Five youths of the Minetto United Methodist Church recently completed their confirmation studies and were received into membership in the church by the Rev. Linda Harris, pastor. The new members are Bailey Noel DePoint, daughter of Lynnette and Brad DePoint; Allyson Jean Bruns and Lucas Robert Bruns, children of Jill and Robert Bruns; and Abigail Marie Toland and Joseph (Joey) Topher Toland, grandchildren of Sylvia and Shawn Allen.

The young people were assisted in their confirmation studies by church members Wynnette Dohse, Nancy Prarie, and June and Vernon Tryon under the leadership of the pastor. Their studies included scripture as well as church history, beliefs, and practice. They constructed a banner depicting their faith journey and presented it to the church to be hung in the sanctuary. They assisted with serving communion following their confirmation and were honored at a confirmation reception after the service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Click photo to enlarge) Recent confirmands at the Minetto United Methodist Church are shown (L to R): Bailey DePoint, Allyson Bruns, Rev. Linda Harris, Joey Toland, Lucas Bruns, and Abby Toland

 

Free Dinner, Sunday, June 23, 2019

On June 5, 2019, in Events, by MUMC

Free Community Dinner at Minetto United Methodist Church

The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner on Sunday, June 23, serving from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. The menu, subject to change, will be roast chicken, potatoes, vegetables, bread, and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted. Next month’s dinner will be on July 28.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for clothing items that can be recycled. Useable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The church is offering for sale its Minetto Village Christmas Ornament Series to raise funds for several building maintenance projects. The available ornaments are: 2013 Minetto United Methodist Church, 2014 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2015 Minetto Bridge over the Oswego River, 2016 Minetto Town Hall, 2017 Minetto Riverside Park, 2018 Minetto Post Office, and 2019 Pastor Chuck Forbes memorial and chancel. The 2013 ornament showing the Minetto UMC church is offered at a 25% discount while they last. Ornaments may be purchased during office hours, 1:30 to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, or on Sundays, or call 315-343-9692 for other arrangements.

Visitors are always welcome. The building is fully accessible, and our sanctuary is equipped with individual listening devices. The church is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto. Its physical address for GPS purposes is 2433 County Route 8, Oswego, NY 13126. The mailing address is PO Box 217, Minetto, NY 13115.

 

 

 

Concinnity Concert, Sunday, June 9, 2019

On May 20, 2019, in Events, by MUMC

Imagine! A Vision of Hope Concert by Concinnity

Members of Concinnity, the local select women’s vocal ensemble, and their friends, according to conductor Mary Lou Bjorkman, “would like to spread joy, awareness of issues, and optimism through their music.” They have chosen to make their voices heard by means of a concert entitled, Imagine! A Vision of Hope, that will be held at the First United Methodist Church, on Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 pm. The building is fully accessible and is located at 7111 State Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126, and there is ample parking.

Kindred Spirits, a group of community women from the region, will join with Concinnity, along with a youth string ensemble. They have volunteered their time to perform in this positive and thoughtful celebration of love, hope, and responsibility. Songs to be presented will include “Yes We Can,” “1000 Grandmothers,” “Seize the Day,” and, of course, John Lennon’s immortal, “Imagine.” There will be a slide show accompanying the concert.

Concinnity conductor Bjorkman invites the community to “join them for a Sunday afternoon filled with uplifting and inspirational music to soothe the soul and the ears.” There will be no admission charge, but a free will offering will be accepted.

Click photo to enlarge. Members of Concinnity, the local select women’s vocal ensemble, include (L to R) front row:  Cheryl Rodgers, Pam Giovanetti, Rocky Farden, Ann Losurdo, Mary Lou Bjorkman; 2nd row: Anne Ludington, Gay Williams, Kathy Duschen, Nancy Pease, Sean Simonson; 3rd row: Joan Colman, Diane Taverni, Linda Knowles, Bobbie Palange, and Holly Abel. The group is directed by Mary Lou Bjorkman and will perform with other groups in Imagine! A Vision of Hope community concert on Sunday, June 9, at 3:00 P.M., at Oswego First United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

2019 Christmas Ornament Now Available

On March 14, 2019, in Events, by MUMC

The church is offering for sale its Minetto Village Christmas Ornament Series to raise funds for several building maintenance projects.

The latest acquisition is the 2019 ornament. It has a memorial picture of Pastor Chuck Forbes on one side and of the chancel at Christmas time on the other side. The latter subject was chosen because of Pastor Chuck’s love of decorating his home and the church for Christmas. [click on image to enlarge]

 

 

The available ornaments are: 2013 Minetto United Methodist Church, 2014 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2015 Minetto Bridge over the Oswego River, 2016 Minetto Town Hall, 2017 Minetto Riverside Park, 2018 Minetto Post Office, and 2019 Pastor Chuck Forbes memorial and chancel. Ornaments are $10 except the 2013 ornament showing the Minetto UMC church that is offered at a 25% discount while they last. The ornaments are 3 inch diameter white ceramic disks with a green ribbon. They may be purchased during office hours, 1:30 to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, or on Sundays, or by calling 315-343-9692 for other arrangements.

 

 

Free Dinner, Sunday, March 24, 2019

On March 9, 2019, in Events, by MUMC

Free Community Dinner at Minetto United Methodist Church

The Minetto United Methodist Church will host a free dinner on Sunday, March 24, serving from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. The menu, subject to change, will be ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread, and dessert. Donations are not expected but will be accepted. Next month’s dinner will be on April 28.

A collection shed is available in the parking lot at the back of the church for clothing items that can be recycled. Useable items include: all clothing, shoes, sneakers, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys.

The church is also offering for sale its Minetto Village Christmas Ornament Series to raise funds for several building maintenance projects. The available ornaments are: 2013 Minetto United Methodist Church, 2014 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2015 Minetto Bridge over the Oswego River, 2016 Minetto Town Hall, 2017 Minetto Riverside Park, and 2018 Minetto Post Office. The 2013 ornament showing the Minetto UMC church is offered at a 25% discount while they last. Ornaments may be purchased during office hours, 1:30 to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, or on Sundays, or call 315-343-9692 for other arrangements.

Visitors are always welcome. The building is fully accessible, and our sanctuary is equipped with individual listening devices. The church is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto. Its physical address for GPS purposes is 2433 County Route 8, Oswego, NY 13126. The mailing address is PO Box 217, Minetto, NY 13115.

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras Coming to Minetto United Methodist Church


Mardi Gras will be celebrated at Minetto United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 3, 3:00 to 6:00 P.M., to herald the season of Lent. There will be fun, games, music, and refreshments, including King Cake, for all ages. Jeffrey Martin will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Participants are welcome for all or any part of the scheduled time. Admission is free but there will be a free-will offering to help support the church’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift ministry.

The Sounds of Brass will perform New Orleans style music, beginning at 5:00. Selections will include St. Louis Blues, Beale Street Blues, Oh When the Saints go Marching In, Bill Bailey, Tiger Rag, Lassus Trombone, and other similar tunes. The group consists of Dave Brown and Ray Sturge on trumpets, Ray Bratt on French horn, Colleen Dailey with trombone, Paul Sherman and Frank Bickel on tubas, and Jim Myers at the drums.

Mardi Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, grew out of ancient peoples’ spring and fertility rites. Early Christian leaders found that it was easier to incorporate the pagan celebration into their religious practices than to outlaw it. Hence, the precursor to Lent consisting of parties, costumes, music, food, and parades is enjoyed to this day. Some cities, like New Orleans, have turned it into a month-long festival. Mardi Gras concludes with Fat or Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, because people were forbidden to eat animal products during Lent, so they had to consume all the supplies they had on hand that day. Mardi Gras has a moveable date and may occur on any Tuesday from February 3rd to March 9th. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday, and always 46 days before Easter.

The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, resembling the combination of coffee cake and French pastry that is rich in history and flavor. It is decorated in royal colors of purple to signify Justice, green for Faith, and gold for Power. These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany.

The church building is fully accessible, and the sanctuary is equipped with individual listening devices. The church is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto. Its physical address for GPS purposes is 2433 County Route 8, Oswego, NY 13126. The mailing address is PO Box 217, Minetto, NY 13115.