Pastor’s Update

June 13, 2024

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’
Maya Angelou

Father’s Day was first proposed in 1909 by Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington. Inspired by the idea of Mother’s Day, which was gaining popularity and had just been officially recognized by the US government, Dodd felt that fathers deserved similar recognition. She was particularly inspired to establish Father’s Day in honor of her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised Sonora and her five siblings as a single parent after their mother died.

The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane on June 19, 1910. Sonora chose the month of June for the celebration because it was her father’s birth month. The idea slowly gained popularity but was met with less enthusiasm than Mother’s Day.

Over the years, various individuals and organizations promoted the idea of Father’s Day. President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday in the United States.

Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in many countries, it is observed on different days in other parts of the world.

Wishing all the fathers a very Happy Father’s Day!

This Sunday the sermon title is “Moses and Ambition”, and the Scripture reading is Numbers 20:2-13.

The following are the links to the service:


The House of Light Bible Study
The group’s 2023-24 session has concluded for the school year. We look forward to them starting up again in the fall. Thank you to all who support this ministry by your prayers, presence and by providing dinners.

Activities & Events
Thur.   6/13     Band Practice at 6:30 pm
Sat.      6/15     Westcott Art Trail, 10 am -6 pm
Tues.    6/18     Sight & Sound Theatre “Daniel” overnight trip
Wed.    6/19      Juneteenth- office closed
Thur.   6/20     Band Practice at 6:30 pm
Sun.     6/23     Crafty Caregivers- 2 pm -4 pm- in the nursery school room
Tues.    6/25     Primary Election-Fellowship Hall
Sun.     8/11     Wedding Ceremony of Emily and Richard at 11:30 am
Thur.  8/22    United Methodist and Friends at the Ballpark- 6:35 pm, NBT Stadium
Sat.      8/24     SUMM Family Day – 1 pm -4 pm, Willow Bay

Pray for those who mourn the loss of loved ones:
The family of Dale Michael Seemann. The family of Ken Summers. The family of Rokiah Santong. Pray for all others who are mourning the loss of loved ones.

Pray for the sick:
 Pearl (Alison’s daughter), Laurena, Dennis, Carlette, Myrta, Tony, Sylvia, Nancy, Debbie, Connie, and two of our congregants with ailing parents in other parts of the world.

Final year high school and college students:
Ali, Amelia, Asriel, Chrish, Natalie and Nawin

Other Concerns:
Those seeking employment.

The Church:
Upper New York Conference Staff, Bishop Héctor Burgos, the members of the Cabinet, the upcoming Jurisdictional Conference, and all delegates.

World Concerns:
People in South Africa, Italy, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Afghanistan, Haiti, Taiwan, Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan, and Indonesia. Those who are victims of natural disasters. Pray for humanitarian relief efforts around the world.

Our Country:
Pray for the leaders and our community in their efforts to find solutions to minimize the prevalent gun violence in the City of Syracuse and other places. All elected officials.

Do you have a prayer request?
A book has been set out on the entry pulpit where we place the service bulletins for you to write your prayer concerns or you can send us an email or call the church office.

Join our sister churches for the Annual SUMM Family Day on Saturday, August 24, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Willow Bay, 3858 Long Branch Road, Liverpool.
Below is a list of what each church is responsible for
University UMC. – Hot dogs and rolls (50)
Gethsemane UMC – Bottled water, soda, ice, cooler
Erwin First UMC – Charcoal. Paper products
Bellevue Heights UMC – Hamburgers and rolls (50)
Brown Memorial UMC – Condiments (Ketchup, mustard, relish) chips.
St. Paul’s UMC – Fruit and dessert
In addition, each church is asked to provide dishes to pass, such as salads, casseroles, beans etc.
set up at 11:30 (need volunteers)
– gas grills needed
– bring your lawn chairs.

Join with clergy and members of Syracuse United Methodist Ministries online on
Wednesday mornings at 7 am.
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 868 7582 7407
Passcode: 076716

United Methodist Night at the Ball Park, NBT Bank Stadium
Thursday August 22, at 6:35 pm.A family & friends night sponsored by: Syracuse United Methodist Ministries.
Ticket: $18  More information to follow soon.

The Syracuse United Methodist Ministries leadership team consisting of Bellevue Heights, Brown Memorial, Erwin First, Gethsemane, St. Paul’s and University UMC are attempting to raise $12,000 to assist with the ministries. We have planned some fundraising events to help us realize that goal. Currently, we have the Bottle and Can Drive. See the details below.

SUMM Bottle and Can Drive:
The Syracuse United Methodist Ministries (SUMM) has organized a yearlong bottle and can drive.
Erwin has two designated drop-off places at the church:
1. A smaller recycling container is in the narthex area for smaller amounts.
2. For full bags, you may set them in the stairwell off the main floor (parking lot level). Volunteers at Erwin will periodically take them to the Express Bottle Return, 2312 Erie Blvd. East.
We welcome volunteers who are willing to take a turn to make that run. Please let them know that you are depositing toward the Syracuse United Methodist Ministries Fundraiser.

The RESTART Ministry  Needs Bath & Hand Towels.
For the families we are helping, this is something they are all needing. We run out of them quickly! And please, they must be in good condition. Thank you!
We can also use volunteers:
: 1 – 3pm at the RESTART headquarters (4845 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY) – to help sort and put away donated items, focusing mostly on linens and kitchen supplies.
Tuesdays – Picking up and delivering donations. 2 different shifts: 12pm – 4:30pm  & 5pm – 6:30 pm
Household Repairs: Restart is in need of someone to repair lamps and small furniture items (tables & chairs). 
Your help would be so much appreciated! If interested, call or email Evelyn Disinger: 315-857-7634,

Whenever you shop online with a certain percentage of what you spend will be donated to the Brown Memorial UMC at no extra cost to you. A little effort can make a large difference. There are over 1800 socially responsible online stores and services related to anything you can think of, including travel services, airlines, hotels, car rentals, health clubs & services like Weightwatchers, medical supplies, technology like Verizon Wireless, DirecTV Stream & Dell Refurbished, name brands like New Balance, and countless retails stores like Scholastic, Disney, Rite Aid, Walmart, Highlights for Children, Kohls & Best Buy. And some on the list have discount coupons. Hoping you’ll give it a try and support the ministries at Brown Memorial UMC as we seek to be a Beacon of Hope on the Westside. Use the link below to learn more or to sign up. Thank you!

Since 2016, our Blessings in a Backpack (BIBP) Bellevue Heights UMC Chapter has ensured that no child attending Delaware Primary School goes hungry on weekends during the school year. Located on Syracuse’s West Side, the need is great at Delaware, where some 90 percent of students live below the poverty line and reside in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. All of the children receive free school breakfast and lunch during the week. Our BIBP program fills the weekend hunger gap. Every Friday, all 444 PreK – 5th grade students leave school with a bag of healthy, “kid-friendly,” ready-to-eat food – typically 2 breakfasts, 2 entrees, and 2 snacks. Fueled by the weekend meals, students return to school on Monday nourished and ready to learn. The children look forward to these meals – made possible by the support of kind and caring people, like you. We need your help. It now costs $3.44 to feed one child for a weekend. That amounts to nearly $60,000 for the current 2023-2024 school year! We are grateful for our dedicated supporters who have joined us on this mission to provide nutritious food so no child goes hungry over the weekend.
Thank you for your kindness with a gift today. Together, we will ensure that Delaware students have the nutrition for success both in and out of school.
Your gift to this ministry is tax deductible.
Bellevue Heights UMC | 2112 S. Geddes Street | Syracuse, NY 13207 | 315-475-0011 |
*Donation forms can also be found on the Erwin community board table with self-addressed envelopes.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES from the Interfaith Community Co-op
Friday, June 14, 2024 8:45am-12noon Assist with Emergency Food distribution
Sunday, June 16, 2024 8-10:30am Assist with To-Go Community Breakfast and supporting Clothing Closet for guests.
For more information contact Galyn Murphy-Stanley at University United Methodist Church or 315-475-7277

Invest in UNY’s youth through the Engage Fund
The Engage Fund is a new initiative of United Methodists of Upper New York that seeks to invest in both the present and future of our youth. 
See the link below where Bishop Héctor Burgos Núñez invites the congregations to donate to this initiative.

Stay informed about what is happening around the Conference. Click the link below and check out the Weekly Digest

THE BRIDGE JUNE 2024. Click the link below for the Monthly Conference Communication.

Issue I – Color


A large, designated bin is located in the sanctuary area.
Aside from their food pantry, the WCC offer an array of services for the elderly, youth, and people with basic needs, legal advice, mental health, education and job training and job search programs. To take a closer look, check out their website:
Thank you for your donations.

WESTCOTT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOC.  Actively engages the greater Westcott neighborhood in order to strengthen the quality of life in the Westcott community. They aim to enable residents to collectively enjoy and improve “their” neighborhood.
To see their calendar of events or how you can get involved click the link to their website.

Have a blessed week!

Online giving is now available through our website

1. Click on this link:

2. Simply follow the instructions.

NOTE: there is a 1% cost for payments from the donor’s bank account and a 2.9% fee added to credit or debit card transactions. The fee is deducted from the donation: (American Express transactions are 3.5% + $0.30).