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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday June 13 at 6:30pm in Room 10, there will be an open discussion regarding the front yard project. The plans for installing a labyrinth will be displayed. This proposal has generated a lot of interest, and this is a chance for all sides to express their thoughts, prior to the session meeting on Thursday.
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.
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 #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.
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 waiting list if we are able to get more copies at the discounted rate. 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 Friday, June 16, the Jefferson Lewis County Music Teachers Association will hold a scholarship recital in our sanctuary at 6pm. The concert is free, and donations will be taken to benefit students in Jefferson and Lewis County who wish to attend summer music camps. Carl Bingle will be a featured soloist and the FPC quintet will also perform. Come see the talents of our local music educators on display!