TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS SEPTEMBER 2017
WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Psalm 118:24
In honor of their 20th Wedding Anniversary, Pastor Roger and Pat invite you to join them for a reception following the worship service on September 10th in the Worden Room.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is responding to the flooding in Texas and Louisiana by accepting donations to its Disaster Assistance account. If you wish to contribute to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey we will be receiving donations during the month of September. Please use a pew envelope and indicate it is for hurricane assistance. Please make your check payable to Waterbury Church. Thank you for your prayers and concern for the residents of Texas and Louisiana.
Schedule for September and Beginning of October:
Sunday September 10th – Sunday School begins during the worship service (after Jake).
Sunday September 24th – Rev. Gerald Scott will be the guest minister.
Sunday October 1st – Rev. Judith Westerhoff will be the guest minister for World Communion Sunday.
Sunday October 8th – Hymn Sing for our worship service. Invite your friends, neighbors and relatives to come so that we can all join voices together to sing praises unto the Lord. If you have a favorite hymn, let Pastor Roger know by Sunday, September 17th.
Thursday October 12th – Bible Study begins at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.
Pastor Roger and Pat will be on vacation September 20th – October 5th. For any pastoral emergencies please call Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session at 315-533-5249 or 315-725-6686 (cell).
Each Sunday before our worship service begins, we will meet in the church office at 9:40am for a Time of Prayer. All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.
Sunday, September 3rd we will share in The Lord’s Supper. The communion servers are Bobbi Masters and Pat Williams. On World Communion Sunday, October 1st the servers will be Karen Stockton and Sharon Wolanin.
The greeters for September are Karen Mesick on the 3rd; Marcia Cavanaugh and Sharon Wolanin for the 10th; Bobbi Masters on the 17th; for the 24th Ingrid Kraeger and Al Briend. On October 1st and 8ththe greeters will be Julie & Bob Thrasher.
Liturgist for September 3rd – Mark McCumber, 10th – Alivia Franz, 17th – Brandon Allen; October 15th– Kathy Graziadei
Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for September 3rd – Three Steeples United Church, Paris Hill; 10th – South Trenton Presbyterian Church; 17th – First Presbyterian Church, Springfield; 24th – Bethany Presbyterian Church; October 1st – First Presbyterian Church, Utica; 8th – Cochran Memorial, Oneida Castle, First Presbyterian, Verona.
Mission Sunday is the Second Sunday of the month. Veteran’s Outreach is September’s Mission on the 10th and First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner is the October Mission on the 8th. If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to Waterbury Church.
September 5th – Bobbi Masters; Carol Wallace
8th – Dayna Franz
15th – William Langdon
18th – Joyce Freiermuth (Laura Bulger’s grandmother)
19th – Al Briend (94!); Jill Mumpton
20th – Walt Rosendale
22nd – Sandy Kraeger; David Walters
23rd – Austin Exton (9 years old)
26th – Camille Looney (5) (Dan & Hope Mayack’s granddaughter)
30th – Kaden Matt (8)
October 5th – Mark McCumber
7th – Rev. Gerald Scott
(if yours is missing, please let Pastor know)
September 6th – Pastor Roger & Pat Williams
25th – Jake & Jan Grunenwald
October 4th – Ken & Jill Mumpton
7th – Ken & Karen Stockton
(if yours is missing, please let Pastor know)
Sunday School classes will start Sunday, September 10, 2017 during the worship service (following Jake’s message). All children are welcome to join Sunday School. Carol Wallace provided LIFE Living in Faith Everyday materials that will be used for the fall and winter sessions. We will be traveling with Peter, John and Paul on their journeys of miracles and missionary work. Sunday School teachers and Nursery Attendants are needed. If you can volunteer and help in any way, please contact Karen Stockton at 315.533.5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to join Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor for the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church Prayer Group that meets Wednesdays from 9am to 10am in the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro.
Waterbury/Whitesboro Annual Picnic
I would like to thank everyone who participated in making our annual 2017 picnic a success. Thanks to Len and Dolores, Roger and Pat, Janice, Al and Jenile and my husband, Frank, for helping with the setup early in the morning. I hope I have not forgotten anyone. Thank you to all who cooked, baked and brought a dish to share. We had a great array of delicious food. Thank you to Kate Williams for the balloons and getting us older folks out to play. Thank you to everyone who stayed and helped us clean up. A big thank you to Bobbi for helping me get started and providing me with hints and help with my first adventure in annual picnic. Thank you all for coming. It was a good day. Marcia Cavanaugh
Karen Stockton would like to thank everyone for the cards and prayers received following the loss of her brother David T. Williams.
Presbyterian Homes Foundation presents the 15th Annual Parkinson Awareness Walk on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Presbyterian Homes & Services Campus 10am. Join in to support the cause and raise awareness for Parkinson Disease! The event is a leisurely one mile walk through the campus. This year’s event will include free breakfast from the Bagel Grove, Saranac soft drinks, free T-shirt with registration, face painting, Utica Zoomobile, Shriner’s Clowns, free musical entertainment along the route, giveaways and so much more! There are registration forms on the table in the sanctuary.
Your Neighbors, Inc. (one of our missions) will be holding its 5th Annual Grandfriends Event on Sunday, September 10th 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Harts Hill Inn, 135 Clinton Street, Whitesboro. The program will include brunch and special entertainment. The cost is $28 per person; $15 children 2 to 12 years. Tickets are available from Pastor Roger.
Also, Your Neighbors is searching for volunteers to offer friendly visiting, medical and grocery transportation, friendly telephone reassurance, meal deliveries. If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact Amanda at 315-253-7149 email@example.com.
The Presbytery of Utica will meet on September 26th 5pm at Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church, Old Forge.
Our next Bible Study begins on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room. It is a six lesson DVD study titled God Is Closer Than You Think. Experience God’s presence! Drawing us into a moment-by-moment relationship with our Heavenly Father, John Ortberg’s 6-session study will help us find God where we least expect Him. Plan to join in on this interesting study.
The St. David’s Society of Utica will hold its annual Fall Gymanfa Ganu (Festival of Song in the Welsh Tradition) on Sunday, October 1st 3pm at Plymouth Bethesda United Church of Christ, 500 Plant Street at Oneida Square, Utica. The conductor will be Jay G. Williams III. Refreshments (Te Bach) will follow. Everyone is welcome!
Our Golumpki Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 28th 4-7pm. The cost is $9 for a Large Golumpki, bread & butter, dessert and beverage. Take outs available 315-768-7502.
Congratulations to Brandon Pugh, grandson of Len & Dolores Pugh, for receiving a scholarship from the St. David’s Society of Utica. He is a student at Clarkson University majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Dear Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, I would like to thank you for your recent gift to Hope House. Your gift of $205.00 will go a long way helping to provide, for all who come to Hope House, a hot meal and a warm safe place off the streets. Your support allows us to meet our operating expenses so we can continue to provide quality services at Hope House. You can be confident that your contribution will be used efficiently and effectively. Hope is a powerful word to someone who is in despair. While we cannot solve all the problems of our guests, Hope House is here serving hot meals in a warm, safe environment with a smile. We help with referrals to other services, we listen when people need to talk; we provide a hug when there are no words to be said. We cheer our guest’s successes and we pray for them when they have a setback because in the end, what happens at Hope House is about people. Thanks to people like you and your financial support we can be there for those of our neighbors who are in the greatest need. Sincerely, John P. Madej, Executive Director (Hope House was our July mission.)
Session Notes by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session