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Weekly Bulletin, March 12, 2023

In This Bulletin:


"Living Water," by Lauren Wright Pittman (based on John 4:5-42)

Third Sunday in Lent

Scripture: John 4:5-42

This Sunday we continue the Lenten worship series, "Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith," with a sermon from guest preacher Rev. Karina Feliz. (Pastor Melissa will be leading worship.) Please join in worship at Katonah UMC (or on Zoom) this Sunday at 10:30 am. Worship is held at Purdys UMC the first Sunday of the month, and at Katonah UMC the remaining Sundays.


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

•Prayer Circle is every Wednesday from 12-1, in the Katonah UMC sanctuary
as well as on Zoom.

•Friday Bible Study meets on Zoom from 12-1. During Lent we are using a study from GCORR (General Commission on Religion and Race) called "Imago DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), which explores the Gospel lesson for each week of Lent through the lens of spirituality and justice.

•This week's Sunday School lesson, taught by Lori Corradino, is
"You Were Immigrants."

•Our Cooperative Parish is holding services on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm during Lent. On March 8, the service will be at Shrub Oak UMC, and on March 15 it will be at Purdys UMC.

•The Racial Justice Team is proud to announce this Sunday's guest preacher, Rev. Karina Feliz.


From the Staff-Parish Relations Committee

It is with deep sadness we recently have heard the news that Pastor Melissa has been appointed to Babylon UMC in July. The Katonah/Purdys SPRC met with District Superintendent Rev. InKoo Chung on March 3rd to learn of the wonderful works of our churches and the amazing gifts and graces of our beloved Pastor Melissa. Rev. Chung listened carefully to our concerns and got to know the kind of pastor that would suit our visions and dreams. Through careful listening, Rev Chung gained an understanding of what we desire in a new pastor. Compassion, a deep love of people, counseling skills, sense of humor, warmth of personality, intellect, humble spirit, and a unique understanding and sharing of God's word are qualities we have come to appreciate with Pastor Melissa. We also described activities of the church, typical worship, children's moments, choir, Sunday school, outreach, community involvement, Bible study, the prayer meditation group and the Racial Justice team as priorities in our faith journey and mission to make the world a better place. Rev Chung, after prayerful discernment, will meet with the committee again soon in person at Katonah UMC to introduce a candidate, who if appointed, would begin service July 1. In the meantime we are thankful for the many blessings Pastor Melissa and Barry are bestowing on our church family. We pray she and Barry answer God's call knowing the need is great. Prayers continue for the Bishop, Superintendent and Cabinet as they go about their appointment work with God's help.

Jane Freeman, SPRC Chair


Giving & Service

Emergency Shelter Partnership

Thank you to everyone who pitched in for another successful week of hosting the emergency shelter! Hats off to Ellen Rohrer, Nina Kellogg (who served dinner 4 out of 6 nights!), Allison Holland & Josh Epstein, Jane Freeman, Anne Corneck, Patti Horvath, Bonnie Hyatt, Barry Mangione, Shalyn Courtenay, Dania Rusanov, Marga Spiller, Lauren Lavender, Michelle Dillmann, Carlota & Jordan Ellsworth, Kathleen Soto, Valencia Elliott, Allison Chernow, Elizabeth Harris, Deirdre Courtney-Batson, and Marlies Fry. It could not have happened without you all!


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.

+Our Cooperative Parish is holding services on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm during Lent. On March 8, the service will be at Shrub Oak UMC, and on March 15 it will be at Purdys UMC. It will be at Yorktown UMC on March 22 and at Drew UMC in Carmel on March 29.

+Northern Westchester Cooperative Parish Conversations on Privilege and Race take place on the last Saturday of each month over Zoom at 10 am. Click here to join via Zoom, or use the following info:

Meeting ID: 893 3921 7734

Passcode: jesus

Dial: 1-929-436-2866

Meeting ID: 893 3921 7734

Passcode: 486390


Love & Support

Prayers of the Church Family

For Young People In Need of Help and Healing:

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

For Those In Need of Help and Healing:

Ken & Susan, Olga, Amelia B., Dennis & Jean Boyer, Justine Burzesi, Ellie Lucas Chapman, Tee Cotter, Sheila de Roode, Galena E., Alice Elliott, Karina Feliz, Carl Gioio & family, Briedge Joyce, Ed Lane, Bob M., Louis Pugh, Chuck S., Marja-Liisa Smith, Terry Waters, Michelle Wenis, Nicole Wilson

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, Janice Hollander, April Midin, Petie Nylund, Artie R., Laila R., Ruth Ryder, Janet Schuman, Jason Silverman, Andi Strauss

For Those Grieving:

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

Those Homebound, In Nursing Homes and Care Facilities:

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

Birthdays in the Church Family

Skye Johnson 3/1

Carol Fisher 3/5

Peggy Fabrizio 3/8

Devin Kidde 3/9

Clayton Leibig 3/9

Margot Adams 3/9

Margaret Walsh 3/14

Hannah Carminucci 3/18

Noah Elconin 3/21

Emma Hickey 3/22

Geoffrey Kidde 3/23

Don Capoccia 3/23

Matthew Casavant 3/25

Paul Elconin 3/29

Jack Arbolino 3/30

Kim Hickey 3/31


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