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1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424





Vacation Bible School a SUPER Success! 
Hero Central Vacation Bible School was a "SUPER" success.  We had 19 Heroes attend the program and 3 student Hero Team Leaders.  The age range of our Heroes was 4 years to 12 years, with 7 four and five year olds.  We had 7 Heroes attend our VBS for the first time.  The Heroes learned a new Hero Code each day: God's Heroes have Heart, Courage, Wisdom, Hope and Power.  And each day we shared our Hero Verse: Do good! Seek peace and go after it! Psalm 34:14b.  The Heroes traveled to stations that included Bible History, Science, Snack, Games, Crafts and Music. Thursday was face painting day with artist Julia Alem. On Friday we prepared a Your Neighbors Meal as a Mission project.  
This year our outreach mission was to collect back to school supplies to be distributed by the Rome Rescue Mission.  The Heroes filled two back packs with donations.  Matt Miller from the Rome Rescue Mission joined us during the closing assembly on Friday.  He gladly accepted our Heroes donations and shared information about the children who will receive the supplies.

I would like to thank all those who volunteered to help set up, tear down and during VBS: Pastor Roger and Pat Williams, Bobbi Masters, Diane Fortnam, Sara Piacentino-Call, Pam Deppmeyer, Len and Dolores Pugh, Dayna, Gavin and Alivia Franz, Carol Wallace, Alex Bello, Kathy and Carl Graziadei, Isabella Romano and Ken Stockton.  We send our thanks out to the New Hartford Presbyterian Church for the donation of decorations that were used during their Hero Central VBS the previous week.  A special thank you goes out to Gabrielle Koenig, who played Super G during the opening and closing assembly. We have lots of pictures thanks to Pat Williams and Mark McCumber.  The mural art work was crafted by Janet Lombard and as always she did a fabulous job.  The cardboard was provided by Mike Franz, thank you Mike!

The Deacons provided the snacks again this year and we very much appreciate the support of the Deacons.     
A special thank you goes out to all who supported our VBS using the children's envelopes and for all the prayers.  This year we were blessed with a large donation from an anonymous supporter, as well as a donation from a family attending VBS. 

It was a fun filled and busy week that would not have been possible without God being with us every step of the way. Again, thank you to all who helped make our Vacation Bible School possible and a "SUPER" success.  
Karen Stockton  

Sunday, August 6th we will worshiping and sharing The Lord’s Supper with the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church congregation joining us.

Our annual Church Picnic with Whitesboro Presbyterian Church will be held again this year at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion on August 20th.  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.  Invite someone to come along with you for a time of worship and fellowship and fun!  Meat, rolls, plates and utensils will be provided.  There is a sign-up list on the back table in the sanctuary or call Marcia Cavanaugh at 315-525-8998 to let us know that you are coming and what food item you will be sharing with us.

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.


The greeters for this month are Shirley Danko and Rowland for the 6th; Dolores & Len Pugh on the 13th; Karen Stockton and Pat Williams the 27th. 


Liturgists for August:

6th – Jenile Seelman, 13th – Janice Grunenwald, 27th – Shirley Danko


Each Sunday we include in prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for August 6th – Synod of the Northeast, Syracuse; 13th – First Presbyterian Church, Rome; 20th – Weaving Home; 27th – Coordinating Council


Mission Sunday is the Second Sunday of each month.  Oneida County Habitat for Humanity is August’s Mission on the 13th. 


Also during the worship service on August 13th, Pastor Roger will be baptizing his grandniece, Sadie Louise Tanner, daughter of Pastor’s niece Melissa and Matthew Tanner who were married in Waterbury Church on June 23, 2012 and their son, Jack, was baptized along with his cousin, Mason Moshetti on August 24, 2014.


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

  4th – Mike Absolom

  5th – Grace Henderson

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

12th – Ingrid Kraeger

17th – Jan Grunenwald

20th – Helga Rycraft (88th)

21st – Kathryn Langdon

23rd – Pam Gorecki

          David Briend

24th – Harry Masters

          Parker Call (5yrs 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 7th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.

Sunday School classes will start September 10th during the worship service (following Jake's message).  All children are welcome to attend.  If you are able to teach a class once a month or would like to be a teaching assistant or nursery attendant, please contact Karen Stockton at 315-533-5249 or

Our Daily Bread devotionals for September, October and November will be available on the back table in the sanctuary as soon as they arrive.  These are provided free of charge to us by Our Daily Bread Ministries. 

Finishing Peaces Brunch – The Mohawk Valley Christian Women’s Club will be holding a brunch at Harts Hill Inn, Whitesboro, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 10am to noon.  The cost is $13 all inclusive.  Karen Stockton is the Special Feature speaker.  Karen will share information about Vintage Hand Painted Furniture and how to get started in business.  Also speaking is Penny Keen from Black River, NY.  Penny’s topic is “Losing Control & Finding Peace”.  Walk-ins are welcome, but if you would like to make a reservation contact Ann 315-733-2085 or Della 315-733-1638.


·       From Rescue Mission of Utica (June mission):  Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . I can’t think of a better way to tell you how much the Rescue Mission of Utica values your support and friendship than with these words from Matthew 25:21.  Thank you so much for your generous and faithful financial support ($207.00) and prayers.  What a joy it was to see you and your congregation again and to share what the Lord is doing at the Mission.  We are so grateful for our partnership.  Together we are reaching out and changing lives.  May the Lord bless and keep you.  Gratefully, Jim Haid, Executive Director 

·       From Presbyterian Mission Agency: Thank you so much for your generous gift to the One Great Hour of Sharing this year! ($117.56) Your participation in this offering provides resources for our work with hunger alleviation, disaster assistance, and development programs.  Further, it is a way that you participate in this work!  We look forward to sharing with you this work.  Blessings, The Special Offerings Team


Help Support the Rome Rescue Mission (February Mission):

Family Fun Day Fundraiser – August 12th from 12pm to 5pm at Pinti Field, 200 6th Street, Rome. There will be a dog show, carnival games, spelling bee, arts/crafts, food vendors, heroes alley, music/singing, bounce houses, Utica Zoomobile and tons more.

Back to School Basics Clothing Drive – Every year, hundreds of local children struggle just to find clean underwear.  No child should have to go to school in dirty clothes.  The Mission will be collecting new children’s clothes to give each child one new outfit to start school.  Donations can be dropped at the Mission, 413 E. Dominick Street, Rome until the third week of August.  Needed are donations for children 4-18 years, all sizes – pants, jeans, shorts, shirts, tops, socks, shoes and undergarments.

The church phone number is 315-768-7502 and the website is  Find us on Facebook – Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church - Oriskany


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