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1/13/23 Friday Flash

Hamburg United Methodist Church

116 Union St

Hamburg, New York, 14075

(716) 649-8080

Worship Sundays at 10 am

The Church Office will be Closed on Monday, January 16, 2023, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Significance: To mark the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.


In December 2022, several communities in the Upper New York area were devastated by what many call the "Blizzard of the Century." Several dozen people died as a result, and the damage is just coming to light, especially in the Niagara Frontier District and the Northern Flow District. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Héctor A. Burgos Núñez, said, "I grieve the loss of life even as I give thanks for the many stories of heroism emerging from these difficult days."

  • Buffalo First UMC: window blew out

  • Buffalo Korean UMC: Parsonage flood.

  • Community Church Jehovah Jireh: Extensive water damage throughout

  • Lincoln Memorial UMC: Burst pipe with water on every floor. This past weekend, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) was there to rip up the flooring and remove tiles. More work needs to be done.

  • Cleveland Hill UMC: Water damage. They have not begun any cleanup. The ERT plans to begin efforts to address the damage.

Besides structural damage, other community needs include replenishing food pantries, assisting low-income families with funeral expenses, and different emergency needs.

How you Can help:

  1. Pray for those affected by the blizzard and all those who are assisting in the recovery effort.

  2. Collect Items for UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. See additional information below.

  3. If you want to help serve in response and recovery, click here to complete this form.

  4. Click here to make a financial donation to the blizzard response. Any donation, regardless of the amount, will help.


Hamburg UMC will partner with Harris Hill UMC to collect supplies for UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. The need is great as the number of available buckets quickly diminishes. The requested items are particular, and the donated items need to comply. The items highlighted below are in the shortest supply. Your contributions will be used locally and nationwide when disasters happen.

  • One five-gallon round bucket with a re-sealable lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d) No screw lids It may be used, but it must be free from all residual product Advertisements on the outside are acceptable

  • One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent

  • One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner No spray cleaners

  • One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap

  • One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (liquid, not gel)

  • One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable) Pump spray bottles must have protective covers.

  • One scrub brush With or without a handle

  • 18 re-useable cleaning wipes No terrycloth, microfiber, or paper towels Remove from packaging

  • Five scouring pads No stainless-steel pads with soap in them Remove from packaging

  • 36-50 clothespins

  • One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)

  • Heavy-duty trash bags (33-45-gallon sizes) Remove from packaging Rolled and rubber banded in 24 ct

  • Two pairs of kitchen gloves Durable for multiple uses Remove from packaging

  • One pair of work gloves Cotton with leather palm or all leather


Our little pantry at Sparks of Hope is nearly empty, and our shelves are bare. Members of our recovery community rely on your generosity to see them through the hard times. Please drop off nonperishable groceries when Sparks is open, or leave them inside the pantry.


Help is needed to pack away Holiday Decor.

This Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 9:00 am

Many Hands make light work.


Pecans are freshly harvested halves. Great for baking and gifts. $14


Both are available outside the Church Office.

Sales to benefit United Women in Faith Mission work.


Ready to warm up your winter?

Give blood at our Red Cross drive on Thursday, February 2nd from 2 – 6:30 PM.

All who come to give will get a $10 Gift Card by email and automatic entry to win a trip to Florida! Make your appointment at

(Sponsor Code: HAMBURGNY) or call 1-800-Red-Cross.



The Church office is glad to announce that services going forward will be streamed via YouTube Live, in addition to the current Facebook Live services. You can access the Youtube live stream on our Youtube Channel, or directly on our church website homepage.

Please make sure to "Like" and "Subscribe"


If you are interested in joining a Bible study our church has 4 of them available for you to attend now. Just show up no appointment is needed.

  • Sunday in the Parlor at 9:00 am John Meader Leader

  • Monday at Sparks of Hope at 10:30 AM Bob Shaw leader.

  • Wednesday in the Parlor at 7:00 pm Dave Rood Leader

  • Thursday at 10:00 AM Carlos Ortiz leads in the Library

Any further information is available through the church office.


Coffee Hour Schedule

JANUARY-Mission Outreach



Groups are to provide goodies/ snacks

each Sunday of the month they are scheduled.

Please Contact Sue Gagne or Joyce Spencer with any questions.


Order of Worship

Google Meet Dial-In: 617-675-4444 PIN: 301 463 603 6721#

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL TO WORSHIP We gather in preparation For good news is about to be proclaimed. We gather in expectation. For joy is about to break forth in our midst. We gather in celebration For we are those people who have said yes to the manger, yes to the one incarnate for others, yes to the wholeness of God. In preparation and expectation, let us celebrate!

OPENING HYMN: “Take me to the water” #3165 Worship & Song

OPENING PRAYER Living God, When the Spirit descended on Jesus at his baptism in Jorda’s water You revealed him as your own beloved Son. You anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Grant that all who are baptized in his name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior now and for ever. Amen.

SCRIPTURE: Acts 10: 34-43 Read by: TBD Matthew 3:13-17

SERMON “Take Me To the Water: Covenant Community” Rev. David Nicol

HANDBELL CHOIR: “Aspiration & Venite Adoremus”




DOXOLOGY “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow” #94 UMH


The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

...And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

...And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

...Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God ), now and forever. Amen.



CLOSING HYMN: “See how Great a Flame Aspires” #541 UMH


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