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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JANUARY 2021
WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424
315.768.7502  www.waterbury-church.org
Sunday Worship ON HOLD UNTIL MARCH 7, 2021  
 
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.  Psalm 118:24
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
 
 
 
 
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Dear Friends,
 
Some of you know me but many others do not. My name is Greg Jenkins and I will be filling the pulpit at Waterbury beginning on March 7, 2021. I am excited to play my part in Waterbury’s future.
 
As with any new pastor, there will be change. My style of preaching and leadership may be different from what you are used to. It is important to understand, however, that my beliefs are the same even though my approach may differ. I live with the belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and that ALL sins are forgiven for those who ask. Music, laughter, fellowship, service, and above all the worship of our Savior Jesus are keys to my ministry. 
 
It is my prayer that the next chapter in Waterbury’s story be filled with growth in the name of Jesus. I pray that this growth will take the form of community outreach, mission, and caring for and about all of God’s people. Such growth requires a great deal of cooperation, communication, love, and prayer. I believe we can achieve great things if we work together in the Lord’s name.
 
Feel free to reach out to me to get acquainted. My email is gljoutdoors@aol.com (please put Waterbury in the subject line) or you can call me at 315.416.3200.
 
I look forward to seeing all of you in church as God reveals the plan for our future.
 
May God Be With You All,
 
Greg
 
Even though we are not meeting until March, your tithes and offerings are important to ensure that we come back to a healthy and active church.  You can send your offering to:
Deb Bonville
9169 Olin Road
Marcy, NY 13403
 
 
New Hope Children’s Home in Arequipa, Peru is this month’s Mission.  (Please make your check payable to Waterbury Church.)
 
 
Birthdays for January:
 2nd – James Pate                       
 3rd – Carl J Graziadei                 
10th – Doris MacDonnell (substitute organist)            
11th – Al Seelman                       
19th – Laura Bulger
23rd – Ryan Wallace
26th – Christina Graziadei
Anniversary for January:
 8th – Irina Popov and Art Durando
 
 
The CNY Veterans Outreach Center is collecting discarded Christmas tree lights to benefit their organization and also used cell phones.  There will be container inside the back entrance of the church (driveway side) until the end of January.  Lights do not have to be in working order.   Jeanie Walters has volunteered to deliver the lights. 
 
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH. DETAILS TO FOLLOW IN THE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
The Presbytery of Utica will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 27th at 10am via ZOOM
 
 
 
There was no session meeting held in December 2020. The next session meeting is scheduled for January 12, 2021 at 2pm.
 
November Session highlights:
·        Financial Secretary’s Reports for September & October; Treasurer’s Reports for October were approved. 
·        Dolores Pugh, Treasurer, presented the 2021 Proposed Faith Budget.   
·        20 Received Communion on November 1st using prefilled cups
·        Greg Jenkins will not be able to begin as Pastor until after 1st of year.
·        Barbara Epley-Shuck will be pulpit Supply for November 29th, December 6th, 13th, Gail Collins, will be pulpit supply on 27th.  December 20th is still open.
·        Christmas Eve Service will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 24th.  All Covid-19 precautions will be practiced;  masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing.  Music and hymns will be condensed to one verse, music will be shortened.   Motion was made by Karen Mesick, seconded by Bobbi Masters.  Motion approved.
·        Discussion regarding closing from January to March 2021 was discussed predominantly due to Covid-19 illness numbers rising at this time.  This will be discussed further at the December Session meeting.  
·        December Mission on 13th – Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.  Bobbi will contact the speaker.
·        2021 Missions.  2020 Missions were reviewed and will be continued to 2021. 
·        Christmas Joy Offering.  Continued.
·        Pastor Roger’s October hours – 85.5
·        7 Stained Glass Windows bowed & leaking – cost to repair is $750 per window – not $250. Two donations of $250 received.  
·        Safety of gas heater in vestibule. It was decided not to place a heater in the Vestibule.
·        Battery powered emergency lights needed in basement, Worden Room and Sanctuary.  The exit lights need to have bulbs replaced. Emergency lights will be purchased.  
·        Elder Commissioner for Presbytery Meeting November @ 10am via Zoom meeting. Zoom meeting.  Greg Jenkins will attend this Zoom meeting.
 
 
THANK YOU’S Received
 
A thank you card from Caleb Smith for his Thanksgiving card.
 
From Greg Jenkins: Joanna and I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support while we were dealing with my case of COVID-19. It has been a stressful and difficult road. We know that without all of you we would have struggled so much more. You truly are blessings.
 
 A Little History
On January 18, 1898, the “Presbyterian Society of the Village of Oriskany” moved to a new church building on “Piety Hill” dedicated in memory of Henry Waterbury and his wife Mary Stevens Waterbury and donated by their children.  Seven years later, June 27, 1905, the society, which had been incorporated on December 27, 1831, officially became the “Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church”.
 
 
May we all find blessings together in 2021.

 

 

 

   

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