Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Happenings 2017

The Hospitality Committee will be sponsoring these events during the Advent Season.  Please mark your calendars and join us for some fun and meaningful activities.  We appreciate your kind support.

Sunday, December 3rd 
A Dish-to-Pass Luncheon will be held following worship in the Social Room.  Baked Ham, beverages and table service will be provided.  Please bring your favorite dish to share.  Following the luncheon, please stay and help to decorate our sanctuary for the Christmas Season.  

Saturday, December 9th from 1-5 PM
We will hold our annual Bake Sale for Christmas-in-Aurora in the Social Room.  This year's event will feature mostly non-profit organizations.  Please invite such organizations to join us.  Our proceeds will be given to our account to purchase cleaning supplies, paper goods and personal care items for the King Ferry Food Pantry.  These items cannot be purchased through the food bank and are desperately needed by families.  Please plan to bake, buy and sign-up to help at this event.  Many folks look forward to our delicious bake goods.  Thanks for all your help and support.

Tuesday, December 12 from 2-4pm
Annual Cookies and Carols with the Good Shepherd Catholic Community. We will make plates of cookies for those people who are confined, sick and unable to bake.  We have changed this to an afternoon event so folks who don't drive at night will be comfortable coming.  Please plan to attend and bring three dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies.


Throughout the season
We will be collecting warm items for the students at Emily Howland Elementary School.  The school nurse has identified the items she specifically needs this year.  They are:
    a. sneakers youth sizes 1,2,3
    b. very small belts for kids who lack hips
    c. boys underwear sizes 6,8,10
    d. girls underwear sizes 6,8,10,12-14
    e. elastic waist pants sizes 6,8,10, 12-14, 14-16   
    f. sweatshirts for similar sizes might be appreciated.  

At present, the nurse does not need mittens, hats, scarfs or socks.  We will let you know if boots are needed after our first snowstorm.

Finally, we would appreciate your help with our coffee hours following worship on Sunday.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Please make your goodies simple and easy.  We do not need a feast, but we do need more folks to host.  Please feel free to contact any member of the Hospitality Committee if you have concerns.  Thanks for all your kind and tasty treats.

Many thanks for all your help, donations and enthusiasm for our events.  



Tuesday, November 28 4-5pm: Christmas Pageant Casting

Sunday, December 17: Lessons and Carols

Friday, December 22 at 7:30pm:
Children’s Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 24 at 4:30pm: Christmas Eve Service


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween 2017


The United Ministry of Aurora will join other businesses in the Village of Aurora to provide a safe space for families on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Come to the door of the annex on the south side of the building for treats!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Avenues to Christian Spirituality 2017


Avenues to Christian Spirituality: An Intergenerational and Family Day of Exploration

The Wider Parishes of Southern Cayuga County invite everyone to experience Christian spirituality again this year. Building on last year’s offering, the experiences will be facilitated through a series of independent workshops on Sunday, September 10th from 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. at the United Ministry of Aurora, 337 Main St., Aurora, NY 13026. This Family Day of Exploration is geared for those who are interested in delving into different avenues of spirituality. The afternoon also speaks to those who feel a sense of spirituality, but shy away from religion, by having them engage in practical spiritual explorations.
The independent workshops will be repeated throughout the afternoon from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Six individual experiences will be offered. One experience is Walking the Labyrinth – both physically and figuratively. This offers an opportunity to follow the ancient discipline of walking with God toward the center of self as a way to focus personal prayer and meditation. This will be complemented with the opportunity to explore various forms of labyrinths by making your own labyrinth to take home with you to use in your intentional closeness to God.
Another experience will be song and silence in Taizé worship. The quieting, mystical, prayer of Taizé is developed through song, silence, and spiritual intersection. A third experience will be Religious Art through Rubbings which will enable the participant to discover the mindful connection with God through the deliberate transference of religious objects onto rice paper. Another experience will allow individuals to participate in Liturgical Dance either through direct involvement, that is by physically dancing, or by observing others before entering into the experience themselves. Remembering that Miriam, Moses’ sister, danced with her friends on the shore of the Red Sea after completing their exodus from Egypt, the participant is invited to capture the spiritual excitement of dancing in praise to God.
The fifth experience will be Avenues to Personal Prayer in which the adventurer is invited to take home personal prayers for use in their family and personal prayer life. The plans are to allow participants to explore the prayers as they look out from the shoreline of Cayuga Lake. The last experience that will be offered is Queries in which the participant is led through a series of questions (queries) with an invitation to reflect on these questions for the goal of relating them to their personal experience. It is based upon the understanding that the deeper realities of Christian spirituality can also be found beyond precise verbal formulations such as those found in formal liturgies, rituals, rites, and collected formularies.
The afternoon will be capped off with music provided by The Harvesters, from 4:15 P.M. – 5:00 P.M., in the shoreline amphitheater or inside the sanctuary in case of inclement weather. The Harvesters are a local gospel quartet who have been performing for over ten years in the Cayuga area.
The Wider Parish invite everyone to this afternoon of inspiration. Participants are invited to come and go as they like, to experience any or all of the workshops, with all ages being welcome!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Service at Camp Gregory


The United Ministry of Aurora Sunday service on July 30, 2017 will be the held at Camp Gregory on Lake Road, south of Aurora. The service will begin at 10am. The pastors of the UMA and King Ferry Presbyterian Church will share the service and members of the two choirs will provide music. After the service, the King Ferry folk will host a coffee hour.