Twelfth Night Pics

January 21, 2020

We want to send a great big thank you to Valley Harmony, Laurie Holdridge, Eric Machan Howd for the wonderful music and lessons. We are so appreciative of your sharing of time and talents.


Please Join Us at our Sunday Service January 26th at 9:30 AM

January 21, 2020

Metanoia, a transliteration of the Greek μετάνοια, is “a transformative change of heart; especially: a spiritual conversion.” The term suggests repudiation, change of mind, repentance, and atonement. We will read from the Bible Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-25.


Join Us Sunday at 9:30 AM

January 15, 2020

Please join us for our Sunday service January 19th at 9:30 am. We will read Bible passages Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 and John 1:29-42, which will be the focus of our sermon. Cathy Young will lead us in the service and her sermon will be a discussion on scapegoating.


Annual Summary: What Have We Been Up To?

January 14, 2020

January 12, 2020

Our community and our world need all the positive hope, compassion, encouragement, justice, love and peace of Christ that we can give. Our congregation is a welcoming and inclusive community, and we believe we are an important positive, supportive and historical presence in Tioga County. We understand that we are not a church for everyone, but we are an important progressive light, especially for those that feel left out of “traditional” church communities. We work together and our outreach and the congregation’s support is crucial to our efforts. We now have the celebration of Christmas behind us and are looking forward to another year of active ministry in our community, with our congregation’s annual meeting planned for January 19, 2020.

Whether you are a current active member, an occasional visitor, or a past or inactive member, we pray for all in our community of supporters and appreciate all of you. Newark Valley UCC continues to be an active, rural community church inspired by the grace and truth of God and the life and teachings of Jesus.

We want to let you know what our congregation has been doing.

This past year, our tiny but mighty church continued to be active in the community, though in some different ways than in the past. Some of the ways we were present in the community, aside from our regular Sunday morning worships and monthly Sunday evening shared meals with Communion, we have put on and supported:

*Weekly Book Discussion Meet Ups (Coffee & Conversations)
*Girl Scout Troupe meetings
*AARP Senior tax preparation
*March Chili Cook Off and Dinner
*April: Earth Day Celebration and Spring Art Show
*May: Valley Harmony Concert, with George Lohmann
Open Mic, Poetry Jam Nights

*Sponsored Summer Art Program for Youth in Richford/Berkshire
*July: Village Summerfest Parade and Celebration, with quilt show and food
*2 Pulled Pork Community Dinners
*November: Fall Art Competition and Art Show
*November: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Band Concert, with Laurie Holdridge
*November: Annual Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale
*November: Hosted Free Thanksgiving Community Dinner with other local churches
*December: Sponsored a church Christmas Tree on the Village Green
*December: Participated and assisted in the Northern Tioga Chamber Holiday Magic Event
*Assisted (donated $) a local family to rebuild their home after flooding
*Assisted 2 local families in need celebrate Christmas with gifts and food assistance.

We also have a strong tradition of community outreach through hosting the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving day dinner. This year a record number of volunteers, along with members of our congregation and people from St. John’s Catholic Church, the Newark Valley United Methodist Church, and the Jenksville United Methodist Church served over 150 people with a sit-down dinner for families eating together with turkey and all the trimmings as well as delivered meals and take-outs. We also made the chapel and Sanctuary available for memorial services, with food, for community and former congregation members. Feeding people, both physically and spiritually, is one, of our ministries.

As we look forward to the new year, some additional ideas we have include:

*Adding a Limited Part Time Minister,

*Spring Break and Summer Activity Life Lessons for Youth including food,

*Beginner Youth Piano Lessons (offered for a free will offering).

If you are interested in following our progress, please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/newarkvalley.ucc), WordPress (https://nvucc.wordpress.com) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/newarkvalleyucc). If you would like to participate in our community offerings please send an email (nvuccoffice@gmail.com) or give us a call (607-308-1503) and tell us or tell us during worship.

With much appreciation and kind regards,

John Schwartz & Cathy Young, Co Moderators

Laurie Holdridge, Treasurer

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Newark Valley United Church of Christ – Giving Drive 2020

Please consider a donation to help this Church maintain an active presence in this community.

Name: __________________________________________________ Contribution $________ per ________ $________ one time

Thank you for your continued contributions and support.
Please return form or donation to NVUCC, 32 S. Main St, Newark Valley, NY 13811 Attn: Laurie Holdridge – treasurer

Electronic giving is available (one-time or multiple donations)! Have your donation put on your Credit or Debit card. Have your donation taken from a bank account.
Use your existing online bill pay to send a check.

Contact Laurie Holdridge for information or an authorization form Silvergloves@stny.rr.com or (607)217-7553


Please Join Us Sunday for Worship at 9:30

January 10, 2020

Please join us Sunday at 9:30 am when John Schwartz will be leading us in worship.

Our sermon will be focused on the Baptism and temptation narratives. Taken together these stories illuminate our own faith development and can frame current events. 

Matthew 3:13-17
3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.

3:14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

3:15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.

3:16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”


Help us With Our 2020 Vision

December 30, 2019

Hi All and Blessed Sunday to you-
We plan to have our regular  church council meeting in which we will also be planning and finalizing our 2020 Budget. I would so appreciate if you would please reply back to me if you have thoughts regarding where we can be of use, and where God is leading us in how the Newark Valley United Church of Christ church can and should be present to our community in the coming year.  We are not a church for everyone, but we are an important progressive presence, especially for those that may feel left out of “traditional” church communities.
Our council meeting will take place Thursday 1-2-20 at 3:00 pm. This past year, our tiny but mighty church continued to be active in the community, though in some different ways than in the past.Some of the ways we were present in the community, aside from our regular Sunday worships and monthly Sunday meals were:

  • Weekly Book Discussion Meet Ups (Coffee & Conversations)
  • March: Chili Cook Off and Dinner
  • April: Earth Day Celebration and Spring Art Show
  • May: Valley Harmony Concert
  • 3 Open Mic, Poetry Jam Nights
  • Sponsored Summer Art for Youth in Richford/Berkshire
  • July: Village Summerfest Parade and Celebration
  • 2 Pulled Pork Community Dinners
  • Fall Art Competition and Art Show
  • Ain’t Misbehavin Concert
  • Holiday Craft Show
  • Hosted Free Thanksgiving Community Dinner with other local churches
  • Sponsored a church Christmas Tree on the Village Green
  • Participated and assisted in the Northern Tioga Chamber Holiday Magic Event
  • Assisted (donated $) a local family to rebuild their home after flooding
  • Assisted 2 local families in need celebrate Christmas with gifts and food assistance.

Looking forward, some ideas we have had include: Limited Part Time  Minister, Spring Break and Summer Activity Life Lessons  for Youth, Mindfulness and Yoga, Beginner Youth Piano Lessons (Free Will Offering), Family Art Days, Art Lessons, Limited Part Time Minister…Thoughts?


With Kind Regards,

Cathy Young, CoModerator


Christmas Season

December 16, 2019

Our Christmas season is off to a wonderful start. We kicked off the spirit of the season by hosting a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28th, along with other area local churches, including Newark Valley First United Methodist Church, St John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Jenksville United Methodist Church.

We are working to assist local families in their efforts to celebrate the spirit of the season while working through some challenging times. One family is working to rebuild after flooding damaged their home and another is working through the challenges of job loss. Children appreciating gifts include a young kindergarten girl, and two twin 5 year old boys.

Services for the month of December are:

  • Dec 15th at 9:30 am
  • Dec 22nd at 9:30 am
  • Dec 24th Christmas Eve at 4:00 pm
  • Dec 29th at 9:30 am
  • Jan 5th Special Lessons and Carols Program at 2:00 pm