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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Gloversville Foothills UMC to commence building a new worship and mission center

    April 17, 2018 / By Rev. Terrence O’Neill, Retired

    After a ten-year hiatus, the Foothills United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that it has reignited their dream to build a new worship and mission center along Rt. 30A across from the new Wal-Mart Super Center in Gloversville.

    Ten years ago, this project came to a sudden halt due to the unexpected and tragic death of Foothills’ pastor combined with the economic collapse of the 2008 “Great Recession.”  Set back but not defeated, the congregation met all of their outstanding financial obligations, reconsidered their efforts, scaled back the project, and sold a portion of their land that had been anticipated for future expansion purposes and are now launching a crowd funding effort to help them meet their goal.

    With nearly one million dollars raised and in hand, the congregation’s goal is to raise an additional two million dollars to complete the church through a Crowd Funding effort beginning Sunday, February 18, 2018, the First Sunday of Lent. Though initiated during Lent, the appeal will run through the end of the year and remain a reference point as the congregation undertakes additional fund raising efforts.  The Foothills Congregation has been using a GoFundMe site for the program and has produced a video presentation which tells their story set against a “Rocky-like” boxing story supported by an old Southern Gospel, “Champion of Love.” Click here to view the video and learn more about the project.

    The history of the project is framed in metaphor by the creation of a heavyweight championship fight with 13 rounds briefly describing the triumphs and obstacles overcome to proclaim Jesus Christ as the Champion of Love.  The sub-theme from the song is: “Champion of Love: Down, but not out.”

    Editor's Update (June 6, 2018): Efforts are still underway to raise enough funds in New York State's most poverty-stricken region  to resurrect a new church building for Fotthills UMC. These photos depict what the church will look like. 

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."