I took several photos today and recently. Thought I might take the opportunity to share them!
2016 Consecration Sunday Cake:
2016 Hat and Mitten Tree Up and Ready to Load:
Tree courtesy of Lockwood Tree Farm with the first of many hats, mittens, and gloves our congregation donates each year
11-27-16 Pancake Breakfast:
Rachel Marasco whipping up the pancake batter
An awesome plate of pancakes and sausage
Blessing of the Prayer Shawls:
Pastor Linda blessing the prayers shawls knitted by the Prayer Shawl Ministry group. These shawls and lap robes will be gifted to church family and friends who are ill or going through a tough time and could use a warm hug.
First Sunday of Advent Service:
Pastor Jack and Wilma Richardson lighting the first candle of Advent
Al Capurso singing a special song – “All The Trees”, based on Isaiah 55:12
Pastor Linda offering the morning’s Message
One of our members is in the hospital, so we took these photos to send her a room full of smiles and well wishes!
I’ll leave you with this photo of the Advent Wreath and Angel Window…..
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Throughout the month, the congregation showed their appreciation to Pastor Linda in various ways. Today, we ended the month with a cake during our Coffee Hour after the service.
Pastor Linda Glantz
Also, today, the men of the Chancel Choir sang Be Still, My Soul for the Anthem.
(l-r): Pastor Linda (seated to the left), Jack Richardson, Reid Cole, and Terry Wilbert – accompanied by Marie Follett on the piano
Each year, the Children put on a program during the service marking the end of the Sunday School season. Today was that day for 2016. Here are some photos from their program:
The Youth Handbell Choir played Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty
The Methodist Music Makers sang Kumbaya featuring Hailey Crawford on the flute and There is Love
The message was in the form of a skit called The Heavenly Express, written by Sharon Kay Chatwell. The Sunday School students acted out the skit about how you get to heaven on the Heavenly Express. It was a cute story and they all did a very nice job!
Kyle Norton and Dallas Ecker served as narrators of the story while they sat on a bench waiting for the train
Lindsay Crawford was the ticket lady
Kay Ecker stopped by with her ticket, ready to board
Hunter Hering and Hailey Crawford talk about how they can get a ticket
And, here they are ready to get their tickets
Steve and Tiffany Crawford and Hunter Hering are a family discussing how the Heavenly Express isn’t something they may get to ride on as a family – some may go ahead of the others
And…..Kelsey Crawford played the Conductor – blowing the whistle and declaring “All Aboard!”
Other highlights of the service were the hymns that focused on relationship between children and God: Jesus Loves Me, Tell Me The Stories of Jesus, and This Little Light of Mine.
Each year, the First United Methodist Church picks a Sunday to celebrate Native American Sunday. This year, that special day of worship was held on May 22nd. Here are some photos from the service:
Kae Wilbert talks about the meaning of symbols in the Native American culture with some of our youth during the Children’s Moment
Kae works with the Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) and coordinates our annual day of Native American worship. During the service, Kae provided a report on the activities of CONAM and offered the sermon.
Kay Ecker led the Proclamation and read the Epistle Lesson
Leah Gibbs offered the Closing Prayer
In this photo, Pastor Jack is offering the Benediction and led us in our closing Praise Song
Kae Wilbert and Leah Gibbs after the service
Other features of the worship service that I was not able to get photos of include:
- Dallas Ecker led the Opening Prayer
- Melanie Norton led the Prayer of the Faithful
- The Chancel Choir provided the Choral Prelude in traditional Native American language, “Heleyuyan“, led by Kae Wilbert with traditional Native American instrumentation
- The Chancel Choir sang two traditional Kiowa songs for the Anthem: “Ah-ho Dawk’ee (God, I Thank You)” and “Dawk’yah towgyah thawy baht-awm (Take the Saving Word of God)“, again, led by Kae with traditional Native American instrumentation
- Recordings of “Creator’s Song” by Joanne Shenandoah was played as the Prelude and “The Lord’s Prayer” sung in the Mohawk language during the Offeratory
It was a lovely service. Thank you to Kae for organizing it and for helping the Chancel Choir learn the songs we sang in the Kiowa language. It is always an interesting and meaningful service and I look forward to next year!
During today’s Mother’s Day worship service, the Methodist Music Makers and the Youth Hand Bell Choir performed three wonderful songs for us! Great job by the youth of our congregation……we all enjoyed their music very much!
The Methodist Music Makers performed “Get Together” (a 1967 song by the Youngbloods) and “Let It Be” (a 1970 song by The Beatles). The Methodist Music Makers sing and play various musical instruments – they consist of (left to right): Dallas Ecker, Kyle Norton, Kelsey Crawford, Hunter Hering, Lindsay Crawford, Hailey Crawford, and Youth Music Director, Al Capurso.
The Youth Hand Bell Choir performed “Jesus Loves Me”. The Youth Hand Bell choir members include (left to right): Hunter Hering, Lindsay Crawford, Hailey Crawford, Dallas Ecker, and Kyle Norton. Accompanying them in the back row are Steve Crawford (Hailey and Lindsay’s father) and Leslee Lockwood (Kyle’s grandmother). Youth Hand Bell Director is Kae Wilbert.
It is always a joy to have the children participate in our service, but it is especially joyful when they provide such beautiful and meaningful music! Thank you to all the youth and the adults who work with them to bring the Youth Music Ministry together!
This morning during the Albion First United Methodist worship service for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Hunter Hering performed the Acolyte duties for the first time. Hunter recently began attending services with our congregation and enjoys being a part of the service collecting the noisy can offering, participating in the Children’s Moments, joining the Methodist Music Makers Children’s Choir, and now serving as an Acolyte. Please welcome Hunter to our congregation…..good job, Hunter!
This morning – Sunday, December 13th – we lit the Advent candle representing JOY! What better way to bring joy to the congregation than to have our annual Children’s Christmas Program. So, this morning, the children of the congregation led the worship service and provided joyful music as a way to celebrate this third Sunday of Advent.
Here are some photos:
Callee Norton read the prayer for the lighting of the Advent candle of JOY
Kyle Norton and Dallas Ecker lit the Advent candles (the way they stood while doing this prevented me from getting a photo)
Callee also delivered the message – “The Perfect Gift”, by Sandra Wood
Dallas Ecker read the Gospel Lesson
Dallas also led the Prayer of Confession and Kyle Norton led the Call to Worship
Hailey and Lindsay Crawford read the story of “Caroling”, by Susan Farr-Fahncke
Hailey Crawford (on flute) and Dallas Ecker (on trumpet) played “O, Come All Ye Faithful”
The Methodist Music Makers sang “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night”
(left to right): Dallas Ecker, Kyle Norton, Kelsey Crawford, Hailey Crawford, and Al Capurso
Also in the group is Lindsay Crawford, who can not be seen from this angle
The Methodist Music Makers
(front) – Kelsey Crawford
(left to right) – Dallas Ecker, Kyle Norton, Hailey Crawford, and Lindsay Crawford
(back) – Al Capurso, FUMC Children’s Music Director
All of the children did an awesome job! We are so proud of our youth and how they contribute to the congregation.
Join us for our special Christmas Eve Worship Service – the first in our new home at the Christ Episcopal Church – on Thursday, December 24th at 11:00 PM.
Today we had our annual church picnic in our new home! We invited the Episcopalian congregation to join us and we had a wonderful day full of fellowship, food, friends, and fun!!! The first of I hope many joint gatherings between the two congregations sharing so much more than a church building!
Here are some photos (photo credits: Kim Pritt and Wilma Richardson)……just an FYI – lots more food was added to the tables after I snapped the photos, so don’t think we must have left hungry! Hahaha!!!
The centerpieces were done by Leslee Lockwood – she put beautiful pansies in a basket with the Episcopal flag and the Methodist flag stuck in the arrangements! What a great way to show our partnership and new friendships!
Today was Children’s Day….the day when the youth of our congregation conduct the worship service. They all did an incredible job and it was thoroughly enjoyable! Also, today was the official closing out of Sunday School classes for the summer, so we honored the teaching staff during the service. After the service, we gathered for our annual Special Friends Reception and Ice Cream Social. It was a great day in our church, indeed!
Here are a few photos:
First up – Callee Norton and Dallas Ecker led the Call to Worship and Prayer of Invocation, but it didn’t seem right to be snapping photos instead of responding to the prayers!
Then, the two youngest in our youth program sang and danced to two of their favorite Praise Songs: “A Little Bit More” and “Jesus is Alive!” – here are Lindsay (r) and Kelsey (l) Crawford:
Kyle Norton and Hailey Crawford ushered for the offering.
We, then, enjoyed some wonderful Special Music by Dallas Ecker on the trumpet and Hailey Crawford on the flute! Their first arrangement was “Overture of 1812” performed together. Then, Hailey performed a solo of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and Dallas performed a solo of “Dedication“…..I believe both are in their first year of instrument lessons and did an amazing job – all three performances were met with roaring applause!
Hailey Crawford and Callee Norton each read a bible passage to share God’s word with us:
The message had a baseball theme and to preface it, Kay Ecker (mother of Dallas Echer) read the poem, “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest L. Thayer:
The message came in the form of a skit performed by all the youth and the Sunday School teaching staff with Kyle Norton portraying “Casey” in the story of “Casey at the Pulpit”:
Narrator: Callee Norton
Pastor Casey’s congregation
Kyle Norton as “Pastor Casey”
Recognition of the teaching staff of the Youth Program:
Steve and Tiffany Crawford
Sandy Andrews and Kay Ecker with Melanie Norton recognized for her work with the youth Acolytes
Today’s hymns were also selected by the youth – opening hymn was “Jesus Loves Me” and we finished off with “We Are The Church“! God bless our youth — they did an awesome job with today’s service!!!
I’ll close with this photo of our youngest in the youth program – Kelsey Crawford – with the new glasses she got from her Special Friend at the Special Friends Reception – I think it captures the fun and joy we all felt today: