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 June 2012
Greetings in Jesus name, I was wandering around our beautiful little community here in Little Valley, NY this spring day and I saw all of these neat and tidy boxes for gardens. Inside each one, people have planted their favorite variety of flowers and vegetables. The time required to establish these gardens does seem to be quite tedious and or time consuming initially. One has to build the boxes and lay them out just right. In the long term I don't think it would be as much as tilling the ground and establishing a more traditional garden in the ground year after year. They also appear to be a creative way to bring the country to the village and also add a modern twist as to what that looks like. I have seen them with lots of different tiers and platforms and quite a variety of shapes and sizes also. Whether they are raised beds or in the ground gardens, people all around have spent a lot of time preparing these crops for harvest. The raised beds seems to be a little easier on the body in terms of long term maintenance.....no need to bend all the way to the ground and all. The love for gardening seems to be worth it in the long run to many people. For some it seems to be a therapeutic way of getting away from the humdrum of life and renewing ones soul. For others a form of exercise. And yet for others a way of life. Whatever the reason even if it is as simple as just enjoying gardening, people all around are doing it. This Memorial Day weekend seems to have people scrambling to get the finishing touches on their masterpieces. The underlying theme with gardens no matter how big or small is that they require work in some form. If they are going to grow and produce good fruit they require continual work in all types of forms. Sometimes they need water, at others they may need some weeding or those weeds can choke out the good fruit. Still, at other times they need fertilizer to help them grow larger fruit. Gardens require work to produce anything worth while. Our relationship with Christ is very similar to that of a garden in that it requires work. Paul urges believers in Philippians 2:12 to work out their salvation. Not at all implying that we work for salvation, but rather once we have received God’s grace we are to work at perfecting it. We need to work out what has already been done inside us in order for it to bear fruit. Our relationship with Jesus can only grow if we work at it. Just like the gardening that is going on quite possibly as we speak, start cultivating the soil in your heart. Even the best of gardens need work, and the best of gardeners recognize areas that need attention in their garden. So this spring as you are working out your garden, also work out your salvation. In the words of Ken Davis, Lighten up and live; allow this relationship with Jesus to be as fulfilling as he has designed it. A little bit of work is going to yield a massive crop!! Until next month, Pastor Joe I am always open to dialogue about anything that might touch your hearts.....my email is pastorjoe@littlevalleyumc.org

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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—An intimate time of prayer and fellowship. Time and place varies each week. See Annette Andrew for details. Two Prayer Times for Wednesday evenings: 6:30-7:30pm New prayer time: We meet in the conference room for a time of structured and focused prayer, coming together as the body of Christ for corporate prayer. All are welcome. See Evonne Phillips or Laurie Peters for details. 7:30-10:00pm Worship and Praise time: We meet in the sanctuary following worship band rehearsal. We worship with the I Worship DVD’s or other music for a personal time with the Lord. Afterwards we come together for prayer as the Spirit leads with prayers for the church, pastor and concerns of the congregation. All are welcome. See Bonnie Hurley for details. Outside we have a mailbox for prayers if you forget on Sunday or if the church isn’t open. Anyone in the community is welcome to use it so please tell others about it. God tells us where two or more are gathered in His name…There is also a prayer box in the back of the sanctuary for your convenience. We meet in the sanctuary before the service on Sunday mornings and everyone is welcome to join us. We pray for Pastor Joe and the worship service.

Jerri Parkhurst Harris Concert
Jerri Harris will be sharing her gift of music with us in concert on Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 10:30 am during regular worship. Jerri is a Little Valley native who currently lives in Naples, Florida. She has performed for Christ all over the world. She has been part of many Broadway productions and several concert orchestras; she has also been involved in television commercials and feature films. She will walk us through her relationship with Jesus Christ and the work that He has and is doing in her life. We hope you will be able to join us as we are blessed by Jerri this summer!

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

Summer Women’s Scrapbooking Bible Study
We will be studying and scrapbooking, The Fruit of the Spirit. We will meet for approximately 6 weeks with a plan to start the week of June 25. Dates and times to be announced so that we can find a time that is good for anyone interested. All you need is a scrapbook to get you started. If you are interested, please call or let Laurie know. # 938-9419.

Altar Flowers
Don’t forget to contact Harriet ahead of time if you’d like to do flowers for the altar on any given week.

MEN’S BREAKFAST
The men of LVUMC and other area churches meet for breakfast and study the third Sunday of each month at 7:30 AM in the fellowship hall. Join us for Man Food and uncommon discussion. The next dates are June 24, July 15 and August 19.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who  fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. Psalm  103: 13‐14  NIV 
 

SUMMER YOUTH FUND RAISER
Help support our youth and let them wash your car during Sunday School on June 10 from 9-10:15..... All we ask is for a donation to our youth program.....ok and some grace as we may be a little wet! Our last Meeting week will be June 10th also. This summer we will gather periodically to stay in touch but nothing formally scheduled. Thank you for your prayers and partnership with us! Grace and peace, TwoTwentyOne

PASTOR JOE’S CALENDAR – June 2012
Office hours will be 9-12 Mon-Thurs. unless conflicting appointments or by appointment, Fri.-day off, Saturday-Sabbath Tuesday Men’s Breakfast at the VFW 8am, Sunday evenings Youth 6:30-8pm 5/31-6/2 Annual Conference Syracuse 6/3 Community Youth 6/4 VBS meeting 6pm 6/4 Missions meeting 7pm 6/5 Ministerium meeting. 10am 6/6 Jamestown meeting 10am 6/11-6/16 Pastor Joe On Vacation 6/19 Senior Luncheon 6/21 Baccalaureate 7pm Wesleyan Church 6/22 Graveside committal 11am 6/24 Men’s breakfast @ LVUMC ACOLYTE TRAINING We will be having an ice cream sundae time and refresher training session for all current acolytes as well as new training for those interested in becoming an acolyte. You must be in 2nd grade up to youth group age. We can do this one evening or on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Parents, please contact Bobbie Jo Ormond if your children would like to remain or become an acolyte so we can schedule this before everyone gets too busy for the summer. We are asking all current and new acolytes to participate in this. 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? Plastic Squeeze Bottles I am still saving those plastic bottles with caps, such as dish detergent, cleaners, shampoos, conditioners and beauty liquids come in for a preschool teacher. She needs about 30-40 of these. Ones that a child can put both hands on to squeeze that are approximately 10-30 ounces are what she is looking for. If you have any, please rinse them out and give to Bobbie Jo. Thank you to those that have contributed.

COMPOSTING
You may have noticed a small black dome recently appearing in the vicinity of our raised bed community garden. It is a composter that was donated courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Composting is not rocket science, but there are a few simple guidelines that will help it work more efficiently. What To Compost Your Earth Machine™ will work best if it is fed a diet of green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) materials. Check out the list of kitchen and yard waste “greens” and “browns” that will keep your Earth Machine™ happy. KITCHEN GREENS Fruit scraps, vegetable scraps Houseplant cuttings Coffee grounds Rice & pasta Egg shells Tea bags KITCHEN BROWNS Coffee filters, stale bread Paper napkins & towels Dryer lint Hair

Shredded office paper Shredded newspaper YARD BROWNS YARD GREENS Flowers Leaves Straw or hay Vegetables Small twigs/chips Plant trimmings Dried grass and weeds Hedge clippings Grass (small amounts) DO NOT COMPOST • Meat, Fish, Bones • Dairy Products • Oils or Fats • Sauces • Pet Waste • Mature Weeds With Seeds With a little TLC in the form of a “healthy diet,” frequent turning and watering the composter will produce natural fertilizer for use on the garden or lawn.

PRAISES AND THANKS
Thanks Laurie and Glenda for the lovely Mother – Daughter Tea last month. There were about 40 ladies of all ages in attendance for a couple of hours of fun, fellowship, food and of course tea, coffee and punch. The theme was purses and after playing a couple of games, Glenda, Laurie and Mariel put on a skit that made us chuckle but was also very thought provoking. Thanks girls for the great job and having something special for the females. Thanks to all who continue to pray for our daily needs as well as the special needs that arise and give thanks for all of the many blessings the Lord has given us. We have some very diligent prayer warriors in our church and are thankful for the prayers of everyone. Sometimes we are moved to prayer and are not really sure why or for what or whom, but God takes those prayers to heart and often we witness great results. Our choir and praise band sound phenomenal. They just keep getting better and better. I heard so many people comment about the praise band during the chicken barbecue. They could be heard throughout the village as well as by the audience that came to eat under the tent. We can hardly wait for the CD to be released

Missions
The chicken BBQ last week was absolutely wonderful. Thanks to all who helped prepare food, served and worked it. The setting was perfect. Good weather, fun fellowship and our beautiful sounding praise band filled the air with lots of music. We served 420 Chiavetta’s chicken halves and the youth sold drinks for camping scholarships and did quite well themselves. We can hardly wait until next year. Don’t forget the missions team is going on the road August 12th through the 18th when we head for Chillicothe, Ohio. While we are there we will do some repairs on a house, visit & minister to a homeless community & lots more. We will picnic, swim, have lots of fun & maybe even have a concert. If you are interested in going or if you can’t go but would like to help us get there see Randy Peters or Pastor Joe very soon.

MISSIONS: INDIA UPDATE
Greetings with much love and appreciation to everyone for your prayers and support of my  upcoming trip to India and for the funds for the housing for the orphanage.  Without you, none  of this would have been possible and a special thanks to the Missions team and their support.   I will be leaving on June 5th and will be gone until July 31.  As I write this Pastor Nehemiah and  the children are cleaning and getting ready their new residence.  We still have another $4000 to  raise but I know this is where God wants them and it will all come in.  I will still be sending out  appeals around the world for this to be achieved and for others to join in with us in this effort. I am so excited  about this trip and to see what our Lord will do through myself and the Christies as we reach out to the people  in Coimbatore.  I will send out updates weekly to keep everyone informed and know of the progress we are  doing.  I will have my laptop with me so that I will be able to do this and would love hearing how things are  going here.  Please keep me in your prayers along with Pastor Nehemiah, Dr. Christie and the boys as they will  be the future warriors in leading people to Christ.  Again thank you so much for your financial help and your  prayers.  God’s blessing, Bonnie 

JUNE ANNIVERSARIES AND BIRTHDAYS
2 3 4 8 13 15 18 19 21 21 26 26 28 29 BIRTHDAYS Kay Sipe Dominic Whipple Don Hammond Madelene Frentz Piper Brooks Matthew Blakely Bobbie Jo Ormond Carissa Peters Desiree Goodenow Riley Pascoe Abigail Minnekine Doris Gross Maxeen Winship Braden Winship ANNIVERSARIES

15 19

Jim & Shirley Crosby Chrissy & Matt Minnekine

COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CALENDARS FOR 2013
We are wrapping up the orders for the calendars, so if you haven’t already done so please 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 and would like to be on for next year.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Building a Heart of Faith There are many areas for you to become involved within Christian Education. Our next meeting is Monday, May 21st at 7 p.m. Please talk with Pastor Joe or Randy Peters if you are interested. We are swimming with excitement about Operation Overboard. There is a donation box under the coat rack for items that we need for VBS from the list below. It is VBS preparation & excitement time! VBS will be July 16-20th and we need lots of help and we always have lots of fun. The theme this year is Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God! The following is a list of materials that are still needed so start collecting now! old CD's tissue paper in bright colors whole sunflower seeds aluminum foil self adhesive magnetic strip small metal nuts puff paint small googly eyes white card stock shaving cream 5 cans paper plates (heavy duty) 30 and regular paper plates 50 fine sheets of sandpaper 60 clothespins (spring loaded) Elmer's glue (sticks & liquid) paper hole reinforcements poster board (large sheets) brown & white butcher paper blue cellophane We will also be looking for supplies for our snack time so watch for this list as time gets closer. If you would like to make a monetary donation for this purpose, you may include it in your weekly offering check and specify on the envelope VBS. God's peace to you!

Clothes Closet
As we are switching over to the warmer season, we appreciate all the gently used items that have been contributed. If you are doing your spring cleaning & have clothes you no longer want or wear we can put them to good use. As usual we need kids & teens jeans, shirts, sneakers in good shape, along with men’s & women’s clothes. If you have other items like furniture, appliances, etc. Please call Bill Perkins so arrangements can be made to drop them off. Thank you all who have donated to this mission, we ask that all clothes you donate be clean with no holes or rips. We are still looking for someone to over see the clothes closet mission, if you think that may be you we ask you pray about it.

FOOD PANTRY
The Little Valley Ministerium would appreciate the help of their congregations as we strive to meet the needs of the hungry in our area. Please bring non perishable food and staple items to your churches. Needed especially are: tuna and canned meats, spaghetti pasta and sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, canned main dishes (hash, stew, ravioli, etc,) peanut butter, jelly, juices, puddings. Thanks so much for your help! Remember Matthew 25, "If you have done it to the least of these, my brothers, you have done it unto me." 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JUNE 1-2 Fri-Sat
3 Sun

Annual Conference

Sunday School 9:15/Worship & Communion 10:30/Latch/CommunityYouth Event 6:00 4 Mon Carpenter’s Apprentice Small Group 6:30/VBS Meeting 6:00Missions Team Meeting 7:00 5 Tue Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00am/WIC 9:00/Ministerium Meeting 10:00/Faith Trekkers 6:30/Eagles 6:45 6 Wed Praise Band 5:30/Prayer 7:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:30 7 Thu Healing Prayer at Trinity House 7:00 10 Sun Sunday School 9:15/Worship 10:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 11 Mon Church Wide Work Night 6:30 11-16 Mon-Sat Pastor Joe on Vacation 12 Tue Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00 am/Choir 7:00 13 Wed Praise Band 5:30/Prayer 7:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:30 14 Thur Flag Day/Worship Team Meeting 8:00am 17 Sun Father’s Day/Sunday School 9:15/Worship 10:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 18 Mon Carpenter’s Apprentice Small Group 6:30 19 Tue Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00 am/Senior Luncheon 11:30/Faith Trekkers Small Group 6:30/Eagles 6:45 20 Wed Praise Band 5:30/Prayer 7:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:30 21 Thu Baccalaureate Service at Wesleyan Church 7:00 22 Fri Graduation 7:00 24 Sun Men’s Breakfast 7:30/Worship 10:30/2:21 Youth Group 6:30 26 Tue Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00 am 27 Wed Praise Band 5:30/Prayer 7:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:30

JULY
1 Sun 3 Tue 4 Wed 5 Thu 8 Sun 7 Mon 10 Tue 11 Wed 12 Thu 15 Sun 16-20 Mon-Fri 17 Tue 18 Wed 22 Sun 24 Tue 25 Wed 29 Sun 31 Tue Worship & Communion 10:30/LATCH Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00am/WIC 9:00 Independence Day/Praise Band 5:30/Prayer 7:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:30 Healing Prayer at Trinity House 7:00 Worship 10:30 Carpenter’s Apprentice Small Group 6:30 Men’s Group @ VFW 8:00am Praise Band 5:30/Prayer 7:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:30 Worship Team Meeting 8:00am/Ad Council 7:00 Men’s Breakfast 7:30/Worship 10:30 VBS – Operation Overboard 6:00 – 8:30 Men’s Group at VFW 8:00am/Senior Luncheon 11:30 Prayer 7:00 Worship 10:30 Men’s Group VFW 8:00am Praise Band 5:30/Prayer 7:00/Prayer & Praise Night 7:30 Worship Service with Jerri Parkhurst Harris 10:30 Men’s Group at VFW 8:00am

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:3-8

. Little Valley United Methodist Church 109 Court Street Little Valley, NY 14755

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