You keep us looking.

You, the God of all space,

Want us to look in the right and wrong places for signs of hope,

For people who are hopeless,

For visions of a better world that will appear among the disappointments of the world we know.

So, thank you…for the looking time.

 

You keep us loving.

You, the God whose name is love,

Want us to be like you –

To love the loveless and the unlovely and the unlovable;

To love without jealousy or design or threat,

And most difficult of all, to love ourselves.

So, thank you…for the loving time.

 

And in all this you keep us,

Through hard questions with no easy answers;

Through failing where we hoped to succeed and making an impact when we felt useless

Through the patience and the dreams and the love of others;

And through Jesus Christ and his Spirit, you keep us.

* The Iona Community in Scotland

God is always on the move, even if it seems like we have to wait. In what ways will you use the time God has given you to serve others? In what ways will you use any time you have to wait to grow in your love for God and your love for each other? May we wait with anticipation, trusting that God is working within us at this very moment as we wait to see how God will continue to move in our lives!

Pastor Kim

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Our Vision:  To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

 

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SUN., AUG. 6:   HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

**Immediately following worship service there will be a

CHURCH CONFERENCE Mtg. in reference to the Parsonage Rental.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., AUG. 8:  7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

WED., AUG. 9: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., AUG. 13:  FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

 TUES., AUG. 15: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

WED., AUG. 16: 7:00 PM, LUMBERJACK Mtg. at the Macedon Center Fire Hall.

SAT., AUG. 19: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., AUG. 20: Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

 FRI., AUG. 25: 5:00-7:00 PM, Macedon Center will hold its next FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution. Like a supermarket on wheels, Mobile Pantry will bring a truck of perishable food that we will distribute to people in need. We are promoting the vent in a variety of ways, and hope to serve many in our community.

 SUN., AUG. 27:  4th Sunday – FOOD DONATION SUNDAY

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

NOTE OF THANKS Thank you to Bill Blazey for doing all the trimming of the bushes and gardens around the Macedon Center UMC.

 

NOTE:  Dear Friends, thank you so much for your wonderful welcome and all of the lovely gifts that you gave me. You have been a blessing to me as I begin my ministry here and I look forward to working with each of you.             Pastor Kim

 

 

 

July 2017

Pastoral letter:

Dear Friends,

My name is Kim Ferrel, and it is my great honor and privilege to begin serving as your pastor of Macedon Center and South Perinton United Methodist Churches! I am looking forward to meeting you, hearing your stories, worshipping God, sharing our faith, serving our communities, and so much more. I am quite certain that it will be a joy to serve God together.

I imagine that you might like to know a little bit about me. I have been serving churches for nearly 10 years, after I received my Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees from schools in New Jersey. I led some of these churches as short as one year, others for as long as seven years. Most recently, I have been on leave as my husband, Willis, our now 2 ½ year old son Jack, and I welcomed our second son, Joshua, who is now 8 months old, into our family. It has been wonderful being home with both boys, and I am very much looking forward to returning to pastoral ministry among you. It has been a joy to meet people along the way, and all of the experiences of ministry and family have prepared me to be your pastor.

One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 139. “O Lord, you have searched me and know me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways…Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.” God loves us long before we can know or accept God’s love and grace for ourselves. God always reaches out God’s arms in welcome, no matter what. God is always with us, no matter what. It is my prayer that we will love ourselves, each other, and everyone around us with the same love that God loves us.

I give God great thanks and praise every time that I think about you and the ways that you have ministered to your communities over the years. How I am sure that you have made many disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I will continue to pray for you, and I ask that you would pray for me as we discern where God is calling us in our shared ministry throughout this next year and beyond.

Blessings,
Pastor Kim

MACEDON CENTER UMC

Our Vision: “To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

SATURDAYS: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service. The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

**THURSDAYS: 7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice
New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!) For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.
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SUN., JULY 2: HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.
Welcome Rev. Kimberly Ferrel.

MON. & TUES., JULY 3 & 4: OFFICE CLOSED for the 4th of July.

SUN., JULY 9: FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.
SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., JULY 11: 7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

WED., JULY 12: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., JULY 16: Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., JULY 18: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other. The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe. All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

WED., JULY 19: 7:00 PM, LUMBERJACK Mtg. at the Macedon Center Fire Hall.

FRI., JULY 21: 5:00 til Gone, FOODLINK Truck at the South Perinton UMC.
HELP will be needed, starting at 3:30 PM.

SAT., JULY 22: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., JULY 23: FOOD DONATION SUNDAY
Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

SAT., JULY 29: 4:00 PM until Gone, PULLED PORK DINNER at the Macedon Center UMC. Dine in or Take Out! Adults $10; Children 5-10 $5.00; Under 5 Free.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE: The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed. We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church. Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex. Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed. Food items are needed especially cereal. The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped. If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver. Thanks for your help.

NOTE OF THANKS – Many thanks to Ed S. for buying all the mulch that was put in our church gardens. Ed and Jim A. spread the mulch in all the gardens. Thank you!

WE EXTEND OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY to the Lorraine B. family. Lorraine went to be with the Lord Friday, June 23rd. Lorraine was a member of the Macedon Center UMC since 1949. She lately had been living in a nursing home in Newark.

DATES & ARTICLES of interest to both
Macedon Center & South Perinton

Friday, July 21: from 5:00 til Gone, South Perinton will hold its next FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution. Like a supermarket on wheels, Mobile Pantry will bring a truck of perishable food that we will distribute to people in need. We are promoting the vent in a variety of ways, and hope to serve many in our community.

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SAT., JULY 29: Serving 4:00 PM until gone, PULLED PORK DINNER
at the Macedon Center UMC.
Dine in or Take out!
Adults $10.00; Children 5-10 $5.00; Under 5 Free

 

Pastor:  The Reverend Sonya (Sunny) Mauser,

585-205-0308

Office Hours: Monday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Church Secretary: Nancy Quigley, mcspumc@rochester.twcbc.com

315-986-2306

Office Hours:  M-W-F: 9:00am-1:00pm, T-TH: 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

 June 2017

Pastoral letter:

The weather is finally warm and today it isn’t raining. Yeah!!!!  The flowers are blooming, the grass is green and Larry is cutting it right now.  So, I said all of that to say this, Spring IS HERE.

This is my last newsletter article to the people of the Macedon Center and South Perinton Churches.  It has been a good as well as trying three years here in this community.  There are still challenges to be confronted.  We have accomplished a lot of things.  Food link has been a fairly good success.  I just feel the need to remind you all that these people are still hungry in the winter time.  I understand that having an indoor place for this ministry is difficult, but you can do it outside all year round.  There are churches that are that dedicated to helping people all year round.  We fed some kids a lunch for the summer but we weren’t able to continue that particular ministry due to our location.  But we had fun and created bonds.

Macedon Center did the Hand to Plow program for a year.  It was an excellent program and it changed the church.  I hope that this church will continue on with the program and that South Perinton will begin this program.  Also, last year Macedon Center paid 100% of their shared ministry (aka apportionments) payments.  That is something to celebrate.

South Perinton is still struggling.  It is my hope and prayer that this will change soon.  But Pastor Kim is not going to be able to single-handedly grow this church.  It will take the people of the church to grow the church.  Saying we are too old is not an excuse and it isn’t true.  Granted people can’t do what they did in their 20’s and 30’s but there are still things that people can do.  Hand-to-Plow is something that can be done, taking advantage of any of the conference programs can make a difference.  Both churches are faithful and loving.  The love of God is alive and well in both congregations.

My prayers for Macedon Center and South Perinton are that they will grow in faith and souls for the kingdom.  Grow in your prayer life and serve God to the best of your ability.  Live a life that God has planned for each of you.  Remember that Jesus Christ died for you so that you would have life and have it more abundantly.  God, bless you all, till we meet again on the streets of heaven.

Remember that God loves you and so do I

 Pastor Sunny

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Our Vision:  To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

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SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

 **THURSDAYS: 7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice

New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!)  For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.

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THURS.-SAT., JUNE 1-3:  Pastor Sunny will be at ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

SUN., JUNE 4:   HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., JUNE 6: 6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

SAT., JUNE 10:   Eva Marie Wilder using MC Fellowship Hall (bridal shower).

6:00 PM, A Farewell to Pastor Sunny.  Everyone is invited to celebrate our time with Pastor Sunny and wish her and Larry well in their new appointment.  There will be a potluck dinner in the Macedon Center Fellowship Hall.  Please BRING a dish to share. Following the meal we will have a campfire (weather permitting) and a time of fellowship.  Thank you Pastor Sunny for your love and care over the last 3 years. God bless you!

SUN., JUNE 11:  FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

SUNDAY BRUNCH and Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship. Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., JUNE 13:  7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

 WED., JUNE 14: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

 SAT., JUNE 17: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

 SUN., JUNE 18:     FATHER’S DAY

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

2:00 PM, EUCHRE at the Macedon Center UMC.  Come to play Euchre, come to learn how to play Euchre, come for the fellowship with one another.  Regular game dates are scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.

 TUES., JUNE 20: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

WED., JUNE 21: 7:00 PM, LUMBERJACK Mtg. at the Macedon Center Fire Hall.

SUN., JUNE 25:  FOOD DONATION SUNDAY

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

FRI., JUNE 30:  5:00 til Gone, FOODLINK Truck at the Macedon Center UMC.

The church will be collecting bottles of sunscreen to hand out. There will be a box in the Fellowship Hall the first week of June.

 

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

 

 

A LETTER of THANKS was received from the Global Ministries UMCOR for the gift of $245.00 from the Macedon Center UMC. 100 percent of your contribution will go to supporting UMCOR’s response to disasters in United States.

 

A Farewell to Pastor Sunny

Everyone is invited to celebrate our time with Pastor Sunny and wish her and Larry well in their new appointment.  We will be having a Potluck Dinner on Saturday, June 10th at 6:00 PM in the Macedon Center Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a dish to share.  Following the meal, we will have a campfire (weather permitting) and a time of fellow-ship.  Thank-you Pastor Sunny for your love and care over the last 3 years. God Bless You!

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Friday, June 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center will hold its next FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution. Like a supermarket on wheels, Mobile Pantry will bring a truck of perishable food that we will distribute to people in need. We are promoting the vent in a variety of ways, and hope to serve many in our community.

We need your help! To make this successful, we need a few things;

First, if you know of any place in the Palmyra-Macedon/Gananda area where you could hang a flyer to promote the event, please let Leesa Israel know and she will get you a flyers.

Second, we need volunteers to help day of! We’ll need everything from strong hands to unload the truck and get the food in order, to greeters, to registration folks, ect. Ideally, we will have 15-20 volunteers from 4 – 8 PM for this event. If you cannot be there the entire time, that is okay! Many hands make light work! We need folks for reloading the truck and clean up as well, so late comers are a huge help. Sign-ups will be at church in early June. Please look for them.  We will be collecting bottles of sunscreen to hand out. There will be a box in the Fellowship Hall the first week of June.

Please watch for sign-ups. If you have questions, please contact the event coordinator, Leesa Israel at leesaisrael@gmail.com or 585-309-5500.

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 April 2017

Pastoral letter:

What a beautiful morning we have today. As I prepare to write this article I am sitting in the direct sunlight of His love, light and grace.

I love light. Now if you were to pass my house after sundown on any given day, you would probably think we either weren’t home or had gone to bed at an insanely early hour.  We like watching Television in the dark.  But many times I have candles lit.  When I can get Larry motivated we will have a fire in the fireplace going.  I love the flickering soft light from both.  I love feeling the warmth of the sunlight that is warming me right now.  As I thought of light I thought of Jesus.  He is the light of the world.  I also thought about how much light is mentioned in scripture.  Here are a few mentions:

Psalms 119:105   Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Matthew 4:16   The people which sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Matthew 5:14   You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:16   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

John 12:35  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no fickleness, neither shadow turning.

1 John 1:7   But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.

Who or what are we talking about here in these scriptures?  I believe we are talking about Jesus, and his amazing grace.  His word should help us to not be in the darkness of the world.  When he is truly in charge of our life there is a light so brilliant that all can see us and him as we do His work in the world.  Jesus must come first in all our lives.  He should be the light of our lives.  With Him there is NO darkness no matter what is happening in our life.  He took the pain, the sorrow, the sin from us so that His light could lift us up and make us whole.

I am warmed by His light and His love.  I invite you now to join me in that light and love.  Tell the Savior you love Him, as for His forgiveness, seek His leading in your life and I guarantee your life will be filled with the abundance of His love and grace.

Remember that God loves you and so do we

Pastor Sunny

 Our Vision:  To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

 SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

 MONDAYS: 6:45 PM, CHOIR Practice at Macedon Center UMC.

If you enjoy singing, please join us.

7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice

  New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!)  We will be having a polishing party and dinner sometime prior to that – watch the bulletin for details (ALL welcome!)  For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.

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 SUN., APR. 2:   5th SUNDAY IN LENTHOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., APR. 4: 6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

WED., APR 5:  6:00 PM, SOUP & BREAD SUPPER at the Macedon Center UMC with 7:00-8:00 PM, LENTEN STUDY to follow. Everyone welcome!

You may just attend the Lenten Study at 7 PM if you wish.

SUN., APR. 9:  PASSION/PALM SUNDAY

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

TUES., APR. 11:  7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

 WED., APR. 12: 9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

6:00 PM, SOUP & BREAD SUPPER at MC Church with

7:00-8:00 PM, LENTEN STUDY to follow. Everyone welcome! You may just attend the Lenten Study at 7 PM if you wish.

THURS., APR. 13: 7:00 PM, MAUNDY THURSDAY Service at South Perinton UMC.

FRI., APR. 14:  GOOD FRIDAY

 SAT., APR. 15: HOLY SATURDAY5:00 PM, WORSHIP at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

SUN., APR. 16:  EASTER SUNDAY

6:00 AM, SUNRISE SERVICE at the Farmington Friends Church.

9:30 AM, Regular Worship Hour and Sunday School at Macedon Center UMC.

TUES., APR. 18: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

WED., APR. 19: 7:00 PM, LUMBERJACK Mtg. at the Macedon Center Fire Hall.

FRI., APR. 21: 5 – 7 PM, FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution at the Macedon Center UMC. Volunteers to help are needed, please sign-up in the church.

SUN., APR. 23:    FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

2:00 PM, EUCHRE at the Macedon Center UMC.  Come to play Euchre, come to learn how to play Euchre, come for the fellowship with one another.

Regular game dates are scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.

This month changed due to Easter being on the 3rd Sunday.

SAT., APR. 29: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS RETREAT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

 NOTE: Be sure to check out our website at www.yellowsteepleumc.com for the latest happenings at our church.

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: We welcome and extend our right hand of fellowship to Andrew and Catherine Mastowski as new members of the Macedon Center UMC on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

BAPTISM – Sunday, March 26, 2017 Preston Arthur Hunt was baptized at the Macedon Center UMC.  Preston’s parents are Eric and Nataliya Hunt.  Grandparents are Freeman and Sandi Hunt. Congratulations to all.

A NOTE OF THANKS –  Dear Kathy and the Bell Choir Ladies,   Thank you so very much for coming out in such nasty weather to play at Dad’s funeral service. It meant so much to all of us to have you there! I have so many happy memories of my Mon playing the piano at home while she and Dad sang all of the old classic hymns. Every song that you played brought back those memories. Having the bell choir play and having everyone sing along at the end of the service brought us comfort and closure. We know that every time the bell choir plays, Dan and Jan are smiling down on all of you. Please accept the enclosed check in memory of Dad and Jan. We hope that it will help you continue your blessed ministry of music. God Bless you all – Mary Kahn and the Family of Ralph Collier.

 BAPTISM – Sunday, April 2, 2017, Alexander Thomas Mastowski, Peter Stanley Mastowski and Zakaria Charles Mastowski will be baptized at the Macedon Center UMC.  Alexander, Peter & Zakaria’s parents are Andrew and Catherine Mastowski.

Congratulations to all.

A LETTER of THANKS has been received from UMCOR thanking Macedon Center UMC for their gift of $25.00.  100% of your contribution will go to supporting UMCOR’s  response to disaster in United States.

NOTE:  The Wayne County Gideon Auxiliary has donated a Bible that will be distributed by members of The Gideons International to help transform lives through the Word of God in Honor of Pastor Sunny Mauser.

  

DERRENBACHER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Funds are available from the Derrenbacher Scholarship Fund for distribution in the academic year 2016-2017.  Applications must be affiliated with this church or resident in the vicinity and have a church connection.  They must be attending as a full-time student an institution of higher learning with a historic religious connection.  This has been interpreted to eliminate any state school.  Applications may be obtained from the church office (315-986-2306).  To be considered, they must be received by April 30th.

Further details are obtainable with the application.

 

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Friday, April 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Macedon Center will hold its next FOODLINK MOBILE PANTRY distribution. Like a supermarket on wheels, Mobile Pantry will bring a truck of perishable food that we will distribute to people in need. We are promoting the vent in a variety of ways, and hope to serve many in our community.

 We need your help! To make this successful, we need a few things;

First, if you know of any place in the Palmyra-Macedon/Gananda area where you could hand a flyer to promote the event, please let Leesa Israel know and she will get you a flyer.

Second, we need volunteers to help day of! We’ll need everything from strong hands to unload the truck and get the food in order, to greeters, to registration folks, ectc. Ideally, we will have 15-20 volunteers from 4 – 8 PM for this event. If you cannot be there the entire time, that is okay! Many hands make light work! We need folks for reloading the truck and clean up as well, so late comers are a huge help. Sign-ups will be at church in early April. Please look for them.

Please watch for sign-ups. If you have questions, please contact the event coordinator, Leesa Israel at leesaisrael@gmail.com or 585-309-5500.

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Saturday, May 6:  MARK YOUR CALENDAR – South Perinton Church  ANNUAL BBQ PULLED PORK DINNER watch for more details.

 

 March 2017

Pastoral letter:

February is almost gone. Time just goes so very fast, it is unbelievable how fast it goes. We are about to enter Lent. I would bet (if I was a betting woman) that some of you have questions about Lent. Well, let’s look at Lent.

What is Lent? Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.

When is Lent? It’s the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. Basically, it’s about one-tenth of a year (like a tithe of time). Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. This year it’s from March 1 (Ash Wednesday) to April 16 (Easter), 2017.

Mardi Gras? What does that have to do with JESUS?? Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday.” It refers to the day before Lent starts. Since Lent always starts on a Wednesday, the day before is always a Tuesday. And it’s called “Fat” or “Great” because it’s associated with great food and parties.  In earlier times, people used Lent as a time of fasting and repentance. Since they didn’t want to be tempted by sweets, meat and other distractions in the house, they cleaned out their cabinets. They used up all the sugar and yeast in sweet breads before the Lent season started, and fixed meals with all the meat available. It was a great feast! Through the years Mardi Gras has evolved (in some places) into a pretty wild party with little to do with preparing for the Lenten season of repentance and simplicity. Oh well. But Christians still know its origin, and hang onto the true Spirit of the season.

So the real beginning of Lent is Ash Wednesday? Yes. Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras, usually begins with a service where we recognize our mortality, repent of our sins, and return to our loving God. We recognize life as a precious gift from God, and re-turn our lives towards Jesus Christ. We may make resolutions and commit to change our lives over the next forty days so that we might be more like Christ. In an Ash Wednesday service, usually a minister or priest marks the sign of the cross on a person’s forehead with ashes.

Why ashes? In Jewish and Christian history, ashes are a sign of mortality and repentance. Mortality, because when we die, our bodies eventually decompose and we become dust/dirt/ash/whatever. Repentance, because long ago, when people felt remorse for something they did, they would put ashes on their head and wear “sack-cloth” (scratchy clothing) to remind them that sin is pretty uncomfortable and leads to a sort of death of the spirit. This was their way of confessing their sins and asking for forgiveness.

Where do the ashes come from? On what we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem while people waved palms and cheered him on. Less then a week later, Jesus was killed. The palms that were waved in joy became ashes of sorrow. We get ashes for Ash Wednesday by saving the palms from Palm Sunday, burning them, and mixing them with a little oil. It’s symbolic.

What do Christians do with ashes? At an Ash Wednesday service, folks are invited to come forward to receive the ashes. The minister will make a small cross on your forehead by smudging the ashes. While the ashes remind us of our mortality and sin, the cross reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection (life after death) and forgiveness. It’s a powerful, non-verbal way that we can experience God’s forgiveness and renewal as we return to Jesus.

So what is LENT? At Jesus’ baptism the sky split open, the Spirit of God, which looked like a dove, descended and landed on Jesus, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, My Beloved, with whom I am pleased.” Afterward, as told in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit. Where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. During this time there he was tempted by Satan and found clarity and strength to resist temptation. Afterwards, he was ready to begin his ministry.  Maybe Jesus needed some time with God to sort through the major changes happening in his life. Maybe he needed to get away from family, friends and the familiar routine in order to see God (and himself) more clearly. Perhaps he wanted some intentional time with God as he searched for direction and answers like you. Like Jesus, we may need to take some serious time to pray and listen for God.

Why “DO” Lent? How do I start? Are you searching for something more? Tired of running in circles, but not really living life with direction, purpose or passion? It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the drama of classes, relationships, family, and work. Our lives are filled with distractions that take us away from living a life with Christ. We try to fill the emptiness inside us with mind-less TV, meaningless chatter, stimulants, alcohol, too many activities or other irrelevant stuff. We run away from life and from God.  Lent is a great time to “repent” – to return to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It’s a 40 day trail run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart. You might try one of these practices for Lent:

FASTING: Some people have been known to go without food for days. But that’s not the only way to fast. You can fast by cutting out some of the things in your life that distract you from God. Some Christians use the whole 40 days to fast from candy, tv, soft drinks, cigarettes or meat as a way to purify their bodies and lives. You might skip one meal a day and use that time to pray instead. Or you can give up some activity like worry or reality tv to spend time outside enjoying God’s creation. What do you need to let go of or “fast” from in order to focus on God? What clutters your calendar and life? How can you simplify your life in terms of what you eat, wear or do?

So as we prepare for this time in our Christian year. Let us Repent, tell God we are sorry and need his forgiveness. If we have had an issue with some of our brothers and sisters we need to do the same thing with them. Just be aware that true repentance is turning away from the wrong that we have done and not to do it again.

 Remember that God loves you and so do we

Pastor Sunny

   

Our Vision:  To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

 

SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

 MONDAYS: 6:45 PM, CHOIR Practice at Macedon Center UMC.  If you enjoy singing, please join us.

7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice  New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!)  We will be having a polishing party and dinner sometime prior to that – watch the bulletin for details (ALL welcome!)  For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.

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WED., MAR. 1:  7:00 PM, ASH WEDNESDAY Combined Service at the Macedon Center UMC.

FRI., MAR. 3WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

 SUN., MAR. 5:  1st SUNDAY IN LENT

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., MAR. 7: 6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

WED., MAR. 8:  9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

6:00 PM, SOUP & BREAD SUPPER at the Macedon Center UMC with

7:00-8:00 PM, LENTEN STUDY to follow. Everyone welcome! You may just attend the Lenten Study at 7 PM if you wish.

SUN., MAR. 12:  2nd SUNDAY IN LENT / DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

FINANCE Committee Meeting immediately after the worship service.

TUES., MAR. 14:  7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

 NOTE: Be sure to check out our website at www.yellowsteepleumc.com for the latest happenings at our church.

WED., MAR. 15: 6:00 PM, SOUP & BREAD SUPPER at MC Church with  7:00-8:00 PM, LENTEN STUDY to follow. Everyone welcome! You may just attend the Lenten Study at 7 PM if you wish.

SUN., MAR. 19:  3rd SUNDAY IN LENT 

 “GREEN EGGS & HAM” SUNDAY BRUNCH. A reading of the book will be done during church and then a special green eggs and ham brunch will take place in the Fellowship Hall after the service.  Everyone is welcome to attend. The brunch is free – sponsored by the Men’s Breakfast group.

SUN., MAR. 19: 2:00 PM, EUCHRE at the Macedon Center UMC.  Come to play Euchre, come to learn how to play Euchre, come for the fellowship with one another.  Regular game dates are scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.

TUES., MAR. 21: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

7:00 PM, LUMBERJACK Mtg. at the Macedon Center Fire Hall.

WED., MAR. 22: 6:00 PM, SOUP & BREAD SUPPER at MC Church with

7:00-8:00 PM, LENTEN STUDY to follow. Everyone welcome! You may just attend the Lenten Study at 7 PM if you wish.

SAT., MAR. 25: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS RETREAT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

 SUN., MAR. 26:    4th SUNDAY OF LENT  /  FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING – (Special Offering during worship)

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

WED., MAR. 29: 6:00 PM, SOUP & BREAD SUPPER at MC Church with

7:00-8:00 PM, LENTEN STUDY to follow. Everyone welcome! You may just attend the Lenten Study at 7 PM if you wish.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

A Letter of THANKS has been received from Gateway Longview Foundation in Williamsville, NY.  The Christmas Eve offering is sent to Gateway Longview each year.  Please know that your generous donation of $452 to the Gateway Longview Foundation reaches into our community every day, impacting lives and brightening futures. Perhaps more importantly, however, your selfless gesture is a shining example that when we work together, everyone achieves more.

 

 SAT., MARCH 4: 4:00 – 7:00 PM, CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER (Family Style) at the Walworth UM Church, 3679 Main St., Walworth.  Adults $10.00; Ages 5-12 $5.00; Under age 5 free.  Menu Includes: Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cole Slaw, Vegetables & Dessert  TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE

 

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Join us on our journey to Sweet Apple, where Conrad Birdie’s draft is creating mass hysteria amongst the female population.  Take a trip back to the 50’s and enjoy some popular tunes including “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.”  Shows will take place on Friday, March 10 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 PM in the Palmyra-Macedon Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $8.50 and are available online beginning February 1 at www.seatyourself.biz/palm or at the door.

 

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DERRENBACHER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Funds are available from the Derrenbacher Scholarship Fund for distribution in the academic year 2016-2017.  Applications must be affiliated with this church or resident in the vicinity and have a church connection.  They must be attending as a full-time student an institution of higher learning with a historic religious connection.  This has been interpreted to eliminate any state school.  Applications may be obtained from the church office (315-986-2306).  To be considered, they must be received by April 30th.

Further details are obtainable with the application.

 

 

February 2017

Pastoral letter:

Can’t believe February is already here. Time goes so very fast it is unbelievable. What is happening in February? Well, we are having the Prayer and Praise Service at Macedon Center from 7 to 9 pm to help the church see a way forward. Hope everyone comes and listens for God’s voice in this matter.  The 14th is Valentine’s Day, somewhere in there is Presidents Day, and most importantly it is Black History Month.

The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”  This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.

From the event’s initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools. The first Negro History Week was met with a lukewarm response, gaining the cooperation of the Departments of Education of the states of North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia as well as the city school administrations of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Despite this far from universal acceptance, the event was regarded by Woodson as “one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association,” and plans for a repeat of the event on an annual basis continued apace.

At the time of Negro History Week’s launch, Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society:

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.”

 By 1929 The Journal of Negro History was able to note that with only two exceptions, officials with the State Departments of Educations of “every state with considerable Negro population” had made the event known to that state’s teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event. Churches also played a significant role in the distribution of literature in association with Negro History Week during this initial interval, with the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort.

Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, and increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday.

On 21 February 2016, 106 year Washington D.C. resident and school volunteer Virginia McLaurin visited the White House as part of Black History Month. When asked by the president why she was there, Virginia said, “A black president. A black wife. And I’m here to celebrate black history. That’s what I’m here for.”

The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.

In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

This is the history of Black History Month.  Why is it important to us here at Macedon Center, New York?  It should be important because anyone who thinks racism and white privilege is a thing of the past hasn’t been paying attention to what is happening in the United States in the last 15 years.  Racism is not dead.  There are still people who think that because they are white they deserve more than those of color.  Why?

None of us are exactly the same, Praise God. We are different. We are not living the way God wants us to live, its not with hate and anger in our hearts for people who might be different. God is about love not hate. I wonder how many people know that the scientific/medical finding of separating blood and plasma was founded by a black man who died outside a hospital because they wouldn’t take an administer aid to a black man. He bled to death. I hope this causes you to gasp. There were many black people who contributed to this nation. I would recommend that everyone see the movie called Hidden Figures.  It was about 3 black women who were instrumental in making our space program a success.

We need to get past judging people for the color of their skin. Now I don’t assume that we don’t see color and difference. We should rejoice in our diversity and learn about people’s customs and their differences can be used to enhance our lives just as ours can be used to enhance others life.  We must stop living in the land of “other” and live in the land of God and His children. There are many stories that I could tell but they would be more effective if told by a person of color. So at some point in February we will have a speaker on this very issue. I would also recommend that you read Dr. Kings book Letters from Birmingham Jail and a letter that Bishop Woodie White wrote to Dr. King that is in the January/February issue of the Interpreter. Maybe through these you will see that people are just people.

Remember that God loves you and so do we

Pastor Sunny

 

Our Vision:  To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

 SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

 MONDAYS: 6:45 PM, CHOIR Practice at Macedon Center UMC.

If you enjoy singing, please join us.

7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice

  New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!)  We will be having a polishing party and dinner sometime prior to that – watch the bulletin for details (ALL welcome!)  For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.

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SUN., FEB. 5:

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., FEB. 7: 6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

WED., FEB. 8:  9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SUN., FEB. 12:  CASUAL COFFEE HOUR and SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall, immediately after worship.   Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., FEB. 14:  VALENTINE’S DAY!

6:00 PM, FINANCE Meeting at the Macedon Center Church.

7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

SUN., FEB. 19:  Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

2:00 PM, EUCHRE at the Macedon Center UMC.  Come to play Euchre, come to learn how to play Euchre, come for the fellowship with one another.

Regular game dates are scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.

MON., FEB. 20:   PRESIDENTS DAY

 TUES., FEB. 21: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

7:00 PM, LUMBERJACK Mtg. at the Macedon Center Fire Hall.

WED., FEB. 22: 7:00-9:00 PM, PRAYER & PRAISE SERVICE at the Macedon Center UMC.  We will be hosting this for the District and D.S.  This is a service of Prayer to God for the “Church” to find a way forward in this day of strife and a service of Praise to our Creator and Lord.  ALL are encouraged to attend.

SAT., FEB. 25: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS RETREAT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

 

SUN., FEB. 26:             FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

1:00 PM, Ernie Rogers using the Fellowship Hall.

WED., MAR. 1:  ASH WEDNESDAY!

 

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

NOTE: A Letter of THANKS was received from Global Ministries UMCOR for the donation of $25.00 that was sent from the Macedon Center UMC. 100% of your contribution will go to supporting UMCOR’s response to disaster in United States.

 

 

 

Pal- Mac High School Present “bye, Bye Birdie” – Join us on our journey to Sweet Apple, where Conrad Birdie’s draft is creating mass hysteria amongst the female population.  Take a trip back to the 50’s and enjoy some popular tunes including “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.”  Shows will take place on Friday, March 10 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 PM in the Palmyra-Macedon Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $8.50 and are available online beginning February 1 at www.seatyourself.biz/palm or at the door.

 

 

 January 2017

Pastoral letter: 

Well, we have come to the end of another year.  2017 is upon us.  How many of us have made resolutions?  Maybe we have resolved to work less or maybe more.  Maybe we resolved to pay more attention to our spouse or our kids.  Maybe we resolved to eat healthier, quit smoking, drink less, lose weight, to volunteer more, or to lose our tempers less.

What does a making a resolution mean?  It means to change some behavior to change to way we live.  Maybe instead of making resolutions, that we probably won’t or can’t keep, we should create a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Only with his help can we truly change our lives, our behavior.  When you have a real relation- ship with Christ, life becomes so much sweeter, so much more meaningful.  Jesus can see us through so much of what challenges us in life.  Now, please don’t think that I am saying that you won’t have any problems in life when you have a relationship with Christ.  Christ never promised us a rose garden.  Of course, in the living of life people are going to have problems, tragedies, and illnesses.  But if Jesus is part of your life you can get through the issue.

So, what do we do to have a better relationship with Jesus Christ?  First of all, I would say that we all need to pray (talking to Christ) more in whatever way we choose and wherever we choose.  One can pray in a variety of ways, God is ALWAYS listening to us.  We can also listen to what God is telling us to do in our lives.  This requires us to be quiet, so that we can hear what God is saying to us.

We can study his word more and that will help us in various ways.  It will help us to understand who God is and what he is saying.  It can help us to learn more about who God is and wants for us and wants us to do.  It can give us a better understanding of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us and that he has forgiven us of our sins.

Reaching out to the least, the last and the lost; those who haven’t been as fortunate as we have been.  It can help us to tell them about Christ and his saving grace.

So, this is what we, as Christians, should be making as resolutions for this new year.  To for-give, to ask for forgiveness, to pray more, to reach out in any way that is needed, to study his word more, to love more, to not sit in judgement of others, to give more of ourselves, our money, our time, and our God given gifts.

If we can do all these things, we can grow our faith and that will grow our church.  These churches are filled with loving people and those outside this family need to know these people because then they would know and experience the love of Christ.

Remember that God loves you and so do we

Pastor Sunny

 

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Our Vision:  To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

MONDAYS: 6:45 PM, CHOIR Practice at Macedon Center UMC.

If you enjoy singing, please join us.

7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice

  New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!)  We will be having a polishing party and dinner sometime prior to that – watch the bulletin for details (ALL welcome!)  For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.

 

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SUN., JAN. 1:     NEW YEAR’S DAY

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., JAN. 3: 6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

SAT., JAN. 7: 5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service at Macedon Center UMC –

HOLY COMMUNION  will be celebrated.

SUN., JAN. 8:  CASUAL COFFEE HOUR and SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall, immediately after worship.   Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., JAN. 10: 6:00 PM, FINANCE Meeting at the Macedon Center Church.

7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

WED., JAN. 11:  9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

SAT., JAN. 14: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS RETREAT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., JAN. 15: HUMAN RELATIONS DAY (Special Offering taken)

SUN., JAN. 15:  Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

2:00 PM, EUCHRE at the Macedon Center UMC.  Come to play Euchre, come to learn how to play Euchre, come for the fellowship with one another.

Regular game dates will be scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.

MON., JAN. 16:    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR BIRTHDAY

TUES., JAN. 17: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

SUN., JAN. 22:             FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

NOTE: Be sure to check out our website at www.yellowsteepleumc.com for the latest happenings at our church. You can also listen to most sermons here if you missed worship.

 

 December 2016

Pastoral letter:

 There are trees up, lights are blinking, tinsel is shining and carols are being sung.  I have heard that there are people who have their shopping done and wrapped.  I have heard “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” at least 30 times in the last two days. YUCK!!!! Yes, people are preparing for Christmas.  Unfortunately, not in the ways that I believe God wants us to prepare.

This is to be the season of Advent.  What is Advent?

Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expect-ant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word Parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ.  For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from three different perspectives.  “Since the time of Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153) Christians have spoken of the three comings of Christ: in the flesh in Bethlehem, in our hearts daily, and in glory at the end of time”  The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day (30 November), in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, and in the Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist calendars.  In the Ambrosian Rite and the Mozarabic Rite of the Catholic Church, Advent begins on the sixth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday after St. Martin’s Day (11 November).

Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as setting up Christmas decorations, a custom that is sometimes done liturgically, through a hanging of the greens ceremony.

The equivalent of Advent in Eastern Christianity is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs in length and observances, and does not begin the liturgical church year as it does in the West.  The Eastern Nativity Fast does not use the equivalent Parousia in its preparatory services.

It is unknown when the period of preparation for Christmas that is now called Advent first began – it was certainly in existence from about 480 – and the novelty introduced by the Council of Tours of 567 was to order monks to fast every day in the month of December until Christmas; Some have even said it goes back to the time of the Twelve Apostles or that it was founded by Saint Peter himself.  This has led to the conclusion that it is “impossible to claim with confidence a credible explanation of the origin of Advent”.

Associated with Advent was a period of fasting, known also as the Nativity Fast or the Fast of December.

The theme of readings and teachings during Advent is often the preparation for the Second Coming, while also commemorating the First Coming of Christ at Christmas.  The first clear references in the Western Church to Advent occur in the Gelasian Sacramentary, which provides Advent Collects, Epistles, and Gospels for the five Sundays preceding Christmas and for the corresponding Wednesdays and Fridays.  While the Sunday readings relate to the first coming of Jesus Christ as savior as well as to his second coming as judge, traditions vary in the relative importance of penitence and expectation during the weeks in Advent.

Now nowhere here does it mention buying presents for others, Christmas parties, what you, yourself might be getting from others.  Advent and Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ.  It‘s about the hope of the world that we all need, it is about the peace that a person finds by living the life of a Christian, it is about the joy of salvation and forgiveness in our lives that strengthens the hope and peace that was brought into our lives.  It is about the love of God being given to us freely and making us his sons and daughters.

Advent is about preparing for all these things coming into our lives.  We are to get ready for these things.  We need to prepare our hearts, our minds, our souls and our lives being turned around.  As we are doing our shopping, our caroling, our bell ringing, our  wrapping, and decorating let us prepare ourselves for Christmas, for the birth of our Savior.

Merry Christmas everyone!  And remember that God loves you and so do we.

Pastor Sunny

 

Our Vision:  To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

 SATURDAYS:  5:00 PM, WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

 SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

 MONDAYS: 6:45 PM, CHOIR Practice at Macedon Center UMC.

If you enjoy singing, please join us.

7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice

  New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!)  We will be having a polishing party and dinner sometime prior to that – watch the bulletin for details (ALL welcome!)  For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.

 

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 SUN., DEC. 4:     2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT!

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., DEC. 6: 6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

SAT., DEC. 10: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS RETREAT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., DEC. 11:         3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT!

CASUAL COFFEE HOUR and SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall, immediately after worship.   Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

The ANGEL TREE will be in the Narthex once again this Christmas season.  We will be helping 2 families celebrate Christmas with gifts and collecting food for each family.

The items will be due back at the church on Sun., Dec. 11th.

TUES., DEC. 13: 6:00 PM, FINANCE Meeting at the Macedon Center Church.           

7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

WED., DEC. 14:  9:00 AM, MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

FRI., DEC. 16: 7:00PM, CHRIS WILSON SONGS OF FAITH CHRISTMAS CONCERT – to be held at the South Perinton UMC.  A powerful and prayerful performance that leaves you fulfilled and refreshed.  An often emotional and humorous story-telling style.   Light refreshments- Suggested donation $10, students & under 19 free.

SUN., DEC. 18:            3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT!

Casual Coffee Hour immediately after worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

2:00 PM, EUCHRE at the Macedon Center UMC.  Come to play Euchre, come to learn how to play Euchre, come for the fellowship with one another.

Regular game dates will be scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.

 TUES., DEC. 20: 9:00 AM, WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

 SAT., DEC. 24: 4:00 PM, CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE at the Macedon Center UMC.

If you prefer a later time, for your CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE, the same service will be held 5:30 PM, at the South Perinton UMC.

SUN., DEC. 25:          MERRY CHRISTMAS!   FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

10:00 AM, There will be a combined worship service CHRISTMAS DAY at the South Perinton UMC.

 SAT., DEC. 31:                 NEW YEAR’S EVE!

A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

 FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

NOTE: Be sure to check out our website at www.yellowsteepleumc.com for the latest happenings at our church. You can also listen to most sermons here if you missed worship.

Canaltown Chorale to perform ‘Carols of Joy’ concerts

Canaltown Chorale will perform its “Carols of Joy” holiday program at 7:30 pm, Dec. 2 at Walworth United Methodist Church, 3679 Main St., and at 4 pm, Dec. 11 at Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 109 Church St.  The group will be under the direction of Jerry Hefley with Kay Oosterling on the keyboard. Barb Vandelinder will perform holiday music on her harp before each concert.  The Council of Churches will accept a freewill offering for the Dec. 2 performance, and there is a $5 suggested donation for the Dec. 11 performance.  Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 315-946-9085.

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SAT., DEC. 3:  9:00 AM til Gone, HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE at the South Perinton UMC. Looking for a Holiday gift of cookies for friends or neighbors?

HOMEMADE COOKIES at $9.00 per lb. Call 315-986-2306 for more details.

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A 41-voice choir will present Invitation to a Miracle, a program of choral, organ, and handbell music for Advent and Christmas on Saturday, December 10 at 7pm and Sunday, December 11 at 3pm.  Both performances will take place at the Fairport United Methodist Church.  There will be a freewill offering following each presentation. Childcare will be provided.  Fairport United Methodist Church is located at 31 West Church Street in Fairport and is handicapped accessible.  For more information, contact Nicole Camilleri, Music Ministry Director, at 223-9560 or nicole@fiarportumc.org.

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 THURS., DEC. 15: 7:00 PM, “Music of The Season” Presented by Victor Pops & Community Chorus, Eastview Mall Concert.  No Admission Fee

Please come enjoy a night of wonderful music played and sung by your friends and neighbors.

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 November 2016

Pastoral letter:

As most of you know I have been at the bishop’s retreat.  The guest speaker at this event spoke on testifying and how we talk about God.

She told us that the way we talk about God is we talk about our church, what a good time we have at social events, how many classes we offer, our youth program, Christmas Eve service, the dinners we have and on and on and on.  Never is God mentioned in what we talk about.  Chances are; if we were to have a testimony service (don’t panic, I’m not suggesting one) we would still talk about how Aunt Sadie recovered from her surgery against all odds, or how well we did during an interview for a new position inspite of the nervousness we were feeling.  Johnny is doing so much better in school since we have been coming to this church.

What is missing in these “testimonies”? Any idea? The missing component is God! We must talk about God.  We must use his name in order to truly talk about God.  God’s power to heal Aunt Sadie, to calm our nerves during the interview, his strength should be proclaimed in giving Johnny the new found concentration in school and directing the family’s footsteps to the fellowship of the new church family.

Telling people about God should not be scary.  We certainly should never be ashamed to talk about God, to suggest someone turn to God for comfort, for not feeling alone, for understanding where it is we need to be in life.  Jesus says that whoever is ashamed of Him, he will be ashamed of them.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want Jesus to ever be ashamed of me.

We have some excellent opportunities to talk about God in the next month.  We have trunk or treat on Halloween on Oct. 31st to tell children that God loves them and is there for them.  On Nov. 8th we get the chance to feed people at the Election Day Ham Dinner and to show people that God lives and breathes in Macedon Center UMC.  We have annual Turkey Dinner on Nov. 5th at South Perinton UMC.  On Nov. 12th and 13th we get the opportunity to share in praising God in song with George Miller coming to Saturday night and both Sunday Services.  Then we have Thanksgiving to share in thanking God for all he has provided us in this past year to see us through with grace and peace.

We need to pray to God more, we need to give God the credit for our lives and all that we have as it is a gift from God.  So let’s make a Thanksgiving resolution this year.  Let’s resolve to testify to God’s greatness by actually mentioning God by name, let’s share in God’s glory with joy, grace and peace.  Let’s lift His name in praise and thanksgiving as much as humanly possible.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoying family and food.  Remember God loves you and so do we.

Pastor Sunny

 

Our Vision:To be a place where people are fed and God’s love shines.”

 

SATURDAYS:5:00 PM,WORSHIP Service in the Fellowship Hall at MC Ch.

SUNDAY: CASUAL COFFEE is served in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday following the worship service.  The 2nd Sunday of the month is CASUAL COFFEE HOUR AND SUNDAY BRUCH in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Bring a dish to share. Come join the fellowship together.

MONDAYS:6:45 PM,CHOIR Practice at Macedon Center UMC.

If you enjoy singing, please join us.

7:30-8:15 PM, HANDBELL Practice

  New and experienced ringers welcome (if you can count to 4, I can teach you to right bells!)  We will be having a polishing party and dinner sometime prior to that – watch the bulletin for details (ALL welcome!)  For questions please contact Kathy Courtney or any bell choir member.

 

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TUES., NOV. 1:ALL SAINTS DAY!

6:30-7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

WED., NOV. 2:6:30 PM, BIBLE STUDY Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

FRI., NOV. 4:2:00 to 6:00 PM,YELLOW STEEPLE APPLE PIES– Help Needed

We will be baking pies.  We have jobs available for novice and experienced pie bakers. Jobs include chopping, measuring, mixing and rolling. Please come for the work and fellowship.

We also need help taking pie orders.  You may use the order form in the church news-

letter  or call the church office to place an order.  Pies will be made using our signature Yellow Steeple apple pie recipe with a crumb topping.  Each ten-inch pie sells for $12.00 and is available fresh or frozen for the holidays.  Pies will be available for pick-up on November 5th, from 9:00 until noon.  Pre-ordering is suggested since we always sell out.

SAT., NOV. 5:ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER at the South Perinton UMC by Reservation Only – Adults $12; Children (10 & Under) $6.00.

A few seats are available at 4:00 & 6:30 PM, Call ASAP!

Take-Outs Available also by Reservation Only.

Call 315/986-2306 for Reservation.

SUN., NOV. 6:DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME Ends!

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated during the worship service.

Casual Coffee Hourimmediately after worship in the Fellowship Hall.

TUES., NOV. 8: ELECTION DAY HAM DINNER at the Macedon Center UMC.

4:00 PM til Gone;   Adults $10.00; Children (12 & Under) $5.00

Take-Out Meals Available!

WED., NOV. 9:9:00 AM,MEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC. All men of the congregation and community are invited to attend.

FRI., NOV. 11:VETERANS DAY!

SAT., NOV. 12:10:00 AM, CHARGE CONFERENCE Meeting at the Penfield UMC.  Church Council Members are required to attend!

5:00 PM,GEORGE MILLER at Macedon Ctr. UMC worship service.

SUN., NOV. 13:GEORGE MILLER at Macedon Ctr. UMC worship service.

CASUAL COFFEE HOUR and SUNDAY BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall, immediately after worship.   Please bring your favorite dish/dessert to share! Or just come join the fellowship!

TUES., NOV. 15:9:00 AM,WOMEN’S BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall at the Mac. Ctr. UMC.  Women come join us for breakfast and get to know each other.  The women meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share and its recipe.  All women of the congregation and community are invited. If you have any questions call 315-986-2306.

6:00 PM, FINANCE Meeting at the Macedon Center Church.           

7:00 PM, CHURCH COUNCIL Meeting at the church.

6:30 – 7:30 PM, GIRL SCOUT Meeting at the Mac. Ctr. Church.

SAT., NOV. 19:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, DAY QUILTERS RETREAT Meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the South Perinton UMC. Everyone is welcome, $15.00 a day. Come join us! To register or questions email Sue Parisi at: dayquilters@gmail.com or call Sue at 585-223-8544.

SUN., NOV. 20:Casual Coffee Hourin the Fellowship Hall following the worship service.

2:00 PM,EUCHRE is back in the Mac. Ctr. Church Fellowship Hall. Come join the fun!  Regular game dates will be scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.

THURS., NOV. 24:THANKSGIVING DAY!

SUN., NOV. 27:1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT!FOOD DONATION SUNDAY!

UNITED METHDODIST STUDENT DAY – Special Offering Taken.

Casual Coffee Hourin the Fellowship Hall following the worship service.

 

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:  The Walworth Food Pantry and the Pal-Mac Food Pantry have closed.  We will still collect food on the 4th Sunday of the month but it will stay at our church.  Right now we need paper products such as napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.  Dish soap, bar soap, and fabric rinse are also needed.  Food items are needed especially cereal.  The basket is always available in the Narthex and there is a smaller basket by the elevator entrance so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month if you have shopped.  If you know of anyone who needs the food pantry and are not able to get to our church, please let Donna (585-545-8730) or Suzanne (315-986-3732) know and we will deliver.  Thanks for your help.

NOTE:Be sure to check out our website at www.yellowsteepleumc.com for the latest happenings at our church. You can also listen to most sermons here if you missed worship.

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SAT., NOV. 5:ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER at the South Perinton UMC.

Call for reservations as soon as possible (315/986-2306).

There are a few seats available at 4:00 PM & 6:30 PM. Call ASAP!

Adults $12.00; Children (10 & Under) $6.00.  Take Outs Available.

By Reservation Only

There will be a BAKE FOOD SALE to help send our young people to Church Camp for a week in the Summer.

 

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FRI., DEC. 16:7:00 PM, CHRIS WILSON SONG OF FAITH CONCERT at the South Perinton UMC.  A powerful and prayerful performance that leaves you fulfilled and refreshed.  An often emotional and humorous story-telling style.

Light refreshments-Suggested donation $10, students & under 19 free.

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