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Oneonta Pastor Vowing To Perform Gay Nuptials

NEW ‘TRADITIONAL PLAN’ DISCUSSED

TODAY AMONG OTSEGO METHODISTS

Oneonta Pastor Vowing

To Continue Gay Nuptials

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)

Walter E. Brooks, 84; Civic Leader Owned Brooks Machine Products
IN MEMORIAM

Walter E. Brooks, 84; Civic Leader

Owned Brooks Machine Products

Walter E. Brooks

UNADILLA – Walter E. Brooks, 84, a civic leader and owner of Brooks Machine Products, a custom-machined parts company here, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2018.  His wife Edna, son Brad and Pastor (ret.) Kip Stratton were by his side.

Walt was born on Oct. 25, 1933, in Afton, son of (pre-deceased) Fay and Ruth (Decker) Brooks.

He served in the Air Force in 1952-56, during the Korean War, then joined GE, working in Shelbyville, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

After 30 Years, Community Dinner Still Feeds Hundreds

Community Christmas

Dinner Feeds Hundreds

With Regina Haran and Vickie Andritz to her left, Carole Blumenkrantz, Schenevus, serves turkey to guests during the annual Christmas Dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – In a tradition that began 30 years ago, The First Methodist Church of Oneonta held its annual Christmas dinner this afternoon.

Organized this year by Ann Steen, the church was filled with those looking for a warm, home cooked meal before Christmas.

“This dinner is for the lonely and the needy,” said Steen. “The meal is completely cost free.”

Soup’R Chili Lunch Launches 49th Cooperstown Winter Fest

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Soup ‘R Chili Lunch Launches

49th Cooperstown Winter Fest

Retired CCS teachers Rena Lull, right, and Dawn Dietz were among the first to partake in today's Soup'r Chili Luncheon at Cooperstown Methodist Church, the traditional kick-off event of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, underway through Sunday. Attendees include the Rev. Douglas Deer, the church's retired pastor. Servings continue through 2 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Retired CCS teachers Rena Lull, right, and Dawn Dietz were among the first to partake in today’s Soup’r Chili Luncheon at Cooperstown Methodist Church, the traditional kick-off event of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, underway through Sunday. Attendees include the Rev. Douglas Deer, the church’s retired pastor. Servings continue through 2 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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