22 East Main Street  •  P. O. Box 218  •  Panama, NY  14767  •  Church Office:  (716) 782-4031  •  Fax:  (716) 782-2326  •  e-mail: contact@panamaum.org
"We seek to love the Lord God by introducing people to His Son, Jesus Christ, and helping this relationship grow."
Rev. Steven Taylor

The Panama Congregation of the United Methodist Church is proud to stand in the Protestant tradition that each Christian is called to minister in the name of Jesus Christ.

As a local community of faith we endeavor to help people identify their spiritual gifts and strengths and then apply them to the work of Christ's church.

We firmly believe that "the ministry of all believers" is essential to the church's effectiveness in promoting mercy, justice, and peace.

Some of the ministries of the church are listed below with the Team Leaders:

Camping 2019 - Stacy Taylor
PUMC has been blessed with financial support over the years to be able to send many youth to Christian summer camps.  We support
     the camps in our area:  Mission Meadows in Dewittville, New York; Miracle Mountain in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania; and
     Wesley Woods in Grand Valley, Pennsylvania.  We believe that attending a Christian summer camp can change a person's life and
     strengthen a person's faith in God.  Our local Christian camps also hold retreats throughout the year that adults and youth are
     encouraged to attend.

Christian Education - TBD
     We desire that all who believe in Him,
be ever learning His word
     We believe the Bible to be the word of our God.  We entrust His word to direct our lives for communion with
     God and each other.

         Proverbs 1:5 - Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (NIV)
         Sunday School - 9 a.m. every Sunday - We offer classes for every age from 2 to senior adults. 
              There is a nursery attendant available for younger children so their parents may attend a class.

Church Council - Carol Hay
      The Church Council provides for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and
     resources in the local church.  The Church Council is responsible to plan, implement, and annually evaluate the
     mission and ministry of the church.  The membership of the Church Council is made us of the chairmen/leaders
     of each team/committee within the church.

     For additional details go to http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/para-252-the-church-council  

Church Growth & Vision - Tory Irgang

Communion Stewards - Mark & Karen Morton

Community Outreach - Dawn Sard

 Congregational Care -
     An outreach to the congregation and surrounding community including transportation, worship flowers,
     non-resident communications, Joys & Concerns, and Parish Nurse.

after-school ministry - TBD

Family Ministry Support - TBD
     Creatively combines fun and fellowship through special activities.

God's Groceries Food Pantry - Tina Swineford   
          “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”     Matthew 25:35
     Hours:  Monday is our official pantry day with hours from 9 -10 a.m. and 6 – 7 p.m. 
                  We are also open on Thursday from 5 - 7 p.m.

Grace Notes Newsletter - Pam Ireland
     Available online monthly to keep you informed of scheduling and special events.
   A few copies will be printed for
     those who do not have access to the online copy.

Grace Visitation - Debbie Erlandson

Home Communion Stewards -
     Available to those who are not able to attend Sunday worship when Communion is offered.

Hospitality - Pam Ireland  & Julia Nelson

Library - Tabetha Butler
     Consists of Christian literature, videos, research materials, and books for your leisure reading.

Memorial - Eloise Smith

Missions - Ted & Sharon Passarelli
     Shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who may be experiencing  illness, poverty, financial hardship,
     or who may never have had the opportunity to worship in a church family.  Our outreach helps support many
     missions both local and international.

Music Director - Julie Nagel

Nominations - Pastor Steve Taylor

Prayer Chain - A group of caring members available to pray for your immediate concerns and emergencies.

Safe Sanctuaries - Summer Wolcott
The Panama United Methodist Church congregation has established Safe Sanctuaries Guidelines in order to
     provide a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  Our Guidelines seek to provide an
     atmosphere where adults are free to teach and love children, youth, and vulnerable adults in a Christ-like
     manner; and children, youth, and vulnerable adults can pursue their journey to know, love, and serve God freely
     without fear.

Saftey & Security Response - Jeff Enlow

Staff/Parish Relations - Amanda Kolstee

Stewardship - Kyle Hinsdale

Student Ministry Director - Candy Scarem

Tender Loving Care groups -
     The Panama United Methodist Church is committed to Small Group Ministry.  The groups focus on sharing and
     caring for each member, learning more about God's Word, and developing members' prayer lives.  This is a way
     for our growing church family to stay connected with each other.  Each
T.L.C. groups' lay pastor has gone
     through training with the pastor.  All church members and friends are invited to become a part of one of these
     groups.  This ministry has proven to be a valuable part of our church life. For information on days and times of
     meeting, contact the church office.
          Band of Brothers - Craig Vollmer
                Men's Bible Study Group
          CHAT - George & Trudy Anderson
          Ladies of Light (L.O.L.) - Cindy Furlow
                Women's Bible Study Group

Trustees - Craig Vollmer

Vacation Bible School - Stacy Taylor
     An outreach to church family and community for fun, fellowship, and learning.  Offered for one week during the

Visitation -
     Weekly delivery of the worship bulletin and a brief visit with those unable to attend.

Welcome/Information & Fellowship - Bert & Mary Rappole

Worship - Brenda Ireland

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