For the majority of us there is rarely a day that we are not engaged in communication.  Every day we talk to someone; either a spouse, a friend, a co-worker, a cashier at our favorite store, or even some complete stranger.  We even talk to our pets.  Have you ever talked to the person on the radio or television as though they could actually hear you?  Yes, I have done that but then looked around quickly to make sure no one heard me.  One day I was watching a movie with my family.  A scene in the movie caused me to want to talk to my wife but I did not what to bother everyone else.  So, I sent her a text message.  The next thing I knew we were having a deep conversation via text messages even though we were right next to each other.  I learned two things.  One is to stop picking on youth for texting each other when they are together.  The other is my thumbs are not in shape for that kind of activity.

All this communication occurs because we have an inherent desire to be in relationships.  In Genesis 2:18 we read, Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”  God knows that we still desire relationships and that it is still not good that we should be alone.  As much as we desire to be with and communicate with each other did you know there is one who is dying to meet you?  Or I should say died to meet you.  It is God who desires to be in relationship with us.  God’s desire is so great that Jesus died for us so that this relationship could be restored.  Do you desire to communicate with God each day?  The apostle Paul says, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17). Prayer is our communication with God.  Why waste our time talking to the television or the radio when we could be talking with the creator of the universe?  God is always there waiting for you to communicate. God is never too busy or pre-occupied with something else so that He does not hear you.  So why not take time to communicate with God in prayer?  No special skills are needed, no new technology to learn, no sore thumbs, just a desire to communicate.  So, go ahead and pray right now.  God is waiting.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Bob Clark

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Small Groups

Sunday School. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Open to all youth pre-k through high school. Robin Stolarcyk is looking for volunteers to help. Please contact Robin if you can help or would like more information.

Christian Fellowship Class. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Room B6.  Please join us. Leader: Shirley Prentice.

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’s, join us for Pot Luck Luncheon in fellowship hall.

Unity Circle: Ladies Group, 2nd Monday of every month 11:00 AM. All ladies are invited to join. Contact Bev Hamm for more information.

Monday Evening Ladies Book Study Group: Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. In the Disciple Room (B4). Contact Karen MacKenzie for more information.

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. Contact Marita Root for more information.

Tuesday Women’s Group: Join us in Tuesday’s at 12:45, Disciple Room (B4).  A time of Bible Study, friendship, good food, & great conversation. Contact Carol Krizan or Pat Winters for more information. The Tuesday Women’s Group is doing Matt Rawle’s The Faith of a Mocking Bird beginning Oct. 30th for 5 weeks. Come join us for popcorn & the Movie on October 30th as we begin a 5 week study of faith & culture based on the book “To Kill a Mocking Bird”. Please call the church office (648-4339) to register for the movie & the class. Deadline to register is October 21st.

Knitting for the Lord: Tuesday, evenings, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Room B2. Contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland for more information.

WordGirls: Wednesdays, 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.  All ladies are welcome to join. Questions contact Amy O’Brien.

Choir. Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Carla Fako for more information.

Please contact the church office if you need contact information for the leaders at 648-4339. 

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Mission Moment! Flood buckets desperately needed for the conference.  Buckets and instructions to fill the buckets provided by the church.   Please pick up in the Narthex. So far we have sent 4 to  the conference- thank you!

October Mission: Cards for Soldiers: Christmas cards are available in the back of the church. Please pick some up & fill them out for us to send. We are also collecting wish list items for the soldiers. Please see the insert in the bulletin or you may request one from the church office. Thank you! Questions, contact Joyce Neumann at Home:  231-3607; Cell: 321-1455. (See Sunday’s bulletin insert for more information)

Southern Tier MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children is now open for registration!  We have a group from the church going Friday, November 2, 5PM- 7PM. To sign up to join the church group: Our group name is Chenango Bridge FUMC.  Tailgate dinner will be happening!  Please let Karen MacKenzie know if you  have any questions.  (They have other times available if you would like to get a group together or sign up individually.)

Wi-Fi Access at Church: If you would like access to wireless at the church please contact Mike Howard at: Thank you

Volunteers requested: We will be providing dinners for the Men’s  Rescue Mission at 5 PM every 4th Wednesday.  Please join us as we cook and serve!   Questions?  contact Karen and Wes MacKenzie (contact the church office 648-4339 for Karen’s contact information).

Coupons to Care: Our program has helped many families, individuals & organizations. Please save your coupons. Put them in Sharon Quackenbush or Karen Hojsik’s mailbox. Help feed our neighbors through food banks and emergency requests. Shoppers are needed. For more information please contact Sharon Quackenbush, Karen Hojsik or Joyce Neumann.

Trustees Project Board in the back of the Narthex for those of you that may want to sign up for projects or may wish to contribute to a project. Please contact Hudda Aswad if you have any questions. Thank you.

Liturgists Needed: If you would like to volunteer to be a liturgist please contact Pam Wasley or the church office 648-4339. If you cannot do a month at a time, that is fine. We will fill in the weeks around what you can do.

Audio & Video Volunteers are Needed: Training will be provided. Please contact the church office; 648-4339 or Mike Howard (contact the church office for Mike’s contact information)  if you would be able to help.

Reminder: 1st United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge / Maines GiveBack Program: For every twenty (20) dollars spent, God’s church receives $1.00. Obtain your application of a Maines membership card from the church secretary Monday – Thursday 8 AM – 1 PM or you may request it by email from the church office as well at or you may get one from our forms & applications tab above. Our Maines account is “Chenango Bridge UMC” in order to receive the proper credit.

Fund Raiser for First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge.     Present this advertistment (below) and 10% of all work done will be donated to the church. For all questions and appointments please contact Quality Steam Cleaning. (You may also find this coupon in the back of the church or contact the church office.

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