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Both Love, Justice Required In Dealing With Capitol Mob
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Both Love, Justice Required In Dealing With Capitol Mob

By Rev. SERENA JONES • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, shared her reflections on the storming of the Capitol at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown Sunday, Jan. 10. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note: Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary president, was stricken with COVID-19 and missed speaking at the installation of the First Presbyterian Church’s new pastor, Faith Gay, on Nov. 29. Instead, she delivered her sermon Sunday, Jan. 10, when the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol was fresh in everyone’s minds. This is an excerpt.

No one watching the storming of the Capital could miss the “Jesus Saves” sign bobbing up and down as windows were smashed and police attacked.

I have also heard the reports that in the House Chamber, the people gathered for prayer to thank Jesus for supporting them in their actions. They were on their knees lifting up praise to God for what they had wrought, justifying it with Divine sanction.

The Christian whiplash of these two scenes next to one another was excruciating, painful, and so very, very American.

…Today, I want to wade into those murky waters, because they aren’t just headline topics, these tensions live within the heart and mind of everyone who claims the name “Christian” in this nation.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

Quilt Show Silver Jubilee

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QUILT SHOW – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate 25th year of the annual quilt show at Silver Jubilee. Features 300+ quilts from artists across the country with featured quilter Jim Bryden in Tudor style historic inn. Lunch available. Proceeds benefit roof project. Admission, $5/person. The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2780 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

Historical Signs Enshrine Church’s Role In History

Anthony, Emancipation Commemorated

Historical Signs Enshrine

Church’s Role In History

First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown this morning unveiled two state historic markers, one commemorating a celebration of the July 4, 1827, freeing of the slaves in New York State; the other a speech by Susan B. Anthony on site in 1855. The committee that worked on the project included Will Walker, Katie Boardman, both professors at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Students, and Tom Heitz, Town of Otsego co-historian.  Posing this morning after the event are, from left, Walker (and daughter Eleanor), Boardman, the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, pastor; Heitz and the Rev. Ladonna Clark, an associate at the church. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MARCH 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MARCH 1

Contradancing In March

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CONTRADANCE – 7:15 p.m. Monthly contradance. Music by Traverse, Ed Bugel calls. First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown. Suggested donation, $8 adults, $4 students/kids, $20 family. 607-965-8232, 607-547-8164.

Freedom, Suffrage Signs On View At MLK Day Event

Freedom, Suffrage Signs

On View At MLK Day Event

Historical markers commemorating New York State’s freeing the slaves in 1827 and Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown in 1855 greeted attendees at this evening’s Special Worship Service marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now underway at this hour at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown. Inset, the Rev. LaDana Clark, Oneonta, sings out a rendering of “I’m Going To Praise My God All Over This Land.” Attendees, who read and listened to excerpts on the history of race relations in Otsego County, included Lee Fisher, NAACP/Oneonta chapter president. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

Historic Markers Ready For MLK Jr. Day 2019

FREEDOM, SUSAN B. ANTHONY HONORED

Historic Markers Ready

For MLK Jr. Day 2019

Local historian Tom Heitz admires two state historical markers – commemorating New York State’s 1827 emancipation of slaves and Susan B. Anthony’s 1855 speech in Cooperstown. Forty CCAL students from Oneonta and Cooperstown will get a first look at the markers at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday), when Heitz lectures on slavery in Otsego County at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown.  The markers, which will be installed in front of the church in the spring, will also be on view at the church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration service at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.  The CCAL is the Center for Continuing Adult Learning in Oneonta.  (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
 Ralph J. Veenema, M.D., 97; NYC Physician Retired Here
IN MEMORIAM

 Ralph J. Veenema, M.D., 97;

NYC Physician Retired Here

 COOPERSTOWN – Ralph James Veenema, M.D., former chief of urologic oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Covenant Village, Cromwell, Conn.  He was 97.

Dr. Veenema and his wife retired to Cooperstown in 1997.

Born Dec. 13, 1921, in Prospect Park, N.J., he was the son of Ralph and Sadie (Van Dyke) Veenema. He had three brothers and a sister.

CGP Adopts Cooperstown Family

CGP Adopts Cooperstown Family

As a community service of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, students adopted a family through the First Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Families Program, buying gifts and groceries for a local family with two children.  Involved students include, front from left, Phoebe Cos , Tashae Smith and Katrina Kowalski;back row from left, Hannah Sherman, Mary Kate Kenney, Rob Katz and Nate Samoriski.  (Melanie Bruce photo)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Shop For The Holidays

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ‘Tip Toe Through The Holiday’ features items for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day. Includes gifts, decorations, crafts, more. Lunch available. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-6552 or visit elmparkumconeonta.org

CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Fun social dance featuring music by Tailwind, caller Hilton Baxter. Arrive at 7:15 for introduction to steps. Admission, $8/adult. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8164 or visit otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

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