Bluff Point United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 18, 2018

12-09-15 Article

The class of '67 "Bluff Point UMC Ding-a-lings" rang the bells to benefit Yates County Christmas on the day before Thanksgiving.  Other groups will continue to solicit needed funds during this pre-Christmas season to help with needed funds for Yates County Christmas programs.  In the photo:  Sheri Hunt, Michele Covert, and Phil Burdick

BPUMC Article by Joyce L. Wiedrich
This past Sunday was the first Sunday in Advent, and musical Sunday.  It was steeped with stories of religious tradition with the meaning of some of the symbols of the Christmas season.  Pastor Judy told the children the story of the poinsettia.  Maria and Pablo made their way to see the Christ child in the manger.  Being very poor, they had no money for gifts, but picked weeds to put in the manger by Jesus.  The green leaves then turned to a brilliant red color.  The congregation members put the paraments on the alter, purple cloths, signifying the festival season.  The advent candles stem from Scandinavian tradition- in a circle with no beginning or end.  The children put the figurines in the crèche.  This is said to be a tradition first started by St. Francis of Assisi, telling the story of the Christ child to many people who could not read.
The service was filled with song, including a lovely solo by Aimee Perry, "Breath of Heaven", and "Open the eyes of my Heart" by the men's chorus.  The service concluded by the congregation placing ornaments on the Christmas tree, and a turkey and biscuit lunch by John Prinzivalli.
December is filled with events, including a Covenant Service on 12/13, and caroling at local nursing homes and Keuka Comfort Home on 12/13 at 3p.  We welcome voices to join with us as we sing.  Our Christmas Eve service is 12/24 at 7pm.  The church is always packed full for this glorious service, so plan to come a bit early!  All are welcome to join.