KNOW

Blessings to my friends of First UMC of Chenango Bridge.  As many of you already know, worship and church sponsored small groups have been canceled effective immediately in compliance with CDC, NYS and UNYUMC Bishop’s recommendations and encouragement.  No groups will be meeting at the church. We are working on additional ways to stay connected electronically over the coming weeks.  Please monitor FB and our web-page for updates and spiritual support. The office is closed due to Gov. Cumo’s 100 work force mandate but we will be getting phone messages & email messages. Remember that during these troubled times God is still in control so “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. 

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Bob

Volunteer Help is Needed for Meals on Wheels that operates out of the church. Please scroll down to the Go section for contact information if you are able to help out.

Lent – A Time to Grow

Lent is that season when we stare directly at our own mortality. We make tiny sacrifices of our own to recall the incomparable sacrifice Christ made for us. It might all sound quite dreary, except on the other side of Lent is the enormous spiritual crescendo of Easter.

Jesus unmasked death and exposed it for what it really is – a 98-pound weakling dressed up in a Charles Atlas suit. I don’t doubt that at the end of that first Good Friday, the disciples thought, what a waste of a life. If they could only have seen what was coming. But to them the hour was too dark. Maybe your hour is too dark as you experience trials and tribulations but remember God is at his best when our life is at its worst. We learn much more from our trials than from periods of happiness. So get ready you may be in for a surprise.

The Lenten season is an opportunity to take an honest look at our life. When we look in the mirror do we see someone we can trust to do the right thing, a good person guided by a seemingly flawless moral compass? Do we struggle to think of a sin we recently committed? Do we feel that we are not just good but better than most? If we can say yes to any of these questions Jesus was talking to us when he “also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt.” (Luke 18:9)

Jesus’ intent is to bring us down from the place where we trust so much in our own goodness that we don’t need God. He comes preaching repentance, a reversal, where humble sinners look better than self-righteous egotists. Jesus has become our righteousness, emptying himself and giving us purpose in sacrifice and service.

Lord during this Lenten season, give us the humility to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow You. Amen

Grace & Peace,
Bob Clark

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GROW

Small Groups

No small groups will be meeting at the church due to the corona virus until the ban is lifted. Some groups are meeting electronically. Please contact your group leader for more information.

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, 1st & 3rd Sunday evening of each month at 6:00- 8:00 PM in the Loft. All youth 5th – 12th Grade are invited to attend. Please contact: President: Mason Stolarcyk, 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.

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 chenbridgeumc@outlook.com or 607-648-4339.

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GO

Meals on Wheels has an immediate need for people for at least 6 people to deliver food in the Chenango Valley/Chenango Forks area.  You would be working out of the Chenango Bridge Methodist Church for your shift. It would mean a time commitment from 11 AM-1 PM.  The days they are now serving have dropped to Monday, Wednesday and Friday- you don’t need to work all three days. There are also opportunities for deliveries in additional sites in Broome County. 
You must be over 18 and under 70 to deliver the food.  If you are willing to provide this valuable service, please eMail Karen at karen.m.mackenzie13@gmail.com 
or call 845-729-0857 for further information.  
 

Palm Sunday, April 5th, 10 AM.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service. April 9th 7 PM. Please join us.

Good Friday Ecumenical Service, at Sanitaria Springs UMC has been cancelled. 

Easter Worship Services: Sunrise Worship Service at 7 AM at Chenango Valley State Park, Tween Pavilion with North Fenton UMC. 10 AM Worship at Chenango Bridge UMC. Please join us to celebrate Jesus our Risen Savior!

Altar Flowers: If you would like to have flowers on the altar in honor or memory of loved ones, call Marion Ramsey, 648-6794, & specify if you would like the $15 or the $20 arrangement & if you will pick up the flowers after the Sunday service or would like them taken to a shut-in.

Woman Of Faith conference: Would you like to attend? 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; Cost: $155 includes overnight stay & all meals. Contact Michelle Stoll for more info. Continue reading

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