SPRC news & invitation to participate
SPRC is publishing the following letter from the Conference Director of Connectional Ministries/Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Bill Gottschalk-Fielding. It is to inform you of the continuing transition process that we are all in the midst of and to invite you to participate. Two meetings will take place: on June 17 all members are invited to particpate, and on June 19 for members of the Administrative Council and SPRC. — Ginny Tilden, Chair
In a couple of months your congregation will undergo a very United Methodist experience: a pastoral transition. As a current pastor moves on and a new pastor comes on board, all sorts of emotions, questions, hopes, challenges and possibilities emerge. No doubt you have already begun to navigate this transition and have discovered the many resources already present within you and the congregation. But you are not expected to manage this alone. The Upper New York Conference is eager and able to walk alongside you in the days, weeks and months ahead. One of the key ways it will do this is through the “Pastoral Transition Process.” Through this process, a congregation receiving a new pastoral appointment is assigned a pastoral transition consultant to guide and resource the pastors, church leaders and congregation members involved in the transition.
I am writing to let you know that the Rev. Bob Kolvik-Campbell has agreed to serve as your pastoral transition consultant during this time. He will schedule pastoral transition gatherings. The process is not lengthy or labor-intensive, but is designed to help pastors, leaders and congregations say “good-bye” in a healthy way and get off to a great start with a new relationship.
Praying God will continue to bless you as you undertake this journey!
Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Director of Connectional
Ministries/Executive Assistant to the Bishop
All welcome at Snowbird Reception
June 4 at 6:30 pm in the church Memorial Lounge
Anyone that traveled to a warmer climate this past winter (plus those who want to reconnect with them) are invited to gather for strawberries, cake, and conversation. Call the church at 315–457-5180 or sign up in Fellowship Hall. Hosted by the Hospitality & Fellowship Committee.
Please bring in flowers on May 26
During worship on May 26, worshipers are asked to bring flowers to the altar in honor of loved ones that have passed away. Following the services, the Hospitality and Fellowship Committee will arrange the donated flowers to be delivered to homebound and nursing-home residents.
Help is needed to deliver the flowers. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall if you could deliver an arrangement or two. Share God’s blessing with those that cannot attend worship. Call the office at 315–457-5180 for information.
Learn the History of Nestle Chocolate
at Olivebranch Women’s Group Program
Monday, May 20 at 7:15 pm
Everyone is welcome to this local history program.
Historian Jim Farfaglia will present his book, Nestlé in
Fulton, New York: How Sweet It Was.
He will share interviews with former Nestlé workers,
research of the company’s 100 years in Fulton, and his
reflections of its importance to Central New York.
Call the church at 315–457-5180 to let us
know if you plan to attend.
Ushers needed for June worship services
Volunteers are needed to usher during worship services throughout June. Please sign up on the sheet posted in
Fellowship Hall, or contact Tom Pelkey for information.
View the Sight & Sounds movie,
The Psalms of David — May 19 at 12:30 pm
View the Biblical-themed drama The Psalms of David today. Bring a bag lunch and meet in the downstairs gathering area to eat before the movie begins.
Saturday, June 1
Cost is $11 for a full meal.
Please sign up to help.
Served 12 to 4 pm only.
You can reserve yours now!
Support Brown Memorial UMC Misions
The Teen Life Skills Group at Brown Memorial UMC is raising funds to participate in a mission trip in July. The group will be led by Pastor BJ Norrix.
They are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on June 15 at Bellevue UMC (4–7 pm), and a Beautiful Mess Concert on June 21 at University UMC (7 pm).
For information, contact the church at 315–457-5180.
Videos of May 12 worship on YouTube
9:30 am Sermon “What Makes Us Deserving of God’s Special Attention?”
9:30 am Complete Worship Service
9:30 am “What This Church Means To Us”
- Marshall & Zachary Bailey (Video taken from the Congregation’s perspective as Marshall presents the Children’s Message/Mission Moment using the video of he and Zachary having a dialogue).
“What Does Church Mean To You?” (Video that Marshall created for the mission moment).
Travel to Oberammergau Germany
to see the 2020 Passion Play
This play was first performed in 1634. It resulted from a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. It is performed in the years ending in 0 in the village of Oberammergau, Germany.
Cicero UMC is planning a group trip
June 29 — July 5, 2020
It is being organized by Rose Atherton. The trip will also include traveling through the Swiss Alps & Germany. They invite anyone from Liverpool UMC to come.
Contact Rose for the full itinerary and pricing.
Reservations are due by June 3.
Learn about the passion play at