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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JANUARY 2018

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

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

The greeters for January 14th and 21st are Dolores & Len Pugh; Barb Traver and Jeanie Walters for the 28th.  There is a sign up list available at church for those who wish to be included as a greeter.

Liturgists for January:

14th – Alivia Franz, 21st – Brandon Allen, 28th – Joanna Jenkins

 

Our Organist is Irina G. Popov.

 

Each Sunday we include on our prayer list a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for January 14th – First Presbyterian Church, Boonville; 21st – The Presbyterian Home of Central New York; 28th – First Presbyterian Church, Cherry Valley.

 

We meet for a Time of Prayer each Sunday at 9:40am in the church office before our worship service.  All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.

 

You are invited to join Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor for the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church Prayer Group that meets Wednesdays from 9am to 10pm at the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro.

 

Mission Sunday will be on January 21st.  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                        19th – George Smith (Jeanie Walters’ brother)

 3rd – Carl J Graziadei                   23rd – Ryan Wallace

 6th – Grace Morton (93rd!)            26th – Christina Graziadei    

11th – Al Seelman                         (if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)

19th – Laura Bulger

 

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”.

 

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH WILL BE HELD AFTER WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st FOR THE ELECTION OF SESSION MEMBERS AND DEACONS AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS THAT MIGHT BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE CONGREGATION.   While only members can vote at the meeting, everyone is invited to attend.

The Installation of Officers will be during the worship service on January 28th.

PER CAPITA – what is that??

If you received a box of offering envelopes, and you came upon the Per Capita one, you might have asked the above question. 

To answer – in essence, per capita is a set amount of money (apportionment) per member that congregations pay to share the expenses of the Presbyterian Church (USA) system of government.  The annual amount is a combined request from the presbytery (consisting of local churches), synod (group of presbyteries) and the General Assembly (all churches and synods).

The Per Capita for Waterbury Church is $39.42 per member (based on membership as of 12/31/16) for a total of $1655.64.  If you do not use offering envelopes and wish to help meet this commitment, there are special envelopes in the pew racks.  Thank you.  (Let Deb Bonville know if you would like offering envelopes.)

Sunday School News by Karen Stockton:

 

The Sunday School would like to thank those that did not spend a dime during Advent and help us with our mission project.  Thirteen bags of dimes and loose change were collected on December 24th, with a total of $79.86.  A selection from either Food For The Poor, Inc. or Child Fund International will be made early in January.  Again, thank you for helping us share with the poor during the Advent season.

 

Sunday School class with resume on January 14th during the worship service (following Jake’s message).  All children are welcome.  The lesson is based on Acts 9:1-31, the story of Saul’s conversion.

 

This is the January schedule for the Oriskany Central School Varsity Basketball games (Carl is on the varsity team this year):

1/11 – at Westmoreland 7:30pm

1/16 – vs. Morrisville-Eaton 7pm at home

1/18 – at Owen D. Young 7:30pm

1/24 – vs. Mt. Markham 7pm at home

1/29 – at Poland 7:30pm

 

Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc. has given to Waterbury Church wall calendars as their holiday gift to us.  The staff of Dimbleby hopes that we find them useful in our day to day lives and they send their best wishes to everyone.

 

Pastor Roger extends his thanks to Greg Jenkins with grateful appreciation for leading the worship service on December 31st.

 

Rowland is doing a fantastic job keeping the church sidewalks and driveway cleared of snow, even in below zero temperatures.  Thank you, Rowland!!   When you see him, be sure to extend your thanks to him.

 

Polly Simmons donated a plaque for the Worden Room “Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness”.  Thank you, Polly!

 

Marcia Cavanaugh will be updating our Church Directory.  If there any corrections or additions, please let Marcia know at marciacavanaugh@hotmail.com or talk to her at church.

Session Report, by Karen Stockton Clerk of Session:

A special Session meeting was held on November 19, 2017.  The Session moved to continue the monthly church ad in “the O” at the cost of $200 per year.  It was agreed to hold the Christmas Eve service at 6pm on Sunday, December 24th.  Len Pugh will represent Waterbury Church at the November 28, 2017 Utica Presbytery meeting.

Regular Session meeting - November 27, 2017
The Faith Budget for 2018 was reviewed and approved.  The Session also reviewed the church investment accounts and voted to move a portion of the funds to a bond account.
28 received Communion on October 1st with Rev. Judith Westerhoff guest minister, 33 received Communion on November 5th.
Sunday School report - there was no interest in a children's choir by the community families.  The program will be revisited at a later date.
Bible Study was postponed until Spring.
A youth group invitation from New Hartford Presbyterian Church was received, the information will be shared with Gavin and Alivia.
The 2018 Mission list was reviewed and it was voted to continue to support the same missions as 2017.
Session approved the receiving of the Christmas Joy Offering on Christmas Eve.
Organ Repair quotes were discussed.  Option 1 is to have the organ converted at the cost of $16,500.  Option 2 is to replace the organ with a floor model.   The discussion was tabled for prayerful consideration by the members of the Session.
The front door refinishing is complete.
Driveway work was done to prevent water leaking down the building foundation, cost was $1300.
Two Brownie Scout troops are meeting at the church.
Pastor Roger's request for vacation December 25 - January 2 was approved.
Pastor Roger's Covenant as Commissioned Lay Pastor was approved by the Session.
The golumpki dinner raised $848.
The Annual Meeting will be held January 21, 2018 following the worship service.
The new Church Officers will be installed January 29, 2018. 
The next Session meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.

 

The Session has approved to have a brochure produced to introduce our church to visitors.  If you are interested in helping with the project, please let Pastor Roger know.

 

To our Church Family,

We wish to thank everyone with our love for the Christmas gift.  It was very much appreciated. Thank you also for all of your Christmas greetings.  Pastor Roger & Pat

 

THANK YOU’S Received

Dear Members and Bakers, The “Christmas in the Place of The Nettles” committee wishes to thank you for your generous donation of home baked cookies for this special event.  They were greatly appreciated.  You have helped put the Christmas spirit and smiles on the young and the old.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Sincerely, Village of Oriskany Christmas Committee

 

The Presbytery of Utica wishes to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for your 2018 Mission Pledge.  The generosity and continued support of your church is definitely doing God’s work of helping our less fortunate neighbors.  The 2018 Mission Pledges will enable the Presbytery to assist over 14 agencies devoted to helping those in most need throughout our area.  Blessings on your congregation and all you do.  With a sincere thank you from your Presbytery.  In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Rev, Jeanne Kumbalek, Moderator, Presbytery of Utica

 

On behalf of the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center (our September mission), I would like to thank you for your very thoughtful and generous donation ($187).  Your commitment to helping Veterans in need within our community is sincerely appreciated and will help to provide Veterans and their families with meals for the Holidays.  Each year the CNYVOC continues to advance its mission of enriching all Veteran’s quality of life by providing comprehensive support services to all Veterans and their families.  Through our services, we have seen many lives changed for the better.  Your donation will allow us to continue to serve Veterans and their families in need.  The goal of the CNYVOC is to continue to make a difference within the Veteran community with the help of donations from supporters such as you, we will continue to see improvements in their lives.  Thank you again for your generous support of our efforts. Sincerely, Emily Schuler and The Staff of the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center

 

The CNY Veterans Outreach Center is collecting discarded Christmas tree string lights and used cell phones to benefit their organization.  There is a container in back of the sanctuary for your donation until the end of January.  Jeanie Walters has volunteered to deliver the lights.  Thank you, Jeanie!

The Presbytery of Utica will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd at 10am at the Presbyterian Home of Central New York, Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford.

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

Our thanks to Bill Bonville for maintaining our website and to Dayna Franz for posting to Facebook for us.  Like us on Facebook at Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church – Oriskany. The beginning of each week there will be a Verse of the Week usually from the worship service and look for the next Sunday’s sermon title later in the week.

   

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