Pastor Brian’s Weekly Update

Hey all! I hope you are well. Here is what is going on this week.

  • There will be no adult Sunday School class this week. Class will resume on April 8, with Faith Link. This program gives a basic overview of issues we face and applies our faith to help us think through the issues. We will be called to pray, to learn, and to respond each week. As Christians, it’s important that we consider where God is moving and is calling us to move through the world. Our faith isn’t simply about what we believe but about how we live in response to what we believe. Join us as we wrestle together with headlines and scripture. We will have the first lesson ready to go Easter morning.  

  • We will have children’s Sunday School this week but we will take a week off on Easter.

  • Our search continues for a Christian Education Director. If you know of any good candidates, send them to our Facebook page or send them my way!

  • We are hosting worship and lunch each day of Holy Week. Worship begins at noon and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Each day will have a different church leading worship and bringing lunch. We are leading Good Friday! I’d love to see you there.

  • Please notify Barb in the office if you will be having a memorial plant in church on Easter so that your names can be included in the Easter bulletin. Have plants at church by noon on the day before Easter.

  • We have had a great start for our Lent collection for Lucy’s House! Thank you to all who donated. We will continue to collect hygiene products for adults and children until this Sunday. Collection boxes are located at each entrance to the sanctuary. This is an important ministry to a great organization that serves people affected by domestic violence.

  • Easter cards for our shut-ins are on the table by the long coat rack. Please sign them Sunday to bring some joy to our folks.  

  • An ecumenical “Son Rise” service has been planned for Easter morning at 7 a.m. at the Pinti Pavillion, Pinti Field, 200 6th St. (behind Staley School).

From the Conference:

  • Bishop Mark Webb’s Imagine No Racism ministry will launch April 21. There will be an opening event from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at New Hartford UMC. I encourage you all to come to this. It will include worship; a welcoming message from Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, livestreamed from the United Methodist Center; educational videos featuring members from the Bishop’s Taskforce for Eliminating Racism; the formation of small groups; and more.The goal of this ministry is to increase conversations on and awareness of racism and white privilege at the District and local church levels and to increase the number of ministries which impact racial justice within local churches and their surrounding communities.