The Eighteenth Annual Joy of Christmas musical program will be held at the Minetto United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 11, at 5:00 P.M. The program will feature a variety of vocal and instrumental Christmas and popular music. Included in the program will be the New Horizons Band and Chorus, the Concinnity gals and the “two Tonys (Tony Joseph and Tony Crain) and friends” and the Joy of Christmas Chorus. The program is free and open to the public, although a free-will offering will be invited and will be given to the Minetto Elementary School to be used to provide Christmas gifts for families in need.

The program will be followed by a roast pork dinner with sweet potato casserole, mixed vegetables, dessert, and beverage for which there is a charge and reservations are required. Reservations for the dinner must be made by December 7, by calling 342-2889.

The building is handicapped accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts store, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.  For more information call 342-2889 or visit our website at


Because of conflicting schedules during the first week of every month, it has been decided to move the Women’s monthly Bible Study meetings to the Second Tuesday of each month.
We will change the name to avoid confusion and the change will begin in November. First Tuesday will become Second Tuesday. The next Second Tuesday session will be held on November 8th, at 6:30 PM.  The subject that evening in our Managing your Moods series is titled “Temper, Temper.”

When we delve into the moods and emotions that influence our lives, anger is not difficult to spot. But it can be very difficult to let go of.  The Bible is full of wisdom and practical advice when it comes to anger and we’ll explore some of those passages for new insights.

Second Tuesday is open to all women. Although the overall theme is the same, each session is different and does not require attendance at a previous session. Come and be part of this growing fellowship as we grow in our own faith journeys.


Open to 6th to 8th Graders (and, anyone older who has not been confirmed).

Confirmation in The United Methodist Church is a time of intentional preparation, leading to the first public profession of faith. During this time young persons “make firm” what has gone before: God’s prevenient grace, baptism, the teaching and witness of parents and other persons of faith, the teachings and life together in the church, the student’s own growing faith. Youth are invited to claim for themselves the name Christian and the name United Methodist. Confirmation is a significant step in the journey of faith.

Unlike baptism, which is a sacrament, confirmation is a repeatable rite in The United Methodist Church. Standing before the congregation to profess one’s faith as part of a confirmation ceremony is not limited to only one special time. In addition to confirmation of younger youth, the Book of Discipline encourages a time of intentional preparation and the rite of confirmation for older youth as well.

Claim the name Christian: to profess Jesus Christ as their Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races.

Claim the name United Methodist: to be loyal to the United Methodist Church, doing all in their power to strengthen its ministries, by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness.

Sessions (over seven weeks):

  • About That Name and Prepare for the Journey: Advent
  • Celebrate the Birth: Christmas
  • Grow in Faith: Epiphany
  • Prepare for New Life: Lent
  • Celebrate New Life: Easter
  • Prepare for the Spirit: Pentecost
  • I Belong to Jesus Christ!

Orientation Session (for confirmands, parents, and mentors): Sunday, October 23nd, 2011 at 2 PM

Please let Pastor Chuck Forbes know the name, age, and grade level of your child who will be confirmed.


Final preparations for the annual Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church were recently reviewed by some of the more than 100 people who will work to serve nearly 1000 dinners on October 15. Shown are (seated L to R) Jean Kingsley, Diana Rockhill, and Lori Kingsley; (standing) Doug Buske, Rick VanPatten, Bill Rockhill, Fred Dumas, and Pastor Chuck Forbes.


Turkey aplenty will be served at the Harvest Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 15, beginning at 4:00. Customers who prefer to eat at home can go inside for carry-out service or use the drive-thru take-out line. They just pull into the parking lot from Empire Avenue and give their order to an attendant who radios it inside. Then they drive forward, where more attendants collect payment, deliver the order to the car, and send them on their way. Those who prefer to eat at the church, may go inside and eat in the dining room where they will likely find some of their friends and neighbors. Either way everyone gets a complete traditional home-cooked dinner including roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, and homemade pie. Regular dinners are $9.00 and smaller ones are $6.00. The church is located at the corner of state route 48 and county route 8 in the village of Minetto, and the building is handicapped accessible.

This year’s dinner will use 32 turkeys weighing over 700 pounds, 320 pounds of potatoes, 250 pounds of squash, and over 125 homemade pies. Planning and conducting the dinner will involve about 130 individuals of the congregation and community, from over 90 households. Most participants have done their jobs for several years so they have developed considerable skill and efficiency. Our pastor, Rev. Chuck Forbes, will be returning from a class in Buffalo and will be on hand to greet our later guests. “We look forward to seeing long-time friends and new customers as well. Our dinner has become an autumn tradition well-loved by the people of our community and church,” said Vernon Tryon, coordinator of the annual event.

The church has been conducting an annual Harvest Dinner for many years — the actual number is unknown. It is a traditional home-cooked roast turkey dinner. It was originally served in our dining room, but gradually more and more people wanted dinners to take home. In 2002, we added the option of drive-thru service so people wouldn’t have to park and come inside the building. That first year, 182 of our total of 474 meals went out the drive-thru. Last year, 432 of our 842 meals were delivered to 149 vehicles in the drive-thru line, 22% were served in our dining room, 27% were carried away by people who came inside the building, and the remaining 51% were served via the drive-thru.

The church holds its harvest turkey dinner each fall to supplement support of its ministries in Minetto and around the world. Over 16% of the church’s annual budget is used for service outside the parish. That money is targeted for such purposes as health insurance for retired clergy and their dependents; worldwide missions and services to the poor, disabled, and disadvantaged; overhead expenses for United Methodist Committee on Relief disaster assistance; Upper New York Annual Conference services and programs; interdenominational cooperation; eleven historically African-American colleges in the U.S.; and Africa University, the only United Methodist university in Africa, which serves 1300 students each year in agriculture, business, and other fields of study.

The people of the church also support a number of outreach efforts within our community. Included are monthly gifts of non-perishable foods to the Oswego Salvation Army, a recent collection of school supplies for the Minetto Elementary School, monthly free dinners, contributions of food-stamp ineligible necessities to the Helping Hands Cupboard at Fulton State Street UMC, clothing and gifts provided to children and families of need at Christmas time, assistance with the Oswego County Opportunities house vegetable garden, a monthly noisy can offering given to a wide variety of local charitable purposes, and providing meeting space for several music, exercise, and Scouting groups. With Pastor Chuck’s leadership, we are striving to be God’s love to our neighbors in all places.


In Solemn Memory & Hope for Peace

On September 10, 2011, in Events, by MUMC





I’m sending this email to invite/remind you of the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Concert being held tomorrow, Sunday, 9/11. The concert, featuring John Rutter’s Requiem and 3 other songs, begins at 3:30 at St. Mary’s Church in Oswego NY, and at 7:30, St, Mary’s Church in Baldwinsville. The choir of over 60 voices is directed by Mary Lou Bjorkman, and is accompanied on the organ by Ryan Schaffer. Other instrumentalists are Carol Fox, Sue Maxwell, Lynn Dailey, Eric and Ben.  Soloists are Pam Hoffman Giovanetti, April Frank (Oswego)  and Lisa Kisselstein (B’ville).

It seems impossible that it has been ten years since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers… an event that changed forever our sense of security in the world. While horrendously tragic in itself, it served as an initiation to the way many people live in the world today. It is our hope that through this concert, we can both honor the memories of the fallen heros who bravely and selflessly went to the aid of those in need, and inspire peace, comfort, and a sense of healing throughout the world. We each can do something to contribute to celestial harmony.  Come join the Greater Oswego Community Chorus on Sunday in spreading peace and healing in our community.

Hope to see you there~

Mary Lou Carpenter-Bjorkman


Here’s the tally of our school supplies from your donations and the net proceeds from our food booth  @ Magic In Minetto.


  • 22 Backpacks
  • 200 Pens / 400 Pencils
  • 44 packs Filler Paper
  • 4 pads Graph Paper
  • 24 Calculators
  • 40 Composition Notebooks
  • 44 Glue Sticks
  • 26 packs Index Cards
  • 70 Erasers
  • 4 boxes Flash Cards
  • 12 Rulers
  • 27 Spiral Notebooks
  • 10 Scotch tape
  • 60 Pocket Folders
  • 14 Highlighters
  • 12 Pencil sharpeners
  • 19 boxes Crayons
  • 50 Markers
  • 23 packs Colored Pencils
  • 22 Pencil Boxes
  • 14 Book covers
  • 30 3-Ring binders
  • 16 packs Post-It Notes
  • 15 White glue
  • 12 Blunt Scissors
  • 22 boxes Ziplock bags
  • 16 quarts Hand sanitizer
  • 6 boxes Facial tissues
  • $100 cash for additional classroom needs

Thank You for your generosity and continued support of our local school children.

-Your Missions Team