TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JULY 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
We wish to thank our church family for the floral arrangement, cards, phone calls, love, support and hugs following the unexpected death of our daughter-in-law, Anne. Your kind expressions of sympathy will always be remembered. Pastor Roger and Pat
Thank you for your cards and prayers. They are greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Roger G. and Kate Williams.
Hero Central Vacation Bible School is ready to take off on July 10th at 9am. The children will learn that God’s Super Heroes “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!” (Psalm 34:14b). We will be working on our Hero Codes: Have Heart, Have Courage, Have Wisdom, Have Hope and Have Power all week. The children will be sharing Super Hero music, learn a Bible story, and having fun at the snack, science, craft and recreation stations. Vacation Bible School runs from Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th from 9am to noon. If you know any children who would like to attend Hero Central VBS please pass along the registration form (found at the back of the church) or contract Karen Stockton, 315-533-5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep our VBS program, the children and all the volunteers in your prayers. Thank you.
Summer Worship Schedule
Pastor Roger and Pat will be on vacation July 16th – July 29th
July 16th – Waterbury Church will worship at Whitesboro Presbyterian at 10am which will be a hymn sing. If you have a favorite hymn or Gospel song let Pastor Roger know so he can pass it on to the worship committee at Whitesboro. The selections will be chosen randomly.
July 23rd – Waterbury Church will worship at Whitesboro Presbyterian at 10am with Pastor Victor McKusick preaching.
July 30th – Whitesboro Presbyterian will worship at Waterbury Church at 9:55am with Pastor Roger preaching.
August 6th – Whitesboro Presbyterian will worship at Waterbury Church at 9:55am with Pastor Roger preaching.
August 20th – Waterbury and Whitesboro Churches will worship and picnic at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion beginning at 10am with the picnic to follow. E-Z Strings from the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association will be joining us again this year to play and sing Gospel music.
Sunday, July 2nd we will share in The Lord’s Supper.
Liturgists for July:
2nd – Nancy Fay, 9th – Marcia Cavanaugh, 30th – Rowland
Our organist, Irina Popov, is planning to have the choir sing a selection she composed especially to be sung at our church. If you are interested in participating in the choir, there will be a rehearsal after worship on July 2nd. If you unable to attend this one let her know that you will be available for future rehearsals.
Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for July 2nd – Our Church; 9th – College Chaplain Ministry, Hamilton College, Rev. Jeffrey McArn; 16th – Westminster Moriah Olivet Presbyterian Church; 23rd – Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs; 30th – Presbytery Personnel Committee
Sundays at 9:40am there is A Time of Prayer in the Church Office. All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.
The Sunday School would like to thank Alivia and Gavin Franz for taking part in the Children's Day program on June 11th. There will be a Bible Story time during worship for children July 2nd and 9thfollowing Jake's message. Our formal Sunday School classes will resume in September.
Birthdays for July:
2nd – Haley Phillips (Karen Fournier’s granddaughter)
3rd – Polly Simmons
9th – Carol Bone
9th – Michael Franz
10th – Karen Stockton
11th – Roger Bone
12th – Sara Call
23rd – Jim Huff
(if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)
Anniversaries for July:
3rd – Bill & Deb Bonville
7th – Steve & Laura Bulger
We extend our congratulations to the following graduates:
From Oriskany Central School – Jennifer Leigh, daughter of Ginger Leigh; Kayla Shafer, daughter of Jill Mumpton
From Clinton Central School – Silvanna Ramic, granddaughter of Karen Mesick
From Whitesboro Central School – Alex Bello, from Whitesboro Presbyterian Church, a volunteer at our Vacation Bible School
May God guide them as they continue their education.
We are grateful to Karen Mesick for planting flowers outside church and for the decorations in the sanctuary.
Thank You’s were received from Rome Rescue Mission (February Mission) for our donation of $255 and from YWCA Mohawk Valley (April Mission) for the $210 donation in support of Hall House.
Once again we are 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 to choose from on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Your dedication will be acknowledged in the bulletin for that Sunday. Please see Karen Mesick if you are interested. Please make your selection at least 3 weeks in advance.
Our thanks to Whitesboro Presbyterian Church Mission Committee for their donation of $200 toward the materials for building the wheelchair ramp. The donation was very much appreciated.
Session Notes by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session:
The Session met on June 12, 2017.
33 received Communion on May 7th and 36 received Communion on June 4th.
The Session approved the following joint worship services with Whitesboro Church: worship at Whitesboro July 16th and 23rd, worship at Waterbury July 30th and August 6th.
Our outdoor worship and picnic will be held at the Eastern Star Pavilion on August 20th with Whitesboro Church.
The July mission is Hope House with speaker Celia Bogan joining us for worship on July 9th.
A dehumidifier has been ordered for the basement.
Pastor Roger’s vacation, July 16th – July 29th was approved.
Pastor Roger attended the Utica Presbytery meeting on May 23rd.
The next Session meeting is scheduled for August 7th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.
Pastor Roger will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.
Presbytery Report – Dick Meili (Whitesboro Presbyterian Church)
The Presbytery met at 5:30 p.m. on May 23rd at the First Presbyterian Church of Utica. Although it was a somewhat uneventful meeting in the sense that there were no reports or business items that prompted lengthy discussion, we did address the following important matters.
We APPROVED the following final two proposed amendments to The Book of Order. They deal with access to communion and the Directory for Worship.
§ Baptism will no longer be a prerequisite for taking communion.
§ After 28 years the Directory for Worship was updated to reflect changes in society.
Just what is the Directory of Worship? I didn’t know either. According to the PCUSA website “The Directory for Worship describes the theology that underlies our worship, outlines appropriate forms of worship and highlights connections between worship and Christian life, witness and services.” After approving the amendment we broke into small groups to quickly read a portion of the Directory, choose what we felt was the most important idea of our portion and report our choice back to all in attendance.
The Presbytery has initiated a Strategic Plan to determine its future direction. This process was prompted by the conclusion that distributing among committees various tasks formerly performed by the Executive Presbyter, who was not replaced when she retired, has not worked out as hoped. An outside consulting group has been hired to assist in the planning process.
One of the first steps was to conduct a survey of churches to determine their views of the Presbytery and suggestions as to how it may better serve them. We heard a progress report that included the survey results, which revealed low levels of energy and satisfaction regarding the Presbytery. There was then a power point presentation detailing a new Vision Statement-- the aspirational goal, and a Mission Statement-- essentially ‘how we get there’. Four strategic targets were identified. We (again!) broke into groups to discuss the information that was presented.
The Committee on Ministry’s report centered on the Examination of Tamara Razzano for Ordination. Tamara is currently serving as Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE) for the Little Falls Presbyterian Church. In reading her Statement of Faith and responding to the usual request to ‘Tell us a little about yourself.’, she was most enthusiastic, animated and dynamic. (Editorial Comment: If we had more Tamara Razzanos entering the PCUSA’s pastoral ranks, we might not have our current problem of declining church membership.) Needless to say, she was ordained. Enthusiastically!
It wasn’t on the agenda but someone, whose name I did not get, gave an informative report on the Presbyterian Women’s organization-- a Presbytery-wide organization separate from the individual churches’ Women’s Associations. In addition to the fellowship aspect of meetings, luncheons and devotions, the organization conducts mission outreach efforts and offers talks on topics of interest. The last talk, on human trafficking of young women given at the Oneida Presbyterian Church by a N Y State Trooper, was most informative.
The last business item was the installation of Rev. Jane Kumbalek, Pastor of Utica First Presbyterian Church, as Moderator of Presbytery. (The Presbytery alternates the one year terms of Moderator between clergy and lay people.)
Since it doesn’t meet in July, the Presbytery’s next scheduled meeting will be in September.
(We appreciate Dick Meili’s willingness to share his report with Waterbury Church.)
Utica/Cayuga-Syracuse Presbyterian Women on September 13-14 will be holding a Retreat at Vanderkamp “Experience Your Faith Through Art!” The leader will be Cynthia Virkler Courtney, Forest Hill, MD, formerly a Vanderkamper from Lowville. She is Graphic Designer who will show how to experience our faith through art. Make plans to attend. More information and registration forms will be coming soon. The more the merrier. Spread the word! If you interested in attending, see Karen Stockton.
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