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CURRENT EVENTS:

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  • On Sunday, September 18th the 8:45am small group which studies world religions and wisdom with Rev. Michael Phoenix will resume its study of  Wayne Dyer's book entitled "Wisdom of the Ages" in Room 10.
  • "What Makes You Happy?" by Andy Stanley will be studied by the 11:30am small group on Sundays beginning on the 25th in Room 14. Pastor Michael will provide a sandwich bar for the first meeting, and sign ups will be available for the future "lunch bunch" options.
  • The Men's Prayer breakfast "Two-Buck Chuck" will resume at 7:30am on Monday September 12 in Fellowship Hall. Chef Fred will once again prepare the food, and Pastor Michael 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.
  • "Sexuality in the New Testament" by William Loader is the topic of a study at First Methodist on Tuesdays at 7pm, beginning on September 6 through October 4.
  • The Wednesday morning Bible study resumed meeting on August 10 at 9:30am in Room 10. The topic is "Who Is Jesus." The group begins with a period of intercessory prayer. New faces are always welcome!
  • Fun in the Son children's ministry begins its monthly meetings on Sunday September 25 at 5pm in fellowship hall. Children in 1st to 7th grade are invited to a time of pizza, games and stories of Jesus, our best friend. Encourage grandchildren, neighbors and friends to attend this group led by Pastor Michael, his wife Diane, and Mo Gorman.
  • Tuesday October 11 will mark the beginning of a new small group opportunity, studying a book by Kay Warren on Joy.

The Chancel Choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday nights at 7:30pm beginning September 8th. Newcomers are encouraged to give the choir a try! The handbell choir rehearsals will begin again on Thursday September 22 at 6:30pm for adults and Sunday September 25 for beginners and youth. Contact Jenny Whitenack to indicate your interest.

Food pantry donations are welcome to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. Please place your non-perishable items in the baskets in the narthex or Fellowship Hall. 

The church Rummage Sale will be held on September 23rd and 24th with proceeds to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. This year we will not be taking donations of clothing, but all other items can be dropped off at the beginning of September. The deacons would welcome any volunteers to help set up and price items beforehand, as well as work on the days of the sale. Let any deacon know of your interest orcontact Sue Beaman in the church office. 

"Our Kids" forum will meet again on Thursday September 29. We will begin with a soup and sandwich supper followed by a discussion of topics covered in chapter 2 of the book "Our Kids - the American Dream in Crisis". Copies of the book are available for loan or purchase, so see Linya Bell. This forum brings together representatives from various social agencies in our community to share information on services that are available for families in need as well as grant opportunities are being developed. 

Donna Dunkle will provide a "Mission Update" on Sunday October 2 following worship to inform members about the projects worked on this summer including the youth mission trip to Mexico to build a house and the "Building Blocks" project to repair the foundation at the Dexter Presbyterian Church. The presentation will take place in Fellowship Hall following worship and lunch will be served.

We are beginning to accept donations on behalf of Marion Medical Mission for Shallow Wells in Africa. Each well costs only $400 and is built and maintained primarily using local labor. Please consider supporting this effective way of bringing clean drinking water to villages in Malawi, and Tanzania, while reducing the incidence of disease that keeps so many in abject poverty.

OTHER HAPPENINGS

Presbytery of Northern NY retreat will be September 23 & 24 at "The Haven" in Star Lake NY. Cost is $50 for the weekend including meals. Contact Linya for additional details.

Northern Choral Society will begin rehearsals for its 62nd season in Fellowship Hall on Sunday September 25th. Registration starts at 1pm with rehearsals from 2-4pm. See David Elmer, Sara Gleason or Carl Bingle for more information.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be Saturday October 1 from 8am-1pm in Fellowship Hall. Please contact the Red Cross to schedule an appointment, but walk ins are welcome.

Saturday October 1 at 3pm in Fellowship Hall there will be a tea and slide show to benefit the Women of Grace. Come and learn how the sustainable sewing trip holds great promise for the future, as a way for widows to generate income.

On Sunday, October 16 The Orchestra of Northern New York will present a concert at 3pm in the sanctuary. "Spanish Nights" features music from DeFalla and Bizet as well as a guitar concerto. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors or military, and $5 for students and may be purchased through their website onny.org or at the door.

On Monday, October 17 Watertown Musicales will present their second concert of the season at 7:30pm in the sanctuary. A free will offering will be taken to benefit their scholarship fund. Program details to come.