Wreath Sale Begins for Cutts Memorial Scholarship

Wreath Sales Begin officially on Dec. 6th

Wreath Sales Begin officially on Dec. 6th

The 7th annual QUMC wreath sales will officially begin at the church holiday festival scheduled for Saturday, December 6.  Balsam wreaths will be offered with a variety of decorations at $26 per wreath.  For each wreath sold, $10 will go into the Andrew D. M. Cutts Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Wreaths will be on display near the lower back entrance of the church from the main parking lot, and a member of the scholarship committee will be immediately inside that entrance to assist with the sale. Wreaths will continue to be available in Clark Hall immediately following services on Sunday, December 7 and Sunday, December 14.  If you would like a wreath in advance of the holiday festival, please contact Ken Minges at 792-5783 to make arrangements for delivery.

Spirit of Christmas Holiday Festival Dec. 6th 9am-3pm

The Holiday Festival is just around the corner!

The Holiday Festival is just around the corner!

Tell all your friends to come to church on December 6th, from 9-3!

  • Talented crafters and artisans
  • Something delicious to eat or take home at our wonderful Bake Sale
  • Fantastic Breakfast and Lunch options at our Holiday Café
  • AND free pictures & meeting with Santa Claus from 9-Noon! Each child will receive a gift from our church through the outreach efforts of Kristin Lambiaso!
  • Affordable, thrifty options for previously owned Christmas fare!
  • As always, free admission and universal accessibility!

And we still are in great need of volunteers! Please contact the church office if you can help with the following:

  • Bakers – The Bake Sale is in need of all types of goodies. Goodies should arrive on Friday & Saturday morning before we open.
  • Café – Donations are needed.
  • Silent Auction – Marianne Perry could use some help this year.
  • Christmas Past Table –  Hilda is looking for items for the Christmas Past event.
  • Set up – Strong hands beginning on Thursday through Friday evening.
    • Tables set up with electric runs.
    • Hanging decorations and signs
    • Set up Santa’s village.
    • Set up Coffee Bar and Café
  • Tear Down – beginning on Saturday at 3PM.

Family Ornament

As part of our annual tradition, the Nurture Committee invites church members and friends to sign a Christmas ornament that hangs on the tree in the sanctuary. We will be available after the servicesornament in Clark Hall December 7th and 14th to make your selection. The cost is $1 and we welcome your participation.

Your Generosity is to be Celebrated!

1140004_75475446Finance Team Update – Yes, You Can!

We’re already at 91% of our 2015 Goal!

Through November 17, 2014, 91 families have already pledged $136,779 toward the 2015 mission and ministries of the United Methodist Church of Queensbury! Can you still make a pledge..…Yes, You Can! Together we will achieve our goal of $150,000 in pledges for the coming new year of 2015. Our God is a God of abundance! God provides sufficient resources to accomplish the mission and ministry our Lord calls us to do. We are all encouraged to renew our covenant faithfully and to participate in the ministries of the church through our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service. We want to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all whom have provided financial support for the Church. We are responding with love and thanksgiving to fulfill a need within our community. Thousands of people, including youth groups, our children’s programs (Before and After School age Care and Day Nursery Program), as well as many other groups utilize our facilities all year round – Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Al-Anon, mission outreach programs, theater groups and the list of organizations and individuals continues to grow larger each year. Thank you for your support! Did you know that your one pledge helps to fund the many ministries and programs that happen all year long at our Church? Please reflect for a moment on how our lives and those of our neighbors have been enriched through the ever-growing ministries of our church. Your pledge is kept confidential between you, God and our church Financial Secretary, Joy Griffin. Our church operating budget is funded primarily by offerings (both pledge and non-pledge offerings) as well as plate offerings from those who attend our church worship services. The costs of operating the church are incurred week-in and week-out. The process of dedicating our financial gifts to support the ministries and programs of the church is critical. As you are able, please consider responding this opportunity.

Our Prayer of Dedication: Lord, Open unto us the richness of your hope in these gifts we give back to you. Bless these gifts given to make a difference in this community and beyond!

Upcoming Advent & Christmas Worship Services

advent-wreath-and-candle---christmas--1435855-mSun., Nov. 30th – “The Dreams of Hope” – Mt. 1-2

Sun., Dec. 7th – “The Leaps of Joy” – Lk. 2

Thurs., December 11th, 7pm – Resting in His Presence

Sun., Dec. 14th – Spirited Players- “Come to the Stable”

Thursday, December 18th, 7pm – A Service of Remembrance with candle-lighting & Holy Communion

Sun., Dec. 21st – “A New Love” – Lk. 2

Wed., Dec. 24th – “Silent Night, Holy Night”

Christmas Eve Services

  • 4:30 Children’s Pageant & Family Service
  • 7pm Lessons & Carols Candle-Lighting Service
  • 11pm – Lessons & Carol Candle-Lighting Service

A New Next-Door Neighbor!

doors-1445696-m“Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. The young woman is pregnant and is about to give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel.” Immanuel. God is with us. Is there any other statement that can give us more reason to celebrate? I love the way that Eugene Peterson says it in The Message, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. What if God moved next door to me? Would I mow the grass more often? Would I knock on God’s door and introduce myself? With cookies in hand?

This is the mind-blowing thing I’m thinking about right now… I don’t think I’d have the cookies in the oven before there was a knock on my door! God would be standing at the threshold with cookies (perhaps zingers too!) and milk and excited to get to know me… to listen, to sit, to laugh, and to share what brings joy in life.

God came near because the Message hadn’t come through clear enough… God had to deliver the news directly. God’s willing to move next door to us, knock on our door with goodies in hand and simply ask, “do you have a moment or two? I have something I’ve been wanting to say for a very long time. I’ve sent letters but it’s better to say it face-to-face.  I love you so much that I needed to move next door. Not to stalk or keep tabs on you! I just want you to know I love being near you. Life is better together.”

Let’s be full of joy in the tide of Advent; our Creator is moving next door to us and is bringing gifts like we’ve never, ever received before!

Upcoming Christmas Drama is a Must-See!

statue-1191014-mYou will want to invite family and friends, neighbors and even strangers to experience the dramatic Christmas offering by our fantastic theater group the Spirited Players under the direction of Robin Miller. Their Christmas drama will challenge our hearts and open our eyes to areas of need in our world and how we may be the hands of Christ to our neighbors! Please join us on December 14th in worship and a lunch performance at 12:30.

Maximize the Worth of Your Food Pantry Gift!

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If you are looking for a holiday gift that keeps on giving, consider The Regional Food Bank Adopt-a -Program. It allows donors to give to the Food Bank but direct their dollars to the QUMC food pantry. It is a great way to stretch the value of a gift, because the food pantry will receive $10 worth of food for every dollar that is spent at the Food Bank.  During the craft fair on Dec. 6th, you will have the opportunity to fill out a donation form. Look for this at the Women of the Well jewelry table sponsored by the Mission Committee. They will also be available during coffee hours in Dec. Contact Cathy Meacham at cmeach@roadrunner.com or 798-8586.

Adopt-A-Family / Adopt-A-Senior Opportunity

1100065_83449424 We would like to sponsor 3 families with 9 children and 7 adults through the Family Service Association as well as 23 seniors through the Warren County Department of Social Services.  You can participate by adopting a child or senior, (or even an item or 2 from their wish lists).  You can also participate by providing a monetary donation which would be used to purchase certificates for a holiday meal for the families, gift cards for the seniors, and miscellaneous requested items for the families and seniors. Please mark your donation “Adopt-a-Family/Senior.” Thank you for helping to bring joy this Holiday Season.  If you wish to participate, see Paula Doty in Clark Hall after the service or paulakdoty@yahoo.com, 761-0797

Christmas Eve Services

Joy to the World!

Joy to the World!

Sure, We hear you… it’s not even Thanksgiving and we’re already seeing posts about Christmas Eve! We thought it might be nice, though, to post on our website well enough ahead of time when our Christmas Eve services will be.

4:30pm – We’ll begin with our Children’s Service & Pageant. This will be a great time for all ages!

7pm – will be our Lessons & Carols Service with candle lighting

11pm – will also be a Lessons & Carols Service with candle lighting

With the Sanctuary’s Halls decked with boughs of green, we will sing with hearts full of praise, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let Earth receive her King!”

 

Recent News Article about Church Member!

image posted courtesy of photographer Steve Jacobs

Photograph courtesy of photographer Steve Jacobs

What a double blessing it is to share a wonderful story about one of our church members, Heidi Cole, and her courageous work! It’s a double blessing because a fellow church member, Meg Hagerty, took the opportunity to share it with all of us through her great work at the Post Star. You can read the story and watch clips here at the Post Star’s Website! Great work, Heidi and Meg! We are thankful for you both!

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