Following Andrew’s Example

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). John 1:40-41

We read a lot about the disciples of Peter, James, and John in the Gospels, but we don’t know much about Andrew. Andrew, the brother of Peter, didn’t get a lot of ink in the New Testament, but what is written has much significance. Andrew is primarily known as the one who brought others to Jesus.

When Andrew became convinced that Jesus was the long awaited for Messiah, he went and found his older brother and brought him to Jesus. This is interesting because Peter was a larger-than-life kind of person. When Peter entered a room, everyone would know it, and he always had something to say. It is likely that Andrew spent most of his life living in his brother’s shadow. How easily Andrew could have kept the knowledge of Jesus to himself and said, “I don’t want Peter to get in here. He will probably try to take over the whole operation.” Instead, he went and brought Peter to Jesus.

Peter became part of Jesus’ inner circle. We do not read of Andrew resenting Peter; it seems he was satisfied to bring others to Jesus and leave the results to Him.

It is not surprising that Andrew found the boy with the loaves and fishes and brought him to Jesus (John 6:8-9). Andrew brought Greeks to Jesus, even though they were despised by pious Jews (John 12:20-22). There is no record of Andrew ever preaching a sermon, performing a miracle, or writing a book of Scripture. He is remembered for those whom he brought to Jesus.

You could say that Andrew is like the patron saint of unsung heroes, the kind of people who are willing to do what needs to be done while flying under the radar. They don’t care if you know about them; they just want God to get the glory. Here is the thing we need to remember: If we had more Andrews, we probably would have more Simon Peters.

Andrew is a good role model for us. Our job is not to transform people into Christians or to convict them of their sin. It is not our responsibility to make people behave in a certain way. Our task is to bring them to Jesus. Invite them to come and see and Jesus will perform His divine work in their lives.

Grace & Peace, Pastor Bob

Finance information: We are once again meeting for Worship but the church is strongly recommending that you still mail your donations into the church due to the Covid19 virus. We will dedicate your gifts to God. If you bring your offering into church with you, the usher will direct you to the offering basket.
* Monday’s of every week we will collect, record and deposit any pledges, Donations and Loose Funds. Please mail to the church at: 1st UMC of Chenango Bridge, PO Box 501, Chenango Bridge, 13745.
* Bank Accounts and Expenses will be reviewed weekly to ensure Bills are paid in a timely manner.
* Any financial questions should be directed to David Lewis at 607.727.0250.
* Search for any potential financial opportunities that will provide additional income to meet the continue operation expenses through this unknown period.
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Small Groups

Pastor’s Study & Prayer Group (Online Only): Sunday mornings 11:30 AM. Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Pastor Bob at 648-4326 or for password or more details to join the group. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday school has started! Sunday School has started, 9:00-9:45 in person in the children’s Sunday School room, ages Pre-K – Sixth grade in room B5 (Education side – sign on door). Also any Middle/High School students who would like to help and mentor our younger students are invited. Volunteers are needed to fill in for teachers as well. Please contact Robin Stolarcyk or Teddi Black with questions or call the church office (648-4339) for more information.

Adult Sunday School has started at 9 AM, Sundays. Please contact Shirley Prentice if you would like more information. Please join us for learning & fellowship in Room B6 (Adult SS Room).

Monday Evening Ladies Group: has started, Monday evening 6:30-7:30 PM. In Person (DR – B4) & online. The study is TBA when decided. Robin Stolarcyk & Erica Melly will be leading this group.  Please contact Robin Stolarcyk or Erica Melly for more information.

Unity Circle to is meeting again! This women’s group will meet at 11:00 a.m. on 2nd Monday of each month in the Disciple Room (B4). All ladies are welcome to attend. For questions please contact Alvaire Michael.

Rachel Circle: This women’s group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Disciple Room (B4). All ladies are welcome to attend. For questions please contact Marita Root at (607) 743-0279.

Knitting for the Lord: Meets every Tuesday at 6:00 PM in the KFL room (B2). Everyone is invited to join. For questions please contact Sue Alcott at 607-648-6340 or Lynne Masland at 607-648-7177.

Upper Room, devotionals available, contact the church office, 648-4339 & we will mail you one. The Upper Room Devotional online: If you do not pay for long distance you can call 1.615.212.2013 or a free call 1.877.600.7218

Other online devotionals: Our Daily Bread link: Girl Friends in God link:

Note: Contact the church office at or 607-648-4339 for more information on church groups.


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Missions & Fundraisers

October Mission: Red Bird Mission. We will be stuffing shoeboxes for Red Bird Mission. Shoeboxes and lists of items will be in the fellowship hall!   Shoeboxes are do back October 31, so we may get them to our drop site.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, Here in Fellowship Hall: October 14th; 12-6 PM. There is a need for blood so, if you are able to give blood, please sign up by calling l:8007332767 or here: Schedule Your Blood Donation With The Red Cross (

Barnes and Noble Book Fair:  Take this voucher (to the right) or get one from the church office. You will need to give this to B&N when you check out. Based on the amount of sales, First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge will receive money!

The 4th Wednesday of each month we support the Men’s Rescue Mission on Whitney Avenue by delivering a PIZZA for the men to enjoy. Please call Donna and Tom James (607-648-7934) for additional information.

4th Sunday food donations are continuing to support CHOW as well as local food pantries. Please leave the food in the fellowship hall on the Missions Cart.

We have been supporting the St. Patrick’s Feeding and Clothing Ministry. One Thursday, they fed 47 families (1-8 people/family).  We have had several parishioners and family members volunteer on Thursdays, 9:30- 12 PM. Make some sandwiches, pack some food, help unload the CHOW truck- volunteers are needed! Please contact Wes or Karen if you are interested in finding out more information.  

Rolling suitcases. There are many homeless that need to carry all of their belongings in a suitcase. If you have a used, rolling suitcase that you would like to donate, please leave it in the Fellowship Hall. We will make sure it gets to an agency that will be able to distribute it!  

Knitting for the Lord has prayer shawls & prayer blankets available for those in need please contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland if you know of someone in need. Knitting for the Lord is once again accepting machine washable yarn. Thank you for all of your help & support in our missions.

Maines Give Back Program Fundraiser: For every twenty (20) dollars spent, our church receives $1.00. Obtain your Maines membership card application from the church secretary Monday – Thursday 8 AM – 1 PM or email: or from our website here. You may also apply directly at Maines store. If you apply directly in the store please give us your name so that we may add you to our list. Thank you!

Quality Steam Cleaning Fund Raiser for First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge. 10% of all work done will be donated to the church. Coupon is available from the church office or from our website here. You may also let Quality Steam Cleaning know that it is for our church fundraiser. For all questions and appointments please contact Quality Steam Cleaning: (607) 754-3462 or

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