TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS MARCH 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
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH – TURN YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD 1 HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT!!
Sunday, March 3rd on Transfiguration Sunday we will share in The Lord’s Supper. The communion servers will be Bobbi Masters and Mark McCumber. 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 Jeanie Walters for the 3rd, Jan Grunenwald for the 10th, Volunteers are needed for March 17th, Julie & Bob Thrasher on March 24th.
Liturgists for March:
3rd – Doris McCumber, 10th – Carl Graziadei, 17th – Jan Grunenwald, 24th – Shirley Danko
Each Sunday during Lent beginning on March 10th a purple candle on the crown of thorns wreath will be extinguished. 2 additional readers are needed for the seven Sundays. If you would like to volunteer for the short readings, tell Pastor Roger.
Beginning March 13th there will be Wednesday Lenten Lunches held at Whitesboro Presbyterian Church at 11:30 with a speaker each week at noon. The lunch donation is $4 for soup, sandwich, dessert, drink. Waterbury will be providing the lunch on the 13th. If you would be willing to provide desserts, there is a sign-up list on the back table in the sanctuary. Also, if you are able to come to prepare the sandwiches and/or to help with the, please let Bobbi Masters or Pat Williams know. Pastor Roger will be the speaker.
On Sunday, March 31st at 10:30am 3 Utica area Presbyterian Churches, including our church, will be gathering to worship together at First Presbyterian Church, 1605 Genesee Street, Utica. Come join us! Everyone is welcome! Childcare will be provided. Fellowship time will follow the service. Our congregation has been asked to provide cookies. There will be a combined choir for the worship service. If you are interested in singing in the choir, let Irina Popov know. Note – there will be no worship service at Waterbury Church that Sunday.
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 3rd – Stone Presbyterian Church, Clinton; 10th – First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown; 17th – Presbytery Committee on Ministry, 24th – United Lutheran Presbyterian Parish, Dolgeville, 31st – Forestport Presbyterian Church
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.
Birthdays for March:
11th – Irina Popov
13th – Karen Fournier
24th – Mary Cole
27th – Pat Williams
28th – Jenile Seelman
28th – Nina Josephine Allen (1yr old)
28th – Nick David Allen (1yr old)
29th – Deb Bonville
Anniversaries for March:
3rd – Len & Dolores Pugh
(if your birthday or anniversary is missing, please let Pastor know)
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.
Sunday School News
Children of all ages are welcome to join us for Sunday School during worship, following Jake's message. In March and April Carol Wallace (middle school class) and Karen Stockton (elementary class) will share lessons about Lent, Good Friday and Easter.
There will be no Sunday School on March 31 as we join the Utica area Presbyterian Churches for a joint worship service to be held at First Church, 1605 Genesee Street, Utica (10:30am). Childcare will be provided.
An elementary class teacher is needed for April 7 and April 14. If you can teach or share an Easter craft please contact Karen Stockton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-533-5249.
Vacation Bible School 2019
We are looking for volunteers to help with Vacation Bible School. Needed are station leaders, a music director or a person to lead the opening and closing ceremony, and snack helpers. Without the needed volunteers, we may not be able to hold a VBS this year. Not holding a VBS this summer will be a big disappointment to the children in our community who are looking forward to the program. For some children who attend VBS it is the first time they have heard about Jesus. Vacation Bible School has proven to be a true outreach over the last 5 years and we hope to continue.
The dates planned for VBS are July 15 - 19 and the program runs from 9AM to noon. All materials are provided for station leaders including a leader's guide. If you are interested in helping or know someone who may want to volunteer please contact Karen Stockton, email@example.com or call 315-533-5249. Please keep VBS in prayer. Thank you.
We wish to thank Wrenetta Lasher for her donation of Max Lucado Bible study books and children’s Bible study books by Kay Arthur. They are available on the Worden Room bookshelf.
From Pastor Roger - Thank you all for a great birthday celebration on February 17th, the birthday cards, gift certificate, gift card to Boulevard Diner and the pizza and cake, your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated! Thanks to Bobbi Masters for taking care of all the arrangements and also thanks to Jan Grunenwald for helping her.
A letter was received from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission thanking us for the $176 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 12 and to Alivia Franz who was named to the Honor Roll: 84.00-89.49 for Grade 9.
The Spring Presbytery Meeting will be held on March 26th 5pm at First Presbyterian Church of Rome, 108 West Court Street, Rome.
The next Coffee House at Augusta-Vernon Center Presbyterian Church, Route 26, Oriskany Falls, will be Saturday, March 9th at 7pm with the Mark Bolos Band.
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Hilites of February Session Meeting by Marcia Cavanaugh:
The February session meeting was held on February 11 in the Worden Room.
Marcia Cavanaugh was approved as the Clerk of Session.
Twenty-three received (26 attended) Communion on February 3.
Request by a Waterbury Church resident for a worship Service with Communion at the Eastern Star Home. Discussion ensued. Roger will contact Eastern Star Chaplain Robert Wollaber for his input.
Organ work continues and Irina is making a list of what needs to be completed.
Roof Repair–Discussion ensued regarding the roof repair estimates and options for payment. Roger contacted the Presbytery for information regarding a loan from the Presbyterian Church (USA) Investment & Loan, Inc. Aside from the loan there is the option of using Waterbury Trust Fund money. There are no grants for this project. Len will bring all estimates to the March meeting in order to decide what is the best solution. Len will fill out the Presbyterian Loan Application.
Snowblower - the snowblower is no longer repairable. Though e-mail consensus, the Session agreed to purchase a new snowblower. Len purchased the snowblower through Stiefvater Distributors and was able to get a discount for the church. Thank you Len.
The new mugs were received January 25th. They will be given to church guests along with the Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church brochure.
All New York business and not for profit organizations that have employees (employee is anyone who gets a W2) must establish a sexual harassment prevention policy that meets or exceeds the standards set by New York State. And all employers are required to provide employee sexual harassment prevention training. Training must be completed by October 9, 2019 (and then training must be done annually).
Membership List – A motion was approved for a category of “Friends of Waterbury Church” to be added to the Membership List. The list will include those who are not members of Waterbury Presbyterian Church but are regular worshipers.
Easter Sunrise Service at Oriskany Battlefield on April 21st. Motion was approved. Roger will request a Use Permit from Fort Stanwix. Motion was made for breakfast following the Sunrise Service in the Waterbury dining room.
The next Session meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 11 at 6pm in the Worden Room. (Update – meeting changed to Tuesday, March 12)
From Carole Grove, Food Program Coordinator, Your Neighbors, Inc.
Please convey EXTREME thanks to your congregation for what they are doing. We gave out over 500 meals in February......the shortest month of the year and the highest total ever. We are being referred to by several new agencies. I would be happy, whenever, even before Mother's Day to tell your folks how extreme the need has become, and how much you are helping.
God is good. And you are a great part of God's command to "Love our neighbor."
Pastor Roger will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.