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.
Winter is around the corner
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The autumn equinox marks the arrival of the season of Fall which is my favorite season,for sure; but I know the season is traditionally seen as a period of change leading to the dark of winter.
Autumn also holds the beginning of a church cycle for Christians as we approach Advent, and as someone I do not remember once said: The dynamics of the fall of the year have the sweep of a great symphony, an epic poem or a soulful prayer."
There are spiritual lessons and spiritual practices that are suggested to me by the beauty yet mystery of autumn.
1. The balance of darkness and light: On the autumn equinox, day and night are of equal length. This signals our need to balance light and darkness with us. Too often, we tend to fear the dark and adore the light, but perhaps we should instead make friends with our inner darkness. Can the darkness become a place of silent nurturing when we can come into a quieter place of peace and a place of nurturing our soul.
In darkness, we we are always on our own, Being on our own can be a time in a place or renewing our acquaintance with ourselves.
2. Letting Go: As I watch beautiful leaves flutter to the ground in the fall, I remember how much nature's cycles are life cycles. Autumn is a season of letting go and releasing those things that are burdens. Fall is the perfect time to practice getting rid of those dead things that get in the way of letting the spirit take charge of my life. Like an actor on a stage, I must let some masks of myself go so that the truth in the character can come through.
Our generosity to others requires an inner quality of letting go - letting go of things we otherwise clutch onto too tightly like our time, our talents, our gifts, our service or our loving witness.
3. Acknowledgement of impermanence" Autumn reminds me of the impermanence of everything. When the season leads to winter and to consciousness of nature's death, we might be challenged to live every day of life to the very fullest. A child's hug, a loving spoken word, a hand held, a choir's song, a private smile, a word of truth might be gone in in an instant, so should be lived in more deeply and cherished.
Cynthia Kneen in her book, Awake Mind, Open Heart, shared some words I hope we can all take into Fall. " When you are brave and share an open heart, you cultivate an affection for this world - this one moment of sunlight - this one other human being - this one experience. You experience it spiritually and when it touches your heart, you do realize that the world is very fleeting. So it is perfect to say both that hello can mean goodbye, and yet also "My Hope? Hello again!".
A Word From Our PastorPastor Margaret “Meg” Morin
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