Our Newest Members

Today, we welcomed three of our young people into the membership as they celebrated their Confirmation during this morning’s service. They worked hard to complete their Confirmation classes and we are all very proud of them!

Congratulations to:

Hailey Crawford

Dallas Ecker

Kyle Norton

Sue Baker on the Autoharp accompanying the Confirmands, who sang and signed “Step By Step”

Dallas giving his testimonial

Kyle giving his testimonial

Hailey giving her testimonial

Proud sponsors – Sue Baker and Larry Fisher

The Confirmands with their Sponsors

Pastor Linda

Confirmation Ceremony

Parents and Sponsors

Hailey receiving her Bible and certificate

Dallas receiving his Bible and certificate

Kyle receiving his Bible and certificate

The Confirmands assisted in the service of Holy Communion

Hailey with her family

Dallas and Kyle enjoying some cake and conversation

Red carnations adorned the tables

Kelsey and Lindsay Crawford


Recent Photos

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:


Advent Wreath


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

Our Congregation:



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…..


AFUMC Perk Me Up Purse Ministry

Last year, the Albion First United Methodist Church Adult Bible Study had discussed setting and implementing a Big Hairy Audacious God-Sized Goal (BHAGG) in the form of a local community outreach ministry.  Three ladies – later to become known as the “Bag Ladies” – took the idea and ran with it. Cathy Moore and Judy Manley of Albion and JoAnne Fisher of Kendall, all members of the Albion First United Methodist Church, came up with the idea to gather gently used purses and fill them with supplies to make available to women in need within our community. As the plan developed, they decided to donate these gifts to Orleans County agencies specifically servicing battered women and women going through rape crisis situations. The idea was to provide “Perk Me Up Purses” to women who left bad situations with little more than the clothes on their backs.

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(l-r): Judy Manley, JoAnne Fisher, and Cathy Moore with a few of the many purses they gathered and assembled for donation to Orleans County Agencies serving battered women and women going through rape crisis in our community. 

Each “Perk Me Up Purse” contains personal care items, such as a comb or brush, toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, nail file, tissues, eye shadow, perfume, nail polish, candy, small purse-sized package of feminine pads, and a personal note of encouragement. The goal is to provide women in these most dire situations with a few essential items to help them get by, freshen up, and find a bit of encouragement to move on. When the Bag Ladies presented their plan to the congregation, donations of purses, supplies, and cash began to come in to help them meet their goal. They soon were able to start assembling purses that will be blessed by Pastor Linda Glantz in the coming weeks and they will be ready to pass on their first bunch of “Perk Me Up Purses” to the designated Orleans Country agencies.


Table loaded with purses – some filled, some still waiting to be filled – for the “Perk Me Up Purse” Ministry.


Gallon-sized baggie filled with supplies, including a comb or brush, toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, nail file, tissues, eye shadow, perfume, nail polish, candy, small purse-sized pkg of feminine pads, and a personal note of encouragement.


Supplies are placed in a gallon sized ziploc baggie in each purse.

The project was originally going to be a one-time goal. But, as the project grew, the ladies decided to continue to coordinate efforts and turn this project into an on-going ministry for the community. Donations of supplies (listed above) or money to purchase supplies (one baggie costs approximately $10.00 to fill) to help this effort are greatly appreciated. Contact the church at 589-6430 to make a donation or you may mail your donation to Albion First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 361, Albion, NY 14411 – please specify “Perk Me Up Purse” Ministry when making a donation.

The Albion First United Methodist Church holds worship services ever Sunday morning at 9:30 am at the Christ Episcopal Church at 26 S. Main Street, Albion, NY.

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:


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!

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.




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!

Native American Sunday – 2015

This past Sunday – April 19, 2015 – Native American Sunday was recognized in United Methodist Churches. Our church in Albion took part in an incredibly meaningful service to honor this special day.

The service included several beautiful and moving recordings of Native American music, including:

  • Creator’s Song, Joann Shenandoah
  • Beloved, Jesse Kalu
  • Spirit, Jesse Kalu

In other music selections that honor the Native American spirit and beliefs, the Chancel Choir sang Heleluyan as the Introit and In The Sweet Bye and Bye as their anthem and the congregation sang hymns such as All Things Bright and Beautiful, Morning Has Broken, and Here I Am, Lord.

In a special ministry, our congregation participated in Waters of Repentance. This is an initiative of all United Methodist Churches in the Upper New York Conference. As a symbol of flowing together with a genuine desire to journey toward justice with our Native American sisters and brothers, each local church was as to gather water from their geographic area in a small container, pray over the water to bless it as a congregation, and take it with them to this year’s Annual Conference. The waters from all the participating churches will be blended together in an Act of Repentance Service on May 27th.

Albion FUMC member, Kae Woodruff Wilbert coordinated this special service and delivered the message, “And History Says….”. Kae represents Albion FUMC on the conference Committee on Native American Ministries. She also will be leading a special five week Native American Bible Study beginning this week based on General Conference’s Act of Repentance. The study will be held at the Christ Church at 5:00 pm every Thursday for five weeks beginning on Thursday, April 23rd.


Kae Wilbert, Leah Gibbs, Kay Ecker, and Pastor Jack Laskowski

Seen here with the Waters of Repentance just after the blessing


Kae Wilbert delivering the Native American Sunday message


Breast Cancer Walk – Team AFUMC

Each year, the Albion First United Methodist Church puts together a team to walk in the Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk held at Watts Farm. Here are two photos from this year’s walk – Sunday, October 26, 2014!

** If anyone has more photos of the Albion FUMC team, you can email them to me at kimwrightpritt@aol.com and I will be glad to add them to this post!!!



Good job, Ladies!!!

Two Upcoming Events

We have two new events planning in the coming weeks….both are not to be missed! Come join us….

# 1 – Friday, March 28 at 7:00 pm = Stand Against Racism Discussion Series – Topic # 3: Native American Topics, Speaker Kae Wilbert will lead the discussion and show the DVF “Unseen Tears”. Come out and join in on this important discussion topic.

2014 Stand Against Racism Poster_March

# 2 – April 3rd at 4:00 – 6:30 pm = Pastor Jack’s Famous Spaghetti Dinner – we found out that our pastor makes an AWESOME spaghetti sauce! So, of course, we’re taking him up on his offer to cook for one of our dinners! Dinner will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert, and a beverage and will cost $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. This dinner is one you will not want to miss out on! Come see why we call it “Pastor Jack’s FAMOUS Spaghetti Dinner”!

2014 Pastor Jacks Famous Spaghetti Dinner

Stand Against Racism Discussion Series

The Albion First United Methodist Church is hosting a series of discussion topics leading up to the National Stand Against Racism Event in April of this year. There will be four discussion sessions with guest speakers bringing important topics to our attention and open for discussion. Each session will include a presentation, question and answer time, mingle time, and refreshments. Come help us bring light and understanding to these topics……and take a stand against racism!

The first topic in the series is Human Trafficking on January 31st at the Albion First United Methodist Church at 19 N. Platt Street in Albion, NY. We hope to see you there!

2014 Stand Against Racism Poster

Christmas Cookie Exchange

The ladies in the Prayer Shawl Ministry added a Christmas Cookie Exchange to our monthly knitting session today – Dec 19th. The cookies were amazing……the conversation was fun……and the mission – to knit/crochet shawls and lap robes for people who need a little extra love at certain times in their lives – was a rewarding as ever!



To read a previous post about our Prayer Shawl Ministry, please click here!