2018 Stewardship Campaign
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Small group options
- On Sundays the 8:45am adult Sunday school class will begin studying a new topic for the fall on September 17. Join us as we explore what it means to have a sense of Christian vocation, whether you are beginning a career, or are retired. We will use the book "Let Your Life Speak" by Parker J. Palmer. Pastor Casey will facilitate the discussion.
- The Men's Prayer breakfast "Two-Buck Chuck" meets at 7:30am on Mondays in Fellowship Hall. Chef Fred will once again prepare the food. The group will meet on most non-holiday Mondays.
- Tai Chi is offered at 11:30am on Thursdays in Fellowship Hall and Wednesdays at 5:30pm. The Tuesday class has been suspended for now.
- The Wednesday morning Bible study led by Rev. Gail Parsons will resume at 9:30am in Room 10 on August 16. They will be using the Horizons Bible Study entitled "Cloud of Witnesses: the Community of Christ in Hebrews". Each class begins with a period of intercessory prayer. All are welcome and bring a friend!
- The Presbyterian Women meet for breakfast on the first and third Thursdays at 8am at the Ramada Inn on Arsenal Street.
- The youth group meets on Sundays at 6:30pm. They will not meet on October 8.
- Rev. Garry will offer a class on the Gospel of Mark in Room 14 on the second Wednesday evening of the month at 6:30pm beginning September 13. Dive deeper into this gospel that he is basing his current sermon series on. Learn about the relationship between the letters of Paul depicting the struggles of the early church and this earliest gospel. During his sermon on September 10, Rev. Garry referenced a podcast that outlines the impact of the opioid addiction epidemic on Jefferson County. You can listen here.
Check out our pastors' weekly podcast at https://mixcloud.com/FPCWatertown
We are currently asking for your support of the Marion Medical Mission Shallow Wells project. The goal this year is to install 2,800 wells in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. The cost of a well is $400, but any amount of support is appreciated.
The Malawi Early Literacy Team (MELT) is encouraging you to consider a gift of literacy this holiday season. Donate toward a class fluency kit for $250 and a teacher in Malawi will receive flash cards, 100 copies of the book The ABC's of Africa, lesson guide and training. Visit http://m-e-l-t.org to order and you will recive in the mail a certificate acknowleging your gift that changes lives.
The Holiday Greenery Sale to support youth group missions has started. Order forms are available at the church or in your newsletter. Please note orders must be placed and paid for no later than Wednesday November 8, with pickup on the Sunday following Thanksgiving in Fellowship Hall. Order form can be downloaded.
This year's Stewardship Campaign is entitled "Here I Am, Lord" and recognizes our long history of responding to God's call. With the numnber of exciting ministries happening now at First Pres, members are being asked to consider a 5% giving increase. Pledge cards were mailed the first week in October, and we ask that they be returned by the first of November to aid in developing the 2018 budget.
The Presbyterian Women Annual Pie Sale will be held on Sunday, November 19, in Fellowship Hall following the worship service. There is a sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall for all the wonderful bakers who are willing to donate a pie for the cause.
November is Presbyterian Women Thank Offering month. This provides financial assistance each year to domestic and international projects with real solutions to problems of health, education, economic development and needs of women and children. Envelopes will be in the pews, so please donate generously.
Save the date of Thursday, December 7th at 10am for the Annual Christmas Brunch for all women of the church.
Please continue to support the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry with donations of high demand items: peanut butter, jam, snack pack pudding, non-frozen juice concentrates, canned tuna and meats, spaghetti sauce, pasta, cereal and canned lunch foods (spaghettios, ravioli, beef 'n mac) that children can prepare themselves. Can openers and condiments are also appreciated. Personal care items cannot be purchased by the Mission with grant funds, so consider donating toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet tissue, Kleenex, laundry and dish soaps, razors, etc. as well.
Give today to help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bring hope and healing to Texas families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. You can mail checks to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 and designate it for DR000169-Harvey. You can support the efforts in the Caribbean and Florida for Hurricane Irma by using DR000194-Irma and sending your donation to the same address. Please join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams; as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm. Visit Presbyterian Disaster Response website to see stories of hope in the wake of devastation.
Handbell choir rehearsals meet on the following schedule. Contact Jenny Whitenack if you are interested.
- Adult handbells begin on Thursday, September 21st at 6:15pm in the sanctuary balcony
- Elementary handchimes for students in grades 2-6, rehearsals begin on Sunday September 24 at 9:30am
- Junior / Senior handbells for students in grades 7-12 will rehearse at 11:15am on Sundays beginning on September 24
- The student groups rehearse on the second floor of the Christian education building
Our dollar dinners will resume in 2018. The dates are:
- January 22
- Februay 11
- March 11
Labyrinth update: the labyrith stones arrived on Tuesday October 24, and the contractor began work on Thursday the 26th. A dedication is being planned for Sunday, November 12!
The Orchestra of Northern New York will host concerts at First Presybterian in our sanctuary on the following dates:
- Sunday Oct 22, 3pm - Brahms and Beethoven
- Sunday Dec 17, 3pm - Winter Wonderland
- Sunday Apr 29, 3pm - Stravinsky and Mendelssohn
Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for seniors and military, $10 for college students, 17 and under free. They are sold at the door (credit cards accepted) or at the orchestra website onny.org. The Watertown series also includes "The Mastery of Bach" held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 27th at 7:30pm and the annual concert in the park on Tuesday, July 3 at 8pm (free).