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  • On Sundays the 8:45am small group which studies world religions and wisdom in Room 10 will begin studying "Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" beginning on March 5. We will not meet on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
  • The 11:30am small group on Sundays in Room 14 will begin to study "Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" beginning March 5 as part of our Lenten discipline. We will not meet on Palm Sunday or Easter. Copies of this book are available for both groups.
  • 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, and will lead a discussion and study on "The Relationship Principles of Jesus" by Tom Holladay and Rick Warren. The men from the First Methodist Church have been invited to participate, so consider bringing a friend. 
  • The Wednesday morning Bible study led by Rev. Gail Parsons will resume at 9:30am in Room 10 on February 8. They will pick up their study of Who is Jesus ... from the point of view of the Book of Hebrews. The group begins with a period of intercessory prayer. New faces are always welcome!
  • If you are interested in a home based group, either as leader, host or attendee, please let Pastor Marti know so we can have some offerings in place after Lent.

Our senior pastor, Rev. Dr. Fred Garry, has written a book of devotions for Lent entitled "The Mean Estate". In it, he discusses the parables of Jesus, to better enable us to face the challenges of the world, including the world within ourselves. Explore the blessing of meekness and the glory of humility. Be ready to ask "how can I live this?"

As part of our Lenten disciplines, the deacons are asking all church members to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry at the Watertown Urban Mission. Items that are always in demand are peanut butter, canned tuna, spaghetti sauce, pasta, cereal and canned lunch foods (spaghettios, ravioli, beef 'n mac). Personal care items cannot be purchased by the Mission with grant funds, so consider donating toothpaste,deodorant, shampoo, etc. as well.

Each week we will add new leaves or birds to our tree in the sanctuary to commemorate acts of devotion that members have chosen to do for Lent. Are you writing thank you notes? Did you give something up? Are you adding more prayer time? Did you donate items you are cleaning in the process of tidying? Place a visible reminder of your progress on the tree before worship. We also have yellow ribbons to add to remind us that God always welcomes us home, no matter our circumstance.

We ask for your prayers for traveling mercies for 2 groups from our congregation. On Tuesday, April 18 our youth group and leaders Donna Dunkle, John Tinsley, and Ken Reed will journey to Washington DC. Our church secretary Sue Beaman will also be on the trip, which returns at the end of the week. Our senior pastor, Rev. Dr. Fred G. Garry and past clerk of session Robert Gorman will be traveling to Malawi after Easter, returning on April 26. Contact the church office in their absence and Pastor Marti can answer any needs that arise while they are gone.

We extend our condolences to the families of 2 church members that have recently passed away. The memorial service for Michael Miller will be held on Friday, April 28 at 11am. Services for Edith Pfaff, the mother of Becky Brown, will be held on May 12. Please lift these faithful witnesses of Christ up in your prayers during this difficult time.

Our church has installed an Automatic External Defribrillator. It is located in the vestibule at the Academy Street entrance between the sanctuary and fellowship hall. AEDs are used to help revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If you already have a CPR/AED training certificate, please let the office know, so you can be added to our list of trained responders.

The Christian education committee invites our more senior congregation members to get to know the students in our Sunday school class, by volunteering to share their life/faith story during the class time. We would like the young people to meet one person a month that they may not know. If interested, please contact Pastor Marti and she will fit you into the schedule.


On February 25, the congregation elected the following to serve on the associate pastor nominating committee: Bob Gorman, Bob Blank, Bob Brown, Rich Pyne, Judy Azah, Linya Bell, Kim Collins, and Nancy Hawkins. Five members of the committee were able to travel to Princeton Theological Seminary and conduct interviews with 4 students who will be graduating this spring. At our March 5 meeting, we elected Bob Gorman to serve as chair, and Linya Bell to act as scribe. Our church Ministry Information Form has been approved by both the session and the Committee on Ministry at the Presbytery of Northern NY. We are waiting for it to be posted on the Church Leadership Connection. Please pray for this committee as they seek the right person.


The Ft. Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is sponsoring Tai Chi for Arthritis for 8 weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm beginning on March 20. This program is highly recommended for adults 60 years and up as a way of preventing falls, or others 18 and older who struggle with limited mobility.

Sunday, April 23 will be a double header event at First Presbyterian. At 3pm, the Orchestra of Northern NY will present a "Mostly Mozart" concert featuring the Concerto for Bassoon in B Flat Major and the Symphony No. 40 in G Major. The cost is $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and military. Tickets can be purchased in advance through their website www.onny.org or at the door, where credit or debit cards and cash are accepted. The Northern Choral Society will have their spring dinner fundraiser with the help of the chefs from the Clipper Inn from 4:30 to 6pm in Fellowship Hall. The menu is lasagna, salad, roll and dessert. Take outs are available. The cost is $12 per dinner. Support the performing arts in our community!

The Women of Grace Widows' Fund invites you to make a donation in honor or in memory of an important woman in your life this Mother's Day. All gifts received by May 8th will have a card send to the honoree. Mothers all over the world tirelessly care for children and others in need. This is a way of showing your gratitude to someone in a meaningful way. Funds will go toward the needs of the widows in northern Malawi for items such as blankets, clothing, fertilizing, roofing, school and medical fees as well as microloans. This is a joint project of the Canton and Watertown First Presbyterian Churches. Make your check payable to Canton First Presbyterian Church, and mail to the church at 17 Park Street, Canton NY 13617, being sure to note Widows' Fund / Mother's Day on the memo line.

The Malawi Early Literacy Team was able to raise over $52,000 to purchase a Toyota Land Cruiser 4X4 to use as a book mobile in the northern region of Malawi. Any additional funds will be used for tires and maintenance to keep the vehicle in good working condition to travel the dirt roads in this rural area. Your generosity will make a lasting difference in the lives of countless children in this poor nation.

Judson Stone has written and published a biography of his late father, Dr. Fredric A Stone. "Last Chapter of the Greatest Generation: The Life and Family of Colonel Frederich A Stone MD, Aviator, Doctor Missionary and Friend to Humanity" is available at www.judsonistone.com. The cost until November 7 is $10 plus $3 shipping. After November 7th, the price rises to $18.95. Dr. Stone and his wife spent 2 years in Malawi as medical missionaries, and it is largely due to their personal experiences that we support many mission projects in that country.