Sep. 20 we’ll be going full steam ahead at FPCU. As your enjoy these remaining days of summer, the stewardship committee invites you to join them in a prayerful consideration of the skills and material wealth with which God has blessed you, and how these blessings might be might be shared here at FPCU.
With this in mind, we plan on highlighting some of the ministries currently in place here at FPCU during this coming season, with an emphasis on how you can be involved with them. We also hope to share stories of how lives are being changed by these ministries, both here and outside our doors, and invite you to share these stories, so all of us might be uplifted in their telling….
Fall Used Clothing Sale
Citings in scripture direct us to serve and meet people’s needs with love and humility. Our congregation ‘s UPW (United Presbyterian Women) strives to support our congregation’s mission through our ministries, which are described in detail in the FPCU Annual Report. UPW is open to all women, and we are appreciative for the help volunteered by the men with some of our projects.
The annual fall used clothing sale and the spring rummage sale are anticipated by many in our greater community, and bring us together in work and fellowship. Through these sales we forestall loneliness and model generosity while offering low cost needed items to families. We welcome and inspire both new and old friends as we open our door to others outside our congregation. These efforts also result in enlightening people as we support youth and women’s faith journeys outside of the church.
Blessed to be a Blessing
“My husband & I made a choice to be a single-income family so I could be home with our daughter. We couldn’t do that without events like this (UPW used clothing sale). Thanks so much for this sale. We look forward to it every year.” Shopper at sale.
Thanks to all here at FPCU who donated so generously of your goods, time, and labor. We had many people who took advantage of our used clothing sale this year, and who, like the young woman quoted above, expressed their appreciation of this event. More than two dozen members/friends of the congregation gathered here in the chapel for four days to accomplish the task, and over $700 in profits from sales (many of them donations of amounts greater than the individual was charged) will be added to the UPW’s fund for use in their ministries. We appreciate your support, that allows us to be a blessing to others.
CROP HUNGER WALK Results!
CROP WALK ! 131 walkers stepped out to raise funds for our Food Pantry and for projects fighting proverty in the U.S. and abroad. Trumansburg Area Congregations’ participation in the CROP Hunger Walks started 27 years ago as a way to support our Food Pantry –officially founded the same year—and share beyond our community, as well. THANKS to our 32 FPCU walkers! THANKS to donors! THANKS to volunteers—maps, route signs put up & taken down, registrars, sign makers, food contributors, publicity assistance, treasurer, so much help! Walker donation envelopes: please turn in asap to Carolyn Lange or John Peeples. We’ll let you know when totals are in! This year’s photographers are: Ginny Miller, Sue Henninger, and Carol Grove: Check out the whole collection on line! https://picasaweb.google.com/cgrove.share/October42015?authkey=Gv1sRgCJ3k_Y6Hrq6r1gE
More Photos are also on our Facebook Page
Through CWS You Have Helped Children Learn
Church World Service shares in a hope filled tomorrow through their CWS School Kit Program. Their warehouse contains a supply of blankets and kits. Our support helps them to stay ready to quickly respond to future severe weather and disasters. Thank you for your generous support of bags and supplies for at least 28 children.
Caring Ministries – The Caring Tree and Receptions
*Pray for this ministry, that its mission remains clear and honoring to God.
2 Cents A Meal
“2 Cents a Meal” or “Cents-ability,” as it is now known, is a program started by Presbyterian women in 1976 as a response to world hunger. Money gathered for this program on the first Sunday of each month here at FPCU goes to the Presbytery and then is given out in grant form. In the Geneva Presbytery this year, $15,200 was granted to various locations within our Presbytery, $1000 of which went to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. More information on this mission can be found at www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/hunger/what-cents-ability.
Trumansburg Food Pantry
The Trumansburg Food Pantry is open every other Monday throughout the year. Near the holidays, clients receive turkeys and hams to complement the regular items like bread, eggs, cereal, milk, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, and cheese. In December, all TAC churches are asked to provide fruited breads for the Christmas give-away. Please think about volunteering to bake for this pantry. FPCU is also responsible to staff the food pantry for two months. In 2016, our responsibility will be for April and May. The shifts are 9 a.m. for set-up, 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon distribution, and 5:15 p.m. for the evening pantry. A volunteer with a truck is also needed to go to the Shur Save and pick up food. It is important that enough people volunteer to fill all of the positions on the schedule.The Trumansburg Food Pantry is an important organization in our community serving many families, most with children, who would be nutritionally deficient without the efforts of the volunteers and the donations that support the pantry.
Organizations That Use Our Space
The place where we meet together for worship, the buildings at 69 Main, can also be considered a ministry of the church. Although the buildings themselves are owned by the Presbytery, building use is determined by the FPCU Session, whose members are elected by direct vote of the members of the church, i.e. us. We are going to let you know over the next weeks about some of the non-profit groups who use the Chapel.Our first featured group and our biggest “joint building user” is Trumansburg Community Nursery School, whose rental fees for their use of the lower floor of the Chapel and the Nursery provide a welcome addition to the annual income. The Trumansburg Community Nursery School (TCNS) is a non-profit, parent-cooperative school for young children. The school offers a balanced program stressing the development of the whole child. We emphasize activities which promote social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and contribute to the child’s self-esteem and awareness of others. The children learn through free play as well as organized activities and special projects. They enjoy experiences in art, music, movement, science, number awareness, and language development. There is a Terrific Two’s Class that meets in the Nursery upstairs, and 3 and 4 year old classes that meet downstairs. In addition, in conjunction with the Trumansburg Philomathic Library, Babies and their parents meet twice monthly from October to April on Wednesday mornings in the Nursery for Baby Storytime. If you’d like to know more go to http://tcns.info/
Our second featured groups who use the Chapel on a regular basis is Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a problem with alcohol. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their problem. Members follow a 12 step program, spiritual in nature, to help them with their alcoholism. Al-Anon is worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. They meet here once a week.The Chapel provides a private meeting place twice weekly for the AA group meetings, and once weekly meetings for Al-Anon and has done so for the past few years. The number of members attending vary, but are generally 15-20 in number. To find out more about AA , go to http://www.aa.org/ and for Al-Anon go to http://www.al-anon.org/
Our third featured groups using our buildings are a sampling of the variety of other non-profit groups who meet here at various time during the year such as the Garden Club, Scout troops, the Trumansburg Community Chorus, Encore Players, and the Trumansburg Philomathic Library. The local Garden Club’s annual spring plant sale is held here in May. The Trumansburg Community Chorus uses the space for concerts twice annually and occasionally for rehearsals. The Encore Players have held auditions and rehearsals here when their regular spots for meeting are not available. The Library has for years held their Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in our Chapel in November and Summer Reading Program Beginning and Ending Parties here. Many more use the building when needed by scheduling their usage through Kristin Parry at FPCUlysses@gmail.com.Community
Groups filling our worship space with learning, support, fellowship, art, and music – how could God be anything but pleased?
The George Dyke, Gordon Brown, and Reverend Tom Lange Memorial Scholarship
The “Tent Crew,” as they are known, raises the FPCU tent eight or ten times a summer for various celebrations in the immediate area, such as graduations, weddings, and other gatherings. The funds raised are used for the Scholarship which is awarded each year to a college-bound high school senior from the Trumansburg or South Seneca areas who has been active and involved in his or her church, school, and/or community and exemplifies excellent citizenship and sensitivity to those around them. Setting up the large tent (30×60 feet) is a challenging endeavor and all are welcome to join. There are a variety of tasks from literal heavy lifting to light-duty work. It’s fun and rewarding, and typically takes an hour on Friday and Monday evenings for set ups and take downs. If you would enjoy a ministry where the great outdoors surround you, where your presence is vital and always appreciated, and where you could enjoy the rewards of an “immediate result”, while only obligating yourself to a short period of time – this ministry could be the perfect fit for you.The suggested donation for use of the tent is $350. Contact Jerry Kraus, Tent Master, at 607-351-6795 for more information.