OSWEGO – Under the leadership of Pastor Elyse Skiles, Journey of Faith United Methodist Church has been more than a year-long undertaking, formed from the merging of two previous United Methodist churches, Oswego Center UMC and Southwest Oswego UMC.
Following the ribbon cutting, church members and guests from the community entered the church to share a worship service and hear congratulatory messages from pastors and invited dignitaries.
Pastor Tammy Nipper from Palermo and North Volney United Methodist churches and a spokesperson for Lake Effect Cooperative Ministries (a group of 11 United Methodist Churches in the Oswego County) explained how the merging of the churches is similar to the growing of roses.
“To grow beautiful roses, you need to cut back the bushes in order to let new growth blossom. That’s what this year has been for all of you; a processes of cutting back, sacrifice and hard work to let growth occur,” she said.
Guests of the event enjoyed the opportunity to view the various mission projects the church is involved in, enjoy refreshments, received handmade cross in the pocket and listened to music provided by the Oswego First United Methodist Church Praise Band.
Journey of Faith United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. and Sunday school for ages 3 and up at 9:15 a.m. from September to June.
Upcoming events for the church include Mission Sunday Crop Walk on October 19, Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31at 5 p.m., Community free Thanksgiving Dinner at noon on Thanksgiving Day and a Live Nativity and Nativities by Candlelight on December 13 (6 p.m.) and 14 (12:30 p.m.).
For more information on these and other upcoming events, contact Journey of Faith United Methodist Church at (315) 343-0996 or visit its website at www.journeyoffaithumc.org