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Weekly Bulletin, June 18th, 2023


Kellogg Scholarship Sunday & Father's Day

Guest Preacher Nina Kellogg

Scripture: Matthew 9: 35-38

Please join worship at 10:30 in person at Katonah UMC or on Zoom for worship led by Guest Preacher Nina Kellogg.

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Reverend Mindy Yanish, Certified Grief Educator, will be offering free grief and loss support to members of Katonah and Purdys UMCs, to offer support for the pastoral transition in our church as well as any other experience of loss. She provides the highest level of grief support through education, experience, and insights into the often unacknowledged rocky terrain of grief. The pastoral transition support group will meet on Sunday June 11 after coffee hour in the parlor. For those needing any other grief/loss support, please contact Reverend Yanish at 914-334-0030 or

•Prayer Circle is every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 (note the new time!),
in the Katonah UMC sanctuary as well as on Zoom. Prayer circle will meet on Zoom ONLY on the following Wednesdays: June 14, June 21, June 28.

•The Sunday School is taught this week by Patti Kooyman. The lesson is "Lydia Extends an Invitation". This is the Last Sunday of Sunday School until the fall.

Sundays In June

June 18: Kellogg Scholarship Sunday and Father's Day. Nina Kellogg is preaching.

June 25: Bonnie Hyatt is preaching.


From the Staff-Parish Relations Committee


A New Beginning

It is an exciting time awaiting a new beginning for both the congregation and our newly appointed minister. Now is the time when we can prepare spiritually and emotionally for this new chapter in our faith journey. Thanks to all who have been praying during this time of clergy appointments.

  • With careful discernment, prayer, and understanding of our church community, on Thursday March 9th Rev. InKoo Chung , the district Superintendent, met with Katonah UMC/ Purdys UMC SPRC committee to introduce our new Pastor, Rev. Lori Miller. Her appointment begins July 1st. Pastor Lori is a senior pastor with relationship as a Full Elder.

  • Pastor Miller has answered the call as our pastor and comes to us most recently from Newtown UMC in Sandy Hook, CT., having served there seven years. Previously she served as Pastor of Pound Ridge Community Church, and several other churches -- first answering the call in 1985 as an associate pastor. Our new Pastor Lori has a unique set of spiritual gifts, and a diverse set of experiences. She has a warm and caring personality, and lots of enthusiasm. She has experience leading Bible Study, Prayer Group, and involvement in community and ecumenical outreach as well as a gift of preaching. She enjoys hiking, nature, is a voracious reader and loves the cultural offerings of New York City.

We will receive Pastor Lori as our new spiritual leader sent to encourage us on our faith journey in a new, vibrant and effective way. We look forward to working with her beginning July 1, extending grace and support as we get to know each other.

In the meantime we will pray for Pastor Lori, her husband, and her grown son and his family as they prepare for the transition. We will keep Pastor Melissa and Barry in our prayers as they prepare for the new appointment. We look forward to being a welcoming community with God's help. I like the quote from "Seeking: How Do We Begin Again?" from the Lenten series which says "Give us the courage to laugh with joy when opportunities for new beginnings walk our way."

Members of the SPRC present for the meeting 3/9/2023:

Jane Freeman Purdys UMC

Paul Dengler Purdys UMC

Kathy Gallagher Purdys UMC

Michelle Dillman Purdys UMC

Paul Milliot Katonah UMC

Anne Corneck Katonah UMC

Angelo Corradino Katonah UMC

Jane Freeman, SPRC Chair


From Around the Cooperative Parish

Katonah & Purdys United Methodist Churches are part of the Northern Westchester Cooperative Parish along with First UMC Brewster, Trinity-Boscobel UMC in Buchanan, Drew UMC in Carmel, Asbury UMC in Croton, the UMC of Mt. Kisco, Peekskill UMC, Grace UMC of Putnam Valley, the UMC of Shrub Oak, and Yorktown UMC.

This section of the church bulletin highlights ministries and events happening around the Parish.

For more information about the Cooperative Parish, talk to Bonnie Hyatt (, the Cooperative Parish representative from Purdys, or Ellen Rohrer (, the representative from Katonah.

FUMC/Brewster Hosting Conference Missionary on July 9th

FUMC/Brewster will be hosting our conference missionary to Cambodia at our church on Main St. in Brewster on Sunday July 9th. Helen de Leon Camarce will be at our church in Brewster on 7/9 from 4 to 6:30 to share her experience as a UMC missionary in Cambodia. After her presentation, we will share in a meal and refreshments in our fellowship hall.


The Bible instructs us to meet together (Hebrews 10:25), encourage one another (Proverbs 27:17), and

worship God (Psalm 100:2). However, it can be challenging for men to find common ground and connect

spiritually. This is where a Cooperative-wide United Methodist Men's Ministry comes in. Many churches

already have men's ministries or small groups, but creation of a Cooperative-wide Men's Ministry would

bring together men from different churches in the same geographical area. A Cooperative-wide Men's

Ministry provides an opportunity for men to not only grow in faith but also form friendships, mentor

each other and participate in Christ-centered service opportunities.

Meetings are at 7pm every Monday night

Zoom ID# 379 626 3300

Password: letsgodj


Love & Support

Prayers of the Church Family

For Answered Prayers:

Filomena, Amelia B., Jean Boyer, John Corneck,

Paul Harris; Anne, Karen, Nieves, & Stephen Rannekleiv; Ruth Starr, Erich Wenis, Jacob Wenis

Joys & Thanksgivings:

For Young People In Need of Help and Healing:

Aiden, Danny, Ellie, Emily, Olivia, Tucker, Sarah Esposito, Sara Reino, Stefan Spall, Evahn Wenis, Alex Kent, Skylar

For Those In Need of Help and Healing:

Ken & Susan, Liz, Nann, Olga, Justine Burzesi, Ellie Lucas Chapman, Leeann Coffin, John Corneck, Tee Cotter, Sheila de Roode, Galena E., Alice Elliott, Karina Feliz, Carl Gioio & family, Briedge Joyce, Ed Lane, Bob M., Anne Murdock, Louis Pugh, Chuck S., Marja-Liisa Smith, Mary W., Terry Waters, Christian Wenis, Nicole Wilson, Melanie H

For Those Fighting Cancer:

Charlie, Diane, Leah, Noel, Valerie, Theresa Baird, Doreen Bistany, Rev. Wanda Craner, Benny Custodio, Tom Conroy, Christine Dacey, Lois Demaio, Peter DiBart, Alice Dunn, Karen Eiler, Jim Fleming, Paul Harris, Janice Hollander, April Midin, Petie Nylund, Artie R., Laila R., Janet Schuman, Jason Silverman, Andi Strauss, Margaret Howe

For Those Grieving:

Lindsey, Loved ones of Thomas, Elizabeth Brown, Christine Camarra, Carol L., Cindy Mathewson, George Milliot, Eleanor Murphy, Ophelia Banklian Newbold, Ruth Ryder, Joe Seroka, Marilyn Shipman, Bruce Younkin

Those Homebound, In Nursing Homes and Care Facilities:

Mary Ann Albanese, Mike Berardino, Irene Burns, Bodo Fischer, Harriet Harris, Pastor Jin Kim, Yvonne Knudsen, Lois Mold, Matty Oschwald, Emily Procopis, Ronald Schultzel, Ellen & Mike Wenis

Birthdays in the Church Family

Susanne Carminucci 6/4

Tim Cunningham 6/7

Ali LeGuillou 6/9

Brent Golisano 6/11

Ben Golisano 6/12

Emily Procopis 6/13

Alex Elconin 6/18

Bodo Fischer 6/21

Kirk Beaty 6/23

Amy Golisano 6/24

Kaitlyn Hardy 6/25

Ruth Greenslade 6/25


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