Recent Photos

I took several photos today and recently. Thought I might take the opportunity to share them!

2016 Consecration Sunday Cake:

2016-consecration-sunday-cake

2016 Hat and Mitten Tree Up and Ready to Load:

004

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:

002

Rachel Marasco whipping up the pancake batter

003

An awesome plate of pancakes and sausage

Blessing of the Prayer Shawls:

026

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:

007

Advent Wreath

008

Pastor Jack and Wilma Richardson lighting the first candle of Advent

023

Al Capurso singing a special song – “All The Trees”, based on Isaiah 55:12

025

Pastor Linda offering the morning’s Message

Our Congregation:

021

013

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…..

112716_first-day-of-advent

October 30th – Pastor Appreciation

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.

001

Pastor Linda Glantz

Also, today, the men of the Chancel Choir sang Be Still, My Soul for the Anthem.

008

(l-r): Pastor Linda (seated to the left), Jack Richardson, Reid Cole, and Terry Wilbert – accompanied by Marie Follett on the piano

2016 Children’s Day Service

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

002

The Methodist Music Makers sang Kumbaya featuring Hailey Crawford on the flute and There is Love

006

012

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!

021

Kyle Norton and Dallas Ecker served as narrators of the story while they sat on a bench waiting for the train

025

Lindsay Crawford was the ticket lady

026

Kay Ecker stopped by with her ticket, ready to board

027

Hunter Hering and Hailey Crawford talk about how they can get a ticket

028

And, here they are ready to get their tickets

029

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

032

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.

2016 Native American Sunday Service

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:

035

Kae Wilbert talks about the meaning of symbols in the Native American culture with some of our youth during the Children’s Moment

036

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.

038

Kay Ecker led the Proclamation and read the Epistle Lesson

044

Leah Gibbs offered the Closing Prayer

040

In this photo, Pastor Jack is offering the Benediction and led us in our closing Praise Song

046

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!

Mother’s Day Performance – May 8, 2016

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.

DSC_0003

DSC_0008

DSC_0013

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.

DSC_0035

DSC_0036

DSC_0038

DSC_0029

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!

Hunter Hering – First Time Acolyte

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!

DSC_0001

DSC_0002

DSC_0003

DSC_0004

DSC_0006

DSC_0007

DSC_0009

 

2015 Children’s Christmas Program

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:

DSC_0011

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)

DSC_0012

Callee also delivered the message – “The Perfect Gift”, by Sandra Wood

DSC_0010

Dallas Ecker read the Gospel Lesson

Dallas also led the Prayer of Confession and Kyle Norton led the Call to Worship

DSC_0008

Hailey and Lindsay Crawford read the story of “Caroling”, by Susan Farr-Fahncke

DSC_0005

Hailey Crawford (on flute) and Dallas Ecker (on trumpet) played “O, Come All Ye Faithful”

DSC_0014

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

DSC_0016

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.

Merry Christmas!!!

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.

Church Picnic – 06-28-15

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!

016

017

001

002

004

005

006

IMG_2732

IMG_2733

007

008

009

010

011

012

013

014

015

IMG_2735

IMG_2737

IMG_2738

IMG_2740

IMG_2741

IMG_2743

IMG_2744

IMG_2745

IMG_2746

IMG_2734

IMG_2748

IMG_2750

Children’s Day – 06-14-15

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:

002

006

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!

008

010

012

015

Hailey Crawford and Callee Norton each read a bible passage to share God’s word with us:

019

021

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:

022

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”:

024

Narrator: Callee Norton

025

Pastor Casey’s congregation

032

Kyle Norton as “Pastor Casey”

033

035

Recognition of the teaching staff of the Youth Program:

040

Steve and Tiffany Crawford

042

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:

045