April 13, 2018
On Friday, April 13th, 7pm, we gathered in the GP Room to paint God’s beautiful creation of the Lotus. Twelve folks joined in the fun as we painted the flower reflecting our individuality as shown in the picture above. We left the event appreciating the never ending creativity of our God who has made each one of us uniquely and perfectly in God’s image.
SINGING THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Fieldhome Nursing Home – Dec. 10th, 2017
UMCSO at the Jefferson Valley Mall
December 17th, 2017
We were blessed to sing the good news of joy at various places in the community this Christmas! On December 10th, the Confirmation Class, along with their parents, mentors & UMCSO members joined together for the second year to sing carols and songs of the season to the folks in Fieldhome Nursing Home. It warmed our hearts to see the residents clap along and join in singing familiar carols.
On December 17th, UMCSO traveled for the first time to the JV mall to sing Carols reminding us of the reason for the season – Christ! What fun we had as we sang, danced and clapped! So much so that as folks walked by a couple of them even joined us in singing joyously.
We hope to do this again next year and invite you to join us as we proclaim the good news of joy!
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Dedication
November 19, 2017
It was a joy to celebrate our Operation Christmas Child ministry again this year by packing beautifully wrapped boxes with toys and goodies for needy children around the world. The shoeboxes were dedicated on Sunday morning, November 19, 2017 during Worship.
Summer Family BBQ & Campout
August 25-26, 2017
The event began on Friday as the church family gathered for a BBQ at 5:30pm. The tents were set up on the church grounds, steak and ribs put on the grill, and the kids did what they do best – play! Along with food, fun and fellowship we also enjoyed campfire songs and ended the evening with delicious late night s’mores.
After a restful night under the stars, we were greeted with a scrumptious breakfast including pancakes, egg & bacon.
If you missed it this year, plan to join us next year!
May 7, 2017
Our older Sunday School students and their parents and teachers participated in a Breakfast Run to New York City on Sunday, May 7. In addition to breakfast, we provided the homeless with a backpack containing a new short sleeve dark colored tee shirt; new men’s crew socks as well as toiletry items including: travel toothpaste, individually wrapped toothbrushes, combs, travel shampoo and new washcloths. It was a wonderful experience for all.
May 6, 2017
On Saturday, May 6th, our confirmands and chaperones attended the Bishop’s Confirmation Rally at Poughkeepsie UMC. It began with an inspirational time of worship with the band Pursuing JC. It was a blessing to praise our God together with youth from NY and CT.
There were breakout sessions, beginning with Q & A with Bishop Bickerton. Did you know that our Bishop is the chairperson of the United Methodist Committee on Relief? (For more info, visit www.umcor.org). We enjoyed assembling Health Kits which will be distributed to those in need of relief care.
We also learned about the social principles of the United Methodist Church and its’ organizational structure. After a delicious lunch, we ended the rally with communion and praise & worship led by the amazing Pursuing JC youth band! The confirmands and adults had a great time at the rally!
On April 9, Palm Sunday, we celebrated a Christian Seder after Worship. There it was explained to us the many symbols of the Seder Meal that point to Jesus Christ. A wonderful time was had by all!
On Sunday, March 19th, the confirmation class of UMCSO hosted a “Hungry Dinner” to raise awareness of hunger within our country and on a global scale. The children delivered facts, statistics and scripture readings urging the congregation to understand this need exists in our own backyard. Those who attended the dinner were then split into different groups, that represented the division of wealth in the world: 1% upper class, 15% middle class, 33% working class and 61% poverty level. These groups were given an idea of what kind of meal they could expect among their class. Two of the children, Laura DeMartino and James Pinto gave a brief presentation on ways that we can get involved as well as a preliminary idea for a mini food pantry through our church. They are still working out details for how to make this pantry a possibility, but the non-perishable donations received during the Hungry Dinner will go to great use in the near future.
A Lenten Bonfire
On March 5, 2017, UMCSO held a Lenten Bonfire. Many of us wrote things about ourselves on a piece of paper that we believe are not from God. These papers were burned in the symbolic bonfire so Christ could help us let go of these sin
A Puppet Show on Forgiveness
Our Middle School Class wrote, directed and performed a wonderful puppet show about Forgiveness during Worship in February. Everyone learned that this is something we all must do, no matter how old we are.
To Begin 2017
We kicked off the New Year with a New Year’s Brunch and on Sunday, January 8th, everyone enjoyed watching the movie, “Miracles from Heaven” together.
Trim a Tree Party
We started the Christmas Season off with a wonderful time of making and decorating our Sanctuary Christmas Tree while we sang carols and Christmas songs.