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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JULY 2020

WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424

315.768.7502  www.waterbury-church.org

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:

  • The church has been thoroughly cleaned before reopening.
  • The church will be cleaned on a weekly basis.  We will be asking for volunteers.
  • Only two entrances will be used – the main entrance on Utica Street and the back handicap accessible entrance.  The doors will be left open for entry and closed at the beginning of worship.  They will be reopened at the close of worship.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each entrance applied by a designated person.  The person applying the hand sanitizer must wear gloves.
  • Masks are mandatory and shall be worn for the entire worship service except receiving communion.  If you do not have a mask, one will be available for you.
  • Bulletins will be available on the tables as you enter, self-serve.  Please take your bulletin with you as you leave – do not leave it on the pew.
  • Bibles and hymn books will be removed.  The scripture and hymns will be printed in the bulletin.  If you wish, you may bring your own Bible.
  • Offering plates will be placed at the front and back of the church – they will not be passed during worship.
  • No Passing of the Peace and no personal contact.
  • No fellowship time after church.
  • No Sunday School classes.
  • The back pews will be blocked off.  Arranged seating will assure six feet distance between members.  Families may sit together.
  • Prefilled communion cups and prepacked wafers will be used.

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 kkstockton@twcny.rr.com.  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

  • Treasurer’s Report for May was reviewed and accepted.
  • Sunday Worship continues by E-Mail, Mailings and Facebook.
  • Decision made not to share services with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church covering for the pastors’ vacations this summer due to the health concerns of Covid-19.
  • Karen Stockton continues to look into the possibility of having a Virtual VBS program.  Her daughter has volunteered to set up the program.
  • Pastor Roger is keeping in contact with the congregation by phone calls, texting, e-mailing, mail.
  • Picnic originally scheduled for August 16th is cancelled due to health concerns of Covid-19.
  • Pastor Roger attended the Presbytery meeting by Zoom on May 26th.
  • Marcia Cavanaugh will contact Kevin Bailey from the Presbytery Committee on Ministry to attend the July session meeting to discuss the procedure for a securing a replacement for Pastor Roger upon his retirement in November.
  • Procedure for reopening on July 5th was approved.
  • July meeting will be held on the 13th at 2pm.

 

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!!

 

 

 

 

   

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