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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    What I have learned about God at Endwell UMC

    April 6, 2022 / By Winston Rockefeller. Endwell UMC

    Hello…my name is Winston Rockefeller.  I am in eighth grade at JFS middle school.  My confirmation mentor is Dave Alexander.

    From my Children’s Church classes, I’ve learned how important it is to help others, like Jesus did.  I’ve also learned how important it is to have a connection with people to help me along the way to learn about God’s grace. Last year, a family friend passed away and it made me realize that God and his eternal love is always with us, even during trying times.

    I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had to help people in need, not only through church activities, but at school too.  Being part of the 30-hour famine had the most impact on me. Realizing how hard it is to go hungry for 30 hours and knowing there are people in need who go without food for days and days, was very upsetting and makes me want to help more.

    I’m glad to get the chance to do that locally by walking for CHOW.  I also learned about the children living in horrible conditions and in areas filled with war, but they still have faith in God.

    I feel fortunate that my spiritual gifts from God, to easily play an instrument, was helpful in getting me through the boredom and segregation the COVID quarantine left me with.

    The fellowship I have been part of with not only kids, but adults has helped grow my faith as well.  Mr. Dave, my mentor, has shown God’s love with his gifts not only to me, but to anyone he meets. The gift of his time to come to my drum recital was so meaningful.

    I know God is always with me, even during the hard times in life.  I want to continue to learn more, help others and be the best I can be. 

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."