It may be some time before church worship and community life as we knew it before March 15 returns to normal. Many of our congregants are of the age that they are being advised to stay home until an appropriate vaccine can be found.

In this time of crisis we believe it is important to maintain a presence in our community. Our 2020 summer worship will look very different because of COVID-19 and social distancing. Right now we are envisioning several possibilities, including an abbreviated season beginning later in the summer or presenting virtual services for all or only the first half of the summer. As we refine the plan, we are reaching out to our members and friends to let you know we are moving forward despite the ongoing crisis. We will pay attention to New York State and Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Depending on how long coronavirus stay-at-home orders are in place, we may need to go 100% virtual. We will let the community know by the last week in June.

In early March when we met and selected this summer’s theme, And Who Is my Neighbor, we did not realize how prescient it would be. This has been a challenging time for everyone but it has proved how innovative and resilient we all are. We hope to see you all at some point this year either in our beautiful church building or virtually and invite you to reach out to any Session member with your suggestions or concerns.  

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Members of the Session

Sue Miller, Clerk of Session

Gayle Burgess

Muriel Frasher

Mary Jane Schroeder 

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220th Anniversary Celebration Service

A service of remembrance and celebration in observance of the 220th anniversary of the first service of worship in our first church building on September 11, 1796 was held on September 11, 2016.

Moderator Rev. Alexandra Lusak officiated. Rev. James Miller brought greetings from former moderator Rev. Robert Lamar and spoke about his own term as moderator. Members of the Session read remembrances from former moderators Rev. Donna Elia and Rev. Joseph Shook, passages from scripture and excerpts from the church history authored by Barbara Dudley and Nancy Chase. The Village Voices sang, led by church Music Director Jan Bishop.
Four new members were received into the church during the service. A gala reception followed in Conkling Hall.

Anniversary Service Program

Montage of Anniverary Service Photos by John Eldridge: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I-yTQSgMxW74vH1hENSS4_2xHXVDh2Ty/view


Whether you are a person of faith, questioning faith or no faith, you are welcome in our church and at our services. We are inclusive and nonjudgmental.

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