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					Volume 4, Issue 12 December 2007

Although the author, veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote this in 1897 about the existence of Santa, he could have easily juxtaposed Santa for God and made a compelling article. ~ Christian “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” Virginia O’Hanlon, 115 West 95th Street VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, VIRGINIA, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Mark Your Calendars!


The Messenger

Poolville Cookie Sale, Dec. 9 following church service in Poolville Annual Christmas Pageant, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. followed by Potluck Dinner at Poolville Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poolville UMC

Rev. Mario J. Gazzilli, Pastor (315) 691-5824 Web site: Worship Services: Poolville UMC – 9:30 a.m. Earlville UMC – 11:00 a.m. Christian Vischi Administrative Assistant/Editor (315) 691-2114 E-mail:

The Messenger – December 2007

Persons in our Prayers
Berny Bach, Ken Balla, Susan Benedict, Brandon (12-years-old), Dannie Britt, Jeannie Britt, Mark Brown, Wayne Brown, Donna Bardsley, Gene Calhoun, the Carpenter family, Lisa Collins and family of late William Collins, Carter Colson, Carol Crimmins, Cody, Larry Crumb, Rich Dando, Shane & Denise, Linda Diamond, Bob Diamond, Bishop Violet Fisher, the Froio family, Guy Gazzilli, Pastor Mario & Joan Gazzilli, Josie Gazzilli, John and Jacquelyn Glasbergen, Tiger Gould and Bud, Nancy Graham, Bobby Graves, Tom Grover, Carl Hagman family, Alyse Harper, Heather, Gary Houck, Nate Jackson and family, Franklin Jones, Jackie Jones, Josh, Judy, Laurie Leone, Art Lyon, Rich Macomber, Vic Mansfield, Ann Marcellus, Anthony Marris, Matty, Keith Matthew Maupin, Winnie Michels, Jessie Monet, Baby Brooklyn Elizabeth Moshe, Bob Murtagh, “John John” Nardi, Bob Niles, Rocky Northrup, Marcia Owen, George Papazian and daughter Adriane Papazian, Gary Price, Phillip Price, Judy Prosser, Mary Reynolds, Angelo Riente, Monique Roberts, Jeanette Robertson’s mother and family, Norma Schuman, Katelyn Stewart, Howard Tackabury family, Nicole Vanderwall, Peter Vogelgsang, Priscialla Webb, Sherwood Webster, Betty Wheelock, Matt Willis, Oakie Worzel, Joyce Wratten, Marion Wright, Linda Wyman and Brenda Zeidner. Those affected with/by cancer. Protection of children and marriages. Teenagers. All military men and women.

~Mission Statement~
We are a people who believe in the word of God and the love of Jesus Christ. We are to evangelize in all of the areas where we live. We are to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and through our actions. We are a church that shares the salvation message with everyone we meet. We want to be a beacon for this area by sharing Jesus Christ with the world. We strive towards adding numbers to our church but, also adding numbers to the kingdom of God. We are to work together, as the church, the body of believers, and use the gifts and talents God has given to us. We also believe that the church belongs to Christ and therefore Christ will manifest the church through us as the body of believers.

Family of the Month


David & Clara Lantz are the Earlville UMC “Family of the
Month.” Write to them at 146 Lebanon Road, Hamilton, NY 13346. ––– Ken & Sharon Fox are the Poolville UMC “Family of the Month” for December. Write to them at 1267 Gorton Road, Hamilton, NY 13346-9528.

The Messenger – December 2007

December Celebrants
Benjamin Slentz Joyce Chesebro 1 Kevin Young Jon Stenberg 4 Joelle Faulks Johnathan Miller 4 Michael Virgil Rick Shiminski 6 Cathy Young Barbara Crumb 8 Tom Robertson 10 Rebecca Cleveland 10 Paul Nower 12 Kalie Hill 16 Christopher Larkin 17 Joan Gazzilli 20 Miriam Hill 21 23 25 28 28 29

Diane & David Bensley 23 Sharon & Joel Partridge 24 Crystal & Richard Eades 27 Barbara & L.D. Crumb 28 Dawn & Rich Dando


Keeping In Touch

Season’s Greetings!
To all members of the Earlville and Poolville United Methodist Churches: I want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas season. I miss each and every one of you! With my love and God’s blessings, Joyce Chesebro

The Messenger – December 2007

December’s Happenings
٠ The First Sunday of Advent is December 2. ٠ The Poolville Cookie Sale will be held after service on Dec. 9 in Poolville. ٠ Christmas Baskets will be prepared by the UMW at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Earlville UMC, all are welcome to assist them! ٠ Christmas Eve Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at EUMC

Worship Schedule
Earlville UMC
12/02 12/09 12/16 12/23 12/30 Dick & Sue Sprague Helen Niles & Lois Evans Richard & Crystal Eades Joan Gazzilli To Be Announced

Lay readers:
Joan Gazzilli James Faulks James Faulks Lois Evans Sue Sprague

Poolville UMC
Lay Reader:
12/02 12/09 12/16 12/23 12/30 Dawn Dando Linda Seymour Lou Slentz Rae Beth Ashcraft To Be Announced

Greeter for the Month: To Be Announced

Dec. 2 — Communion Sunday; S Discretionary/Sunshine Fund M T W T F S 2 1 Collections 4 5 2 3 1

Special Dates in December:
7 Dec. 16 — Food Pantry 12 8 9 10 11 14 15 16 17 18 19 Collection; Special Needs 21 Fund for PUMC 26 22 23 24 25 28 29 30 31

December Meetings
At Earlville UMC
Earlville Admin. Board, Dec. 4 Monthly UMW Mtg., Dec. 11 NOTE Time - 2 pm

6 13 20 27

At Poolville UMC
Poolville Admin. Board: TBA Christmas Pageant, Dec. 15 at 5:30 Note: All meetings begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Dec. 30 — Coffee Hour — EUMC

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Christian Jokes

The Messenger – December 2007

It’s Coming!
On Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. the curtain will rise for this year’s Family Christmas Program at the Poolville UMC! Each family or group wishing (willing!) to participate is asked to perform a 5-7 minute program. This can be done with music, a skit, a scripture reading, etc. Everyone in both churches are encouraged to attend and perform. This will be a wonderful evening of fun, food and Christian fellowship. A potluck dinner will follow. Sign-ups will be posted soon, or contact Shelley Wyman at 691-5505 for further details. Don’t be shy: we will have a gracious crowd and as you well know… God hates a coward! (Sorry, dislikes VERY VERY much, but does not hate.)

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”
Philemon 6

The Messenger – December 2007

Keeping In Touch
Grateful for prayers
Dear Poolville United Methodist Church family, Thank you so much for your concern and ongoing prayers since out tragic house fire back in July. Every day presents new challenges, but the ongoing prayers and offers of support sustain us during these trying times. Please continue your mission – you are doing God’s work!! Gratefully and in Christ, Peggy Bergen Pavelko and family

UMCOR aims to help Cyclone Sidr Survivors
Super Cyclone Sidr, a deadly category four storm, battered the alreadystruggling nation of Bangladesh on Nov. 16. As the death count continues to rise by the Photos and scan courtesy Charene Price thousands and survivors struggle to recover their homes, livelihoods and sense of safety, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is working to respond. To date, more than 3,200 people have been killed in Bangladesh alone. India and Nepal were also affected, although Bangladesh bore the brunt of the storm. To give to UMCOR’s work in response to Cyclone Sidr, please make out your check to UMCOR and mail it to UMCOR PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Write “UMCOR Advance #202400, Bangladesh Emergency” on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of every donation to any appeal, including appeals for Bangladesh, goes to support the designated program. For more information, see the Dec. 2 announcements section of the bulletin.

The Messenger – December 2005 2007

Keeping In Touch

Many thanks!
Helen Everly, wife of the late Albert Everly, sent a thank you note to the Poolville UMC members. She is pictured below (from Aug. 26, 2007 - Helen’s last day of worship in our Earlville church) with Joyce Wratten to her left and Pat Polisse on her right on. As many know, Albert was very essential to the life of the Poolville UMC for many, many years. In memory of that service we dedicated our Route 12 “Welcome” sign to him (pictured at right). We also gave Helen a remembrance gift, which is what her thank you note was for. The remembrance gift was a lovely dark wood three-picture frame of pictures Charene Price took of the Poolville Church sign (pictured above), flanked by a color photo and a sepia photo of our Poolville church.

And the choir sings on!
Our December Choir Schedule: • Sunday, Dec. 2: Rehearsal after church in Earlville.

Sunday, Dec. 9: No rehearsal as Dave and Clara will be out of town. Sunday, Dec. 16: The choir will sing in both churches, with rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. in Poolville. We will be singing “People, Look East” (No. 202 in the Hymnal). Sunday, Dec. 23: Rehearsal after church in Earlville. Monday, Dec. 24: The choir will sing “In the Bleak Midwinter” (No. 221 in the Hymnal); with rehearsal before the performance.

Just a reminder: If you have a news item, thank you note, photo or the like that you would like to appear in The Messenger, please make sure your submission is in to the Church Office before the second to the last Friday of the month. However, anything before then is even more appreciated, thank you!


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The Messenger – December 2007

Around the NCNY Conference

Results of music study released
The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) and the United Methodist Publishing House, announced this week that the complete results of a four-year joint music study and the resulting hymnal petitions, are now available at The joint study is the first of its kind in more than 20 years and has resulted in two petitions to the General Conference, the denomination’s highest administrative body. The first petition asks the 2008 General Conference to appoint a hymnal committee to develop a USA hymnal and present it for consideration and approval by the 2012 General Conference. Publication could come as early as 2013. The second petition asks General Conference to approve a four-year study of the issues around developing an Africana hymnal and to appoint a committee to accomplish the study and report back recommendations to the 2012 General Conference.


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