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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS AUGUST 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

 

Waterbury Memorial Church 2018 Vacation Bible School was a success!  Our theme was Shipwrecked ... Rescued by Jesus by Group with the program running from July 9 - 13, 9am to noon.  We had 21 children attend with 7 (teen and pre-teen) helpers. The age range for our castaways was 2 - 13, with most of our children pre-k or younger. 
 
Our adventure started each day at Castaway Sing & Play, followed by Bible Discovery with rotation to stations - Ship Rec Games, Tropical Treats, Imagination Station and KidVid Cinema.  We ended each morning at Sail Away Sendoff.  The castaways met a new Bible Buddy each day that introduced the Bible Point.  The daily Bible Point was carefully integrated into each station's activities to reinforce our Bible Learning. The program Bible Points were:  When you're lonely, When you worry, When you struggle, When you do wrong, When you're powerless... Jesus Rescues!  We shared our God Sightings each day and found evidence of God in our everyday lives.  We learned that God is doing amazing things all around us and if we look for God we will see, smell, taste, touch and hear God.  We just need to always "Watch for God".

The VBS mission project this year was Operation Kid-to-Kid Growing God's Love in Haiti.  We learned that Haiti is considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  And that the harvests there have dropped to about one-third of normal, with 26% of the children of Haiti ages 5 and under suffering from chronic malnutrition.  The castaways made donations in seed packets that were planted in our VBS garden.  The donation total was $75.51, which will be sent to World Vision for the people of Haiti.    

VBS would not have been possible without the volunteers.  My thanks go out to Len & Dolores Pugh, Ken Stockton, Janet Williams (who made our waterfall set), Dayna Franz, Carol & Ryan Wallace, Kathy Graziadei, Diane Fortnam, Sharon Wolanin, Marcia Cavanaugh, Mark McCumber, Pastor Roger, Pat Williams & Jake, Harmony Speciale, Alex Bello and from Bethel Baptist Church, Prospect – Don & Joyce Bishop, Bonnie Bowen, Jenny Tyre.  Our young helpers were Alivia and Gavin Franz, Bella Romano, Owen Fortnam, Beulah Bigelow and Ashley Witte.

Thanks to Julie Thrasher, Walt Rosendale and Grace Morton who let us borrow items to create a tropical island.  

Thank you for the VBS donations on Children's Day, to the Deacons for providing funds for the snacks, and many thanks to all who prayed for us.

Karen Stockton         

 

Sunday, August 5th we will be worshiping and sharing in The Lord’s Supper at the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church.   Rev. Victor McKusick will be the preacher.

August 12th and 26th Whitesboro Church will be worshiping with us at Waterbury Church.  Pastor Roger will be giving the pastoral message each Sunday.

Our annual Church Picnic with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church will be held at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion on August 19th.  The worship service at 10am will precede the picnic. E-Z Strings from the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association will be joining us to play and sing Gospel music. Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share.  The hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, plates and utensils will be provided.  Invite someone to come along with you for a time of worship and fellowship and fun!

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.

 

The greeters for this month are Dolores & Len Pugh for the 12th; Marcia Cavanaugh and Bobbi Masters on the 26th. 

 

Liturgists for August:

12th – Janice Grunenwald, 26th – Marilyn Rahn

 

Each Sunday we include in prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for August 5th – Synod of the Northeast, Syracuse; 12th– First Presbyterian Church, Rome; 19th – Weaving Home Ministry; 26th – Coordinating Council

 

Mission Sunday is the Second Sunday of each month.  Oneida County Habitat for Humanity is August’s Mission on the 12th.  Our speaker will be Cathy Rzeszot.

 

Birthdays for August (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):

  4th – Mike Absolom

  4th – Deanna Side (Jeanie Walter’s sister)

  5th – Grace Henderson

  6th – Reg Rahn (89th)

  9th – Corinne Looney (10yrs old – Granddaughter of Hope & Dan Mayack)

12th – Ingrid Kraeger

17th – Jan Grunenwald

20th – Helga Rycraft (89th)

21st – Kathryn Langdon

23rd – Pam Gorecki

          David Briend

24th – Harry Masters

          Parker Call (6yrs old – Grandson of Karen & Ken Stockton)

28th – Laura Allen

Anniversaries for August (if yours is missing, please let Pastor know):

  6th – Frank & Marcia Cavanaugh

  9th – Jay & Heather Masters

27th – Bill & Sharon Wolanin 

The Session will meet next on Monday, August 6th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.

Our Daily Bread devotionals for September, October and November are available on the back table in the sanctuary.  They are provided free of charge to us by Our Daily Bread Ministries. 

The parts for the Organ Restoration Project have been delayed in shipment.  Due to an upcoming wedding, the work has been rescheduled to begin on September 4th.  Donations for the Project may be given to Deb Bonville or placed on the offering plate using a pew envelope indicating for the organ.

 

Continue to follow Greg and Joanna Jenkins on their Heart Touching Tour 2018 on Facebook by going to the following page: www.facebook.com/GregJenkins1962/. Their mission is to bring music and laughter to as many people as God puts before them while they camp across our beautiful country.  Most of their audience will be seniors in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing facilities.  Some of these people cannot get out to enjoy entertainment so it is important to bring the entertainment to them.  Music from several genres including Christian, Show Tunes, Acoustic Folk, Irish Folk, Light Jazz and Crooner Tunes will be shared.  Comedy will always find its way into any show they perform.   Remember to pray for Greg and Joanna as they journey across the US.

 

Thank You received from the Presbyterian Mission Special Offerings:  We give thanks to you for your support of Special Offerings, our collective witness to the love of Jesus Christ.  On June 11, 2018, we received $70.76 for One Great Hour of Sharing.  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 to enable all people to know God’s life-giving welcome in Jesus Christ. With gratitude to God for our shared mission, Bryce Wiebe, Director. 

 

A Thank You note was received from Emmaus House for our donation of items from the Rummage Sale.  It is a home that provides shelter for women and children.  The 18-bed facility not only provides shelter, but also food, clothing and toiletries.

 

Presbytery of Utica News:  For the past 160 years, Bethany Church has faithfully served God and their local community.  Now the time has come for them to dissolve the congregation, due to the failing health and dwindling number of members.  As they prepare to close, a special commemorative service will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 3:00pm in the sanctuary of Bethany Presbyterian Church, 781 Lansing Street, Utica, New York; all are invited to come and celebrate the witness to Jesus Christ and the rich history of Bethany Presbyterian Church. (Note: Lansing St. is a one-way street.)

A neighbor of Pastor’s and Pat who is in a wheelchair is in need of a person to help 2 mornings a week from 7-9 with her morning routines.  This is a paid position.  If you are interested or know of someone who can assist call her at 315.292.3555.

 

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

Find us on Facebook at Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church – Oriskany.

   

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