News & Updates


Dear Friends of Milford United Methodist Church,

As you know on March 12, 2017 the church building was destroyed in a tragic fire. Our congregation believes that God wants us to be there for all in our community who need a helping hand, an encouraging word or a place to feel loved and valued. In this increasingly chaotic and anxiety-filled world, He wants us to offer “the peace of God that passes all understanding”.

We are happy to announce that we are ready to begin to build a new, welcoming and comfortable church home for our community and invite you to join us on July 29 at 12:30 for our informal ground breaking ceremony (bring your own shovel!). This will be followed by refreshments in our present worship facility where plans for the new church will be on display.

And as always, all (we mean all!) are welcome to worship with us at 10:45 prior to the ceremony.

The People of the Milford United Methodist Church

Please also note, this coming Wednesday, 25th, is the monthly Senior Meals Social. This has proved a very popular program, with usually 40-50 people in attendance. The Social is to be held once more in Milford, at the Wilber Park Pavilion.
Let us all be in prayer for clear skies and warm weather!!!

On the menu this month: Sweet sausage with Peppers and Onions, baked beans. Plus marinated cucumber, tomato and onion salad, with a cookie for dessert.
Suggested donation $3.50.
Please reserve your seat by calling 547-6454

Looking forward to seeing you all there on Wednesday at 11:45am. Lunch will be served at 12 noon.

An exciting week in store for us all!
Praise the Lord!

Pastor Sylvia

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Greetings to all our Milford family members, supporters and friends!

A glorious day in upstate New York. Praise the Lord!

Exciting developments to bring you up to date on this week:

On Monday evening, a group of volunteers served at The Lord's Table in Oneonta. Our first time together as Team Milford. We will be helping on the second Monday of each month. If you would like to join us, please talk to me, and I will put you on our list of merry pilgrims, committed to living their faith, and having fun in the process. Ron Johnson is our illustrious Supervisor.

Ron will be visiting this coming Sunday, and helping us all celebrate Father's Day in style. We have special music planned, delicious goodies planned for Coffee Hour, and the children have made gifts for the men in the congregation.

A week on Sunday, on 24th June, we tentatively have booked our last Church Conference, to be followed by a ceremonial 'breaking of the ground' ceremony outside in the parking lot. The Conference is scheduled to begin at 12 noon. Don't forget to bring a shovel!

Our thanks to Lola Rathbone for attending the recent Annual Conference, and re-emerging weighed down with wonderful resources, and a report outlining the major issues of the day.
Lola is one of our most precious resources! Thank you, Lola!

Tom Rathbone is leading a Lectionary Small Group, which meets on Thursday afternoons at 2:30pm. This discussion group looks at the previous week's sermon, and the upcoming Scriptures for Sunday. Please note the time change!

Kathy Lyon is busily planning a Get to Know You Fair, for members of the community in August. She will be giving more information on Sunday morning, and is looking for volunteers to help her bring this event to life.

Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces on Sunday morning.
Blessings, and love...
Pastor Sylvia

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Greetings to all Milford supporters, friends and family:

We are getting closer! Please be in prayer for the Building Committee and all involved with the building of our new Sanctuary, as we work to finalize the budget and obtain the final approvals to begin digging. God is Good!

Several important dates for your calendar:

June 6th. Wednesday, 6pm.Building Committee meeting.

June 10th. Sunday, 12:30pm, a meeting of the PPRC at Portlandville Church.
June 11th. Monday, 4 pm. St. James, Oneonta. The Lord's Table team of volunteers serving together for the first time. Yay! Team Milford!
June 18th. Tuesday, 7pm. Baccalaureate at Portlandville Church.

An update on West 1566 Community Center:
I have stepped aside as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the new Chairman is Brian Pokorny (Mayor of Milford) I will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. With full Village support, the Community Center now is poised to really start expanding programs, and rentals.

Many thanks to all those involved with the Parade and Service on Memorial Day this year. Our thanks also to all veterans who have served their country in the past, and continue to do so today. Our own Howdy Cornish is one of the last veterans from World War 2. May we never forget the sacrifice made by so many on our behalf.

Father's Day is fast approaching, and plans are in the making to celebrate our mensfolk on June 17th.
The ever popular a cappella group, 'Syncopation' will be visiting on June 24th, and yes, Ron Johnson will be back at the keyboard in the next few weeks.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday morning... and a blessing to you all. May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rain fall softly, until we meet again... and may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Pastor Sylvia

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Greetings to all all Milford family members, supporters and friends:

This week the sun is attempting to shine in Milford. Praise the Lord!

There is to be an outside Spring Clean this coming Friday, 18th, 4-6pm at the church. If you can help we would love to see your smiling face. Bill Triolo is in charge!

Relay for Life.
Otsego County initiative for American Cancer Society. Saturday 19th May, here in Milford. Opening ceremonies at 12 noon. Live music. BBQ, silent auction and Chinese auction... lots of fun for the whole family.

This Sunday, Tom Rathbone will be preaching on 'Seeking God in Milford.'
It is both Heritage Sunday, and Pentecost, so there is a lot of ground to cover!!

Ron Johnson will be playing the keyboard. Our thanks to him for his continuing musical support of our congregation.

We have various sign up sheets available for your inspection....
Welcome 101 classes on June 3, June 10.
Womens Ministry windup lunch, Saturday June 16th at Carefree Gardens. 11:30am Carpooling available.
The Lord's Table, St. James Episcopal Church, Oneonta. We are making up a team to serve once a month. This program regularly feeds anywhere from 40-90 people Monday thru Friday.

Next Wednesday, 23rd May, the Senior Meal Social is taking place. Please reserve your seat by calling 547-6454. This is proving a very popular program, with an average of 50 people attending, 60+.

Next Thursday, 24th May, 'Faith and Film' meeting, 6pm. Free popcorn and free attendance. It doesn't get much better than this!

The Lectionary Small Group has resumed under the leadership of Tom Rathbone. Thursday evenings 6:30-7:30pm. All welcome.

Busy times for us all... God's Family. Faith in Action!
Blessings and love
Pastor Sylvia

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Ron Johnson, visited our congregation recently and talked about a program called
The Lord's Table, in Oneonta,
that provides hot meals Monday-Friday evening to those in need.

He is going to be at The Lord'sTable tomorrow evening... Tuesday 15th May at 4pm.

If you are interested in learning about the program, and seeing how it unfolds first hand, please join me tomorrow evening, with Ron, at The Lord's Table (located behind St. James Episcopal Church on Main Street Oneonta at 4pm.

We intend to form a team that volunteers once a month for The Lord's Table. This would be a wonderful opportunity to see if it is an initiative that you feel you could volunteer for.

Pastor Sylvia

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