August 2016 Ladies Lunch – Adams Basin Inn

A wonderful group of ladies get together for lunch at¬†a different location on the second Tuesday of every month and usually like to venture out of town during the good weather months. This month, we had to change the week to be able to go to the Adams Basin Inn in Adams Basin near Spencerport – we went today – the first Tuesday of August. I had never been there before, but several of the ladies said they went some years ago and enjoyed it. Well, today didn’t disappoint! It was just lovely!

Adams Basin Inn is a wonderful B&B right on the canal in a historic building dating back to pre-canal years. In addition to being a B&B, they also cater to special occasions, like weddings and our ladies luncheon. Much of the home is still original or very well restored and has quite a colorful history. We were seated in the dining room after gathering in the parlor. Lunch consisted of chicken salad sandwiches with cranberries and walnuts, potato salad, and a green leafy salad with water or lemonade – very good! After we finished eating lunch, we were treated to a guided tour of the Inn, where we learned all about the history of the Inn and the canal and how it all evolved through the years to the present time. The house is full of wonderful original artifacts and vintage decor — just stunning! After the tour and history lesson, we returned to the dining room for a dessert of pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream…..YUM!!! Dessert was served up with LOTS of wonderful conversation and sharing of stories and memories. What a fabulous day it was!

I wish I hadn’t left my camera in my purse as we toured the Inn, but I did get some lovely shots of the grounds outside as we were leaving. Here are some photos that prove that perfect serenity and absolute peace do exist!

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Luckily, Betsy Kennedy got out her phone for a group photo and the owner offered to snap it so she could be in the photo, too!

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Can’t you just imagine yourself curled up on that porch with a good book watching the world go by on the canal?

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Or, maybe on this comfy looking glider?

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Or, how about on this wonderful gazebo?

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And, look who pulled up with the top down on her sports car and a super cute hat!!! Sue Baker – a real sporty momma! ūüôā

Next month is our annual trip to the Glen Iris at Letchworth for lunch! Oh, boy!

07-24-16 Pot Luck Lunch

On Sunday, July 24th, we had a Pot Luck Lunch so everyone could get better acquainted with our new pastor – Pastor Linda! We had a really nice turn out and LOTS of good food! Here are a few photos:

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What is left of the food…..

You know Methodists – we bring way too much food, but there never seems to be a lot of leftovers! ūüôā

Ladies Luncheon – Frieda Lins

The December 2013 Ladies Luncheon was held on the 12th at Frieda Lins in Waterport. Linda has a lovely home and serves a delicious meal! We all had a wonderful time chatting and eating and enjoying a pretty winter day with the sun shining on the snowy landscape! Here are a few photos:

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Lent

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it is the beginning of the Lenten season, already! Today is Fat Tuesday and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent. It seems early, this year – after all, we just got through with the Christmas season and here we are starting the Holy season of Lent and Easter!

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which represents the 40 days that Christ spent fasting in the desert. Depending on what Christian denomination you practice, Lent may span 44 days (38 days excluding Sundays)¬†to end on Maundy Thursday or 46 days (40 days excluding Sundays) to end on Easter Eve.¬†¬†The date that Ash Wednesday occurs changes each year because it is based on when Easter falls. It can occur as early as February 4th or as late as March 10th. Sundays are typically not counted in the duration of Lent (hence the count of days as “40, excluding Sundays”) because each Sunday represents a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.¬†Whichever duration¬†and regardless of the different ways of observing and celebrating the Lenten season among the different denominations, the biblical significance is the same and most begin the season by practicing the ritual of marking a cross of ashes on the foreheads of their followers on Ash Wednesday.

The purpose of Lent is to prepare Christians for Holy Week, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Christ. During Lent, Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain luxuries as penitence.¬†It is a period of prayer and solemn reflection leading up to the joyous celebration of Easter Sunday. Although the observance¬†of Ash Wednesday and practice of¬†marking the cross with ashes¬†on the forehead¬†used to be predominantly and more recognizably a Roman Catholic ritual, it¬†is now¬†routinely observed in most of the Christian¬†denominations, including the United Methodist faith our church follows.¬†Methodists adopted the practice of “imposition of ashes” officially in the early 1990s, but in some churches as early as the late 1970s.

The Albion First United Methodist Church will observe Ash Wednesday at a combined service to be held at the First Baptist Church in Albion at 7:00 pm on the 13th. We also participate in the joint Lenten Luncheons held every Weds during Lent at noon at the Christ Church in Albion – the meal on the 27th will be prepared by the ladies from Albion FUMC, while the other Wednesday meals will be prepared by various other churches in town.

Traditionally, Christians give up something they might otherwise do for pleasure for the duration of the Lenten season. However, as I stated earlier, the purpose of Lent is to observe quiet, thoughtful prayer to prepare for Easter. The point is to commit to something that will show your faithfulness and reflection. Instead of committing to give up something, I like the idea of committing to take on something. A friend from church, who is also our Sunday School leader, talked with me about this at dinner last week and again in our Sunday School session. She challenged us to commit to reading something faith-based every day during Lent to expand our perspective and understanding of our faith and devotion. I see it as still giving up something Рsacrificing our time and ourselves. So, I in turn, challenge all who read this post to commit to give more of yourselves this Lenten season Рsome ideas to consider:

  • read a section of the Bible you haven’t paid much attention to lately
  • read a devotion every day
  • read some of the religious based books or poetry of C.S. Lewis or¬†religious author of your choice
  • spend a specified amount of time every day in additional quiet prayer
  • give¬†your time to a religious based charity
  • find creative ways to contribute to charities

You get the idea Рyou can do one or a combination of any or find something more meaningful to you Рjust plan in time every day to devote to something of this nature. And, this may be as or more difficult than giving up meat or sweets for next six weeks Рhave you ever tried committing to exercise 15 minutes EVERY day? How long does it take before you start excusing yourself from that commitment? Well, this commitment will be just as challenging Рwe all find excuses for not spending our time on the things we commit to spending it on. So, make the sacrifice to give of your time to God this Lenten season Рand work hard to stick to it Рplan in time every day to devote yourself to this commitment. I bet it may even start a new routine for you that could continue to reward you far beyond Easter.

May you find peace, serenity, and joy during this Holy season of Lent.

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Let’s Eat!

I have come to the realization that Methodists love to eat and that if I go hungry in this church, it is my own darned fault!¬† In the past few months, I have attended (to the best of my recollection) five dinners, eight luncheons, and had some sort of cookie, cake, or other snack every Sunday morning during Coffee Hour after worship services.¬† That’s a lot of food!¬† And there have been some that I’ve missed or had a conflict and couldn’t attend.¬† I’d like to highlight the two most recent events – both within the past couple of days.

First:¬† Sunday, the 18th, was Consecration Sunday, so of course we had a celebration after worship services.¬† The celebration consisted of a pot luck lunch with an amazing variety of food to choose from and a delicious cake baked by Laurie Cole (which, by the way,¬†was decorated¬†the photo I took of the Good Shepherd window seen in a previous post on this blog).¬† I do believe this was the best pot luck lunch that I’ve attended, so far – it by far had the most food, biggest selection, and largest number of attendees.¬† It really was a great meal and fellowship.¬† And I suppose it goes without saying that I didn’t need to eat any dinner later that evening — boy, was I stuffed!!!¬† Here are some photos of the Consecration Sunday Pot Luck Lunch:

Beautiful cake baked by Laurie Cole

Taken as the food was being set out — I should have waited or taken another one after they were done!¬† This ended up being about 1/2 or less of what ended up on the table!

Folks enjoying their meal and more fixing their plates at the serving line.  A great time had by all.

The second event was Monday, the 19th.¬† Every year for the November monthly lunch meeting, The United Methodist Seniors (TUMS) group has a Thanksgiving meal at the church.¬† This year as it was being planned, it was not known whether or not the¬†proposed construction plans would make it difficult to have the meal at the church, so the organizers looked for an alternate location and reached out to the West Barre United Methodist Church.¬† This turned out to be the perfect choice.¬† Approximately 32 members attended and had an amazing meal.¬† I have never been to the West Barre UMC¬†and was delighted to see the quaint country church located on Eagle Harbor Road in Barre.¬† The room we were seated in was lovely and inviting with a beautiful stained glass window and dedicated pew doors along the walls.¬† I took the liberty to go into the sanctuary and found a beautiful¬†old-fashioned¬†room that made me want to sit and enjoy some quiet time – but, instead, I went back in to join the group.¬† The West Barre ladies had the room set up with beautiful table cloths, cloth napkins, lovely place settings, and a beverage table with punch, coffee and tea.¬† Once we were seated, they began a family style¬†service of all the traditional Thanksgiving foods.¬† If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was a child, again, at my Grandma’s house for a family Thanksgiving¬†gathering!!!¬† Then came the dessert — pie — all kinds of pie!¬† I had the Lemon Merengue and, man, was it good!!!!¬† We¬†had several November birthdays to celebrate, including Lucy Stoddard who proudly said she turned 90 this month!¬† We were all very appreciative of the food, service and gracious hospitality of the ladies of the West Barre UMC – it was a perfect day and gave us a lot to be thankful for.¬† Here are some photos I took of the day:

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The room we were served in

A better shot of the stunning stained glass window

Members of the Albion TUMS group enjoying a delicious meal in a lovely country church setting — I¬†didn’t realize I didn’t get everyone in the shot from this angle

So, as you can see…..there are a lot of opportunities for good food and fellowship with the folks at Albion First United Methodist Church!

Busy, Busy, Busy

I’ve mentioned that we’re a very active church – just a peek at our church calendar will confirm that for any skeptics out there!¬† Since I’ve been involved, I’ve found lots to do and enjoy.¬† Aside from the routine stuff that goes on every month, we’ve had FOUR (4) major fundraisers – all very successful!¬† This post is an attempt to catch up with the events and fun that I’ve been a part of, so far.¬† From here on out, I will try to keep this blog up to date as things happen.

First, a sampling of the stuff that goes on every month Рa wide variety of ways to gather for fellowship, share meals and good conversation, meet new people, and welcome new friends to our congregation:

  • Hospitality Table – the church is located at the same corner that the driver’s license test route starts – the tests are given weekly.¬† For many years (probably since the beginning of driver’s tests at the dawn of time) people would gather at this corner to take the test and parents, test takers, and examiners would stand at the entrance to the church awaiting their turn or for their teens to return from their test – in all weather conditions and sometimes for long periods with no access to shelter or facilities.¬† Some members of the church decided it would be a great opportunity to offer an easy, yet very important service to the community.¬† We open our doors and man a “hospitality table” so those waiting may use the bathroom, get a cup of hot coffee or glass of water, or just get in out of the cold or hot sun.¬† It has been a greatly appreciated service by many and those who work the table find it to be a very rewarding effort.¬† What a great idea and an easy way to¬†serve to the community.¬† I haven’t had the pleasure of volunteering for this service, yet, but hope to soon.
  • Last Wednesday Supper – a pasta dinner served from 5:00-6:00 on the last Weds of every month for the community.¬† The dinner is free – donations are appreciated.¬† Another very important service to our community.¬† October’s supper served over 40 people.
  • Men’s Lunch – the men get together for lunch on the second Tuesday of every month
  • Ladies Lunch¬†– the ladies get together for lunch on the second Tuesday of every month.¬† I have enjoyed joining in on these luncheons for several months, now.¬† We go somewhere different every month.¬† The first one I went to was at the Village Inn.¬† In August, we went to the Caryville Inn in Oakfield.¬† September was the highlight, for me – we went to the Glen Iris in Letchworth – after lunch, I took the rest of the day and explored Letchworth (click on¬†this link for photos and a detailed accounting of my day).¬† October’s outing was at Darrell’s Place in Middleport and this month we’ll go to¬†HoHo’s Chinese Buffet in Brockport.¬† Here is a sample of the photos from our lunch at the Glen Iris:

  • TUMS – The United Methodist Seniors group meets the third Monday of every month for lunch and an informative program.¬† October’s meeting was a pot luck lunch and Rev. Earl Bell and his wife gave a photo presentation of their recent trip to England.
  • Family Dinners – once a month we hold a pot luck dinner for church families – lots of wonderful food and fellowship
  • Prayer Warriors meet twice a month.
  • Bible Study – There are two Bible studies – one every Weds at 3:00 pm and one every Thurs at 5:00 pm.¬† I joined the Thursday group and we are currently reading and discussing the book “When Christians Get It Wrong” by Adam Hamilton – very interesting conversations in the room!
  • Prayer Shawl Group – This is a group of ladies who meet once a month to knit or crochet together.¬† We make beautiful lady’s shawls or men’s lap robes that are blessed and given to church members who are ill or in retirement homes who need our prayers and a little warmth from loving hands.¬† I joined this group and am about 1/2 way through with my first shawl – it really warms my heart to know it will brighten the day of someone who could use a smile.
  • Sunday School – there are classes for everyone.¬† The adult class I am part of is reading and discussing the book “90 Minutes In Heaven” by Don Piper, which is very enlightening.
  • Choirs – We have a Chancel Choir and a Bell Choir – both perform some beautiful music for our worship services.¬† I was asked to join the Chancel Choir.¬† I wasn’t sure I was cut out for singing outside the privacy of my own home, but I’m actually doing pretty good and having a¬†lot of fun with it!
  • And, of course, our Sunday Worship Services held at 9:30 each Sunday morning.

I am sure I’m forgetting or am not yet aware of something, but this is a good sampling of all the great things to be involved with on a routine basis.¬† There are also opportunities to serve on committees and volunteer to help the operation of the church and church events.

Now, for the events/fundraisers held over the last couple of months:

  • Beef On Weck Dinner – delicious and very successful dinner held in August – an annual favorite prepared by our wonderful kitchen committee.
  • Chiavetta’s Chicken¬†BBQ Dinner¬†– held on November 3rd – the chicken for this annual fundraiser is catered by Chiavetta’s and the sides and desserts are prepared by our hard-working kitchen committee.¬† This year we sold about 220 plates – the best attended¬†Chicken BBQ to date.
  • Fall Rummage Sale – the church holds a huge rummage sale twice a year – fall and spring – the fall sale was held October 5-6
  • Country Fair Church Bazaar¬†– this bazaar is amazing – I have never seen such an extensive, well-organized, and beautifully displayed church bazaar!¬† We had a large table full of the most mouth-watering homemade fudge and candies, an equally long table of delicious baked goods, TONS of handmade crafts, a whole room full of “Granny’s Attic” type items, silent auction baskets, loads of books, plants and herbs grown by members with incredibly green thumbs, and a huge variety of fresh produce donated by some of the most generous local farmers in the area.¬† They even prepared and served a delicious¬†hot lunch of chicken and biscuits, hot dogs, salt potatoes, and more.¬† Everyone involved did an incredible job – the bakers, candy makers, crafters, baskets compilers, cooks, green thumbs, workers, etc.¬† The generous local farmers who deserve our thanks and¬†recognition are:¬† Rush’s, Panek¬†Farms, FR Bently Farms, Triple G Farms, Mank¬†Farms, Kirby Cider Mill, Bertsch’s¬†Good Earth Farm, Bozard¬†Farm, Jim Kirby, Rick and Gail Ebbs, Kenny Haylett Farm, Brown’s Farm Market, and Bennett’s Farm.

Some photos of our Country Fair Church Bazaar (sorry for the fuzzy ones – not sure what happened when I took them – probably all the excitement of the event got me shaky!):

The fudge and candy table……YUM!

Some of the fresh produce donated by local farmers – JoAnne Fisher is organizing the display

JoAnne Fisher setting out some more fresh produce – everything from Brussel Sprouts to Apple Cider and everything in between!

Leslee Lockwood ready to sell some fudge!

Rachel Marasco and Connie Pinson preparing the display of baked goods Рhow good does that all look??!!

Herbs and homemade jams for sale!

Ladies hard at work¬†preparing the chicken and biscuits lunch while the donuts fill shopper’s sweet teeth in the morning hours!

Granny’s Attic room — lovely dishes and what-nots!

Ellie Lockwood wrapping up a purchase made by some lucky shoppers!

Don Seever offering up some gorgeous plants for sale!

Beautiful handmade offerings at the Craft tables!

A variety of gift baskets up for Silent Auction in the comfortable Charles Howard Lounge!

Lunch is served!

Event Chairperson, Gail Ebbs talking to Don Manley

Don and Judy Manley talking with a happy shopper!

Our Pastor Jack and his wife, Deborah

Larry Fisher working the Produce table!

There¬†are so many fun and rewarding things to do and services to provide the congregation and the community at our very active church.¬† If you would like to join in on the fun, we’d love to have you!¬† Come visit us for a worship service any Sunday morning at 9:30 or contact the church at 585-589-6430, via email at albionfumc@verizon.net, or visit our website at www.albionfirstunitedmethodist.com.