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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS NOVEMBER 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

 

OUR RAMP PROJECT WILL BEGIN.  There is a person who desperately needs to have the ramp built in the Village of Oriskany – down the road from church.   Weather permitting we plan to begin this Saturday, November 3rd at 8am and finish that day.  Your help is needed – workers at the site, snack and lunch crews.  You can work at your own schedule.  Workers are to bring their own tools.  Lunch crews can submit bills to be reimbursed.   One more thing – LIFT UP YOUR PRAYERS FOR THE WORKERS AND THE COMPLETION OF THE RAMP ON SATURDAY!  For more information, contact Greg Jenkins at 315.416.3200 or Len Pugh at 315.796.1002.  

 

Folks, the enthusiasm is growing for our ramp build this weekend. It is truly amazing what we can do as brothers and sisters in Christ.

I have started a list of people who want to help.

The tasks are:  PROVIDING FOOD AND DRINKS

                          CARPENTRY

                          PROVIDING FOOD AND DRINKS

                          ERRANDS

                          SORTING SUPPLIES

                          and of course

                          PROVIDING FOOD AND DRINKS.

There is one task however that may be the most important of all. That task is making our ramp recipient feel special beyond just receiving a ramp. Anyone who can come and just enjoy fellowship with our newfound friend is not just welcome but encouraged to do so. The stress a family finds themselves in as they deal with the adversity of a disability is powerful. Let’s make these folks feel the strength of God that can overcome any earthly strife.  ALSO, please don’t forget that we will need FOOD AND DRINKS.  In Christ’s Love, Greg

 

SUNDAY AT 2 AM DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS – TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR!!

 

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY November 4th – All Saints Day is the day Christians give thanks for all good people God has placed in their lives, especially those who are already with God.  The custom of commemorating all the martyrs of the Church on a single day goes back at least to the third century.  All Saints Day celebrates not only the martyrs and saints, but for all the people of God, living and dead, who together form the mystical body of Christ.  It is a day for remembering and giving thanks that as we gather around the Lord’s table we are joined by all those who have gone before and those who will come after.  We are already part of the communion of Saints.

The scheduled communion servers for Sunday are Marcia Cavanaugh and Jeanie Walters.

The greeters for this month are Nancy Fay and Karen Fournier for November 4th, Alivia & Gavin Franz for the 11th, Marcia Cavanaugh for the 18th.  Volunteers are needed on the 25th.            

 

Liturgists for November: 4th – Sharon Wolanin, 11th – Gavin Franz, 18th – Carl Graziadei, 25th – Rowland.

 

Each Sunday we include in prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for November 4th – Learning Academy; 11th – First Presbyterian Church, Westernville; 18th – Clergy, CLP serving congregations and our ALP supplying congregations and Honorable Retired Clergy; 25th – First Presbyterian Church, Whitesboro

 

Mission Sunday is the 11th.  Waterbury Church Food Pantry/Emergency Fund is November’s Mission. 

 

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

 

Sunday School is offered for all children following Jake’s message, September to June.  If you would like to teach or share a craft during the Sunday School time, please contact Karen Stockton at 315.533.5249 or kkstockton@twcny.rr.com.

 

Shirley Danko has handcrafted and donated a crocheted Afghan (approx 60x70) to be used as a fundraiser for our Organ Restoration Project.  It is on display in the Worden Room along with tickets for your donation of $1.00 each or 10 for $5.

 

The Deacons will be providing Thanksgiving baskets for two families.  Please help by choosing a food item off the special bulletin board while you are in church.  The last day to bring in items will be Sunday, November 18th.   Also, there will be a Christmas Giving Tree for two families.  Watch for the tree after Thanksgiving.

 

Christmas poinsettias will be $6 each this year.  All orders are due to Kathy Graziadei by Sunday, December 2nd.  Forms will be available in back of the sanctuary.

 

Waterbury Church and Whitesboro Presbyterian Church will worship together for a Community Thanksgiving Worship Service at the Whitesboro Church, corner of Main and Elm Streets, on Wednesday, November 21st at 7pm.  Pastor Victor McKusick will be sharing a Thanksgiving message.

 

Birthdays for November:

14th – Paige Rolletta (Pam & Tom Deppmeyer’s daughter)

19th – Marcia Cavanaugh

24th – Roger G Williams (Pastor’s son)

24th – Liam Absolom (7yrs old)

29th – Pam Deppmeyer       

(if I missed yours, please let me know)

Anniversaries for November:

21st – Brandon & Laura Allen

(if I missed yours, please let me know)

 

From Bobbi & Harry Masters: To Pat, Doris, Jan, Gavin, Dayna, Karen M., Nic, Keith, Rowland, Marcia, Kathy, Julie, Mark, Carol, Billy & Deb, Joanna & Greg, Len & Dolores and anyone else I may have forgotten to mention by name.  We want to thank you all for all the help on the Golumpki Dinner.  Unfortunately I think that will be the last one as I don’t feel it makes a lot of sense to continue with the turn out and the cost of what it takes to put on a meal these days!  But that it has been a lot of dun working with all of you.  There have been a lot of laughs.  Thank you all.  

 

Thank you, Bobbi and Harry – without you we would not have been able to have the dinner.  Your efforts were greatly appreciated!  

 

Pastor Roger and Pat wish to thank their church family for the meaningful card and Uno gift card (and Uno’s coupons) received for Pastor Appreciation Sunday.  They sincerely appreciate your loving kindness.

Hi Folks, We wanted to thank you all for the cards and calls of condolence.  My Mom’s passing has been hard but knowing we are part of such an amazing church family has eased our pain.  We know that Mom rests now in the arms of the one, true, loving God.  Her suffering has ended.  Now we must move forward, as difficult as that may be.  Having you in our lives will make our journey so much easier.  God Bless and thank you again.  Greg & Jo

The Presbytery of Utica will hold its next meeting on November 27th at 10am at First Presbyterian Church of Ilion located at 90 Morgan Street.

Our Daily Bread devotional for December, January, February is available on the table in the back of the sanctuary.  They are provided free of charge by Our Daily Bread Ministries to our church.

From First Presbyterian Church, 1605 Genesee Street, Utica, 315.732.5112

It is time for Thanksgiving!  First Presbyterian Church, Utica, together with many area churches and organizations, is making plans to serve the 40th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  Our goal is to serve everyone who needs a meal, companionship, and neighborly love on this day of thanks.  A complete family style dinner is served at the church or delivered to those who are homebound.  Nothing goes to waste.  The meal leftovers are shared at Hope House the day after Thanksgiving.  This important community-wide dinner is only possible through the generous donation of time, food and financial contributions by many individuals, businesses, civic and religious organizations in this area.  We are offering you the opportunity to support the 2018 dinner.  We are appreciative of any donations you are able to make of time, money, and supplies. As we have seen increases in the numbers of people served thorough the Seeds of Hope food pantry located in our church building and through our involvement with Hope House and the Rescue Mission, we anticipate a great need of this annual dinner for many people.  Last year we served close to a thousand meals. (Note: this dinner was our October mission.)

From Oneida County Habitat for Humanity (our August mission)

Thank you for your generous donation of $210.  Your donation will go a long way to providing safe, decent and affordable homes for those who otherwise could not afford one.  Blessings and Warm Wishes, Louis LaBella, Executive Director.

From Central New York Veteran’s Outreach Center (our September mission)

On behalf of CNYVOC, I would like to say thank you for your generous donation of $268.  Your commitment to helping Veterans in need within our community is sincerely appreciated.  Each year 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, Vincent Scalise, Founder/Executive Director.

 

From The Good News Center

Dear Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, The sea of red, white and blue on the Memorial Parkway during the week of Veterans Day has been a moving sight for the past three years.  As a part of the Flags for Heroes, this event honors individuals who have served their country or their community in some way.  It also helps to raise needed funds to support our veterans who may struggle when returning to civilian life.  This year your sponsorship of $35 will benefit Sitrin’s Military Rehabilitation program.  This year we will again proudly display one thousand flags on the Memorial Parkway.  From November 2nd through November 11th, you will be able to walk the field and find the flag you have sponsored. On November 11th we will have a ceremony commemorating the sacrifice of all who have served their country.  The closing ceremony will take place at 3:30 pm immediately followed by a luminary, weather permitting.  Thank you for honoring a hero, and by so doing, helping to support veterans and active military and the families they love.  Blessings, Judith A. Hauck, Executive Director.  (Waterbury Church sponsored a flag in honor of Al Briend for his Army service for our country in World War II.)  

 

From Presbyterian Homes & Services

Dear Pastor Roger & Patricia, On behalf of the Presbyterian Homes Foundation, we thank you for your donation towards our 16th Annual Parkinson Awareness Walk in honor of Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Your generosity and personal loyalty is truly valued.  The money raised from the PAW will be used towards many of our Parkinson related projects such as Telemedicine, adaptive equipment, community education and many other supportive programs.  Thank you again for your commitment to our organization!  Sincerely, Bridget Reilly, Director of Donor Engagement.  (Pastor wishes to thank Kathy Graziadei and Jan & Jake Grunenwald for sponsoring him.)

 

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

On the First Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, The Corner Carolers will present a sermon in song for our worship service.  As an acapella quartet they strive to share the love of Christ through their music.  Bass: Greg Jenkins, Alto: Joanna Jenkins, Tenor: Jim Davern and Soprano: Noni Davern form the group.  They have a rich history of sharing their music in the Binghamton area over the last six years.  Be sure to join us for an Advent Season Sermon in Song!

Session Notes by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session
The Session met on October 22, 2018 (rescheduled monthly meeting).  
The Utica Presbytery 2019 Pastoral Compensation Report was passed on to the budget committee for review.  Noted was the recommended pulpit supply compensation amounts of $150 plus mileage per worship service.  Also noted was the recommended amount of $40 per Pastoral Visit when Pastor Roger is not available. 
29 received Communion on October 7.
Christmas Program date is December 16, the program is the Christmas Pageant "A Gift for Jesus".
The Session will review the 2019 Missions list at the November meeting.
The Organ work is continuing.  The work delay is due to a staffing change at the repair company.
Roof Repair - Quote from Dennis Padula & Sons was $65,700.  We are waiting on two additional quotes. 
One Girl Scout Troop is meeting at the church every other Sunday from 3 - 5PM.  Volunteers are needed to be at the church during the meeting times.  
Bobbi Masters was thanked for all her hard work putting on the Golumpki dinner.  
A letter to be sent to inactive members was reviewed.  Moving members to an inactive list will reduce the amount of per capita due to the Presbytery from our church.
Pastor Roger attended the September 25th Utica Presbytery meeting.  The theme was "Our Love for God's Creation". 
A possible ramp candidate information was received from the Oriskany Fire Department.
A certificate was received from the Good News Center for the flag donation in honor of Al Briend.  The flag will be on display on the Parkway in Utica November 2 - 11. 
Prospects for the Session and Deacons terms will be discussed at the November Session meeting.  
The Session voted to change the distribution of the loose offering during joint worship services with Whitesboro Church.  Going forward the host church will keep the full amount of loose offerings.  
The next Session meeting will be held November 12, 6PM in the Worden Room.

Rick Riggle, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, will direct Cotton Patch Gospel to be held at the Ilion Little Theatre, 13 Remington Ave. (behind Remington Arms) November 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm; November 11,18 at 2pm.  This “Greatest Story Ever Retold” is based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan in which the Gospel is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin.  As this Gospel begins, they sing that “Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville.”  Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again.  Drama critics loved this show and so did a broad spectrum of religious commentators.  Book by Tom Kelly & Russell Treyz, Music & Lyrics by Harry Chapin.  Admission is $14.  Tickets can be ordered on their website – www.ilionlittletheatre.org.

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

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