Bishop’s Response to Charlottesville, VA

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Having just returned this morning from some time away with limited access to news, my heart breaks upon reading the reports of what occurred in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 12th. This is evil fully manifested. As the Church of Jesus Christ, we must stand strongly against this kind of hate and racism. I urge you to pray and continue to seek ways to be the hands and feet of Christ. Through your actions and your words boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
This is a spiritual matter, plain and simple. May we remember that Christ calls us to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. Christ calls us to accept the freedom and power God gives to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present them-selves. And Christ calls us to confess him as Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as Lord, in union with the church which he has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races.
Let us confidently offer the light of Christ, as it alone will pierce the darkness within our world.
Grace and peace,

Bishop Mark J. Webb

Being Missional……………

Throughout the remaining weeks in August and through September 17th, we are collecting school supplies for the Niagara Frontier City Ministries (NFCM) churches. This includes Seneca Street UMC. Items may be dropped off at the display at the Oakgrove entrance.
List of Items Needed

Pens Pencils Lined Paper
Folders Highlighters Crayons
Markers Glue Rulers
Protractors Lunch Boxes Backpacks
Notebooks – Spiral and Composition

Youth Planning Meeting – August 27th

All families who would like to participate in Sunday School and Youth Group are encouraged to attend a meeting after worship service on August 27. We would like your input on activities for the year, as well as the best days/times to meet. We are planning on holding separate Christian Ed classes by age again this year and will have a sign-up sheet for parent volunteers for each week. Con-tact Mike and Mina Rohde, 834-1342 or Pastor Gregg with any questions.

“Talents, Treats and Treasures” Auction

If you enjoy needlework, ceramics, woodworking or some other craft, start thinking about what you might make for this year’s “Tal-ents, Treats and Treasures” auction, to be held this Fall. For those of you who haven’t attended one of our past auctions, which are live and silent, members not only donate their creations, but offer their services as well. These can include everything from cooking to gutter cleaning. The auction will also offer theme bas-kets and gift certificates. We’ll once again have a children’s table, so youngsters can bid, too, and this year we’re adding a book table and pie table. Let us know what you want to do. Call Dave or Denise Reichard at 636-0350 or email

FLU Clinic

It’s hard to believe that we are now in the month of August and Fall is just around the corner. With that said, I hope you have all had a great summer. We are putting together our programs this year and as always we will be starting off with our Flu Clinic. The Flu Clinic will take place on Sunday September 10, 2017 after our church service.
What: Flu Clinic
Where: In the Library
When: September 10,2017
Time: After the Church Service
It is very important that you receive a flu shot to prevent from get-ting the influenza virus. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

WOW News

The Women of Williamsville – better known as WOW – will kick off our next year with dinner out at The Eagle House, 5578 Main Street, Williamsville. Join us at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11th, in the upstairs banquet room. We will order off the menu. The evening will include a short business meeting. All women of the church are invited. RSVP to Denise Reichard at or 716-636-0350.

Coming Soon…

In four weeks, we will begin a new Christian Education year. New things are brewing! Plan to see changes and updates to our Youth and Children’s Ministry while enhancing the current adult classes. It truly takes a whole village and we NEED YOU! Please email or call Pastor Gregg if you’d like to volunteer to co-teach or be a part of a teaching rotation this year!


Certified Health Minister

Barbara just completed a 10 week, 22 credit hours, Health Minister Certification Course offered through Wesley Theological Seminary. Health Ministers can serve in many roles as health navigators, wellness coaches, outreach workers, health educators and health promoters. Barbara looks forward to putting her new skills to work creating collaborative efforts with the congregation, area health providers and church supported organizations, to inform and educate people on a variety of health issues. We look forward to attending her workshops in the near future.
Thank you Barbara, for your hard work, and for your vision and passion in car-ing for people!!