• May 2017
  • March 2017
  • January 2017
  • December 2016
  • November 2016
  • October 2016
  • August 2016
  • July 2016
  • May 2016
  • March 2016
  • January 2016
  • December 2015

Church Checkup as of May 2017:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.

During May our small groups incl. Memorial Day Kazoo Band,  Thursday morning study, Social Issues Discussion Group, Paper Shredding, Ladies Group, Emmaus Weekend XXXVII, Family Game Night, Youth other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.  May activities included outreach to the community, Special Mother’s Day Offerings for Church World Services Blankets, making sandwiches for Spooner House and UMCOR Birthing Kits. We also provided use of our building to community groups like Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Two Planks.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.  In May we offered music ministry with our choir and laity witnessing through liturgy.  On May 4, we participated in an ecumenical service for “National Day of Prayer.”

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of March 2017:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability. During March, small groups including Gifts of the Dark Woods and The Women of Easter  Book Studies, Social Issues Discussion Group, Friendship Circle, Family Game Night, Sunday School and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   During March, activities including Sound Tigers Hockey game supporting the NYAC Disaster Response efforts and our continued support to Monroe Food Pantry.  We also provided the use of our building to the broader community like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Two Planks local theater group for the 3-week production of La Cage au Folles and condo associations.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.  In March, we recognized the Boy and Girl Scouts with a special Scout Sunday Service, an Ash Wednesday service and weekly Lenten sermon series in conjunction with the Gift of the Dark Woods book study.  We continue to provide spiritual support through prayers for our parishioners, community and world.  We enhanced the worship experience with our music ministry of special music and choir, special altar arrangements and laity witnessing through liturgy.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of January 2017:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.  January discipleship small groups included The Book of Joshua Bible Study, Social Issues Discussion Group, Friendship Circle, Family Game Night, Youth Group, Sunday School and other church committees. We also afforded opportunities at the District Resourcing days.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   During January activities included the Souper Bowl of Caring contest for the Monroe Food Pantry. In addition, we provided the use of our building to the broader community like boy scouts, girl scouts, Two Planks local theater group and condo associations.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.   In January we provided spiritual support through prayers for our parishioners, community and world at large. We enhanced the worship experience with our continued music ministry of special music and choir, and laity witnessing through liturgy.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of December 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.  December discipleship small groups included Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam Bible Study; Social Issues Discussion Group; Walk to Bethlehem; Christmas Caroling; Movie Night at UMC Monroe; Trim-a-Tree; Family Game Night; Youth Group, Annual Charge Conference and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   During December, UMCM sponsored special alternative Christmas giving to support activity classes at the Monroe Senior Center; Bibles or hymnals through World Service Fund; Jerry cans to transport water without risk of contamination in communities without running water through Church World Service; heating oil via Project Warmth in Monroe; gloves and dust masks for use after natural disasters through UMCOR; and support for the Black College Fund.  Our regular December activities included Outreach to the community with collections for Christmas Dinner as part of mini-missions; Covenant to Care Christmas gift collection; Poinsettia plants to support Pivot Ministries; and hats/mittens/socks for Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport.  We also provided the use of our building to the broader community like scout groups, Two Planks Theater and condo associations.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.  In December we celebrated the birth of our Lord with a Christmas Cantata performed by our choir; Christmas Pageant featuring all youth; and Christmas Eve service with candle lighting. We continuously provided spiritual support through prayers for our parishioners, community and world at large; our music ministry with special music and choir; and laity witnessing through liturgy.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of November 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability. During November our discipleship through small groups including “Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam” Bible Study; Sing-a-long at Atria; Church Clean-up day; Social Issues Discussion Group; Walk to Bethlehem; Friendship Circle; My Fair Ladies; Family Game Night; Youth Group and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   November activities included Pivot Ministry Music and Luncheon; Wicke Luncheon; Fall Shredding Event and bake sale and Vendor party. Outreach to the community with Mini-missions Thanksgiving dinner collections in addition to sandwich making for Spooner House. Our Parish Nurse provided health information on flu vaccines. We also provided the use of our building to the broader community like scout groups, Two Planks Theater and condo associations.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God. In November we celebrated All Saint’s Day and Pivot Ministry. We provided spiritual support through prayer angels for Emmaus XXXVI and our pastor’s ordination tribunal.  We offer music ministry with special music and choir and laity witnessing through liturgy, as well as Receiving Guidance meditation services.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of October 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability. During October our discipleship through small groups included Immersion Bible Study: Romans; Social Issues Discussion Group; Start of Walk to Bethlehem; Friendship Circle; My Fair Ladies; Family Game Night; Youth Group; Children’s Craft Day and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   October activities included Mission Sunday; St. Vincent’s Medical Mission; St. John’s Family Center; Outreach to the community with the Harvest Festival, Ben’s Bell Project and Mini-missions soup collections.  In addition, we provided the use of our building to the broader community like cub scouts, girl scouts and Two Planks Theater.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God. In October we offered our music ministry with special music and choir, and laity witnessing through liturgy.  We participated in World Communion Sunday on October 2, Laity Sunday on October 9 and Reformation Sunday on October 30.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of August 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability. During August our small groups included a Bluefish baseball game raising money for Binky Patrol, Summer Bible Study, Friendship Circle, My Fair Ladies, Family Game Night, Youth Group, Children’s Craft Day, and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   August activities included Outreach to the community with Covenant to Care backpack collections, Mini-missions sandwich condiment collections and inspiration with Flat Jesus. Our Parish nurse provided health screenings on 8/28. In addition we provided the use of our building to the broader community (cub scouts, girl scouts and Two Planks).

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God. In August we offered our music ministry with special music, laity witnessing through liturgy and blessing of the backpacks for students of all ages returning to school. We participated in the Bible Reading Marathon at the Monroe Town Green.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of July 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.  During July our small groups included Vacation Bible School, Summer Bible Study, Friendship Circle, celebrating our Octogenarians, My Fair Ladies, Family Game Night, Youth Group, Children’s Craft Day, Emmaus Weekend XXXVI and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   July activities included outreach to the community with Covenant to Care backpack collections, Mini-missions sandwich condiment collections and inspiration with Flat Jesus.   During VBS our “surfers” shared God’s Amazing Love with our neighbors in need through donations for UMCOR’s clean-up flood buckets.   Our Parish Nurse provided health screenings on 7/31.   In addition, we provided the use of our building to the broader community like Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Two Planks Theater.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God. In July we offered our music ministry with special music and laity witnessing through liturgy and leading the service while the pastor was on vacation.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of May 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.  During May this included Memorial Day Kazoo Band and VBS float; Thursday morning study; Social Issues Discussion Group; Paper Shredding; Friendship Circle; My Fair Ladies; Family Game Nights; Youth Group; Children’s Craft Day; Emmaus Weekend XXXV and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   May activities included:  outreach to community with annual “Cruisin’ for a Cause” car show; CROP Walk; Special Mother’s Day Offering for CWS Blankets+; sandwiches for Kings Pantry; and UMCOR Birthing Kits .    We also provided use of our building to the broader community, i.e. Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Two Planks Theater.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.  In May we offered music ministry with our choir and laity witnessing through liturgy.  On May 5, we participated in an ecumenical service for “National Day of Prayer”; wore red to recognize Pentecost; and celebrated our gifts from God and pledged to give back on Consecration Sunday.   Confirmation classes also continued.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Checkup as of March 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God including discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Christ through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.  During March, our small groups included Thursday morning bible study, Sunday social discussion group, “The Fourth Wise Man” movie night, Friendship Circle, My Fair Ladies, Family Game Night, Youth Group, Children’s Craft Day, Sound Tiger Game and other church committees.  We completed our Walk to Jerusalem in time to walk with Jesus during Holy Week.

Missions:  opportunities for persons to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world; provide hope to those in need; and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.  March activities included outreach to the community with our annual Easter Egg Hunt and collecting 113 pounds of food for the Monroe Food Pantry; and special offerings during Holy Week earmarked for a church AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  In addition, we provided the use of our building to the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Two Planks.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.  In March we recognized Christ’s journey with Holy week services, communion on Maundy Thursday, participation in the Ecumenical Easter Sunday sunrise service at Great Hollow Lake; our music ministry with choir and laity witnessing through liturgy; and confirmation classes continued.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Check-up as of January 2016:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God in multiple ways: discipleship, mission & worship.

Discipleship: opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.   In January, our small groups included:  Thursday morning study, Friendship Circle, My Fair Ladies, Family Game Night, Youth Group, Children’s Craft Day and other church committees

Missions: opportunities to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world — providing hope to those in need and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.   In January, activities included:  donations for Monroe Food Pantry and Covenant to Care.  Our Parish Nurse partnering with St. Vincent’s and conducting health screenings.  In addition we provided the use of our building to the broader community like Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Two Planks Theater.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.  In January, we witnessed to the prison population and heard from the Malta Justice Initiative. In addition, our music ministry with our choir continues and laity witnessing through liturgy.  Confirmation classes continued.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!

Church Check-up as of December 2015:  Our church in action provides opportunities to bring people to God in multiple ways: discipleship, mission and worship.

Discipleship:  opportunities for groups of people to gather on a regular basis with the goal of becoming more faithful disciples of Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability.   In December, our small groups  included:  Thursday morning Book study, Friendship Circle, My Fair Ladies, Family Game Night, Youth Group, Children’s Craft Day, Trim-a-Tree and other church committees.

Missions:  opportunities to participate on behalf of the congregation in ministries intended to transform people in our community, region and world — providing hope to those in need and serve to show God’s commitment to the world.  In December, activities included:  Breakfast with Santa, Caroling, Mercy Learning Center, Covenant to Care and Alternative Christmas donations for Monroe Food Pantry, Mozambique Scholarship and Heifer Project.   Our mitten tree provided warmth to Bridgeport Rescue Mission and Mercy Center.  Our Parish Nurse in partnership with St. Vincent’s conducted health screenings.  We provided the use of our building to the broader community including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and  Two Planks Theater.

Worship:  opportunities to attend services and praise God.  In December the youth participated in the annual Christmas pageant;  we offered a Blue Christmas service; we welcomed Christ with a Christmas Eve service; continued music ministry with our choir and laity witnessing through liturgy; and Confirmation class continued.

If God is calling you to launch a new group or opportunity, speak to Pastor Martha or any Church Council Member!