Faith United Church, Oswego, NY
United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church (USA)



Under the direction of Patti Griffin, Faith United's choir sings a wide variety of music from traditional pieces such as Stainer's "God So Loved the World" and gospel music such as  Moses Hogan's "Hear My Prayer" to contemporary selections such as "Open the Eyes of My Heart" by Baloche and Byrne.  The choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the church choir room with a follow up rehearsal in the Sanctuary Sunday morning at 8:45 am.  No matter if you are a beginner or a veteran singer, you are welcome to join us.


Adult Study 

Adult Study, is an active part of our Christian Education program.  We meet nearly every Sunday morning at 10:30 am after the worship service.  In adult study we have discussed a wide variety of topics ranging from theological matters such as "stewardship" and the "sacraments" to contemporary issues such as "gun control" and "racial profiling".    Our source material has included the UCC's Faith Practices modules as well as Thoughtful Christian study packs.  We have also discussed the writings of contemporary authors on moral/theological matters such as C. S. Lewis, John Polkinghorne, Walter Brueggemann,  and Barbara Brown Taylor.  Although occasionally our discussions on a given theme may range over several weeks, each Sunday session is a self-contained unit and persons are welcome to join us at any time.  We also have the capability to bring  home-bound participants to our discussion table via Skype!  Adult study takes a breather from its weekly schedule during the summer, however, we will be meeting on August 4th and again on August 25th to discuss Leif Enger's novel Peace Like a River.  Weekly session will resume on September 22nd.  At that time we will begin discussion of Brant Hansen's book Blessed Are the Misfits.

Open Dialogue 

Nearly every month, Faith United hosts an open dialogue session on topics  that are of concern to all folks as they try to live the best life they possibly can.  Recent topics we've discussed include "How far does a person's personal responsibility extend?" and "Is it ever justified to not tell the truth?" September's open dialogue session will begin at approximately 10:45 am after the Sunday worship service.  September's discussion will focus on the part of the Bible we call the Beatitudes in which Jesus holds up for blessings those folks who struggle to find a way to fit into society.  Is there any shame in being a "misfit"?  and what does it mean to be "blessed"?


Book Group 

The Faith United book group will next meet on Friday, September 20th  at 3 pm.     Come and join us-we would love to have new members!  September's selection will be Beloved by Toni Morrison.  October's selection is Girl Waits With Gun by Any Stewart.

Faith Circle 

 All are welcome to Faith Circle, which is a group of individuals who meet once a month to explore and nurture our faith through discussion, Bible study, prayer and fellowship. In the past year we’ve had 4 or 5 women attend our meetings (men are welcome as well!) from 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM, usually on the third Thursday of each month from September through May. 

 We are currently using the curriculum developed by Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible Study of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recently we have had a focus on Paul and his teachings as exemplified in II Corinthians and we explored the theme of water from Genesis to Revelation. We have also studied the nature of Jesus as viewed from the perspective of each of the following: the four Gospels, other New and Old Testament writings, excerpts from non-canonical Gospels, beliefs of other Abrahamic Faiths, and in relation to contemporary cultural interpretations. We just finished the study of God’s Promise I Am With You as found throughout the Bible. 

Starting September 2019, we will be studying the lesson book entitled Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments. 


While there is a unifying theme throughout the study, each monthly lesson is self-contained to accommodate those who cannot be present every month. Members of the group may volunteer to serve as the facilitator of the lesson, using the study guide and additional resources.

 We welcome new members as we read, discuss, listen, think, learn and support each other on our faithjourney..

Filling the Well (Our Spirituality Group) 

Tuesday evening Spiritual Study, from 7-8

Monthly small group discussions focusing on significant life topics and spiritual balance.. All are welcomed.  For more information contact

Classes and topics:

September 17 : New Beginnings

October 15:  All Saints Day

November 19:  Giving Thanks

December 17:  Our relationship with CHRISTmas.

Time:  7 pm - 8 pm

Location: Faith United Church.


Ellen A. Gooch