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, resuming in the fall.
- The Wednesday morning Bible study led by Rev. Gail Parsons will resume at 9:30am in Room 10 in the fall.
During the summer, the demands on the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry increase substantially, as children no longer receive free breakfast or lunch at school. The deacons are asking all church members to bring 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.
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.
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 expects to begin 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 sometime in October. Until all that is official, it is appropriate to call him "pastor" but not Reverend. Stay tuned for additional welcome events!
This means we will be also saying goodbye and thank you to Rev. Dr. Marti Montovani. We appreciate her willingness to delay her retirement and serve our congregation for these past several months during our search process. Her final Sunday with us will be August 13, so please be sure to express your best wishes when you see her!
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
With our choir on hiatus until fall, and vacations planned for our organist and senior pastor, we appreciate those who step in to share their talents and enhance our worship during the summer months.
- July 2 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching, Communion served by intinction, Annie Hollenbeck on piano, Trillium String Trio
- July 9 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching, Annie Hollenbeck on piano, Bunny Gorman's a capella quartet
- July 16 - Rev. Julia Sprague preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Evan Smith soloist (plays role of Jesus in Godspell this summer)
- July 23 - Casey Carbone preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Clancy Cox soloist
- July 30 - Rev. Jim Brown preaching, Phyllis Elmer on piano, the Elmer family soloists (3 generations!)
- Aug 6 - Rev. Julia Sprague preaching, Communion served by intinction, Annie Hollenbeck on piano
- Aug 13 - Rev. Dr. Marti Montovani preaching, Annie Hollenbeck on piano, Quill and Plow special music (folk and bluegrass)
- Aug 20 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Grieco Sisters quintet special music
- Aug 27 - Rev. Dr. Fred Garry preaching, Carl Bingle on organ, Jahna Mott and Emma Tompkins special music. The girls are students who had lead roles in the musical "Grease" this spring
- Sep 3 - Casey Carbone preaching
The chancel choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday, September 7 at 7:30pm. They will return to adding their voices to our worship service on Sunday, September 10.
The Presbyterian Women Summer Picnic will be held on Wednesday August 9 at 12:30pm at Susan Johnson's summer camp in Clayton. Please bring a sandwich and a lawn chair, along with a $2 donation for the Victims Assistance Center and a penny for the Least Coin Mission. You are also encouraged to bring a book or recipe to share. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Contact the church office if you would like a ride (departure time at 11:45am) or directions.
The Watertown Urban Mission Critical Needs Program will host a backpack distribution program on August 16-18. Donations of school supplies and gently used or new backpacks are greatly appreciated. Pick up some pens, pencils (presharpened are nice), highlighters, magic markers, crayons, lined paper, notebooks and notepads and place them in our food pantry baskets. We thank our Urban Mission delegate Mo Gorman for providing this information to us!
Labyrinth update: the facilities committee will be reviewing bids for the installation at its meeting on Wednesday August 9 at 8:30am.
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, August 12 from 9am to 1pm. Blood supplies are critically low and your donations are urgently needed. There are not a lot of drives on Saturdays, so please use this opportunity to save a life. You can schedule an appointment at www.redcross.org
Save the date! 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 begin bringing items at the beginning of September. Volunteers for set up, pricing as well as sales on the day of the sale are greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefit the Urban Mission, so we look forward to any way you can help.