Merrick United Methodist Church


Vacation Bible School 2018 is completed!  The theme this year was "Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God."  In spite of low attendance this year, the children, youth assistants, and volunteers all had a wonderful time.  (Due to lack of permission, photos of the children will not be published)  Thank you to EVERYONE who helped the program this year!!
Church Christmas Party:  On Friday, December 8, 2017, we all enjoyed the story of the treetop angels, sang many favorite Christmas carols, enjoyed delicious desserts and were entertained by Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey.  A big thank you to Janet Ratner for her many years of planning wonderful services and guests, and also to Harriet Jonquiere as she completes her term as President of the UMW.  The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Merrick UMC!!
On Sunday, October 29, the UMW Executive Committee and friends went to visit Louise Josephson at her home.  Louise will be moving from Merrick to Virginia, to be nearer her daughter.  We will miss Louise at Merrick UMC, and wish her well in her new home!
Christmas in July service - on a beautiful summer Sunday (July 30), we held our annual outdoor service, with the theme of Christmas in July. The altar and steps were decorated for Christmas, and gifts were hung on the bushes. We sang Christmas carols, and brought gifts for others: food for the LICC food pantry, paper goods for Far Rockaway mission, school supplies for the John Thiessen Children's fund, and clothing for the veterans. After the service we returned to the Parlor for a lovely coffee hour with red and green jello salads.  Merry Christmas to all!
On June 25, 2017, we rejoiced to celebrate the confirmation of Angelina Gargano.  She worked very hard with Pastor Morgan to be ready for this event.  We welcome Angelina into the Merrick UMC family!
Everyone enjoyed our "Paper Bag" Christmas Pageant on December 18th.  Each person received a bag with their costume in it, and during the pageant everyone in the congregation participated as Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, wise men, or animals.  Some of the families from our Cub Scout Pack and local Boy Scout Troop also participated.  It was a fun way to remember the reason for the season.
Another successful year of Vacation Bible School!  The theme this year was "Arctic Edge: Where Adventure Meets Courage."  The church was decorated with outdoor gear, and decorations to make you feel like you're with the polar bears and penguins.  The children enjoyed the activities: Bible stories, songs, crafts, snacks, and recreation....including water day!  Thanks to all for making this program possible.
Happy Easter....Christ is Risen!  Our church looked and smelled beautiful with flowers: Easter lilies, hyacinths, and azaleas.
Merry Christmas Eve 2015! May the light and love of Jesus Christ shine in your heart and soul.  Our service was lovely, with guest soloist Phyllis Thurston.  Happy Birthday Jesus!
Joanne Owens has been our Administrative Assistant for 15 years.  On December 20, 2015 we honored her with a special presentation, gift and song.  Thank you Joanne for your dedication to our church!
On Sunday, November 15th we enjoyed the Celebration of Appreciation for John Schieffer, who recently retired after serving as the Merrick UMC custodian for 17 years. We "toasted" John for his loyal service and also wished him well on new endeavors. Harriet Jonquiere wrote a song for John, and we all enjoyed a delicious expanded coffee hour after the service. Thanks John!!


Congratulations to the family of Damian Thomas Wornian, son of Stephanie Palmese and Jesse Wornian. Damian's sponsors are Dawn Johnstone and Daniel Wornian; the grandparents are Beverly Palmese, Claire and Benjamin Wornian, and Joseph and Kathy Palmese. Great-grandmother is Grace Smith Milliken. Welcome Damian!

Vacation Bible School, August 2015
The theme is Shining Star: See the Jesus in Me.  The children enjoy a lesson and singing in the Chapel, snacks, recreation and arts and crafts in Colby Hall, and water day outside!
Summer outdoor worship service, August 9, 2015
On a beautiful summer day, Merrick UMC brought the worship service outdoors into God's cathedral.  With Pastor Morgan's leadership and the help of Frank Scafuri on keyboard, we sang joyfully and had a wonderful worship experience. 
Christmas Eve, December 2014
Another lovely service singing many familiar carols. Welcome Baby Jesus!
Church Crowd-Sourced Christmas Pageant, December 2014
An impromptu retelling of the Christmas story - all in attendance were invited to come up and take part. We had lots of angels, shepherds, Wise Men, and animals...even a giraffe!
Church Christmas Party, December 2014
We heard the story of the Shepherds on the Hillside, sang many beloved Christmas Carols, were entertained by Leroy the Redneck Reindeer (with Rudolf and Santa), and enjoyed delicious goodies!
Church Welcome Back Picnic, September 2014
Long Island Ducks game, July 2014
Easter Sunday, April 2014 (including sunrise at the LICC Sunrise Service at Jones Beach)
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Game Night, March 4, 2014
Christmas Eve service, December 24, 2013
Hanging of the Greens, Advent 2013
Harvest Fair, October 2013
Church Picnic, September 2013
Vacation Bible School, August 2013
Easter 2013

Christmas Caroling, December 2012
Christmas Tableau, December 2012
Hanging of the Greens, December 2012
Long Island Ducks game, July 2012
UMW Lasagna Dinner, April 2012
Church Christmas Party, December 2011
Merrick Street Fair, September 2011
Church picnic, September 2011
Chris Sayenga retirement luncheon, July 2011
Easter 2011
Maundy Thursday service and Love Feast, April 2011
Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and game night, February 2011
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