TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS OCTOBER 2019
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
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
Sunday, October 6th is World Communion Sunday and we will be joining with Utica First Presbyterian, Whitesboro Presbyterian and Westminster Moriah Olivet (WMO) Presbyterian congregations to worship at WMO Church, 714 Washington Street, Utica, at 10:30 am. There is parking behind the church on Broadway in the City Hall lot. Walk across the street into the back door of the church and proceed through the gym, down the steps and up the stairs to the sanctuary. There is a large sign over the back entrance. There is an elevator available. The parking is limited on Washington Street, where there is a handicap entrance. Each congregation is invited to bring cookies for the coffee hour that will follow worship. Use your offering envelopes for the regular offering or indicate on a pew envelope that it is for our church.
As we gather together, we remember what unites us – one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism. We come together because Jesus Christ invites us to His table. As we gather around the table of our Lord, we join with believers from all over the world and the faithful from every time and place. At the table we proclaim that Christ unites us into one body despite our differences. As the bread is broken, we are nourished by His compassion and remember that Christ’s love extends to the broken, the hurting, and the survivors of violence – those who suffer, as He suffered. As the cup is shared, we recall that Christ’s life was poured out to reconcile us to God and one another. At the table, we recommit ourselves to ministries of healing and reconciliation, to advocate for God’s justice, and work for peace. One way we can pursue an end to violence and bring about reconciliation is through the Peace and Global Witness Offering. Through our gifts to this offering, we offer a healing hand to women experiencing abuse in this country and in places like Guatemala. Our gifts offer a word of peace to those incarcerated in our country and those crushed by civil war in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our offering draws together those who were once at war, creating opportunities for veterans from this land to return to Iraq and build relationships that offer a start to healing and understanding. The four congregations that will gather to celebrate World Communion Sunday together have agreed that the 25% that is retained by congregations, will instead be directed to hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. 2 Thessalonians says, ‘peace, at all times, in all ways.’ At Christ’s table on World Communion Sunday, and through our gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering we make those words a reality. Envelopes for this offering will be in the church bulletin.
Saturday, October 5th at 2pm the marriage of Heidi Deppmeyer and Mitchell Weimer will take place in the sanctuary of Waterbury Church. We extend our best wishes to Heidi and Mitch. In their marriage they are called to a new way of life, created, ordered, and blessed by God.
The greeters for October 13th are Karen Mesick and a Volunteer, Volunteers are need for the 20th, October 27th Julie & Bob Thrasher are the greeters.
Liturgists for October
13th – Kathy Graziadei, 20th – Pam Deppmeyer, 27th – Barb Traver
Each Sunday we include in prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for October 6th – South Trenton Presbyterian Church; October 13th – First Presbyterian Church, Springfield; 20th – Presbyterian Peace Fellowship; 27th – First Presbyterian Church, Utica.
Mission Sunday is the Second Sunday of the month. Utica First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner is October’s on the 13th. If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to Waterbury Church. Thank you.
Each Sunday before our worship service begins, we meet in the church office at 9:30am for a Time of Prayer. All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.
Birthdays for October (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):
5th – Mark McCumber
7th – Rev. Gerald Scott
14th – Leslie Husted
18th – Donna Currie
20th – Isabella Smithling (Vacation Bible School)
23rd – Gail Milotte
27th – Rowland
30th – Jasmine Cole
Anniversaries for October (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):
4th – Ken & Jill Mumpton
7th – Ken & Karen Stockton
The St. David’s Society of Utica will hold its annual Fall Gymanfa Ganu (Festival of Song in the Welsh Tradition) on Sunday, October 13th 3pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 12 Hopper Street, Utica (behind the Stanley Theater). Leading the singing will be conductor Jay G. Williams III. He will be accompanied by Michael Moore on the organ and Jeanne Jones on the piano. Special music will be provided by select choirs from Tabernacle Church. Following the singing, a “te bach” (afternoon tea) will be held in the social hall. The church is handicapped accessible. All are welcome to attend.
Tabernacle Baptist Church will be celebrating its 200-Year Jubilee on Saturday, October 5th with an open house in Thorn Chapel from 2-4pm, a Reunion Celebration from 4-5pm in the Sanctuary and will conclude with a Youth Concert at 6pm.
Good News! Our roofing project is almost complete with flashing work yet to do. The church received an anonymous donation of $1000 toward the project. Our thanks and appreciation goes to the donor for this generous donation. The Cobblestone Construction workers were diligent in their work and we appreciate their efforts for a job well done!
Sunday School Update by Karen Stockton
Sunday School is held during worship for children of all ages following Jake’s message. During the 2019/2020 school year we will be using A to Z Thru the Bible lessons by Lindsey Whitney, Hendrickson Publishers. With lesson A is for Adam, we learned that God created the earth and everything in it. In lesson B we will learn about the Bible, which helps us know what to do and teaches us about God’s love. There will be no Sunday School on October 6th as we join the other churches for worship and World Communion at Westminster Moriah Olivet Presbyterian Church. Anyone who would like to teach a lesson or share a craft with the children is asked to contact Karen Stockton at email@example.com or 315-725-6686.
Cover the Homeless – I was in New York City last year at Thanksgiving visiting family. When leaving the train station I practically stumbled over a homeless girl sleeping on the sidewalk on a very, very cold night with temperatures below 20 degrees and a wind chill even colder. As we have learned from speakers from the Rome and Utica Rescue Missions, we unfortunately have many homeless persons in our immediate area also experiencing this unfortunate situation. Therefore I would like to collect and provide blankets to any homeless person who is unable to stay overnight at either mission. This would be something they would keep as their own and take with them. Fall is just around the corner and the weather will continue to get colder. I am hoping you can find it in your heart to help someone in need by purchasing a blanket. It should be twin size, or a fleece throw, or a couple of yards of fleece. It does not have to be expensive or fancy, just WARM. Many stores are currently having sales. If you are unable to purchase one on your own, have another person share the cost with you. Bring your donation to church and place it in the last pew in the back of the church. I will then take them to the Rescue Mission in Rome for distribution. Wouldn’t it be great to see the pews overflowing with the gift of giving! Thanks for your help in assisting the less fortunate and God Bless! Karen Mesick 9/2019
From Hope House August 26, 2019 (our July Mission): I would like to thank you for your recent gift to Hope House. Your gift of $248.00 dated August 25, 2019 will go a long way helping to provide, for all who come to Hope House, a hot meal and a warm safe place off the streets. Your support allows us to meet our operating expenses so we can continue to provide quality services at Hope House. You can be confident that your contribution will be used efficiently and effectively. Hope is a powerful word to someone who is in despair. While we cannot solve all the problems of our guests, Hope House is here serving hot meals in a warm, safe environment with a smile. We help with referrals to other services, we listen when people need to talk; we provide a hug when there are no words to be said. We cheer our guests’ successes and we pray for them when they have a setback because in the end, what happens at Hope House is about people. Thanks to people like you and your financial support we can be there for those of our neighbors who are in the greatest need. Sincerely, John P. Madej, Executive Director
You are invited to join Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor from Whitesboro Presbyterian for the Prayer Group that meets Wednesdays from 9am to 10am in the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro.
From the Presbytery of Utica August 6, 2019: Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy 1 Corinthians 4:2, NRSV. The Presbytery of Utica’s most recent financial statement has just been released; included in the statement is a report of per capital payments this year. We rejoice to find in this report that Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church has paid its per capita in full for 2019 ($1,686.74) and write to you today to thank your congregation for your faithfulness. Our polity teaches that per capita demonstrates how our church communities “. . . are connected in covenantal relationship and faithfully participate in the work of the wider church” (Per Capita Advisory Opinion, October 2011). We are grateful to you all for your participation in the work and witness of the Presbytery of Utica. Sincerely, Sara Ayala, Moderator Coordinating Council; Sam Pendergrast, Moderator Presbytery of Utica; Rick Riggle, Vice Moderator Presbytery of Utica
This fall New Hope Peru (our January Mission) will be celebrating its 24th year of serving vulnerable children in Arequipa, Peru with a fundraising gala at Daniele’s Banquet Specialists, Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, on Friday, October 18th. Evening, which begins at 6pm, to include social hour including appetizers and refreshments with the Board of Directors, silent auction, entertainment from the Mark Bolos Band, a delicious dinner, updates and future plans about New Hope’s work, shared by founder, David Bolos and current director, Tony Bolos and opportunities to respond and get involved. The cost is $50 each with checks payable to New Hope Peru and mailed by 10/4 to PO Box 107, Yorkville, NY.
Shirley Danko has once again handcrafted and donated an Afghan 100% acrylic to be used as a fundraiser to help with the roof project expenses. It is in the Worden Room along with tickets for you to complete with a donation of any amount.
September 9th Session Hilites by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session
· The July and August financial reports were reviewed and approved.
· 43 received Communion (47 attended) on September 1st with Whitesboro Church worshiping with us.
· Carl John Graziadei received The Sacrament of Baptism on August 25th.
· For our organ dedication Irina Popov is arranging with her music composition professor to invite the Syracuse composers, students and faculty to submit compositions for a recital. Date to be determined after first of year.
· Approved use of downstairs for Girl Scout meetings beginning September 22nd to meet every other Sunday from 3 to 5.
· Sexual Harassment Training is complete with all involved and their signed training sheets are in the church office.
· Welcome and Prayer Concern Cards have been printed and will be placed in the vestibule, back of the church and in pews for new visitors and to be used for prayer concerns on Sundays.
· Approved to donate for two flags to the Flags for Heroes in memory of Edward Danko and Ted Johnson, Jr.
· The next Session meeting will be held on October 14th at 6pm in the Worden Room.