AmazonSmile to be Discontinued
Amazon will discontinue AmazonSmile on 2/20/2023. Please continue to donate through the end of the program. "To help charities that have been a part of the AmazonSmile program with this transition, we will be providing them with a one-time donation equivalent to three months of what they earned in 2022 through the program, and they will also be able to accrue additional donations until the program officially closes in February (Amazon, 2023-01-18)." Donate now at the link below.
Roof Campaign Update
The past year has been a whirlwind with our effort to recover from the pandemic, continue to raise funds for our roof replacement, and support our mission projects such as the Food Pantry and Tabitha's Closet clothing giveaway. We ended the year having raised over $50,000 toward our goal. Read more at the Raise the Roof page, linked below.
Giving Tuesday Update
The final tally to our Giving Tuesday in support of our roof campaign yielded $1,170. Thank you for making a difference in our church.
Christmas Day Service
There will be our regularly scheduled Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 25th at 10:00 a.m. We hope to see you there to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! View this event on our calendar at the link below.
Christmas Eve Service
Our Christmas Eve Service will begin at 6:00 p.m. We invite you, your family, and your friends to join us for this joyous time of celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The service will include the music of the season, a message from Rev. Eunice Kim, and the children telling the Christmas story in action. We invite your children to be part of this wonderful time. Please contact Mary Frankel at 607-756-8687 to let her know your child will be part of the program and for rehearsal times.
Christmas Eve Pageant Invitation - Updated
Children ages preschool and up are invited to participate in our Christmas Eve Pageant. Please feel free to have your children invite a friend! The more the merrier! For more information including rehearsal dates and times, and how to apply, please follow the link below to our Christmas Eve Pageant page including an (updated) downloadable poster.
Blue Christmas Tree
We have a blue Christmas tree in the front of the sanctuary. It will be lit each Sunday in memory of loved ones who are no longer with us. If you would like to take a tag, write their name(s) on it, and hang it on this tree, we will pray for you and them this Christmas. The tags will be on the stand beside the tree. Please take “A Blue Christmas Tree Prayer” with you.
CAPCO Giving Tree
This Christmas we are again helping CAPCO give their children a great Christmas by giving each child a gift. The giving tree is in the Narthex. It has colorful tags on it with "boy" or "girl" and their age. Please take as many tags as you want to, attach the tag to the gift, and place your gift under the tree. Please do not wrap them. They have the parents select a gift for their child and wrap it themselves. If possible, please bring your gifts to the church by Sunday, December 18 as their Christmas party is that week. CAPCO will still accept gifts through December 23 for those families who were unable to attend their Christmas party.
Poinsettias for Christmas
If you would like to bring a poinsettia to decorate our church for the Advent and Christmas season, you may do so on Sunday 12/11 or Sunday 12/18. Please put your name on a slip of paper and put it in the plant so you will get your own plant back. We would like you to leave these poinsettias through Christmas Eve or Christmas Sunday. Thank you for sharing them with us!
AmazonSmile Poster - Updated
Please download, print and share our AmazonSmile poster. And please consider donating to First UMC by shopping AmazonSmile. The updated poster is now in the File Share. See the link below.
Website File Share
The First UMC website now has a new File Share. Various pages throughout the website link to the File Share. To date, the File Share contains folders for weekly newsletters, Sunday announcements, printable forms, and our AmazonSmile poster. Pages that link to the File Share are Latest News, Weekly Newsletter, Sunday Announcements, Sunday Live Online, AmazonSmile, and Forms. There are convenient return links to these and the front page, located at the top of the File Share page. The page is also linked in the main menu under More. To go to the File Share now, follow the link below.
"Cans for the Roof" Fund
We are looking for your cans! Please donate your cans and soda bottles to the trash can in the church entry way or the cages at our parking lot entries on both Route 222 and Fairview Drive. Donations will contribute to our "Raise the Roof" Campaign. We appreciate the persons attending the JM Murray Center for picking them up and cashing them in for us as part of their program. We will have an update on the total collected from cans for the Roof fund soon. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
Giving Tuesday Results
The Giving Tuesday donations we received to benefit our roof campaign yielded $670 from seven people. Read more from "Raise the Roof" at the link below.
Roof Campaign Update
To date, the total funds raised for our roof reconstruction project is $50,790. In a meeting held December 4 to discuss the Church Council’s proposal to sell two parcels of the church's land to help fund the reconstruction, the congregation voted in favor of the sales and to forward our proposal to the UMC Conference. Read more at the "Raise the Roof" Campaign page.
Give through AmazonSmile
Do you shop on Amazon? You now can shop using AmazonSmile and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to First United Methodist Church. To learn more, visit our AmazonSmile page at the link below.