2012 Newsletter

November 2012 

Dear Friends, 

The Grindstone Island United Methodist Church P.O. Box 411 Clayton, NY 13624 

Another season on Grindstone has come to a close. Our church thrives. We look back over the years at the transition that has occurred on Grindstone Island. Formerly, we had a vital year-round community with two active schools and a year-round church. The schools have closed, the permanent population has lessened but the church not only remains but thrives. We are thankful for the leadership of our Pastor, Rev. Arthur Couch and that of our Summer Preacher, Rev. Jeff McAm. We are also rewarded with the additional spiritual leadership of Rev. Andy Davison. 


Bible Study continued, as did the Sunday School program for our youngsters. We particularly cherished the attendance of visiting friends, neighbors and relatives at church services and at the annual Pancake Breakfast and Turkey Dinner. Pastor Couch would like the church to expand its youth ministry and seeks from each of you, suggestions as to how to bring the life of the church into the lives of the youth of Grindstone Island. He would like you to convey your ideas to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

It is said that 'Mission is the love of God manifested through works'. Each year the congregation selects one domestic mission and one foreign mission. In 2012, the congregation raised over S1,000 for the Clayton-area Food Pantry and, in addition, donated over sixty bags of groceries. Thanks to the incredible good works of the Taylor and Purcell families, among others, the church became acquainted with the needs of The New Voice House of Life Orphanage in Haiti. Our successful mission campaign of almost 9,000 allowed the orphanage to purchase an adjacent parcel of land on which it can expand and establish a garden to grow its own food. Our Saturday medical clinic continued through the goodness of Dr. Charlie Moehs and Mary Taylor. 

It is close to the end of 2012 and we have reached the time of traditional year-end gifting. We ask that you include the Grindstone Island Church in your remembrances. The church relies on year-end gifts to sustain the church and its work. Weekly collections do not meet the church's overall expenses. Year-end donations are necessary to meet the special needs of our church and of its facilities.  

Luke 12:33-34 "Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." 

We are a unique and diverse congregation. Our strength is in our unified love of God and in our love for each other. With your support, we can look forward to many summers of worship, fellowship and reaching out to communities near and far. Until we gather once more at our most beautiful river.. .may the peace of the Lord be with you all. 

Rev. Arthur Couch, Pastor Ken Larson, Chair of the Church Council (2013) 

Ken Deedy, Church Treasurer Tom Davison, Chair of Church Council (2012)