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Milo Center Methodist

Branchport Methodist

We keep hearing people tell us how much they look forward to our next chicken barbecue. This makes us very happy! We are blessed to have so many community members contributing their talents to make this a success. Thank you all!

So here’s the info to mark on your calendars: Saturday, September 3, from 4:30 p.m. while supplies last, is our annual Labor Day Weekend Chicken BBQ. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children under 10, and $6 for just half a chicken. Besides the chicken, we will have potatoes, coleslaw, beans, rolls and cookies. We would love for you to join us!

We had another annual event on Sunday, August 14 – a joint worship service with all area Methodist churches at Indian Pines Park. We enjoyed perfect weather, beautiful music and inspiring messages and prayers. The offering went to Habitat for Humanity to help them help others.

We continue to pray for all who suffer in this world, be it war, famine, pain, grief or disease. We invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m.

First Presbyterian

Many members of our congregation and community may not know which accomplished pianist FPC is blessed to have as their resident organist, along with Mr. Chris Han. Pastor Paul suggested a column about Chris and the invitation and grant Chris received for a summer program at one of the most prestigious summer music festivals in the world. He was selected to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, at the Château de Fontainebleau, not far from Paris. The castle was previously the summer residence and hunting ground for seven centuries of the French monarchy. Famous architects, sculptors and painters have resided here over the centuries and eventually schools of art were established. The illustrious French Conservatoire became involved in the United States during World War I, when the resident director of the Conservatoire, Francis Casadesus, was asked by General Pershing to help improve the performance of American military bands. After World War I, and with the help of a large grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, in 1921 the American Conservatory was established in the Louis XV wing of Fontainebleau. This school has hosted some of the best, brightest and most promising music students from around the world, for example; Aaron Copeland, Quincy Jones and Robert Levin. Here, these young performers continue their education, hone their skills and hone their techniques. Music students from the United States are selected to attend master classes with world-renowned composers, conductors and music teachers. They perform in front of a small audience in the Louis XV wing and in the outdoor pavilions and surrounding gardens.

One of the concert halls in which Chris Han performed in Fontainebleau, one of the castle's 1,500 halls.  Now there is a place to spend a summer vacation!

As a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, Chris was awarded the Robert Casadesus Fellowship. The scholarship bears the name of Mr. Casadesus, former director general of the Conservatory for 20 years and former pianist of Ravel. Only one scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding pianist from the Eastman School. Chris said the program was intense, although he said, “in a good way”. He spent his first month in a contemporary music theory class, required to complete his doctorate. The second month was the “fun” month. He has met and collaborated with students from various famous music schools such as; Colburn, Curtis, Harvard and Julliard. He took lessons from several distinguished faculty members. Two faculties to note; Robert Levin, who is best known for completing many of Mozart’s unfinished works, including Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Also Jay Gottlieb, who worked with Casadesus in Fontainebleau, is a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras around the world. Chris enjoyed his lesson with Jay the most. Asked about sightseeing in Paris, Chris replied “there was no time!”

While Chris has been on other summer music programs in the US, Europe, Israel and Asia, this was by far his favorite. Apparently they were also impressed with him. Students are usually only allowed to attend once, but he has been personally invited by the program president to return.

Penn Yan First Baptist

On the last Sunday of August, we will welcome back Reverend Mark Slomski to share his message with us. On the first Sunday in September, there will be a combined service in Yates County Court with First Baptist, St. Mark’s Episcopal, First Presbyterian and Penn Yan Methodist attending. Bring your lawn chair. Keep in mind that in the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved inside First Baptist Church. If you wish to mark on your calendars, the pulpit provision for September will be as follows: September 11, Rev. Don Lawrence; September 18, Dale Wakley; September 25, Dale Wakley.

We would like to thank The Chronicle-Express for being a voice and a platform for all the churches in our region.

Bluff Point Methodist

Last Sunday, Methodist churches in Yates County all came together for a combined service. The messages and the weather were all perfect for worshiping together. The offer was to benefit our local Habitat for Humanity, which has done so much to help others in our community.

On August 26, we will have our last outdoor ice cream party together. Remember how much fun it was this summer seeing our friends and enjoying a summer treat together? August 31 will be our back-to-school party. Now is the time to think about school after a hot and sunny summer!

As we are now at the end of summer, let's not forget to look and admire the little things that make our region and our works so special!

Sincere condolences to the family of Dr. John Condemi. Dr. Condemi had a summer residence on the Bluff. He and his late wife Carol often worshiped with us in the past when they were at their lakeside home.

It is sad to think that in mid-September these newspaper columns and our local newspaper will be no more, after 198 years of continuous operation. So many enjoyed the weekly Church briefs and news, as well as the local sports, schedules, headlines, and historical articles that The Chronicle-Express carried. It was a good race, it just doesn’t seem long enough. Maybe somehow another format or another mechanism will be put in place so that we can take advantage of the characteristics of a small town weekly local newspaper. Thanks to John Christensen and former staff, including Gwen Chamberlain, for all of your hard work on our local scene, for all of your writing and photography! We appreciate that we have been able to bring news and events from our church to the community.