Small group options
- 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.
- 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. 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. We will not meet on February 20.
- 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 last dollar dinner for this season will be on Sunday, March 12, serving from 5-6pm in Fellowship Hall. This program in co-operation with the Watertown Urban Mission provides a nutritious meal for only a dollar. Coupons for those in need are also available from the Urban Mission. Please sign up on the poster in Fellowship Hall if you plan to volunteer as a cook, server or for clean up duty.
Our senior pastor, Rev. 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.
Beginning on Wednesday March 8th, we will have our Lenten supper and program. We start with dinner each week at 6pm, and then each week explore the changes brought by the Reformation. This year is the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses which sparked the Reformation.
- March 8 - menu: potluck, topic: how education, the printing press, the exploration of America fueled the Reformation
- March 15 - menu: soup and sandwich, topic: Martin Luther's 95 Theses - pinning a note to a bulletin board changed it all
- March 22 - menu: Taco night, topic: Do we still need to protest and reform after 500 years?
- March 29 - menu: meatloaf, topic: Pastor Marti goes to DC
- April 5 - menu: potluck, topic: The Bible, Past and Present
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. We are hosting American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/AED training on Saturday March 25 at 10am in Fellowship Hall. The cost is $25. We would like to see as many people trained as possible. Please contact Sue Beaman if you are interested. If you already have a CPR/AED training certificate, please let us know as well, so you can be added to our list of trained responders.
The Chrisitan 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.
ASSOCIATE PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE
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 drafted, and awaits approval 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.
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.
On Sunday March 12 at 4pm, Stone Presbyterian Church will be the site for the installation of the Rev. Elizabeth (Libby) Moses as pastor. Come celebrate this joyous service followed by a covered dish supper in their Friendship Hall to welcome Pastor Libby.