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June 2024 Newsletter

Hamburg United Methodist Church 116 Union St Hamburg, New York, 14075 (716) 649-8080 Sundays at 10 am

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Dear Saints,

As I write to you, on the eve of Annual Conference, I am glad to expect another year with all of you! It has been a remarkable year for United Methodists, with a General Conference that has proposed regionalization of the Church, modified our Social Principles, and adjusted the General Church budget.

Our need for one another, on a local level, continues to be significant. While disaffiliations and changes in the denomination have strained some relationships, the Body of Christ gathering at Hamburg, Gowanda, Versailles, and Four Corners continues to share in ministry, and genuine love.

The Sunday after the Annual Conference, I am planning a joint service of worship in Hamburg, to celebrate and reflect on our shared ministry: one extended family in four households is far stronger than four households without one another! We have a variety of gifts, different resources, and a common purpose, to live together and work together as the Body of Christ.

The Church as the Body of Christ is one of my favorite metaphors, because while a body may continue with reduced function without a beneficial part, or even gain health after excision of a cancer or infection, few (if any) parts of a body can function alone. We need each other, as Christians. As the old baptismal liturgy affirms “the Church is of God and will be preserved to the end of time,” though congregations, denominations, and members, may only have a season of that everlasting assurance. As individuals and congregations, we are stronger, healthier, and more capable of living out God’s call together.

At its best, Methodist connectionism is about being Christian together, and Conference is supposed to remind and affirm that. Come Sunday, I hope to share a little of that with all of you.

Serving the Risen Christ, with you,

Pastor David Nicol


Announcements from the Office

June Staffing Notes:

  • The office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in recognition of Juneteenth

Office Volunteers are needed for vacation coverage in August.

Interested parties should contact Cristina or sign up here.


Content for the gathering space slide show is accepted weekly

and due on Wednesday Morning to the church office.

**Please note for repeating slides, the last Sunday it should be run.

Office hours

Monday- Thursday: 9am-2pm

Friday: 9 am-Noon

Email us!!

Jeannine Vanwey:

Emily Slocum**:

Patrick Fitzgerald:

Cristina Glover:



Olivia Weixlmann and Justin Davison – married on April 27. Prayers and best wishes

now and for the years ahead.


Help Support Clara’s Closet: Urgent Needs for Refugees and Needy in Buffalo

Clara’s Closet, a non-profit 501(C)3, is housed at and managed by the congregation of Central Park UMC. This vital ministry serves refugees and those in need within the Buffalo community. Currently, Clara’s Closet has an urgent need for the following items:

  • Sheets (all sizes)

  • Towels

  • Pots and pans

  • Plates, bowls, and silverware

  • Gently-used children's clothing in all sizes, especially for boys

  • New children's and adult socks and underwear

You can place your donations in the labeled tote located in the Gathering Space coat room. Collections will continue through the end of June.

For any questions, please contact Caroline Schneggenburger from the Missions/Outreach Committee.

Thank you for your generosity and support!


Cozy Quilts is Turning 20!

Save the date for our Celebration

Saturday, August 17th 2024

Farmersville Center Community Church

9040 Route 98 N. Franklinville, NY 14737












We are looking for all kinds of donated goods including sporting goods, glassware, books, small appliances, knickknacks, pictures, CDs, jewelry, books, bookshelves, mirrors, tools, collectibles, coins, antiques, lamps and more.


Please take a look around your attic and basement and garage.  We will be happy to sell your stuff and give you a receipt for donated goods (tax deductible).


Where do I leave this merchandise?  In the gathering space at church, look for the corridor to the right of the coat room, and place your donations at the very end, back by the window.





We can arrange for pickup for very large items.  Thank you for helping us make our annual flea market successful once again.




Adult Sunday School

John Meader’s Adult Sunday School class meets each Sunday at 9 am in the parlor.

All are welcome to join the discussion. All are welcome!


FUNDRAISER FOR LITTLE LAMB PRESCHOOL Returning your cans and bottles can be an easy way to donate $$ to Little Lamb Pre-School. Just take them to Can & Bottle Return, 4255 Clark Street in Hamburg (next to the former Vara Cleaners), and designate your refund to Little Lamb. They keep the money on record and periodically send Little Lamb a check. Easy for you…easy for them…and much appreciated by Little Lamb Pre-School.


Book Club will meet on Monday, June 3rd at 10:30 am in the Library

We will be discussing Valiant Women by Lena S Andrew’s.

This will be our last meeting for summer break will resume in September.

Please bring book ideas for the upcoming year

Zoom is available for those who wish to attend virtually. Don't hesitate to get in touch with the church office to receive a link

Questions to Karen Klimecko


The Hamburg UMC Knitting and Crochet group is on break for the summer

and will resume in September.

Questions to Anne Brown




Coffee Hour Schedule June- Finance & Endowment

July- SPRC

August- Prayer, Care & Share

September- Men's Group

October- Church Council

November- Trustees & Columbarium

December- Sarah Circle


Medical Equipment Lending Closet

Hamburg UMC has a medical equipment lending closet. It is located in Room 18 in the basement. Please check the closet before purchasing wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, crutches, canes, etc. The equipment available constantly changes. If you have medical equipment you are no longer using, you may donate them. We cannot take soft items such as gauze pads, diabetic supplies, incontinence, bandages, etc. For questions, please call Caroline Schneggenburger at 716-289-0541.



The Retired Men’s Fellowship of Hamburg UMC will gather for their monthly lunch on Tuesday, June 18 at 12 Noon at ZJ’s Restaurant in the Hamburg Village Plaza. All retired men are invited.

Come and bring a friend for good food and good fellowship. Following the June gathering, the group will take a break over the summer and meet again Tuesday, September 17.

Dick Caldwell, facilitator



  1. Jesse Owens, the man who outran Hitler by Jesse Owens. At the 1936 World Olympic Games, Adolf Hitler set out to prove the superiority of the Aryan race.  Jesse Owens proved him wrong.  In this spiritual autobiography, the Olympic star tells how he found God.  He proved that superiority wasn’t based on the color of one’s skin or the cultural origin of one’s parentage.  His story demonstrates the inner workings of a real person, the odds against which he struggled, the family and friends who gave him strength, and the God who answered his prayers.  

  2. When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg. In the game of life, many good things come our way, but even the best “prizes” are temporary.  In the end, you don’t get to keep a thing unless it is the right prize.  Ortberg helps us to focus our hearts and lives on what is truly worth winning because it lasts forever.  When we enter the kingdom of God, we can only take the love we have for each other and our own souls.  Discover for yourself how to live passionately and boldly, how to do what is pleasing to God, how to find your true mission and offer your best, and how to seek the richness of “being” instead of the richness of “having.”

  3. Al I Really Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. A book to raise the spirits and warm the heart, this collection of uncommon thoughts on common things has taken on a life of its own.  They reflect his vision on the wonder of everyday life.  His writing has a clarity and power that touch virtually everyone who reads his work.  Every essay in this book will affect you, making you pause to reflect on your own life.

June is a month focused on men.  You can find books for study and devotions in our church library written by and about men.  You may find new insights, hope, joy, and the blessings of Christian love for your heart.


Join us for a virtual fellowship! This group is a place to share prayer requests, devotions, concerns, joys, and even some humor with your church family. Join the Hamburg UMC Fellowship group on Facebook.



If you would like to request prayer for yourself or for someone else you may call Barb Meader at home (number 716-648-1273), call or text her cell (number716-548-4139), or call Cristina at the church office (716-649-8080), and we will add your request to the weekly prayer list. You could also email Barb at

“Prayer, Care and Share” is a group of people who have committed to pray every day for requests made.  An updated list of requests is emailed to members each Monday.  In an emergency, you can call and we will relay the request immediately using our phone chain

Members also pray daily for and send out cards of encouragement monthly to our homebound members and those living in nursing homes.  We send cards to those experiencing lengthy illnesses.  On the first Wednesday of each month, PCS meets at church at 10:0am in the library.

James 5:16 says “…Pray for one another”.  

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  

 If you would like to be a part of this daily prayer ministry or have questions about it, talk to Barb or another member.  If you know of someone in our church family who would appreciate receiving a card of encouragement or get well, please let Barb know.

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