Welcome to the East Bloomfield United Methodist Church
where Everybody Belongs as we
Seek God, Serve God and Share God
Let us all share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to make a difference for love in our moment in time!
If you join us for worship, fellowship, and service you will find a place to belong, because everybody belongs
Our beautiful 2nd floor sanctuary is elevator accessible.
The Sunday church service follows a worship pattern grounded in Wesleyan tradition with congregational singing, prayer, scripture and message.
Children's Sunday School provided following the young disciple's message (during the school year). Nursery care is also available.
Intergenerational worship pleases God, come all you young and old to praise the Lord of all Creation
Love is the centerpiece of our worship, fellowship and service
Faith is what we bring to meet God's mercy
We have a Re-opening plan with NYS COVID-19 protocols in place
please bring your mask to worship and be faithfully ready to follow the instructions of the ushers
as long as we can hold public worship, safely (according to the science of the experts and medical/scientific communities) we will worship the Lord our God, gathered, FACEBOOK live will be shared, worship services archived on our Facebook page
we will prayerfully attempt to keep people safe from the virus while in the building
the PLAN is posted on bulletin boards in our facility (it includes hand hygiene, wearing facemasks, no physical contact with one another while in the building)
Thank you for your cooperation and prayers!
We are part of the connectional system of the United Methodist church (UMC), and our episcopal area is called the Upper New York Annual Conference of the UMC, Bishop Mark Webb.
We are located within the Genesee Valley District, District Superintendent Vonda Fossit
We are diverse in our theological interpretations of scripture following our Wesleyan traditions that are not considered literalistic of the ancient text, but rather we interpret; we love and live with our differences. The spirit of the Living Word is present throughout our hearing and living into the biblical text. We hold with reverence the words written to guide in the ancient of days, and we seek to apply them to our 21st century living in faith.
Some of our UMC beliefs that become part of our East Bloomfield UMC community include:
We believe that the Gospel story brings life and restoration to all people.
We believe the Gospel story tells us that we are a beloved people and that personal stories of transformation have the power to inspire others to do mighty and powerful things.
We are compelled to live into the Great Commandment: Love God, love neighbor as you love yourself (Mark 12:30-31) Through love we find life and in response to God's enormous love for all creation, the mercy we have not earned but yet receive, and the grace that lifts us to gratitude, we can only love by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Because of this grace and love, we are led to serve others.
We are humbled to strive for the Beloved Community of Dr. King, where differences are simply respected because love is stronger than hate. "What does the Lord require of you? Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly.." (Micah 6:8)
We strive to be aware of the opportunity to serve, speak, worship and share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ whose mercy is beyond our understand and yet, something we know.
The Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), while intangible, is real to us.
We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion (1st Sunday of each month, generally), all are welcome at the table of grace
As imperfect beings all can gather to worship, confess, receive mercy, learn, sing, praise, pray, fellowship and serve, while striving to get closer to God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. And thus, yearn to share what has been learned.
All are welcome here, means ALL ARE WELCOME.
Thank you for your patience as we are working on our new website!
Rev. Dr. Robin Blair
Pastor Robin has served since 1999 in churches ranging in urban, suburban, village, and rural contexts. She is delighted to be serving EBUMC, a village setting just outside of the city of Rochester, NY (appointed in July 2019), alongside the sister congregation at Ionia UMC. She is a specially trained Intentional Interim specialist, and has also completed her training as a Spiritual Director. She has served as Pastor to the local church, chaplain at hospitals and for County Sheriffs (endorsed by GBHEM), Executive Director for preschool and daycare, and teaching media expressions of faith all places she serves.
Entering seminary in 1999 at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Rev. Blair earned an MA in Theology and the Arts, following her BA in Music and her career in music, radio, and television prior to answering her call to ministry. (see www.robinblair.com for more on her CD's of children's music). Rev. Blair has earned an Master of Divinity equivalency, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Transformative Leadership, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, in the spiritual care of children and families. Her dissertation is titled: Media Literacy as Spiritual Care: a Primer for Religious Professionals.
Her continued area of research is in media literacy for children, youth and parents for the purpose of raising awareness that what children and youth consume in media, matters in faith formation and spirituality. See www.commongoodradio.org for more.
Pastor Blair is warmed and inspired by her appointment to the loving congregations at EBUMC and IUMC and prays that God will continue to bless the congregations that together all persons will grow in love and purpose in Christ! Rev. Blair is an ordained Elder in full connection in the UMC.
Participating in the local community beyond the congregational community and reaching out to those not in church, you can hear her on the local radio station (and streaming online) at WYLF AM 850, Monday mornings, 7:30 AM for Finger Lakes Journal, where she interviews and lifts up people in the Finger Lakes who are "good neighbors" to one another in the regional community.
Her spare time is spent in fun with family and friends, watching movies, making music, writing songs, creating art, and writing books (two in progress at the moment) and in the summer long bike rides or kayaking on one of the beautiful finger lakes. In the winter, walking in the snow and putting miles on the treadmill. Maybe giving skiing a try after many years! Praising God for this life in all things!
Office manager: Ayn Patrowicz
Christian Education Director: Christine McGinnis
Treasurer: Bonnie Doles
Kitchen leads: Marlene Ward, Erica Taylor, Grace Brown
Keeping us clean: Jill Weigert
Music Director: David Lane
Organist/Pianist: Bob Lazenby
We have a volunteer Leadership Council that cares for our mission and ministry, our fiscal agency, and efforts to care for one another in all the ways we do (when you join us there will be your name in prayer on our lips, too!)
These folks are:
Chair: Shared by all the leadership!
Secretary, currently an open position
Cathy Garrett, Lay Leader
Meredith Messenger, Missions
Donna Hritz, Finance
Bonnie Doles, Treasurer
David Lane, Trustees
Audrey Tyo, Memorials
Diane Lane, Staff Parish Relations
Sandi Laurer, Staff Parish Relations
Ron Newell, Grounds
Sheila Thomas, History and Records
Marshal Larrabee, at large
Laela Overmoyer, at large
Marlene Ward, Methodists in Social Concern
Leadership Council--usually meets on the 4th Wednesday every other month at 7:00 pm in the library lounge.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, we have been meeting every month via ZOOM or socially distanced together as protocol permits.
Our Vision Statement:
At East Bloomfield UMC, everybody belongs as we Seek God, Serve God, Share God
Inspiration for our vision statement: Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose." NIV
Our Mission Statement:
Embracing Boldly the call of Christ to Love God first, Love One another as much as yourself next, then tell EveryBody!
What we Believe:
We consider the following to be essential beliefs, through biblical interpretation:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God is personal and is involved in and cares about our daily life. He eternally
exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, or Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. These three are co-equal.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 121; Psalm 139; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, was miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Mary, so He
was both fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily atoned for our sin by dying on the cross in
our place. He rose from the dead, thereby demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven
and will return to earth as judge of the living and the dead.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14-30; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 John 4:2-3, 15; Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:15; Romans 1:3-4; 1
Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is present in the world to convict us of sin, guide us into truth, and remind
us of what Jesus taught.The Spirit lives in every loving life, made aware to every Christian by confession to Christ, empowering us to live and become more like Christ. It it the Holy Spirit that gives each one spiritual gifts, which we are blessed to use to serve Christ and share the gospel message of love.
John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-16; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4; 1 Cor. 12:1-13; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22-25; Romans 12:4-8
SALVATION BY GRACE
Salvation is a gift from God, which must be accepted individually by repentance and faith. This must take place on this side of
eternity. Salvation happens when a transfer takes place from trusting in our own human effort or knowledge to trusting solely
upon what Jesus Christ has done for each one of us.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1-2
AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. Human authors, under the inspirational guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote the Bible. It is a
source of truth and the authority for Christian belief and practice. We interpret these spiritual truths in our moment of God's time.
Psalm 119:105, 160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21, 3:15-1
The community of believers is Christ’s body on earth—the Church. Christ desires that each believer be connected with a
local church, because the Church is God’s primary way to accomplish His purposes on earth today. The purpose of the Church is
to share the gospel and nurture Christians to maturity in Christ. This includes the work of justice in the name of Christ, lifting the
common good, and being aware of the holy spirit's call for growth and change to love God's people through Christ.
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:4-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Romans 12:4-8
Humanity was created by God and bears the image of God. Every human life has value,
because God made us in God's image and loves us. We were created to enjoy fellowship with God. But having defied God by
using the minds we have been given by God to put our ego and selfish desire in front of God's will, we suffer. We can be redeemed in this lifethrough Christ's mercy, where the mystery of our faith is lived, learned and loved.
Genesis 1:26-27, 3:8-11; Luke 13:34; John 3:16; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:2; Rom. 3:23, 6:23; 1 Tim 2:5-6
God calls all Christians to show compassion to those in need and to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Exodus 34:6; Deuteronomy 15:7; Psalm 82:3-4; Matthew 5:1-12 James 1:27, 2:15-16
Each human being has a soul that was designed to live forever. God's love and mercy endure beyond all things.
John 3:16, 6:40, 11:25-26, 14:1-3; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Matthew 13:37-43
Everything we are is because of God, and everything we own belongs to God. Temporary material things are not worth living for.
We will be held accountable regarding whether we have invested our life, talents, time, and resources in things of eternal value.
Psalm 24:1; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; Matthew 25:14-30; Acts 2:44-45