August 31, 2012

Faith Briefs: Aug. 31, 2012


---- — UMC elects new bishop

for Upper New York Area

SYRACUSE — The United Methodist Church has assigned a new resident bishop to the Upper New York Area.

Bishop Mark J. Webb begins his new assignment Saturday, Sept. 1. This is his first episcopal appointment; he was elected to the episcopal office during the 2012 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, which took place July 18 to 20 in Charleston, W.Va.

Webb, 47, is a native of Williamsport, Pa. He holds a master’s of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., and a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in Pa. He and his wife, Jodi, have two sons, Tyler and Ben.

The Upper New York Area comprises the Upper New York Annual Conference, which includes more than 920 churches across upstate New York.

Bishop Marcus Matthews, who has served Upper New York since 2010, will become resident bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Area.

Nazarene church hosting Parents’ Night Out

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Church of the Nazarene, 187 Broad St., will host Parents’ Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

All community children ages infant through sixth grade are invited to a free night of pizza, gym games, crafts and more. Children are asked to wear or bring sneakers.

To register, call 561-1960.

Christian school recognized for excellence

PLATTSBURGH — Lakeshore Christian School, a ministry of Plattsburgh’s Bible Baptist Church, has earned the recognition of Model Status School.

Using the individualized curriculum of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), Lakeshore Christian School focuses on Christian character training, academic excellence and community involvement.

This year, the students’ average grade in all subject areas was 95 percent.

The school is located at 4635 Route 9 in Plattsburgh. For information regarding enrollment for the coming school year, contact the school at 563-4098.

Beer Run held Labor Day to benefit Holy Name School

AUSABLE FORKS — A Beer Run is planned Monday, Sept. 3, to benefit Holy Name School.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Hollywood Theatre on Main Street. The run starting at 9:30 a.m.

The $15 fee includes the run and a beverage.

Performance proceeds aid church’s ministries

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh United Methodist Stewardship and Revitalization committees are sponsoring “Not Ready for Prime-Time Worship” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the church sanctuary.

The event — presented by Leslie Scholtz and The Stand-Ins, a men’s quartet — is billed as a fun, informal program of gospel, R&B and praise-and-worship piano arrangements of traditional hymn tunes from the best of today’s innovative Christian arrangers. The Stand-Ins will perform vocal/piano adaptations, audience participation and a set of their own favorites.

A reception by United Methodist Women will follow in the Social Hall.

A free-will donation is requested to help defray the operating costs of supporting the church’s local outreach ministries: Family Promise; Interfaith Food Shelf; AA;Al-Anon; Caring Circle, including Prayer Shawl Ministry; Scouting programs; Nursing Home ministry; and Protestant Campus Ministry.

Labor Day events mark

Holy Name’s 100th year

AUSABLE FORKS — The Most Rev. Terry LaValley, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, is grand marshal for the 2012 Labor Day Celebration to benefit Holy Name School, which is celebrating its 100th year of educational services.

The day’s activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the Labor Day Parade, which will form on Palmer Street and proceed down Main Street to the Holy Name Church grounds. Following the parade, the Norwood Brass Fireman’s Band will perform a 20-minute concert. The second-annual Holy Name Car Show will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along School Street. The running of the Ken “Ducky” Derby down the AuSable River is at 1:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 2 in the school gym. Organized Chaos will provide live music on the grounds from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Other games, food vendors and a beer tent will be offered throughout the day. New features this year include Texas Horseshoes, Ladderball and Football Toss, which will be offered as regular games or tournaments with prizes to the highest score. The day concludes with a $5,000 raffle drawing at 6 p.m. and the awarding of other raffle prizes.