Sunday School Program For Children - 10:00 AM
Adult Sunday School - 10:45 AM
92 Main Street, P.O. Box 247, Brockport, NY 14420
Worship 9:30 AM
Planting Seeds of God’s Love
THE BUM PLAYERS PRESENT
"AN AMERICAN COMEDY"
Christian Education Director is Jessica Sandler
Nursery Director is Courtney Webster
Pre K and Kindergarten Sunday School teachers are Lori Maher and Jessica Sandler
1st-3rd grade Sunday School teacher is Joni Bauersmith
4th-5th grade Sunday School teacher is Christine Maxfield
Children Music Program Director is Sara Kuhn (We have Music Sunday every third Sunday of the Month)
Adult Sunday School leaders are Sandy Mosher and Pastor Meg
Youth Group Leader: Jean Rowley
Our teacher helpers are: Kathy klump, Anna Smith, Dan Kuhn and Tina Palumbo
Sunday School Program"Whole People Of God”
It's an exciting new program that incorporates biblical scripture and activities in a very kid friendly manner.
Welcome to Brockport United Methodist Church's Christian Education Page.
United Methodist Women is a membership organization comprising close to 1-million members across the United States. Any woman committing herself to the PURPOSE of the organization can be a member.Women are invited to be involved in leadership at the local, district, conference, jurisdiction or national level. By doing so, you become a woman committed to mission with women, children and youth!United Methodist Women meet the second Thursday at 10 am in the church library during the following months: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December.
The Purpose of United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
History of United Methodist Women
That the Woman's Foreign Mission Society was formed in Boston in 1869! And, that we know the Brockport church had a local society in January, 1917 (the minutes for this meeting refer to it as a regular meeting); however, we have no earlier written records. These women met monthly with speakers, programs, and devotional time. They raised money for missionaries in India, Liberia and helped to support two orphans in France and often made payments to purchase a bundle of supplies for medical mission work. Their gifts of one cent per day to their mite-boxes, their participation with the other women in the Rochester area and their money raising projects were supported by many devoted women.
Have you heard or seen this name around church and wondered who we are? Here is a little bit about the BUMC Zipporah women’s group:
All women of the church are welcome and invited to join us.We range in age from our 20’s to our 80’s (that is by no means a limit)!We meet monthly at a member’s home for fellowship, food, devotions and discuss upcoming activities and projects.
A few of our special projects include:
Support local families who are in need during the holidays. We also perform community outreach as it comes to our attention.Planning and running a worship service each year.Repairing and replacing the Chrismons the church uses during Advent and Christmas.If you are interested in finding out more about Zipporah, please contact Debbie Thomas at chruch. You may also join us for our annual picnic (families welcome) at Carol Marsham’s. We would love to have you join us!
• Support the migrant workers in our region through donations and visits.
• Helped to paint our lower hallway and Fellowship Hall.• Assisted our Outreach Committee with a chicken barbeque.• Assisted the church with the annual Garland Strawberry Festival.• Hosted several after-worship coffee hours.• Planned and implemented an annual Men's Group Sunday worship service.• Support Miracle Garden, tsunami-orphan Christian School in India, through donations.If you would like to learn more, contact Gary Thomas at 261-7381 or just attend a meeting. We'd love to see you.
The BUMC Men’s Group meets generally meets the third Sunday of each month at 6:00 PM at the church, although this is always subject to change, depending upon various schedules. The meetings are open to all men of the congregation, friends, guests and visitors. The purpose of the group is to share in fellowship, devotions, and missions oportunities.
Our meetings are dinner meetings (tasty soups and desserts are the norm) and include spiritual devotionals, plans for community involvement and fun activities. The Men's group has sponsored or assisted with the following projects during the past year:
The BUM Players are a small, yet dedicated group of people dedicated to the worship of God via the sharing of the special gifts which we acknowledge as coming solely from Him. From the beginning, we have basically been a small core-group of about a half dozen people surrounded by an ever-changing cast of characters lending their talents as people have come and gone along with the constant ebb and flow of church life. The BUM Players are truly an ecumenical undertaking, having often used talent imported from other local churches to help supplement occasional "talent voids" within our own church.
The BUM Players are the brainchild of our current Lay Leader, Gary Thomas. As a collegiate, Gary had studied theater right here at SUNY Brockport, as well as being heavily involved in the now-defunct Brockport Community Players. Way back in 1990, when he was first asked to become the Lay Leader under Reverend Gail Carpenter, he came up with the idea of presenting a 20-minute drama as an alternative to a sermon for the first Laity Sunday he was asked to officiate in October of that year. Not being comfortable delivering a spoken message, and wishing to share his temporarily latent talents, he began to explore a growing worship vehicle called "Drama Ministry". He enlisted the help of John "Mack" McCarthy and Ruth Anne Kuhn, both of whom had been involved with him in community theater. Ron and Bonnie Beiswenger, former members of our church, also showed interest and were also included in that first group. Sarah Tabbitas (Leathersich) came "on board" around the same time. These six people have been and continue to be the "core group" of the BUM Players to this very day. Now, as always, our main thrust has been to glorify God and give thanks to Him as we share our gifts which He has given us.
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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Very recently I was invited to provide the worship service for a group of student pastors. They were engaged in taking the Myers Briggs Personality Style Inventory during the weekend. My sermon for them took them to a topic also about self-discovery, but from the point of view of Jesus.
In preparation for speaking to you today, I was taken back to times when I was asked to help think through a problem as a mom to my kids, as an educator with my students and even recently as a pastor. Whether that decision was regarding a relationship, interviewing for a job - or even as simple as making a wardrobe choice; I remember saying over and over “just be yourself’. But more recently in instances of pastoral care or with my youth engaged in moral or ethical decisions, my phrase has changed just a little as I find myself repeating “be true to who you are” -perhaps a more informed way of still saying “just be yourself”.
And yet, I know for sure that this charge ‘to be true to who you are’ is not at all a simple proposition. I know this because I have personally assisted the income of several therapists I engaged to get to know myself better and have supported the national economy through purchases of every kind of self-help book! In the past I have found it challenging to remain true to who I am in all the varieties of settings I have worked and with the diverse populations I have been blessed to engage with. For some time, I did fall into the trap of asking myself who did others want me to be? I may have been much more a chameleon than a helper.
Today, I can say with a degree of confidence that I am much more able to be true to who I am because I know for sure whose I am. Today’s words from the the Gospel of Matthew have illuminated a path to my self own discovery - to how I can be true to who I am.
In a 1st class sermon series Jesus preached we call the “Sermon on the Mount”, I believe Matthew provides us with the best known teachings of Jesus, and the central tenants of Christian Discipleship. When there are days I might lose myself or there are days when I hesitate to express my truth, I actually go back and read Matthew’s description of Jesus spilling out the heart and truth of his mission right straight into those fumbling and often feeble original disciples who didn’t even know what path to take, let alone know who they were or were to be.
“You are the salt of the earth; You are the light to the world.” he told them.
What Jesus did not do was suggest that we should try to be salt and light. Jesus did not ask us to discuss the possibility of being salt and light.
Jesus said “You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world!!
With that, you and I are elements necessary for life. We are elements that preserve, enhance and illuminate the goodness of life, pastors.
So, I am salt.
Salt rubbed into food acted as an early preservative and acted to prevent decay. Sadly,I suggest that the world we currently live in is in a dramatic increase of decay. Death from the decay of family, of neighborhood, of support systems even such as the church is pitifully prevalent. I am of the opinion that the decay of purpose in multiple levels of political leadership has occurred just as Matthew has suggested that when salt has lost its flavor, it is impossible to be restored.
We are salt. Where are we, as salt, being rubbed in - rubbed in to preserve the world we can touch - Are we rubbed in to our neighborhood, our village, our community - our church? Are we being true to identity in Christ as a preservative to faithfulness?
And I hope you already know that salt does not have a specific flavor of its own. It’s purpose is to enhance the flavor of the food it is used with, to add zest, to make more food more palatable. How is the flavor of the spiritual food we are offering to people? Do we passionately and enthusiastically offer the Gospel, our faith, Jesus?
I also know that salt makes me thirsty! I know that I am driven to quench my thirst when I have tasted salty food. I would like to think, as a spokesperson for the Gospel, I offer to anyone I can the living water that is thirst quenching - the water that gushes up to eternal life? Again, my faith in Jesus.
We are the light of the world, Jesus told us. As we sat on the hill side listening to the words of his his sermon on inspiration, we were taught to be lit with His light and we were called us to carry our light to others.
I cannot be alone in my opinion that there are folks I know and love who live in the darkness of fear and sorrow and grief and loss of hope - live in the shadow of sin and guilt….and that in some cases, their life light has dimmed.
In our midst, wherever that may be, there are God’s beloved whose own lamps have burned down and he or she may not have the fuel left in them to light up again. We are the light. We have the fuel!
We, dear ones, are intended to let our life light reflect and illuminate God’s grace and the light of life in the promises of Jesus….light to shine to anyone - everyone we can reach with the beacon of hope we live with and for --not an advertising light - but an alter flame.
We are called out, disciple of Jesus Christ. We are called and appointed and anointed and affirmed to be salt and light to the world.
“But you are chosen race, a royal priest-hood; a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you of darkness into his marvelous light.’
A Word From Our PastorPastor Margaret “Meg” Morin
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