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! 🙂

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Welcome Pastor Linda

Today – Sunday, July 3, 2016 – we welcomed our new pastor to our church family. Pastor Linda Glantz began her appointment with the Albion First United Methodist Church with her first Sunday morning service with us.

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As part of the service, we held a “Celebration of Appointment” to show our support for her leadership. Here are a few photos of the celebration:

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Kim Pritt leads the “Celebration of Appointment” and introduction of Pastor Linda

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Pastor Linda reaffirms her commitment to the Word of God in her new church

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Rachel Marasco, Judy Manley, and Marie Follett await their turn to offer symbolic gifts to help Pastor Linda in her ministry to our congregation

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Terry Wilbert, Leslee Lockwood, and Sandy Andrews also bear symbolic gifts

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Judy Manley offers a Bible

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Rachel Marasco offers Water to be used to baptize new Christians in this place

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Pastor Linda places the Bread and Cup on the table after accepting it from Sandy Andrews

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Terry Wilbert offers a Towel and Basin so that she may lead us to be servants to all

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Marie Follett offers a Hymnal and Book of Worship to guide us in our prayer and praise

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Pastor Linda accepted the Book of Discipline from Leslee Lockwood

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Rachel Marasco offers the final gift – a Globe so that she may lead us in our mission to this community and all the world

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The congregation joined in a prayer to bless the ministries of the Church

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A final blessing is given with each participant laying their hands on Linda to bless her service to our church family

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Welcome, Pastor Linda! We wish you well and pray for a smooth transition and a blessed appointment as our Pastor.

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

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

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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!

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

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Lindsay Crawford was the ticket lady

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Kay Ecker stopped by with her ticket, ready to board

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

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And, here they are ready to get their tickets

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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

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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:

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

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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.

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Kay Ecker led the Proclamation and read the Epistle Lesson

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Leah Gibbs offered the Closing Prayer

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Hand Bells

I took some photos of the hand bells during Bell Choir rehearsal, tonight, to satisfy my daily photo challenge. It was so difficult to choose just one for the photo challenge that I felt the need to share them all here!

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This is the one I chose for the photo challenge!

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2016 Lasagna Dinner

Despite the bad weather, the Albion FUMC 2016 Annual Lasagna Dinner on Feb 13th was a success and met with rave reviews from those who braved the weather to come out to eat!

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Pastor Jack and Debbie Laskowski

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Rachel Marasco

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Desserts

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Rachel Marasco and Marie Follett

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The lasagna – bubbling hot and fresh from the oven

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Renee Ebbs

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Just a few of the happy diners!

Christmas Eve Service

Please join us for our annual

Candlelight Service of Holy Communion

Thursday, December 24th

Prelude of Carols: 10:45 PM

Service: 11:00 PM

Everyone is Welcome!

Join us at our new home:

Christ Episcopal Church

26 S. Main Street, Albion, NY