From the Lay Leader’s Desk

Health Department’s Semi–Yearly Inspection

Just as in every year for the past eight years, our church has passed the Health Department’s inspection. Without one thing to be corrected!
This is not by accident; it’s because of the hard work, week in and week out, by our Trustees and the women of our church.
Thank you for always making sure Little Utica is putting its best foot forward.

~ 2022 What Possibilities! ~

“Church Outside Our Walls”               

(1)  Highland Forest Worship/Sleigh Ride Service in February was the first of the four events planned for this year.  What a delightful event for the young and the young at heart. We had a beautiful morning service complete with a table full of donuts, bagels, fruit cups, hot chocolate, juice and coffee.  After we sang our last hymn we donned our winter coats, boots, hats and gloves and boarded the horse-drawn sleigh for a 30-minute ride through the deep snow of Highland Forest.

(2)  Here is the list of the three other special events the Church Council has planned for this year. All of these special events are open to all members and friends of Little Utica UMC. There will be sign-up sheets in the church parlor five weeks prior to the event.

(A)  Movie and lunch right after church on May 22nd

(B) Service, catered picnic and miniature golf at a local park in July. The date to be announced

(C) Service, cook-out and apple picking at a local park & orchard in late September or early October. The men will do the grilling!!!

(3) Pastor Darlene and the SPPRC have set into motion the services for Holy Week. Thursday April 14th at 6 PM we will have our Dinner and a Service set in the Sanctuary.  Good Friday service April 15th at 7PM will be a Service of Music and Holy Communion.

(4)  Easter Sunday Service and 2nd Annual Easter egg hunt begins at 10AM. There are eggs hidden for the youth in the parlor and for the Young at Heart in the Sanctuary.

(5) Adult Bible classes begin, Sunday April 24, 11:15 to 12:15PM. We will be studying Adam Hamilton’s “Making Sense of the Bible.”  Books may be borrowed from the Conference Media Center or purchased from Cokesbury for $10.99. This will be a 6-week study. There will be no class on Mother’s Day.

(6) Our congregation, E.J. Thomas Cluster UMM and UMW are still working hard on their commitment to our local missions. In addition to our regular mission work, this year we have sent checks to: UMCOR for Ukraine relief, Samaritan’s Purse for Ukraine Relief, Cpl Kyle R. Schneider Foundation for support of our veterans, World Vision to help families in third world countries, Sleep in Heavenly Peace to buy beds for children in need.

(7) The Basic Lay Servant Class begins on Thursday May 5th at 7PM in the church parlor. Bill & Sherry VanNordstrand will be teaching this 5-week course.  There are sign-up sheets in the church parlor. I strongly recommend to everyone who can take this course.  It gives a wonderful overview of what it means to serve our Lord in many ways.

(8) As we look forward to new ways that we can serve our Lord in 2022, let us remember that He will lead and show us paths that we never knew were there. So please keep working hard to keep our church shining bright and Shine it does! 

Thank you.   Blessings:                          Don Day Lay Leader

The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum

This is a 6 Days 5 Nights tour!
$595 per person (Based on double occupancy)
Dates: Monday June 26, 2023 – Saturday July 1, 2023
Departs from Fulton NY: at 8 am.

Motor Coach is handicap & wheelchair accessible with an in-coach restroom.
Come hear all about this Spiritual, Family-friendly adventure!

Information Meeting: Sunday: July 9th at 1pm
Little Utica UMC 1459 Lamson Road Phoenix, New York
For more information, please contact your Tour Host:
Donald R. Day by phone: (315) 598-6327 or email:
*** Check out the Ark Encounter website and see how wonderful this trip will be!

Letter to Members