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Mozart Formal – May 17th

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Nonagenarian Celebration

So what is a “nonagenarian” ?

Someone graced with the gift of living into their nineties.

Faith UMC is lucky to have eight such special people as part of its congregation.  On Sunday, April 29th, our congregation came together to celebrate the many years of loving support and contributions made by these amazing members of our church with an event themed: “An April Shower of Appreciation”.  After worship service, church family, along with many extended family members, gathered in  Fellowship Hall under the décor of colorful umbrellas decorated with hanging raindrops, for a catered luncheon in the honor of these beloved members.

Honorees present included:  Pat Keller, Norma St. Clair, Ivadelle Gummo, Hosia Sharp, Macie Waller and Irene Johncox.  (Henry Barrie and Ralph Ressler were unable to be present for the event, but were celebrated in absentia.)  Brief biographies for each honoree were read aloud by friends in the congregation.  Our Chancel Choir sang “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” accompanied by Pat Keller’s grandson on piano.  Another congregation member read a poem about being in “the 90’s” from the stage (originally built by Ralph Ressler and Marlin Gummo in 1998).  A beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” was sung by the Jelowski family ~ with an impromptu dance by an honoree’s great-granddaughter that stole the show but expressed the joy all were feeling.  Another beloved congregation member graciously offered hand sewn “Ditty Bags” in a choice of many colors and designs as a gift for each honoree ~ several extras were given away as door prizes to other lucky attendees.  Honorees were presented with a token gift of a cloisonné cross necklace reminiscent of the window in Faith’s sanctuary, and asked to pose for a photo with the cake decorated with umbrellas.

Thank you to all who helped with this event.  It truly was an expression of love by all who helped, for the honorees who have given so much over these many collective years and continue to be an active part of who Faith is today.

We are truly blessed to have them as part of Faith’s family.

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Bishop’s Message


February 15, 2018

Sisters and brothers in Christ,

Our hearts ache and our spirits grieve as once again senseless violence and evil has taken the lives of innocent people. I invite you to join me in praying for the victims and families of the shooting yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our prayers are with our United Methodist brothers and sisters in the communities of Parkland and Coral Springs, Florida as they seek to be the presence of Christ during this horrific time.

Like you, I watch and listen as people attempt to make sense of events like this. I hear the discussions that attempt to find a reason and then ultimately a solution. We must lead and be engaged in the conversations that address the moral and spiritual decay in our society. We must lead and be engaged in the conversations that work toward ending all acts of violence and evil, including gun violence. We must lead and be engaged in the conversations that seek to address the hopelessness, fear, and spiritual yearnings found in each person. We must confess our lack of compassion, passion, and urgency in offering the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and action to the world around us.

Ephesians 6 remind us of a powerful truth: “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The words of Jesus in John 12 invite us to claim and proclaim a promise as well – “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”

May we allow the light of Jesus to continue to transform us and then may we take that light into the darkest parts of our community and world, trusting that light to penetrate the darkness. The light of Christ is our hope, our source of peace and the true solution for transforming change in us, in others and in our world. Let us boldly offer Jesus!

Grace and peace,

Bishop Mark J. Webb








UNY Notes
09 22 16
From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb,

Prayers for Charlotte
Once again, pain and anger are leading to violent protests and division in our nation. This time it is happening in Charlotte, North Carolina. As we strive to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ and proclaimers of the Gospel, let us engage one another and invite others to experience and embrace healthy ways of confronting racism, injustices and broken systems. May God use us to show the way in which people live peacefully with one another, celebrating the value of each life. Let us be agents of change by offering the light of Jesus Christ that will erase the darkness. Let us get loud by speaking of and sharing God’s goodness in all ways. May we be loud in our prayers, our actions and our witness to Jesus Christ as the only lasting hope for brokenness and division.

I invite you to pray with me for all impacted by these recent events.

Dear God, let the pain that all people are feeling turn toward hope. Let the families of those directly involved find comfort and peace. Let the anger turn to dialogue and the violence change into understanding and constructive solutions.

Let us find wisdom and learn how to work on the deep-rooted issues that bring about such pain in ways that will draw us and others more deeply into your amazing love and into the fullness of life in you.
We pray in the powerful name of Jesus.

~ Bishop Mark J. Webb



UNY Notes
July 13, 2016

Statement on recent acts of violence opens the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference
By The Northeastern College of Bishops of the United Methodist Church

 As we gather for this Jurisdictional Conference many persons have been confronted and consumed with the overwhelming reports of shootings and violence. Life taken! Trust broken! Anger and fear growing.

Frustration and despair looming. We believe that God’s heart breaks as our hearts break with these acts of violence – fed and complicated by fear, prejudice, racism, and privilege. We pray for each family and each community affected by profound loss and grief. We pray for the ripple effect of these acts of violence that strip away certainty of safety, sanctuary, value, and trust.

The death of young black males in encounters with white law enforcement officers calls for response. The loss of life within our Hispanic/Latino community and among our brothers and sisters identifying with the LGBTQ community in Orlando, calls for response. The death of police officers protecting the rights of persons to peaceably protest, points to a destructive cycle of violence and retribution, and calls for response.

We, the College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction stand together to respond, and our response is not just for the moment. Our response is a commitment to acknowledge our participation in the sin of institutional racism and to have ongoing conversations within the College about racism, privilege, and oppression.

Our response is to give leadership and develop plans to continue these conversations within and among the Jurisdiction and with the leadership of the annual conferences to which we are assigned. The purpose of these dialogues will be talk about our own racism and prejudices, to heal the wounds that have been caused by racism, privilege, and oppression, to train our leadership and churches in intercultural competency; and lead them to celebrate diversity. We will lead and offer training for leaders in the craft of building bridges across cultures and ethnicity so that all those whom we profess to acknowledge as created in the image of God and persons of sacred worth, will truly feel welcome and find the safety, sanctuary, value and trust these recent and ongoing acts of violence have robbed from them. We in the college will hold one another accountable for this action, reporting to our Conferences at their annual sessions and providing a report to the 2020 Jurisdictional conference. At the Jurisdictional level we will partner with both the Multi-ethnic center and the Vision Table in our on-going response.

Together, we claim the need to listen more deeply and to seek greater understanding for those who cry out for justice. We commit ourselves to seeking justice, supporting faithful law enforcement officers, and empowering the movement of people toward more healthy community engagement within the areas we serve.
Because we believe that all persons are created in God’s image, from our United Methodist faith perspective, all people matter, all are valuable. In these particularly violent and life taking incidents and times, however, we need to intentionally lift up that black lives really do matter and the lives of all persons of color really do matter. The lives of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters really do matter. The NEJ College of Bishops believes that in the midst of the chaos, fear, and violence, there is a rich opportunity for the church to be the church.

We seek to be the leaders of this church. We seek justice, repentance and reconciliation. We seek not just to love peace, but to be peacemakers. God’s people need us to be bearers of peace.
At the beginning of this Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, we ask you to join us. Join us as we make this response not just for the moment, but effecting the future. Our hope is that, together, Bishops, clergy, and laity, we might be quilted together more strongly in our work of allowing God to transform us, so that we might go out with God’s great transforming love – to bring healing, hope, and peace to the world.

As a beginning, we would ask that you think and reflect with us on these questions? How will you be a peacemaker in the midst of the storms of violence and destruction? How can you be a peacemaker and at the same time work for justice? What can you do to help develop a sense of well-being and harmony in your life, in the lives of neighbors, strangers, friends, and communities? What social problems move you to want to make a difference by building bridges, making connections, valuing people?

Blessed are the peacemakers! Blessed are the peacemakers! Blessed are the peacemakers! In the midst of all the storms encountered and perpetuated in this life, please think on these things! This work begins with each one of us – first individually and then collectively. We your bishops, will not only be thinking on these things, but are moving in response. We seek your prayers and support as we take this action.”

“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the Head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15 -16)

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Clubs & Groups

Groups Meeting at Faith:

Church Sponsored:

Adult Bible Study – Sundays 9:45AM, Wednesdays 10AM (Sept – May)
“Life Groups” – varied schedule – Thurs. AM & PM groups & Sunday afternoon
Chancel Choir practice – Wednesdays 7PM (Sept. – June)
Prayer Shawl Ministry – varied meeting schedule
Sunday School (all ages) – Sundays during worship service (Sept – May)
Youth Group (12 and up) – Sundays at parsonage – varied schedule
United Methodist Men’s Group Breakfast – last Sunday of the month at 9AM
United Methodist Women’s Group – third Tuesday of the month

Community Guests:
Alcoholics Anonymous – Mondays 6:00 PM
Crossroads Driving Program – varied schedule
Daisy  Troop & Girl Scouts  – Wednesdays varied schedule (Sept. – June)
Go & Grow Preschool – weekdays (Sept. – June)
Lancaster/Depew Community Chorus – Mondays 7PM (June – July)
Narcotics Anonymous – Tuesdays 7PM
Plymouth Crossroads Group Home Staff – varied schedule

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