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Dansville & Sparta Center UMC’s

Circuit Rider

Volume 1 / Issue 2 April, May & June 2022


Transitional Pastor’s Letter:

March 16, 2022

Dear friends in Christ,

Greetings Dansville United Methodist Church!

My name is Pastor Jeri Kober, and I will be pilgriming with you

for the next three months as your interim pastor, or if you will, your

transitional pastor. Dansville UMC has always been a beacon of

Light into the community and I trust that with prayer and the help of

the Holy Spirit a new pastor will be called who will be with you for

hopefully many years to come. Meanwhile, I feel blessed to be with

you during this transition.

Let me take this opportunity to share a little bit about myself: I am

married to Jim Kober, and we have three grown children, six

grandchildren and two grand-dogs. I retired from ministry in 2018

and six months later my husband retired from the Rochester Fire


I entered the ministry in 2004 with my first church being your

neighbor; Webster’s Crossing UMC. I served Webster’s Crossing

UMC for seven years. Eventually this appointment became yoked

with Allen’s Hill UMC. Later I served Allen’s Hill UMC while it too,

was being yoked with East Bloomfield UMC until I retired. Currently

Jim and I attend the Macedon Center UMC.

My daily prayer is to ask God to open my eyes to see, my ears to

hear, my heart to love and my hands to reach out to others to be His

face to all I meet. Through this prayer I can’t help but think that God

has led me here to Dansville UMC. But greater still, is the

opportunity for all of us to be witnesses to God’s promise of love, His

grace, healing power and His constant presence in a hurting and

wounded world.

I look forward to meeting you and breaking Bread together on

Sunday, April 3rd


In His Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jeri Kober


Worship Calendar Dates Observed


10th Palm Sunday

14th Maundy Thursday

Also known as Holy Thursday, this day

celebrates the institution of the Eucharist (or

Holy Communion) at Jesus’ Last Supper.

15th Good Friday

Passover Begins / The Friday of Jesus’


17th Easter Sunday

Celebration of the resurrection of Christ.



th Mother’s Day

26th Ascension of the Lord

29th Ascension Sunday

30th Memorial Day



th Day of Pentecost

12th Trinity Sunday/Peace with


19th Father’s Day/Juneteenth


Inside this Issue:

Page 1

• Transitional Pastor’s Letter

• Worship Calendar Dates

• Inside this Issue

Page 2

• DUMW Activities & News

• Dansville Coffee Hour

• Dansville Austere Supper 6 p.m.

Maundy Thursday 7 p.m.

• Dansville Good Friday Service

• Blessed are the Wiggles

Page 3

• Dansville Easter Egg Hunt

• Dansville Church Library

Page 4

• Coloring Page for Children

Page 5

• Happenings on the Hill…

UMW Sparta Center

• Love Devotional

Page 6

• Sparta Center Bible Study

• Planting Your Spring Garden

• Sparta Center Easter Egg Hunt

• The Jelly Beans

Page 7

• Sparta Center Chicken BBQ

Page 8

• From the Circuit Rider Editors

• Methodist Munchies

• Sparta Center Church Info

• Dansville Church Info

Submitted by Deborah Fenton

UMW Activities and News

The UMW is busy preparing for

Easter activities and Holy Week.

We will be stuffing Easter eggs

with candy on April 6th for our

Easter Egg Hunt at the church on

April 9th. Kaleb Kenney will be

our Easter bunny again this year.

Donations of empty plastic eggs

and candy may be brought to the

church on Sundays or during

office hours.

We will host an Austere Meal

for Maundy Thursday serving a

simple soup and bread. We will

have cookies for dessert. Dinner

is at 6:00 pm with the Maundy

Thursday service following at

7:00 pm.

We are planning on having

after church luncheons starting

in May.

All women are welcome to join

us. We meet the first Wednesday

of each month at 6:15 pm from

September through June. Next

meeting April 6th at 6:15 p.m.



Sunday Morning Coffee Hour

Join us for our church’s Coffee

Hour; the last Sunday of each

month at 10 a.m… A fun

fellowship time along with a

cup of coffee/tea and a cookie.

(Faith’s cookies, yummy!) Next

Coffee Hour 4/24/22.

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All are Welcome to Attend an

Austere Supper

On April 14th at 6 p.m. the Dansville UMW will

be hosting a “Austere Supper”. There will be a

choice of soups, bread, butter and beverage.

Dessert will be homemade cookies. The Maundy

Thursday Service will start at 7 p.m.


Please join us at the Dansville UMC for the

Good Friday Service on April 15th at 7 p.m.


Blessed are the Wiggles… Submitted by Linda Beuter

You know the Wiggles; they are the short people whose legs

work in three speeds, run, skip or hop, whose bottoms aren’t

made for sitting and whose voices range from squeal of delight

to blood curdling scream of protest, all the while possessing an

innocent and angelic nature.

On any given Sunday, between 5 and 8 of these Wiggles

gather in Dansville for Sunday School instruction (10:15) with

Ms. Fenton in the Education Wing, introduction to Worship

(11:00) with the congregation in the Sanctuary and Jr. Church

activities (11:15) with Miss Linda back in the Education

Wing. The nursery is also available during the times of Jr.

Church, generally with 1 or 2 Wiggles playing with toys. Thank

you to Maria Little for her work in the nursery for the past

several years, having resigned from that position still serves

while we seek a replacement. There are always two Safe

Sanctuary trained adults in attendance where children are

present. If you feel led to serve on occasion in this role, please

see Linda or notify Diane in the Church office.

Currently, in Sunday School, our children are discussing the

stories of the Bible, most recently Zacchaeus, and in Jr. Church,

we are working our way through the season of Lent. The Sunday

before Lent began, we discussed Ash Wednesday while the first

Sunday in Lent we planted our Mother’s Day flowers,

sunflowers, keeping the people of Ukraine in our thoughts while

learning about random acts of kindness. We welcome your

children and grandchildren any time.

Dansville UMC Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 9th at 10 a.m.

Held at the church for our children and grandchildren

and their friends, they would like to bring.

Bring your Basket to Collect Easter Eggs!


Submitted by JoEllen Smith


Hello! I’m the Dansville United Methodist Church Library. I am in the Annex

Section (Sunday School Rooms, Nursery, etc.) of the church. I have shelves of books

and movies. I have a couple of couches and some comfy chairs. I am also one of the

warmest places in the church with carpet on the floor.

My shelves hold many secrets for the person who loves to read and learn new


very old books (which can still entertain and teach you new things) and some new

books (to help you expand your relationship with God and tug at your heart strings).

The Church Mice have been busy – cleaning, inventorying, weeding out, and

organizing my shelves.

There are KIDS books – board books, pop-up books, Bible Story books, Christopher Church Mouse books,

learn-to-read books and many more. Don’t know about Christopher Church Mouse Books? Better check out

my shelves.

There are OLD PEOPLE books (just kidding). Do you want to read other versions of the Bible, the

individual books of the Bible and who wrote them, women and men in the Bible, daily devotional books, etc.

These are some of the books on my shelves also.

Or do you just want to sit down with a feel-good book to soothe your soul and give you some peace and

joy, maybe make you cry a little. There are some good books that will do that.

You can check these books out and take them home. Or if you just want to look at them at the table you

can do that too. Oh! And we also have movies (DVD and VCR) if you’re not into reading. There is a TV and

machines to play the movies right in the library. 

Happenings On the Hill… Submitted by Pat Phillips

The UMW of Sparta is alive and well. We have moved our meeting date to 10:30 a.m. on the

last Wednesday of the month. We are all retired and enjoy meeting during the day instead of

at night. Our attendance has grown to an average of 11 members. All women of the church are

invited to come and join us.

We had great success with our Roast Beef Dinner. As always it was a church sponsored

endeavor with everyone joining in.

We also had a very successful Craft and Bake sale. We baked and frosted 90 dozen cookies.

From the laughter in the social rooms, as they decorated the cookies, sounds like they

had a blast.

Ann Davis resigned from heading up the Church crafts. We took her resignation with regret as

she has done a superb job for the past several years.

Maren Young will now head it up. We are looking forward to her ideas as we move forward.

We also took resignations from Gloria Kreiley and Ann Davis who over saw the funeral dinner

arrangements. The UMW will take over the dinners and try to fill their shoes.


Love… Submitted by Lee Hook

We all know what Love is, whether it’s Love for a spouse, a child, parent, grandparent

or a friend. Have you ever really thought how deeply our Lord Loves each and every one of

us? His Love He feels for us is deeper and stronger than the Love we feel for our loved

ones. For we all know God loved the world so much he gave his only begotten Son for us.

This Love is very deep, would any of us die to save a murderer; a rapist, or a thief? Think

of the worst criminal you have heard about; would you die for that person? I myself would

say I wouldn’t. Every now and then my mind thinks about the Holocaust, six million Jews

were murdered by Hitler, whether it was a child or adult he had them all killed. I have

wondered before Hitler took his life, if he prayed to God and asked God to forgive him of

his sins, and if he accepted our Lord as his Savior, if he did, he’s in heaven with God.

I could never comprehend this Love and mercy that God has for us. We are saved by

God’s Grace. The Lord said there is Faith, Hope and Love, the greatest of these is Love.

Let us feel God’s Love and let us never forget the price he paid for us, and suffering He

endured, and the horrible death on cross, because he Loves us, there is no greater Love

then the way the Lord Loves us. May we always remember and never forget. Amen

Check out Sparta

Center Bible Study

with Pastor David.

What a great

opportunity to expand

your knowledge in the Word. Bible

study on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m..


Planting Your Spring Garden

For the Garden of Your Daily Living

Plant Three Rows of Peas

1. Peace of Mind

2. Peace of Heart

3. Peace of Soul

Plant Four Rows of Squash

1. Squash Gossip

2. Squash Indifference

3. Squash Grumbling

4. Squash Selfishness

Plant Four Rows of Lettuce

1. Lettuce Be Faithful

2. Lettuce Be Kind

3. Lettuce Be Patient

4. Lettuce Really Love One Another

No Garden is Complete Without Turnips

1. Turnip For Meetings

2. Turnip For Service

3. Turnip To Help One Another

To Conclude Our Garden, We Must Have Thyme

1. Thyme For Each Other

2. Thyme For Family

3. Thyme For Friends

Water Freely with Patience and Cultivate

with Love.

There is Much Fruit in Your Garden Because You

Reap What You Sow.

Pass It on!!!


Then the Angel spoke, “Don’t be frightened, He

isn’t here! For He has come back to life again, just

as He said He would. And now go quickly and tell

his disciples that He has risen from the dead.”

Mathew 28:5-7

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Sparta Center’s Annual

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday April 16th

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Everyone is Welcome to

Come Join in the Fun!



Red is for the blood He gave,

Green is for the grass He made,

Yellow is for His sun so bright,

Orange is for the edge of night,

Black is for the sins we made,

White is for grace He gave,

Purple is for His hours of sorrow,

Pink is for our new tomorrow.

May every day be Easter in your heart.

May the Joy you feel on Easter morning

be the joy of each day of your life.

Sparta Center

United Methodist Church

Chicken BBQ Dinner

Sunday, April 24th, 2022


Serving 12 (noon) to 2:00 pm

PRESALE TICKETS – Will be sold between 10 am and

2 pm at the Dansville United Methodist Church

Tuesday, April 12th

Thursday, April 14th

Tuesday, April 19th

Thursday, April 21st

or from any Church Member

Adults – $12.00 Children Under 10 – $6.00

Chicken by Stearns

with Oven Roasted Potatoes, Baked Beans,

Coleslaw, Rolls and Cookies

State Route 256 Located 4 miles North of Dansville

CURBSIDE PICK-UP – Ross Road side of the Church

From the Circuit Rider Editors

Happy Easter!

The Circuit Rider will be sent out quarterly. This

is your “Circuit Rider”, please contribute with your

article(s) that you would like published.

See Circuit Rider Editor Contact information at

the bottom for information to email your article to

Irene Hamsher. Or drop your articles off at the

Dansville church office.

All articles will need to be submitted by June

18th, or sooner for our 3rd Quarter publication.

We will edit articles as we need; will not publish

any articles that do not comply with UMC

Conference standards.


Irene Hamsher

(585) 335-6475; irene47ham@gmail.com

Jean Glover

(585) 335-8838; jinglejean@frontiernet.net


Methodist Munchies…

Remembrance – Dorothy Kennedy Fenton

Methodist Beans

4 slices bacon

1 med. onion, sliced

1 can kidney beans, drained

1 can lima beans, drained

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 can pork and beans, not drained

1⁄4 c. American cheese, cubed small

1⁄2 c. brown sugar

1/3 c. ketchup

Parmesan cheese

Brown bacon. Remove from frying pan. Add

sliced onion into fat and cook until almost

tender. Mix kidney beans, lima beans,

Worcestershire sauce, pork and beans, cheese,

brown sugar and ketchup together in a baking

dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake 1⁄2 hour at 350 degrees.

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Pastor David Zastrow (585) 236-0887


Church Office (585) 335-2091

Barb Taft, Church Secretary


Hugh Stevenson, Lay Leader

Joanne Fugle, Organist & Choir Director

Sunday Service @ 9:30 am





Transitional Pastor Jeri Kober

(585) 766-7108


Sharon Wolf, Len Komula, Scott West

and JoEllen Smith, Liturgists

Jean Glover, Dansville Choir Director

Megan Komula, Assistant Choir Director

Doris Hedges, Pianist

Church Office: (585) 335-5354

Diane Brown, Church Secretary

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday Service @ 11:00 am

Contact for Both Churches

Email: DansvilleSpartaCenterUMCs@gmail.com

Website: www.DansvilleSpartaCenterUMCs.org