TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS OCTOBER 2017
WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Psalm 118:24
Pastor Roger wishes to thank the Rev. Gerald Scott for leading worship on September 24th and to the Rev. Judith Westerhoff on October 1st for World Communion Sunday.
The greeters for October 15th are Ginger Leigh and Pat Williams, Kathy & Carl Graziadei for the 22nd, for October 29th Deb & Bill Bonville.
Liturgists for October
15th – Kathy Graziadei, 22nd – Ingrid Kraeger, 29th – Pam Deppmeyer
Each Sunday we include in prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for October 15th – Health Care Chaplain Ministry: Bassett Hospital, Rev. Betsy Jay; Hospice & Palliative Care, Rev. Ruth Kuo; Presbyterian Home, Rev. Tom Lorenz; 22nd – Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Utica; 29th – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program.
Birthdays for October:
5th – Mark McCumber
7th – Rev. Gerald Scott
10th – Jennifer Leigh
14th – Leslie Husted
18th – Donna Currie
20th – Isabella Smithling (Vacation Bible School)
23rd – Gail Milotte
27th – Rowland
30th – Jasmine Cole
(if yours is missing, please let Pastor know)
Anniversaries for October:
4th – Ken & Jill Mumpton
7th – Ken & Karen Stockton
19th – Mike & Dayna Franz
(if missed yours is missing, please let Pastor know)
The Session will meet next on Monday, November 13th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room (no meeting in October).
Our next Bible Study, God Is Closer Than You Think, begins on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room. It is a six lesson DVD study to experience God’s presence. Intimacy with God can happen right now – a closeness we can feel, a reality we can experience for ourselves. Bestselling author John Ortberg will show us how we can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with our heavenly Father. The Bible Study will help us to: Find God where we least expect Him; Listen to God’s voice; Identify which pathway of relationship we’re uniquely designed to travel; Align ourselves with the flow of the Holy Spirit; Draw closer to God even when He seems absent. Plan to join in on this interesting study.
We are organizing a children’s choir and drama troop for students from pre-k to high school. This new program is for children who like to sing, dance and have fun acting on a small stage. The children’s first performance will be a Christmas play to be presented during the worship service on Sunday, December 10th. Parts will be available for all skill levels. The Waterbury Community Children’s Choir and Drama Troop will be directed by Greg Jenkins of Greg Jenkins Entertainment. Please invite families to join us for an organizational-start up session on October 15th from 4pm to 5:30pm. The children will take part in a sing a long of familiar songs while the parents take part in an organizational meeting. The sessions will be followed by a get to know each other pizza dinner. All children are welcome to take part in the program and are not required to perform in the church presentation. Additional information and registration forms are available by contacting Karen Stockton at 315.533.5249 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, October 21st Whitesboro Presbyterian Church will hold a Harvest Turkey Dinner. Seatings 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 – Reservations recommended for seatings and also for takeouts – 315-736-5497 – $12 adults, $6 age 5-10, under 4 free.
Our Golumpki Dinner (stuffed cabbage) will be held on October 28th from 4pm to 7pm (or until sold out) at a cost of $9. The dinner includes bread & butter, dessert and drink along with the large portion of Golumpki! Takeouts will be available by calling 315-768-7502. Your help is needed. There is a sign-up sheet on the back table in the sanctuary along with one for providing desserts.
Sunday School News – Children of all ages are invited to attend Sunday School which is held during the worship service following Jake’s message. If you need more information or would like to volunteer to help with the nursery or Sunday School, please contact Karen Stockton at 315.533.5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to join Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor for the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church Prayer Group that meets Wednesdays from 9am to 10am in the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro.
We are again offering an opportunity to dedicate a bulletin for Sunday Worship for a birthday, anniversary, in memory of a loved one, in honor of a loved one…for any reason you wish. The donation is $10. There is a new supply of bulletins for the coming seasons to choose from on the table in back of the sanctuary. Your dedication will be acknowledged in the bulletin for that Sunday. Please see Karen Mesick if you are interested. Please order at least 3 week in advance.
The Session has approved to have a brochure produced to introduce our church to visitors. If you are interested in helping with this project, please let Pastor Roger know.
Carl Graziadei, a Junior, is the new contributor from Oriskany Central School to “the 0” which is the newspaper for the village of Oriskany. This is the article he wrote for the September edition: “In the beginning of August, seventeen upcoming juniors and seniors had the opportunity to go to Fibonacci, a weeklong STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) camp at the Beeches Inn. The camp had various workshops for the students to choose from which were all geared towards helping them with their projects. Everyone was divided into teams and each team had the challenge of creating business based on a problem faced by people worldwide. Once the teams put their business plan together they had to present their idea to a group of panelists who gave them compliments and constructive criticisms to help them fine tune their plan. The panelists then chose three out of eighteen teams to present in from of Daymond John (famously known from ABC’s Shark Tank). Three students from Oriskany had the privilege of presenting in front of Daymond: Carol Graziadei, Brynn Janes and Kenneth Burtch. Everyone loved their time at Fibonacci, gaining new experiences and making new friends.” Carl was on one of the three teams – Congratulations!
PRESBYTERY REPORT – Dick Meili from Whitesboro Presbyterian Church
The Presbytery meeting was held in Nichols Memorial Presbyterian Church in Old Forge on September 26, a beautiful Indian Summer day to be in the Adirondacks and walk around town. Although no important votes were taken, there were several announcements and reports of interest.
o Cooperstown Presbyterian held a panel discussion on immigrants and immigration policy.
o Stone Presbyterian (Clinton) participated in an ecumenical effort to package 2,500 meals to be shipped abroad, mostly to Africa.
o VanderKamp had a successful summer with 176 camper weeks, some funded with a $10,000 donation for camperships.
o With the closing of its school, the town of Cleveland no longer has a community center. So consequently, VanderKamp is opening its doors to fill that role.
o In order to prepare to call a new pastor in a couple of years, Rome Presbyterian is undergoing a congregation assessment using the organizational intelligence Congressional Assessment Tool (CAT). Their intent is to call a pastor without first hiring an interim pastor-- certainly a new model.
o Old Forge Presbyterian is part of a program to train and help supply members of a support group for caregivers for the chronically ill.
o Since she essentially ‘grew up’ in the Presbytery, Tamara Razanno was presented a framed Certificate of Ordination in recognition of her call to the Little Falls Presbyterian Church.
o A video was shown depicting the annual Delaware Work Camp, to which our Presbytery sent a group for the 26th year.. After visiting the Camp for his first time, Larry Beasley, our Presbytery’s Interim Director, is convinced it’s a transformative experience for participants. There’s no bullying and it’s classless in terms of cliques, economic status and racial/ethnic identity. He encourages adults to also attend as chaperones.
o The PCUSA’s Disaster Agency has granted $7,500 to the Utica Presbytery to aid victims of last spring’s floods. Pastor Victor is a member of a committee that has been set up to review applications for aid-- not to exceed $500.
o Utica is joining three adjacent presbyteries, Syracuse-Cayuga, Susquehenna and Northern NY, to form the Central NY Presbyteries Network. The four Presbyteries will collaborate on such matters as staff sharing, orientation for General Assembly Commissioners, Committee(s) on Preparation for Ministry, clergy retreats and education. (Utica’s Lay Academy recently celebrated what is believed to be its first graduate from outside the Presbytery. Additionally, an Episcopalian has enrolled in the Academy-- which is open to all lay people in the Presbytery, not just those intending to graduate and become Commissioned Lay Pastors.)
o Work continues on the Utica Presbytery’s Strategic Planning Process, begun in May with the hiring of the Holy Cow! consulting firm. (Really, that’s its name) The process was begun to counter what’s described as ‘the low level of interest in and enthusiasm for Presbytery’. We received an update on the following areas of planning.
§ Innovation: Each church will participate in an organizational intelligence effort by using the same above mentioned CAT that Rome Presbyterian used in its congregational assessment.
§ Cultivate an Intentional Learning Community: In order to first assess our needs, each Church should have received an email seeking that information.
§ Encourage and Provide Resources for Leadership; The goal is to spark local conversations and expand shared ministry, even interfaith, on the local and regional levels.
Presbytery next meets in November at the Stone (Clinton) Presbyterian Church.
Westminster Moriah Olivet Church, 730 Broadway Street, Utica presents a Murder Mystery Dinner “Trouble At the Tropicabana” as a fundraiser to benefit the Parkinson’s Unit of Presbyterian Homes & Services on Saturday October 21st 6 to 9pm. Presented by WMO Church, The Players to Go and A Moveable Feast by O’Conner. Ticket price $50 per person includes entertainment, buffet dinner and open bar. Play Synopsis: Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. You’ll enjoy Latin music, a little dancing and murder at the Tropicabana Club. For tickets or more information contact Linda @ 315-732-6518 or Lindawpcutica@gmail.com.
Thank you from Doris McCumber – I wish to thank the Session and the church for sponsoring my husband Howard B. McCumber for a Flag for Heroes for the Memorial Parkway on Veterans weekend. He served his country as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy and as a nurse in the Army Reserves. He knew that he could be called to go to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC if needed. Thanks again. It was much appreciated.
With grateful appreciation, Pastor Roger and Pat wish to thank everyone for the cards and gifts celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.
Each Sunday before our worship service begins, we meet in the church office at 9:40am for a Time of Prayer. All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.
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