TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JUNE 2017
WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Psalm 118:24
On Sunday, June 4th PENTECOST we will share in The Lord’s Supper. The communion servers will be Jeanie Walters and Pat Williams. Remember to wear RED as we celebrate the Birthday of the Church. Red is the traditional color for Pentecost after the flames described in Acts 2:3.
Our organist, Irina Popov, is extending an invitation for us to attend her Music Studio Recital on Sunday, June 4th, 2pm at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Auditorium, 310 Genesee Street, Utica.
On Sunday, June 11th we will celebrate Children’s Day. Alivia and Gavin Franz from our Sunday School will participate in the worship service.
The greeters for this month are Julie & Bob Thrasher for the 4th and 11th; Marcia Cavanaugh and Bobbi Masters on the 18th; Jan Grunenwald and Karen Stockton for June 26th.
Liturgists for June:
4th – Nancy Fay, 11th – Gavin Franz, 18th – Karen Stockton, 25th – Mark McCumber
If you would like to volunteer as a liturgist, please let Pastor Roger know. He will soon be working on the schedule for July thru December.
Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery. The Prayer Calendar includes for June 4th – Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church, Old Forge; 11th – the Lay Academy; 18th – First Presbyterian Church, Oneida; 25th – the General Assembly, PC (USA)
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.
Mission Sunday is the Second Sunday of each month. Rescue Mission of Utica is June’s Mission on the 12th. Our speaker will be Jim Haid, Executive Director. (Please make your check payable to Waterbury Church. Thank you.)
Special Announcement from the Rescue Mission – The Thrifty Shopper store in the New Hartford Shopping Plaza is now open. Please be aware that this is NOT an endeavor of the Rescue Mission of Utica, but an enterprise of the Syracuse Rescue Mission and all proceeds support their Mission in Syracuse. The Rescue Mission of Utica is grateful for clothing donations from our community and is committed to providing FREE clothing to those in need through its “Clothing Closet” located at 218 Rutger Street and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.
Birthdays for June:
2nd – Stevie Bulger (6yrs old) 23rd – Breana Bulger (8yrs old)
3rd – Braydon Call (7yrs old) Steve Bulger
7th – Alivia Franz (13yrs old) 24th – Be Conney
13th – Jake Grunenwald 28th – Jeanie Walters
20th – Kayla Shafer Andrew Wallace
21st – Carl Graziadei
(if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)
Anniversaries for June:
7th – Tom & Pam Deppmeyer
14th – Mike & Megan Absolom
20th – Carl & Kathy Graziadei
24th – Dan & Hope Mayack
30th – Jim & Betty Huff
(if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)
The Session will meet on Monday, June 12th at 6:30pm in the Worden Room.
Sunday School News
As we close another school year, Gavin and Alivia Franz will share a reading from their lessons during the worship service on Children’s Day, June 11th. Gavin will share information about the early Kings of Israel and Alivia will share a story of Twenty-six Guards.
The formal Sunday School class will close after Children’s Day. There will be Bible Story Time for children following Jake’s message from June 18th through July 9th.
I would like to thank Carol Wallace for teaching Sunday School this year and for providing teaching materials.
Vacation Bible School
Children will Discover Their Strength in God this summer at Vacation Bible School to be held from Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th (9am to Noon) at Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church. We are looking forward to a fun packed week again this year. The children will be making their own art projects, singing new songs, exploring wonders of creation, playing games, enjoying tasty treats, as well as taking part in the Bible stories. Registration forms are available at the church or by contacting Karen Stockton (315-533-5249 or email@example.com). All children are welcome to take part in Vacation Bible School and to become one of God’s Heroes.
The children’s mission projects this year include a Your Neighbors’ meal preparation and the collection of school supplies for the Rome Rescue Mission.
Volunteers are needed during Vacation Bible School week as station leaders and the week prior to transform our church into Hero Central. Adult, middle and high school volunteers are all needed, there is lots to do. Donations to offset the cost to bring Vacation Bible School to the children of our community can be made using the Children's Day Offering or a pew envelope. We thank you for anything you can do to help. Please keep VBS in your prayers. Thank you.
A note from Ann Smith, Eastern Star Home resident – Dear Friends, Thank you for the lovely Easter Lily. I’m a little slow getting this in the mail. I sure enjoyed it. Thanks again.
Great News! The proceeds from our Rummage Sale were – $1260.62! Thank you to everyone for donating items, volunteering your time and shopping. We extend our thanks and gratitude to Jan Grunenwald for coordinating the sale.
The Waterbury Wheelchair Ramp Program Reaches the Top
Praise God! Our wheelchair ramp program fund drive far exceeded our goal of $1500 and brought in $1791. This sent Jake to the top of the ramp way ahead of schedule! What greater sign could there be that we are eager and meant to do God’s work? The excitement from our congregation seems to be growing all the time.
Now we are on to the next step, finding someone to bless with the freedom of having a ramp at their home. A few notes on this step. Our target area to build the ramp is the village of Oriskany. We do not want to create false hope for someone, so should you have an idea for a recipient please do not approach them and mention that they might be able to get a ramp. Instead please just give the name and address to Greg Jenkins so he can do a drive by of the home to see if it is feasible to put a ramp there. You can email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 315-416-3200. Also, we are looking for someone who owns their home, not someone who rents.
Once we have determined a candidate we will approach them and measure the area, draw up plans and get the proper permits. Then we will choose a weekend, Friday evening to Sunday evening probably in August, to build the ramp. From there we will order supplies and schedule delivery.
Remember, we will need help from every one of all skill levels including youth ages 10 and up with parent’s permission. Builders, food providers, drink providers, runners and even those who can just share moral support are necessary to make this event all it can be. It is important to have people available to fellowship with the ramp recipient too!
What a blessing it will be to share the gift of freedom with one of God’s children who is in need.
Your Neighbors, Inc. (our May Mission) is sponsoring a ½-Chicken Drive-thru BBQ (chicken only) June 24th beginning at noon (plan to arrive by 1pm) at the Zion Lutheran Church parking lot on the corner of Burrstone and French Road. The cost is $7 per half-chicken. See Pastor Roger for tickets.
You are invited to join Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor for the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church Prayer Group that meets Wednesdays from 9am to 10am in the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro.
Session Notes from the meeting of May 2, 2017 by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session
37 received Communion at Maundy Thursday Service with Whitesboro Church.
The Community Easter Sunrise Service at the Oriskany Battlefield had over 30 in attendance and 70 attended Waterbury's Easter Service.
Bobbi Masters will be the contact person for Missions.
The front doors will be refinished this summer, using funds donated by Hazel Wooding's family.
The CPR training has been postponed until an instructor can be found.
The next Manual of Operations section to be worked will be a Child Protection Policy as suggested by the Utica Presbytery.
The proceeds from the Lasagna Dinner of $1100.00 will be added to the roof fund.
The Session approved Len Pugh to act as the Elder Commissioner for the May Presbytery meeting to be held at First Presbyterian Church in Utica.
Our annual Church Picnic will be held at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion on August 20th. The worship service at 10am will precede the picnic. Invite someone to come along with you for a time of worship and fellowship and fun! Whitesboro Presbyterian will again be joining with us.
Pastor will be in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.
The church phone number is 315-768-7502. Our website is www.waterbury-church.org and you can find us on Facebook at Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church – Oriskany.