TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JULY 2019
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
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
This summer we will take an epic African adventure that will engage the whole herd. At Roar VBS, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Our adventure each day starts with Sing & Play where the daily Bible Point is shared and we get excited with fun songs and wild dance moves. Then we travel to stations like Wild Bible Adventures, Imagination Station, Stampeded Sports, Hungry Herd Café and KidVid Cinema. The morning wraps up at Safari Celebration.
If you know a pre-school or elementary student who would like to join the fun, get a registration form from Karen Stockton (or call 315.725.6686 or email email@example.com). Middle and High School students are welcome too as Jr. Leaders or Crew Leaders.
Vacation Bible School runs from July 15th - 19th, 9am to noon at Waterbury Church.
Summer Worship Schedule with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church
August 4th – Waterbury at Whitesboro with Pastor Victor preaching.
August 11th – Waterbury at Whitesboro with Pastor Victor preaching.
August 18th – Worship and Picnic together at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion.
August 25th – Whitesboro at Waterbury with Pastor Roger preaching.
September 1st – Whitesboro at Waterbury with Pastor Roger preaching.
Sunday School is in recess for the Summer. Fall class starting date will be announced in the September newsletter.
Sunday, July 7th we will share in The Lord’s Supper. The communion servers will be Karen Stockton and Pat Williams.
The greeters for this month are Karen Stockton and Pat Williams for the 7th; Jan Grunenwald and Karen Stockton on the 14th; Marcia Cavanaugh and Volunteer for the 21st; Bobbi Masters and Volunteer for July 28th.
Liturgists for July:
7th – Bobbi Masters, 14th – Ingrid Kraeger, 21st – Doris McCumber, 28th – Carl Graziadei
Sundays at 9:30am 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 we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for July 7th – The Learning Academy and Committee on Preparation for Ministry; 14th – First Presbyterian Church, Oneida; 21st – The General Assembly, PC(USA); 28th – Our Church
Birthdays for July (if yours is missed, please let Pastor know):
2nd – Haley Phillips (Karen Fournier’s granddaughter)
3rd – Pastor Victor McKusick
3rd – Polly Simmons
9th – Carol Bone
10th – Karen Stockton
11th – Roger Bone
12th – Sara Call
23rd – Jim Huff
Anniversaries for July (if yours is missed, please let Pastor know):
3rd – Bill & Deb Bonville
7th – Steve & Laura Bulger
Betty Heeley Huff, a member of Waterbury Church, who resides in Florida, has published her second children’s book. There will be a copy soon in the church office. She adopted her “Popeye” from the SPCA. 9 years old and blind. He inspired her from the very beginning. He adjusted right away, as if he could see. In her books, “Popeye” goes on adventures to help children with a disability have a full life (book 1). In book 2, “Priscilla”, he discovers a little girl (portrayed as a dog) he finds abandoned and living in an alley. Heartwarming, compassionate, uplifting, endearing. All from a loving God.
Thank You’s Received
From Your Neighbors, Inc., our May Mission, to Pastor Roger:
On behalf of Your Neighbors, Inc., please allow me to express our most heartfelt thanks to you and the congregation of Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church for your very generous contribution to our organization of $297. Your gift means so much and will assist us substantially in our efforts to provide for the individuals in our community whom we care deeply about. As you know, Your Neighbors is community volunteers dedicated to serving the frail, elderly & those with limited independence in the greater Utica area by offering welcome companionship, medical & personal transportation, friendly assistance, healthy, home-cooked meals and so much more. With the continued compassion and encouragement of caring people like you, together we can make the lives of the people who rely on us that much brighter. Once again, our sincerest appreciation for your very kind and generous gift to Your Neighbors. Warmest regards, Michele Kohl, Administrator, Lutheran Home of CNY
Girl Scout Troop 60260 left this note along with 4 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies:
Thank-you for letting our Girl Scout Troop use the church for our meetings. Leaders Brittany and Patti, Girl Scouts Aubree, Maddie, Lily, Ashley, Remedy, Kaylee, Lyla, Delilah
From American Cancer Society Bark for Life Walk where Pastor Roger gave the Blessing of the Dogs on May 10th at MVCC:
Thank you for supporting the 8th annual Bark for Life presented by the Staffworks Fund! With your support we raised over $6,000 in the fight against cancer. We look forward to next year & continuing to grow our event! Thank you, Sandy, Sherri, Tracy
From the Presbytery of Utica to Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session:
On behalf of the Presbytery of Utica, we want to express our deep appreciation for the hospitality we received from Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church at the May 2019 stated meeting of the Presbytery. Thank you and your session for your welcome and gracious accommodation of our needs. Please extend our appreciation to all those who prepared the building and the hospitality hour, and to those who prepared and served the excellent meal and cleaned up after us. You made us feel comfortable and welcome, and we are sincerely grateful. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy . . .” (Philippians 1:3-4)
Sincerely, Sara Ayala, Moderator, Coordinating Council; Sam Pendergrast, Moderator; Rick Riggle, Vice Moderator
From Bobbi Masters:
I would very much like to thank each and everyone of you that helped to make our Presbytery Dinner last Tuesday (May 28th) possible. This was something that took almost a year to plan and pull off, but we did it thanks to all of you! I need to thank all of you, but very special thanks to Karen Mesick for all of her wonderful decorations, flowers plants out front, table decorating, hors d’oeuvre’s in the Worden Room for the registration before the meeting. Also Jan for seeing that everyone got their coffee, and snacks. Dolores for the reservation table before the meeting then downstairs for hours during and after the meal. Downstairs everyone that made it possible for things to run smoothly, those people were Sharon, Marcia, Julie, Kathy, Pat, Len, Bill & Mark. Hopefully I didn’t forget anyone but if I did I am very sorry. Once again thank you all so much for making the dinner possible. Also a huge thank you to Harry for all his help carrying everything in and out and putting up with my needs and nerves! God Bless you ALL!
June 17th Session Hilites by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session
· The May financial reports were reviewed and approved.
· 35 received Communion (38 attended) on June 2nd.
· Greg Jenkins will lead worship on September 15th. He will be taking a course at the School for Christian Leadership at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in the Lay Preacher Program.
· October 6th we will join with First Utica, Westminster Moriah Olivet and Whitesboro for World Communion Sunday Worship at WMO Church.
· July Mission on the 14th will be Hope House. Celia Bogan has been confirmed to come.
· The roofing contract for $28,960 has been signed by Len Pugh and Cobblestone Construction.
· Sign lights have been replaced and working well. Florescent lights in the kitchen will be replaced with LED lights.
· Approved Pastor Roger’s vacation for September 15th - September 20th.
· Marcia Cavanaugh presented the Sexual Harassment Training model and will contact those who are required by NYS to take the training.
· Approved Elders Karen Stockton and Marcia Cavanaugh to attend Training Class for Elders serving communion on July 20th.
· Session Elders Bobbi Masters, Bill Bonville and Len Pugh will attend the Presbytery Missional Structures Workgroup on Tuesday June 18th at Oneida 1st Presbyterian Church.
· The next Session Meeting will be July 22nd for July and August.