Jacksonville Community Church
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
THURSDAY EVENINGS FOR CHOIR REHEARSALS
Bell Choir at 6:30 - Adult Choir at 7:30
Sun., Dec. 1 10:00 am Worship: First Sunday of Advent - HOPE
Thurs., Dec. 5 Noon UMW Christmas Dish-to-Pass Luncheon
Program - “Singing in Christmas”!
Sun., Dec. 8 10:00 am Worship: Second Sunday in Advent - LOVE
9:00 am Coffee Hour/Breakfast
4:00 pm Trumansburg Area Churches Concert at First Presbyterian Church
Tues., Dec. 10 7:00 pm SPRC meeting in Hearth Room
Fri., Dec. 13 6:30 pm Christmas Caroling - meet at Cayuga Ridge
Sun., Dec. 15 10:00 am Worship: Third Sunday in Advent - JOY
Mon., Dec. 16 7:00 pm Outreach committee meets in Hearth Room
Sun., Dec. 22 10:00 am Worship: Fourth Sunday in Advent - PEACE
9:00 am Coffee Hour/Breakfast
Tues., Dec. 24 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Dish-to-pass
7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
Wed., Dec. 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS
Sun. Dec. 29 10:00 am Worship: First Sunday of Christmastide
BRINGING IN CHRISTMAS
As part of our Advent worship experience for the 3 Sundays of Dec. 1, 8 & 15, we will “bring in
Christmas” for those who are in need. During the lighting of the Advent Candle, there will be a bringing of
Christmas Basket items and placing them near the Christmas tree. After worship on Dec. 15, the items will be
placed in the Christmas containers and immediately delivered to families after worship that day.
MISSION COMMITTEE ADVENT PROJECTS
The Angel Project - This year the Missions Committee is working with the Ulysses Christmas
Bureau for one of our advent projects. We will be shopping for a family that has 8 children. Each
child will get an outfit, hat and gloves, and a toy that they have requested. In addition to this, we
will also be shopping for items that families have expressed need for. These include sheets,
comforters, snow pants, and a winter coat. If anyone is interested in helping with this project,
please contact Amy Moe. Thank you
Christmas Baskets - We will fill 10 plastic tubs with food and other items on the deadline:
Sunday, Dec. 15 and deliver them that day. You will find the lists of needed items on the table at
the back of the Sanctuary. During worship on Dec. 1, 8 & 15, there will be a bringing of gifts during the
lighting of the Advent Candle. As you bring items for the Christmas Baskets each of those Sundays,
you will carry them to the front and place them near the Christmas tree.!
The Sock Project - Beth’s mammoth Christmas stocking is ready for socks.
There have been some very creative efforts around this project.
The story goes that Marguerite won’t let anyone in her house for
Thanksgiving unless they have brought socks with them.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
Joyful Noise Choir rehearsals this month will be held on Dec. 1, 8 & 15 following worship
to prepare for the Christmas Pageant on Dec. 22.
Youth Bells will meet during the Sunday School hour in the Bell Room on Dec. 8 & 15.
NEWS FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
This is a notification of a program called Safe Sanctuaries. It is a requirement from the
conference to protect children and others from abuse at church functions. There will be a training
session on January 11, 2014 at 8:30 am. until noon at our church. We encourage all to attend,
especially those with contact with the youth. Please write this on your calendar for the benefit of
all. If you have questions, contact Nelson Reppert or Jim Boyer for more information. !
THE MISSIONS COMMITTEE has begun work on this year’s advent projects.
We are celebrating Advent in Jacksonville this year with three mission opportunities
ANGEL TREE: We will be using donations received to purchase and wrap gifts for about 20 children through
the Ulysses Christmas Bureau. We will be asked to spend about $50 for a teenager, and less for younger
children. We will be buying an outfit of clothes and another gift that the child has asked for. In addition to
your monetary donations, we need people to shop for the children (you will be reimbursed or given a cash
advance to shop). Please contact Amy Moe if you wish to shop. If you would like to shop, but do not want to
wrap, you can get the gifts to Amy Moe and the missions committee will make sure they get wrapped.
FOOD AND SUPPLY BASKETS: We have done this project for eight area families in Trumansburg and
Enfield. Donation sign up sheets will be placed in the vestibule as you enter the sanctuary once advent begins.
Baskets will be delivered by the missions committee after they have been put together.
WARM FEET, WARM HEARTS: GIVE SOCKS has been a mission opportunity
for Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church since Advent 2008.
We have collected 3,000 pairs of socks in the years since we began this project.
Our sock mission will continue to WARM FEET AND HEARTS for Advent 2013.
Socks may be placed in the huge stocking in the sanctuary.
FOOD PANTRY CONCERNS
Our local food pantry, which is a mission project of the Trumansburg Area Churches,
has an urgent need for non-perishable canned and packaged foods. This need has been
precipitated by a reduction in the Federal Food Stamp Program, which has left some families
struggling to keep food on the table. We are informed that some large low income families in
our community have seen their Food Stamp eligibility reduced by as much as $200 per month.
The result has been a significant increase in the use of the Emergency Food Hotline, which
provides a variety of nutritious food products sufficient to sustain a family for 3 days. Your
help is needed to maintain adequate reserves to sustain this program.
It is heartbreaking to realize that there are children in our community going to bed
hungry every night. Most of us have felt that this was a problem that occurs somewhere else,
but not here. Please help us to respond to this need by bringing canned or packaged foods to
Church with you each Sunday during Advent. Your support of this important mission project
is deeply appreciated.
PRESERVING THE GIFTS FROM OUR PAST - UPDATE
You read in our November newsletter the history of our stained glass
windows, their current state of disrepair, and our plans for refurbishing
them, as well as other sorely needed repairs to the building. We are
pleased to report that we have raised over $19,000 already in this
Capital Campaign. We thank all of the generous donors that have
contributed to this effort and the support of our congregation.
Please consider how you might support this Capital Campaign to preserve
our house of worship with a contribution that is meaningful to you.
Contributions of any amount will be welcomed.
Your immediate gift or pledge of one to three years will help us
significantly in scheduling the work to be accomplished.
We will be pleased to discuss mechanisms for structuring your
tax-deductible gift for maximum benefit; however, we encourage
you to discuss your charitable giving plans with your
professional advisors. Please note: Your gifts to this Capital Campaign
may be mailed to the church or left in the offering plate on any Sunday morning.
Please include JCUMC Capital Campaign in the memo line of your check.
In addition, please indicate if your gift is intended to be restricted to a
specific purpose, for example, repair of the stained glass windows.
Thank you for being a part of this effort to preserve the beauty
and usefulness of our buildings. We will be discussing the Capital Campaign
and its results with the congregation on a regular basis and
look forward to answering any questions you may have.
The Board of Trustees
PAINTING THE STARS
An interactive Scripture Study regarding Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith
The great painter / artist Vincent Van Gogh once said: “When I have a terrible need of – dare
I say, ‘religion’? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.”
This is where the title comes from for the DVD based scripture study produced by Living the
Questions which we are offering this Fall. We will begin in the Hearth Room, Sunday, October 27th
after Worship (about 11:15) with session 1, entitled “Toward Healing the Rift.” Any credible spiritual
path in our world must be in an honest conversation with science if it is to be relevant in the 21st
Century. Our contemporary mindset evolved so that we could begin to answer our question, “What is
In the first session we will briefly consider implications of Paul’s Letter to the Romans,
chapter 7, verse 17; and Paul’s description of the changes in his evolving faith in his first letter to
the people of Corinth, chapter 13, verse 7. We cannot apply our present day assumptions to the
writings and teachings of the early Biblical writers without a lot of interpretation.
Together we will conquer the big words in the study materials. You may encounter some of
them in the Overview of the Study which you can pick up from the table in the back of the Sanctuary.
We plan to meet after worship on Sundays for the next six weeks after October 27th.
Adjustments will be made by the people participating to fit our many schedules.
Session 3, “Getting Genesis Wrong” – November 10th
Session 4, “An Evolving Faith” – November 17th
Session 5, “Evolutionary Christianity” – November 24th
Session 6, “Imagining a Future …” – December 1st
Session 7, “An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism” – December 8th
Coffee hour will be held the second and fourth Sunday of the month
starting September 22. Food will be served from 9:00 - 9:30 am.
Coffee hours are time for fellowship. We welcome your help by lending
a hand or making a free-will donation.
Coffee Hour Schedule 2013-2014
12/8 12/22 1/12 1/26 2/9 2/23 3/9 3/23 4/13 4/27 5/11 5/25 6/8
OUTREACH COMMITTEE REPORT
Here are a few calendar events that we went over at our recent Outreach Committee meeting.
Not all events are sponsored by the Outreach Committee, it is just a month by month listing
as we checked the church calendar.
December 13th Caroling
January, T.B.A. Attend a Women's Hockey Game
February Groundhog Day Party or Valentine's Party or President's Day Party**
March St. Paddy's Day Party**
April 19th Easter Egg Hunt (Outreach Committee-refreshments)
June Community Picnic**
“At just the right time,
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
* There is a sign up in the back of the sanctuary for summer coverage of the
nursery. We are looking for people to work in the nursery so our little ones have a
place to go during the summer services.
* The 2013 Vacation Bible Camp will be August 5-9. We welcome children entering
kindergarten through fifth grade! More details will be included in the July & August
Jacksonville's Jazzy Jumble Opens Saturday June 22
The Jazzy Jumble Thrift Shop door opens to the public on Saturday, June 22 at 10 am for the 2013 shopping season. Jazzy Jumble is located at the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church on Rt 96 centrally located between Ithaca and Trumansburg. Hours are: Tuesdays: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm , and Saturdays:10:00 am to 1:00 am. Browse the large collection of housewares and gift items and don't forget to check out the quality used clean clothing for all ages. Recycle your lightly used items by donating them to the Jazzy Jumble while selecting new gently used belongings for family and friends. Watch for the “Open Today” sign Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings now until the end of November.
SUMMER SERVICES AT THE LAKE
Mecklenberg United Methodist
Trumansburg United Methodist
Jacksonville Community United Methodist
Perry City Friends
Our Jacksonville Community Church year runs from July 1st to June 30th. The Nominating
Committee still has a few positions to fill for the next year starting next month. We are still
negotiating a way to secure the office of treasurer, and the office of the Chair of the Church
Administrative Council. We are interested in people willing to be on some of our established
Staff/Parish Relations Committee
If you would like to know more about any of these positions please
contact one of the Nomination Committee Members:
Carl Butterfield – 387-9476
Bill Carlisle – 277-1586
Terry Cole – 273-8261
Phyl McOmber – 280-1592
Just a reminder to all families who have children who are interested in
going to Camp Casowasco this summer: please contact Amy Moe or
Emily Virkler so we can help you figure out the finances! There is money available
to help with the costs of summer camp at Casowasco for any child who is interested.
Casowasco is an amazing camp and we want to make sure every child who
has an interest in going can do so. Hope to hear from you soon!
Amy Moe firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Virkler email@example.com
An important message from the Board of Trustees
Although we may not think about them very often, the stained glass windows that grace our Sanctuary and Sunday School room are a part of our heritage, a gift from members and friends of the
Jacksonville Church in years gone by. Quietly, they enrich our worship as they share their beauty
with us each Sunday morning and every other time we gather. Unfortunately, by their very nature
(the glass is heavy, and the lead that holds them together is soft), they need repairs from time to
time. The last significant refurbishing of the windows occurred in the mid 1940s. The urgent need
for repairs is evident in the cracks that have appeared in several of the windows and the spaces that
are opening up as the windows are beginning to sag and buckle.
Among other things, the Trustees are charged with the maintenance of our buildings. While
we are generally able to meet these responsibilities on a limited budget, we are currently faced with a
list of capital improvements which must be addressed in the next 3-5 years, and will require funds
that are well beyond our annual budget. A partial list includes: significant changes to the front doors
of the church, including the installation of crash bars on the inside; installing new flooring in the
upstairs hall, classroom and office; and the installation of an exhaust hood and ansul system for fire
suppression in the kitchen. Fortunately, the Finance Committee has been helpful in providing $10,000 to begin this task, and we have been blessed by a $7,000 restricted gift from an anonymous donor specifically for the repair of the windows. We intend to initiate the window repairs this summer, beginning with the 3 large windows on the south wall of the Sanctuary. An additional $7,500 will be required to complete the necessary repairs to the remaining windows. While we are thankful for a good start to address our immediate needs, we must appeal to the congregation and friends for their support in raising the funds to maintain the beauty and safety of our buildings.
Please consider how you might support this Capital Campaign to preserve our house of worship
with a contribution that is meaningful to you. Contributions of any amount will be welcomed. Your
immediate gift or pledge of one to three years will help us significantly in scheduling the work to be
We will be pleased to discuss mechanisms for structuring your tax-deductible gift for
maximum benefit; however, we encourage you to discuss your charitable giving plans with your
professional advisors. Please note: Your gifts to this Capital Campaign may be mailed to the
Church or left in the offering plate on any Sunday morning. Please include JCUMC Capital
Campaign in the memo line of your check. In addition, please indicate if your gift is intended to
be restricted to a specific purpose, for example, repair of the stained glass windows.
Thank you for being a part of this effort to preserve the beauty and usefulness of our
buildings. We will be discussing the Capital Campaign and its results with the congregation on a
regular basis and look forward to answering any questions you may have.
(Trumansburg Area Churches)
* Planning for summer services at the Park are underway. The first two are: July 7, led by
Mecklenburg UMC; and July 14, led by Epiphany Episcopal.
* Habitat for Humanity news: Word has been received that there is a $3000 grant from the
Presbytery of Geneva. Excavation is done on 17 Salo Drive. This house will be the first one
to be done. After that work will begin on 19 Salo Drive. They are looking for churches to
provide food for the build. Youth will be asked to build picnic tables for the homes. BOCES
will be invited to participate in this project also.
Sharing God's Bounty - Fulfilling God's Purpose
Through imaginative Bible studies, case studies, guided journaling exercises, and supportive group discussion, we will discover and strengthen our personal ways of ministering in our workplaces, relationships, and world.
A community church which is mission oriented and
Join us for worship on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.
Children join us in worship until children's time, then they go to their Sunday School classes for the remainder of worship.