What’s on Your Plate?
Mmmmm! Breathe in that wonderful smell of Autumn! Pumpkin spice flavored everything, corn silage fermenting in the silo, the crunch of leaves under your feet, and the pastor saying, “It’s almost time for Charge Conference, what Ministry Team would you like to serve on?”
My experience has informed me that such words are not the most effective in getting people involved in the church. I usually get a reply that reminds me that others have “full plates” too. For a few weeks in October and November, we are going to explore Fruits of the Spirit through the lens of a full plate. Galatians 5:22-23 reads: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. “
One of our adult Bible Studies this fall is also talking about the Fruits of the Spirit. What is on your plate? Is it full of good food that satisfies you? Is it junk food and dessert that tastes good but doesn’t really give your body, mind, and soul the things it needs to, not just survive but, to thrive? What about the commitments you made to the Body of Christ when you were Baptized and/or when you covenanted with the Body of Christ and became a member of the church? Full plates are often deceiving in their value and satisfaction.
Each of us has fruits of the Spirit longing to manifest love of God through our being and the church needs those fruits for the Body to be complete and healthy. This fall I hope you join us for worship and study to explore your gifts and what you can offer to the ministry of the Body of Christ.
Part of this experience is some homework about finding your passion and living out your passion in the Body of Christ. A good first step to participation is sharing your contact information so we can be in contact with you. Please take the time to fill out the pads that are passed on Sunday Morning or by filling out the forms for registering for classes or activities at the church. I’m praying and hoping that we have a place for everyone in our community to be passionate about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. I hope you join your voice to mine for that prayer.
I’ll see you soon,
Save the Dates
October 21 Sew Sisters 9 am – 1pm
October 28 Harvest Dinner
October 29 Charge Conference
The district e-newsletter has a wealth of information for all church members and anyone seeking to be engaged. If you would like to subscribe, please send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessing of the
Join us at the 9:00 service on October 8
We are blessing briefcases, backpacks and bookbags for those who carry such things for work each day!
To bless those who work in the more urban workplace
We are asking everyone to wear a name tag. This is a great way to make others feel welcome. Thank you to Dennis King who printed the name tags. Name tags are available in the GRACE center each week. If you take yours home, please remember to bring it with you each week. If you need a name tag made, there is a clipboard near the name tags to write down your request and blank name tags to use temporarily. We believe that the name tags help all of us learn each other’s names whether a person is brand new like Pastor Brian or been coming for decades.
WOMENS MONDAY BIBLE STUDY
Mondays at 1:00 PM, in the lounge. Study is: Experiencing the Words Of Jesus by Max Lucado. Shirley Reed & Linda Youngman, Co-facilitators
Medicine Bottles for Malawi
At our women’s Bible study, we decided to collect empty prescription bottles for Malawi. When you have completed your prescription, wash your container in warm soapy water to remove the label and glue. Dry it and the cap. Bring it to church and place it in the bag marked “Malawi Mission Project” on the table by the back door in the GRACE Center. We do not want large plastic bottles in which vitamins or dietary supplements are packaged.
Medical pharmacies and hospitals in Malawi often find themselves with nothing except torn pieces of paper in which to distribute medicine to patients. In doing this we will be keeping medicine safe, clean, and not adding to our landfill. For additional information please visit the website: http://malawiproject.org/medicine-bottles-for-malawi/
Shoe Boxes and Sheets for Red Bird Mission
Red Bird Missionary Conference is one of three missionary United Methodist conferences in the United States. It is the most comprehensive mission effort of the United Methodist Church, providing outreach and services that minister to the whole person (spiritual, physical, social and economic). Last year the local collections for Red Bird Mission filled two 26 foot trucks. Your generosity filled one truck with over 3,000 shoeboxes and the other with clothes, books, school and cleaning supplies.
Clifton Springs plans to collect completed boxes and box supplies through October 29. The Sunday School packs materials not already in boxes on November 5. The boxes’ dedication is November 12.
There are two different styles of shoe boxes: adult and children. Put all items in a clear plastic shoebox-sized container with lid. Please do not wrap the boxes. Include in each box $1 in a separate envelope to help with shipping costs.
Items needed for the adult shoe boxes (please mark for a man or woman) include a comb/brush, shampoo, hand lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, chap stick, full size bath soap, wash cloth, disposable razors, shaving cream, nail care supplies, mittens, scarf, hat, socks, and work gloves.
Items for the children's shoe boxes (please mark for a boy or girl) include 2-3 toy items, 2-3 school items, bar soap, children's toothbrush, children's toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, wash cloth, comb/brush, chap stick, mittens, hat, socks, and small flashlight.
Christian bookmarks, wrist bands, and other spiritual items are also appreciated.
There is a great need for twin sheets and blankets for children beds.
Acolyte & Communion Server Schedulers Needed
If interested, please contact Melissa Lenhart at
315-521-9227. Thank you
Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking persons who love to knit or crochet interested in making prayer shawls and lap robes for loved ones and friends in need of comfort, shut-ins and those in nursing homes. We also need lap robes and shawls for the VA Hospital in Canandaigua. Approximate sizes are: Lap robes: 36x42 Prayer Shawls: 26x60. Your own favorite pattern is always welcomed!
We have some yarn available for anyone who would be interested. See Marge McCumber or Shirley Reed for more information.
Anyone aware of persons needing a shawl or robe, please contact Marge or Shirley.
CSUMC Food Ministry
For more info contact:
Dan 315-521-3373 or Sandy 315-521-2201
CSUMC Food Cupboard Hours are 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the following dates:
November 16 December 21
January 18 February 15
March 15 April 19
May 17 June 21
The choir rehearses Thursdays at 7:00pm in choir room in hallway next to Our Children's Place welcome desk. We welcome all who would like to sing even if you have not done so for a while. We look forward to seeing you. From choir director Patricia and our organist Dale.
Our prayer chain is the way we provide intercession for those who are in need. By praying, we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God’s face. He listens, He loves and He will respond, though not always as we desire. We are told to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
To request prayers online e-mail requests to Ann Chatfield at email@example.com.
To request prayer by phone, call Lynda Schwab at 315-548-0548.
From the Education Desk – October 2017
For the Sunday’sCool year we have 5 different classes available for all ages:
Preschool- 6 years old - led by Eileen Welker and Jessica Charlette in room 7B upstairs.
7-11 years old - led by Sharon Ranger and Becky Sloane in room 12 upstairs.
Teen group - led by Pastor Brian in room 13 upstairs.
Adult class - led by Cathie Chabrier and Sally Mueller in the lounge downstairs.
Men’s Group - held in the conference room downstairs.
Classes start at 9:45am. Please join us any Sunday for learning and discovery.
If you have questions, please contact Judy Zanin, Christian Education Director
Do browse through the books and remember the library is always open for your use.
The next Sew Sisters’ gathering is Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All women are welcome. As always, you are welcome to come and work on your own project or just come and enjoy some fellowship. RSVP by Thursday evening to Sharon.Thanks, and hope to see you there!
Our congregation is an important part of this developing mission to help homeless families become sustainably independent.
For more information, contact Sally Muellerat 315-462-6194 or for more details go to www.familypromiseontariocounty.org
WE are Family Promise.
There is a flower chart on the door between sanctuary and GRACE Center. If you would like to donate flowers on a Sunday, please sign up on the chart.
You may have the flowers listed in the bulletin in honor/memory of someone. Purchase the flowers or bring home-grown from your garden. Thank you.
If you need giving envelopes, let the secretary know with a note in the offering plate.
October 2017 Worship
Theme: Fruit of the Spirit/Full Plate
October 1 - World Communion
John 20: 1-18
1 Peter 3:13-21
1 Peter 2:19-25