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TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS DECEMBER 2020

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

 

November 22nd was Pastor Roger’s last Sunday.  He will be on vacation until the end of December, relaxing at home with Pat.  The Presbytery Committee on Ministry has approved the recommendation of the Waterbury Session that Elder Gregory Jenkins be your next Pastor.  Please pray for Greg as he recovers from COVID-19.  The supply preacher on November 29th will be Elder Barbara Epley-Shuck, a member of Utica First Presbyterian Church and an Authorized Lay Preacher.

The Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held Thursday, December 24th at 6:30pm with Pastor Roger officiating, if there are no restrictions enforced by the State.  The Christmas Story will be presented with Scripture and Carols.  Prefilled communion cups will be used.  The Christmas Joy Offering will be received at this service.  50% of the offering is distributed to the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for Assistance Programs for current and retired servants of the church and 50% is distributed to the 8 racial ethnic schools and colleges of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through the National Ministries Division to assist deserving students.

From Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session:

  • A special Session Meeting was called on Sunday, November 15, 2020 to discuss the future of Waterbury Church during this newest COVID-19 outbreak. It was decided by the Session that in the interest of our members it would be reasonable to close from November 30, 2020 until March 7, 2021. November 29, 2020 will be the last worship service this year.
  • Marcia Cavanaugh will be stopping by the church office once a week to check for any important correspondence.
  • With the help of Greg Jenkins, Marcia Cavanaugh will e-mail members of any important information that needs to be known. Updates for re-opening will also be sent closer to March 7th. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17, 2021, Palm Sunday is March 28th and Easter Sunday, April 4th.
  • Marcia Cavanaugh’s e-mail address for church business is wmpclerk@gmail.com.  Personal e-mails can still be sent to marciacavanaugh@hotmail.com.

 

During the time that we will not be worshiping together, you may send your offering to our Financial Secretary, Deborah Bonville, 9169 Olin Road, Marcy, NY 13403.  Thank you.

 

Hospice and Palliative Care is our December Mission.  If you wish to donate, please send your check to Deb Bonville.

 

Birthdays for December:

  1st – Wayne Franz

  3rd – Shirley Danko      

  5th – Tom Deppmeyer                                               

  8th – Frank Calenzo 

11th – Hope Mayack

11th – Lauren Prichard (8yrs old – Barb Traver’s great-granddaughter)

12th – Brandon Allen                          

12th – Bob Thrasher

13th – Les Henderson

14th – Megan Absolom

14th – Caleb Smith

15th – Julie Noeth

21st –  Manuel Guerra

25th – Jesus Christ

29th – Bill Wolanin

30th – Lucas Boyko (8yrs old)       

Anniversaries for December:

11th – Jenile & Al Seelman

24th – Bobbi & Harry Masters

 

Caleb Smith looks forward to receiving cards from our congregation. His address is 126 Brookley Road, Rome, NY 13441

 

Thank You from our October Mission: Dear Waterbury Memorial, This is the 42nd year of the Frist Presbyterian Church Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  We cannot prepare 1,000 full, traditional, hot dinners without the support of churches, other partners, and approximately 200 volunteers participating in various stages of the preparation, serving, and clean up.  Although we get donations of certain items like turkeys, beverages, and pies, we still face significant purchases of other food items and the materials needed for preparation and delivery of the meal.  Your generous donation helps make it all possible for many.  Thanksgiving is a national day of giving thanks and no one in this great country that God has so blessed, should go without a hot meal.  You are more than a donor, you are there, at the table with the least and the lost.  May God continue to inspire you and bless all your efforts to serve others.  Sincerely, Tom Wattles, John Faust, Michal Kumbalek, Co-Dinner Chairmen.  A personal note was added: Thank you for your many years of partnering with us!  In this pandemic our costs have risen.  Your $240 donation is most helpful.  Blessings, Tom.

 

We have received several donations for the stained-glass window restoration. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. 

Corrections for the Waterbury Church Directory: James Pate’s new address – 1300 SW 84th Ave., Portland, OR 97225; Greg Jenkins’ correct phone number – 315.416.3200.

If you are interested in serving as an Elder on the Session or as a Deacon, please let Bill Bonville know.

Calendars for 2021 have arrived with this note – Our holiday gift to your parish.  We hope that your congregation finds these calendars useful in their day to day lives.  Our very best wishes to everyone this holiday season.  Sincerely, The Staff at Dimbleby Funeral Services, Inc.  The calendars are available on the back table in the sanctuary.

Hilites November 9th Session Meeting by Marcia Cavanaugh, Clerk of Session

  • Financial Secretary’s Reports for September & October; Treasurer’s Reports for October were approved. 
  • Dolores Pugh, Treasurer, presented the 2021 Proposed Faith Budget.  
  • 20 Received Communion on November 1st using prefilled cups
  • Greg Jenkins will not be able to begin as Pastor until after 1st of year.
  • Barbara Epley-Shuck will be pulpit Supply for November 29th.
  • Christmas Eve Service will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 24th.  All Covid-19 precautions will be practiced;  masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing.  Music and hymns will be condensed to one verse, music will be shortened. 
  • Discussion regarding closing from January to March 2021 was discussed predominantly due to Covid-19 illness numbers rising at this time.  This will be discussed further at the December Session meeting.  
  • 2021 Missions.  2020 Missions were reviewed and will be continued to 2021. 
  • 7 Stained Glass Windows bowed & leaking – cost to repair is $750 per window – not $250. Two donations of $250 received.  
  • Safety of gas heater in vestibule. It was decided not to place the heater.
  • Battery powered emergency lights needed in basement, Worden Room and Sanctuary.  The exit lights need to have bulbs replaced. Emergency lights will be purchased. 
  • Elder Commissioner for Presbytery Meeting November 17th at 10am via Zoom will be Elder Greg Jenkins along with Pastor Roger.

 

There will be no Session meeting in December.

 

From Pastor Roger to the Members and Friends of Waterbury Church: Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude for the love expressed for Pat and me on my last Sunday. Your kindness was very much appreciated.  I was very humbled by it all.  We wish to thank you for the retirement gifts from the church – the beautiful clock with the engraved plaque, the gift card to Texas Roadhouse (our favorite!), and the gift certificate to The Brewster Inn overlooking Cazenovia Lake.  Pat and I will enjoy our stay there, when it is safe to do so, and we look forward to the dinner.  We always enjoy a place to go overlooking water.  Also, to all who presented us with cards, gift cards, gifts, the floral arrangement and for all the cards and gifts that I have received, Diolch yn fawr! (Welsh for thank you very much!).  Our love to you all.

 

 

 

   

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