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2/2/24 Friday Flash

Hamburg United Methodist Church

116 Union St

Hamburg, New York, 14075

(716) 649-8080

Worship Sundays at 10 am

Volunteer Opportunity: Meals on Wheels/ Feedmore WNY

As we step into the month of March, we have a special opportunity to extend our hands of support to those in need through Meals on Wheels/FeedMore WNY. This program is a lifeline for many in our community, and your contribution can make a significant impact.


  • Date: Throughout March

  • Time: 10:50 AM (Please arrive on time)

  • Location: Hamburg Community Building (Red Building) on Prospect

How You Can Help: Volunteering is easy and fulfilling. It takes less than an hour of your time, and you'll be delivering not just meals but also a warm smile to those who may greatly appreciate it.

Contact Information: For more details and to sign up for this rewarding experience, please reach out to Jen Stahl at 716-481-9048 or via email at

Let's come together as a community to make March a month of compassion and care. Your presence can brighten someone's day and make a real difference in their life.

Thank you for your willingness to serve and bring joy to our neighbors in Hamburg.



Missions/Outreach: Nourishing Hearts, One Donation at a Time

As we embrace the month of February, our Missions/Outreach team is launching a heartfelt initiative to support Operation Good Neighbor, a beacon of hope located in North Evans. Operation Good Neighbor tirelessly works to provide essential food items to those in need, and we are eager to join hands with them in making a positive impact on our community.

Items We're Collecting: During February, we are focusing on collecting key food items that can make a significant difference in the lives of those served by Operation Good Neighbor. Your generous contributions will go a long way in nourishing hearts and ensuring that no one in our community goes hungry.

The following items are especially needed:

  • Pasta (boxed, plain, or flavored)

  • Rice (plain or boxed flavors)

  • Potatoes (boxed or bag)

  • Cereal

  • Oatmeal

  • Canned Mixed Fruit

  • Small serving size Fruit/Applesauce Cups

  • Canned Kidney and Chili Beans

Collection Details: To streamline our collective efforts, we have designated a Collection Basket in the Gathering Space. Your donations, whether big or small, will be gratefully received, and each contribution will bring us one step closer to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

How You Can Help:

  1. Donate Generously: As you do your grocery shopping this month, consider picking up an extra item or two from the list above to contribute to our collection.

  2. Spread the Word: Share the news about our February Missions/Outreach initiative with friends, family, and fellow congregation members. Encourage them to join us in making a difference.

  3. Volunteer: If you have some time to spare, consider volunteering with us. Your helping hands will make the process smoother and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Together, let's exemplify the spirit of compassion and community that defines our church family. Your support will not only fill stomachs but also warm hearts. Thank you for being a beacon of love in our community.

In Gratitude and Fellowship, Caroline Schneggenburger - Missions/Outreach Team


Little Lamb Preschool Open House

Join us on February 8th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for an exclusive opportunity to explore our classrooms and meet our dedicated teachers! Our classes cater to children aged 2-5, fostering a nurturing environment for their early learning journey.

As a special benefit for Hamburg United Methodist Church (HUMC) members, we are offering a tuition discount. It's our way of expressing appreciation for the church community's support.

Mark your calendars for in-house registration, which begins on February 5th and is conducted online. This priority registration period is open to church members, alumni, and currently enrolled families. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the in-house registration process, please reach out to us at

We look forward to welcoming you and your little ones to our Little Lamb Preschool family!



Sparks of Hope Recovery Support Center

 Supporting Our Homeless Brothers and Sisters

Dear HUMC Family and Friends,

In our commitment to serving the community, Sparks of Hope Recovery Support Center extends its assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness, recognizing that this may be linked to Substance Use Disorder. As we embark on this mission, it is crucial to approach each person with love and understanding, remembering that they are God's children.

Protocol for Assisting Homeless Individuals:

  1. Volunteer Presence: In adherence to our center's protocol, two volunteers must be present at all times when assisting individuals at Sparks.

  2. Christ-Centered Approach: Our primary goal is to see Christ in every person who seeks assistance at Sparks. Let us be Christ for every individual who walks through our doors.

  3. Recognizing Needs: Homeless individuals may display signs of withdrawal or anxiety, often due to hunger. Providing comfort through food and water, such as offering grilled cheese or any nutritious options, is encouraged.

  4. Material Assistance: It is appropriate to offer blankets, jackets, or clothing. However, refrain from offering cash, gift cards, shelter, or transportation unless authorized by the Sparks director or HUMC pastor.

  5. Providing Support: While we may not be able to solve all their problems, we can offer essential support. If the person appears mentally capable of managing their own decisions and safety, consider the following steps:

  • Have them call 2-1-1 for emergency housing.

  • Contact Hamburg Police Departments, who may transport them to an area shelter if agreed upon.

  • The Town of Hamburg PD has a clinician on staff who can assess the individual and their needs, potentially accompanying patrol.

Extreme Weather Protocol: In freezing temperatures without available shelter, contact the Sparks director or HUMC pastor for further instructions on shelter.

Emergency Contacts: If the individual appears incapable of managing their well-being and safety, please contact:

  • Hamburg Village PD at 716.649.4501

  • Town of Hamburg PD Dispatch at 716.648.5111 or 911

  • For other urgent matters, Hamburg Village Hall at 716.649.0200

Together, let us continue to be a beacon of hope and support for those in need, reflecting God's love in our actions.

In Service and Fellowship,

 Sparks of Hope Ministry

You can view the official protocol below

Sparks of Hope -Homeless Protocol
Download PDF • 117KB



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.

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Coffee Hour Schedule



Men's Group


Church Council


Trustees/ Columbarium


Sarah Circle


Mission Outreach






Prayer Care & Share


Men's Group


Church Council


Trustees/ Columbarium


Sarah Circle

Groups are to provide goodies/ snacks

each Sunday of the month they are scheduled.

Please get in touch with Sue Gagne or Joyce Spencer with any questions.


Order of Worship

Sunday, February 4, 2024 | 10 am

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




So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off

and peace to those who were near:

For through him all of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

OPENING MUSIC: “All Creatures of Our God and King” #62 UMH


Everlasting God, you gave us the faith of Christ for a light to your feet amid the darkness of the world. Have pity on all who, by doubting or denying it,

are gone astray from the path of safety.

Bring home the truth to their hearts and grant them to receive it;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Read by: John Meader Mark 1:21-28

SERMON: "...that I may not cause one of them to fall." Rev David A Nicol




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

The Great Thanksgiving

For sung responses, please refer to slides



CLOSING HYMN: “Cry of my Heart” #2165 TFWS


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