NEW YEAR’S PANCAKE BRUNCH 2019
Our Pancake Brunch on Sunday, January 6th, 2019 was very well attended and judging from the members who attended (some 100) a good time was had by all. Special thanks to our Chef in charge, Jack “Flapjack” Casey, who skillfully and patiently made each pancake. Also, thanks to our volunteers who donated food items to make our event memorable and to Joy Santaroni who worked quietly behind the scenes.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
Thanks to the joint efforts of many people, our children narrated a pageant for our amazing, good-spirited adults to perform during the worship service on December 23rd. And on Christmas Eve, we had not one, but TWO bell choirs perform the Hallelujah Chorus and Joy to the World. Many thanks to Cory Casey for directing the pageant and bell choirs!
CAROLING AT THE JV MALL
December 16, 2018
What a fun time we had as twenty of us gathered at the Jefferson Valley Mall on Sunday, December 16th after church to bring a little Christmas Cheer to the busy shoppers in the form of Caroling. We were accompanied by our much-loved pianist, Alex, who is able to make everyone sound good. We sang traditional Christmas carols as well as a few secular songs and our “joyful noise” seemed to be well-received. Many shoppers sang along with us and/or smiled as they passed by. We were able to use the new UMCSO banner also which identified who we were and that UMCSO is alive and well in the neighborhood. Many thanks to Annette for setting this up. Click on the link below for the video.
CAROLING – SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS
December 9, 2018
Thanks to the confirmation students and other singers who visited the occupants of Cortlandt Healthcare in Cortlandt Manor and sang Christmas Carols to them, bringing some Christmas cheer at this time of year.
PEOPLE WITHOUT PARTNERS (PWP)
Some 17 women gathered in the GP Room on December 8th for the annual Christmas Luncheon, cookie swap, and gift exchange. Sets of cookies were packed for those who are no longer able to attend church.
This event was coordinated by Maxine Haigh. The beautiful decorations were arranged by Jean Engel and Joan Prentice organized the games that everyone enjoyed. The two winners of the Christmas Carol quiz were Jean Engel and Dianne Benincasa.
The group is looking for a new coordinator as Maxine announced that she will be stepping down this year. If you are interested in organizing the Christmas Luncheon next year, please see Maxine Haigh or call her at (845) 528-3633. Merry Christmas to everyone!
TRIM A TREE PARTY
A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped us on Sunday, December 2nd to create decorations for the Christmas Tree in our Sanctuary. If you haven’t seen it yet, the tree is now on display in church.
NY/CT DISTRICT ADVENT SERVICE
November 30, 2018
A special thank you to all the volunteers who made our District Advent Service such a success.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
by Linda Hoernes – November 17, 2018
Thank you for all the help to make Operation Christmas Child a wonderful mission event. Thank you for all who wrapped the shoe boxes, contributed items, helped set up, filled the boxes, cleaned up, packed the shipping boxes and delivered the boxes.
On Sunday November 18th, some 142 boxes were dedicated and they started their journey. We will continue to pray for the children who will receive these boxes. Once I hear, I will let you know where our boxes end up.
WRAP UP – THANKSGIVING BASKETS
By Linda Hoernes
November 18, 2018
Thank you to everyone who generously donated their time and items to pack baskets for the families of children in the Yorktown Head Start program.
It is only through your continued assistance and kindness that we were able to once again reach our goal of making 15 Thanksgiving baskets for those families who needed it during the Thanksgiving holiday.
FALL BREAKFAST MIDNIGHT RUN
By Linda Hoernes – November 3, 2018
The Breakfast Run on Saturday, November 3rd, to New York’s Chelsea Park was a wonderful success.
We served 100 breakfast sandwiches (bacon, eggs, cheese) to the homeless in the city. Adults and youth from our church prepared the sandwiches by cooking them in church early that morning and then transporting them to New York City. Due to rain, we did not make the usual pancakes and made instead hearty breakfast sandwiches. The homeless really appreciated this because they were warm and freshly prepared. It was a joy to observe them munching on their sandwiches. Additionally, we distributed 100 bags to the homeless. Each bag contained socks, hats, long sleeved T-shirts and other items needed by the homeless, especially during the cold months ahead to keep them warm. We thank all the donors and participants for making this event such a success. Stay tuned for our spring event.
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“A Huge Success” says Dianne Benincasa
October 27, 2018
On behalf of the Basket Bonanza Team, I would like to thank all of you who ventured out in the rain to support our event for Jan Peek Homeless Center. We gave out some 102 gift baskets during the event, and needless to say, our donors provided lots of FOOD for everyone.
Surprisingly, there were approximately 80 people present, some even drove from Brewster and Carmel. Total profit was over $1,397.00. Thank you so much for supporting this worthwhile event to help feed our homeless in Peekskill. God is good all the time.
“The Church Has Left the Building”
By Carly Grizzaffi, Mission Possible Planning Team
On August 8, 2018, the seeds of Mission Possible were planted and nurtured by passionate people dedicated to making a difference in the community. Essentially, the mission focus is on repairing and maintaining the houses of senior citizens, veterans and families in need of some helping hands. The planning team is led by UMC at Shrub Oak members as well as youth from the community
On October 20th, we hosted our first event, making a difference in the lives of four homeowners. Each one provided a new challenge; such as disassembling and reassembling a swing set, landscaping, home cleaning and organization and moving furniture. “I felt that the church came to my house today”, says one homeowner. In this project, the Mission Possible team repaired and rebuilt a playset that had been rotted after many years of use. Watching the children enjoying the swings after a long day’s work was the greatest reward. We were able to partner with local businesses such as Taconic Pharmacy, Raymond Opticians and JV Hot Bagels to help our neighbors. Mission Possible is accepting applications for volunteers and work requests for our spring event (date to be determined).
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May 5, 2018
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you say to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” – James 2:14-16
Such an amazing day of faith in action as on May 5th 16 youth and 12 adults headed to New York City to bring food, new shirts and socks, and self care items to our brothers and sisters in need. Breakfast was cooked on griddles by the teens. Backpacks, water bottles and fruit were shared with approximately 55 special guests at our assigned street corner. (Many thanks to the members of the congregation who donated items!) Let us keep these people in our prayers.
On Friday, June 8th, another group of 15 people went to New York City on a Midnight Run and provided clothing and lunches for the homeless. In addition to meeting these basic needs, our group also visited with these people who often feel so alone. It was such a blessing to all.