Faith United Church, Oswego, New York
Faith United Church, Oswego, New York
United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church USA
  • "No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at Faith United Church."

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Welcome to Faith United Church

Faith United is a multi-denominational (PCUSA and UCC) community of believers serving in the lake shore community of Oswego, New York. Our Mission to the community is an active focus on both physical hunger (Souper Bowl of Caring,  collections of food for our local food pantry) and spiritual needs (weekly and special worship services) and a church building that is totally handicap accessible, hearing amplified, and ecologically friendly.


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Changes Coming--Mark Your Calendar

Beginning Sunday, April 17th - We are once again recommending that face masks be worn inside the church building, due to the fact that Oswego County is once again a high-transmission zone for the coronavirus.



Beginning Sunday, April 24th – Worship service will begin at 11:15am

                                                     - Open dialogues and Christian Education will begin at 10:00am

    

In order to facilitate growth and innovation, the Commission of Faith United Church has adopted a new Sunday worship time of 11:15 am.  The Commission’s goal of adopting an 11:15 am worship service is to allow additional time for members and friends to gather on Sunday.  Activities previously done after worship service (Christian ed, open dialogues, etc.) will be held prior to the service allowing for additional community building time.  After consultation and agreement with Bristol Hill Church (Volney) regarding Sunday worship times, Pastor Andy will perform the early morning service in Volney.

​Sunday Worship

Worship Service: 11:15 am

Coffee Hour/Fellowship: 10:45 am

Adult Study: 10:00 am

Learn More

For a sample bulletin from a recent Sunday worship service, click here.

To listen to recorded sermons

click here.

How to Find Us

Our street address:


Faith United Church

12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive

Oswego, New York 13126

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​Upcoming Events

Adult study meets most Sundays after worship.  This winter we are focusing on social justice issues.

The May meeting of the book group will be held on the 20th at 3 pm. We will  discuss Pip Williams's book The Dictionary of Lost Words.

Our next Open Dialogue session is scheduled for June 5, before worship, starting at 10 am.  The topic is TBA

church calendar

Announcements

We Have a Method for Making Electronic Donations to Faith United Church

The Presbyterian Foundation, in cooperation with Vanco Payment Solutions has provided us with a new way to make electronic donations to Faith United Church.  With this new method, you now have to ability to schedule regular automatic donations, or to make individual, one time donations to the church's general fund, to the building fund, or to the special offering fund, (any or all of them) as you wish.  For details, please see our donation page.

Hybrid worship services are now being offered

    Ever since Sunday, May 2, 2021; the Faith United community has been able to participate in Sunday morning worship service via Zoom and in-person.  Full guidelines for in-person worship are posted below.  

  Please keep an open and flexible mind as we continue to transition into the post pandemic world.  We will be requesting constructive feedback to make the worship service as meaningful as we can for ALL participants. 

 We have learned a lot during the past year of online worship.  The most important lesson has been that we are a community that is no longer confined within walls.  We have had visitors, long distant relatives, and snowbirds join in worship from coast to coast.  Our goal during this time of transition is to create an experience that universally connects those in-person with those online.  This means the sanctuary will have the necessary technology to accomplish this goal.  The technology used at present will most likely not be the final setup for our future worship experience.  As we have demonstrated form the beginning of this pandemic, we are willing to experiment, listen, try, and grow during this process.

I am extremely exciting about this news and look forward to having people in the church building once again.

Pastor Andy

​Guidelines for in-person worship

            Church building reopening plan revised

             January 10, 2022.

Worship service will be conducted in a “hybrid” manner (people attending via Zoom and/or physically).      These guidelines will be reviewed at each Commission Meeting and updated as the CDC and New York State Health Department COVID-19 guidelines evolve.

Stay Home If:

  • You have a temperature of 100.4˚ or higher.
  • You have other symptoms of illness. (CDC Guidelines)
        Cough or Chills
        Shortness of breath or Muscle pain
        Difficulty breathing
        Sore throat
        Fever
        Loss of taste or smell
  • You have been exposed in the past 5 days to someone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. If there is any chance you might be a risk to others, please stay home.

When Coming to in-person Church:

  • In consideration of the latest CDC guidelines, mask wearing is now required for people attending indoor gatherings, such as Sunday worship.  Remember: Even if you are fully immunized, you could still unknowingly pass the virus on to others, so please wear that mask!  The delta variant is extremely transmissible.
  • Use the hand sanitizer in the dispensers on the way in and out of church.
  • We encourage physical distancing especially when indoors.  Please stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not part of your immediate family unit.
  • Please avoid gathering in small groups for conversation unless wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing while doing so.  The recent omicron variant is extremely transmissible.
  • WAVE. Please do NOT shake hands or hug.  Do not assume the other person is comfortable with physical contact, even if you know they are fully vaccinated.
  • Please use a tissue or otherwise cover your mouth/nose if you cough or sneeze.

In-Person Guidelines:

  • In-person attendees will “sign-in” upon arriving at the building for Sunday morning service (This information will only be used if someone attends service who tests positive for COVID-19).  This is in lieu of our former practice of "passing the friendship pads."
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Please sit ONLY with cohabiting family/friends.  Otherwise, maintain social distancing.
  • NO handshakes or hugs.
  • Offering plates will be available at the sanctuary exit.  If you wish to make an offering, simply drop your donation in the plate.  This is in lieu of our former practice of passing a collection plate.
  • In-person singing of hymns by congregants is permitted, but please keep your mask on and only sing lightly, if at all.  
  • Music will continue to be a significant part of the service.  We have not yet transitioned back to a full choir.  Our music will either be prerecorded, or a soloist may be used in-person with physical distancing.
  • All words for hymns and readings will be printed or projected.
  •  Please observe signs for areas in the building that can be entered.
  • No nursery.
  • No sharing of food or drink.
  • Communion will be held with prepackaged servings.

NOTE:

If anyone who attends worship tests positive or develops symptoms, please call the church office without delay. The church will be closed immediately and everyone who may have had contact or been exposed will be notified.  The health department will also be notified with your contact information.


  News from Discipleship Committee

 

  •  We will be holding summer celebration event July 16-17 which will include a church anniversary celebration delay by COVID, a dedication of memorial plaques that will honor significant people and events in our history and an opening of the time capsule buried in the early 2000s.

Adult Study


Adult Study is held most weeks right after the Sunday worship service.  We are currently discussing social justice issues as highlighted in the UCC's Witness for Justice webpage.

Helen Kessler Mitten Tree

Warm mittens and other winter apparel collected for the Helen Kessler Mitten Tree is in full swing. Thanks to all who have contributed. The contributions will be delivered to the Salvation Army on December 20. There is still time donate if you wish.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering

On Palm Sunday, Faith United will be collecting money for One Great Hour of Sharing. It is the single largest way that Presbyterians and the UCC join together

to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. There are three important programs connected with the offering” :  Disaster Relief, the Hunger Program 

and the Self-development of People. OGHS  is one of the four special offerings that we collect during the year. Our upcoming Minutes for Mission will educate us on how the money is used.

Thanks for sharing and helping to build God’s household.

Learn More about special offerings
Make an e-donation

Fireside Chat


Fireside chat session are on summer break.  They will resume in September.  Stay tuned.

​A Message From Our Pastor, Andy Hinman

    Welcome to Faith United Church of Oswego. As the new settled Pastor, my goal is to continue this congregation’s long standing commitment of providing congregants, visitors, and those longing for acceptance an open and welcoming experience.

    We are all in various stages of navigating a life journey that will contain all kinds of obstacles, some of which may shake our core beliefs. However, in those times of hardship God is present placing loving miracles to lift us up and remind us that we are unconditionally loved and accepted. As a community that accepts and reciprocates the teachings and love of Jesus Christ, Faith United is a safe haven free of judgment in which all can come together to live in the renewed hope of Christ.

    In the safety of community, we have the opportunity to learn Christ’s teachings while applying what we learn to our own lives.This means that we must be open to being uncomfortable at times, as we realize that we are ever changing individuals exploring and uncovering the talents God has placed within us, sharing those gifts with the community and world around us to uplift and build up those in need.

How to join Sunday morning services on Zoom

If you would like to join our new live stream service offering, please join us at 9:15am Sunday morning.

There are two ways to join:
1. Click on the following link from your smart phone or computer: https://zoom.us/j/207196571
a. If you have not used the Zoom application in the past, you will be asked to download and install this free application.
b. Once Zoom has been installed, you will be connected to the worship service (you may have to re click on the above link if you are not automatically joined)
c. You will be prompted whether or not you would like to share your video and audio; this decision is completely up to you and will not impact your ability to see or hear the worship service.
d. I am sorry that we will not have live support available to assist you during this process, but please email me with questions or difficulties you encounter so that these can be addressed for future services.
2. Join the worship service over traditional phone service (no video but you will be able to hear the worship service) Warning: long distance charges may apply depending on your phone plan!!
2. Join the worship service over traditional phone service (no video but you will be able to hear the worship service) Warning: long distance charges may apply depending on your phone plan!!
a. For this option, please dial one of the following numbers and follow the prompts:

i. Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
Meeting ID: 207 196 571

​How to Find Us

Faith United Church is located on the south side of Mark Fitzbibbons Drive next to Oswego Middle School. Our building is totally handicapped accessible with off-street parking available.

Working Hours

Secretary: Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri. 10am - 2pm

Pastor: Mon. - Wed. 10 am - 2 pm

​Where are we?

​Email

12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive

Oswego, NY 13126

Phone: 315 343-3480

secretary@faithunitedoswego.org

faithunited1@gmail.com

Driving Directions:

From the south on state rte.481:

 
Turn left at the first traffic signal on to Utica St.
Turn left at the second traffic signal on to W. 5th St.
Travel south on W. 5th St. for 1.4 miles.
Turn left on Mark Fitzgibbons Dr.
Travel 0.2 mile, church is on right.

From the east on state rte.104:


Drive to the center of town, crossing the Oswego River.

Turn left at the 3rd traffic signal after the bridge on to W. 5th St.

Travel south on W. 5th St. for 1.7miles.

Turn left on Mark Fitzgibbons Dr.

Travel 0.2 mile, church is on right.

From the west on state rte. 104:

Enter city of Oswego on rte. 104.

Continue on rte. 104 until you reach W. 5th St. Turn right.

Travel south on W. 5th St. for 1.7 miles.

Turn left on Mark Fitzgibbons Dr.