November NEWS

  November 2017

Pastor’s Report

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:19-21

I know that we are still trying to figure each other out. I’m trying to find the most effective ways to reach you and help you reveal the love of Christ to the people you share the journey of life with and, you all are just trying to figure out who I am and whether I am worth your time. You are still wondering how I am going to lead and what I am about; what I am passionate about and if you want to be a part of where I am leading the church.

During the series that I am preaching, I have used the above scripture a couple of times. It’s important to know how I lead my life and I believe it is important for you to engage as a follower of Christ. Stewardship is so much more than the campaign that is run to provide treasure for the operation of our church and to pay my salary. Time and talent go along with treasure. We never grow too old to be unable to share all three aspects with the faith community.

This scripture and many others, particularly from the Gospel of Matthew, reveal God’s desire for relationship. I believe another name for relationship is stewardship. Stewardship of creation is understanding our relationship with the earth; our relationship as co-creators with God. Parenting is our relationship with children and the list goes on and includes how church helps you relate with God and other people in a way that reflects the love of God for the Children of God.

We do a poor job of communication; it’s just a part of being human. There are things we just expect that other people know about us and expectations unspoken about how we want others to treat us. I believe part of what church is about is breaking into the areas of miscommunication so that love is better revealed. Church should be a safe place, a sanctuary where we can build our skills of communication and relationships.

As we move toward Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time when many of us think about our relationships and peace on earth and what Christ means, I hope you think about stewardship and all the ways that time, treasure and talent work together to bring the Kingdom of God a little closer to the kingdoms of Earth.



Pastor Brian



November Schedule


       November 5 two services 9 & 11 am

       November 12 two services 9 & 11 am

       November 19 two services 9 & 11 am

       November 26 two services 9 & 11 am

All are welcome to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Save the Dates

November 7   Chicken & Biscuit Dinner

                        5:00 pm ‘til gone

November 11 Annual Fall Bazaar

                        8:30 am – 1:00 pm

November 18 Sew Sisters 9 am – 1pm



District e-newsletter

The district e-newsletter has a wealth of information for all church members and anyone seeking to be engaged. If you would like to subscribe to this e-newsletter, please send your email address to:

                                                                  Name Tags

We are asking everyone to begin wearing a name tag. This is a great way to make others feel welcome. Thank you to Dennis King who printed the name tags. Name tags are available in the GRACE center each week. If you take yours home, please remember to bring it with you each week. If for any reason you need a name tag made, there is a clipboard near the name tags to write down your request and blank name tags to use temporarily. We believe that the name tags help all of us learn each other’s names whether a person is brand new like Pastor Brian Fellows or been coming for decades.



Mondays @ 1:00 PM, in the lounge.

Study is: "Experiencing the Words of Jesus" by Max Lucado.


Shirley Reed and Linda Youngman, Co-facilitators




November 7, 2017

5:00 pm ‘til gone

$8.00 Take Out Only


Chicken; Homemade Biscuits; Green Beans; Mashed Potatoes; Gravy &



Come join us to support our UMW



Tithing Envelopes


If you need giving envelopes. Please let the secretary know.




Clifton Springs United Methodist Women

Annual Fall Bazaar

November 11, 2017

8:30 am – 1:00 pm, Lunch available


Crafter Tables for Rent

The CSUMW has held an annual bazaar for over three decades. This annual event raises nearly half of our mission budget supporting missions for women and children locally, regionally and internationally. We are known for our homemade pies, a large selection of “attic treasure items” and the quilting creations of our “Sew Sisters”. Church members also donate baked goods, books, and handmade crafts that are sold at our tables. We also have provided a lunch at the bazaar each year. The money from the lunch is used to support a local family(ies) at Christmas.


In recent years, we have found it beneficial to rent one of 25 tables to community crafters or home business owners (ex. Pampered Chef, Avon, etc.) to sell their goods. Our primary selection criterion is that the items are not in direct competition with the items we normally have. For example, we wouldn’t accept a pie vendor but someone with homemade candy would be a nice complement to our items. We are looking for a variety of items that make our event attractive to buyers and thus increase our mutual success.


$20 rental fee covers use of an 8-foot folding table and 2 chairs for the date of the bazaar. Set up may be done either on Friday between 10 am and 6 pm or between 7:45 am and 8:30 am on Saturday. Limited electrical outlets are available.


If you are interested in participating, please provide your contact information and a description of your items to Cathie Chabrier at or 315-515-8155. Thank you for your interest.


Registration (please submit the following information)




Mailing Address:

Item Description:


Electrical outlet needed:



UMW is having their:

  • Chicken ‘n’ Biscuit Dinner November 7
  • Pie bake November 10 with our
  • Bazaar on Saturday, November 11


We would be happy for any help you would like to offer !

                                                Sharon Ranger

                                                (315) 521-2799


ALSO, the UMW has decided to reach out to our college students and other graduates who are away from home due to service or work.


We NEED YOUR HELP to get their names and mailing information. We are sending cards/ birthday cards and comfort packages throughout the school year.


You can leave the information in the UMW mail slot in the GRACE Center.


We want to let them know we are thinking of them and praying for them.

                                                Thank you !

                                                Your UMW



 Shoe Boxes and Sheets for Red Bird Mission


Red Bird Missionary Conference is one of three missionary United Methodist conferences in the United States. It is the most comprehensive mission effort of the United Methodist Church, providing outreach and services that minister to the whole person (spiritual, physical, social and economic). Last year the local collections for Red Bird Mission filled two 26-foot trucks. Your generosity filled one truck with over 3,000 shoeboxes and the other with clothes, books, school and cleaning supplies.


Clifton Springs has been collecting shoeboxes. Our goal was to collect completed boxes and box supplies through October 29. The Sunday School plans to pack materials not already in boxes on November 5. The boxes’ dedication is on November 12, 2017.


Thank you for your support !  



Clifton Springs United Methodist Church

Our Mission

  • Provide worship that warms the heart and quickens the spirit
  • Welcoming all people with Christ-like hospitality
  • Assisting people in discovering their personal gifts for ministry
  • Encourage the life of faith by offering highest quality Christian Education and small group experiences
  • Becoming a launching pad for ministries that transform lives

How do you contribute

to meeting these mission goals?



Medicine Bottles for Malawi

At our women’s Bible study, we have decided to collect empty prescription bottles for Malawi. When you have completed your prescription wash your container in warm soapy water to remove the label and glue. Dry it and the cap. Bring it to church and place it in the bag marked “Malawi Mission Project” on the table by the back door in the GRACE Center. We do not want large plastic bottles in which vitamins or dietary supplements are packaged.

Medical pharmacies and hospitals in Malawi often find themselves with nothing except torn pieces of paper in which to distribute medicine to patients. In doing this we are keeping medicine safe, clean, and not adding to our landfill. For additional information please visit the website:


Volunteers Needed


Acolyte and Communion Server Schedulers Needed – If interested,

please contact Melissa Lenhart at

315-521-9227. Thank you




CSUMC Food Ministry


For more info contact:

Dan 315-521-3373

Sandy 315-521-2201


CSUMC Food Cupboard Hours are 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the following dates:

November 16                          December 21

January 18                               February 15

March 15                                 April 19

May 17                                    June 21




Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for interested persons who love to knit or crochet for making prayer shawls and lap robes for loved ones and friends in need of comfort, shut-ins and nursing homes. We also need lap robes and shawls for the VA Hospital in Canandaigua. Approximate sizes are as follows: Lap robes: 36x42   Prayer Shawls: 26x60. Your own favorite pattern is always welcomed!

We have some yarn available for anyone who would be interested. See Marge McCumber or Shirley Reed for more information.

Anyone aware of persons needing a shawl or robe, please contact Marge or Shirley.


Marge: 315-462-3301

Shirley: 585-289-9887


Altar Flowers


   There is a flower chart on the door between sanctuary and GRACE Center. If you would like to donate flowers on a Sunday, please sign up on the chart.


    You may have them listed in the bulletin in honor/memory of anyone you’d like. Purchase them or bring home-grown from your garden and have them on the altar that Sunday. Thank you.




The choir rehearses Thursdays at 7:00pm in choir room down hallway next to Our Children's Place. We welcome all who would like to sing even if you have not done so for a while. We look forward to seeing you. From choir director Patricia and our organist Dale.







Prayer Works


Our prayer chain is the way we provide intercession for those who are in need. By praying, we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God’s face. He listens, He loves and He responds, though not always as we desire. We are told to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17).


To request prayers online e-mail requests to Ann Chatfield at


To request prayer by phone, call Lynda Schwab at 315-548-0548.



Family Promise

 Our congregation is an important part of this developing mission to help homeless families become sustainably independent.

For more information, contact Sally Mueller at 315-462-6194 or go to for more details.

 WE are Family Promise.


From the Education Desk – November 2017



Both Becky and I are so happy with the growth of our class. The kids are excited and engaged as we delve into the 23rd Psalm and learn about kids in Peru and their daily lives.


     Sharon Ranger & Becky Sloan



For the Sunday’sCool year we now have 5 different classes available for all ages:

Preschool- 6 years old is led by Eileen Welker and Jessica Charlette in room 7B upstairs.

7-11 years old is led by Sharon Ranger and Becky Sloane in room 12 upstairs.

Teen group is led by Pastor Brian in room 13 upstairs.

Adult class is led by Cathie Chabrier and Sally Mueller in the lounge downstairs.

The Men’s Group is held in the conference room downstairs.


Classes start at 9:45am. Please join us any Sunday for learning and discovery.


If you have questions please contact Judy Zanin  


   Library Notes



Do browse through the books and remember the library is always open for your use.



Sew Sister News



The next Sew Sisters’ gathering is Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., All women are welcome. Come and work on your own project or come to enjoy some fellowship. RSVP by Thursday evening to Sharon.


Thanks, and hope to see you there!   -Sharon Ranger



Clifton Springs
United Methodist Church

Our Core Beliefs:

  • God accepts us as we are but loves us too much to leave us there
  • God calls us to be culturally relevant while remaining Biblically true
  • Each person is a child of God; therefore, we must reach others with the Good News of God’s love
  • God equips each person to serve in some way
  • Personal Prayer & Bible study are fundamental to life in Christ

Does your daily life reflect these core beliefs?

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