Little Utica United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

EJ Thomas Cluster of Churches

This Past Year’s Happenings 
 
Posted November 17, 2019 

This year’s cluster has gotten off to a shaky start. We met in Sept and Oct and it was nice getting back together after a short summer break. By shaky I mean, we’ve lost a couple people due to health, Joyce Parkhurst has had knee surgery and our President, Margaret Hass has moved down south. Our group consists of Martville, Bowens Corner, Ira, Hannibal Center and Little Utica. We have people from each church who attend and each meeting is held at one of our member churches monthly.

 

We’ve decided to concentrate our efforts on Local Missions this year. There are so many needy people, animals and organizations in the Oswego and Cayuga county area. To name a few that we have donated to this past year; OCO, OCAWL, Hannibal Christmas Bureau and the Schneider Foundation.

 

Our money is raised mainly through our yearly Lenten Services. Each of our member churches host a service at their church during the Lenten season. In the past we collected money to send children to summer camp. Due to the lack of children and interest in camp we decided to donate to other needs. The past couple of years we donated to the UMM group for the Veteran’s van and for companion dogs. This year we decided to donate again to local missions. If you have someplace you would like money to go, please join us and let us know.

 

The Cluster membership has declined due to age, health and relocation. On an average there are eight to ten of us meeting the second Monday of the month. We start our meetings in Sept, we do not meet December or January, we meet again in Feb, March, April and May. Our next meeting will be Feb 10th at Little Utica. If you are free that day, please bring a dish to pass and join us for great food, devotions and fellowship. At this meeting we will make recommendations for where our Lenten Service collection will go. As I mentioned, if you have an idea for where the money should go, please come and make a recommendation.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas and a safe winter. Hope to see new faces in February!!

 
Blessings, Elaine Phillips. Cluster Treasurer
 
 
 
Posted October 13, 2018 
EJ Thomas Cluster of Churches President, Margaret Hass and Elaine Phillips present a check for $700 to United Methodist Men President Paul Thompson during the UMM monthly breakfast held at Little Utica.  This donation supports the UMM mission to fund companion & service dogs for our Veterans through the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation.