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 will not meet in January. Normally they meet at 9:30am in Room 10. Rev. Gail Parsons hopes to resume in February with a 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 next dollar dinner will be on Sunday, January 22, 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. The other dates for dollar dinners at our church are February 12 and March 12.
The annual congregational meeting will be on Sunday, January 29 following the worship service. Please plan to attend as this is an informative way to understand the workings of the programs of the congregation. Committee chairs need to get their reports to the church office by January 17.
Watch for information regarding the auction on February 19 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.
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.
The Women of Grace Widows Fund annual Cabin Fever event will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 11:30am to 1:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy a light lunch, as well as the dessert and silent auctions.
The next Orchestra of Northern New York concert will be on Saturday February 11 at 7:30pm.
There will be an American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday February 18 from 9 to 2pm. Please considering giving the gift of life.