TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS AUGUST 2019
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
Summer Worship Schedule with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church, corner of Main & Elm
August 4th – Waterbury at Whitesboro @ 10am with Pastor Victor preaching.
August 11th – Waterbury at Whitesboro @ 10am with Pastor Victor preaching.
August 18th – Worship and Picnic together @ 10am at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion.
August 25th – Whitesboro at Waterbury @ 9:55am with Pastor Roger preaching.
September 1st – Whitesboro at Waterbury @ 9:55am with Pastor Roger preaching.
Vacation Bible School Update
We had a roaring good time at Vacation Bible School July 15 - 19, where life is wild but God is good! All week we praised God with songs and God sightings and we shared a Bible point and Bible verse throughout the program. The children learned that while life can be unfair, sad and even scary God is always, always good. The week started out with 23 children (the youngest just 3 years old), including 4 student crew leaders. The attendance was steady throughout the week with between 19 and 23 children.
VBS mission project was to collect returnable bottles and cans to support the Rome Humane Society. The children, parents and our leaders brought in $51 in bottles and cans. We also collected $31.81 in donations. A check will be sent to the Rome Humane Society in memory of Owen Fortnam, who passed away last winter. Owen attended VBS in 2017 and 2018. We want to thank Ilya Boyko and Kathy Graziadei for taking the mountain of bottles and cans to the recycle center.
On Thursday we had a special day with a pizza party lunch and a special guest from the Rome Humane Society. The Director, Helen brought a kitten to VBS and shared information about the work done to rescue and find homes for the dogs and cats. The pizza was provided by Mr. Boyko and Capri Pizza.
There are so many who made it possible to have VBS again this year. Thanks go to our Station Leaders: Wild Bible Adventure - Vicky Guerra and Carol Wallace, and Mark McCumber who played the part of Pharaoh. Hungry Herd Café - Pat Williams, Marcia Cavanaugh, and Sharon Wolanin. Imagination Station - Joanna Jenkins and Dolores Pugh. Stampede Sports - Kathy Graziadei. KidVid Cinema - Pam Deppmeyer, Sing and Play Roar - Pastor Roger and Jake. Thanks also goes out to our Crew Leaders, who have all attended VBS in previous years - Kate Williams, Mike Smithling, Gabby Koenig, and Bella Romano. We also need to thank those who helped set up and clean up for our big week: Len and Dolores Pugh, Kathy Graziadei, Vicky Guerra (and her husband Manuel), Carol Wallace, Ken Stockton, Mark McCumber and Harry Masters. We also thank Janet Williams for her beautiful art work that adds so much to our décor each year.
We also want to thank those who made donations during the special Children's Day offering, to those who made private donations, to the Deacons for providing funds for the snacks and especially for all the prayers.
Our annual Church Picnic with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church will be held at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion on August 18th. The worship service at 10am will precede the picnic. Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. The hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, plates and utensils will be provided. Invite someone to come along with you for a time of worship and fellowship and fun!
Each Sunday before our worship service begins, we will meet in the church office at 9:30am for a Time of Prayer. All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.
The greeters for this month are Julie & Bob Thrasher on the 25th.
Liturgists for August:
25th – Marilyn Rahn
Each Sunday we include in prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for August 4th – College Chaplain Ministry: Hamilton College, Rev. Jeffrey McArn; 11th – Westminster Moriah Olivet Church, Utica; 18th – Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs; 25th – Personnel Workgroup of the Presbytery
Mission Sunday this month will be on the 25th. Our speaker will be Cathy Rzeszot from Oneida County Habitat for Humanity.
Also, on August 25th Carl John Graziadei, son of Carl and Kathy Graziadei will receive the Sacrament of Baptism during the worship service.
Birthdays for August (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):
4th – Mike Absolom
4th – Deanna Side (Jeanie Walter’s sister)
5th – Grace Henderson
6th – Reg Rahn (90th)
9th – Corinne Looney (11yrs old – Granddaughter of Hope & Dan Mayack)
12th – Ingrid Kraeger
17th – Jan Grunenwald
20th – Helga Rycraft (90th)
21st – Kathryn Langdon
23rd – Pam Gorecki
24th – Harry Masters
Parker Call (7yrs old – Grandson of Karen & Ken Stockton)
28th – Laura Allen
Anniversaries for August (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):
6th – Frank & Marcia Cavanaugh
27th – Bill & Sharon Wolanin
Our Daily Bread devotionals for September, October and November are available on the back table in the sanctuary. They are provided through a donation.
Thank You received from the Presbyterian Mission Special Offerings: We give thanks to you for your support of Special Offerings, your congregation joins other churches to changes lives around the world through ministries of compassion, advocacy, development, peacemaking, Christian formation, education and witness. On June 7, 2019, we received $87.58 for One Great Hour of Sharing. Your congregation’s giving, when combined with that of others, will share the love of Christ with those in need. Again, thank you for giving to enable all people to know God’s life-giving welcome in Jesus Christ. With gratitude to God for our shared mission, Bryce Wiebe, Director.
A Thank You was received from Your Neighbors, Inc. for our donation of $419 which was the offering from the Presbytery meeting held at Waterbury Church on May 28th.
Dear Waterbury Church, Thank you for holding a reception on behalf of my graduation. Also, thank you for the scripture pen. Both of these things were very generous of you. Once again, thank you and God Bless. Love, Carl
July 22nd Session Hilites by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session
· The June financial reports were reviewed and approved.
· 36 received Communion (37 attended) on July 7th.
· Water leak in the basement – there is an underground window that caused flooding in the basement during a heavy rain. This will have to be located and dug u to be sealed.
· The roof work will begin in August and completed by October 1st.
· Pastor Roger will be away July 29th-31st and August 5th-7th.
· Sexual Harassment Training is in process for church employees.
· Elders Karen Stockton and Marcia Cavanaugh attended a training class for instructions on serving communion in the absence of the pastor and are now authorized to do so.
· Approved the Baptism for Carl John Graziadei.
· Approved the printing of Welcome and Prayer Concern Cards.
· The next session meeting will be held on September 9th at 6pm.
The mark of an effective church is not how many people come but how many people live differently as a result of having been there. – posting on Facebook.
Pastor Roger will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.
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