Small group options
- On Sundays the 8:45am adult Sunday school class will begin studying a new topic for the fall on September 17. Join us as we explore what it means to have a sense of Christian vocation, whether you are beginning a career, or are retired. We will use the book "Let Your Life Speak" by Parker J. Palmer. Pastor Casey will facilitate the discussion.
- 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. The group will meet on most non-holiday Mondays.
- Tai Chi is offered at noon on Thursdays in Fellowship Hall and Wednesdays at 5:30pm. The Tuesday class has been suspended as there is not currently a leader.
- The Wednesday morning Bible study led by Rev. Gail Parsons will resume at 9:30am in Room 10 on August 16. They will be using the Horizons Bible Study entitled "Cloud of Witnesses: the Community of Christ in Hebrews". Each class begins with a period of intercessory prayer. All are welcome and bring a friend!
- Rev. Garry will offer a class on the Gospel of Mark in Room 14 on the second Wednesday evening of the month at 6:30pm beginning September 13. Dive deeper into this gospel that he is basing his current sermon series on. Learn about the relationship between the letters of Paul depicting the struggles of the early church and this earliest gospel. During his sermon on September 10, Rev. Garry referenced a podcast that outlines the impact of the opioid addiction epidemic on Jefferson County. You can listen here.
The youth group will begin meeting on Sunday, September 17 at 5pm. Homemade pizza will be served, so this is a great time to bring a friend to meet Pastor Casey.
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 bring items and place them on the stage in Fellowship Hall until September 19. Volunteers for set up, pricing as well as sales on the day of the sale are greatly appreciated, so let us know what you can do by signing up on the sheet in Fellowship Hall. All proceeds benefit the Urban Mission, so we look forward to any way you can help.
Handbell choir rehearsals will begin soon. Contact Jenny Whitenack if you are interested.
- Adult handbells begin on Thursday, September 21st at 6:15pm in the sanctuary balcony
- Elementary handchimes for students in grades 2-6, rehearsals begin on Sunday September 24 at 9:30am
- Junior / Senior handbells for students in grades 7-12 will rehearse at 11:15am on Sundays beginning on September 24
- The student groups rehearse on the second floor of the Christian education building
There will be a presentation on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall on the summer efforts of the Malawi Early Literacy Team (MELT). We will see the new bookmobile vehicle in action and learn what comes next. Note the date change (was the 17th).
Please continue to support the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry with 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.
Give today to help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bring hope and healing to Texas families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. You can mail checks to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 and designate it for DR000169-Harvey. You can support the efforts in the Caribbean and Florida for Hurricane Irma by using DR000194-Irma and sending your donation to the same address. Please join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams; as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm. Visit Presbyterian Disaster Response website to see stories of hope in the wake of devastation.
NEW ASSOCIATE PASTOR
On February 25, the congregation elected an associate pastor nominating committee. 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. At that meeting the congregation voted to extend a call to Casey Carbone, a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary to serve as associate pastor. Casey is a native of northern 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. Casey began serving our congregation on August 21. He will need to be examined by the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of Northern NY in late September and then we expect he will be ordained and installed on Sunday October 8th at 4:30pm. Until all that is official, it is appropriate to call him "pastor" but not Reverend.
Labyrinth update: the facilities committee has selected a contractor for the installation, and we expect this project to get underway in September.
Watertown Musicals will begin its 110th season with a concert in our sanctuary on Monday, September 18 at 7:30pm. Featured will be the Molto Brass, and the First Presbyterian vocal ensemble. A free will offering will benefit their music scholarship fund, and a reception will follow in our Fellowship Hall.
The final worship service at Hope Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 11am after 121 years of faithful service. Visitors are welcome to attend.
Northern Choral Society will begin its rehearsals for its December concerts on Sunday, September 24. Registration begins at 1pm with rehearsal at 2 in our Fellowship Hall.
The Orchestra of Northern New York will host concerts at First Presybterian in our sanctuary on the following dates:
- Sunday Oct 22, 3pm - Brahms and Beethoven
- Sunday Dec 17, 3pm - Winter Wonderland
- Sunday Apr 29, 3pm - Stravinsky and Mendelssohn
Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for seniors and military, $10 for college students, 17 and under free. They are sold at the door (credit cards accepted) or at the orchestra website onny.org. The Watertown series also includes "The Mastery of Bach" held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 27th at 7:30pm and the annual concert in the park on Tuesday, July 3 at 8pm (free).