TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS DECEMBER 2020
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
November 22nd was Pastor Roger’s last Sunday. He will be on vacation until the end of December, relaxing at home with Pat. The Presbytery Committee on Ministry has approved the recommendation of the Waterbury Session that Elder Gregory Jenkins be your next Pastor. Please pray for Greg as he recovers from COVID-19. The supply preacher on November 29th will be Elder Barbara Epley-Shuck, a member of Utica First Presbyterian Church and an Authorized Lay Preacher.
The Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held Thursday, December 24th at 6:30pm with Pastor Roger officiating, if there are no restrictions enforced by the State. The Christmas Story will be presented with Scripture and Carols. Prefilled communion cups will be used. The Christmas Joy Offering will be received at this service. 50% of the offering is distributed to the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for Assistance Programs for current and retired servants of the church and 50% is distributed to the 8 racial ethnic schools and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through the National Ministries Division to assist deserving students.
From Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session:
During the time that we will not be worshiping together, you may send your offering to our Financial Secretary, Deborah Bonville, 9169 Olin Road, Marcy, NY 13403. Thank you.
Hospice and Palliative Care is our December Mission. If you wish to donate, please send your check to Deb Bonville.
Birthdays for December:
1st – Wayne Franz
3rd – Shirley Danko
5th – Tom Deppmeyer
8th – Frank Calenzo
11th – Hope Mayack
11th – Lauren Prichard (8yrs old – Barb Traver’s great-granddaughter)
12th – Brandon Allen
12th – Bob Thrasher
13th – Les Henderson
14th – Megan Absolom
14th – Caleb Smith
15th – Julie Noeth
21st – Manuel Guerra
25th – Jesus Christ
29th – Bill Wolanin
30th – Lucas Boyko (8yrs old)
Anniversaries for December:
11th – Jenile & Al Seelman
24th – Bobbi & Harry Masters
Caleb Smith looks forward to receiving cards from our congregation. His address is 126 Brookley Road, Rome, NY 13441
Thank You from our October Mission: Dear Waterbury Memorial, This is the 42nd year of the Frist Presbyterian Church Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We cannot prepare 1,000 full, traditional, hot dinners without the support of churches, other partners, and approximately 200 volunteers participating in various stages of the preparation, serving, and clean up. Although we get donations of certain items like turkeys, beverages, and pies, we still face significant purchases of other food items and the materials needed for preparation and delivery of the meal. Your generous donation helps make it all possible for many. Thanksgiving is a national day of giving thanks and no one in this great country that God has so blessed, should go without a hot meal. You are more than a donor, you are there, at the table with the least and the lost. May God continue to inspire you and bless all your efforts to serve others. Sincerely, Tom Wattles, John Faust, Michal Kumbalek, Co-Dinner Chairmen. A personal note was added: Thank you for your many years of partnering with us! In this pandemic our costs have risen. Your $240 donation is most helpful. Blessings, Tom.
We have received several donations for the stained-glass window restoration. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
Corrections for the Waterbury Church Directory: James Pate’s new address – 1300 SW 84th Ave., Portland, OR 97225; Greg Jenkins’ correct phone number – 315.416.3200.
If you are interested in serving as an Elder on the Session or as a Deacon, please let Bill Bonville know.
Calendars for 2021 have arrived with this note – Our holiday gift to your parish. We hope that your congregation finds these calendars useful in their day to day lives. Our very best wishes to everyone this holiday season. Sincerely, The Staff at Dimbleby Funeral Services, Inc. The calendars are available on the back table in the sanctuary.
Hilites November 9th Session Meeting by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session
From Pastor Roger to the Members and Friends of Waterbury Church: Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude for the love expressed for Pat and me on my last Sunday. Your kindness was very much appreciated. I was very humbled by it all. We wish to thank you for the retirement gifts from the church – the beautiful clock with the engraved plaque, the gift card to Texas Roadhouse (our favorite!), and the gift certificate to The Brewster Inn overlooking Cazenovia Lake. Pat and I will enjoy our stay there, when it is safe to do so, and we look forward to the dinner. We always enjoy a place to go overlooking water. Also, to all who presented us with cards, gift cards, gifts, the floral arrangement and for all the cards and gifts that I have received, Diolch yn fawr! (Welsh for thank you very much!). Our love to you all.