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  • On Sundays the 8:45am small group which studies world religions and wisdom in Room 10 will begin a new series "Helping Each Other Through the Low Points of Our Journeys". Sessions will be held on May 7, 21 and 28. Come learn from each other to share insights about life's difficult conversations: times of loss (death, divorce, unemployment), illness, stress at work, and addictions (including alcohol, gambling, illegal drugs, opiates), led by Pastor Marti. We will explore how our faith intersects with the ways in which we attempt to comfort and support our friends and family who are in the midst.
  • The 11:30am small group on Sundays in Room 14 has not started a new topic yet.
  • 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 a continuation 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) that children can prepare themselves. 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 extend our condolences to the families of 3 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 Saturday, May 13 at 11am. The life of John Bell will be commemorated on Friday, May 19. Please lift the families of these faithful witnesses of Christ up in your prayers during this difficult time.

May is Presbyterian Women's Birthday Offering month. The generosity of Presbyterians through this offering helps chosen recipients fund real solutions for projects related to health, education, econimic development and the needs of women and children. Envelopes for your contributions will be available for the entire month.

Some dates to keep in mind:

  • June 4 is Pentecost. Wear red and celebrate the birthday of the church with cakes during Fellowship time.
  • June 11 is the annual church picnic at the Thompson Park Pavilion following the worship service.
  • June 18 we will recognize our graduates. Please submit by May 19th to the church office the names of grads from all levels from kindergarten to grad school in order to be recognized.

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 #09543.AG has been approved by both the session and the Committee on Ministry at the Presbytery of Northern NY. 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.

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. The church office has a few copies left at $10. 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.

If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, consider becoming a Hospice volunteer. The average commitment is 3 hours per week. Hospice of Jefferson County is holding a 22 hour training course May 23, 24, 25 30 &31, with both day and evening sessions available. Contact Nancy Morrow at 315-788-7323 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Help make every day matter.

Saturday, May 20th is the annual Armed Forces Day celebration. Members of our congregation are invited to gather on the steps of the church to watch the parade, and show our appreciation for our troops.

The Marywood Chamber Choir will present a concert on Monday, May 22 at 7pm in the sanctuary. A free will offering to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission will be taken. This a capella choir from Marywood College in Pennsylvania will give a memorable performance, not to be missed.