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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS APRIL 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

 

 

The annual Community Easter Sunrise Service will be April 1st 7am at the Oriskany Battlefield Monument.  Dress warmly and bring a chair with you.  Pastor Victor McKusick will be sharing an Easter message.  There will be breakfast following the service at Waterbury Church.  The Easter Celebration of the Resurrection with Communion and special music will begin at 9:55am.  The pastoral message will be “Christ Is Risen Indeed!” John 20:1-18.   The communion servers will be Marcia Cavanaugh, Bobbi Masters, Karen Stockton and Julie Thrasher.

The greeters for this month are Nancy Fay for April 1st, Doris & Mark McCumber for the 8th, Julie & Bob Thrasher on the 15th, Volunteers are needed for the 22nd, and Deb & Bill Bonville on the 29th

 

Liturgists for April: 

1st Ingrid Kraeger, 8th Rowland, 15th Kathy Graziadei, 22nd Marcia Cavanaugh, 29th Pastor Roger 

 

Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for April 1st – Micah Committee; 8th – First Presbyterian Church, Ilion; 15th – Church of the Lakes, Inlet; 22nd – First United Presbyterian Church, Little Falls, 29th – First Presbyterian Church, Lowville

 

Sundays at 9:40am 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 April:                   

  4th – Bill Bonville

10th – Dan Mayack

12th – Ken Mumpton

14th – Karen Mesick

14th – Sharon Wolanin

17th – Heidi Deppmeyer

17th – Maggie Call (10yrs old)

19th – Gavin Franz (11yrs old)

21st – Wanda Elble

27th – Michael Smithling (11yrs old)

28th – Dolores Pugh

30th – Evan Absolom (3yrs old)

 (if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)

 

Our Annual Church Rummage Sale is planned for Friday, May 11th from 9am until 3pm and Saturday, May 12th bag sale only from 10am until noon.  As always, we welcome contributions of clean, usable clothing, housewares, linens, tools, toys, games, décor, furniture, etc. that are in good repair.  Items may be brought to the church basement or left by upstairs railing.  This can be a good opportunity to “spring clean” and clear out unused things from our homes.  Your help is needed to set up, sort and pack up what is left.  Contact Jan Grunenwald, 315-736-6555 if you can assist. 

A Thank You was received from New Hope Children’s Home (January Mission) for our $251 donation for their ministry in Arequipa, Peru.

From the Rome Rescue Mission our February Mission – I am so grateful for the fine people who either live in our community, or who still call this area home, and of your support of our work here. Every day, we see children without any place to go.  We feed them, clothe them, and most importantly…..love them.  Thank you for your generous gift of $206.86, and know you are helping so many in need.  “God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart”: Izaak Walton.  Sincerely, Matt Miller, Executive Director

Our congregation wishes to thank Rowland for keeping the steps, sidewalks and driveway clear for our worship services and meetings.  He did a fantastic job!  Thank you, Rowland!

Congratulations to Brandon Pugh (grandson of Len and Dolores), a junior majoring in electrical engineering at Clarkson University, upon receiving the Class of 2019 Share Clarkson Direct Scholarship in honor of Katherine H. Wears.

Envelopes are available on the back table in the sanctuary to help defray the Per Capita that the church is assessed per member ($39.42).  The per capita is a set amount of money (apportionment) that congregations pay to support the operations of the Presbytery (consisting of local churches), Synod (group of presbyteries), and General Assembly (all churches and synods.)

From Whitesboro Presbyterian Church – The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is very pleased to announce that Reverend Victor McKusick has been approved by the Session to become the part-time supply minister starting on May 1, 2018. 

This spring we hope to build a handicap ramp for someone in the Oriskany/Whitesboro area.  This project was made possible through a fundraising program that took place during 2017.  Donors at the church as well as well as generosity from Whitesboro Presbyterian Church have opened the door for caring volunteers to set someone free.  Our church is a mission oriented congregation reaching out into our community.  If you know of a person in need of the ramp you can contact Greg Jenkins at 315-416-3200.

The National Day of Prayer will be held this year on May 3rd from 7:30-8:45am at Harts Hill Inn, Whitesboro.  Attend and pray for the Unity of our nation.  There will be good food, worship, scripture and prayer.  There won’t be any speakers.  Kathy Peters will be guiding those attending as they pray through various scriptures that speak how they are to treat one another to bring about unity.  Tickets are $14 at Big Apple Music or $15 at the door.

March Session Notes by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session
35 Received Communion on March 4, 2018.
There will not be Sunday School class on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
VBS materials, “Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus” by Group have been ordered.  VBS will be held July 9 - 13.
The mission for April is the Veterans Outreach, a speaker will attend worship on April 8.
A lawn maintenance contract with JM Sampson was signed for the 2018 summer, there was no increase in the cost.
The church brochure is in the works.  Pictures are being selected from special worship services.  A quote to print the brochure was received from PJ Green, 500 for $195, 1000 for $240.
Waterbury Session has accepted an invitation from the Whitesboro Church to meet sometime in April to discuss matters of mutual benefit. 
The Session approved the Rummage Sale to be held May 11 and 12.
The $114 received from the Lenten lunch will go toward the Organ Fund.
An afghan raffle will be held in the Fall, Shirley Danko offered to make the afghan.
Karen Stockton will be the Elder Commissioner at the April 3rd Presbytery Meeting. 
The next Session meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 9 at 6:30 pm in the Worden Room.


Sunday School 
Sunday School class will be held April 8 - 29 during the worship service (following Jake's message).  Lessons are from Life, Living in Faith Everyday based on the book of Acts.  Sunday School will continue through May ending June 3 with a Bible Discovery presentation from the upcoming Vacation Bible School program, "Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus". 

Vacation Bible School is planned for July 9 - 13.  The Group program, "Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus" is where children (of all ages) will discover that Jesus cares and He rescues us when life gets stormy.  The children will meet a Bible Buddy each day that will help them understand the Bible Point and introduce them to Bible Discovery.  If you would like to help in any way with Vacation Bible School or would like registration information please contact Karen Stockton at
kkstockton@twcny.rr.com or 315.533.5249.  

Pastor Roger and Pat will be on vacation from Monday, April 23rd until Saturday, April 28th.  For any pastoral emergencies please call Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session at 315.533.5249 or 315.725.6686 (cell).  Greg Jenkins will be the guest speaker on Sunday, April 29th.

Donations for the Organ Repair may be given to Deb Bonville.

You are invited to attend the Prayer Group that meets every Wednesday from 9am to 10am at the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro, with Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor.

The Stone Storytellers with Master Storyteller Dennis Dewey present “A Performance of Stories from the Gospel of John” Sunday afternoon April 15th 2:30pm at Stone Presbyterian Church, Clinton.

 

Acapella Psalm Sing hosted by Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian, 8470 New Floyd Road, Rome, on Sunday, April 29th at 6pm with refreshments to follow.  God has provided 150 songs for singing – The Psalms!  God has provided the instrument – your voice!

 

Everyone is welcome to attend the Spring Gymanfa Ganu (Festival of Song in the Welsh Tradition), sponsored by St. David’s Society of Utica on Sunday, May 6th at 3:00pm at New Hartford Presbyterian Church. Leading the singing will be conductor Iwan Edwards, accompanied by organist James Hanosh and pianist Jeanne Jones. The guest soloist will be Richard Cawley. Following the singing, a “te bach” (afternoon tea) will be held. The church is handicapped accessible.

There will be a Spring Tea at Westminster Moriah Olivet Church, 714 Washington Street, Utica, 315.732.6518, on Sunday, May 6th from 2pm to 4pm.  The cost is $15 per person.  Menu: Teas, Scones, Sandwiches and Desserts.  Please use Broadway Entrance.  Parking is available in the City Hall parking lot.  Reservations and ticket money is needed by Monday, April 23rd

Carl Graziadei is the catcher for the Oriskany High School Baseball Team.  April home games to be played at the High School – 6th @ 4:30 vs. Poland, 11th @ 4:30 vs. Brookfield, 13th @ 4:30 vs. Westmoreland, 18th @ 4:30 vs. Waterville, 23rd @ 4:00 vs. Adirondack, 27th @ 4:30 vs. Frankfort, 30th @ 4:30 vs. Hamilton.

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

   

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