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1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424


Sunday Worship 9:55am





Everyone is invited to the Waterbury Church annual Pizza lunch to be held following worship on Sunday, February 18th.  Please sign-up by February 11th on the list located on the back table in the sanctuary with the number attending or call Bobbi Masters at 315.337.1958.  We want to make sure there is enough pizza for everyone.

Once again this year there will be Wednesday Lenten Lunches at Whitesboro Presbyterian Church which begin at 11:30 with a speaker each week at noon.  The lunch donation is $4 for soup, sandwich, dessert, drink.  Waterbury will be providing the lunch on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  If you would be willing to provide desserts, there is a sign-up list on the back table.   Also, if you are willing to help prepare the sandwiches and/or to help, please let Bobbi Masters or Pat Williams know.  Pastor Roger will be the speaker on the 14th.   

Each Sunday during Lent beginning on February 18th a purple candle on the crown of thorns wreath will be extinguished.  4 readers are needed for the seven Sundays.  If you would like to volunteer for the short readings, tell Pastor Roger.

February 4th we will share in The Lord’s Supper.  The scheduled communion servers are Bobbi Masters and Bill Bonville. 


The greeters for this month are Marcia Cavanaugh and Jan Grunenwald for February 4th; Bobbi Masters and Len Pugh for the 11th; Bobbi Masters and Barb Traver for the 18th; Dolores & Len Pugh for the 25th.


Liturgists for February:

4th – Jan Grunenwald, 11th – Carol Wallace, 18th – Mark McCumber, 25th – Gavin Franz


Our Organist is Irina G. Popov. 


Each Sunday we include in our prayer a church within the Presbytery or a ministry connected with the Presbytery.  The Prayer Calendar includes for February 4th – Stone Presbyterian Church, Clinton; 11th – First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown; 18th – The Committee on Ministry; 25th – United Lutheran Presbyterian Church, Dolgeville


Sundays at 9:40am there is A Time of Prayer in the Church Office before our worship service.  All are welcome to attend as we raise our voices together in prayer to God.


Birthdays for February:            

 2nd  – Barb Traver                             17th – Pastor Roger

 7th   – Kathy Graziadei                       17th – Nicole Masters            

 8th    – Keria Matt (5 yrs)                         19th – Padric Matt (4yrs)

11th  – Bill Bonville (Son)                         22nd – Ken Stockton                    

12th  – Nicole Graziadei                      26th  – Betty Huff

13th  – Lucille Claire Rolletta (2yrs)      27th  – Jeanne Benson (90th)

(if yours is missed, please let Pastor know)


At the Annual Meeting on January 21st, Bobbi Masters and Bill Bonville were elected as the Elders to serve on the Session.  Barb Traver and Jeanie Walters were elected to serve as Deacons.  They were installed on January 28th during the worship service.      

The Session Elders are Bill Bonville, Marcia Cavanaugh, Bobbi Masters and Karen Stockton.

Deacons are Doris McCumber, Kathy Graziadei, Julie Thrasher, Barb Traver and Jeanie Walters. 

As their term ends, we extend our grateful appreciation to Len Pugh for his dedication serving as an Elder on the Session and to David Walters who served as a Deacon.

Mission Giving 2018:

The 2nd Sunday of each month is designated for missions.  We will have a representative speaker come that day to help us better understand their work.  Special envelopes will be made available for this purpose.  The Session has approved an additional $90 each month be added to the congregational giving, as the church’s local Mission commitment.  You may donate to that particular mission any Sunday of that month.  This year’s Missions are:  January – New Hope Children’s Home, Arequipa, Peru; February – Rome Rescue Mission; March – Health Friends; April – Hall House; May – Your Neighbors, Inc.; June – Rescue Mission of Utica; July – Hope House; August – Habitat for Humanity; September – Veterans Outreach; October – Utica First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner; November – Waterbury Church Food Pantry/Emergency Fund; December – Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

Sunday School News:

Sunday School is held each Sunday during worship (following Jake’s message).  All children are welcome.  Anyone who would like to teach or help with Sunday School is asked to contact Karen Stockton at

Vacation Bible School is being planned for the week of July 9 - 13, if enough adult volunteers step forward.  Last year a total of 23 children took part in VBS, many first timers.  Vacation Bible School is a mission and a way for Waterbury Memorial Church to reach out to our local community.  For some of the children it is the only time they will take part in a church program and hear the Word of God.  Materials need to be ordered soon!  If you or someone you know are interested in helping with VBS in any way please contact Karen Stockton, 315-533-5249 The kids are out there, we have the funds, all we need are volunteers.  Please keep VBS in prayer.  Thank you.  

Our thanks to Marcia Cavanaugh for updating the directory listing the members and friends of Waterbury Church.  Copies are available on the back table.

Congratulations to Carl Graziadei who was named to the Highest Honor Roll: 94.5-100.0 for Oriskany Central School’s First Marking Period Grade 11 and to Alivia Franz who was named to the High Honor Roll: 89.5-94.49 for Grade 8.

Congratulations to Ryan Wallace who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Animal Science.  He will be working at Taconic Biosciences in Germantown, NY with the position of an Animal Care Technician.

Session Report

The Session met on January 8th.  The Annual Reports and Faith Budget were reviewed in preparation of the Annual Meeting held January 21, 2018.  The following information and motions were discussed during the meeting:
39 received Communion on December 3, 2017, 37 received Communion on Christmas Eve and 21 received Communion on January 7.
The Session approved the Maundy Thursday Worship service to be held at Whitesboro Church on March 29, with Pastor Roger preaching.  Also approved was the Easter Sunrise Service to be held at the Oriskany Battlefield on April 1, Rev. Victor McKusick will preach.
Sunday School received $79.86 in the Advent Mission project from the members of the congregation.
Bible Study will be scheduled for the Spring.
The February mission is Rome Rescue Mission with a speaker to join us during worship on March 11.  A thank you was received from the Presbytery of Utica for our 2018 mission pledge.
Quotes were reviewed for the Organ Repair.  The Session voted to move forward with the organ work with Sid Chase and to send in $4500 to begin the project.  A portion of the money to be used for the work will be taken from the Memorial Fund as voted on during the 2016 Congregational meeting. 
The Session noted their thanks to Rowland for keeping the sidewalks and driveway cleared of snow. 
Quotes will be requested to repair/replace the roof of the church.  This project is expected to be $35,000 - $40,000.  Pastor Roger will request information for a low cost loan from Presbyterian Church USA.
Quotes are being requested to create a church informational brochure.
Pastor Roger and Len Pugh attended the Presbytery meeting on November 28, the next Presbytery meeting is scheduled for January 23.
The Session approved the Lenten Luncheon on Ash Wednesday, February 14 at Whitesboro Church. 
The church annual Pizza party to be held February 18 was approved, party will follow the worship service. 
Session approved the Easter Sunday breakfast to be held following the Sunrise Service. 
The next Session meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 6:30pm in the Worden Room. 
Submitted by Karen Stockton, Clerk of Session

As noted in the Session Report two major projects are planned.  The total cost for the new electrical system for the organ will be $16,500.  While organ pipes last for many hundreds of years, the systems by which air gets to the pipes makes use of moving leather or membrane covered parts that do not have the same lifespan.  In the present arrangement, the organ has several hundred moving mechanical relays which are covered in a very thin animal intestinal membrane.  These parts probably date from around the year 1930.  The membrane material has become full of holes, due to its age, and it is causing an ever increasing number of keys to become dead.  The organ will be out of service for four to six weeks this summer during the course of the work.  There have been donations thus far of $165 for the work on the organ.  The roof project is planned for next year.  The profits from the Golumpki and Lasagna Dinners and from the Rummage Sales have been set aside for the roof work and also with donations received there is $8,723.03 in the Roof Fund.

We also have $1991 set aside to build a handicap ramp for someone in the Oriskany/Whitesboro area.  An article will be sent to the newspapers this month with the hope that we find that someone who needs access to their home.  The project is planned for May or June.

THANK YOU’S Received

To all the wonderful cooks at Waterbury Presbyterian,

As a new year begins, we want to express our thanks for the many meals that you have faithfully provided.  So often you have arrived at just the right time and with just the right meals to help create some variety in the freezer.  During 2017, Your Neighbors distributed 3683 meals to our homebound friends and 518 of those came from your two cooking teams.  That makes Waterbury one of our three top cooking churches.  We wish we could take you into the many homes where your meals have gone to see the smiles and receive the gratefulness of our many “neighbors.” Thank you for helping to make loving your neighbor as yourself a reality for these special friends.  On behalf of everyone at Your Neighbors, we wish you a blessed and healthy New Year. Carole Grove, Food Program Coordinator, Your Neighbors, Inc.


From Hospice & Palliative Care (our December Mission)

Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your contribution of $285.  Hospice strives to improve the quality of life of persons with advanced, life-limiting illness.  The Hospice team provides a holistic approach to care which sustains the patient and family at a very difficult time.  Your gift helps to assure that Hospice will continue to be there when we are needed.  With support like yours, we are able to make compassionate quality care available to anyone in the community regardless of their ability to pay.  Community support is becoming more vital as the demand for hospice services continues to grow.  On behalf of the patients and families we serve, thank you again for your donation.  Sincerely, Joanne A. Moskal, Chief Operating Officer


This is the February schedule for the Oriskany Central School Varsity Basketball home games: 2/1 – vs. Remsen at 7pm, 2/8 – vs. Old Forge at 7pm.

The Daily Devotional “Our Daily Bread” for March, April, May will be available on the back table as soon as they arrive.  It is provided at no cost to the church by Our Daily Bread Ministries.


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