THE PATHFINDER

Little Valley United Methodist Church 109 Court Street, PO Box 221 Little Valley, NY 14755 (716) 938-6150 Joseph Pascoe, Pastor Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00-12:00 Monthly Newsletter September 2011
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ: I am writing this letter to you from the nicely air conditioned living room of my brother, David’s home in Dallas Texas. The temperature outside today was only 112º at 5pm! I have a tendency at times to think about the grass on the other side of the fence. While home I was really wishing it were a little bit warmer and drier…..then when we got here, well that’s right just a little bit cooler and some rain would have been great. That is all probably in part due to the fact that I am always going. I have a hard time stopping all movement for any extended period of time. Is our relationship with Jesus at all like this scenario? Do we have a tendency to continually be asking him for something more, wishing things were a little different in our very busy lives? Does it matter if it is better health or more wealth, or maybe we aren’t really happy with the way something is going at work or even at church. It doesn’t matter who we are, it seems we all go through seasons where we are seeking something different. We all can be so busy we can’t even see what it is that God is doing with us and for us right where we are. Early in scripture God gives us ten simple rules to follow. As I recall it is in Exodus chapter 20 verse 8 where He says to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. God knows that we are in great need of a time of renewal. That renewal needs to happen weekly, but also for extended periods of time throughout the year. At times we can become so busy and distracted by all that we are doing, we can forget all that God has given to each of us. Renewal is a time when you can remove the distractions of life and be……renewed. Allowing God to transform you and bring you back to the beautiful creation that He has called and designed you to be. It is so important that we stop moving at times and just listen. Over the next month take a little time out of your busy schedules and find time for Jesus. He won’t disappoint you, in fact He might even be able to give you the very important break that you need so that you can come back renewed and energized! Until next month, lighten up and live. Your soon to be renewed pastor, Pastor Joe

Transforming Lives By Knowing Christ And Making Christ Known Worship and Celebration Ministry Team News
Worship! We look forward to coming together before God and hearing His word. We encourage you to get involved in worship…be an assisting minister or greeter…lead a Children’s Moment…volunteer to share your gift of music or greeting others as they enter worship. Call any of the team members below to find out how you can serve. If anyone has any feedback or comments regarding worship, please contact anyone on the Worship and Celebration Ministry Team (Annette Andrew, Al Ormond, Glenda Campbell, Laurie Peters and Pastor Joe). See you in worship…

PRAYER TIMES
Sunday – Prayer Time Sunday time and place varies from week to week. See Annette Andrew or Becky Cable for details. We are prayer walking again on Wednesday evenings as weather permits. All those interested meet at the church at 7:20 p.m. and we’ll start walking at 7:30 p.m. We’ll walk for about an hour and meet back at the church. Those able to stay will continue with prayer in the sanctuary. We also have a prayer box in the back of the sanctuary for prayers/concerns to be prayed over on Wednesday nights. Outside we have a mailbox for prayers also if you forget on Sunday or the church isn’t open. Anyone in the community is welcomed to use it so please tell others about it. God tells us where two or more are gathered in His name…. The prayer chain may be utilized at any time the need arises. To get a prayer started, simply call Bonnie at 801-6197 or the church office at 938-6150. We will be meeting in the sanctuary before the service on Sunday morning and everyone is welcome to join us. We will be praying for Pastor Joe and the worship service.

PASTOR JOE’S CALENDAR – September 2011
Office hours will be 9-12 Mon-Thurs. unless conflicting appointments, Fri.-day off, Saturday-Sabbath Tuesdays Men’s Breakfast at the VFW 8am Wednesday evenings 8-? Prayer 9/1-9/3 - Vacation 9/8 – Meeting with the Bishop 9/9 – Meeting 9-10 am 9/10 – FOF meeting at camp Findley 10 am 9/13 – Ministerial Mtg 12-2pm 9/15 – Ad council 9/16 – Meeting 9-10 am 9/17 – Missions dinner 9/18 – Youth Group Starts 9/20 – Sr. Luncheon 9/23 – Meeting 9-10 am 9/25 – Youth Group 9/30 – Winship wedding rehearsal

LATCH
LATCH is held the first Sunday of the month and stands for Lunch After The Church Hour. Please feel free to join us even if you didn’t come prepared. We all need to eat. Sometimes you may not have time or may have forgotten and that’s ok. He always provides. If you won’t stay because you didn’t bring something, you can always run to Brooks Market (or give one of our youth a few bucks and have them run over) and pick up some milk, punch, rolls, crackers, cookies or something, but don’t feel like you have to. There always seems to be more than enough and we just want everyone to enjoy the fellowship. LATCH dates are September 4 at the pig roast, October 2, November 6 and December 4.

PIG ROAST
Ormond’s 32nd Annual Pig Roast Labor Day Weekend 8937 Dutch Hill Road Sunday, September4, 2011 Little Valley, NY 14755 (716) 938-6247 If you live in the area, do you have a picnic table we could borrow for the weekend? Please let us know by Thursday so we can pick it up on Friday or Saturday. Sunday – Picnic lunch approximately 1 PM- Bring a large dish-to- pass, lawn chairs, table service and beverage. A donation jar will be out, if you are able, to help defray the cost of the pig. Fun for the whole family. Horseshoes, volleyball, bean bag box games, sawdust hunt for the kids…. Bring your games if you want to. This is a rain or shine event. There will be a tent up in case of rain. Pray for a beautiful weekend.

MEN’S BREAKFAST
The men of LVUMC and other area churches meet for breakfast and study the fourth Saturday of each month at 8:00 AM in the fellowship hall. Join us for Man Food and uncommon discussion. The next dates are September 24, October 23 and November 27.

Trinity House Healing Ministry
Trinity House will be open for prayer the first Thursday of each month. The prayer team will meet at 6:00 p.m. for prayer/worship/training. Those seeking healing will be ministered to from 7-9 p.m. Appointments are not necessary. If prayer requests are received between times of operation, appointments will be made accordingly. We are also available to pray following Sunday worship services. If you have a heart for intercessory prayer, a desire to see the sick receive healing or are just plain curious about healing, please talk with me. In Christ, Becky Cable 543-5050

So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:12-17 NKJV

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Building a Heart of Faith
The leadership team will meet on August 29th at 7:00 for a season of prayer as we begin another Sunday school year. There will be some changes in leaders/helpers that will soon be complete. Sunday school will begin September 18th at 9:15 a.m. Children’s worship continues to meet for those age 4 thru 2nd grade. In Christ’s love, Becky Cable CE Coordinator 543-5050 Adult S.S. Class: What does it mean to seek first the kingdom in our relationships, values, ambitions, finances and commitment to God? Jesus' answer to these questions amazed those who first heard the Sermon on the Mount. In the fall semester of Sunday School, we will be studying this exciting portion of scripture found in Matthew 5-7. We will be using a study guide written by John Stott and his book titled, "The Message of the Sermon on the Mount" to aid our discussion. The Eagle's small group will resume meeting on Tuesday, September 13th & 27th at 6:45 p.m. The DC young adult small group members have been meeting sporadically to hang out and have been enjoying the summer break so far. We plan to officially start back up in the fall with the other small groups. If you are interested in joining or may know someone who is interested, or you are looking for information on the DC small group, please contact Sean Andrew. Navigator's 2:7 Discipleship Class meets every Thursday in the Adult S.S. room. The class consists of 6 people who have committed the next 7 months of training in particular spiritual disciplines which will allow them to "know Christ and make Christ known". The class is led by Jon Cable. While we can't take new-comers to the class at this time, we ask for your prayers as these students learn, grow, and become trained in Bible memorization, Bible study, preparing personal testimonies, learning to share the gospel in a clear, and understandable way, becoming regular in Bible reading, and other spiritual practices which will lead towards spiritual transformation. Unfortunately, this class is closed, but once we are done next February, I will begin planning for the next class which will begin fall of 2012. Maybe you will want to be in that class when it happens. Pray about it and talk with Jon if you have any questions about what we are doing or about information regarding being in the next class.

PRAISES
Praise be to God for the beautiful summer we have had. We were a little worried at first, but we finally had some rain when we needed it most. The days have been warm and sunny and gardens have done well. It sounds like the lawn sale in August once again was a success. It was rumored that sales began as usual, while things were still being set up on Saturday. As you can see, this is something that people remember and look forward to each year. Thanks to Bonnie for hosting us all these years and to Bill and all the many helpers who have spent endless hours into organizing, ministering and cleaning up each year. Don’t forget to keep all the children, parents, teachers and school staff in your prayers each and every day throughout the coming year. Education is one of the most important things you can earn and will be used for the rest of your lives.

ACOLYTE TRAINING Parents of Acolytes, who have not done a refresher session with Al and Bobbie Jo in the last couple of months, please see Bobbie Jo to set one up as soon as possible. There are some things that need to be reviewed with all interested children in grades 2nd through 5th. We would like to have a final session if necessary on Sunday September 11th starting at 9:00 am before church for those who have not yet done this. We would like to have everyone go through this before Sunday School resumes in the fall.

CLOTHES CLOSET
Here it is almost back to school time for the kids, seems like they just got out of school. I know every month we say we are busy, but that’s because we have people in looking for clothes every day we are open & right now they are looking for school clothes for the kids. We are in need of all men’s, women’s, boys & girl’s youth & kid’s clothes; we can use sneakers that are in good condition, we also can use boy’s baby clothes. It’s also getting to the time that hats, mittens & gloves will be in demand. Thank you all for your faithfulness to this outreach mission. Please when bringing items in make sure they are clean.

“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” Job 42:1-3 NIV
Deposit Bottles and Cans Don’t forget, if you hate the messy job of taking back your returnable cans and bottles, donate them to the youth and let them do it. Every little bit will help and they add up fast. It will help them raise money for their activities. Did you know water and juice bottles now have a deposit on them?

COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CALENDARS FOR 2012
If you have not yet turned in your worksheets for the calendar orders you have done for 2012, please do so immediately or see Bobbie Jo. You can still contact Bobbie Jo in church or at 938-6247 to get your dates listed and/or to order a calendar if you are not on the current calendar. Write your dates (birthdays, anniversaries, memorials) down and get them to me as soon as possible. For $5.00 you can get 5 dates put on and you will receive a calendar. For more listings it is only 50 cents each. If you just want a calendar, they are only $3.50.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
1 3 10 18 18 24 25 27 BIRTHDAYS Yvette Mathews Raymond Campbell Sabrina Manchester Jacob Winship Wilma Taylor Vince Horth Adam Gassman Steve Haines 4 4 5 6 16 ANNIVERSARIES Mark & Jennifer Frentz John & Sandy Pilon Pastor Steve & Stacy Taylor Steve & Jackie Haines Joyce and John Bedell

MISSIONS TRIP TO INDIA 
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior: I am looking forward to  returning to Coimbatore, India on Oct 4th for five weeks.  I made friends with the  Christie family who operate the Calvary Community Trust Children’s Home.  I met  them the last time I was in India and we became fast friends.  I will be going out to  surrounding villages teaching about Jesus.  They have started five churches already.   I am asking for prayers as I raise the funds to go and while I am there.  There are Hindu and Muslins in  all of India and hopefully we can convert them to Christianity so many prayers are needed for the  people to be open to hear the word of God.  I also ask you to pray to see if God is leading you to help  support my trip so it will be possible to go.  I cannot do this alone and need your help both in prayer  and financially.  As God and I go as a team, I know I have His protection and His provision.  I thank you  in advance for your support, however that may be.  Prayer is crucial, so please keep me in prayer to be  open to His Words, His direction, His ministry to the people of India.  When I come back, I will share  with you what the Lord and I accomplished and if anyone wishes to receive an email from me while I  am gone, please give me your address so I can send you updates of my trip.  I lift you in praise before  the Lord and ask that His blessing be upon you.  Thank you and God Bless     Bonnie Hurley 

Trustees
The trustees have made a couple of adjustments to our policy for borrowing any property from the church. We ask after your request has been approved you put your name & what you are borrowing on the community calendar in the narthex. Also if you can’t find a trustee for their signature any office staff can sign the request for you. If there are any questions about equipment taken, when it will be returned or any questions about the property that can or can’t be borrowed please contact the trustee chair who is Bill Perkins.

Missions
Mark September 17 on you calendar, the mission team will start the fall dinner schedule with a spaghetti meal with a fully stocked salad bar, rolls, coffee, tea, punch and a dessert all for a donation to the mission fund. The meal will run from 4-7:30pm. The October dinner will be on the 15th at the same time and we will be offering chicken & biscuits. The mission team has assisted Steve Cable & family, Marshall & Tracy Dixon & family, Julia Keiper & Bonnie Hurley. We ask that you all come and enjoy the meals & the fellowship & be as generous as you can so we may continue to spread God’s word into the world.
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Bill

Puppy Size (from the internet)
This is one of the neatest stories you will ever hear. You will know precisely what this little girl is talking about at the end (you'll want to share this one with your loved ones and special friends)! 'Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this,' the mother told the volunteer. 'What is it she keeps asking for?' the volunteer asked. 'Puppy size!' replied the mother. 'Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for.' 'I know... we have seen most of them,' the mom said in frustration... Just then Danielle came walking into the office. 'Well, did you find one?' asked her mom. 'No, not this time,' Danielle said with sadness in her voice. 'Can we come back on the weekend?' The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed. 'You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always a supply,' the volunteer said. Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. 'Don't worry, I'll find one this weekend,' she said. Over the next few days, both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her. They both felt she was being too particular. 'It's this weekend or we're not looking any more,' Dad finally said in frustration. 'We don't want to hear anything more about puppy size, either,' Mom added. Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs. Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted. Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one. One by one she said, 'Sorry, but you're not the one.' It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer. 'Mom, this is it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!' She screamed with joy. 'It's the puppy size!' 'But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks, 'Mom said. 'No, not size...The sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed,' she said. 'Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!' The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both. 'Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms,' she said. Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, 'Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!' Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day. They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. 'Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.' I hope your life is filled with Sighs!!!

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Keep those toner/ink cartridges coming! Please keep those empty toner cartridges coming but the rule is that they do not want any cartridge larger than you can hold in your hand so just the smaller ones please. Thank you again. Harriet We are still saving Campbell Soup labels. Thank you for your support. mmm mmm good. Included in those labels along with Campbell soups are V-8, Spaghettio's, Pepperidge Farms, Franco American, Swanson, Prego and Market Day products. Looking for 35 mm film containers and powdered laundry scoops as well as used, clean nylons and pantyhose. They can be given to Bobbie Jo. Thank you NEEDED – On a regular basis we use the following things for our dinners, latch and coffee hour. If you are so led to get any of these things now or from time to time, we would greatly appreciate it. Maxwell House regular and Folgers decaf coffee, Swiss Miss instant chocolate in the bulk canister Hawaiian Punch – Gallon Size, 2 Liter size 7up (or the cheaper equivalent). We also could use about a dozen large heavy dish towels and some dish cloths. Thank you everyone who has donated items in the past!! Bill Perkins Attention! Don’’t Throw Away That Empty Cartriidge!! Don t Throw Away That Empty Cartr dge Briing iit to church!! Br ng t to church Box Tops for Education The Little Valley and Cattaraugus Elementary schools are collecting Box Tops for Education. You find them on many food, household and personal care products. Laurie has placed a collection box on top of the mailboxes by the glass doors. She will distribute half of those collected to each school. The Cattaraugus Elementary is in need of a playground update and the Playground Committee is using the Box Tops as part of their fundraiser. Little Valley will use theirs when they decide how they will be used. Either way, we appreciate your help. Wanted: Your input for the Pathfinder If you are planning an event for the church, please remember to get the information into the pathfinder. What a better way to get that information out to the many people who receive it. If it is an ongoing event, and it changes, remember to notify us of that change. Send us news of your ministry team, church group, community and personal happenings, upcoming events, original short stories or poems, testimonies, praises and concerns, wantads. Photos may be submitted with articles. The number of photos and clipart that we can handle in each issue is limited. We will try to include these whenever possible. Photos should be bright and close-up. Dark photos and landscapes do not show up well in the black and white printed edition. Copyrighted material must have the permission of the author to be used. Internet material should have the name and permission of the originator. Articles may be submitted electronically by disk or e-mail [preferred method] to PathfinderLVUMC@aol.com, left at the church office or given to Bobbie Jo. Little Valley UMC website – CHECK IT OUT! Surf on over to the new and improved www.littlevalleyumc.org We have a feature to help us plan for the events and ministries. We have a centralized, on-line calendar for everyone to view. You can link to the calendar from the church homepage (). If anyone would like to add dates/events to the calendar, send an email to the office or to the pastor. If you are a ministry team leader and would like to add events to the calendar, let me know and I will get the login information.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS SEPTEMBER
1-3 Thu-Sat 1 Thu 4 Sun 5 Mon 6 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9-11 Fri-Sun 11 Sun 13 Tue 14 Wed 15 Thu 17 Sat 18 Sun 20 Tue 21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun 26 Mon 27 Tue 28 Wed 29 Thu Pastor Joe & Family on Vacation Healing Prayer @ Trinity House 7:00 Worship 10:30/Communion/Latch at Ormond’s Pig Roast/Community Youth Event 6:00 Labor Day Celebrated Men’s Group @ VFW @ 8:00am/WIC 9:00-1:00 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:15 Navigator’s 2:7 Discipleship Class 6:45 Women’s Retreat at Camp Findley Worship 10:30/2:52 Venture Teen Boys 5:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 Men’s Group @ VFW @ 8:00am/Ministerial Meeting 12:00/Eagles Small Group 6:45 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:15 Navigator’s 2:7 Discipleship Class 6:45/Ad Council 7:00 Spaghetti Dinner 4:3 0 – 7:00 Sunday School Begins 9:15/Worship 10:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 Men’s Group @ VFW @ 8:00am/Senior Luncheon 11:30 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:15 Navigator’s 2:7 Discipleship Class 6:45 First Day of Autumn Men’s Breakfast 8:00 Sunday School 9:15/Worship 10:30/2:52 Venture Teen Boys 5:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 Trinity House Work Night 6:00 Men’s Group @ VFW @ 8:00am/Eagles Small Group 6:45 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:15 Navigator’s 2:7 Discipleship Class 6:45 OCTOBER Sunday School 9:15/Worship World Communion Sunday10:30/Latch/Comm. Youth Event 6:00 Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00am/WIC 9:00-1:00 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:15 Healing Prayer @ Trinity House 7:00 Friends of Findley Weekend SS 9:15/Worship 10:30/2:52 Venture Teen Boys 5:30/2:21 YG 6:30/Nav. 2:7 Disc. Class 6:45 Columbus Day Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00am/Eagles Small Group 6:45 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:15 Navigator’s 2:7 Discipleship Class 6:45/Trustees 7:00 Sweetest Day/Chicken and Biscuit Dinner 4:30 – 7:00 Bosses Day/Sunday School 9:15/Worship 10:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00am/Senior Luncheon 11:30 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:15 Navigator’s 2:7 Discipleship Class 6:45/Ad Council 7:00 Sunday School 9:15/Worship 10:30/2:52 Venture Teen Boys 5:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00am/Eagles Small Group 6:45 Praise Band 6:00/Prayer Night 7:15 Navigator’s 2:7 Discipleship Class 6:45 Sunday School 9:15/ Worship - Reformation Sunday 10:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 Reformation Day

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