TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JULY 2020
WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424
Sunday Worship 9:55am
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Psalm 118:24
We will resume our worship services in the sanctuary on July 5th at 9:55am with the following procedures in place:
Those who are most medically vulnerable should not plan to attend worship.
Sunday, July 5th we will share in The Lord’s Supper using the prefilled communion cups with wafers (gluten free wafers will also be available). Please take one cup with you as you enter the sanctuary. The communion cups are easy to open – press down and peel back first seal, remove and eat soft wafer, peel back second seal to drink juice. Please dispose of the cup as you leave in the basket near the doors.
This month we will be having two mission speakers. On July 12th, Celia Bogan will be sharing with us about Hope House, the mission for July. We have a new mission this year for June. Joe Ancona was disappointed that he could not come last month to talk about Feed Our Vets, so we invited him to join us on July 26th.
The Central Valley Central School District Foundation announced that Joanna Jenkins, an art teacher at Central Valley Academy, was selected as one of the district’s employees of the month for the third quarter. Congratulations, Joanna!
2020 Vacation Bible School
What would a summer be without Vacation Bible School program? It has been difficult to decide how to safely hold a VBS and to determine if parents and kids in our community are interested in taking part. One thing is clear, this summer we all need to trust Jesus' power to continue to pull us through these unprecedented times. We are exploring the possibility of holding an online VBS and or VBS at home experience (sending materials to families as a do it yourself program). Our theme is Rocky Railway, Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through. The program is designed for kids to explore Jesus' power in them and how we can trust Jesus – not our own strength – to pull us through life's challenges. COVID-19 has come through our lives like a freight train and derailed countless plans, routines, and expectations. More than ever we need to share hope, reassurance and abundance of God's love through the unique ministry of VBS. If you know a family who may be interested in taking part in Rocky Railway VBS please ask them to contact Karen Stockton at 315.533.5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If they do not receive a confirmation email, ask them to call. Please keep VBS in prayer. Thank you, Karen.
Shirley Danko has handcrafted a 100% acrylic Afghan with yarn donated by Marcia Cavanaugh. It is on display in the Worden Room. Your donation will help toward VBS expenses.
Birthdays for July:
2nd – Haley Phillips (Karen Fournier’s granddaughter)
3rd – Pastor Victor McKusick
3rd – Polly Simmons
6th – Mitch Weimer
9th – Carol Bone
10th – Karen Stockton
11th – Roger Bone
12th – Sara Call
23rd – Jim Huff
Anniversaries for July
3rd – Bill & Deb Bonville
5th – Paige & Mike Rolletta
7th – Steve & Laura Bulger
Just a reminder that if you have not donated toward the Per Capita, you can still do so by using a special envelope on the back table in the sanctuary or sending directly to Deb Bonville, 9169 Olin Road, Marcy 13403. The per capita is an apportionment per member ($41.14) that congregations pay to share the expenses of Presbyterian Church (USA) system of government including the Presbytery of Utica.
Thank You’s have been received from Health Friends our March mission for the donation of $195 and from the April mission YWCA Mohawk Valley to support Hall House, for our donation of $190. They both very much appreciated our generosity.
Pastor Roger will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.
June 15th Session Meeting Hilites by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session
A Thank You Note:
As a member of Waterbury Presbyterian Church I asked Pastor Roger to include a much needed and overdue thank you note to a very important essential worker.
I want to thank Pastor Roger, our essential worker for all he has done to keep our congregation connected. His weekly messages have not only given us hope and strength but have also carried us through a very difficult time. His "just checking in" phone calls were just what I needed; to hear friendly caring voice. The monthly newsletter Roger put together made me feel that there was some part of normal going on. Birthdays were still being celebrated, the Session is taking care of church business and the possibility of some sort of VBS program is all good news.
Thank you Roger for reminding me that I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Gives Me Strength. Philippians 4:13. Reminding me to Sow Kindness, Reap Joy. Psalms 126: 5-6. And thank you for reminding me to let my faith be bigger than my fear.
Sending you a standing ovation and a loud THANK YOU!!