TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS NOVEMBER 2019
WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424
Sunday Worship 9:55am
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Psalm 118:24
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3RD AT 2 AM DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS – TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR!!
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY November 3rd – All Saints Day is the day Christians give thanks for all the 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 communion serves will be Bobbi Masters and Mark McCumber.
We will have a hymn sing worship service on Sunday, November 10th. So, choose your favorite, write down the selection and place it in the box located on the back table in the sanctuary and come on the 10th as we lift our voices to the Lord in song!
The greeters for this month are Marcia Cavanaugh and Bobbi Masters for November 3rd, Julie & Bob Thrasher for the 10th, Marcia Cavanaugh and Volunteer for the 17th. Bobbi Masters and Mark McCumber on the 24th.
For December, two greeters are needed for the 1st and 15th and one more for the 22nd and 29th. The greeter list is on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.
Liturgists for November: 3rd – Sharon Wolanin, 10th – Gavin Franz, 17th – Carol Wallace, 24th – Jan Grunenwald.
Each Sunday we include in prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for November 3rd – Three Voices: Cochran Memorial, Oneida Castle; Mount Vernon, Vernon; First Presbyterian, Verona; 10th – Health Care Chaplain Ministry: Bassett Medical Center, Rev. Betsy Jay; Presbyterian Home, Rev. Tom Lorenz; 17th – Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery; 24th – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program
Mission Sunday is the 10th. 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.
If you have a prayer request to be included in the Prayers of the People, please print the information on the green card in the pew rack and give it to Pastor prior to worship or during the Passing of the Peace.
Our organist, Irina Popov, is planning for the choir to sing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The choir will sing one of the Welsh carols for Christmas. If you are willing to join the choir, the rehearsals are held after Sunday worship.
Blankets – Remember to bring a twin size or a fleece throw to be donated to the Rome Rescue Mission for a homeless person to be able to keep as their own. Bring your donation and place it in the last pew in the back. Karen Mesick then will take them to the Mission for distribution.
Sunday School is offered for all children during worship (following Jake’s message). We are working our way through the Bible A to Z. Lesson C is for Caleb. The children will learn about the Promised Land and what Caleb found there. We hope to have the children take part in a Christmas worship service in December. If you know of any children who would like to join us, please pass Karen Stockton’s contact information on to the. Karen can be reached at 315.533.5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shirley Danko has once again handcrafted and donated a 100% acrylic Afghan for a fundraiser to help with the roof project expenses. It is in the Worden Room along with tickets for you to complete with a donation of any amount.
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 24th.
Birthdays for November:
14th – Paige Rolletta (Pam & Tom Deppmeyer’s daughter)
19th – Marcia Cavanaugh
24th – Roger G Williams (Pastor’s son)
24th – Liam Absolom (8yrs old)
29th – Pam Deppmeyer
Anniversaries for November:
21st – Brandon & Laura Allen
Pastor Roger and Pat wish to thank their church family for the meaningful card and Texas Roadhouse gift card received for Pastor Appreciation Sunday. They sincerely appreciate your loving kindness.
The Presbytery of Utica will hold its next meeting on November 26th at 10am at First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown located at 25 Church Street.
Our Daily Bread devotional for December, January, February will be available on the table in the back of the sanctuary. They are provided free of charge by Our Daily Bread Ministries to our church.
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.
From Oneida County Habitat for Humanity (our August mission)
To our Friends at Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, Thank you for your generous donation of $218. 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 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 four 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 $70 will benefit Sitrin’s Military Rehabilitation program. This year we will again proudly display one thousand flags on the Memorial Parkway. From November 1st through November 11th, you will be able to walk the field and find the flag you have sponsored. On November 9th we will have a ceremony at the Parkway Center 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 flags in honor of Edward Danko and Ted Johnson, Jr. for their service to our country.)
Hilites October 14th Session Meeting by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session
· World Communion Sunday on October 6th was held at Westminster Moriah Olivet with Utica First Presbyterian, Waterbury and Whitesboro. 16 attending from Waterbury received communion with Bobbi Masters our communion server and with our bread plate used.
· Approved Hymn Sing for November 10th.
· Greg Jenkins is taking the Lay Pastor courses at Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School.
· Karen Stockton provided the financial report for the 2019 Vacation Bible School. Total cost was $1145.25 which reflects donations of $650.
· Worden Room Restroom sink has been repaired.
· There are still ongoing issues with the organ including an occasional humming sound.
· As of this meeting the roof work was 99% complete. Through the Grace of God and the many monetary donations, no loan was needed to replace the roof.
· The kitchen lights will be replaced soon.
· As of this meeting, we have not hired a person to remove snow from the sidewalks and driveway. A suggestion was made to block off the front entrance of the church and use the side entrance for safety reasons.
· We have received Certificates for Flags for Heroes in Memory of Ted Johnson, Jr. and Edward Danko.
· At its Stated Meeting of September 24th, the Presbytery of Utica voted to approve its budget for 2020. Per Capita in the budget remains at $41.14 per member.
Pastor Roger will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.
Roof Project Financial Statement provided by Dolores Pugh, Treasurer
Income: Dinners $2,294.00; Rummage Sales $4,798.13; Donations $9,955.05; Balance from Ramp Fund $1,384.17; From Memorial Fund $5,000.00; From Cash Dividends at Morgan Stanley $2,039.96; From Checking Account Funds $3,488.69; Total $28,960.00 which was paid to Cobblestone Construction Company.
The roof project could not have been accomplished without all of the donations and the support of the dinners and rummage sales – thank you with grateful appreciation!
We would like to replenish the checking account funds. If you wish to help with this endeavor, once again thank you for your consideration.
Do not judge a church according to size of membership, but by the power of God in the church!!