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January 16, 2014

Local churches swap pastors Sunday

By Meghan McCaffrey Contributing writer
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Two reverends in Cooperstown will deliver sermons about fellowship in honor of Christian Unity Week this Sunday. 

The Cooperstown First Baptist and United Methodist Churches will host a “pulpit exchange” on Sunday. The Rev. Douglas Deer, of the First Baptist Church, will deliver the sermon: “Cousin John” at the 10:30 a.m. service at the Methodist Church. Likewise, the Rev. Bill Delia will deliver the sermon “We are one in the spirit” at the Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. service.

“It’s the annual time where various churches try to emphasize the things that unite us as Christians,” said Delia of the United Methodist Church.

“It’s a time to emphasize our unity and not worry about what makes us different,” he continued.

Delia said the churches in Cooperstown have a very good ecumenical relationship and they often come together for various events throughout the year.

The clergy members from four different churches: the Christ Episcopal Church, the First Presbyterian Church, the First Baptist Church and the United Methodist Church recently met to plan their season of events for lent, Delia said.

“We invite our congregations to come together for various events,” Delia continued.

Deer and Delia will be delivering sermons about the camaraderie between Christians.

“We want to point out to our congregations that we have so much in common,” Delia said.

“First and foremost, we are all Christians. We desire for all of our followers to be united with each other and with the spirit,” he continued.

Following the sermon, the First Baptist Church will host the Annual Meeting and a dish to pass lunch. For more information please call 607-547-9371 or 607-547-9540.