Starting Jan. 1, 2023, Bishop Héctor Burgos, who prefers to be addressed as Bishop Héctor, will be the new bishop of the Upper New York (UNY) Conference. Bishop Héctor is eager to meet laity and clergy throughout the Conference and has scheduled dates for regional meetings. The meetings will be as follows:
Feb. 9, 2023 – Lakes Region–Leroy UMC
Feb. 16, 2023 -Northeast Region–New Hartford
March 1, 2023 – Lakes Region–Auburn UMC
March 2, 2023 – Northeast Region–Plattsburgh UMC
March 15, 2023 – Southern Tier Region--Olean: Christ
March 16, 2023 – Southern Tier Region--Central Endicott
The clergy meetings will be from 1-3 p.m.
The laity meeting (and clergy unable to attend the earlier time) will be from 7- 8:30 p.m.
On October 16th the Greater Syracuse Hunger Walk took place at Onondaga Lake Park. Unlike last year's monsoon, the weather was perfect for a 3-mile walk and ALL walkers were fortified prior to the walk by a lunch of Barb Blanchard's "world famous" macaroni & cheese.
Immanuel's team of walkers were Jane Monnell (and dog Posie), Shelley Dawson Smith, Erin, Chris & Joey Paoli (and dog Penny) and John & Nori Gartner (and dog Baca). At the end of the walk, we were treated to a snack and bottle of water by Liverpool 1st UMC which was very kind of them.
I'm happy to say that Immanuel raised $1,130.00 because of the fund-raising efforts of the team members and also Barb Merckel. Thanks to everyone who contributed; your donations will help fund six local agencies that feed and minister to the people in our community.
Thank you everyone!
Shelley Dawson Smith
Our first dinner and a movie in October was such a hit, our Fellowship team hosted a second one on December 3, 2022. This was a potluck dinner with a fun Christmas viewing of "Scrooged." Stay tuned for more events like this!
Our Fellowship team hosted two dinner and a movie nights. The first was Saturday, October 15, 2022. They watched the movie "The Case for Christ", a moving story about one man's journey from atheism to faith. The food and conversation were wonderful.
Don’t miss our CHILI/CHOWDER COOK-OFF on Sunday, January 8, after the 10:00 service, in the Fellowship Hall.
Bring a crockpot of your favorite chili or chowder, or just come to enjoy all the offerings and vote for your favorite.
PRIZES will be awarded for first, second, and third place.
Please sign up in the Narthex so we can set a place for you, and feel free to bring a friend to church, lunch and a fun time!
Questions? Contact Barb Merckel
Get excited for Upper New York’s new bishop, Bishop Héctor Burgos who will begin on Jan. 1, 2023. He wants to be on a first-name basis with you, so he asks that you call him Bishop Héctor.
Bishop Héctor is thrilled with the strong missional foundation we have in Upper New York!
He has five priorities when working among the clergy and laity of our Conference.
Watch his video, giving you a warm welcome and outlining his priorities.
On Sunday, December 4, we shared some Christmas cheer with residents at Brookdale Summerfield senior living. Our "elves" led the group in singing and shared the wonderful sound of ringing bells. A great time was had by all.
Our Annual Election day Turkey dinner was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Many hands helped make a delicious dinner. We are grateful to our community for supporting us!
Honor Flight Syracuse posted this to their Facebook page, celebrating Immanuel United Methodist member, Joe Honis:
"Honor Flight Syracuse celebrated the 100th birthday of WWII Army veteran Joseph Honis on Monday, December 5th. HFS volunteers delivered our birthday sign, balloons and patriotic quilt to Joe at his home where he was surrounded by his family and friends. The Solvay Fire Department led a drive-by caravan past Joe's house while Piper Jack Heins played his bagpipe and The Sentimental Serenade serenaded the group with an assortment of military songs.
Joe served in the US Army from January 1943 to December 1945. He was in Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland as part of the 3505 Medium Maintenance Ordinance. He was responsible for ensuring the army vehicles were in working order. He was not in combat but moved behind the front lines.
After the war, Joe and his Army buddies kept in touch and had reunions every Labor Day weekend up until recently. They were a tight knit group of men with a special bond.
We thank you for your service, Joe, and wish you a very Happy Birthday."
We at Immanuel United Methodist also wish Joe the best, and thank him for his service!