Centerport United Methodist Church

Centerport UMC is an active, giving and involved faith community.  Opportunities abound for getting involved locally and globally. 

Prayerfully consider donating to our church! 

Online contributions through VANCO
Click HERE to access the VANCO donation link.

Online contributions through Zelle
https://www.zellepay.com/ - Visit your bank's website and look for "QuickPay with Zelle" or "ZellePay" or "Zelle".  Choose "send money" and use the office email (centerportumcoffice@gmail.com) to electronically send money to the church. In the memo space, please put what your donation is for (offering, giving tree, holiday offering, etc).

Online contributions through PayPal
Click HERE to access the PayPal donation link OR use Donate button below. 

Thank you and may God Bless You!!

Centerport United Methodist Church
   



Greetings Church Family,

I hope this finds you all safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. Dana and I keep telling ourselves that we have finally adjusted to parenting, teaching, and working all at the same time but we are only lying to ourselves - this is really hard. It’s hard for all of us. And it’s hard for the church too.

Before we could give a “Johns Hopkins” definition of what Sars Cov 2 (Covid-19) is, the CUMC finances were under pressure for 2020. We originally budgeted for an $85,000 loss. This was due to the relocation of

long-time members and the loss of Love of Learning Montessori as a tenant. Although CUMC is at a substantial loss through April (-$33,000), we are doing slightly better than the budget. This is due to lower than expected building expenses (NO SNOW!!!), cutting back on other expenses, and two very generous donations that could be used for salary and general use.

CUMC did apply for the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) from the Small Business Administration (SBA), and we are happy to report that we were approved and received the funds on May 1. This forgivable loan must be

used for 8 weeks of payroll (75% of the loan) and utilities (25% of the loan). Our conference has also provided relief by waving the cost of 2 months of pension and health insurance payments for all pastors. We are grateful for this aid. However, we are still a long way from where we need to be.

At the beginning of the year, we developed a plan to close the gap. This involved renting our downstairs space to additional tenants and initiating many new fundraisers. These were developed as “in-person” events before the pandemic. None of this can happen now. In addition, we budgeted $16,000 of income for Santaport after last year’s tremendous success. Of course, we are hopeful, but this event may not be

feasible...certainly not in the same way. Our plans need to change.

Looking ahead, we do not know when we will be able to gather together. When we do, what does that look like? The economy has been hit hard. Many of you are feeling the effects as well. I certainly pray this is short lived. If you are able, please keep up with your giving. Please also consider giving electronically. If you need help setting this up, we can talk you through this or you can contact your bank for assistance. Our Giving Tree, as of May 1, has also raised just over $5,000, but there are still leaves left - actually you can give whatever you feel led to give.

There has been so many good things that our Church family is doing throughout this time that cannot go unnoticed: Pastor Roy has jumped into virtual services, children’s messages, Bible Study, etc.; Our youth ministry is out bringing smiles and love to as many as they can reach; and members have been collecting food at home from their neighbors to donate to those in need - just to name a few of the ways we are serving through this. Let’s keep the good work of our Church family going!! Praying our way forward!


Drew Schmidt

Finance Chair


March 24, 2020

Dear Church Family,
I am writing this email during the strangest time of most of our lives. Dana and I are both working from
home and homeschooling Gavin, Devon, and Rory. I am sure many of you are in the same position. We
have all been asked to “stay home” so that our hospital system can effectively care for those that are in
need. In these times of social distancing we need to come together as a Church now more than ever.
By now, I would have presented to all of you our budget for 2020. In summary, we have budgeted a
large loss to CUMC for this year. We have lost Love of Learning as a tenant and their rent alone was
$98,000 for the year. 2020 posed challenges for CUMC prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
None of the experts will be able to predict when we can go “back to normal.” We do not even know
what this new normal will be. This is what is so hard about all of this, the unknown. What is known is
that God is always here for us. I am asking that you prayerfully consider changing the way you give to
our church. CUMC is effectively closed and for how long is uncertain. Right now, 80% of the
congregation’s giving is through physical checks and cash given when we come together for Sunday
worship. Because of the current situation here and all over the world, please consider changing to
electronic giving. This process is very simple, and a perfect activity to be doing while you are at home.
There are three ways of giving electronically:
1. Auto payments from your electronic bank account - this is the most efficient and most cost
effective for CUMC. You simply login to your bank account and add CUMC as a payee.
You need CUMC’s address which is Centerport United Methodist Church 97 Little Neck
Rd. Centerport NY 11721. You can then schedule a recurring payment so that on a specific
date during the month, this check is automatically generated and mailed. For the account
number, please state what the check is for (offering, altar flowers, etc) so that it can be
accounted for correctly) and that's it. This is a no cost option.
2. Quickpay with Zelle is also done through your bank but instantly deposits your donation
into the church's bank account. Just log onto your online banking and look for Quickpay

with Zelle. It's probably under the Bill Pay section. Use “Centerport United Methodist
Church” or “centerportumcoffice@gmail.com” for the recipient and
"centerportumcoffice@gmail.com" for the email address. In the memo/account section
please note what the check is for (offering, altar flowers, etc._ so that it can be accounted
for correctly) and that's it. You can also schedule this as a recurring donation. This is also
a no cost option.

3. Vanco - Just go to our website, centerportumc.org, and click on the link on the bottom of
the home page or the "About Us" tab and then "Online Donations". It will take you to a
secure page for you to contribute. You can even schedule your donation to be recurring.
There are specific buttons for donations. If you want to donate for something and don't
see a button for it, please contact Connie and she will work on getting it added. Note that
there is a fee incurred by the church for this service.
Thank you for your continued support of your CUMC family.
Stay safe and healthy.
Drew Schmidt


There are three ways of giving electronically:

1. Auto payments from your electronic bank account - this is the most efficient and most cost effective for CUMC. You simply login to your bank account and add CUMC as a payee. You need CUMC’s address which is Centerport United Methodist Church 97 Little Neck Rd. Centerport NY 11721. You can then schedule a recurring payment so that on a specific date during the month, this check is automatically generated and mailed. For the account number, please state what the check is for (offering, altar flowers, etc) so that it can be accounted for correctly) and that's it. This is a no cost option for the church.

2. Quickpay with Zelle is also done through your bank but instantly deposits your donation into the church's bank account. Just log onto your online banking and look for Quickpay with Zelle. It's probably under the Bill Pay section. Use “Centerport United Methodist Church” or “centerportumcoffice@gmail.com” for the recipient and "centerportumcoffice@gmail.com" for the email address. In the memo/account section please note what the check is for (offering, altar flowers, etc._ so that it can be accounted
for correctly) and that's it. You can also schedule this as a recurring donation. This is also a no cost option for the church.

3. Vanco - Just go to our website, centerportumc.org, and click on the link on the top of the home page or the "About Us" tab and then "Online Donations". It will take you to a secure page for you to contribute. You can even schedule your donation to be recurring. There are specific buttons for donations. If you want to donate for something and don't see a button for it, please contact Connie and she will work on getting it added. Note that there is a fee incurred by the church for this service.

PayPal - Go to centerportumc.org and click on the PayPal link.

NOTE: Options 3 & 4 incur fees to the church at about 2-4% of the donation.

Thank you for your continued support of your CUMC family.
Stay safe and healthy.

Drew Schmidt
Finance Chair

MEALS ON WHEELS- is a voluntary, non-profit organization providing two home delivered meals per day - a hot dinner and a cold supper - Monday through Friday including holidays.   The program is presently serving about 100 clients.

   

CUMC delivers meals on Wednesdays.  The meals are prepared by Huntington Hospital.  Volunteers pick up the meals from the hospital at about 10:45 am and deliver them to the clients - all information is given at pick-up.  There are 4 groups of 2 people, each group delivering on one Wednesday a month.  Currently we are in need of 1 person to deliver on a regular basis (once per month) and some substitutes to fill in when needed. 

 

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact with Agnes Ward, Laurie Hawkins, 


Barbara Wohleking, John Ruffini, Beth Bertossi or Linda Fox, through the Church office.

  1. Money. Many food banks and pantries have access to lower cost supplies than you or I do so a cash donation may go further, plus they’re able to get exactly what they need.
  2. Canned meats: Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, canned ham, canned chicken, canned salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat.
  3. Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.
  4. Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Dried fruit works too (raisins, etc.)
  5. Boxed meals THAT REQUIRE ONLY WATER. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.
  6. Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Instant oatmeal, instant grits
  9. Cans of beans
  10. Pasta, pasta sauce
  11. Biscuit or baking mixes (again that only require water)
  12. Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
  13. Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars
  14. Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes
  15. Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, warm socks, Chapstick (consider someone living outside this time of year)
  16. Feminine hygiene products: unscented pads will be most universally used, not tampons
  17. Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
  18. Sliced bread. It’s got a long shelf life but always goes immediately.
  19. Bags of apples or potatoes. Ditto.
THE FOOD PANTRIES NEED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

pasta sauce
cereal (NO CHEERIOS PLEASE) 
peanut butter  
Thank you for your support!!!

 


SOLES 4 SOULS

   

THANK YOU - SOLES 4 SOULS

We continue to accept all shoes, paired or not, for Soles4Souls Program. We accept shoes of all kinds in any condition. Just place your donations in the box by the table in the hallway.

 

    Please have all donations here at the church by mid March, 2021, so they can be included with the next shipment. Don’t forget to check your closets!! Thank you!!

 

                                                             
 May God Bless You All!
 

 

                                      Join a CUMC Care Team


Every week you receive an email called "Hello Church Family" and that's really what we are...a family.  We care, we pray, we help one another in any way and every way we can, we laugh, we cry, we're just there for each other.  Most times you don't even hear about it...help is just there.  You've also heard the phrase...many hands make light work, right? and work in the church is really service; service to and in God's name.

 

Well, we are asking our church family for some service - some help...our Care Team is in need of volunteers.

 


There are some people in our Church who could use your help!

 

Can you provide one or more of the following services?

 

VISITATION 

       Occasionally, visit CUMC members in a nursing home, hospital, or in their home.

 

MEALS 

       Once in a while, prepare and deliver a meal.

 

TRANSPORTATION

At times, provide transportation for someone who needs it.

 

     If you would like to add your name to the list of helpers, or know someone who needs help— see your bulletin for details.

 If you would like to read Scripture on Sunday mornings during worship, please email the Church office with the date of the Sundays you are available.  If you have any questions please contact the Church Office at 261-5222 or e-mail: centerportumcoffice@gmail.com

HAVE YOU GIVEN A BEAR HUG?


The Bear  Ministry

The Bear Ministry is back and ready to give!!!  Sue Beck & Carol Meinen have taken over this ministry as Sue Oman has moved to Southern California. 

We are grateful to Sue Oman for beginning, and maintaining, this ministry.  Through you, she truly has touched so many lives - Thank you!!! 


      The Bears have been given to people who live across the United States, and to those living in many countries. Over 700 bears have brought warm wishes and hugs to someone you care about.  If you have someone who needs a hug, just send them a bear and note it in the book on the table in the hallway.  Sending a bear is like sending a loving hug from our CUMC family.

 

                    

 


 

RECYCLE 

YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS

    We are still collecting empty inkjet cartridges & cell phones. When you change your inkjet cartridge (only inkjet cartridges) in your printer or upgrade your cell phone, bring your old one to Church and leave it in the Church Office.  We will recycle it for you and raise money for CUMC at the same time.  Thank you.


Do You Have Some Spare Time?
These are jobs that can be done around the Church - please contact Robin Brennan for more information

Jobs to be done around the church building:

 

Crawl space under sanctuary – call Bill Perks for assistance 

            Build rack to hold signs (use existing rack from attic)

            Move “stuff” off lawn and replace under building

            Install insulation on pipes in tunnels

Move cut logs from edge of north parking lot and stack in back lot by woods

Take down small maple tree on back path

Extend garden around sign in front – remove grass

Remove lower branches from white pines by parking area near parsonage

Weed Nursery School garden

Replace light bulbs:

            Kitchen, Connie’s office, classroom #9

            (Replacements in electrical room downstairs)

Parsonage:

            Clean-up the yard and flower beds – front and back

            Trim bushes