Methodist Church welcomes new pastor, steeple

By Anita Vandermark
Posted 9/23/20

Kudos to Mike Bliss, Village of Walden’s Recreation Coordinator, who was recently honored with the Boy Scout’s Spark Plug award from the Heritage District. The Spark Plug Award is given …

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Methodist Church welcomes new pastor, steeple


Kudos to Mike Bliss, Village of Walden’s Recreation Coordinator, who was recently honored with the Boy Scout’s Spark Plug award from the Heritage District.

The Spark Plug Award is given in recognition to those people who provide the spark that ignites the energy of others for the betterment of scouting. Mike welcomes the opportunity to work with many local organizations and the youth of our community. Thank you for all you do Mike. Keep up your good work. You truly lead by example!

Congratulations to John Ramos, Cheryl Baker and Willie Carley as they assume their positions as newly elected Village Trustees at their first official meeting on October 6, 2020 - 6:30 p.m., Village Hall, 3rd floor Bradley Assembly Room, 1 Municipal Square.

As you travel out of Walden to property located at 1206 Rt. 52 #2, Walden you will see the new Walden United Methodist Church. Construction began in 2019 and is nearing completion.

During the month of August siding was installed and a long-awaited steeple was delivered from the factory in Alabama and currently sits majestically upon the roof. This was the second attempt to deliver the steeple. It was originally to be delivered in June. It made it as far as Pennsylvania, when the truck was less than 2 hours away, something fell off a truck in front of them. They had to make a sudden swerve to avoid being hit but it bounced up and damaged the steeple. Fortunately no one was hurt. However, it was necessary to turn around and make the two day trip back to Alabama for the steeple to be re-fabricated.

This procedure included the cross on top which stands about 21 feet high. Many thanks are sent to Ed and Marilyn Jackson, Chris Obie and Ryan, Anna and David Zirilli who rushed to the church on short notice to assist Joe Ryan and his crew from Ryan Construction unload the 400 lb. steeple. I will keep you posted as interior work continues. If you would like to be a part of the legacy and history of the new UMC Church, orders for commemorative bricks are still being taken.

Purchased bricks will be placed in a special area of the new church property. Contact Gail Ambrosetti at 845-527-8928 or email gail.ambrosetti@gmail.com for information.

Gail Ambrosetti, Lay Leader of the Walden United Methodist Church sends word that Pastor Bonnie Snyder has been assigned to the Walden United Methodist Church to serve as its Pastor.

Pastor Snyder holds an M. Div. from Drew Theological seminary, B. A, in Religious Studies from the College of Saint Rose, and A.S. in Science from Columbia Greene Community College. Other passions of Pastor Snyder are advocacy and mission work.

The Walden UMC welcomes Pastor Bonnie with open arms and are excited to have her join their Church Family.

Its time to send “Happy Birthday” wishes to Christopher Wynkoop, a very talented young man! Chris is looking forward to celebrating his special day on September 28. Enjoy!

Daniel Atonna, an outstanding young man who is on the library staff of the Josephine-Louise Public Library will celebrate his special day on September 29. His many friends and co-workers all join in wishing him a Happy Birthday!

Sue Vanduyne, a very special lady who does so much for Walden, is looking forward to celebrating her birthday on October 1. Family, friends, Walden Sunshine Members as well as Walden Community Council Members send her special birthday greetings. Enjoy!

Birthday greetings to Rev. Peggy Sullivan, Pastor of Walden St. Andrews Episcopal Church will celebrate her special day on October 3. Family, friends and her parishioners all join in wishing her all life’s best. Happy Birthday to this great lady!

The Valk Family sends special Birthday greetings to Bill Valk, Jr. on September 29. They also send Happy Anniversary wishes to Jerry and Coretta Merchant from the Fox Hill Community on September 29. May they enjoy their special day!

Mark your calendar to participate in the Walden Historical Society fundraiser. Every last Tuesday of the month when food is ordered for takeout at Franco’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, 4 Oak Street, Walden, Franco will donate 20% of your meal purchase to the society! Place your order on Tuesday, September 29, 5 - 9 p.m. to participate. Required coupons available on line, at the Josephine Public Library,or by calling 778-7772.

Be reminded - Town of Montgomery Farmer’s Market is opened every Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 2 .p.m.until October at Town Hall, 110 Bracken Road, Montgomery. Over 20 +Vendors ready to serve you. Email Tomstrongfarmersmarket.com for information.

Happy to relate that the Walden Humane Society, 2489 Albany Post road, Walden will hold an indoor yard sale on Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. You will find many treasures. Face masks are required. Keep in mind all proceeds benefit the care of the animals at the shelter. For information call the shelter at 778-5115. Thank you for your support.

The Josephine-Louise Public Library sends the following news: September is Library Card Sign-Up month. It usually coincides with children going back to school, beginning their homework assignments, signing up for after school activities and library visits. This year is certainly unusual. Libraries are finding new ways to communicate with our communities while collaborating and sharing best practices for outreach, but our mission has not changed. If you do not have a library card yet, or your card is expired, this is a perfect time to get your card or update an old one. We have been waiving fines since COVID-19 forced closings. Please don’t let a bill get in the way of accessing the many services that libraries have to offer. Walden residents simply need a photo ID and another document that supports their Walden address. If you are signing up your little ones (ages 5 & up or in Kindergarten), they will receive a special packet from us. Stop in. It only takes a few minutes!

One of our newest services includes “Hoopla”. With your library card you can access music, movies, TV shows, e-books and audio books. They have added graphic novels and classical music to the collection. Banned Books Week is coming up. You will be able to download an extensive list of the most recent banned books as well as the classics.

The most recent 2020 Census response for the Village of Walden is 67.3%.The last date to respond is September 30. Become a Census Champion - promote the survey to your neighbors, friends, family. Every response matters. Questions? Concerns? Need to fill out the Survey? Come to the library!


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