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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS FEBRUARY 2019

WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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

315.768.7502  www.waterbury-church.org

Sunday Worship 9:55am

 

THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE

LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.  Psalm 118:24

 

Everyone is invited to the Waterbury Church annual Pizza lunch in honor of Pastor Roger’s birthday to be held following worship on Sunday, February 17th.  Please sign-up by February 10thon the list located on the back table in the sanctuary with the number attending or call Bobbi Masters at 315.337.1958.  We want to make sure there is enough pizza for everyone.

February 3rd we will share in The Lord’s Supper.  The scheduled communion servers are Marcia Cavanaugh and Jeanie Walters.  During the worship service we will be ordaining Mark McCumber as a Deacon and installing the Elders to serve on the Session and the Deacons.  

 

The greeters for this month are Marcia Cavanaugh and Kathy Graziadei for February 3rd; Carol Wallace and a volunteer for the 10th; Bobbi Masters and Jeanie Walters for the 17th; Volunteers are needed for the 24th.

 

Liturgists for February:

3rd – Nancy Fay, 10th – Carol Wallace, 17th – Mark McCumber, 24th – Gavin Franz

 

Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for February 3rd – Augusta-Vernon Center Presbyterian Church, Augusta; 10th – First Presbyterian Church, Boonville; 17th – The Presbyterian Homes & Services, New Hartford; 24th – First Presbyterian Church, Cherry Valley

 

We meet for a Time of Prayer each Sunday at 9:30am in the church office before our worship service.  All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.

 

Birthdays for February:            

 2nd – Barb Traver                                        

 7th  – Kathy Graziadei                                              

 8th   – Keria Matt (6 yrs)

 8th  – Zachery Yates                          

11th  – Bill Bonville (Son)                                                 

12th  – Nicole Yates                              

13th  – Lucille Claire Rolletta (3yrs)

17th – Pastor Roger

17th – Nicole Masters

19th – Padric Matt (5yrs)

22nd – Ken Stockton

26th – Betty Huff

27th – Jeanne Benson (91st)

(if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)

 

“Cents”ible Giving – We’re going to have a Fun’raiser for the month of February to benefit ourRoof Fund.  Julie Thrasher has prepared a calendar for you to put away a bit of change.  It won’t be costly, but you’ll be surprised how quickly it will add up.  When the month is over, count your “cents” to see how much you have raised for the shingles on the roof.  Here’s what you do – take a calendar and follow what the calendar indicates it will cost you for the day … for example: February 4th – Did your team win?  25¢ yes, 20¢ no, 5¢ who cares; February 18th President’s Day – 10¢ for each Washington ($1.00 bill) and 20¢ for each Lincoln ($5.00 bill) in your wallet.  Enjoy February!

At the Annual Meeting on January 27th, Marcia Cavanaugh and Len Pugh were elected as the Elders to serve on the Session.  Doris McCumber, Mark McCumber, Kathy Graziadei and Julie Thrasher were elected to serve as Deacons.        

The Session Elders are Bill Bonville, Marcia Cavanaugh, Bobbi Masters and Len Pugh.

Deacons are Doris McCumber, Mark McCumber, Kathy Graziadei, Julie Thrasher and Jeanie Walters. 

As her term ends, we extend our grateful appreciation to Karen Stockton for her dedication serving as an Elder on the Session for six years and also for Karen’s exceptional duties as Clerk of Session.

Mission Giving 2019:

The 2nd Sunday of each month is designated for missions.  We will have a representative speaker come that day to help us better understand their work.  Special envelopes will be made available for this purpose.  The Session has approved an additional $90 each month be added to the congregational giving, as the church’s local Mission commitment.  You may donate to that particular mission any Sunday of that month.  This year’s Missions are:  January – New Hope Children’s Home, Arequipa, Peru; February – Rome Rescue Mission; March – Health Friends; April – Hall House; May – Your Neighbors, Inc.; June – Vanderkamp Christian Retreat Center & Summer Camp, Cleveland, NY; July – Hope House; August – Habitat for Humanity; September – Veterans Outreach; October – Utica First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner; November – Waterbury Church Food Pantry/Emergency Fund; December – Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

From the Annual Meeting

New Business Topic:  What should be done with the balance of $1384.17 in the Ramp Fund?  A ramp was completed in Oriskany in the fall of 2018 and Greg Jenkins, project coordinator has retired from ramp projects.  A suggestion was to transfer the money to the church Roof Fund.  The estimates to replace the roof are in the $30,000 range and the church will have a difficult time if this amount of money is taken from investments to pay for the project.  The Session is researching the possibilities of a grant or a low interest loan from the Presbyterian Church USA.  It was noted that the donations were given and intended for a ramp project (a community outreach mission).  Many at the meeting personally felt that as the ramp was completed those making the donations would feel comfortable with the balance to be used for a church capital improvement project.

Sunday School News

The first lesson of the Elementary Class was held in January.  With the help of the Middle/High School class we learned about Creation, how God Made the World.  Our elementary Bible Discovery will continue with Noah and the New Beginning, Genesis 6 - 8, David and Goliath, 1 Samuel 17 and Jonah, Jonah 1.  Karen Stockton is teaching this class using the Children's Bible by Mary Batchelor, illustrated by John Haysom.  The Middle/High School class with continue with the Biblical Worldview Teen Topics with Carol Wallace.  If you would like to help with Sunday School, teach a lesson or share a craft please contact Karen Stockton at 315-533-5249 or text 315-725-6686 or email kkstockton@twcny.rr.com.

 

Session Notes from January 2019 meeting by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session

The Session met on January 14, 2019.

The 2018 Annual Reports were reviewed and approved. 

39 received Communion on December 9, 54 received Communion on Christmas Eve and 34 received Communion on January 6.

The Sunday School Advent Mission project, "Don't Spent a Dime during Advent" took in $106 for Addy's Angels. The group will purchase Christmas gifts for kids in foster care.  Starting in January there will be an elementary class in addition to the Middle/High School class.

February mission is the Rome Rescue Mission, a speaker will attend worship on February 10 (changed to February 24).

The 2019 missions list has changed; the Session voted to replace the June Mission with Vanderkamp Christian Retreat Center and Summer Camp.  VanderKamp is supported by the Lutheran and Presbyterian churches in Central New York.

Organ work continues, however Irina played the organ during worship on January 13.

Additional quotes for the roof work have been received.  The Session will move forward to apply for grants and loans from the Presbytery USA.

The new church brochure is complete and will be mailed to families who recently moved in the Oriskany and surrounding area.

Pastor Roger attended the November 27, 2018 Presbytery meeting in Ilion.  Our Session was excused.  Our Session will be excused from the Presbytery meeting to be held on January 22, at the Presbyterian Home, 10 AM.

The Session approved the wedding of Heidi Deppmeyer and Mitchell Weimer planned for October 5, 2019 at Waterbury Church.

Lenten Lunch participation on March 13 at Whitesboro Presbyterian Church was approved.

The Session approved the purchase of 72 church mugs at the cost of $4.26 each, total cost $306.72 + $85.80 shipping.

Karen Stockton was thanked for 6 years of service on the Session and as Clerk of Session. 

The next Session meeting is planned for February 11 at 6 PM in the Worden Room. 

 

Thank you to Marcia Cavanaugh for producing our church brochure and to Mark McCumber for contributing most of the pictures used in the brochure.  They are available on the back table in the sanctuary – take some to use as invitations to invite someone to come and visit us for a worship service.

 

The Daily Devotional “Our Daily Bread” for March, April, May is available on the back table.  It is provided at no cost to the church by Our Daily Bread Ministries.

The last scheduled Oriskany Central School Varsity Basketball home game vs. West Canada is February 8th at 7pm.

Whitesboro Presbyterian Church News:  The Declutter Coach, Deb Cabral, will present “Stop the Chaos - Easy Tips to Organize your Home & Family” on Monday, March 11 at 6pm at the church. Join Deb in one of her signature energetic speaking engagements and get the jump start you need to get your busy home life in order.  She will share simple practical tips that you can take back to your family and get started on the right way to make every day in your household run smoother. The event is open to the public with a $5.00 admission fee.  Please RSVP by calling the church 315.736.5497.  This is sponsored by the Whitesboro Presbyterian Women.

 

THANK YOU’S Received

Dear Friends at Waterbury Presbyterian,

As a new year begins, we want to express our appreciation for the strong and faithful support of everyone at Waterbury for the Your Neighbors outreach program.  During 2018, we were able to deliver 4439 meals and 1539 soups to our homebound friends in the Greater Utica area.  You folks at Waterbury provided 445 meals and 13 soups, as well as 59 additional small meals that could be used for lunches.  When I deliver meals to our clients, they often ask, “who makes this delicious food?”  Please know how much you are appreciated.  As always, I’m looking forward to my Mother’s Day visit with you, and we thank you for making Your Neighbors the mission of the month for May.  May God continue to bless all of the ministries of Waterbury Church and may we continue as partners in ministry.  On behalf of the Board and all of us at Your Neighbors, many thanks. Carole Grove, Food Program Coordinator, YNI.

 

From Hospice & Palliative Care (our December Mission)

Dear Friends, It was so heartwarming to receive your gift of $232.00 that allows us to provide quality, compassionate end-of-life care to family, friends, and co-workers in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties.  A patient’s daughter recently had the following to say about our services: ‘Hospice gave my mother an opportunity for a quality life when she needed it the most.  My relationship with Hospice continues with bereavement counseling and a friendship that will remain until my last journey on this earth.’  Thank you for your generosity!  Laurie A. Barr, Community Support Services Supervisor.

 

Roger, Please express my sincere thank you to the members of Waterbury Presbyterian Church for all the kindness and sympathy expressed to our family at the death of my beloved Carl “Jim” Noeth.  I will never forget all you and they have done for me.  Thank you for your love and friendship.  God Bless!  Julie Noeth

 

Please relay our gratitude to the Deacons for their donation to the organ restoration project in memory of Albert Briend.  Thank you.  Pete & Dave Briend

 

Dear Members of Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, Thank you for your $25.00 donation to Purrs and Whiskers in memory of Carl Noeth.  Julie and Carl are very giving to this organization. Your donation is being used in our medical fund and will cover medicines for one of the cats we recently took in that was ill.  We thank you for your generosity in honoring Carl Noeth.  Sincerely, Deanne Balutis and all of Purrs and Whiskers.

 

Dear Members, Thank you for the beautiful Poinsettia.  I have enjoyed it very much.  Ann Smith

 

Pastor Roger is 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