The Carillon (Our monthly newsletter)

Winter Gift Bags for Children

The SUMC children will be putting together children's winter gift bags for distribution by the Street Soldiers of Schenectady. We are asking for donations of items to include in the bags. Suggestions: socks, hats & gloves, coloring/activity books, crayons, markers, reading books & any small toys (fun items). You can leave your donations in the blue Sunday School room. We need the donations by Sunday, 12/11 (the Sunday School class will be stuffing the bags that day & they will be delivered to the Street Soldiers that afternoon). Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Donations for the Women's Shelter

The Women's Group is collecting donations for the YWCA Women's Shelter. Please check the list on the hall bulletin board for suggested items.


  • To all who participated in the Thanksgiving Gift Bags for the South End Children's Cafe. The SUMC children were able to put together 2 baskets to contribute. We also had additional bags and grocery store gift cards donated by our church family.The generosity of the Sunday School families and our congregation is very much appreciated.

  • To all those who contributed and brought donations for the homeless collection.

From the Finance Committee

November is our Stewardship month for Scotia Methodist. You should have already received your Stewardship letter and 2023 pledge card. Please ask God to provide a direction as to how you and your family should financially support your church in 2023. You can either mail in the pledge card or place in the offering plate during the month. Our goal for this year’s Stewardship drive is $100,000. Please help us reach this goal. During each service we will be having a Stewardship moment with speakers sharing what makes Scotia Methodist so special to them.


  • Rickie Gageway requests continued prayers for her son John. He came through triple bypass surgery on November 21 and serious complications arose. Assessment of the full impacts continue but he is in ICU at Ellis for now.

  • For Holly Russo as she recovers from a recent fall.

  • For Carol Deiulio who broke her arm.

  • Patty Olsen

  • RoyAnn’s daughter, Erica

Smile as you shop Amazon

If shopping via Amazon during this Advent season, please use “Smile Amazon”. “Smile Amazon” will donate a portion of your purchase toward Scotia Methodist. This is the same as normal Amazon, no additional charge to you. It’s an easy way to for your church to receive additional funds. Go to””, click on “Supporting “then select Scotia Methodist and you are all set to shop. So far this year we have received over $100 in donations from Smile Amazon.

Letter from Our New Pastor: Intro to Pastor Doug

Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in communication with partners in the region and actively exploring the coordination of humanitarian response in Ukraine. If you'd like to support the relief efforts, you can write your check payable to SUMC and write "Ukraine" on the memo line. The church will then send the donations to UMCOR. Thank you.

From the Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee

We are pleased to announce that Rev. Doug Mackey was appointed by the Upper NY Conference to serve part time for Scotia UMC and part time for Faith UMC commencing on July 1, 2022. For more info contact SPPRC members: Steve Wesley, Wendy Liebl, Judy Dudley, Sean Flansburg, Holly Russo, Clarence Mosher, and Deb Elliott.

Building Update

If you know of any groups meeting during the week in classrooms 2 & 3 or downstairs (besides AA) please email the office with that info and the days/time. Thank you! And in the future, pencil it in on the wall calendar in the workroom. This helps us to keep track of who is in the building and also for cleaning purposes.

Ellis Medicine will be housing a clinic weekly in the SICM Community Hub

Every Friday starting on January 28th from 9 am-11 am, all are welcome to walk in for any basic medical care. Please share with your faith communities and anyone you see fit. If you have any questions, contact Georgia Davis at 518.374.2683 x109.

Food pantry request:

"I am reaching out to you today with an urgent request for our pantry. Many of our guests have requested personal care items such as toothpaste and deodorant. These items can be expensive and are often the most requested by our food pantry guests when they visit. We try to care for each family the best we can when it comes to these requested items. If you can help, please drop donations at the loading dock behind the Rev Phil Food Pantry at 837 Albany Street on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8AM – 2PM. Thank you for your help. For any questions, please contact me." - Laura Pinckney 518-374-2683 x 103, Relations Coordinator, Schenectady Community Ministries

2022 Offering Envelopes – please pick up your offering envelopes on the table in the main hallway.

The Scotia UMC has a long history of providing and serving lunches at the Salvation Army location in Schenectady. This history was interrupted in March 2020 by Covid 19 when the Salvation Army closed their kitchen to all indoor meals. Our church has been advised that the Salvation Army is serving lunches and would like to know if we will come back and do what we did before, serving every other month. Before we can answer we need to know that we will have at least 8 volunteers to serve and clean up. It will be better if there are 10 to 12 volunteers. Volunteers will:

*Arrive at the Salvation Army, 222 Lafayette St., Schenectady by 9AM with a MASK, hat, apron and a smile. (There is a parking lot in the back by the service area.)

*Be sure all surface areas are clean (Clorox wipes will be provided)

*Prepare the lunch (everything will be provided)

*Lunch is at noon ending at 1:00

*Clean up

*Eat lunch

*Go home and be very tired but HAPPY

If you have any questions call me or we can meet in the Work Room after church.

-Dick Knapp (518) 810-6569 (C)

(518) 393-5737 (H)

Food Pantry - Always in need of plastic bags if you have any you are recycling.


If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. I John 4:12 KJV