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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS SEPTEMBER 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

 

Sunday, September 6th we will share in The Lord’s Supper using the prefilled communion cups with wafers (gluten free wafers will also be available.)  Please take a cup with you as you enter the sanctuary.  The communion cups are easy to open – press down and feel back the first seal, remove and eat the soft wafer, peel back the second seal to drink the juice.  Dispose of the cup as you leave in the basket near the door.   Elder Marcia Cavanaugh will be assisting Pastor Roger with the communion service.  Marcia attended a training session for instructions on serving communion and is now authorized to do so.

 

Don’t forget to complete the short survey which you received at church or in the mail.  The survey is to provide a snapshot of where you, the members and attendees of Waterbury Church, believe we are currently and feel we are led to be in the future.  You need not put your name on this survey.  All comments will be kept confidential and are only used to guide our leadership as it searches for a new pastor when Pastor Roger retires.  Statistical data may be shared to help the congregation know where we stand as the body of Christ.  Please read each question carefully and PRAY about each answer, take your time.  Respond as yourself and as you feel God is leading you, not as you think a “good” Christian “should” respond.  You may place your completed survey in the box in back of the sanctuary or mail them directly to the church with  70 cents postage. They will be retrieved from the box on Sunday, September 13th.

 

Mission Sunday is the 13th.  We have a new mission for September – the Ziyara Shriners Transportation to Children’s Hospitals which will be shared by Len Pugh. If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to Waterbury Church.  Thank you.

 

Birthdays for September:

5th – Bobbi Masters

5th – Carol Wallace

8th – Dayna Franz

15th – Dr. William Langdon

18th – Joyce Freiermuth (Laura Bulger’s grandmother)

19th – Jill Mumpton

20th – Walt Rosendale

22nd – Sandy Kraeger

22nd – David Walters

23rd – Austin Exton (12 years old)

26th – Camille Looney (8 years old) (Dan & Hope Mayack’s granddaughter)

Anniversaries for September:

2nd – Zach & Nicole Yates (2nd)

 4th  – Al & Betty Cardamone (Whitesboro Church)    

 6th – Pastor Roger & Pat Williams

25th – Jake & Jan Grunenwald

 

2020 Vacation Bible School Program by Karen Stockton

Our Vacation Bible School theme for 2020 was Rocky Railway where Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through by Group.  After learning a VBS program at the church was not possible this summer we switched gears and had started plans to create a virtual program.  That plan also fell through and we went with a VBS home version (no internet or computer needed).  Supplies were ordered for 30 VBS Packs.  Pastor Roger, Jake, Pam Deppmeyer and I each took a section to create for the take home Pack.  The program was available for pick up August 10 -19.  We gave out 9 packs to the community children and donated 21 to the Rome Rescue Mission for distribution.  The total cost for the 2020 VBS program was $570.20.  Thank you to those who made donations for the program this year, to those who purchased a raffle ticket, to Shirley Danko for her afghan donation, to Pastor Roger, Jake and Pam for their time, to my niece Michelle Fredsell for making engine cookies, and especially to all who offered prayer.  

 

There is still time to help with the VBS expenses by filling out a form for the afghan on display in the sanctuary.

 

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 or sending your donation to our Financial Secretary, Deb Bonville.  The per capita is an apportionment per member of $41.14 that congregations pay (ours $1,316.48) to share the expenses of the Presbyterian Church (USA) system of government including the Presbytery of Utica.  Thank you to those who have donated $551.66.

 

Polly Simmons is now living in her new home.  Her address is Gosling Residence, 4033 State Route D, Boonville, NY 13309.

 

Thank You received from our February Mission:

March 17, 2020, On behalf of The Rome Rescue Mission, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of $236.00.  Because of your support, we have seen may lives changed for the better.  The goal of the mission is to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of disadvantaged people.  With the help of donations from supporters such as you, we will continue to provide shelter to the homeless, feed the hungry and inspire lifelong learning.  Sincerely, Matt Miller, Executive Director, Thank you.

 

And from our May Mission:

June 24, 2020, On behalf of Your Neighbors, Inc., please allow me to express our most heartfelt thanks for your very generous contribution to our organization of $190. Your gift means so much and will assist us in our efforts to provide for the individuals in our community whom we care deeply about.  As you know, Your Neighbors is a community of volunteers dedicated to serving the frail, elderly & those with limited independence in the greater Utica area by offering welcome companionship, medical & personal transportation, healthy, home-cooked meals and so much more.  With the continued compassion and encouragement of caring people like you, together we can make the lives of the people who rely on us that much brighter.  Once again, our sincerest appreciation for your very thoughtful and generous gift to Your Neighbors.  Warmest regards, Carrie Roth, Administrator, Lutheran Home of CNY/Program Coordinator, Your Neighbors, Inc. 

 

Your Neighbors, Inc. will be holding a Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ on Saturday, September 19th at the Zion Lutheran Church, corner of French & Burrstone Roads, New Hartford from Noon until sold out.  Stop by and pick-up barbecued chicken plus delicious side orders for just $10 and know that you’re supporting a much-needed service of the community.

 

Thank you to Shirley Danko for her donation of the Forehead Infrared Thermometer for checking temperatures of those attending worship.

 

Caleb Smith enjoys receiving cards from his church family at Waterbury.  Why not send Caleb a card to let him know that you are thinking of him.  He always responds with a thank you for the cards he receives.  Caleb’s address is Tradewinds Residence, 126 Brookley Road, Rome, NY 13441.

The Presbytery of Utica will meet on Tuesday, September 22nd 5pm via ZOOM.

 

August 10th Session Hilites by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session

  • The Financial Secretary and Treasurer’s reports for July were approved.
  • 23 Received Communion on August 2nd using the prefilled cups. The pre-filled cups are working for now during the Covid-19.
  • Organ Dedication ­– Pastor gave Irina an Organ Dedication Service from December 27, 1929 for possible special music ideas for the organ dedication in October.
  • Greg Jenkins completed Presbytery Communion Training. 
  • Karen Stockton handed out VBS Packs Sunday and Monday at the church.  
  • Water Leaks in basement – Will try to resolve the issue this month.
  • Kitchen Lights will be replaced later.
  • Paint chipping over front stain glass window – On hold.
  • Replacement of Mat at back entrance has been purchased and is to be installed.
  • Piano in Worden Room.  We will have the piano in the Worden room and the organ in the basement assessed for working order.
  • Rummage Sale cancelled for this year – continue to collect and store items for next year. 
  • Greg Jenkins will be given $500 towards his ongoing Lay Pastor training.  
  • Next Session meeting will be held September 14th at 2pm.

 

Pastor Roger will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.

 

 

 

   

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