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
Saturday, December 9th from 1-5
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
At present, the nurse does not need mittens, hats, scarfs or
socks. We will let you know if boots are needed after our first
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
Friday, December 22 at 7:30pm:
Sunday, December 24 at 4:30pm:
Christmas Eve Service
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!
to Christian Spirituality: An Intergenerational and Family Day of Exploration
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.
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.
experience will be song and silence in Taizé
worship. The quieting, mystical, prayer of Taizéis 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
On Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 7:30-9pm, the UMA
is hosting a free community concert, with a family audience in mind.
Boston-based singer-songwriter Molly Ruggles (sister of Rebecca) writes songs
to inspire, amuse, hearten, and engage. A free-will offering will benefit the
UMA Outreach Program.