Small group options
- On Sundays the 8:45am small group which studies world religions and wisdom in Room 10 plans to begin studying Rev. Garry's book "Finding Balance" beginning on January 8.
- The 11:30am small group on Sundays in Room 14 will be selecting a new topic soon. Watch for more information in the bulletin.
- 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 December 26 or January 2.
- 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!
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.
Watch for information regarding the auction on February 19 at 1pm to benefit Watertown Urban Mission, sponsored by the deacons. This year's event will be held at the Mission. If you are interesting in donating an item or service with a value of $100 or more, please contact Becky Brown or Gill Hayes. Trinity Episcopal and Holy Family churches will also participate.
There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday February 26 for the purpose of electing an associate pastor nominating committee. It will be held in Fellowship Hall following the worship service.
The annual Ash Wednesday service will be on March 1 at 7:30pm in the chapel. Communion will be served and there will be an opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes.
Beginning on Wednesday March 8th, we will have our Lenten supper and program. We start with potluck dinner the first 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.
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.
Our former associate pastor, Rev. Dr. Michael Phoenix has accepted a call to ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN. His last Sunday with our congregation was December 18th. We wish Michael and his wife Diane all the best as they move closer to their children and grandchildren. We are grateful to their service to our congregation during their time in Watertown.
We welcome Rev. Dr. Marti Montovani who will serve as our interim Associate Pastor for Program Ministries. She will begin her ministry with us on Tuesday, January 17, so please give her a warm First Pres welcome! She has served as the interim pastor at Stone Presbyterian Church, and will delay her retirement while we convene a search committee for a permanent associate pastor.
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.
There will be an American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday February 18 from 9 to 2pm. Please considering giving the gift of life.