Lenten Calendar

March 25th, Palm Sunday Worship 10 AM (CBUMC)

Passion Reading.

March 29th, Maundy Thursday Worship Service, 7.00 PM (CBUMC)

We will have Communion and the symbolic “Washing of the Feet,” ceremony.

March 30th, Good Friday Worship Service, 7:00 PM at North Fenton UMC.

5984 State Rd 79, Chenango Forks, NY 13746. All are invited to attend.

April 1st, Easter Worship 10 AM (CBUMC)

Invite a friend or a relative. Come and celebrate the resurrection of Christ! 


Showing Love

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

My dad was not a fan of Valentine’s Day.  He declared that “it was a holiday invented by Hallmark just to increase their profits and if you truly loved someone you would show it every day and not just one day a year.”  My mom and dad celebrated Valentines by going to the local pharmacy, picking out a card for each other, giving it to the other to read, and then putting it back on the shelf.

One year my dad brought home a heart shaped box of chocolate for Valentine’s Day.  My mom made a big deal about receiving this box of chocolate.  She even kept the box in her closet after the chocolate was gone.  The next year my dad took the box from the closet and placed little candy hearts with the wording all facing up in the heart shaped box and gave it to my mom.  When my mom received the box she shook it to see what was inside which sort of ruined my dad’s plan.

I never saw that heart shaped box again until one day, after my parents had passed away and we were cleaning out their house, we found hidden in the back of my mom’s closet that heart shaped box.  That simple act of love meant more to my mom then I had realized.

God also showed us how much He loves us as John 3:16 declares, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  This love is not like a heart shaped box that we store in our closets but it is a love that we can bask in the glory of it each and every day.

In this month that we celebrate Valentine’s Day may you find ways to show others that you love them. One simple act of love could be to offer a friendly smile and a kind word to a cashier that has seen scores of frowning people.  Another act of love could be to offer food, clothing, or shelter to someone in need.  The greatest act of love could be offering the love of God by sharing your faith with another.  Don’t leave your love stored in a closet but bring it out for all to see.

Pastor Bob

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Sunday School. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Open to all youth pre-k through high school. Volunteers to substitute when regular teacher are absent needed! For questions or more information, please contact Robin Stolarcyk.  Please join us!

Christian Fellowship Class. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Room B6.  Please join us. Leader: Shirley Prentice: 648-3485.

Pastor’s Study & Prayer Group. Sunday mornings 11:30 AM, Room B6. Everyone is welcome to join.  Questions contact Pastor Bob. No class 4th Sunday’s please join us for Pot luck luncheon after service in fellowship hall.

Unity Circle: Ladies Group, 2nd Monday of every month 11 AM—12:30 PM. All ladies are invited to join. Contact Bev Hamm for more information.

Ladies Monday Night Bible Study: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Disciple Room (B4), through the end of March. The Monday Night Ladies Group is studying Adam Hamilton’s, Final Words From the Cross.  This Lenten study explores Jesus’ final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words”—statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves.  

Knitting for the Lord. Tuesday evenings at 6 PM. Room B2. Contact Lynn Masland at or Sue Alcott.

Women’s Group. Tuesday’s 12:45 p.m. in the Disciple Room, for a time of friendship, good food, & great conversation.  Questions contact Dottie Brownlow or Pat Winters. All are invited!

Rachel Circle: Ladies Group, 3rd Tuesday of every month 10 AM—11:30 AM in the Frazer Room (B18). All ladies are invited to join. Contact Marita Root  for more information.

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

Choir. Thursday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Carla Fako for more information.


*Note: If you wish to contact any of the leaders listed in the announcements please contact the church office at 648-4339 or email: for their contact information.

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Mission Moment: The 4th Sunday of the Month will be Food Pantry Sunday. Each month, non-perishable non-expired donations will be gathered during the first hymn and blessed during service. The mission team will be rotating the donations to food pantries in the local area. Please help to feed those less fortunate. Items will be collected Sunday, Feb. 25th.

February Mission: Coupons to Care: Shoppers Needed!  Our program is going 4 years strong next year and we have helped many families, individuals and organizations. Please save your coupons and put them in Sharon Quackenbush’s mailbox.  These are used to help feed our neighbors through food banks and emergency requests.  We can’t do it without each one of you so we Thank You. For more information please contact Sharon Quackenbush, Karen Hojsik or Joyce Neumann.

Counters Needed: If you can count from 1 to 10 and are willing to help out on Monday mornings from 10:00 am to approx. 12:00 pm probably once every 5 weeks, we could use your help.  We’re looking for offering counters.  So if you and your spouse or you and another church member friend are willing to help, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact the church office (648-4339) if you feel this is a gift you would like to give to the church.

Volunteers Needed: As the weather begins to get nicer the church could use some members willing to do some outside work in the church gardens.  It would include cleaning out the flower beds and areas along the front of the church and in the area outside the sliding glass doors near the offices.  If you are willing to do this please contact the church office.

Please continue to watch either the e-mail blasts, the church bulletin, the newsletter or a new project board currently in the works by the Trustees.

Church Women United, Project No Bake Bread: Month of February: Save heating your oven to bake and send a donation to Karen Holman 17 Wisconsin Dr., Binghamton, NY 13901 or bring it to the March 2, World Day of Prayer meeting. Make checks out to CWU and write NO BAKE BREAD on the memo line.

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.

Quality Steam Cleaning continues to honor their coupons for the carpet cleaning specials, and expand it by including 10% of carpet sales to church members who mention this promotion. Coupons are also available in the back of the church or from the church office.  They donate 10% of all work done to the church.

Audio & Video Volunteers are Needed: Training will be provided. Please contact the church office; 648-4339 or Mike Howard; 724-5437 if you would be able to help.

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