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Rev. Rhonda Kouterick

First United Methodist Church in Horseheads

1034 W. Broad St.

Horseheads, N. Y.  14845

Telephone: (607) 739-1943


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Pastor’s Corner 


For worship this summer, First Methodist and First Presbyterian are together again in person. In light of the world today, Ecumenical efforts, neighborliness, and building bridges are more important than ever before. We can make a difference in our corner of the world. We’ve been isolated for so long, it is especially good to see each other’s faces and be able to talk. Things are opening up, and by September if we exercise reasonable caution many of our usual activities will be possible. I look forward to that first ‘dish to share’ dinner.


            For most of July and August I will be in the area but taking time off. In July we will have guest speakers. Ted and Margaret Cooper will lead worship July 4; Drew Griffin, conference lay leader will speak July 11 and I will be on hand to celebrate communion; Larry Crandell will lead worship on the 18th; and Rev. Gil Mitchell will preach on the 25th.   In August our congregation will worship with First Presbyterian on Westinghouse Road.


            September 5th we’ll be back in our own building for Labor Day; on September 12th the Sunday School program will commence but with an entirely new format.   (Take a look at the Christian Education article for more information.) The Senior Hi’s will meet with Chad Miller and Karen Peterson; Confirmation will be offered for 7,8,9th graders with Pastor Rhonda and Dennis Tubbs. The Adult Classes will also resume, more details to come.


            During the past year and a half several offices have opened up and we are in need of team members and leaders. We will also soon be in need of a Church Treasurer. These days, most meetings run about an hour; some meet every other month and a few meet quarterly. Please contact me at 315-447-3319 (cell) or 739-1943 (office) for more information and to volunteer. We want a full complement of teams and committees so that we can move forward and do some new things.


            At the parsonage, the Trustees have approved some updating – with new energy efficient windows and kitchen remodel at the top of the list. This and several Church updates are possible thanks to the generous bequest from Karren and Bob Harter. Work begins soon.


            During the Pandemic, we’ve been able to be online for worship thanks to the countless, and I do mean countless, hours volunteered by Larry Crandell and Bob Aiello. It has been a steep, frustrating learning curve at times for all of us, with more obstacles than you can imagine to be on Facebook, You Tube, and our Web page. We thank them and the many others who have helped with time and expertise.       


            This has been a challenging time for all of us. Through it, our faith has been a guide and stay.   A particular Bible passage which speaks to me is Isaiah 43:1-3a and the Hymn based on it #529 How Firm a Foundation. ‘… the Lord who created you says, “Do not be afraid—I will save you. I have called you by name—you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. For I am the Lord your God ...”’


In Grace and Peace, and looking forward to seeing you soon,


Pastor Rhonda

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