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Cooperstown’s Pastor Lebeau Moving To Jamestown Pulpit

Minister Served Locally 3 Years

Cooperstown’s Pastor Lebeau

Moving To Jamestown Pulpit

The Rev. Tom Lebeau and his wife, Georgia, were honored at a brunch this morning following his final local service after accepting a new assignment in Western New York. (Jim Kevlin/

COOPERSTOWN – The Rev. Tom Lebeau, Cooperstown United Methodist Church pastor for the past three years, was honored by congregation members at a brunch this morning as he and wife Georgia prepare to depart for a new assignment in Jamestown.

Pastor Lebeau, who has served in Cooperstown for the past three years, will assume his duties July 1 at Kidder Memorial First UM, and preach his first Sunday sermon there on July 7.   A native of the Rochester, he moved here in 2016 from Faith UM in Lancaster, the Buffalo suburb.


Learn About The Civil Air Patrol


COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Tom LeBeau presents “Civil Air Patrol: The Air Force’s Best Kept (Non)Secret” on the history of the CAP and their present day roll. Refreshments served after. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit

WORD THURSDAY – 7 – 10 p.m. Writers share their work followed by a reception and readings by featured authors Tom Clausen (haiku poet) & Christina M. Rau (sci-fi fem poet). Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell. Call 607-829-5055 or visit

Charlottesville Tells Us, Resist Evil, Pastors Say

Charlottesville Tells Us,

Resist Evil, Pastors Say

The Revs. Tom LeBeau (United Methodist), foreground, and Joe Perdue (First Baptist) help Linda Kosmer, right, and others of the 50-some attendees light candles at a noontime vigil called today in Cooperstown in the wake of yesterday’s fatal confrontation in Charlottesville, Va.  Pastor Perdue, who hosted the gathering on his church’s front lawn on Elm Street, said, “I was horrified, but not surprised.  It’s 2017, and there are Nazis on the streets of America.”  He urged attendees to “stand against violence and hatred in any form,” recalling Dietrich Bonhoeffer:  “Silence in the face of evil is evil.”  At left, the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian, and Jim Atwell, the Quaker minister, also spoke, as did LeBeau, the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd (Fly Creek UM) and Village Trustee Richard Sternberg, representing the Jewish tradition.  (Jim Kevlin/

Palm Sunday: Faithful Worship Together
‘The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”
JOHN 12:12-13

Faithful Worship Together

Father John P. Rosson, pastor, in top photo, greets a Cooperstown-wide ecumenical service this morning for a Palm Sunday service on the front lawn of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church on Elm Street. With him are, from left, the Revs. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian, Joseph Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist, Betsy Jay, Bassett chaplain, and Tom LeBeau, First United Methodist.  The service conflicted with Christ Episcopal Church’s Sunday worship.  Lower left, attendees included Amelia Fishman, Marjorie Schellhammer, Liz Clark and Millie Jennings from adjacent Cooperstown Baptist.  At right, Art Boden helps distribute the palms.   Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, recorded in all four Gospels, which led up to his crucifixion, marked by next week’s Easter Sunday.    Cooperstown Baptist is planning an ecumenical Easter morning sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. next Sunday in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park.   (Jim Kevlin/
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