Join us for Sunday Worship
@ 10:00 am.
Church of Binghamton
42 Chenango Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
Office phone # 607-
If you would like to be a part of a supportive faith community as you deal with the stresses of life today, we hope you'll come and visit us. We'll be glad to see you and to welcome you into the care and nurture of our life together.
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You will find us to be a congregation of all sorts of people: young and old, single and married, adults and children, traditional and nontraditional families. We are teachers, secretaries, engineers, homemakers, line workers, retirees. Some are involved in a church for the first time (or the first time in a long time), others are transfers from other denominations, and some are lifelong Presbyterians.
Please join us on Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the life of Don
Calling hours will start at 10:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer Group Thursdays, 8:00–8:30 a.m.
Starting September 10: Chapel
Praying with Christian Mystics, vol. 1
by Tracey Marx with Anne Thayer
Led by Pastor Kimberly Chastain.
Praying with Christian Mystics is a 9-
· September: Introduction to Mysticism and Preparing for the Journey
· October: Bernard of Clairvaux
· November: Hildegard of Bingen
· December: Meister Eckhart
· January: The Anonymous Author of The Cloud of Unknowing
· February: Julian of Norwich
· March: Teresa of Avila
· April: John of the Cross
· May: George Fox
No prayer experience necessary.
Introductory Bible Study
Mondays at 12:00 noon starting September 14
Making Sense of the Bible:
Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton
In this book, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as, “How and when was the Bible written?” “Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why?” “How literally must we read it?” And, “Is the Bible ever wrong?”
Hamilton then addresses often misunderstood biblical themes in approachable and inviting language, leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be
No previous knowledge necessary, all are welcome. Bring your own lunch.
Monday Evening Book Studies
Mondays, 6:15–7:15 p.m.
September 21, 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 16, 23
Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-
Led by Elders Marilyn Myers and Lou McKeage.
Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday
life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-
In Short Stories of Jesus, Amy-
Familiarity with the gospels useful but not required.
Thursday Evening DVD Study Thursdays, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Living the Questions
Living the Questions is an exploration of the major themes of Christianity, with an emphasis on questions rather than answers. Each Thursday we will gather to share a meal, then watch a 20 minute video presentation that include conversations with leading voices of faith, sermon and lecture clips, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices.
The material is framed so that it is appropriate for those who are just beginning the journey as well as those who have participated in such conversations all their lives. It is divided into “seasons” so that participants need not feel they must commit to the whole year to participate.
Everyone is welcome. The first week the meal will be “potluck,” so bring something to share, and we’ll make decisions about the rest of the meals at our first meeting.
Fall September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5
Invitation to Journey
This fall, we are invited to walk with Christ as we cover the topics: “Taking the Bible Seriously”, “Thinking Theologically”, “Stories of Creation”, “Lives of Jesus”, “A Passion for Christ: Paul”, and “Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians”
Presbytery Assembly, September 19 at UPC
We will be hosting the Presbytery Assembly meeting on Saturday, September 19th. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., with morning worship starting at 9:00.
Presbytery Assembly—Volunteers needed!
Also for the meeting, we are looking for a few volunteers to assist with registration and welcoming, participate in the worship service, and help with lunch. Belmar Pub is catering the luncheon but we need people to set up, clean up, and help with serving. Please contact the church office if you can help out!
Mobile Food Pantry, September 23
The next Mobile Food Pantry distribution is Wednesday, September 23; food set up prep starts at 11:30 a.m. At our last distribution on July 22, we served 180 households. Thank you Ann Garcia, Angela Garcia Meade, Pastor Kimberly, Eugene, Maggie, Rescue Mission’s Vikki Collazo, Wanda, Roslyn, Cassandra, Timothy, Jenniffer, and the Foodbank of the Southern Tier for a great day of food distribution!
Care & Share Distribution Project, September 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of each month
WHERE: Library Lounge @ UPC
TIME: 9:30 a.m. (place orders) 10:30–12:30 p.m. (distribution)