Faith United Church, Oswego, New York
Faith United Church, Oswego, New York
United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church USA

Programs

Faith United Church has a variety of programs and activities that are not only engaging for the mind and body but also nurturing for the soul.

​Choir

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. During the COVID-19 outbreak, in-person choir activities (such as live singing) have been temporarily suspended.  We will resume normal activities as circumstances permit.  In the meantime, we are individually recording our voices remotely for use during the live-streamed worship service.

​Filling the Well
​(Our Spirituality Group)

Tuesday evening Spiritual Study, from 7-8 pm. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month.

Monthly small group discussions focusing on significant life topics and spiritual balance. Participants are encouraged to suggest topics for discussion. All are welcomed. For more information contact secretary@faithunitedoswego.orgDuring the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are meeting remotely via Zoom.

Meeting dates for 2020:
Jan. 14 - New beginnings
Feb. 11 - How does God speak?
Mar. 10
Apr. 14
May 12
Jun. 9
Sept. 8
Oct. 13
Nov. 10
Dec. 8


​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?" Our most recent Open Dialogue discussion occurred on March 15th aat 10:45 am after the Sunday worship service.  March's discussion topic was "Is it a bad thing to make a compromise?"  In-person Open Dialogue sessions have been temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak, although consideration is being given to hosting one or more sessions on Zoom.  Stay tuned.

​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 recently finished the study of God’s Promise I Am With You as found throughout the Bible.  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 faith journey.

​Adult Study

Adult Study, is an active part of our Christian Education program.  We meet nearly every Sunday morning at 10:45 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 video conferencing apps such as Skype or Zoom.   Each summer, we discuss a novel that features theological/moral themes.  This summer, the novel we are studying will be Thomas Mullen's The Last Town on Earth.   During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are meeting remotely via Zoom.  If you would like to join us on Zoom, please email your request to faithunited1@gmail.com.  In return, you will receive via email, discussion materials along with a link to the Zoom meeting.

​Book Group

The Faith United book group typically meets on the third Friday of each month  at 3 pm.    The group has temporarily suspended in-person meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak.  All past, present, and interested future members are encouraged to make good use of this time to keep reading whichever books you like.  Then, at a future time when we are once again able to meet, please be ready to share your thoughts about what you've been reading with all of us!