Thank you for visiting the Branchport United Methodist Church
We believe that God calls all people to gather in a community of faith, to share in the Good News of Jesus Christ as we make disciples for the transformation of the world. We come together to strengthen our faith through worship, prayer, education, outreach, study, and fellowship as we grow and develop our spirituality and faithfulness. We try to be Christ-like in all that we do and live to the examples as seen through the written word of God.
If you are looking for a church home we would sincerely hope that you will join us some Sunday as we together travel and accept the challenges of discipleship and witness to the whole world of this wondrous love of Jesus Christ.
Psalms 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through thevalley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we approach summer days, hopefully peaceful moments on the front porch and the celebration of family and friends with picnics, reunions and graduation parties will help you feel God’s presence in all that you do.
As I sit down to write this newsletter I hope that the faithful supporters of Branchport UMC will find themselves connected with all that we have going on. Consider Galatians 5:22; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”. The past few years has been one of hope and perseverance as we do the work of Jesus. It was not too long ago that we struggled to gather resources to cover the expenses of our building. It seemed as though fundraisers were the means of paying the bills and doing our part in our denomination by paying our ministry shares. Though when I joined you in 2016 what I discovered was your faith that this church has a purpose and there are many who are willing to offer themselves and their own resources to keep it going. Prayers to make the resources last, stubbornness in our beliefs and steadfastness in ministry kept us going. I witness over and over again the love you have for your church and one another, even when health, miles and other obstacles keep us physically apart. We experience the joy of fellowship and feel the peace of having a sanctuary to worship in. I praise God for all of you and am thrilled to continue in ministry together. The Holy Spirit is present at Branchport United Methodist Church! Praise God!
Over the past 2 years we have invested in replacing well-worn pew cushions, repaired a roof that was in great need, have plans to replace the flooring in the bathroom and we now are preparing to replace the church sign that we use to share all the events that we are blessed to host. All of these projects have been results of hours of conversation, research, connecting with contractors and prayer as we discern how to best use the resources entrusted to us. All of this takes funding that is not easy to come by and a big responsibility to put to use, but we know it is all due to God and all that has been entrusted to us. As we discussed the signage and whether it was a necessary investment we found ourselves considering the memorial fund and all the Saints we honor with those funds. So, it was decided that we should use these monies and celebrate that we are blessed because of the foundation built by those who came before us.
We still have a great deal of work ahead of us. We worship in an aging building that requires upkeep and care, and we have been called to create disciples for the transformation of the world. In order to carry on our ministry at Branchport UMC we must continuously be aware of the needs of our community and how to best reach out to others. For this we need your continued support and prayers.
We are continually discussing ways to reach out to others and offer opportunities to bring people through our doors. We celebrate the community’s support of our Memorial Day Chicken BBQ, grateful for the many hands that come together to make it such a smooth event. We look forward to our 7th Annual Red, White and Blue 5K on July 4th! We have become a part of family tradition as runners and walkers start the day with us before heading off for parades and picnics. On Friday the 21st of June we will gather to watch the movie The Shack at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall. We hope to welcome other area United Methodist Churches this summer with a game night and will be worshipping together at Indian Pines Park in Penn Yan on August 11th at 11am. We have many great things in store as we embrace the summer days. We hope you can join us for some of these events and be a part of worship as we gather each Sunday morning at 10:45 am.
Once again, I thank you for your faithfulness and support to our beautiful church and pray that you feel the love and grace surrounding you each and every day!
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” ~ Phillipians 4:12-13
Praise God from whom all blessings flow~
Pastor Kim Lyons
Branchport United Methodist Church
3376 Guyanoga Road
Branchport, NY 14418
Thursday, July 4th, 2019 @ 8:00am
To Register Online visit: https://falconracetiming.com/event/red-white-blue-5k-walk-run-branchport-ny/
To register by mail, fill in the fields below, print out this form and mail this form and your check to the address below.
Print out one copy per entrant. Each participant, or their legal guardian, must sign the waiver at the bottom.
5K Cost – Please select one:
____ $25.00 pre-registration before June 30
____ $30.00 late/race day
____ Kid’s Fun Run FREE (t-shirts $10.00) – 1 mile race
Make checks payable to: Branchport UMC
c/o Dave Thorn
3988 Belknap Hill Road
Branchport, NY 14418
Race day registration/Check-in: 7:00-7:45am
Awards: Prizes will be awarded in age group categories for male and female top finishers.
City: ___________________________ State: _____________________Email: _________________________
Male: __________ Female: ____________ Age: ___________ Phone Number: ___________
Yes, I want a FREE t-shirt – ____ S ____M ____L ____XL (if registered by June 15th)
Total Cost ______ race fee
Waiver: I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity that carries the risk of property damage, personal injury or death. I know I should not run this event unless I am medically able and I am aware of and assume all risks associated with running in this race. I understand that I, or the person(s) I am responsible for, will be subject to variable weather and course conditions. I assume all risks associated with this event including, but not limited to, property damage, personal injury or death that may result from, including, but not limited to, personal medical conditions, falls, contact with other persons, traffic and road conditions. Therefore I, for myself, or the person(s) I am responsible for, release and hold harmless the Branchport United Methodist Church, The Upper New York Conference, and their representatives, all sponsors, agencies, municipalities and any other persons involved with the event, from any liability for any and all property damage, personal injury or death that may occur as a result of my/his/her participation in this event. I understand that my entry fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. I also understand I may be photographed while participating in this event.
Signature: ______________________________________________________ Date: ______________
Parent or guardian must sign if participant is under 18 years of age.