TOP OF THE HILL CHURCH NEWS JANUARY 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
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Good News – The organ will be ready to be played on Sunday, January 13th. Come and listen as Irina Popov plays for the first time on our rebuilt pipe organ!
The greeters for January 13th are Jeanie Walters and Len Pugh; Dolores & Len Pugh for the 20thand Julie & Bob Thrasher on the 27th. There is a sign up list available at church for those who wish to be included as a greeter.
Liturgists for January:
13th – Alivia Franz, 20th – Rowland, 27th – Joanna Jenkins
We meet for a Time of Prayer each Sunday at 9:30am in the church office before our worship service. All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.
You are invited to join Pastor Roger and Pastor Victor of Whitesboro Presbyterian Church to the Prayer Group that meets Wednesdays from 9am to 10pm at the Thread of Life Thrift Shop, 130 Oriskany Boulevard in Whitesboro.
Mission Sunday will be on January 13th. New Hope Children’s Home in Arequipa, Peru is this month’s Mission. (Please make your check payable to Waterbury Church.)
Birthdays for January:
2nd – James Pate
3rd – Carl J Graziadei
6th – Grace Morton (94th!)
11th – Al Seelman
19th – Laura Bulger
19th – George Smith (Jeanie Walters’ brother)
23rd – Ryan Wallace
26th – Christina Graziadei
(if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)
On January 18, 1898, the “Presbyterian Society of the Village of Oriskany” moved to a new church building on “Piety Hill” dedicated in memory of Henry Waterbury and his wife Mary Stevens Waterbury and donated by their children. Seven years later, June 27, 1905, the society, which had been incorporated on December 27, 1831, officially became the “Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church”.
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH WILL BE HELD AFTER WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th FOR THE ELECTION OF SESSION MEMBERS AND DEACONS AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS THAT MIGHT BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE CONGREGATION. While only members can vote at the meeting, everyone is invited to attend.
Pastor Roger extends his thanks to Rev. Gerald Scott for leading the worship service on December 30th.
PER CAPITA – what is that??
If you received a box of offering envelopes, and you came upon the Per Capita one, you might have asked the above question.
To answer – in essence, per capita is a set amount of money (apportionment) per member that congregations pay to share the expenses of the Presbyterian Church (USA) system of government. The annual amount is a combined request from the presbytery (consisting of local churches), synod (group of presbyteries) and the General Assembly (all churches and synods).
The Per Capita for Waterbury Church is $41.14 per member (based on membership as of 12/31/17) for a total of $1686.74. If you do not use offering envelopes and wish to help meet this commitment, there are special envelopes on the back table in the sanctuary. If it is more convenient, you may pay your per capita over a few months. Thank you. (Let Deb Bonville know if you would like offering envelopes.)
Sunday School News:
The Sunday School will start an Elementary Class in January. Our first lesson will be based on Genesis 1 – Creation, God Makes the World. We will start with an introduction to the Bible, followed by the lesson using construction paper and crayons to create light from darkness, dry land from the raging oceans, trees and flowers and animals. Our Middle School/Teen class will join us for the first Bible Discovery lesson. All children are welcome to join us for Sunday School, held during the worship service (following Jake’s message). Anyone who is interested in helping with Sunday School is asked to contact Karen Stockton at 315.533.5249 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dimes collected for the Sunday School Advent Project totaled $106 for Addy’s Angel’s of Utica. The Deacons donated $3.40 from the Pennies for People jar.
January schedule for the Oriskany Central School Boys Varsity Basketball games (Carl plays on the team):
1/15 – vs. Holland Patent 7pm
1/18 – vs. Little Falls 7pm
1/23 – vs. Frankfort 7pm
1/25 – vs. Dolgeville 7pm
The Presbytery of Utica will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10am at the Presbyterian Home of Central New York, Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford.
Session Notes, by Karen Stockton Clerk of Session
The Session approved the date of January 27, 2019 for the Annual Congregational meeting and the installation of Deacons and Elders to be held on February 3, 2019.
A motion to request the Utica Presbytery to waive the two term limit restrictions for Deacons Kathy Graziadei and Julie Thrasher was approved.
Noted was the 2019 Per Capita increase of $1.72 for each church member.
The next Session meeting will be held January 14, 2019 at 6pm in the Worden Room.
The Deacons donated $50 in memory of Al Briend toward the Organ Fund.
We wish to thank everyone with our love for the Christmas gift. It was very much appreciated. Thank you also for all of your Christmas greetings. Pastor Roger & Pat
THANK YOU’S Received
We don’t have the words to thank all of our Church friends and family for all the love and comfort you have shown us through this awful time of losing our sons. We need to thank every one of you for the calls, the cards, the visits and the gift of food and all the help with the reception. For those of you that just called or came by the house to talk or say you loved us or just to cry with us Thank You There are no words to say how we appreciate each and every one of you! You helped us through a very very difficult time in our lives. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless you All, Harry and Bobbi
To my Church family, Your kindness means the world to me. I want to thank you all so much for being there for me during this difficult time of the passing of my Dad. Thank you for the many prayers, cards and visitations at his wake. I also want to thank the Church for the delicious platters of sandwiches which helped my family a lot. Thank you for all your caring support and hugs. They helped me a lot. David Walters
Dear Members of the Waterbury Church, Thank you so much for the lovely poinsettia plant. It is so festive and adds holiday cheer to my apartment. Happy holidays, Jeannine Rontowski
To members of Waterbury Memorial Church – Thank you for the beautiful plant – it was so great and thoughtful! Love to all – Jean Williams
Thank you for the card (his 18th birthday). You certainly know how to make a person feel special! Love Caleb Smith
I received the Christmas card from Waterbury. Thank you all for sending it. Hope you all had a merry Christmas, though I know this season has been difficult for people at Waterbury. James Pate (living in Oregon)
Pastor Roger is in the church office most Fridays from 2-4pm and other times by appointment.