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Milo Center Methodist

Pastor Kim shared how the story of Thomas in John 20:25 is like a tug of war with God. Many of us have been in doubt of things we can't see. Our God and Jesus Christ are often named in those doubts. The events of Holy Week  are no comparison to the day of Resurrection itself if you are  a doubter. At times, the core of our doubt is control. We need to let go of what is holding us back and remember that we are not alone and offer our hands to God for His support, render control to Him. What will allow you to find peace? Maybe turning our gaze upward and lifting our hearts will allow peace to fulfill us.

Sincere sympathies to the Tammy James and Bob Foster families as they cope with their losses. Blessings abound for our church family and beyond this week. Continued prayers of healing to Dale Welker and Laurie Koek. Celebrating April birthdays with Jamie Little, Paul Sprague, Pat Strong, and Christine Hallings.

St. Michael's Catholic

We had fun tailgating and trail walking this past Sunday.  Not to mention, we left the trail more presentable for others to enjoy.  Hopefully all of us can continue to do all we can to be good stewards of all that God gives us. 

Families who have been working with their children in our Faith Formation program, “Alive in Christ,” are asked to reregister by 5/28 so we can take advantage of early bird pricing.  All school aged children who are not attending St. Michael’s School need to be registered.  “Alive in Christ” is a great program because the whole family learns together. 

Our neophytes are exploring how their reception of the Sacraments have been changing their lives.  We hope to be offering a Bible study to help them continue nourishing their souls. 

The Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost are less than a month away.  A resource parents might want to have for their children is Breathe, A child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost and Growing, by Laura Alary.  Find it at Paraclete Press. 

Penn Yan First Presbyterian 

FPC’s online Bible study group recently completed the study of part one of the Book of Romans, the longest and most complex book in the New Testament. We are now beginning part two using the book, “Paul for Everyone – Romans, Part 2, Chapters 9-16,” by N. T. Wright. It’s not too late to join the group. We meet online each Tuesday night from 7-8 p. m. Pastor Paul is leading our discussions. If you are interested, we always have room and books are still available. Please contact the church at 315-536-8235 or email for more information. All are welcome and the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans is a fascinating topic.

It has been said that the Book of Romans may be one of the most difficult of Paul’s epistles to clearly understand. With commentary written by N. T. Wright, one of the world’s current and best known Biblical scholars, we find help in explaining Romans as written in its historical time and context. Paul had had great missionary success in Greece. Prior to leaving there for Jerusalem, he addressed this epistle to the Christian church in Rome as a letter of introduction. Paul’s intent was to visit the congregation in Rome on his way to Spain in his continued effort to spread the Gospel. One can only imagine undertaking such a trip or his spiritual and theological vision in the year 57 CE. In the later chapters of Romans we begin to comprehend the totality of the entire Book of Romans. Paul’s letter declares we need to abide by God’s righteousness through Christ’s spirit, as human beings regardless of our religious heritage, cultural differences, or location on this earth. Another reviewer of Wright’s two commentaries summarizes, “In the age to come we must transform our mind and accept God’s will, as his children, to bring justice, joy and peace once and for all.” Even in today’s world, this remains a lofty goal.

Finally as a reminder, FPC is holding their Chicken BBQ at Lyons Bank this coming Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The cost will be $10.00 per meal or $7.00 for the chicken half only. We hope to see you there.

St. Mark’s Episcopal 

Have you ever looked at something you have seen many times before and noticed something new? Well, some us at St. Mark’s have recently had that experience. A small group has been discussing the difference in the Lord’s Prayer of the use of Who versus Which in the traditional version (Book of Common Prayer) in the phrase “Who art in heaven”.

Therefore, it was interesting to note that one of our treasures uses the Which! It is a large woodcut, made out of white holly, of the Lord’s Prayer created about 1880 by Byron F. Warfield. Byron was born in 1856, married in1879, and died in 1890 in Lyons. He lived in Hopewell, Ontario County but we have found no mention of what he did for a living. The donor, Herbert E. Warfield, (1884-1953), along with his wife Hazel C., was a long-time member of St. Mark’s where he served on the Vestry and as a Warden. He was a pharmacist, and was probably a relative of Byron’s, perhaps a son since he was born in Lyons where Byron died six years after Herbert was born.

This large woodcut, made out of white holly, of the Lord’s Prayer created about 1880 by Byron F. Warfield. It hangs in the columbarium of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Penn Yan.

The woodcut was hung on the front wall of the sanctuary for years but it had to be moved to the Columbarium when the Sampson’s Organ (which is also worth seeing) was moved in to be safe and dry until it can be moved to its permanent home in the restored Sampson Theater Lobby. You are welcome to come see both whenever the church is open for services or call 315-536-3955 for an appointment to see it. Someone will get back to you as soon as we can.       

Penn Yan First Baptist

The Board of Christian Education is making plans for Vacation Bible School 2021! More details will be forthcoming, however you can mark your calendars for the week of June 28 through July 2. 

Our church will also host a chicken barbecue May 22 at the Lyon's Bank parking lot on Liberty Street, Penn Yan. Save the date. 

During the month of April we are collecting fruit cups to benefit our Yates County children's backpack program. An ongoing project of ours is to collect cancelled postage stamps for U. S. Veteran rehabilitation programs. Just trim them to 1/4 inch around the stamp, save them at home until you have a handful, then bring them into church. It is a simple way to help our Veterans and it takes minimal effort on our part.

Bluff Point Methodist

This past Sunday our Harrison Fitch read the scripture from Luke 24; 13-35.  In these readings, two dejected disciples were walking the seven miles between Jerusalem to Emmaus after the Resurrection.  They didn’t realize that Jesus was walking with them, and asked them what they were talking about.  This brought up Pastor Sandi’s question.  Where is Jesus on your long and winding road?  Some people are comforted by straight roads where they can see everything along the way. Some roads are twisted, where memories may disappear.  Where is Jesus on our roads?  Some days on our travels we close our eyes to Jesus.  Jesus is present in our lives even when we are unaware. 

Plans and discussion now underway with the Bluff Point Methodist congregation regarding their comfort levels with coming back to church vs. our Zoom platform as more Sundays of reopening are considered.

Pastor Sandi is asking members of the congregation if they would be comfortable with the church opening more Sundays beginning in May.  Please let her know your feelings on this if she has not contacted you.  For now, limited attendance on the first and third Sundays of the month is the schedule, with Zoom weekly services.  Pastor Sandi is asking for more help in specific areas especially in computer technology and greeting functions as we consider options for more in church activity.

Saturday late afternoon kids church continues. Can you help with this mission?

Penn Yan Methodist

This Easter 2021 we had a very special treat from our Sunday School children, who meet on Zoom for class every Sunday. A huge thank you to Judy Hillyard, Pastor Kristen, Carolyn Benedict, and Mark Lefkus for all of their hard work and love that was put into this project!

At the beginning of Lent, Judy began teaching the Sunday school students how to sign “The Easter Song” by Annie Herring. They learned small sections at a time. When it came time to record to the church's version of the song, arranged by Mark Lefkus, she met individually on Zoom with students to rehearse. Once they were ready, Pastor Kristen joined Zoom to record them. That took several hours on the Thursday before Easter. The recordings were sent to the church tech director, Carolyn Benedict, who put together the signing with the music. She did a fabulous job. It was a work of love by all!

Our Sunday School teacher Judy Hillyard is a tremendous blessing to our children. She has been one of our Church’s Sunday School teachers for many years. Throughout the pandemic she has been teaching the children Sunday School via Zoom. Words cannot express how blessed our church is to have her! We are grateful for all the love and dedication the people of PYUMC pour into children!