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Weekly Bulletin - January 9, 2022

This Sunday we remember the baptism of Jesus as well as our own.


Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Scripture Reading: Luke 3:15-22

Sermon: “Original Blessing"

Reverend Melissa Boyer, Minister

Peter Muir, Guest Musician

Worship will continue to be offered over Zoom and Facebook Live as well as in person at Katonah UMC. (Worship is at Purdys UMC on the first Sunday of each month.)

Here's what to expect when you come to worship in person:

  1. Masks are required at all times. Congregational singing is suspended for now, but soloists or a small choir may sing while masked.

  2. We will continue to have hand sanitizer stationed at entrances.

  3. We will continue using individually packaged cup-and-wafer servings for communion. You are also still welcome to bring your own bread and juice from home.

  4. The offering plate will remain at the back of the sanctuary for now, rather than being passed around.

  5. Passing of the peace during worship is still suspended.


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

This Week at a Glance

• Prayer Circle every Wednesday from 12-1, offered on Zoom, Facebook Live, and in the Katonah UMC sanctuary.
•Katonah Church Council meets on Wednesday, January 5 at 7:30 pm on Zoom.
•Parenting Group meets on Thursday, January 6 from 11-12 on Zoom.
•NY/CT District Epiphany Worship on Thursday, January 6 at 7 pm. Zoom link to follow.

Save the Date

•Friday Bible Study resumes on January 14 from 12:30-1:30 on Zoom.
•Pet Food Pantry is open in the Katonah Parish Hall on Saturday, January 15, from 11-1.
•Appalachia Service Project meets in the Katonah Parish Hall on Sunday,
January 16 from 2:30-4 pm.


Giving & Service

Donate to Katonah & Purdys

Please remember to keep up with your tithes and offerings as you are able! Here are three different ways to send your donations to the church:
  1. If you use online banking, have your bank send a check to Katonah UMC, attn Financial Secretary, 5 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536 or Purdys UMC, 106 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY 10560.

  2. Send a check in the mail to Katonah UMC, attn Financial Secretary, 5 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536 or Purdys UMC, 106 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY 10560.

  3. For gifts to Katonah UMC, you can donate here. Or you can go to your PayPal account and send a payment to Katonah UMC using the email address


Table of Grace, a mission of our Cooperative Parish, offers a hot lunch every Saturday

at the First UMC of Brewster.

The Mission of Table of Grace is to feed those who are hungry and to nourish body, mind and spirit. Whether in need or in wealth, all are welcome at the table.

​Since 2020, the Table of Grace Community Kitchen has been serving bagged lunches outside the First Methodist Church of Brewster. As of this week, we're now serving pre-packaged hot lunches to go, in order to be more cautious in the midst of the COVID upswing.

Thanks to a generous grant from the United Methodist City Society, and our membership with Hudson Valley Food Bank, we are able to provide our volunteers with most of the foods needed to prepare hot meals each Saturday. We've been given three computers and will have them available soon for job searches and resume development. We also plan to offer ESL practice and instruction once COVID restrictions ease again.

We welcome all volunteers, whether affiliated with a church or not. For more information, email Bonnie Hyatt at, or click here to sign up to volunteer.


Worship Information

Star Words

If you were not in person in worship this Sunday, you didn't get a Star Word! Just as we rely on stars for guidance, your star word can give you things to think about and sharpen your focus for 2022. For example, if the word you get is "freedom," you can notice where you and others are or are not free. If you'd like Pastor Melissa to randomly pick a star word for you, email

Worship will be held this Sunday at 10:30 am inside the sanctuary of Katonah UMC, 5 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536. While it is likely prudent for most to stay at home during this spike, we will keep the option available for those who want to come to worship in person.

(Worship will always be at Purdys on the first Sunday of the month,

and at Katonah the remaining Sundays.)

Information for joining worship via Zoom or Facebook Live remains the same every week:

Click on this link to join via Zoom.

(If you don't have Zoom, it's free, and safe to download by clicking here.)

Or go to Zoom, choose "Join a Meeting,"

and enter the meeting ID: 914 232 4094

and the password: 10536.

You can also join from any kind of phone by calling 646-558-8656.

When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 914 232 4094.

When asked for a participant ID, just hit the pound sign.

When prompted, enter the password: 10536.

(When you call on the phone, you can unmute or mute yourself by pressing *6.)

The service will also be livestreamed at 10:30 am

on the Katonah & Purdys Facebook page.

You don't have to have a Facebook account to be able to watch.


Love & Support

A Note from Pastor Melissa

Dear Katonah and Purdys UMCs,

Thank you so much for the generous Christmas gifts! I count you among my blessings every day. It's truly a joy to serve as your pastor!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Melissa

January Birthdays

Dorothy Seirup 1/3

Haley Rohrer 1/7

Caleigh Boyer-Holt 1/12

Heidi Fiederlein-Kesper 1/12

Linda Gabrielsen 1/13

Melinda Benson 1/18

Sarah Elconin 1/18

Leeann Coffin 1/21

Christie Johnson 1/23


Prayers of the Church Family

Joys & Thanksgivings:

For Cathy, Michelle Dillman's aunt, for her successful cancer treatment!

Paul Stark, for his successful cancer treatment!

For Young People In Need of Help and Healing:

Stefan Spall, Sara Reino, Lucas Chapman, Tucker, Ellie, Aiden, Danny, Olivia Vitale, Jakob Wenis

For Those In Need of Help and Healing:

Carl Gioio and family, Nicole Wilson, Justine Burzesi, Marja-Liisa Smith, Yvonne Knudsen, Joe Seroka, Alice Elliott, Bob M., Paul Dengler, Zannie Johnson, The Murphy Family, Inday Day, Angie Lemaster and her children, Heather Cattoor, Sheila De Roode , Louis Pugh

For Those Fighting Cancer:

Janice Hollander, Jason Silverman, Rev. Richard Ryley, Lois Demaio , Christine Dacey, April Midin, Leah, Diane, Petie Nylund, Tom Conroy, Rev. Karen Eiler, Janet Schuman

For Those Grieving:

Loved ones of Christine Camarra, Susan Albanese (mother of Michael Albanese), Marion Vella, Phil Maliniak, Millie Austin, Ruby Chapman (mother of Amy Chapman)

Those Homebound In Nursing Homes And Care Facilities:

Ken & Rosemary Ingersoll, Lois Mold, Dotty Seirup, Matty Oschwald, Eleanor Murphy, Inez Campbell, Irene Burns, Mike Wenis, Ernie Greenslade, Pastor Jin Kim, Ronald Schultzel


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