PHOTOS FROM THE LENTEN CLUSTER SERVICE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th – UMCSO
Some 70 people attended the first Lenten Cluster Pot Trust Supper & Service at UMCSO on March 27th. Members came from various churches, notably Peekskill UMC, Grace UMC, Yorktown UMC, St. Colombanus, & Park Avenue AME Zion. See photos below.
LENTEN BONFIRE 2019
Great weather and good company made our Lenten Bonfire a wonderful success. Thanks to everyone who came out to dine and enjoy the roaring fire with us.
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.
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.