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Supper on Sundays


Come join us Sunday, November 11, 5:00pm-7:00pm, for an evening presentation of travels by three United Methodists to faraway lands…watch photos and videos of their experiences as they work on three very different mission projects.

Kevin Conley will share his experiences in working with a Volunteers in Missions project in the Carrabassette Valley, Maine. David Caneen will take us to a special mission’s computer upgrade project for SEPAL in Guatemala and Rachel John will share her experiences about her mission trip to the Union of South Africa.

A pot Luck dinner will be served after the hour presentation.



Ending Hunger One Step at a Time. Crop Hunger Walk

Crop Walk success! Thank you for your support for the 2018 Castleton Crop Walk. About thirty walkers from our church and Emmanuel Reformed participated. We started with a visit and tour of the Anchor Food Pantry and Thrift Store and then set out on a 3.2 mile loop through the Village of Castleton. Walkers from our church raised over $1800. One-quarter of all funds will be directed to the Anchor Food Pantry and Thrift Store in Castleton. Three-quarters of the funds help support the work of Church World Service (CWS) and its partners for hunger relief and development projects in the U.S and around the world. Thank you to the walkers this year: Fran Berger; John and Jennifer Schmidt; Kathryn Henson; Linda Marschner; Tammy Markell; Carrie, Peter and Karen Larson; Susan Heyman; Valerie Perrotte; Carol Walkley and Kevin and Cindy Conley.


Join us on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. for the Thanksgiving Coffee House.

Coffee House Performer

Coffee House Performers

At FUMC, ministries and community come in many shapes and forms. One of our most favorite ministries are the five yearly Coffee Houses held in Fellowship Hall at the Church …the Back to School Coffee House in September, Thanksgiving Coffee House in November, Cabin Fever Coffee House in January, St. Patrick’s Day Coffee House in March and the Mother’s Day Coffee House in May. Performers from the surrounding area share their singing, dancing, musical instrument, poetry and storytelling talents on the 3rd Friday night in the month a Coffee House is held. Tasty treats and talented performers surrounded by an enthusiastic and fun loving audience creates an evening of exceptional fun and fellowship. Our Mistress of Chatter keeps the evening running smoothly with jokes and chatter about all sorts of topics. No admission is charged. A basket for contributions to support local charities is at the entrance table. In the 15 years of the Coffee House, we have raised about $15,000 to help feed, clothe, house and provide necessities for local families in times of crisis. All are welcome…all you need is to grab a friend and join us for an old fashioned evening of entertainment and sometimes magical moments.


Carrie and Peter Larson and their family invite you to come to their 4th annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Come and share Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends on Thursday, the 22nd of November at 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Turkey, mashed potato squash and all the traditional goodies will be served…hope to see you there. Please contact either Carrie or Peter to let them know that would like to participate in this wonderful holiday gathering.

Flood Buckets

"Upper New York Mission Central HUB urgently needs flood buckets. According to Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement, and Joe Auslander, UNY Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, warehouse flood bucket contents are limited, and help is critical at this time, especially during hurricane season." This according to a press release from our Annual Conference. In response, Sue Calyer has agreed to head up a mission for our church to pack and send off flood buckets to help fill the need. Sunday, November 18 has been tentatively scheduled as the date for us to pack our buckets. For more details, what we need to buy or donate for the buckets, how to support the need, and dates and times for this project, watch the Sunday Worship Memo, the Sunday bulletin and next month’s issue of the Church BELL.


blanket on rocking chair

Our church has many talented knitters, crocheters, and quilters that make afghans and quilts for Change the World Sunday which are given to the veterans at the VA. To find more ways to support the men and women at the VA, such as with visits and personal items, see Other projects such as: soft hats for children with cancer (; small (15 inches x 15 inches to 20 inches x 20 inches) blankets and hats for NICU preemie babies at Albany Med.; donate yarn for women in prison (specifics apply, contact me if you are interested in helping).


We have been knitting and crocheting variations of red, pink, striped etc. scarves for college kids who have been “aged out” of the foster care system. Foster Care to Success, assists 5,000 students with tuition, mentoring, care packages and support. Our scarves, which must be 60” by 5”-8”wide, will be sent late November to be distributed to students on Valentine’s Day. If you need yarn contact me. The scarves can be left in the shawl cabinet before Thanksgiving.
We will also be making cards of encouragement to send. So consider helping with this project and include everyone or any group.
Thanks for your support of these young people.

Comments or Questions give me a call.
Aleta Schweigert, 518-479-3182


tilling Goff Garden

Thank you to all those who assisted with the garden and mowing over the summer and past summers. For over 10 years now, we have been growing fresh, nutritious vegetables for the CoNSERNS-U food pantry. Hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, squash, eggplant, beans, and more, have been delivered to supplement the non-perishables that are supplied.

We have decided to NOT use the Goff Garden next season. The new idea is for each of us, and you, to grow extra veggies at home. We will collect them on Sundays to deliver on Mondays. Many of us have a small area that could produce a nice quantity of one or two of our favorite vegetables. We may be able to help get you started if this is new for you. We do intend to continue to do a demonstration for the clients at CoNSERNS-U which includes giving them plants and seeds.
Aleta Schweigert, Linda Marschner, Ricky Lettrick


Last July, after receiving your very generous donations for school supplies for children living in poverty in the Dominican Republic, boxes of supplies were mailed to the children. We have received word that the supplies were delivered and the children are so grateful! In a rural area outside of Santo Domingo where anything brand new is seldom seen, this is a good reminder of how much we take for granted here in our land of plenty. Thank you from the Missions Ministry.

Vacation Bible School

Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus

During the week of July 30 – August 3, 24 elementary children and 17 youth along with 20 adults survived on a deserted island filled with games, crafts, science experiments, tasty snacks, worship and Bible stories. Many new friends were made, including a visit from fellow castaway "Jamie Noland." They learned that during difficult times Jesus is always there ready to help rescue.

The Vacation Bible School directors would like to thank all who volunteered their precious time to help make this program a success. The support and prayers of the congregation are vital to this ministry.


Missionary Mozart Makafui Adevu of Accra, Ghana, West Africa

The missionary we have selected for a special relationship with our church is Mozart Makafui Adevu of Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Contact has been made with him and we have received past newsletters and information about his ministry in agriculture methods, livestock management and disease control. The area in which Missionary Adevu works as regional coordinator includes Sierra Leone, from which our past missionary (now Bishop) Rev. John Yambasu comes. In addition to the specific information about Missionary Adevu’s work, we have had the opportunity to learn about the political and cultural issues in the region.

Missionary Adevu’s ministry is through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). In lieu of a covenant relationship, we have chosen to support him through the UMCOR-Sustainable Agriculture and Development Advance.

If you would like to know more, please ask any member of the Missions and Social Responsibilities Ministry.



John St United Methodist Church in Manhattan

Do you like to read on the beach or at a campsite, maybe in a hotel room? That is great! Did you know the church has a library full of interesting books to read for young and old and everyone in between? Check it out! The library is next to the nursery, across from the Youth Lounge.


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