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Small group options

  • On Sundays the 8:45am and the 11:30am small groups will begin new topics in the fall.
  • 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 in the fall.

During the summer, the demands on the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry increase substantially, as children no longer receive free breakfast or lunch at school. The deacons are asking all church members to bring 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.


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. 

We are pleased to announce that the session accepted the report of the search committee, and voted to call a special congregation meeting following worship on July 23rd. The purpose of the meeting is to extend a call to Casey Carbone, a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. Casey is a native of New Jersey, grew up Presbyterian, attended college in Michigan at Calvin College, and is looking forward to calling the North Country his new home. He brings numerous gifts for ministry including a heart for youth, great listening skills, and musical talents. Please support Casey by coming to hear his candidating sermon on the 23rd!


With our choir on hiatus until fall, and vacations planned for our organist and senior pastor, we appreciate those who step in to share their talents and enhance our worship during the summer months.

  • July 2 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching,  Communion served by intinction, Annie Hollenbeck on piano, Trillium String Trio
  • July 9 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching, Annie Hollenbeck on piano, Bunny Gorman's a capella quartet
  • July 16 - Rev. Julia Sprague preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Evan Smith soloist (plays role of Jesus in Godspell this summer)
  • July 23 - Casey Carbone preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Clancy Cox soloist
  • July 30 - Rev. Jim Brown preaching, Phyllis Elmer on piano, the Elmer family soloists (3 generations!)
  • Aug 6 - Rev. Julia Sprague preaching, Communion served by intinction, Annie Hollenbeck on piano
  • Aug 13 - Rev. Dr. Marti Montovani preaching, Annie Hollenbeck on piano, Quill and Plow special music (folk and bluegrass)
  • Aug 20 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Grieco Sisters quintet special music
  • Aug 27 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Jahna Mott and Emma Tompkins special music. The girls are students who had lead roles in the musical "Grease" this spring


Watertown Lyric Theater presents "Godspell" July 13-15 at 7:30pm at the Bruce Wright Memorial Conference Center. Admission is $15, $12 for seniors, students and military, and $10 for those under 12. Tickets are available at Sherwood Florist.

Building Blocks will continue building our relationship with the Dexter Presbyterian Church this summer from July 25-27. We will be replacing windows in the kitchen and fellowship hall, along with interior painting and minor repairs as time permits. Grab a tool belt, hammer, nail pullers, measuring tape and join us at 118 W Kirby St beginning Tuesday at 9am.

The Presbyterian Women Summer Picnic will be held on Wednesday August 9 at 12:30pm at Susan Johnson's summer camp in Clayton. Please bring a sandwich and a lawn chair, along with a $2 donation for the Victims Assistance Center and a penny for the Least Coin Mission. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Contact the church office if you would like a ride or directions.

The Watertown Urban Mission Critical Needs Program will host a backpack distribution program on August 16-18. Donations of school supplies and gently used or new backpacks are greatly appreciated. Pick up some pens, pencils (presharpened are nice), highlighters, magic markers, crayons, lined paper, notebooks and notepads and place them in our food pantry baskets. We thank our Urban Mission delegate Mo Gorman for providing this information to us!

Save the date! The deacons will be holding the church rummage sale on Friday September 22, and Saturday the 23rd. We will not be accepting donations of clothing or shoes, but other gently used items are appreciated. You may begin bringing items at the beginning of September. Volunteers for set up, pricing as well as sales on the day of the sale are greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefit the Urban Mission, so we look forward to any way you can help.