Little Utica United Methodist Church
Friday, November 24, 2017

EJ Thomas UMM

Updated October 30, 2017
We are on track for a great Spaghetti dinner on November 3, which starts at 4pm.  If you are coming to help, plan on 3pm, we'll have a quick meeting before our customers arrive.
Here are items that were signed up for along with stuff we still need to pick up:
Doug - Butter 2 lbs
Doug - 1 doz Eggs
Tom - 18lbs hamburger
Darren - 6 loaves sliced Italian bread
Paul - 20lbs spaghetti
Still Need:
Fixings for salads
100 each of large and small to go Containers
Cookies, brownies - ask church members to help
Remember to keep your calendar open for Saturday, November 4 when we will dedicate the DAV van at the Veterans Expo at the NYS Fair at around 1:30 pm, just after the parade.
This is a drive-through, take out dinner of spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce with salad and bread.  We will charge $8 per meal and will also offer sponsorships, mostly in the form of signage that will be posted along the drive through route at the church.  This is much like what the Schneiders do at their events for the many veterans they support.
We are hoping to eclipse the $2000 mark this year and present a check to the Foundation during our annual December Christmas breakfast event.  We already have a little over $1000 raised so far.

Man of the Year - 2017
Little Utica
This is the 9th year that the men of the E.J Thomas Cluster UMM have honored outstanding men in their churches. We are pleased to praise, honor and recognize Bob Phillips as Little Utica's 2017 Man of the Year.

Robert Phillips

2017  Man of the Year

Little Utica United Methodist Church

The men of the Little Utica and the E.J. Thomas Cluster UMM are pleased to honor and recognize Robert Phillips as our 2017 Man of the Year. As Bob’s good friend, District UMM Prayer Advocate and member of the UMM, it is my great privilege to present this award to Bob’s family in honor of a man who is so deserving of our recognition.

Bob had served in so many different positions at Little Utica. He was elected as a Trustee; he helped teach the Basic Lay Servant Class and enjoyed working on church dinners and fundraisers. He stepped in when we were in need of music for Sunday Service. He down-loaded the music and took over the computer operations for those services. He volunteered to help work on UMM projects that helped our local veterans. He gave of his time every Thursday helping with the school-house sale and cleaning the church. Bob always loved when new people came for our Thursday Sale. He so enjoyed joining in on the church “Tour”, sharing the church’s deep and rich history with those that walked in. Bob had a fun-loving side on those Thursday’s as well… oh how he enjoyed when we had little children there. Those little children loved him as well. Bob worked extra hard to ensure we had success in all that we tried to do. His biggest passion was helping our veterans. That’s what the UMM calls service to others!

Bob was a devoted loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a good friend to me and a mentor to others. Over the years, Bob and his loving wife Elaine have been a big part and major supporters of many of the churches in the E.J.Thomas Cluster. Bob lived a life of giving and doing for others. This is true Christian giving, reaching out to help those in need. These are attributes every man tries to achieve. We were truly blessed to have had Bob as a part of our church family. He enriched our lives by his kind and gentle manner. We are forever grateful for all he did in God’s name and ours.


With God’s Blessings,


Donald R. Day, Sr.

Lay Leader Little Utica UMC ~ Crossroads District UMM Prayer Advocate

“As Iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Posted October 27, 2016

Great news to share!  We reached our goal of raising $16,000 for a new full-size Ford van which will be donated to the DAV!  
Our big DAV Van fundraising event sponsored by the EJ Thomas United Methodist Men and The Corporal Kyle R. Schneider Foundation was held on Saturday, October 15 at Clay Fire Station #1 and was a huge success!   

We are so grateful to Clay Fire Station #1 for providing this perfect venue.  Of course this event would not have been possible without Lori and RIck Schneider and all of their volunteers.  A big thank you to Kate and Mikhail from Time Warner Cable as well, who volunteered their time to help wherever needed.

The fire station was hopping all afternoon with music from Skip Murphy & The Merry Pranksters and Big D and Friends.  A big thank you to these talented musicians who added so much to the event (not to mention their very generous donation!)  

A large percentage of the money was raised through our Guest Table Sponsors and through the love offering held at the door.  We are very grateful for the support of so many who help to extend the mission and ministry of our organization. See below for the full list of generous individuals and organizations.  

The Silent Auction was also a huge success with a lot of great items to bid on.  The items were all generously donated by individuals, local businesses and organizations eager to help in any way they could and we are so very grateful.  

There was plenty of good food available for sale along with bake sale items, all of which helped generate a great deal of money toward our goal.  Many thanks to those who baked, cooked and served throughout the afternoon.

We will be so proud to dedicate the van to the memory of Kyle Schneider.  Once the van is delivered, it will be wrapped with the following:

“The E.J. Thomas Cluster United Methodist Men Transport our Veterans Dedicated in memory of Cpl. Kyle Schneider.”

There are several kind benefactors who provide us with the ability to reach out to those in need including our youth, the elderly and our beloved veterans who served our country along with others who we have supported over the years.

Below is a list of names who have given so generously in support of our Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Van Fund and Auction Table Sponsors.

Eleanor Thomas

E.J. Thomas Cluster of Churches

Bowens Corners UMC

Dr. Bruce and Mary Widger

Rebecca Melick

Warners UMC

Ed and Lea Windhausen

Ms. Faye Besaw

Tom & Kathy House

Paul Thompson

Minnie L Jordan and Lisa M Doolittle

Marcellus United Methodist Church

Steve & Sue Ranous

Cpl. Kyle Schneider Foundation

Rick & Lori Schneider

Donald & Sylvia Day

Clay Fire House #1

Paladino’s Pizza of Cicero

Skip Murphy & The Merry Pranksters


Saint Paul’s UMC

DK Manufacturing

Swimm Landscaping

Doug and Caroline MacEwen

Carole Ozark

Alice Fairbank

Gerry Snow

Nancy Hagadorn

Linda and Ray Honicker



Stay tuned for our next project, which will most certainly be in support of our veterans.

None of the things we take for granted would be possible without our veterans who keep us free and safe.  They and their families deserve all of our thanks and appreciation for their sacrifices.  

The DAV Transportation Network delivers tens of thousands of veterans each year to and from appointments at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center and community clinics. The network requires at least 300 volunteer drivers and over 700,000 miles per year to ferry veterans who live in 13 Central New York counties to the hospital and clinics.
By the way, we are already talking about having another event next year, so stay tuned!


Paul Thompson, Don Day and all the Men from EJ Thomas UMM
Posted September 18, 2016
We had another great turnout at our Brown Memorial Cookout yesterday - The theme this year was "The West Side is the Best Side!"  Anyone who was there will remember that - you had to be there - Ha ha!  As Paul mentioned, we gave away 360 lunches in an hour and a half!



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United Methodist Men shall be a creative, supportive
fellowship of men who seek to know Jesus Christ,
to grow spiritually, and to seek daily His will.
Our Purpose
To declare the centrality of Christ in our lives of men and in all their relationships