From the back, he looked like the Headline Organist. From the front, it was Tim Iversen, CCS band director and virtuoso organist, churning out spooky sounds that wafted throughout Cooperstown’s First Baptist Church, which Thursday evening doubled as a Haunted House. Inset photo, Cooperstown’s Juan Alamo family partakes of the scarey offerings in the church’s lobby. For much of the evening, trick or treaters were lined up down the front steps of the Elm Street – yes, Elm Street – church, waiting to get in. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – First Baptist Church of Cooperstown has received a $2,000 grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, one of 23 Sacred Sites Grants throughout the state totaling $256,000 that were announced today.
The money will be used for site drainage improvements, the announcement said.
First Baptist Church, constructed in 1889, was designed by Utica-based architect Melvin H. Hubbard, and is one of six historic churches in the village, including Templeton Hall, the former Unitarian-Universalist Church.
I am excited to tell our friends and neighbors about two new programs that First Baptist Church is offering to our community. Both will meet Sundays at 9 a.m. at 21 Elm Street in Cooperstown.
The first is “Spark: Activate Faith” for all kids through fifth grade. This is not your traditional, boring, or antiquated Sunday School. Each week we’ll learn something new about God using song, Bible stories, and friendship-building activities.
Activate Faith uses the best insights from faith leaders and children’s psychologists to help kids make their faith their own. Lively, age-appropriate activities – including games, crafts, and creative play –
accommodate various ways kids learn.
Each week we’ll send home a Family Page for parents to explore that week’s Bible story together as a family as the church partners with families to make disciples and assure our children that God loves them, we love them, and they are important to us.
While the kids have fun in Spark our new small group for moms will be meeting down the hall. The small group is led by moms and using “Mom to Mom” study guides. Mom to Mom is a Biblically based parenting program designed around the concept of women teaching and encouraging women.
It includes quality instruction in parenting, small group discussion, and the interaction of more experienced mothers with younger moms. Each session will be followed by a coffee hour before Sunday morning worship. Attendees are welcome to stay for worship or leave in time to make it to their own church.
Rev. JOSEPH PERDUE, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cooperstown
EARTH FEST – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Annual Earth Festival features a clothing swap, an art contest, free paper shredding, workshops and more. Milford Central School, 42 West Main St., Milford. Info, (607) 547-4488. occainfo.org/earth-festival/
FILM SCREENING – 6:30 p.m. Beat Cabin Fever with “Phantom Thread” (2017) about the love life of dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock. Free with donation. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
PIANO CONCERT – 6 – 8 p.m. Sing-a-long to player piano performing holiday carols, other favorites. Includes seasonal refreshments. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
WOMEN’S FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. The final film in the Women’s Liberation series will be “He Named Me Malala.” It tells the story of Malala Yousafzai who survived a murder attempt by a Taliban gunman and went on to become an activist for Human Rights, especially female education. The First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/ctownfirstbaptist/
FUN IN THE SNOW! Final day of the 50th anniversary Cooperstown Winter Carnival features snowman building, soup’n’ chili, soccer slushing in Pioneer Park, the “Fatty Bumppo” bike race ghost tours, wine tasting, a chicken wing competition, the Fire & Ice Bar at The Otesaga, Annie & The Hedonists concert, and the carnival closer. For full schedule of events, see www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule
COOPERSTOWN – The Rev. Robert Turner has joined First Baptist Church as its interim minister following the retirement of Rev. Douglas Deer, it was announced today. His first service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, and all are welcome to attend.