TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS SEPTEMBER 2018
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
Congratulations to Nicole Graziadei and Zach Yates who will be married Sunday, September 2nd at 1pm in Waterbury Church!
Communion this month will be on the second Sunday, September 9th. The servers are Barbara Traver and Bobbi Masters.
The greeters for September are Bobbi Masters on the 2nd; Shirley Danko and Rowland for the 9th; Barb Traver on the 16th; for the 23rd Karen Mesick and Sharon Wolanin; Kathy & Carl Graziadei on September 30th.
Liturgist for September 2nd – Mark McCumber, 9th – Shirley Danko, 16th – Jenile Seelman, 23rd – Karen Stockton, 30th – Joanna Jenkins
Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for September 2nd – Three Steeples United Church, Paris Hill; 9th – South Trenton Presbyterian Church; 16th – First Presbyterian Church, Springfield; 30th – First Presbyterian Church, Utica.
Mission Sunday is the Second Sunday of the month. Veteran’s Outreach is September’s Mission on the 9th. If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to Waterbury Church. Thank you.
Birthdays for September (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):
5th – Bobbi Masters
5th – Carol Wallace
8th – Dayna Franz
15th – William Langdon
18th – Joyce Freiermuth (Laura Bulger’s grandmother)
19th – Al Briend (95!)
19th – Jill Mumpton
20th – Walt Rosendale
22nd – Sandy Kraeger
22nd – David Walters
23rd – Austin Exton (10 years old)
26th – Camille Looney (6 years old) (Dan & Hope Mayack’s granddaughter)
30th – Kaden Matt (9 years old)
Anniversaries for September (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):
6th – Pastor Roger & Pat Williams
25th – Jake & Jan Grunenwald
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.
Sunday School will begin Sunday, September 9th during the worship service (following Jake’s message). All children are welcome.
The next Session meeting will be held September 10th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.
We extend our appreciation and thanks to Bobbi Masters for all she did so that we were able to enjoy a wonderful picnic with the Whitesboro Church congregation at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion on August 19th. Thanks also to Len Pugh for grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers. Everybody (around 70 attended) seemed to have a good time. Pastor’s granddaughter Kate enjoyed seeing her Taid get wet in the water balloon toss!
The Organ Restoration Project is scheduled to begin on September 4th. Irina Popov will be playing the piano for our worship services. Donations for the Project may be sent to Deb Bonville or placed on the offering plate using a pew envelope. Thank you.
Greg and Joanna Jenkins will be sharing the events of their Heart Touching Tour 2018 with a presentation after worship on September 30th.
Presbyterian Homes Foundation presents the 16th Annual Parkinson Awareness Walk on Saturday, September 29th 10am at the Presbyterian Homes & Services Campus. Pastor Roger is planning to participate in the walk and he would like to have company! So lace up your walking shoes or sponsor someone to do the walking for you. Join in to help us show our support for this worthy cause and raise awareness for Parkinson disease. The event is a leisurely one mile walk through the pathways and beautiful gardens of the campus. This year’s event will include free breakfast from the Bagel Grove, surprise giveaway with each registration, face painting, Utica College Hockey Team assistance, Shriner’s Clowns, giveaways and so much more! There are registration forms on the table in the sanctuary.
From Carole Grove, meal coordinator for Your Neighbors, Inc.: I just wanted to pass along this encounter I had with a new client today (Tuesday, August 28th). He was referred to us following a hospitalization. He is very, very weak and cannot stand long enough to fix any food. Also, there was very little food in his refrigerator or freezer. When I took him the meals and four soups that I had today, I read off to him the menus from the meals and he immediately picked the stuffed zucchini that one of your teams had prepared saying, “Oh, I just love zucchini.” He called me again later and said how delicious it was. Please tell your cooks that they are making a real difference for some of our special neighbors. The meals that you sent us this week were a real godsend. (Bob Thrasher delivered 65 meals to the storage freezer at Zion Lutheran Church on Monday.) We are coming out of summer with low reserves. Your meals made a huge difference. Thank you, and I’ll pass along the words from this client….”God bless you all.”
Your Neighbors, Inc. is presenting “Your Neighbors, Our Friends: A Celebration of Service” dinner in honor of its 1980 founders, Carole & Ed Grove, on Thursday, September 20th in Hart’s Hill Inn, 135 Clinton Street, Whitesboro at $45 per person; $85 a couple. Arrival and check-in is at 5:30pm, deluxe buffet dinner at 6:15pm, a performance by Fritz’s Polka Band at 7pm and a premium basket raffle at 8pm. For information and to place your reservations, contact Challee Kohl at 315.235.7149.
The Presbytery of Utica will meet on September 25th 5pm at Three Steeples United, Paris.
Mark your calendar – Our Golumpki Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 20th. Details will follow in the October newsletter.
Congratulations to Brandon Pugh, grandson of Len & Dolores Pugh, for receiving a scholarship from the St. David’s Society of Utica. He is a student at Clarkson University majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Dear Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, I would like to thank you for your recent gift to Hope House. Your gift of $240.00 will go a long way helping to provide, for all who come to Hope House, a hot meal and a warm safe place off the streets. Your support allows us to meet our operating expenses so we can continue to provide quality services at Hope House. You can be confident that your contribution will be used efficiently and effectively. Hope is a powerful word to someone who is in despair. While we cannot solve all the problems of our guests, Hope House is here serving hot meals in a warm, safe environment with a smile. We help with referrals to other services, we listen when people need to talk; we provide a hug when there are no words to be said. We cheer our guest’s successes and we pray for them when they have a setback because in the end, what happens at Hope House is about people. Thanks to people like you and your financial support we can be there for those of our neighbors who are in the greatest need. Sincerely, John P. Madej, Executive Director (Hope House was our July mission.)
From the Rescue Mission of Utica (June Mission) – Your donation is already at work providing basic necessities for those who are homeless, hungry, and addicted. Even more important, God is working in the hearts of the broken. He is changing lives and you are playing a very important part. The Rescue Mission of Utica values your support, partnership, and prayer. Proverbs 3:27 encourages us with these words: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Again, I express my sincere thanks to you for your recent generous gift of $223. It is only through partners such as yourself that we are able to continue all of our life changing ministries. May the Lord bless and keep each of you. Jim Haid, Executive Director.
The $75.51 offering from Vacation Bible School was given to World Vision for “Seeds for Haiti”. This thank you was received – On behalf of World Vision, thank you for your generous gift and your commitment to help children and families in need. World Vision is committed to tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice, working holistically to ensure a brighter future for the communities we serve. It is because of partners like you that we are able to do this work – you are a vital part of bringing about transformation in the lives of the poor. Thank you for your compassion for others. With gratitude, Rich Stearns, President.
Thank you to Karen Mesick for planting the flowers at the church entrance and to Dolores Pugh for her weeding. The flowers were beautiful this summer!
You are invited to join Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor for the Prayer Group that meets Wednesdays from 9am to 10am in the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro.
The St. David’s Society of Utica will hold its annual Fall Gymanfa Ganu (Festival of Song in the Welsh Tradition) on Sunday, October 7th 3pm at Clinton United Methodist Church, 105 Utica Road, Clinton. The conductor will be Jay G. Williams III with Susan Bartholomew playing the organ and special music by harpist Peggy Behrendt. Refreshments (Te Bach) will follow. Everyone is welcome!
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