EJ Thomas United Methodist Men

Posted August 26, 2021
In light of the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan, we felt it was crucial to reach out to one of our local Gold Star families and let them know they are in our prayers and how grateful we are for their sacrifice.

We often get asked, why did we choose the name EJ Thomas United Methodist Men? There used to be a “cluster” of churches named after Enoch J. Thomas, former pastor of Granby Center UMC, that had been active for many years until recently.  Back then, this group of churches also joined forces to form a men’s group, but eventually the men’s group disbanded. Around fifteen years ago when I was just getting involved in Little Utica church activities, some of the more, “mature” men from our church were talking to guys at Bowens Corners and Granby Center churches and wanted to rejoin to work on projects and help our community. Most of our members are no longer able to work on the same sort of projects that involve physical labor, but we are pretty good at fundraising!

February 1, 2021
In 2020, our usual active fundraising efforts were hampered by the pandemic. While we weren’t able to gather as we usually do, we were able to keep our monthly donations going to the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation. This is made possible by one of our very generous members who ensures we have enough in our account each year to maintain this support for our neighbors who run the foundation.

We had planned to replicate the success of 2019 where we had raised thousands of dollars at our silent auction event. The funds were also raised for the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation at the Clay Fire Station #2 on October 5, 2019. We had live music, food for sale and many items were donated to be auctioned off including homemade baskets, gift cards and assorted merchandise. We raised over $3,000 in one afternoon!

While our group hasn’t been known for doing a lot of physical work like many United Methodist Men’s groups, we can’t seem to convince Nelson Richards to slow down. Until the pandemic closed down our Conference Center, Nelson was busy building sections for ramps that are installed for members of our community at no charge. We hope to continue this work soon.

Blessings, Doug MacEwen

Posted October 6, 2019
Such a great Silent Auction event was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019! We are always guaranteed an awesome turnout whenever we partner with the Schneider family for our shared missions supporting our veterans. It was especially amazing to see such creativity in the themed baskets that were donated for auction.
We want to thank all who volunteered their time and talents to make this event such a success.

From Lorie Schneider:
A great afternoon of music, food, and auctioning! Entertainment was provided by, Big D and Friends. Event was sponsored by the E.J. Thomas United Methodist Men and The Corporal Kyle R. Schneider Foundation. A huge Thank You to Paladino’s of CIcero for the delicious pizza and meatball subs, and to the Clay Fire Station #1 for allowing us to host this special event! Thank you to everyone who made this Event possible and assisted in its success. An entire community came together for our Veterans. Thank you to everyone who donated items, baked delicious goodies, attended, participated in the auction, volunteered, supported the event with their donations at the door and table sponsorships, and for the overall support given to our Veterans. AMAZING! Thank you!.

The Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation – http://www.cplkyleschneider.com