“The Inviting Colors of Fall”

Many people are drawn to fall colors. Fall colors are warm, vibrant, extraordinarily rich, and energetic. Do you ever wonder how appealing you are as a Christian? Do other people gravitate to you because you are a warm, vibrant, and inviting person?

Red – When we think about the color of the fall leaves, red may be your favorite. There’s just something about the trees that are full of red leaves glistening in the sun. They stick out and you notice them. Red brings up the thought of passion. No matter where we are in our Christian walk, we all could do with a little more passion for Christ. We should stick out in a good way. We should reflect all that brilliance of Christ.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Orange – The color orange is so beautiful in the fall. We see it in not just the fall leaves, but in pumpkins as well. Orange reflects warmth and symbolizes thoughtfulness and sincerity. As Christians that’s something we should portray. We should be that warm inviting person that cares about others.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Yellow – Yellow conjures up joy and cheerfulness. If we are cheerful as Christians, as we should be, other people will want what we have. If we have Christ, we will have joy in our hearts and that joy should reflect out through us. It is listed in Galatians along with the other fruit of the spirit that we should be bearing.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Purple – Some of the colors we see in fall are the shades of purple. Leaves we find in the purple family are so extraordinary. Purple is the color of royalty. As Christians, we are royalty
in Christ. Our behavior should reflect that royalty. We should be extraordinary as Christians.

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:16-17

Brown If we didn’t have all that brown in the midst of the bright fall colors, the colors wouldn’t be so brilliant. Brown represents stability and it anchors all those other beautiful colors of fall. In Christ, we have our anchor. Others can see if we are living for Christ and depending on Him in our lives. It comes out in our actions and behavior.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Our “colors” do matter. So, as you go about your daily lives, portray your colors in a manner that reflects God’s love for you and the world.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Clark

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Small Groups

Sunday School. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Any one willing to volunteer as a sub please email Robin Stolarcyk. Open to all youth pre-k through high school. Please contact Robin Stolarcyk for more information. (Contact the church office for Robin’s email address)

Christian Fellowship Class. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM.  Please join us. Please contact Shirley Prentice for more information.

Pastor’s Study & Prayer Group: Sunday mornings 11:30 AM, Room B6. Everyone is welcome to join. Questions contact Pastor Bob (910) 260-0551 or 648-4326. No Class 4th Sunday, join us for Pot Luck Luncheon in fellowship hall.

Youth Group meetings, new time starting Sunday, Oct. 20th, Sunday evenings at 6:00 – 7:30 PM in the Loft. All youth 5th – 12th Grade are invited to attend. Please contact: President: Mason Stolarcyk, 743-0545 or Advisor: David Black, 648-5444 or Pastor Bob (910) 260-0551 for more information.

Unity Circle: Ladies Group, 2nd Monday of every month 11:00 AM. All ladies are invited to join. Contact Bev Hamm for more information. (Some dates the ladies have luncheon’s instead so check with Bev if you are interested in joining.) No meetings in January, February, July & August.

Ladies Monday Night Book Study: Monday evenings 6:30-7:30, Room B4 (Disciple Room). All ladies are welcome! Contact Karen MacKenzie if interested.

Rachel Circle: Ladies Group: 3rd Tuesday of every month 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the Frazer Room (B18). All ladies are invited to join. No Meetings in July & August. Contact Marita Root  for more information.

Women’s Book Study Group, Tuesday’s at 12:45, Disciple Room (B4). A time of Bible Study, friendship, good food, & great conversation. Contact Carol Krizan 648-4353 for more information. All women are welcome to join!

Knitting for the Lord: Tuesday, evenings, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Room B2. Prayer shawls are available for those in need. Please contact Sue or Lynne if you know of someone in need. Contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland for more information & for summer meeting places & times. 

Choir: Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Carla Fako for more information. No meetings after memorial day for the summer.

Note: If you need contact information for any of the leaders above, please contact the church office at or 607-648-4339.

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October Mission:  We will be supporting the Red Bird Missionary Conference, one of three United Methodist missionary conferences in the United States. It is the most comprehensive mission effort of the UMC, providing outreach and services that minister to the whole person (spiritual, physical, social, economic).  Shoe boxes will be  available in the Narthex with directions on filling them.  Thank you! 

Anyone interested in serving on the sound ministry, please contact Ken Starr (contact church office for Ken’s contact information 648-4339 or to arrange training on the sound board.”

Pot Luck Luncheon: On Sunday, October 27th. Please bring a dish to pass & join us for fellowship! Note: No Prayer Group after this service. Please join us for the luncheon. 

Volunteer Sign Up for packers for the MobilPack will be open until October 20 to join the Chenango Bridge Methodist church group Nov 2, 8 AM- 10 AM at Endwell UMC. Sign-up in the Narthex on the Missions Board.  Questions?  Karen at (845) 729-0857.

CPR & AED Training Classes: Tuesday, Oct. 29th at 6 PM & Sat., Nov. 2nd at 8 AM. Here at the Chenango Bridge UMC (AA Room-B1). Cost $10 per person. Classes are through ASHI (American Health and Safety Institute). The classes are 2 to 3 hours long. They are Miranda Roger’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Please email: Miranda at if you are planning on attending.

Church Women United – World Community Day. Friday, Nov. 1st 10 AM – Noon. Community Baptist Church, 743 Chenango St., Binghamton, NY. Theme “The Time is Now – Resolve to Love”. Please contact: Chairpersons: Carol Seidel (722-7935) and Nancy Holbert (204-5015) for more information.

Woman Of Faith conference: Would you like to attend? Michelle Stoll has registered as a group leader for a Woman’s conference Fri. May 29th-Sat. May 30th 2020 @ Clarke Summit University called LYFE (Living Your Faith Everyday)! Includes workshops, music, & speaker Sheila Walsh! Topic: Incomplete & It’s Okay; Speaker: Sheila Walsh; Time: Fri 29th 8am – Sat 30th 3:30pm; Cost: $155 includes overnight stay & all meals. Questions or information contact Michelle Stoll @ cell (607) 245-6880 or home (607) 775-2742. Limited Space available! Invite Friends! Continue reading

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