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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS
 
MARCH 2021
 
WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424
 
Ph: 315.768.7502 www.waterbury-church.org
 
Sunday Worship at 10 am
 
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Psalm 118:24
 
 
 
 
 
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Hello, My Fellow Followers of Jesus,
Spring is upon us, a time of renewal. How appropriate it is that we will be reopening for in-person worship on March 7, our church’s life renewed. Sure, we will still be wearing masks and not hugging each other for our health and safety sake, but we will be together as one body, the body of Christ. There is light ahead, the light of Jesus, that will greet us after this long winter. Each day the sunlight gets longer; we can feel the warmth of the Son.
It is fitting that our first Sunday back should be a communion Sunday. What better way could there be to reaffirm our faith than to share the sign and seal of the body and blood of Jesus. We can show the world His light by welcoming all who seek Jesus’ love and compassion. Everyone is invited to God’s table, those who know Him, and those who seek Him.
The last Sunday in March is Palm Sunday, a celebration of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. Just as the gates of that great city opened and the people welcomed Him in with shouts of “Hosanna!” we should all open the gates of our hearts and cheer His entrance into our lives. When the doors of our church reopen this month, we must stand and proclaim the truth that Jesus is the King of Kings.
I am excited to look into this great church family’s eyes and feel the blessing of fellowship with my siblings in Christ once more. Through Jesus, we have never really been apart. But I must say that I hunger, as I believe many of us do, to gather together as a family in His name. God made us to be as one in life and worship. Soon we will be together again. See you in church.
God Be With You,
                                                                              Greg
Greg can be reached by email at:
Or by phone at
315-416-3200
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
From Session:
Waterbury will reopen for in-person worship on March 7. All COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment
 
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 14, 2021 FOLLOWING THE SERVICE.
 
From the Worship Committee:
There is a signup sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those willing to be Liturgists. Please volunteer to share your voice in reading God’s word.
 
From the Deacons:
Easter Lilies will be available for ordering soon. Kathy Graziadei will have more information in the near future.
 
From The Presbytery:
The Presbytery of Utica will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 23, at 10 am via ZOOM
 
A FEW WORDS ABOUT OFFERINGS
Your offerings are an important demonstration of your trust and commitment to God They ensure that Waterbury can carry on His work in our community. If you are unable to make it to church you can send your offering to:
Deb Bonville
9169 Olin Road
Marcy, NY 13403
 
THE MARCH MISSION IS
HEALTH FRIENDS (Please make your check payable to Waterbury Church, write the mission you are supporting on the memo line, and mail it to Deb Bonville as noted above)
 
  
 
 
 
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    MUSIC NOTES FROM WATERBURY 
Music is an important part of life at Waterbury. We welcome you to share any musical gifts God has blessed you with.
 
 
Handel’s Messiah is one of the most amazing musical compositions of all time. Astoundingly, Handel wrote the entire work, of which the “Hallelujah” Chorus is just a part, in an incredibly short time frame.
“Handel composed Messiah in an astounding interlude, somewhere between three and four weeks in August and September 1741. ‘He would literally write from morning to night,’ says Sarah Bardwell of the Handel House Museum in London.” (smithsonianmag.com)
The power of the 
 
Messiah can fill hearts and leave one breathless with its magnificenceI highly recommend that you take a few minutes and enjoy our music of the month.
The music of the month is Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  You can enjoy this music by searching for it on YouTube or by clicking on the blue link below:
 
 
WATERBURY COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS (your contact people)
Missions, Karen Fournier
Buildings and Grounds, Len Pugh
Nominating, Bill Bonville
Worship, Karen Mesick
 
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11th – Irina Popov                     
13th – Karen Fournier               
24th – Mary Cole
27th – Pat Williams
28th – Jenile Seelman
28th – Nina Josephine Allen 
28th – Nick David Allen 
29th – Deb Bonville
 
 
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 March 3rd – Len & Dolores Pugh
 
 
 
THE PRAYER SHAWL
Please keep these people wrapped in your prayers
All of those struggling in Texas
All frontline workers during this pandemic
Those stricken with COVID-19 and their families
If you or your family would like to be lifted up in prayer, please contact Greg at gljoutdoors@aol.com or call 315-416-3200
 
 
 
HILITES: FEBRUARY 2021 Session meeting: Submitted by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session
 
·        Approved reopening March 7, 2021
·        Easter sunrise service – awaiting word from Lorenzo State Historic Sites.
·        Approved Easter Service April 4, 2021, 10:00 am
·        Approved Annual Meeting for March 14, 2021
·        Two Emergency/Exit lights purchased for basement, to be installed soon.
 
 
THANK YOUS RECEIVED
FROM BARB AND RON FAY:
Dear Pastor Roger Williams and Congregational Friends of Nancy Fay,
Thank you all for your phone call messages to Nancy during her illness. She was at St. Luke’s 12/19/20-12/21/20, then Lutheran Care 12/21/20-1/19/21. She was very weak upon her return home and only talked with Roger. We relayed your messages and prayers to her and apologize for not returning calls personally. Roger, your visit put Nancy at peace, 1/28/21. She passed away 1/29/21 at 11:45 am. Ron and I were with her. With Love, Barb and Ron Fay
 
FROM HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE:
Dear Friends,
Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your contribution of $145.00.
Hospice strives to improve the quality of life of persons with advanced, life-limiting illness. The Hospice team provides a holistic approach to care which sustains the patient and family at a very difficult time. Your gift helps to assure that Hospice will continue to be there when we are needed.
With support like yours, we are able to make compassionate quality care available to anyone in the community regardless of their ability to pay. Community support is becoming more vital as the demand for hospice services continues to grow.
Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. gratefully acknowledges your generous gift and certifies that no goods or services were received for this donation.
On behalf of the patients and families we serve, thank you again for your donation.
Sincerely,
Joanne A. Moskal
COO
 
A Little History
On January 18, 1898, the “Presbyterian Society of the Village of Oriskany” moved to a new church building on “Piety Hill” dedicated in memory of Henry Waterbury and his wife Mary Stevens Waterbury and donated by their children. Seven years later, June 27, 1905, the society, which had been incorporated on December 27, 1831, officially became the “Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church”.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church
1117 Utica Street
Oriskany, New York 13424