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Peace and all things good to you in the name of Our Risen Savior, dear friends and members of Fayetteville UMC.

There were times in my life where I wished I could control things. I wished I could control the weather, the way other people acted and reacted, the things people thought of me and said about me. But then I grew up and realized that is not a healthy way for me to exist. So I quit trying to control people, things or circumstances. In these days of COVID19, with all that unfolds within and without, this awareness is prevalent for me and so to keep my peace of mind during these times, every morning, I pray the serenity prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

And I have this image as my screensaver on every device:

I suspect I am not the only one who has struggled with the issue of control.
I wonder what would happen if somehow, we were all able to self-reflect and attend to our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and see how the issue of control affects our very existence. Would we feel better about ourselves? About each other? Would we experience a sense of ease and calm as we live into the uncertainties of our todays and tomorrows? I wonder.

FUMC WEEKLY ONLINE WORSHIP:
Click on this link http://fayettevilleumc.umcchurches.org/?page_id=1408 at 930am on Sunday May 17, 2020 for access to the Worship Service.   The link will take you to the church website where you will see below the day’s date:

Worship
Moment with Young at Heart

Click on any one for access. When you are done watching the service, please click on the bright red SUBSCRIBE button at the bottom right of your screen. Also feel free to click on the “like”and “share” buttons.

WEEKLY GIVING:

It is amazing that in spite of all that is going on, you the faithful members and friends of FUMC continue to give generously. Wow! Thank you so much for showing  your care and love through your generous financial giving. It is deeply appreciated. Thank you so very much and may God continue to bless you abundantly.
For those of you who still can and would like to continue giving of your tithe, offering, gifts and financial pledges, please make checks payable to Fayetteville UMC and send it in the mail to: FUMC PO BOX 158 Fayetteville, NY 13066.

GRATITUDE:

Thank you to all of you for checking in with each other, checking in with me, asking questions, making suggestions, expressing and being mindful that we are all in this journey together. Please exercise patience with us if things are not happening as quickly as you’d like. Some of us are having to make adjustments on a daily basis.

Continued appreciation to the following persons who show up weekly in various ways to keep some semblance of consistency in the life of FUMC:  Kathy Fortner, Sabine Krantz, Ben Haines, Carly Orchard, Jeffrey “Zeke” LeFrois, Michele Sargent, Laurie Russell, Grace Portzline, Judy Smith, Bob Norton, Barbara Western, Carol Hauck. Thank you very much!

JOYS & CONCERNS:

Congratulations to three current graduating seniors who attend FUMC:

Ben Haines: Onondaga Community College Class of 2020 – Associates Degree in Music (tuba). Ben is going into the Army Reserves Band.
Leah Haines: Syracuse University Class of 2020 – BA Music Education w/ Performance Honors in Saxophone. Leah begins Graduate School at SU in the Fall of 2020 pursuing a MS in Literacy Education (birth-12th grade).

Joshua O’Connor: Clarkson University Class of 2020 BS Mechanical Engineering w/ High Honors Recognition. Josh is going to work for General Motors as an Automotive Engineer.
On behalf of your Church family, we wish you ALL the good things life has to offer. God Bless you!

A few of our members are having some health issues. Please pray this prayer: Merciful God, we remember your promise to restore health and heal wounds. We come in faith in remembrance of your words and your ways. Hear our prayers. Amen.

Happy Birthday to all of the May born people!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The Church office will remain closed through May 31 as per directive from the Upper NY Annual Conference. There will be no Sunday Worship in-person gathering for the rest of May.

  • Wednesday May 20 at 12 noon there will be a church wide zoom meeting to discuss what opening the doors of the church will look like in the coming Months. It would be easy for everyone (staff included) to be in attendance as the information I have to pass on will pertain to all of us.  The meeting includes a time to ask questions and make suggestions as the move to reopen the doors is dependent on your comfort and health.  There are 2 ways to join the meeting. If you would like to call in with the a webcam device (computer, tablet, ipad, smartphone) so you can see the faces of everyone in attendance, please join the meeting by clicking on the following link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88544572364?pwd=UXV1bk1SQmJOb0RiTnhEeDgrWWVvdz09 then when prompted to do so, enter the following Meeting ID: 885 4457 2364 and the following Password: 304657  If you would like to call in to listen and speak without using a webcam to see anyone, just dial this number from any phone: 1-929-205-6099 followed by the meeting ID 88544572364# 1# 304657#

  • You will notice that at the beginning of the weekly worship we show a picture collage. It’s a way we are intentionally trying to remain connected. If you are comfortable doing so, please send photos of yourself and or family so that we can use them in the collage.  You can email photos to Kathy Fortner at pchefkathyfortner@gmail.com

  • Need fresh, local maple syrup?  Our scouts are having their annual maple syrup sale!  Syrup was delivered just as the stay-at-home orders went into effect, so they haven’t been able to sell in the traditional ways.  Quarts are $20.  Pints are $12.  To arrange for a no-contact delivery and payment, contact Kathy Fortner at pchefkathyfortner@gmail.com.  Maple syrup is great for appreciation gifts, future holiday gifts, etc.  Thanks!

WEEKLY SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

You are appreciated and loved!  You are in my prayers! I covet your prayers!

Be safe. Be well. Be happy.

Shalom!

Pastor Rhonda