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1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424


Sunday Worship 9:55am








Sunday, March 4th we will share in The Lord’s Supper.  The communion servers will be Pat Williams and Sharon Wolanin.  In recognition of St. David’s Day, March 1st, Welsh hymns will be sung during the worship service.  St. David, one of the influential monks of the sixth century, is the Patron Saint of Wales.  Above the legends surrounding his life, everyone recognizes his dedicated purpose to establish Christianity in Wales.  The date of his death is assumed to be March 1, 589, so on that day each year people of Welsh heritage honor their patron saint.   

The greeters for this month are Karen Mesick and Sharon Wolanin for the 4th, Marcia Cavanaugh and Bobbi Masters for the 11th, Carol Wallace and Pat Williams on March 18th, Kathy & Carl Graziadei on March 25th.


Liturgists for March:

4th – Mark McCumber, 11th – Carl Graziadei, 18th – Jan Grunenwald, 25th – Shirley Danko


Our Organist is Irina G. Popov.  We thank her for her musical selections.


Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for March 4th – Forestport Presbyterian Church; 11th – First Presbyterian Church, Holland Patent; 18th – Vanderkamp Center, Cleveland, 25th – Seminary Students.


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.


Each Sunday during Lent a purple candle on the crown of thorns wreath will be extinguished. 

Birthdays for March:                 Anniversaries for March:             

11th  – Irina Popov                      3rd – Len & Dolores Pugh

13th  – Karen Fournier                (if your birthday or anniversary is missing, please let Pastor know)

24th  – Mary Cole

27th  – Pat Williams

28th  – Jenile Seelman

29th  – Deb Bonville 

Lenten Lunches continue on Wednesdays at Whitesboro Presbyterian Church which include soup, sandwich, drink and dessert for a donation of $4.  Lunch begins at 11:30 with the following speakers at noon: 

March 7th – Deacon Tony from St. Paul’s Catholic Church

March 14th – Tom Lorenz, Chaplain, Presbyterian Home

March 22nd – Deacon Fabian Rivera from New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

March 28th – Rev. Victor McKusick from Whitesboro Presbyterian Church

On Ash Wednesday, February 14th, Waterbury provided the lunch thanks to Bobbi Masters,  Pat Williams, Marcia Cavanaugh, Karen Mesick, Dolores Pugh, Jenile Seelman, Jan Grunenwald, those who provided the desserts and the Whitesboro Church crew.

On Palm Sunday, March 25th, the worship service will include a special Lenten presentation – “The Glorious Gift”. It is a thirty five minute interpretation of the Holy Week events in Jesus’ life. Through audience inclusive dialogue and six acoustic songs we can further understand the most important occurrence in human history. From what a witness might have seen when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, to the rising of God’s Son, this original work by Greg Jenkins takes you through time, and may answer some questions you have today.

The Annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be received on Palm Sunday.   Our gifts to this offering allow Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by disaster.  It helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterians and other partners to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally and makes it possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people. There are fish banks available on the back table for you to fill with coins to bring back Palm Sunday.  Offering envelopes will be provided on Palm Sunday in the bulletin.

The Maundy Thursday Service on March 29th at 7:00pm will once again be a combined service with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church this year to be held at the Whitesboro Church with Pastor Roger preaching. 


Our annual Community Easter Sunrise Service will be April 1st at 7am at the Oriskany Battlefield Monument.  Please bring a chair with you.  Pastor Victor McKusick will be the preacher.  There will be breakfast following the service at Waterbury Church.  The Celebration of the Resurrection Service will begin at 9:55am.

There will special music for Easter provided by the choir under the direction of Irina Popov.  If you are interested in singing in the choir, talk to Irina.  Rehearsals will be held after worship.

If you wish to place a Lily for Easter Sunday in memory or in honor of a loved one, please complete a form located on the bookcase in the sanctuary and give it to Kathy Graziadei by Sunday, March 18th.  The cost is $8 each.

Sunday School News by Karen Stockton

Sunday School is held during the worship service following Jake’s message.  All children are welcome to attend.  There will be no Sunday School on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.  This will allow families to enjoy the special worship services together.

Mark the date, July 9th – 13th for Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School.  Plan to sail right into the storm with your mariners this summer.  If you run aground, you’re sure to be rescued by Jesus! Five mornings of faith-building fun demonstrate that God is our anchor in life’s raging seas.  If you are interested in helping with VBS or know someone who might be interested, please reach out to Karen Stockton, 315-533-5249 or

From Pastor Roger

Thank you for the birthday cards, the gift card to Texas Roadhouse (my favorite!), the plaque – “I Don’t Know What Tomorrow Holds, But I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” (how true!) and to Bobbi Masters for my Pizza Party!

A letter was received from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission thanking us for the $50  Joy Offering from the Christmas Eve service. The letter included these words: “Your congregation’s gift, when combined with that of others will share the love of Christ with those in need.  You are a valued partner in mission.”


Congratulations to Carl Graziadei who was named to the Highest Honor Roll: 94.5-100.0 for Oriskany Central School’s Second Marking Period Grade 11 and to Alivia Franz who was named to the High Honor Roll: 89.5-94.49 for Grade 8. 

Carl is a member of the Oriskany High School Language Club that recently participated in the Greater Utica Sunrise Rotary Club and North Utica – Whitestown Rotary Club’s Books for the World Project, packing more than 1,500 used books to be shipped to institutions in Africa in need of classroom books.  The Books for the World project has distributed more than six million books to qualified institutions for more than a decade.

You are invited to come to the Prayer Group that meets every Wednesday from 9am to 10am at the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro, with Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor.

The Spring Presbytery Meeting will be held on April 3rd 5pm at New Hartford Presbyterian Church, 45 Genesee Street, New Hartford.

The next Coffee House at Augusta-Vernon Center Presbyterian Church, Route 26, Oriskany Falls, will be Saturday, March 24th at 7pm with the LegUp Band.  A member of the group is Ed Grove, husband of Carole Grove our mission speaker from Your Neighbors, Inc.

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February Session Notes by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session
Communion was held on February 4, 2018, with 29 served. 
The Session approved the Celebrate the Gifts of Women Worship Service, to be held Mother's Day, May 13.
Greg Jenkins will direct a special presentation during the worship service Palm Sunday.
Volunteers are needed for Vacation Bible School to be held July 9 - 13.
March Mission is Health Friends, Chip Hemmel will be the speaker on March 11.
The Session approved the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Palm Sunday.
Organ Repair - the new control system has been ordered by Sid Chase with shipping date expected the second week of July.  The next payment of $4500 is due on delivery.  The repairs will take several weeks over the summer.
Roof - the Session is looking into the possibility of a metal roof.  A loan for the roof project may be possible through the Presbyterian Church (USA) Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program Inc.  
The Session approved Pastor Roger's vacation Monday, April 23 - Saturday, April 28.  Greg Jenkins will be the guest preacher on Sunday, April 29.
CPR Training - it was not possible to locate an instructor for a class to be held at the church. 
(note: AHA at BOCES offers classes every month at their sites.  The classes are at different times and are 4 hours each.  The cost is $65.  ARC offers classes throughout the months with cost varying from $73 to $113.  Both organization websites offer more information.)

Church Brochure - a first draft of a church brochure was reviewed by the Session and suggestions were made for the next draft.  
Pastor Roger and Len Pugh attended the Presbytery meeting on January 23rd.  The topic of the meeting was "Our Love for God in Sacred Texts and Stories from Other Traditions" which included a panel discussion by four clergy representing different faiths – Rev. Eve Stevens, Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica; Rabbi Peter B. Schaktman, D.D., Temple Emanu-El; Imam Amsal Memic, Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica; Rev. Joseph A. Salerno, Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes. 
The Session approved the wedding of Nicole Graziadei and Zachery Yates, to be held Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 1:30pm at Waterbury Church.
A donation of $100 was approved for the Oriskany Public Library Capital Campaign. 
Our church will host the Presbytery September 2019 meeting.
Waterbury Session received an invitation from the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church Session to have a conversation about ways we can partner in ministry.  Our Session members are open to listening to Whitesboro's ideas and Pastor Roger will work to set a date for a meeting.     
The next Session meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12 at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.  

Donations for the Organ Repair may be given to Deb Bonville. 

Pastor Roger will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.


Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church
1117 Utica Street
Oriskany, New York 13424