This Week’s Announcements

“Embellished and Refreshed” Concert — Sunday, June 2, 4pm at UPC: The sanctuary space in our church has many voices in the line of “if only walls could talk” spirit. Our sacred space has been the stage for concerts of many genres including, organ, flute, Madrigal, Philharmonic, Opera, and senior recitals, to name a few. Our organ is a masterful example of what is referred to as the “King of the Instruments”, since the many voices created by wood & metal pipes can sound like an entire orchestra or a solo flute, or a string ensemble to accompany voice and other instruments, concerts, or accompany uplifting hymns and anthems done on Sundays to lead worship.

     On Sunday, June 2 at 4:00pm, musicians including organists from the local American Guild of Organists chapter, many of whom play and lead worship at churches in the greater Binghamton area or who have substituted as our worship musician, will play our sanctuary organ for any who wish to attend. There will be a variety of styles and genres, with some instrumentals included. We invite all to attend, including, especially, children and youth. Sit in the balcony and allow them to watch and observe this incredibly interesting and flexible King of the Instruments. Planting the seed of possibility begins sometimes with a new experience. We hope you will step out and come to hear the King of the Instruments!

Annual Congregational Meeting — Sunday, June 16, after worship: Our annual Congregational and Corporate Meeting (Part 2) will be on Sunday, June 16, immediately following the worship service. We will gather on this Sunday to conduct the ongoing business of the church for this year, knowing that the Lord of love and light goes with us every step of the way! We will elect the Session class of 2026 and the Nominating Committee for 2024–2025, and receive the team and project reports for the program year.

     This meeting will be hybrid, immediately following the worship service, in the sanctuary and in the Zoom room. It would be good to have you with us, either in person or online.

     Please note, all Team and Committee reports are due to the office by Friday, May 31. The printed Congregational Activities Report will be available for everybody by Sunday, June 9.

News from the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley: Our presbytery’s newsletter, “Thursday Thoughts”, is published every week and includes announcements from our partner congregations in the region, news from the PC(USA) denomination, and links to webinars & resources available to us through the presbytery. Thursday Thoughts often announces classes and retreats offered by churches, seminaries, and other agencies, some in person and others online. We are all invited to expand our understanding of the church and its mission through a broad variety of topics. Check it out, you might find something that sparks your interest.

Ongoing Church Announcements

Bible Study: Mondays, 1pm, in Pastor Kimberly’s office or the Zoom Room. We’re reading from Marcus Borg’s Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written, and everyone is welcome to join us in person or on Zoom. Our general format is to read the introductory material for each section, then read through the Biblical texts and talk about what it meant for early Christians and what it might mean for us today.

Sewing Group: Wednesdays, 10am–1pm. The Sewing Group meets at the church each week to craft crib- and lap-sized quilts, plus mittens, hats, scarves, pillows, and more. At noon, those who can’t join them in person are welcome to “Zoom in” for their lunchtime social hour. Everyone is welcome; bring your lunch and enjoy the company.

Zoom Happy hour: Fridays, 5–6pm. After four years of “Zooming” together, our weekly social-distance gathering is still going strong. Bring your own beverage, Zoom in, and join the fun as we catch up on the events of the week and share how we’re doing. It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends near and far.

Get Involved! Without any doubt, the ministry of our congregation depends largely on the dedication and selfless contributions of volunteers — the incredible individuals who give generously of their time, energy, and unique talents. Here are some ways you can help us do Christ’s work in our community:

     Community Meal & Pantry: Each Tuesday at 5pm, we offer a sit-down meal that is free for anybody, serving about 120 people a week. Volunteers are needed during the day on Monday and Tuesday to help with food preparation, and on Tuesday evening to serve the meal and clean up afterwards. On Wednesdays from noon to 5pm, we run a free food pantry that also offers personal care & hygiene items when they’re available. Volunteers help staff the pantry, and donations of non-perishable food and personal care items are always welcome. Contact Kitchen Coordinator Sherry Conklin for more info:

     Worship services: You may not have noticed how many people are involved in our Sunday morning worship services, but most weeks there are at least a dozen of us, and often there are more than 20: folks who read prayers and scripture, greet visitors, share musical talents, operate technology, set up refreshments, help serve communion, or contribute their ideas and support behind the scenes. If you’d like to take part, contact the church office.

Music at UPC: Music is an important part of our coming together at United Presbyterian Church. We are excited to make music with every resource that we have, and to use a variety of styles, not all at once but intermingled. What emerges is a vibrant worship service with music that includes everyone who wishes to participate.

     With summertime fast approaching, the choirs will take a break from mid-June until after Labor Day. We invite instrumentalists and vocalists who’d like to share their gifts to talk with any of our music leaders about providing special music for worship — you can call the church office, email, or speak with them in person after worship.

Children in Worship: “Let the little children come to me…” —Matthew 19:14

We hope you know that children are welcome and encouraged to be in worship with you. We truly believe that a community of faith is made up of people of ALL ages. There is a PrayGround space with coloring sheets and quiet toys in the front of the sanctuary to use there or can be taken to another pew, if that suits your family’s needs. Sunday school materials are mailed to our families once a month to do together at home.

     There is also a nursery space at the end of the hall at the front of the sanctuary that is open for use with a parent or guardian. It has a changing table, a rocking chair, and some toys appropriate for age two and under. There is a speaker in the room so you can listen to the service. Please let us know if you have questions.