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! 


Lent – A Time for Reflection

Few times in the Christian year call us to reflect on transformational change like Lent leading toward Easter. Too often we want to race to the Easter Resurrection without fully embracing the Lenten process that leads there. Lent reflects the forty days that Jesus wandered in the wilderness, tempted by Satan, in readiness for a ministry destined to end in tragedy. Few of us can relate to the level of sacrifice and commitment that Jesus displayed in his forty days, yet Lent provides us with an opportunity to deepen our spirituality by engaging in regular discipline from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday.

Just think of what could happen if we could reflect and focus on the condition of our souls for forty days. Could we overcome obstacles that hinder our progress like Jesus did when he was tempted for forty days in the wilderness? Through prayer and fasting we could make bringing glory and honor to God a priority. Each day could be an opportunity to recall and be thankful for our Lord’s atoning sacrifice on the cross. His sacrifice cost him his life, and thank God it is permanent and the results go far beyond forty days. When we spend time in prayer, we can be assured of results. This doesn’t mean that prayer is not a challenge for many of us who live hurried lives. To live a prayerful life requires some form of discipline, which is why focusing on and practicing it for forty days has the potential to put us in position to have a life change that not only changes us, but affects those around us.

Suggestions for a prayer life during the forty days of Lent:

  1. Begin and end your day with Prayer.
  2. Your prayer can be as simple as thanking God for waking you up and giving you the strength to start a new day, or at the end of the day thanking Him for getting you through the day.
  3. Learn how to forgive others. This is one of the greatest hindrances to prayer. There are many opportunities in relationships of all sorts to be offended, but it does not help you to harbor bad feelings in your heart. You can begin by praying for those who you find it hard to forgive.
  4. Keep it simple and conversational. There is no lingo that you have to learn to pray. Just pray with adoration for who the Lord is to you, asking forgiveness for yourself and forgiving others, letting your specific requests be known, and praying in the name of Jesus.

I pray that your time of focusing on prayer will slow you down so that you can enjoy life and all that has been given to you through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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. All ladies are invited to join. Contact Bev Hamm for more information.

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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Tulips to decorated our Sanctuary for Easter. If you wish to order tulips to help decorate our Sanctuary for Easter please find our order forms available under the Newsletters, Calendars, Order/Signup Forms & Applications tab or contact the church office & we will email you one. The tulips are $7.00 each & deadline for orders is March 26th.

March Mission: Unity Circle will be coordinating the purchase of Church World Service (CWS) Blankets!  The blankets help keep our neighbors warm here in the United States and around the world during times of disaster, inclement weather or when there is a need for comfort.  The circle will be in the Narthex on Mar. 11th and the 18th for our collections.  The blankets are $10.00. Please see Bev Hamm for any questions.  

Binghamton Devils United Methodist Night: Join us for United Methodist Night with the Binghamton Devils on Friday March 9th, at 7:05 PM vs the Penguins. United Methodist Churches receive a special $10 rate ($12.50 savings) and the first 2,000 fans receive a FREE Vuvuzela courtesy of United Methodist Homes. Take advantage of this special rate, represent your congregation, and enjoy great hockey.                                  (offer cannot be combined with any other & not valid on previous purchases)Link to Ticketmaster:

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.

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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