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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JULY 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

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

There is still time to register for Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School.   Children will enjoy an island adventure where they will discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms.  Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences where kids see, hear, touch and even taste the adventure.  We will also discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life – which are called God sightings.  The kids will participate in a mission project, through a program called Operation Kid-to-Kid, that will provide seeds for families in Haiti to grow food.  Please pass the word about VBS, the dates are July 9th – 13th, 9am to noon.  Contact Karen Stockton for registration information at kkstockton@twcny.rr.com, 315.725.6686 or 315.533.5249.  We can use help setting up and taking down the VBS décor.  Call Karen for the work schedule.

Summer Worship Schedule with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church

July 29th – Waterbury at Whitesboro with Pastor Victor McKusick preaching.

August 5th – Waterbury at Whitesboro with Pastor Victor preaching.

August 12th – Whitesboro at Waterbury with Pastor Roger preaching.

August 19th – Worship and Picnic together at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion.  E-Z Strings from the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association will be joining us again to play and sing Gospel music.

August 26th – 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 1st we will share in The Lord’s Supper.  The communion servers will be Marcia Cavanaugh and Karen Stockton.

 

The greeters for this month are Karen Stockton for the 1st; Jan Grunenwald and Karen Stockton on the 8th; Nancy Fay and Karen Fournier for the 15th; Bobbi Masters and Bill Bonville for July 22nd

 

Liturgists for July:

1st – Nancy Fay, 8th – Marcia Cavanaugh, 15th – Ingrid Kraeger, 22nd – Doris McCumber

 

Irina Popov will be on vacation July 8th.  Doris MacDonnell will be our guest organist. 

 

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 1st – Our Church; 8th – College Chaplain Ministry, Hamilton College, Rev. Jeffrey McArn; 15th – Westminster Moriah Olivet Presbyterian Church; 22nd – Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs; 29th – Presbytery Personnel Committee

 

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 July:

  2nd – Haley Phillips (Karen Fournier’s granddaughter)

  3rd – Polly Simmons

  9th – Carol Bone

  9th – Michael Franz

10th – Karen Stockton

11th – Roger Bone

12th – Sara Call

23rd – Jim Huff

Anniversaries for July:

  3rd – Bill & Deb Bonville

  7th – Steve & Laura Bulger

(If yours is missed, please let Pastor know.)

 

Follow Greg and Joanna Jenkins on their Heart Touching Tour 2018 on Facebook by going to the following page: www.facebook.com/GregJenkins1962/  There will be Facebook live broadcasts of two specific events to participate in: S’more Day on Saturday, July 14th from Arizona at 3pm Eastern Time.  They would like to have 1,000 S’mores eaten all at the same time across the country! Ice Cream Cone Day on Thursday July 26th from Colorado at 3pm Eastern Time.  They are hoping for about 1,000 ice cream cones enjoyed together!   Remember to pray for Greg and Joanna as they journey across the US.

 

Please join us for The Waterbury Church Annual Picnic at the Eastern Star Pavilion on August 19thfrom 10 to 2.  Worship begins at 10am then lunch follows right after.   Bring a favorite dish of yours to share.  E-Z Strings from the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association will be coming to play and sing Gospel music as part of the worship service.  After eating a large delicious lunch we have a couple hours of great fellowship and games.  It’s a great way for all of us to enjoy our friends and relax for a few hours. It is a good time for one and all.  The picnic is for the Waterbury family and our friends from the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church.  We all have a great time together every year!  Come and be part of a wonderful day.  All are welcome.                                                                 

Deacons Notes - $100.00 has been given to the Organ Restoration Project from our “Pennies for People” jar.  Also: Bottle donations for the Food Pantry as of 6/7/18 are $68.00.   Please be encouraged that our small change does count.  Thank you to all who contribute to these two collections.

 

Donations for the Organ Restoration Project may be given to Deb Bonville or placed on the offering plate using a pew envelope indicating for the organ.   The organ will not be available for our worship services beginning July 15th until August 26th.  Irina will be playing the piano  during that time.

 

Betty Heeley Huff, a member of Waterbury Church, who resides in Florida, has written a children’s book “I’m Popeye and I’m a Very Special Dog”.   Popeye is not on a mission.  It never entered his little dog mind that he could help other pets and children.  It’s more like he senses where he’s needed.  He just plain likes pets and children.  In this, his first book, he is adopted and taken to his new home.  He adjusts to his two new brothers and a home he cannot see.  He is busy finding his way around but has time to meet a boy in a wheelchair and a girl recovering from cancer.  Popeye meets a soldier too.  His compassion and heart, which are bigger than his body, bring these three into his life for a shared understanding of their disabilities.  The book is available through Amazon.com.  Popeye, a blind Yorkie/poodle, that Betty adopted from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Tampa Bay, Fl was the inspiration for writing this story. Congratulations Betty on the publication of your first book!

 

Session Notes, Karen Stockton - Clerk of Session
The Session met on June 11, 2018, for the scheduled stated meeting.
Per Capita amount paid to the Utica Presbytery based on the church membership was discussed.  The church is required to submit per capita based on membership.  Because not all members reimburse the church for the payment, the Session will review our membership role to determine if there are members that can be placed on the inactive list.  Those on the inactive list are still members of Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, however do not attend or take part in church activities.  The church is not required to pay the per capita for inactive members. 
28 received Communion on June 3, 2018.
Sunday School - class will start again in September.
VBS - We have received a few registrations.  We have just one additional volunteer, could use many more. 
Organ and Roof Repairs - a fundraising letter was reviewed that will be mailed to church members (who do not attend worship) and friends.  In addition to the organ and roof repairs an estimate for repairing the stained glass windows was received in the amount of $7,500.
Pastor Roger will be away June 25 - 27.
A draft of the brochure to share information about our church was shared.  We will print the brochure on a color printer as copies are needed.
Pastor Roger and Karen Stockton attended the Presbytery meeting at Westernville on May 22. 
The Session approved the sale of the chairs stored in the boiler room that have not been used for several years.  Of the 90 chairs 44 were sold at $5 each and a few of the children's chairs were sold for $40.  $260 from the sale was placed in the Organ Fund.  There will be 25 folding chairs and 6 children's chairs available for sale; the church will keep 20 folding chairs for extra seating. 
The church received a $192 rebate from Guide-One Insurance.
The Presbytery of Utica 2017 Statistical Report indicated that there are a total of 2652 active members in the Presbytery, a loss of 159 members, with 31 churches in the Presbytery (one church will be closing in June 2018).
The next meeting of the Session is August 6 at 6:30PM in the Worden Room.

 

Pastor Roger and Pat will be on vacation July 30th – August 2nd.   For any pastoral emergencies please contact Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session, at 315.533.5249 or 315.725-6686 (cell).

   

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