MARCH 2015 THE TELESCOPE First United Methodist Church of Delmar www.delmarmethodist.org Reverend Iona Is Moving on to San Diego Late last month, Reverend Iona notified the Staff Parish Relations Team and Senior Pastor Deborah O’Connor-Slater of her resignation from First United Methodist Church of Delmar, effective April 22, 2015. She has accepted a position as Pastor at University City United Church in San Diego, California. This new position will provide continued opportunities for Reverend Iona’s professional growth and allow her family to be near her husband Phil’s family in California. Over the next two months, SPRT, Rev. Deborah and Pastor Denise and several teams will be working closely with Rev. Iona to support strong planning and healthy preparation for this transition. Reverend Iona has been an important part of our church for nearly 5 years and while we will miss her very much, we are grateful for her ministry with us. We wish her well as she moves to the place God has called her. Mark your calendars and join us in worship and Coffee Hour on April19 for Rev. Iona’s last Sunday with us. Administrative Council Adopts Church Budget for Fiscal 2015 With pledges up some $30,000 compared to last year, the Administrative Council has approved a balanced budget for 2015. First United Methodist ran an operating deficit of $36,820 in 2014 on spending of $584,020, according to revised numbers compiled in February. There also was a deficit of $14,543 in 2013. But the 2015 budget developed by the Finance Team and approved by the Ad Council forecasts ending the new year in the black by some $16,000. Key to the improved fiscal picture was the success of Consecration Sunday, which yielded almost 100 new or increased pledges. The new budget forecasts that contributions this year will total $365,900 – $31,147, or 9.3 percent, above 2014. Total income (including investment proceeds and other income) is projected at $579,950, up 5.9 percent from last year. The budget projects that 2015 operating expenditures will be $602,667, about 3.2 percent above last year. But $38,792 of those expenses will be offset with various unused designated funds from bequests and other sources, resulting in net operating expenditures of $563,875. The need to produce a balanced budget meant that not all requests from ministry teams were funded in full for 2015. The Finance Team has assigned liaisons to ministry teams to communicate the new budget lines and help them identify ways of meeting their objectives. Questions? Email Leah Giordano at [email protected] THE TELESCOPE MARCH 2015 PAGE 1 PASTORAL MESSAGE A Time of Transition Rev. Deborah O’Connor-Slater Dear Church, Lately it seems as if our congregation has experienced a full share of staff transitions. It began back in April of 2014 when our Christian Education Director, Leslie Kelly, resigned. In June of 2014 our much loved and long tenured Director of Music, Joe Farrell, retired. Most recently we have added another change. This time we are facing a shift in our pastoral staff as Rev. Iona Dickinson submitted her resignation as Full-time Associate Pastor here at First United Methodist to answer her call to serve as Lead Pastor at University United Church in San Diego, California. We have weathered the transition in our music and education programs over the past several months. I dare say we have done more than weather the transitions well. Our Education program continues to provide a strong educational experience for the families of our congregation. And our music program continues lead the congregation in worship and song as they weekly sing praises to God. I am grateful to interim Christian Education Director Lisa Ball and Interim Music Director Ken Loiacano for their ongoing leadership as the Staff Parish Relations Team seeks to listen and respond to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit in our time of transition. Now as we face a new shift in our staffing we may be tempted to question or doubt God’s presence in our midst. But, I encourage you, do not lose heart. Keep the faith. God is about to create a “new” thing. Just as the exiled people of Israel had all but given up hope of returning to their homeland, the prophet Isaiah spoke to them words to assure them that their time of transition was not in vain. Isaiah wrote; “For I am about to create a new heaven and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.” (Isaiah 65:17-18 NRSV) God’s servant Isaiah offers words of hope and joy in a time that seemed troubled and hopeless. And you may be tempted to feel troubled and hopeless in our time of transition. Again I say, do not lose heart. God is about to do a new thing here at First United Methodist Church. Just as God was faithful so long ago to God’s beloved children, God will be faithful to us at First United Methodist as we seek and identify persons who will help lead our congregation into a new day. I invite you to pray for the Staff Parish Relations Team and all who share in the leadership of our congregation as we listen and respond to God’s leading. Blessings, Deborah THE TELESCOPE MARCH 2015 PAGE 2 SPRT Invites Conversation The members of the Staff Parish Relations Team (SPRT) are listed below with phone and email contact information. The SPRT invites members of the congregation to contact a member of the SPRT to be in conversation, sharing your thoughts, ideas and concerns as a plan is developed for transition within our pastoral staff. Jane O’Neill Jim Held Barbara Wilson Dick Freyer Rob Stubbs Bryan Goddard Jeff Peterson Bob Hussar James Peattie Louisa Soleau 518-852-0546 518-478-9385 518-439-1223 518-439-5270 518-436- 0940 518-439-0175 518-439-3463 518-478-7810 518-533-7752 518-475-1615 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Senior Pastor Upcoming Renewal Leave SPRT along with District Superintendent Rich Weihing are in support of and have approved Rev. Deborah's request for renewal leave from June 15, 2015 to July 26, 2015. The Clergy Support policies of the Upper New York Annual Conference specify that full-time clergy shall have at least 2 weeks per year of Continuing Education/ Spiritual Growth Leave (as per ¶ 351.1 & 351.2). Additionally, once every four years an additional month of Continuing Education/Spiritual Growth can be taken. During this six-week period, Rev. Deborah and her husband will be traveling to Scotland and Ireland as well as spending some time renewing their spirits with family in Central New York. SPRT and Pastor Denise will be working together to cover pastoral needs during this time. We will be praying for a safe and restful journey for both Rev. Deborah and Rev. Alan. Capital Campaign Update The total parishioner pledge support for the campaign is now at $561,862. The parishioner pledge portion for 2014 was $267,987. There are still some 2014 pledges that have not been submitted. If you have not met your 2014 pledge, we kindly ask that you try your best in the coming month. The Trustees and Building Committee count on this cash flow to pay for the projects. New church members and existing members that have not yet pledged may still join us. If you have a question about your 2014 pledge balance or are interested in pledging now, please contact John Giordano at [email protected] or Dana Burns, Bookkeeper at [email protected] Thanks to all for your support of these great improvements! The Trustees’ Building Committee is well on its way executing projects. Following the finishing touches on Fellowship Hall, work will proceed on replacing windows, fixing the heating system, and a few other items. Research has started on the elevator/entrance options. The total expenditure on these projects to date is $127,883. This breaks down as follows: Fellowship Hall- $100,339 Heating System- $6,168 Windows- $21,375 THE TELESCOPE MARCH 2015 PAGE 3 If you have questions related to the Building Committee activities, you can contact Trustee Chair Chris Cable at [email protected] Or Frank Slingerland, Russ Bailey, or John Giordano, Capital Campaign Chair. Please join the Reconciling Exploration Ministry Team for Dine and Discuss II We welcome you to join us for dinner and dessert as we continue our conversation and explore the possibility of becoming a “reconciling” church. A reconciling church is one that has gone through a period of discernment and has adopted a statement that includes a welcome to all people, including people of all sexual orientations and gender identities – including those who are excluded in some of the passages in the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline. The second draft of our proposed Welcoming Statement will be available to view and comment on. Dinner and dessert will be provided by the Reconciling Exploration Ministry Team. When: March 13, 2015 Time: 6 PM Where: Fellowship Hall Please RSVP to Patti Hoeg at [email protected] or [email protected] by March 5, 2015. Mary Marthas The next meeting of Mary Marthas will take place on Thursday, March 12 at 1 PM in the Lounge. We are going to do a repeat of a very popular program that was so much fun! So – be prepared to bring one or two items that have some special meaning to you. Last year among the many items were: paintings, a quilt, a ring, a poem, etc. See what you can come up with – and if you have never attended a Mary Marthas meeting, come join us. Contact either Barb Logan at 4394782 or Shirley Milbert at 472-1298. A Godly Fast Isaiah 58:6,7 says the fast that God requires includes feeding the hungry, caring for the homeless, clothing the poor. This is a fast that I, as a diabetic, can do. Food can go each week to the AUMS food pantry. There is also a sweater I no longer wear that might keep someone warm that could go to their clothing ministry. Is this a fast you and your family might be willing to do? I will continue to take everything down each week, you can just leave it in the grocery cart in the narthex. Do it with a grateful heart, thanking God that you are able to fast in this way. – Blessings to you, Connie Tilroe Our Mission Movers at Work A couple of Saturdays ago, a day when the temperature stayed well below freezing, two of our Mission Movers lugged furniture and bags and boxes of household goods for a man who recently moved into a small apartment. This was his first home after living on the street following his release from prison, where he had served a 13-year sentence. He currently is enrolled in a Department of Labor training program and works as a cook at the Damien Center, which provides services for people with HIV/AIDS. “I like working there,” he said. “I think God is giving me a chance to make up for what I did wrong.” By Saturday evening, he had transformed his newly acquired, empty apartment into an inviting home. This man is just one of the many individuals whose lives have been touched by our Mission Movers through the years. THE TELESCOPE MARCH 2015 PAGE 4 Caring and Sharing with Care Corps Q: Who in the church made and delivered over 40 bags of Valentine cookies to our “homebound” members? A: Care Corps and the youth of JUMP, Delmar UMC’s Jr. Hi Youth Group! Both groups worked hard to make and distribute these delectable treats to our church members who can no longer participate in our services and our fellowship. Our members may be out of sight but they are not out of mind! If you have 30 minutes a month and would like know more about Care Corps, our visitation and caring ministry, and how you can make a difference in a “homebound” member’s life, please call Diane White at 475-9454. Do You Know Someone With Alzheimer's? The Northeastern NY Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will be presenting a seminar entitled “How to Have a Good Visit” on Monday, March 16 from 6:30-7:30 PM at the church. This onehour seminar is open to the public and will discuss strategies to enhance visitations to those with memory loss including tips on setting realistic expectations, planning what to do during visits, and making visits enjoyable for all. For more information, please call 439-9976. Friendship Club – Friday, March 27 Lions, Rhinos and Elephants, Oh my! Please come and join the DeCandias on their journey to the tip of Africa and back as they relive their South African vacation by sharing the photos and stories of their adventure. Our pot-luck supper begins at 6:30 PM, (food should be brought in by 6 o’clock). Remember to bring your own place setting. All are welcome – singles, couples, members and non-members, young and young-at-heart, friends and neighbors. If you are able to bring a dish to share (main dish, side dish, salad or dessert), the cost is $2. For others the cost is $7. Volunteers in the kitchen would be greatly appreciated – it’s not a difficult job. Reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Peterson at 439-8012 or [email protected] VBS 2015 - SAVE THE DATE G-Force: God's Love in Action During the week of July 27-31, 2015 kids will experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God during this fun-filled week. Keep watching for registration details! Volunteers needed – if interested, contact Lisa Ball at [email protected] THE TELESCOPE MARCH 2015 PAGE 5 Our Sympathy To Chip Bradley and family upon the loss of his sister, Pat Webster, in February. To Ramona and Rob Stubbs and family upon the loss of her mother, Lillian Belfield in early February. To Carrie Genaway upon loss of her nephew Parker Hayes in February. To family and friends of longtime and steadfast member of Delmar UMC, Lois Vadney. Memorial contributions may be sent to: - Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205 - Bethlehem Senior Services, 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054 - or First United Methodist Church of Delmar To Anna Prentiss upon the loss of her aunt Marianne Gillis in Maine in late February. Prayers and Concerns Chaz Martel, Ed McEwan, Larry Dickinson, Barbara Whitney, Carol Willey, Sally Gazzetta, Kathleen Anderson, Carole and Woody Carver, Peg Miller, Juanita Jordan, Dottie Houston, Ray Bell, Muguette Martel, Natalie Darrone, Karl Ebert, Delaney Beck, Mark Beauchamp, Anthony Macarelli, Tim Anderson, Paul Wos, John and Kathy Mech, Lois Vadney, Susan Bradshaw, David Lemire, Nicoline Autrey, Chris Curit, Ellen Weston, Lynda Seitz, Larry Wilson, Roberta LaBour, Richard Larkin, Irma Crounse, Molly Anderson Keegan, Elias Carey, Diane Braden, Brian Rosse, Nancy Grenier, Jennifer Scott, Jean Tindall, Lillian Belfield, Ralph Doyle, Albert Mertz, Patricia Kavanaugh, Iris Klizak, John Ryan, Marge Larkin, Dr. Brolin Parker, Vincent Flanigan, Sudano Family, Owen McMasters, Laura and Edwin Busch. To all whose lives have been impacted by war, environmental disasters or trauma. THE TELESCOPE MARCH 2015 PAGE 6 Church Calendar for the Month RPMs “Grounds for Giving” Spring Mission Trip Fundraiser Delmar Reformed 12 PM Daylight Savings Begins Set Clocks Ahead 1 hr. 11 AM Monthly Fair Trade Sales CAT Survey Presentation Junior Choir Theological & Social Issues 6-9 PM Sat., March 7 3 PM “Voices of Hope” Benefit Concert Fellowship Hall Lounge Hummel Chapel Room 218 Sanctuary 1 PM 6 PM 7 PM Worship Team Building Committee Trustees Room 207 Room 207 Room 207 Covenant Bible Study (3/18 & 3/25) Lenten Potluck Supper Lenten Series Programs Room 207 Fellowship Hall FH/Kitchen/Choir Room Sun., March 8 Tues., March 10 Wed., March 11 1:30 or 6:30 5:30 PM 6:30 PM Thurs., March 12 1 PM Mary Marthas Lounge Fri., March 13 6 PM Reconciliation “Dine & Discuss II” Fellowship Hall Sat., March 14 8:30 AM 6 PM Women-in-the-Middle Annual Talent Show Tool’s Restaurant Fellowship Hall Confirmation Session # 4 Room 216,217/FH Alzheimers Assoc. Presentation Fellowship Hall Finance Team Room 207 Covenant Bible Study (& 3/25) Lenten Potluck Supper Lenten Series Programs Education Team Room 207 Fellowship Hall 216/Choir Room Room 207 Sun., March 15 11 AM Mon., March 16 6:30 PM Tues., March 17 7 PM Wed., March 18 1:30 or 6:30 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7 PM Fri., March 20 6 PM Friendship Club Fellowship Hall Mon., March 23 7 PM Leadership & Development Training Fellowship Hall Tues., March 24 6 PM Building Committee Room 207 Wed., March 25 1:30 or 6:30 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7 PM Covenant Bible Study Lenten Potluck Supper Lenten Series Programs Administrative Council Room 207 Fellowship Hall 216/218 Hummel Chapel Friendship Club Fellowship Hall Fri., March 27 Sun., March 29 THE TELESCOPE 6 PM Palm Sunday 11 AM Confirmation Session #5 MARCH 2015 Room 216/217 PAGE 7 First United Methodist Church of Delmar 428 Kenwood Avenue Delmar, New York 12054-1806 Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Delmar, NY - Permit No. 13 (518) 439-9976 ‘A Christian community, growing together in faith and in service to God’ Weekly Calendar Items Sundays 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:45 AM 10:45 AM 11 AM 5:00 PM Tuesdays Wednesdays 8 AM 10 AM – 6 PM 7 PM 10:30 AM Intermediate Choir Morning Worship Church School Fellowship Hour Junior Choir Theological/Social Issues (3/8 Adult Bible Study Evening Worship Rm. 218) Room 217 Sanctuary Classrooms Lounge Hummel Chapel Lounge Room 207 Hummel Chapel Men’s Breakfast Treasure Cove Thrift Shop Upper Room Study Group Four Corners 135 Adams St. Library Bible Study w/Mark Baumbach Delmar Place Thursdays 8:30-10 AM 10 AM 4-8 PM “Drop In” Hours w/ Rev. Iona “Needlestix” Craft Group Treasure Cove Thrift Shop Perfect Blend Lounge 135 Adams St. Saturdays 9 AM-1 PM Treasure Cove Thrift Shop 135 Adams St. “Like” us on Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/FUMCdelmar!
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