Sounds of song, inspiration and prayer filled the brand new sanctuary to standing-room-only at the rebuilt Milford Methodist Church during this morning’s service, “two years, two months and twenty-eight days” after the March 12, 2017, arson that destroyed the original building. Above, Pastor Sylvia Barrett on guitar, leads the congregation in “And All The People Said Amen,” with help from Music Director Ron Johnson on organ and choir members Jerriann Garrillo, Mark Andrews, Anthony Welsh, Ralph Eggleston, Patsy Lyons, Sandy Andrews, Emily Mattison-Welsh, Maureen Johnson and Cindy Campbell. At left, state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, a member of the church and its Building Committee, reads the closing prayer for the morning. Following the service, worshippers enjoyed a celebration fellowship. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Julie Stark, top photo, touches up stencil-work details on a series of 12 new organ pipes being refurbished and installed at the Second Baptist Church in Worcester on Monday evening as Sadie Ostrander and Elizabeth Matter look on. Congregation members have been helping to decorate the 1888 pipes, made in Westfield, Mass., and that have been in storage since 1985. “The design we used was one I saw on an old trolley car in the Trolley Museum in San Francisco,” said Sidney Chase, who is leading the restoration. Inset, Chase installs one of the newly painted organ pipes in the sanctuary as Stark, Ostrander and Matter help hold the ladder. “There will be 49 more installed this fall,” said Chase. “We found them in a barn but we don’t know who made them.” Plans for 183 pipes in addition to those are slated for future installation. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
NEW ‘TRADITIONAL PLAN’ DISCUSSED
TODAY AMONG OTSEGO METHODISTS
The Rev. Marti Swords-Horrell, pastor Oneonta’s First United Methodist Church, this morning told her congregation she will continue to perform gay marriages, despite a church conference’s decision in February adopting a “Traditional Plan” that affirmed a ban against gay marriage and the ordination of gay clergy. Pastors, locally and throughout the Syracuse-based Upper New York Conference, were asked to brief their congregations this morning on the special conference decision. Swords-Horrell, who was assigned to Oneonta in July, called the decision “sad and disturbing,” since the local church has been a “reconciling congregation” for 30 years. “We feel it is restrictive, oppressive and makes our gay and LBGTQ members feel unwelcome,” she said. “We will continue with who we are, and accept all people.” Syracuse-based Bishop Mark Webb is planning a livestream Q&A session 4-6 p.m. next Sunday. “There’s still a chance it could be overturned,” Swords-Horrell said. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Whether you went to the Foxcare Center, The Unitarian Universalist Church, or first United Methodist, the place to be today was shopping at many of the holiday bazaars throughout town for that special gift. Above, at the Mandy’s Tees booth, Arlene and Watty George, Arkville present Mary Knapp, Oneonta, with her freshly made heat-press sweater at the craft fair at the Foxcare Center. At right, Janet Frankl and Mary Konstantine stand at the First United Methodist Holiday Bazaar with a table full of cookies they were selling to raise money for the 1st United Methodist Women’s missions locally and abroad. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 9
BOWL-A-THON – 1-4 p.m. Includes 3 games, shoes, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and more. Individuals and teams of 4 welcome. Come support the developmentally disabled of Otsego County. Holiday Lanes Recreation Center, 5198 NY-23 #1, Oneonta. Info, arcotsego.org
EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS – 1 p.m. Hop aboard the train with the Easter Bunny and friends. Cost, $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children, children 3 and under ride free. Free snacks and refreshments for all. Milford Depot, 136 E. Main St., Milford. Info, call (607)432-2429 or visit www.lrhs.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 6
CONTRADANCE – 7:15-10:30 p.m. Otsego Dance Society hosts. Music by Traverse, Casey Mullaney calls. No partner or experience needed. All dances taught. Newcomers welcome at 7:15 for an introduction to some basic steps. Suggested donation $8 adults; $4 students and teenagers; kids 12 & under free. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 965-8232, 547-8164, www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com
THEATER – 7 p.m. Auditions are open for the Orpheus Theater’s production of “Steel Magnolias.” The Rowe House, 31 Maple St., Oneonta. Info, www.orpheustheatre.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 15
3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Make a 3-D ornament in this workshop Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org
COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 3-6 p.m.Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown
3-D PRINTING – 4:30-6 p.m. Make a 3-D ornament in this workshop Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org
MIND BODY SPIRIT – 6 p.m. Mind Body Spirit Collective meeting. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, www.firstumc-oneonta.org
WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Kirby Olsen, contemporary of Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, will read from his poetry collection titled “Christmas at Rockefeller Center.” Book signing to follow. CANO, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-kirby-olson/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 26
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!
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ADORN-A-DOOR – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Silent Auction of Decorated Wreaths. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. To learn more CLICK HERE.
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. “Front Country” performs live at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Info, (607)547-1812, firstname.lastname@example.org, cooperstownconcertseries.org/front.html
VIKING DINNER – 7-10 p.m. Oneonta Teen Center, 4 Academy St., Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23
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CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. For more info CLICK HERE.
THANKSGIVING SERVICE – Noon. Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4636 NY-28, Hartwick Seminary. Info, email Pr Paul Messner at PrPaul_TheoInst@hotmail.com
DISCUSSION GROUP – 3-5 p.m. People discussing current events. Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. For more info CLICK HERE.
WINERY EVENT – 4-6 p.m. Help Rustic Ridge Winery celebrate 6th anniversary with prizes, food, and wine tasting. Cost, $0. Rustic Ridge Winery, 2805 St. Hwy. 80, Burlington. Info, rusticridgewinery.com
THANKSGIVING SERVICE – 7 p.m.Atonement Lutheran Church, 1 Center St, Oneonta. Info, Pr Paul Messner PrPaul_TheoInst@hotmail.com
THANKSGIVING SERVICE – 7:30 p.m.St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 125 Main St., Laurens. Info, Pr Paul Messner PrPaul_TheoInst@hotmail.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 10
“COOP EATS” RESTAURANT WEEKEND – 11/10-13 Participating restaurants offer Prix-Fixe dinner menu in addition to regular menus. Join us in exploring Cooperstown’s finest restaurants. Info, cooperstownchamber.org
ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Includes lecture by the featured artist Sue Coe titled”Porkopolis – Animals and Industry.” Martin-Mullen art gallery, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Onoenta. Info, call Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607)436-2445 or (607)436-3456 or visit http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery/gallery.html
THEATER – 7 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org
BLOOD DRIVE – 2-6 p.m. In the gym, Oneonta Family YMCA 20-26, Ford Ave., Oneonta. To learn more check their FACEBOOK page.