Passion & Palm Sunday: April 9-Worship at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
The Day is Coming: We are One-The entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, riding a humble work animal, was a vision of the coming day when power will be displayed not with military might but through solidarity with all people in the name of love and justice. On Palm Sunday, we pray for a time when we are one and when we support one another on the road of life.
Holy Week Pilgrimage: Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 pm
Traveling Companions-Journey to the Water: Our journey begins in the Fellowship Hall around tables of grace. Here we will sit together and share food, as we begin to explore Jesus' last three days. The bread and cup will lead us further on our journey, to the cross, In the Embury Room adjacent to the sanctuary we will experience more of Jesus' passion story and kindle the light of Christ in our midst. Finally, the bread, cup and flame will lead us to the sanctuary. Here we will discover the waters of our baptism, and remember the promises we are called to live. We will share together in Holy Communion, anointing and remembering our baptism. As we continur our work of letting justice roll down like water, we are encouraged to bring toiletries donations to be given to the work of Family Service Association.
Good Friday: April 14 at 12:10 pm
We mark Good Friday with our annual ecumenical service of Scripture, Poetry, Music, and Prayer. First United Methodist Church is joined by Elm Park UMC, First Presbyterian Church, First United Presbyterian Church (Red Door), and First Baptist Church in this beautiful service.
Easter Sunday Schedule:
8:00 am--Easter "Sunrise" Service with Holy Communion in the Sanctuary
9:00 am--Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 am--Easter Egg Hunt in the Courtyard (weather permitting)
10:00 am--Easter Resurrection Service with Holy Communion in the Sanctuary
with our sanctuary choir and brass ensemble
Our Academic Year Schedule 2016-2017
10:00 am Morning Ministry:
Our morining worship gathers in the sanctuary at 10:00 am. Music is led alternating between our beautiful organ and the Steinway piano. Our sanctuary choir provides a variety of musical offerings as well. The format of the service is traditional, but with varying liturgy and worship elements. Our children begin with us in worship. Following the sermon they travel down to our education wing for Sunday school with our adult teachers.
Following worship we join together in a coffee/tea fellowship in the Embury Room, adjoining the sanctuary. The teachers will bring our children up to the fellowship time around 11:15 to meet their parents/guardians. A nutritional snack is provided for them, along with the fellowship foods.
5:00 pm The Gathering Evening Ministry:
The Gathering is a relatively new ministry here at First UMC Oneonta. Worship begins at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary with our awesome band, Crossfire. Lyrics and other details are projected on a big screen and the worship lighting is lower creating an intimate feel in our large space. Following worship is a community meal and educational ministries for all ages. See our Gathering page and Education pages.
We serve Holy Communion normally on the first Sundays of each month and on holy days, such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Our Communion bread is gluten free, homemade, and tasty. We are happy to accomodate other allergies, food intolerances, or needs. Simply speak to the pastor or lay leaders.