Little Utica United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 21, 2018


From the Lay Leader’s Desk: 


Cantata "Song of the Shadows"

Good Friday Service

March 30th at 7:30 PM



"The Table is Set"

Maundy Thursday Service

March 29th at 6:00 PM



New Members Joining the Church



Donna Fingland joins our church on Sunday, March 11, 2018 during a special Worship service.


Barbara and Kay Camic received their membership to Little Utica on Sunday, December 3, 2017 during a special ceremony on Hanging of the Greens Sunday.





Posted December 17, 2017


I want to share some of the wonderful events that have taken place at Little Utica this past year.


(1)  The UMM’s goal for 2016-17 was to purchase a new DAV van.  $16,000 was raised and the van was delivered to the Syracuse DAV. The dedication took place at the Veterans Day Celebration at the New York State Fair Grounds on Saturday November 4th. Please check out the pictures, click on the E.J.Thomas UMM link on the church’s home page.


(2)  The UMM raised $4,230 to purchase companion & service dogs for our returning veterans through the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation.  The checks were presented to Rick & Lori Schneider at our Annual Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 2. The men and women of our church have a wonderful working relationship with the Schneider Foundation. There were 46 in attendance at the breakfast with the ladies of the church and our kids & grand kids as honored guests.


(3)  Little Utica announced our “Man of the Year 2017.” This year Robert Phillips was that man. Bob was called home by our Lord this spring. This special honor from our church and the E.J.Thomas UMM was presented to his widow, Elaine and his children & grandchildren. With a fellowship dinner following the service. Members of Little Utica, Bob’s family and friends welcomed our District Superintendent and her family at this special event. Please read Bob’s award letter by clicking on E.J.Thomas UMM link from our home page.


(4)  Fundraisers have been a lot of fun this year.  The UMW is doing amazing with their “New-To-You & Schoolhouse Boutique Sale.”  The basement of our church and schoolhouse are just filled with new & gently used merchandise. The women sort and mark new items every week.


(5)  We held three “take outs only” spaghetti dinners and one Football Sunday Chili dinner. Our famous all-you-can-eat “Chicken & Biscuit” dinner was our big food fun-raiser this year. Thanks to all those wonderful volunteers who come and work so very hard to make these fundraisers fun and so profitable. Football play-off Chili Sunday will be in January 2018.


(6)   I taught three Lay Servant Classes this year; two advanced and one basic course. Classes are all 5-weeks and 2 1/2 hours of weekly class time plus 2 hours of homework. All those taking Lay Servant classes from Little Utica leave very well equipped to share the Good News of the Gospel. Our last class was, “let The Whole Church say, Amen!”  They received their Lay Servant certificates at a special service on Saturday, October 14 at our 4pm service. We are very proud that Carolyn Johnson has completed all six required courses. She is now a candidate to be a Certified Lay Servant Speaker, that interview will take place in the spring. Three new courses will be offered in 2018, names of the courses to be announced.


(7)  Religious travel is always on the agenda at Little Utica. We host several Holy Land & Religious Travel Information Nights throughout the year. It is such a blessing to have Pastor Judy help with these meetings. She has traveled the whole world over and brings such valuable insight to traveling. There are two trips I have been recruiting for this year. (1)  A Cruise in October with guest speaker Adam Hamilton, four went from my group. They had an amazing time.  (2) Bishop Webb is leading a Holy Land tour in January 2018.  That tour is ready to go on January 9, 2018. I am unable to go with them, but so many people that have a connection to Little Utica are going. We pray they too will have a wonderful and safe pilgrimage.


(8)  I am now working on the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany for 2020. The information night will be announced in March. This very special Passion Play has been performed in the village of Oberammergau for the past 380 years. The Play is only preformed every ten years. E.O. offers the best Christian travel destinations. Please come to the information night.


(9)  I am very proud of the success of our Worship Services on Saturday afternoons at 4pm. This was a big step into the unknown. It has allowed us an opportunity to reach those folks that can’t get to church on Sunday mornings. Pastor Judy did a full worship service and Holy Communion was offered every Saturday. Those services ended in November. They will start up again the last Saturday of April. Changing our time for our Sunday morning service to 10 am has worked very well with fellowship to follow in the parlor at 11.


(10)  Our first Annual “night of celebration” was in June at the Olive Garden Restaurant.  We have worked so very hard these past four years we decided to all take a night off and all go to dinner. What a fun night it was with Pastor Judy and her new husband Ed as our honored guest.  Ed fits right in; Ed loves fishing and has a very extensive fishing tackle collection. He donated a room full of rods, reels, tackle and so many great items. The women had them set-up in the church parlor for 4 weeks. These items sold out. The men in our area want to thank Ed for the great items he donated, they loved this “fishing tackle sale’


(11)  Hanging of the Greens Sunday was so much fun. Pastor Judy had everyone take part in this very special service. The church was decorated and we had two new people join our church. A celebration lunch was served in the parlor to welcome Barbara & Kay Camic to our church family.


(12)  Much is being planned for the New Year. We are planning the following special services: Blessing of the Animals Saturday, A special joint service & picnic at a local park, Baptism & reaffirmation of your baptism at a location next to a river (picnic to follow). We are working on a “Thank You” service for our local police, fire and first responders at one of our 4pm Saturday services. More information to follow.


(13)  I have completed my first year as an Upper-Room Prayer Center call line host. I receive between 12 -15 calls in my 2-hour time slot. Pastor Judy adds these names to our church prayer list each month. Doug posts those names on our church web page. We will never know the results of our prayers, but all those prayers are heard by God! Those who call into our prayer line are also prayed for world-wide. Each month after I take the last caller, I post those names and their request to the Nashville Upper-Room Prayer Wall. Anyone interested in helping me with this prayer mission, our call time slot is the first Thursday of the month from 11am – 1pm. Just let me know, all are welcome to help.


I hope my brief re-cap shows how very proud I am of everyone who attends and supports our church. We have come a long way in these past four years. God has opened many doors and we have taken the faith leap to walk through them.


Pastor Judy is such a spiritual inspiration. She is just what we needed. Little Utica is on solid ground with new families joining us this year in Christian fellowship.  We have expanded our commitment to the E.J. Thomas Cluster of churches. The UMM & UMW continue their close relationship with the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation to serve the needs of our local veterans and their families. We are an active part of the Upper Room Prayer Line, and teaching the next generation of Lay Servant speakers. Let us praise God for the numerous blessings He has given us.


Happy New Year


Donald Day ~ Lay Leader




Sunday, October 23, 2016