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Small group options

  • On Sundays the 8:45am small group which studies world religions and wisdom with Rev. Michael Phoenix is currently studying  Wayne Dyer's book entitled "Wisdom of the Ages" in Room 10.
  • "Choosing Joy" by Kay Warren is the topic for the 11:30am small group on Sundays in Room 14. Pastor Michael will provide a sandwich bar for the first meeting, and sign ups will be available for the future "lunch bunch" options.
  • 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 Pastor Michael 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 meets at 9:30am in Room 10. The topic is "Who Is Jesus." The group begins with a period of intercessory prayer. New faces are always welcome!
November is a month of giving thanks for our blessings. Here are a number of ways to show our gratitude:
  • Write something you are thankful for on a leaf and place it on the white tree in the sanctuary prior to the Sunday morning worship service. We hope these prayers made visible will have great meaning.
  • Food pantry donations are welcome to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. Please place your non-perishable items in the baskets in the narthex or Fellowship Hall. For the month of November we are encouraging donations of cake, brownie or boxed dessert mixes, as the Urban Mission cannot purchase these items with grant funds. They are in high demand at this time of year.
  • The deacons are collecting new or gently used coats for the Urban Mission. Help keep our community warm this winter with your donated items.
  • We are accepting donations on behalf of Marion Medical Mission for Shallow Wells in Africa. Each well costs only $400 and is built and maintained primarily using local labor. Please consider supporting in any amount this effective way of bringing clean drinking water to villages in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania, while reducing the incidence of disease that keeps so many in abject poverty.
  • The Presbyterian Women will be collecting their annual Thank Offering in November. It provides needed financial assistance to both domestic and international projects related to health, education, economic development and the needs of women and children.
  • The Presbyerian Woman are also accepting hand-knitted or new store-bought hats, mittens and scarves for the annual mitten tree.

Orders are being taken for holiday greenery to benefit the mission programs of the church. Orders are due November 7. Download the order form here. Greenery can be picked up after worship on Sunday, November 27.

The Presbyterian Women Advent Buffet Brunch will held on December 8th at the Ives Hill Retirement Community, beginning at 10am. The cost is $14, payable at the door. Reservations are requested by calling Beth Linderman or Bernie Taylor.

The choir extends an invitation to singers to join us as we begin rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata to be held on Sunday, December 18 during the worship service. Come add your voices to the wonderful sounds of Christmas.


Our senior pastor Rev. Dr. Fred Garry, has written a new book about balancing all the many aspects of what it means to be human and a "born anew" disciple of Jesus the Christ. There will be a series of dinners and discussions of these concepts. Each dinner will be served from 5:45 to 6:25pm followed by the program from 6:30 to 7:25pm. The bluegrass group Quill and Plow will also provide music.

  • Thursday November 10 "Balancing End of Life With Living" with Diana Woodhouse from the Hospice of Jefferson County.
  • Thursday November 17 "Our Kids" How social programs and the community can help the most vulnerable
  • Thursday December 1 small group discussion of the book, food is Greek salad from the Apollo and various meats
  • Thursday December 8 small group discussion of the book
  • Thursday December 15 small group discussion of the book


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.

"Holiday Magic" Concert by the Orchestra of Northern New York Sunday December 11 at 3pm in the sanctuary. Tickets are $22, $18 for seniors and military and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the door or at the Orchestra website.

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.